Just imagine how much rubbish we produce over Christmas, particularly thanks to unwanted gifts which end up gathering dust at the back of the cupboard or in the bin. It’s because of this we are being encouraged to take a more conscious approach to our Christmas shopping. So, if you haven’t finished your shopping yet, perhaps consider this story.
Don’t buy for the sake of buying
Ethical shopping expert Judith Treanor wants us to think more carefully before making the purchase and ask yourself if the purchase will make a difference to the recipient or are you just buying for the sake of it?
“We live in such a wasteful society that this year I really want to make sure my shopping doesn’t add to this waste,” said Mrs Treanor.
“There are amazing products made from re-cycled items with powerful stories behind them especially from social enterprises in South East Asia,” she said.
“Proving that products made from re-cycled goods can be beautiful and unique while also enabling us to do our bit for the environment.”
“To many people Christmas has always been about excess.”
“But our society has become more conscious about the environment and about where things come from.”
“We all re-cycle our household waste and most of us would prefer not to add to the mountains of rubbish we see in landfills.”
“So I think this should extend to the gifts we buy for Christmas.”
“Recycling doesn’t just have to be about what we put in our rubbish bins, it can also be the source of some wonderful handmade, unique products.”
Beautiful items made from recycled products or sustainable materials
Jewellery made from bullets from Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge– From horror comes beauty. Ankor Bullet Jewellery is made from recycled bomb casings from the days of war.
Jewellery made by women rescued or at risk from human slavery in Cambodia– Senhoa’s motto is to employ, empower and emancipate. Women rescued from a dark place make this beautiful jewellery.
A store specialising in ethical gifts
Judith Treanor owns an online store with a difference and helps women in South East Asia have better lives, decent pay and working conditions.
TemplesandMarkets.com specialises in ethical products from Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand with a story behind every product.
Ms Treanor has been supporting social enterprise in South East Asia for nearly two years and she believes that people would prefer to buy items with a story behind them.
“I know that more and more people want to do the right thing and shop ethically,” said Mrs Treanor.
“But sometimes they just don’t know where to look,”
“I set up TemplesandMarkets to show consumers that you can buy beautiful, unique gifts made by unique people from unique cultures.”
“This Christmas I’m calling on everyone to think twice before they buy their presents and think how they can help the environment and help others,” said Mrs Treanor.