Guilt Free Gift Giving this Christmas

Giving eco-friendly presents is being made so much easier as Gifted – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair brings together over 50 of Ireland’s most sustainable brands in the RDS from December 4-8.

Those wanting the joy of a green Christmas can discover planet-friendly kids toys, ethical clothing, environmentally sound homewares and beauty products that don’t damage the skin or the environment.

Ireland’s largest Christmas Fair features a Sustainable Pop-Up of 40 of Ireland’s finest eco-friendly brands and a Sustainable Edit, curated by journalist Jo Linehan (founder of The Futurist podcast), showcasing 12 top ethical producers.

We have gathered some of the best sustainable stories below.

Founded by three surfing Dublin-based firemen friends, Grown make ethical and organic clothing and plant an indigenous Irish tree for each piece they create. To date they have planted over 4,000 trees and will be planting one for each piece sold at Gifted.

You can also give the gift of an Irish tree for €12 as a Christmas present and purchasers receive a card stating the exact location of the tree

Nunaia – Nicola Connolly

A quest to find life’s balance was undeterred by a terrifying hijacking which left an Irish skin-care manufacturer only more determined to explore remote areas and discover rare plants on her own.

Former head of Spanish Operations with Ryanair, Nicola Connolly returned to Ireland after a decade of adventure living and working with local communities on the Galapagos Islands, the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Andes Mountains of Peru, helping people to develop sustainable models for their unique heritage.

Her award-winning range of skincare products Nunaia is made from natural oils and plants used by medicine women in rainforest areas and high up in the Andes.

Rainforest inspired skincare from Nunaïa will be featured at Gifted – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair at the RDS from December 4-8. Nunaïa Nourishing Radiance Serum, price €79. See for more information.

Sharon Keilthy and her business partner Sheelin Conlon source toys and crafts that are made in Europe from bioplastics (100% plant made), recycled cardboard and safe recycled plastics. The toys also come unpackaged or in plastic-free compostable packaging.

Management consultant Sharon left a high-level job at a US multinational because she wanted to do something more meaningful and believes our model for making toys is completely broken.

AA McEvoy – Alison McEvoy

The desire of a new mum to protect her baby’s skin in gender neutral fabric colours for lasting inter-generational wear has led to the development of a much sought after sustainable clothing range for children.

Alison McEvoy founded of AA McEvoy, an award-winning luxury Irish organic clothing brand for babies and children aged 0-3 years. All of Alison’s products are designed and crafted in Ireland using super soft Global Organic Textile Standard cloth.

Super soft organic children’s clothing from AAMcEvoy will be featured at Gifted – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair at the RDS from December 4-8. Organic terry tomato strip cotton skirt, price €60, tops from €40. €25. See for more information.

The Nature of Things

A French native who sourced oils for some of the most prestigious fragrance houses in the world is now hoping to educate people on the scents and healing powers of high quality essential oils.

Former UCC student Benoit Nicol literally followed his nose to start The Nature of Things in Dublin just over a year ago, providing a collection of high-end and high quality natural, sustainable natural oils and diffusers.

Moon & Mellow – Cliona O’Brien

Kildare businesswoman Cliona O’Brien has spent the last decade in responsible sourcing and developing sustainable products for some of the world’s top-ranking global brands and finding ethical factories to produce them.

She decided to use her skills to make a sustainable difference with something she loved – pyjamas, resulting in her Her Moon & Mellow range of luxury 100% cotton nightwear, designed to honour female legends.

Kopper Kreation

A former engineer has willingly thrown himself onto the scrapheap in order to create bespoke homewares and lighting from reclaimed and recycled materials.

Emmet Bosonnet of Kopper Kreation is passionate about sustainability and travels once a month to local scrap yards searching for discarded treasures of copper, steel and brass which he then reinvents into functional homewares products with an industrial feel.

Copper pipe lamp made from recycled plumbing pipe with Edison bulb, price €125. Kopper Kreations create unique homewares using reclaimed and recycled materials.

Badly Made Books

Sean O’Sullivan was about to put pen to paper on a children’s book when he started thinking that it would be hypocritical to write about climate change using paper from felled trees.

Sean is bringing old-school printing back into fashion from his studio on Friar Street in Cork. Badly Made Books work with recycled paper to create short edition risograph printed art books and stationery.

Jo Linehan:

Jo Linehan will be showcasing locally sourced, Christmas presents made from environmentally friendly materials, with eco-friendly packaging and no air miles. Up-cycled, recycled and repurposed gifts are all part of her Gifted offering.

About Gifted:
Gifted – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair is the ultimate destination for anyone interested in craft, design, unique independent brands and artisan food producers at the RDS Dublin from December 4-8.

Ireland’s largest festival of giving will get Christmas shopping off to the perfect start for an expected 45,000 visitors over five days.

Celebrating the best in contemporary Irish design and artisan food, Gifted is home to over 500 stands packed with original gifts.

Find out more here.

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