When it comes to Christmas, we will want to find the absolutely perfect gift for our friends and family. There are all the usual shopping routes that you can go down. Such as heading to the high street or ordering from some big-name retailers online.
Here at Wild Ona, if you only ever buy from these types of retailers this Christmas, then you are missing out. To encourage you to try and do your Christmas shopping entirely differently, we have put together our five main reasons to shop sustainably and handmade this Christmas.
It reduces waste
One of the best things we can all do for the planet is to try our best to reduce the amount of waste in landfills. You can try and do this; however, when you choose to buy from a handmade company, you will be doing even more.
These smaller retailers are dedicated to making and shipping their items in a way that will reduce waste.
It supports local economies
When you buy from a smaller retailer, you are supporting them directly. You are not buying something that means that profits are sent to an off-shore corporation. Buying from this small retailer means you are helping them live their lives, supporting their home and their families too.
Not only this, but when you buy local, those people will use that money to support their local businesses. This puts more money back into the local economy.
It reduces your carbon footprint
Buying something from a distant retailer may save money, but it must move halfway around the world to get to you. This means that you will increase your carbon footprint as it moves around, whether on a plane or a boat.
Buying locally reduces the distance the item is then shipped, reducing your carbon footprint.
They are made from natural or organic ingredients
Depending on what you buy, the items you buy from local retailers are likely to be made from all-natural or organic materials and ingredients. These are not only kinder to the environment, but they are also kinder to you too.
They make the gift feel even more special
There is no better feeling than knowing that someone cares so much about you that they have been out and bought you something extraordinary. This is the power of handmade. Every single gift is made with love and care, which means that when you hand it over to someone else, they will feel special and that their gift is truly unique.
So, buying handmade and local is one of the best ways to treat your loved ones. Not only during the festive season but also throughout the rest of the year. So, what are you waiting for? See if you can find the right retailer and give them a gift they will love.