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Sustainable shopper? It's all in the jeans

You can always trust Oxfam to have bags of sustainable Christmas gift ideas – and this year is no different!

We recently teamed up with sustainable fashion brand Titanic Denim which creates stylish, hand-crafted bags made from recycled jeans.

The iPad-size cross-body bag (€25/£20) is perfect for everyday essentials.

It’s all part of our mission to tackle throwaway fashion and the impact it’s having on people and the planet. Right now, the fashion industry emits more carbon dioxide emissions than the shipping and aviation industries combined!

This new partnership will see a limited range of Titanic Denim on sale in selected Oxfam shops across the island of Ireland.

Each bag is 100% unique and suitable for all ages. The linings of the bags are made of recycled clothes while the straps breathe new life into end-of-line seatbelts!

Titanic Denim is the brainchild of Marie Nancarrow who says that “the medium-sized ‘City Bag’ (€35/£30) is perfect for shopping while the smaller, iPad-crossed body bag (€25/£20), is ideal for everyday essentials – or just as an eye-catching fashion accessory”.

Each designer bag is made with love and comes stamped with a seal of sustainability in the form of the Titanic Denim logo and Oxfam’s ‘4 Good’ branding.

“It has been amazing to work in partnership with Oxfam on this project because we are jointly passionate about reducing the environmental impact of waste going to landfill here in Ireland,” says Marie.

“I hope Oxfam’s customers will love these bags just as much as Titanic Denim has enjoyed making them and not just for the good they do but as a must-have fashion accessory in their own right. The bags are ethical, practical and stylish and make the perfect ‘Christmas with a conscience’ gift for those who want to give something different to a loved one.”

Oxfam and Titanic Denim - A greener planet from blue jeans

Check out our shops in Belfast (Oxfam Botanic and CastleCourt 4Good); Cork; Dublin (George’s Street, Talbot Street and Malahide); Galway; Kilkenny, and Sligo!

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Your essential guide for a sustainable Christmas

As we approach the end of 2019, let’s look forward to a more thoughtful, more sustainable Christmas. It might just help usher in a better new year for more people around the world.

With Christmas just a few weeks away, you might be wondering if you’ve got the energy for the festive season.

But if one thing can keep us going, it’s that this year has seen powerful climate action like never before – and that’s crucial for the poorest people of the world who are paying the biggest price for the climate crisis.

We believe everyone can join together to build a greener, more sustainable future for all of us. The people of Garu, a district in northern Ghana, show that it’s possible.

There are typically only two seasons in Garu – the dry season and the rainy season. Climate change has meant that, over the years, the dry seasons have become drier and the rainy seasons have become more unpredictable. It has led to bad harvests and rising hunger – with families sometimes surviving on just one bowl of maize a day.

But now, green, lush fields of crops are growing thanks to new farming techniques, solar-powered water systems, and community-run savings and loans schemes that fund tools, ploughing cattle, and fertilisers.

These communities are living inspirations to celebrate Christmas a little differently this year.  Last Christmas, the average Christmas spend by an Irish household rose 3 percent to a staggering estimated €2,690 (1). As an estimated 62 percent of people in Ireland have already started their Christmas shopping (2) – imagine the potentially massive amount of waste that will come from unwanted items, plastic and paper packaging, fast fashion, air travel and more.

With more thought and less waste, small actions like choosing Fairtrade and sustainable food, buying ethically sourced and second-hand gifts or cutting down on waste and making the most of leftovers can all make a big difference, and your local Oxfam shop is a great place to start.

However you do Christmas this year, we hope you’ll celebrate with us. Do it a little differently, and let’s welcome a brighter new year for everyone.

We’ve made a different type of Christmas to-do list to help you get started...

1. The (good) food shop

Fairtrade swaps

Swapping your usual chocolates, teas, coffees and sugar for Fairtrade options is a really easy way to help farmers affected by climate change earn a fair and decent living. Not only that – you can find some amazing luxury Fairtrade treats that make fabulous presents.

Our shops have a whole range of Fairtrade festive food that’ll go down deliciously well with the family.

Seasons eatings

If you’re a Christmas dinner traditionalist, you’re already on to a climate-friendly winner – because sprouts, parsnips, and carrots are all in season and can be locally grown. So, well done you!

If you dread the usual suspects, have no fear – squash, kale, beetroot and cabbage are all in season for December as well.

2. Festive Christmas trees

Buying your tree

Overall, real trees are climate-friendly because they do a good job of capturing carbon from the atmosphere while they’re growing.

To make sure yours has been grown sustainably, look out for the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) label. If you can buy a small pot-grown tree, or one with a root ball, you might even be able to replant it for next year. If you can, buying one locally grown will further reduce your carbon footprint.

If you’ve already got an artificial tree, pack it away carefully after every Christmas to reduce wear and tear – that way, you can reuse it year after year.

Choosing decorations

Our Sourced by Oxfam range includes some beautiful tree decorations handmade from sustainable materials. Our tree garland, made from recycled sari material by our amazing Fairtrade partners Sasha, can be found in our shops.

3. Gift shopping (with a difference)

Secondhand

Secondhand might not be your first thought when it comes to gift giving – but it can turn up some beautiful gift ideas. And if you took part in SecondHand September, it’s a wonderful way to continue both your support and the movement.

Look out for special and first edition hardback books, rare and classic vinyl, pre-loved homeware, and vintage fashion accessories among other items that’ll delight loved ones on Christmas morning.

Brand new

Buying brand new can also help people and planet when you choose gifts from small businesses and artisans who put a huge amount of care into making their product. In our Sourced by Oxfam range, you will find some absolute gems – including gorgeous jewellery made by Lima Lima, who uses recycled or locally sourced materials wherever possible.

Give something different

If you want to go totally off-grid in your gift giving, why not give your loved ones goats, chickens, or sweet, sweet honey? These are all fantastically great gift ideas that you can find in our amazing range of Unwrapped gifts. Our most carbon-fighting gift Tackling Climate Change (€20/£18) will put a huge smile on many faces and help beat global poverty in ways you might not have thought. Your gift will immediately go where it's needed most.

In our online shop, your sustainable Christmas can go even further when you purchase the e-card version of any Unwrapped gift. This easy online option won’t increase your carbon footprint at all!

4. Partywear that cares

Every year, people in Ireland spend an incredible amount on new partywear for the festive season and a lot of it gets forgotten as the new year begins. It’s a worrying trend that can lead to tonnes of seasonal fashion ending up in landfill.

Thankfully, you have an earth-friendly alternative near you! Every year in the run-up to Christmas, Oxfam shops go big on second-hand partywear, bringing out their very best festive sparkle to hang on the rails. So find a shop near you and treat yourself to a browse ahead of your Christmas parties.

5. Wrapping the presents (in the best eco-friendly way)

Fabric

Fabric knot wrapping is a gorgeous, zero-waste way to wrap your gifts. Inspired by furoshiki, the Japanese tradition which uses origami-like techniques, knot wrapping can be done with scarves, handkerchiefs, and cuts of fabric. Your local Oxfam shop will have plenty of second-hand options if you need to stock up.

Paper

When it comes to wrapping your gifts with paper, we stock some lovely recycled and craft-based options that are responsibly sourced.

Revive and reuse old paper by finishing with parcel string and sprigs of holly or rosemary, or block printing with patterned wooden stamps for a festive feel.

On the whole, glitter and foil stamped wrapping paper isn’t recyclable – but you can extend its life by reusing any you have to make decorations, envelopes, and more.

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At Oxfam, we have Christmas shopping all wrapped-up

With the Christmas rush fast approaching, the thoughts of shopping can leave our enthusiasm at a standstill. After all, at this time of the year, hitting the shops can feel more like a combat sport than a festive experience!

But shop with Oxfam and you could have your Christmas shopping wrapped-up with the click of a mouse. All you have to do is consider giving something different this year with the help of our Unwrapped gift range.

So, what is Unwrapped?

Each gift in the Oxfam Unwrapped range represents four funds and plays an important part in helping people affected by poverty to build a brighter future. Your gift will go where it’s needed most and begin to make an immediate difference. Each community we work with has different needs, so we ensure families living in severe poverty have a say in finding the best solution for them and we work with them to make that solution a reality.

Our amazing gift range means that there’s something for everybody – from a Goat for Christmas (€35/£32) to the WEE Gift of a toilet (€15/£13) for communities living in extreme poverty.

Or you could splash out by spending your liquid assets on Safe Water for a Family (€25/£23) to help save lives and help families thrive. With this gift, we can help set up or maintain a safe water supply for those who really need it!

The gift of Safe Water for a Family is vital for people like Amina in Ethiopia, who saw her livestock wiped out in 2017 due to drought and the lives of her children hang in the balance following a severe outbreak of cholera.

Amina carrying water back to her shelter. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

The 50-year-old farmer and her family had to leave their home in search of water so they could survive. Now they are being supported by Oxfam, which is providing water and food to communities in the area.

What your gift means

Oxfam Christmas

How to Buy

Once you’ve selected your Unwrapped gifts, there are several ways you can buy:

1. Online here

2. Via email at irl-unwrapped@oxfam.org

3. Call our office at 1850 30 40 55 (Republic of Ireland) or 0800 0 30 40 55 (Northern Ireland). We’re open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

4. Or simply drop into your local Oxfam shop. There, you can select your gift cards of choice and even pick up some other impactful Christmas gifts!

5 Reasons to Volunteer This Winter

With over 45 shops, we need people from all walks of life to volunteer for all kinds of roles that help beat poverty.

You can give as little or as much time as you like. If you’d like to talk to someone about what’s right for you, just pop into your local Oxfam shop and have a chat with the shop manager.

We have almost 1,200 shop volunteers at the heart of our community and our volunteers are a part of a powerful movement of people united by one goal – an end to poverty, for everyone.

Without volunteers like YOU we wouldn’t be able to do the work we do.

Philip, sits by the till in Oxfam’s shop in Portlaoise, where he serves customers each day. Photo: Maria Gillan
HERE ARE 5 REASONS TO VOLUNTEER IN AN OXFAM SHOP THIS WINTER…

1. MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Volunteering is linked to better physical, mental and emotional health – and helps us feel more socially connected.

Volunteer in an Oxfam shop and you’ll meet some amazing people at the heart of your community, who are united by a common cause.

2. MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE BY HELPING RAISE FUNDS FOR OXFAM’S WORK

It’s the time of year for giving, and what better present to give than the gift of your time? Every shift you volunteer raises vital funds to transform the lives of people living in poverty – helping people around the world to grow more food, educate their children, and lead healthy, productive lives.

3. USE SKILLS AND LEARN NEW ONES

Volunteering works both ways. There are so many benefits to volunteering, whether you’re looking to share your knowledge, meet new people, or get valuable experience that looks great on your CV or UCAS form, talk to us, we’d love to talk to you.

4. SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND JOIN OUR FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

Oxfam Shops are a great place for buying quality second hand clothes, unique sustainable gifts and cards that help beat poverty – and you’ll be surprised at how much festive fun you can have by helping people find special Christmas presents for their loved ones.

What better way to support sustainable fashion and our fight against climate change than by volunteering during the festive season.

You may even be able to tick off some pressies from your own Christmas shopping list while you’re there too!

5. START THE NEW YEAR ON A POSITIVE NOTE

With a new year just around the corner, you can get ahead of the game and tick off a resolution before 2020 has even started. If you’re in need of some inspiration, volunteering with Oxfam could help provide some fresh perspective. You’ll find people that you can learn from, and who can learn from you.

From window dressing to managing our social media, whatever you choose to do, join a friendly team at the heart of your community.

Think you’d enjoy a few hours volunteering this winter?

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