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This Christmas, last-minute Londoners will have the opportunity to shop for stylish and sustainable Christmas gifts at Old Street station.
Ethical lifestyle website BICBIM has teamed up with some of the UK’s coolest conscious brands to host a Christmas pop-up shop (Old Street Station, Monday 17 December – Saturday 22 December).
The idea is to provide people who leave their gift shopping to the week before Christmas Day – a staggering third of Brits – a chance to buy unique and thoughtful gifts rather than having to panic-buy rubbish that no one really wants.
They’ll even beautifully gift wrap them for you (in recycled paper and recyclable boxes, of course).
The pop up will offer a mix of contemporary ethical fashion brands, beauty products, pet accessories, festive candles, gifts for coffee and chocolate lovers and enough alcohol to see you through the festive period.
Throughout the week there will be chocolate and coffee tastings. On Thursday 20th and Friday 21st there will be also be wine and espresso martinis on offer.
Pop-up shop details
VENUE: Old Street Station (Unit 2, Old Street Station, EC1 1BE), towards exits 2 and 3
DATES: Monday 17 December – Saturday 22 December
TIMES: 7am- 8pm, late-night shopping until 10pm on Friday.
Here’s a taste of what’s on offer from the ethical pop-up collective.
FOOD & DRINK
FAIR.’s whole range was created with one goal in mind: to ensure the people producing ingredients for spirits get paid a fair wage.
As such, all FAIR.’s spirits do exactly what they say on the label: top-quality ingredients are sourced ethically, with Fairtrade prices (on average 15% higher than the market price) paid to the farmers.
Vintage Roots isn’t not just about organic wines – the company also provides biodynamic, vegetarian, vegan, low-sulphur and no-added sulphur wines, too – plus an incredible prosecco that’s perfect for party season.
Organic and biodynamic wines are much better for the environment and your health. They are also typically much lower in sulphur, and some people believe this means less of that morning-after hangover…
Huskup reusable coffee cups are made from rice husk, a by-product from rice milling. This means a waste product is turned into a beautiful product and the cup can be composted at the end of its life.
Being a natural material (no plastic in sight!) also means there’s no melamine, BPA or toxins leaching into your drink. When less than 1% of takeaway cups are recycled and we plough through 2.5 billion cups every year in the UK alone, do you need any more reasons to Huskup?
Divine chocolate is suitable for vegetarians and most dark products are suitable for vegans. They are predominantly palm oil free and there’s also an organic range.
The most incredible thing about Divine Chocolate is that it’s co-owned by the 85,000 farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo, a cooperative in Ghana that supplies the cocoa.
ELVIS & KRESSE
An impressive 100% of Elvis & Kresse’s raw materials are rescued or reclaimed. The company uses discarded fire hoses from London’s fire stations that are usually discarded to landfill, collect failed military grade parachute silk (used for bag linings) and rescue tea sacks from Yorkshire Tea. On top of that, 50% of all profits is given to charity every single year.
Cred is a pioneer in the ethical jewellery world. The company has a long-standing relationship with Fairtrade gold mines in Peru, was the first company to use Fairtrade silver and the first to bring Fairtrade gold from Africa to the UK. Plus it creates beautifully unique designs.
Po-Zu is an award-winning ethical footwear brand working to halt the negative impacts of fast-footwear production to the people in the supply chain, the ecosystems around them and the global environment.
Currently collaborating with Star Wars on a co-branded footwear range, Po-Zu shoes are crafted using sustainable materials like cork, organic cotton, Pinatex (a pineapple-leaf fibre), Fair Trade natural rubber, linen and coconut coir (coconut husks).