Have a crafty Christmas: Ethical Christmas shopping

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Have a crafty Christmas

Ethical elf Anna Docherty, visits the one-stop-shop for a guilt-free Christmas

Christmas comes but once a year and so do those niggling feelings of guilt about getting a real tree, not recycling your wrapping paper, or omitting to get charity Christmas cards. But what if there was an easier way to be saintly? At Edinburgh’s Ethical Fayre you can buy handcrafted items such as bags made from recycled rice sacks, hand-beaded African jewellery and many other fair-trade trinkets, all available under one roof. And they have just that little bit more by way of personality, granting the giver an air of distinguished taste that reindeer socks just can’t quite muster – not even the pair with the fluffy red bobble nose.

‘It’s a really warm atmosphere,’ explains organiser Tania Pramschufer, ‘and there’s a real air of common good.’ And with the market set just below the castle, in a quiet pocket of Princes Street gardens, your shopping might even be a pleasure this year. Even better than that, the Ethical Fayre is a real budget alternative to high street shopping. ‘With most exhibitors buying direct, it cuts out the expensive middle people; it’s a win/win situation for everyone,’ says Pramschufer.
So, you’ve managed to do your bit for planet-saving, while also saving yourself a bit of cash. That’s got to be worth another chocolate off the tree.

The Edinburgh Ethical Fayre, Castle Street, Edinburgh, Sat 6–Sun 14 Dec. www.handupmedia.co.uk/events#eecf

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