Our aim at Think Global is to get schools and teachers to engage with global issues and take action to make the world a better place.
At a time of giving and sharing it feels right to reflect on all our global interconnections. What we buy in the UK links us into supply chains involving people all around the world. How can we ensure that our gifts support and benefit others, and don’t cause harm along that chain?
Read on for our suggestions…
Buy fairly and sustainably
Think Global has partnered up with New Internationalist’s Ethical Shop to help you shop online with a conscience. The shop has a wonderful range of ethically-sourced and fairly traded products, eg: chocolate, jewellery, home & garden gifts, books, music and much, much more. It also stocks NI’s beautiful One World calendar as well as gifts and cards from organisations such as Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth.
To launch the shop’s Christmas season, we are offering all UK teachers a 10% discount on all orders over £30. To benefit from this discount, please use the code TG-GDW and place your order before 30 November 2016: http://thinkglobal.ethicalshop.org.
The added bonus is that when you shop via this link, we get a small commission. Thanks for your support!
If you shop locally to support small businesses you can feel more confident that you are putting money directly into your community. Look around for farmers’ markets, vintage and craft fairs or Christmas fêtes to support.
You can also find small businesses, bookshops, artists, jewellery makers and craftspeople online through sites such as www.hive.co.uk (“supporting your high street”) or www.etsy.com (“your place to buy and sell all things handmade”).
You could make a pact with your friends and family to completely opt out from the “pressure” of gift-giving (freedom at last!). But perhaps offer a nice gesture such as a stack of tickets that say “1 ticket for 1 tea and cake date”.
Take the opportunity of this time of giving to support organisations you feel are making a positive difference. Many charities offer ‘in kind’ gifts, for example Practical Presents (from Practical Action) or Oxfam Unwrapped.