Be a conscious consumer this Black Friday

Positive.News – Black Friday is now the busiest shopping day of the year with an environmental impact to match. But as movements like Make Friday Green Again take root – asking brands to opt out and consumers to buy thoughtfully – we’ve chosen a selection of gifts that inspire and enrich but don’t cost the Earth. Jollie’s socks

Bam sells pants you’d be happy to show off. Made using sustainably-managed bamboo grass, which absorbs five times more CO2 from the air than the equivalent amount of hardwood trees, their Hipster Fitted Bamboo Boxers have saved 164.5 litres of water compared with traditional cotton pants. From £15; bambooclothing.co.uk

Image: Bam Glow knitwear

Created for cyclists and runners to be seen in the dark, Glow’s bright, funky collection of sustainable hats, snoods and headbands are made from a unique glass fibre wool, which makes them light-reflective. But what really makes Glow stand out is the fact that they are hand-knitted using traditional slow fashion techniques by black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee women who have faced barriers in getting into work. From £20; glowandsee.com

Image: Glow Sapiens Human History card game

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a game for the family to get stuck into. Cue Sapiens, a playfully-illustrated card game, based on Happy Families and made from recycled cardboard, which provides an educational romp through the major historical periods of the human race. Buy from Amnesty to support their work. £13.95; amnestyshop.org.uk

Image: Londji Positive News gift subscription

Make someone’s year by buying them a subscription to Positive News magazine. They’ll receive all four uplifting issues in 2021, plus a copy of the current issue at Christmas, as well as a gift certificate and access to the digital edition. What’s more, with every Christmas gift subscription ordered between Friday 27th and Monday 30th November, we’re giving a free copy of Positive News magazine to an NHS worker. £30; positive.news A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough

“We moved from being a part of nature to being apart from nature,” writes naturalist David Attenborough in a startling book that he has described as a witness statement. Solutions to saving the natural world feature inside, but require immediate action. From £18.60; uk.bookshop.org

Image: Penguin New Daughters of Africa edited by Margaret Busby

A generation on from the first Daughters of Africa anthology, Margaret Busby has also edited its follow-up. This vital collection of underrepresented voices has contributions from Margo Jefferson, Nawal El Saadawi, Zadie Smith and 200 other women writers of African descent. Buy online via This Is Book Love, the “multicultural book carnival” that shares inclusive children’s books with schools and community centres. £30; thisisbooklove.com

Image: Harper Collins How to Be Hopeful by Bernadette Russell

How to Be Hopeful isn’t so much a book but a modern-day toolkit for letting more hope and optimism into our lives. Filled with helpful tips, this thoughtfully researched tome jumps into cup-half-full philosophy as well. A balm for turbulent times. £12.99; uk.bookshop.org

Image: Elliott & Thompson Little Ruffle and the World Beyond by Jodie Jackson

Designed to instil optimism and self-empowerment in children aged three years and older, this wonderfully illustrated book follows Little Ruffle, a fearful nestling, as her mother takes her on a journey to find beauty and kindness in the world. From £6.99; positive.news

Image: Jodie Jackson Avallen Calvados

This award-winning calvados – an apple brandy with a floral honeysuckle nose, distilled in Normandy – aims to be the world’s most sustainable spirit. It’s organic, locally sourced, responsibly packaged and uses some of its profits to help boost biodiversity. £35; avallenspirits.com

Image: Avallen Vintage Roots wine

Raise a toast to this fantastic, 100 per cent organic vintner. Offering one of the largest collections of eco-friendly wines on the web, its handpicked cellar is full of vegan, vegetarian, low- or no-sulphur wines, as well as some choice beers and spirits too. From £4.50; vintageroots.co.uk

Image: Jeff Siepman Toast Ale

To raise awareness about the detrimental impact of our food systems, craft brewery Toast Ale – which makes beer with surplus bread instead of virgin barley – has created some limited-edition brews to coincide with next year’s COP26 climate summit. Banding with fellow B Corp brands, a 6.2 per cent stout brewed with Divine Chocolate kicks off the series. All profits go to the charity Feedback. From £28 for 12 bottles; toastale.com

Image: Patrick Fore

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