Sustainable gifts for him and her or for the next generation. We researched dealers and producers all over Austria for you and had the following criteria in mind: ecologically sound production, with a clear social component and a reference to those countries that are important to corporAID. These are the developing countries. And it should also be practical: you can order most gifts online!
First Christmas: Sustainable things for the baby
Whether to learn to touch, to chew for teething babies or simply to play: the soft star ball made of natural rubber from Hevea is suitable for the little ones under the Christmas tree. Thanks to its grip holes, it offers plenty of haptic stimulation. And brings a piece of Malaysia into the children's room - this is where the natural colored rubber ball comes from. It was also produced in an environmentally friendly way and under fair working conditions. The Danish Teres Hoffeld attaches great importance to this. With her label Hevea, she has been making baby toys from natural rubber since 2009, which are timeless, simple and functional - and which are kind to the environment. Even the packaging is sustainable: it is made from biodegradable recycled material that is printed with soy ink.
THIS AND MANY OTHER SUSTAINABLE GIFTS AVAILABLE FROM: Manufactum, Am Hof 3-4, 1010 Vienna, free shipping until 13.12.
For dinner class: explore the world playfully
The French toy manufacturer Janod relies on classic shapes and sustainably produced materials. The magnetic world map, which was developed in 2008, was a resounding success. On each of the 92 parts, country and city names are named and typical features - such as landmarks or fauna - are shown. An ideal gift for playful discovery and learning to read. In addition, the board can be hung as an eye-catcher in the children's room. Based on the successful classic, Janod recently brought out giant puzzles with sights, legends or endangered animal species - also playful ways to make yourself at home on our planet.
THIS AND MANY OTHER SUSTAINABLE GIFTS AVAILABLE FROM: Toy drawer, Mittergasse 15, 8600 Bruck an der Mur, free shipping within Austria
Sustainable bags that are guaranteed to arouse curiosity
MADE FROM PINEAPPLE FIBERS Backpack, handle bag, shoulder bag, handbag and more: With two length-adjustable straps, "Rachel" is an all-round bag made in Austria. The real specialty lies in the material. The body is made of pineapple leather, an extremely robust, long-lasting natural fabric made from fibers from the pineapple leaves, which normally end up as a waste product after harvest. The bag was designed by Gary Mash, a label founded in 2013 by the two Styrians Maggy Kubli and Sarah Schane, whose online range is now a treasure trove for sustainable, vegan products.
THIS AND MANY OTHER SUSTAINABLE GIFTS AVAILABLE FROM: Gary Mash, Kärntnerstraße 3, 8800 Unzmarkt
FROM FISH FEED BAGS Admittedly, a large leisure and travel bag was rarely needed in 2020. For the next holidays post-Corona and warmer days in 2021 you can still put one under the Christmas tree. The fair fashion label "Refished" was created by Sissi Vogler from Salzburg in 2011 following a longer stay in India and Southeast Asia. The first collection is made from old cement sacks and is called "Cement". The second, current collection called "Fish" consists of former fish feed bags in many bright colors! Each piece is unique and was manufactured under fair conditions in Phnom Penh.
THIS AND MANY OTHER SUSTAINABLE GIFTS AVAILABLE FROM: Refished Store, Sechsschimmelgasse 20, 1090 Vienna, free shipping from 60 euros
For connoisseurs: sweet miracles made from fair chocolate
Each bar is unique: hearts and stars in different flavors. Austria's top chocolatier Josef Zotter has prepared for Christmas with his usual imagination and enthusiasm for experimentation. As every year, new varieties of chocolate hearts, stars and Christmas tree decorations offer pleasure for the palate and the eye. A new vegan sweet surprise is the "Christmas miracle" based on coconut milk, desiccated coconut, 40 percent cocoa and coconut blossom sugar.
The multi-award-winning Styrian model entrepreneur - in 2019 he received the Trigos Prize for responsible management - sets high social and ecological standards along the entire value chain. Among other things, he only uses fair-trade organic raw materials, buying the cocoa directly from the farmers and helping them to focus on quality and premium varieties.
THIS AND MANY OTHER SUSTAINABLE GIFTS AVAILABLE FROM: Zotter Chocolate, Bergl 56, 8333 Riegersburg, shipping
Declaration of love made of fair gold
If you want to give away valuable jewelry for Christmas with a clear conscience, the Skrein jewelry workshop is in good hands. The family company has been following its own path since 1994, which has already been awarded several times - including the Trigos: In addition to the uniqueness of the craft, each piece of jewelry is made exclusively from fair-produced or recycled gold. Diamonds are also selected with care and come from sustainable and fair sources. In addition to rings, necklaces and bracelets, there is this heart pendant made of fair gold. It measures 16 mm with the loop, weighs 11,5 grams and is available with a brown or black leather strap.
THIS AND MANY OTHER SUSTAINABLE GIFTS AVAILABLE FROM: Skrein Jewelry atelier, Spiegelgasse 5, 1010 Vienna
Have you ever given a sustainable future?
Giving and receiving presents, making someone happy - that simply belongs to Christmas! And then you can also give MORE! With a gift for someone in a developing country that can be given as a ticket.
The Austrian development organization ICEP supports young people in Africa and Latin America in making the step out of poverty. You can support this empowerment - with vocational training, a bicycle or a variety of other modules that open up a better future for young people.
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Cashmere luxury with a social content
Cashmere wool offers the highest level of comfort. It is skin-friendly, breathable, light as a feather, odor-repellent and wrinkle-free. At Mogli Martini you will find the best quality in a classic design, manufactured and processed with great attention to detail in small Nepalese family businesses. It all started with a vacation trip to the region: The high importance attached to family and craft there motivated young Viennese entrepreneurs Gregor W. Köstler and Andreas de Martini to enter the fashion business with the highest standards. All products are Oeko-Tex certified. And with every purchase, a social project is supported at the same time. A scarf, for example, finances 100 liters of clean drinking water for schools in need in Nepal.
THIS AND MANY OTHER SUSTAINABLE GIFTS AVAILABLE FROM: Mowgli Martini, Spiegelgasse 4, 1010 Vienna
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