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At Lantana, we care deeply about our planet and are constantly looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact. We know this matters to our readers, too. That's why we asked Hannah Allen from Babipur to share some beautiful and ethical Christmas gift ideas that we're sure every child will love!
Babipur was founded by Jolene and Peter in 2007, with a mission to bring responsibly made fair trade products to their customers in a fun and exciting way. There was a gap in the market for online ethical retail at this time, with an opportunity to make a real and positive difference both locally and further afield. With compassion and transparency being core values, Babipur has created more than just an online ethical retail store, but a whole community of like-minded customers in the Babipur Hangout Facebook Group. With an emphasis on fun, positivity and inclusivity, parents support each other in making sustainable and ethical choices.
Christmas can be a time of great excess which can lead to unnecessary waste and a growing burden on our planet that can’t be sustained. At Babipur we passionately believe in a buy less, buy better policy – this benefits the environment, and everyone involved in the products we sell. Conscious consumers want to know where their goods come from, who makes them and what environmental impact they have, so every product undergoes thorough research to make sure it meets the highest ethical standards. We work with amazing brands who inspire us every day with their passion for their products, and commitment to diversity, inclusion, equality, and environmental sustainability.
This is our guide to the top 6 gifts for children for a fun filled ethical Christmas:
A modern take on a traditional Pikler climbing triangle, Triclimb has been expertly designed in Wales and made from FSC timber. An open ended developmental toy that’s not just for climbing, but encouraging play, movement, and expression for children of all ages and abilities in their own time. We love seeing children growing and developing their confidence and gross motor skills with the Triclimb, and the range of accessories add an extra dimension to support creativity and problem solving.
Babipur have been stocking these wonderful Fair Trade Lanka Kade dolls from the very beginning. Handcrafted by skilled artisans in Sri Lanka, Lanka Kade provide sustainable, fairly paid employment to over 200 Sri Lankan families and support schools across the area. Lanka Kade dolls come in a range of skin tones and with different hair colours, so that every child can enjoy playing with a doll that looks like them and have diversity in their home.
Plan Toys are just about as eco, sustainable and high quality as toys can be – Jolene and Peter even visited the factory in Thailand in 2018 to see for themselves the lengths this brand go to with their mission to create a more sustainable world. Everything is ethically made in Thailand from rubber trees that no longer produce latex, in a process that is carbon-neutral too. Plan Toys are at the forefront of sustainable toy manufacturing, the whole range is solid and built to last and a firm favourite with our customers.
It’s hard to pick one product from this fantastic toy brand but we love how Plan Toys are challenging perceptions of how we view food waste with the Wonky Fruit and Veg set. With 50 million tonnes of commercially grown fruit and vegetables discarded across Europe because it doesn’t meet the standard shape demanded by supermarket, Plan Toys designed this set of play food in wonky shapes and irregular forms to challenge the way children view food and tackle the problem of food waste for future generations.
We couldn’t write a list of our favourite gifts for children this Christmas without mentioning the wonderful range of children’s books by Lantana Publishing. One of our ongoing commitments at Babipur is to source ethical and sustainable products that reflect the diversity of communities around the world. We continue to challenge the way we work, the way we represent our communities, and the language that we use around inclusion and diversity. In our partnership with Lantana we are thrilled to now be stocking books which celebrate diversity, equality, and environmental sustainability. It was clear that we have a shared ethos and the partnership would be a perfect fit; Lantana believes that every child deserves to see themselves in the books they read and the toys they play with, and we wholeheartedly agree.
Books have a long history of being given as Christmas gifts and we think this is a trend that should never go away. There is something so special about sharing a book with a child, a powerful connection is made when the screens are turned off and the chatter dies down. So, snuggle up on a cold winter afternoon and enjoy a book or two from this wonderful range.
Founded by Paola Dyboski-Bryant , a marine biologist and conservationist and produced in Snowdonia to a top secret recipe, these award winning bubbles are officially AMAZING! Super strong and long lasting, multi coloured and enormous, they bring joy and magic whenever and wherever they are used. Dr Zigs Bubbles have been helping children remember how to smile in some extraordinary and challenging places, through their work #BubblesNotBombs. They have been sending bubbles across the world, including to children in the refugee camps of Calais and Dunkirk, and to the orphanages of Delhi and Goa. With top eco-credentials it’s a brand that has sustainable, eco fun at its heart, loved by children and adults of all ages.
Rainbows have a strong significance to many people, and this year due to Covid-19 we’ve seen them as a symbol of thanks, hope and better times to come. The Grimm’s 12-piece rainbow is an iconic piece that is often the gateway to the wonderful world of wooden toys and open-ended play. With endless possibilities for creative play, we can see why this is such a popular choice with parents – from stacking and balancing, to tunnels, bridges, and enclosures. The joy of open-ended toys is their appeal to children of all ages, once in a child’s hands they will instinctively know how to play with it.
Each rainbow is beautifully unique, being cut from a single block of sustainably sourced lime wood. You will often see the same features continuing through the various rainbow pieces, with the beauty of the grain and knots showing through the water-based colour. It is a truly inspiring and beautiful resource.
Thank you, Hannah! Not only are these gift ideas great for the planet, they're good for the soul, too. We are very proud of our partnership with Babipur and that our books are part of a fantastic range of products that help us all live a little more sustainably.
Hannah Allen joined Team Babipur in 2019 as a Digital Content Creator and Copywriter, after being a loyal customer for many years. When Hannah isn’t writing about the ethical and sustainable products she loves, she is happiest in nature and enjoying spending time with her three children. Follow her on Instagram @themummyhomestead , and join the Babipur Hangout Facebook community.