Tuesday, 27 November 2018

ASIOX Ethical Christmas Shopping Event


Saturday was a very exciting day as I got to attend the ASIOX (Anti-Slavery Initiative Oxford) Christmas Shopping Event and give a talk on ethical fashion. As you guys know I love any chance to share my passion for ethical and sustainable fashion and Saturday was such great opportunity to come out from behind my computer screen and do it in person.

The talk itself went really well and people were very receptive to the message. I was asked a lot of questions afterwards and people were genuinely interested in how they could change their own shopping habits to help the world. It was a really encouraging evening.

On top of the two talks given that evening there were also a load of different stalls selling the most beautiful gifts with amazing stories behind each brand. I went looking for others Christmas presents but ended up buying quite a few little gifts for myself (oops!)




Traidcraft were there with some gorgeous gifts and Christmas decorations. I particularly loved this set of NOEL letters and had already spied them in my local Fair-trade shop. I didn't get them this time but I might have to take another look when we pop into Headington Fairtrade for some Christmas shopping...


There was also a stand from Refuge Resource Oxford who work with Refugees women. The women have created a cookery book to help fund for their community groups and events. 





I absolutely loved meeting Caragh one of the founders of Tribe and Glory. She had such a passion for what the company was doing and it was amazing to hear her story. Tribe and Glory are based in Uganda where they work with women who are at high risk of being trafficked. These women make the most stunning jewellery from the horn of a cow, a surplus material as the meat is eaten but the horn often isn't used. I fell in love with their beautiful products and ended up with quite a few stars for my Christmas tree. 



These handwoven baskets from Africa were just gorgeous. I desperately wanted a pink one but had to concede I'd probably bought enough. There's always next time though! 



Another amazing brand I loved that night was Lux Luz London. They are a social enterprise who make eco-soy candles, the profits from which are used to support women suffering from domestic violence. Such an amazing idea! The products themselves were so chic and the smells were just amazing. My husband and I chose a lovely fig scented one to burn during the Christmas season but I definitely have my eye on their Lime and Basil scent for the summer. 

It was such a fantastic evening and a chance to really celebrate what Christmas is all about. I really hope to see more ethical shopping events in the future. We all spend quite a lot at Christmas so imagine the difference if we choose to spend it on gifts that really make a difference. Think how many lives we could change in one Christmas. I hope this has inspired you to buy differently this Christmas. 







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