Hello everyone. It’s been so cold here in Scotland, the past few mornings I have been up early scraping my car windows before I take my lovely lady pup to the park. That winter chill just reminds me that Christmas is drawing near.
This year I have been so late with my Christmas shopping. I am normally done by now with everything wrapped and ready to go! So far I haven’t even started. I decided, to get me in the right frame of mind for my sustainable shopping I would do a blog post. I’m pulling together some of my favourite local businesses so you can all make sustainable choices this Christmas. I’m in Dundee so the blog post is based around businesses that are local to here.
Eco Christmas Fayre
The Gate Church Carbon Saving Project and The Little Green Larder have teamed up to bring you an amazing eco Christmas fayre. We are bringing together a bunch of local suppliers who have sustainability and reducing waste at their core.
The Fayre is on Saturday the 23rd November at 11am till 3pm at The Gate Church International, 158 Perth Road, Dundee. Come along and see us there and support local independent suppliers in your community. The fayre is free to attend and any funds raised will go towards the community fridge. Click here to see the event page.
When I first got my keys to The Little Green Larder, Mairi (who owns Kist) was one of the first people to come over and say hello. Her lovely shop is right across the road from us and we were both decorating and starting up at the same time.
Kist has such beautiful items for sale. They are all locally sourced and handmade by Scottish artists. From beautiful jewellery, to sustainable beauty products, to prints. They have something for everyone. When you support Kist you are also supporting many local independent businesses.
The Little Green Larder
Ok, ok I know I am being bias putting my shop on the list, but I promise you will like what we have. All of the products at The Little Green Larder are sustainable. We offer dried foods and whole foods unpackaged in bulk along with a large unpackaged snack section and vegan pick and mix. Bring a jar and fill up with tasty treats for your loved ones Christmas stocking! Read our blogs on adult and children sustainable stocking fillers here.
Just a side note, there are lots of other zero waste shops in Scotland but I haven’t included them here as I intend to do a bigger post on this next year.
We also have great upcycled jewellery from local suppliers along with a large range of Scottish eco-friendly beauty and personal care products. If you are looking for bamboo toothbrushes, metal straws or sustainable dish washing products we have that too.
Pop in and see us at 272 Perth Road and say hello. We also have a few eco hampers available for you to fill up and make a personalised sustainable hamper for your loved ones.
Eco Christmas Cards
Jacqueline Jade is one of my favourite local artists! She is the one who designed our logo and did the art on our windows! Why not treat your nearest and dearest with a beautiful Christmas card and show the environment you care at the same time? As an added bonus you’re supporting a local artist too! Click here for her online shop.
Cairn O’ Mohr
These guys make the best wine I have ever tasted! Based in The Carse of Gowrie, Cairn O’ Mohr make their wine in the traditional way. They use locally picked seasonal fruits to create the most amazing tasting wines ever. There is honestly something for everyone! If wine isn’t your thing then they have lovely ciders and non alcoholic drinks too If you want to give the gift of an experience then a voucher for a tour of their winery is a great idea! Click here to see their website.
Marwick’s Vegan Kitchen
I love giving experience vouchers as gifts as much as possible. Why not treat your friends and family to a gift voucher for a tasty meal at one of the yummiest places in Dundee! They also have some tasty treats and reusable coffee cups that you can takeaway that make great gifts. Find out more about them by clicking here.
Gift the gift of soap this Christmas. Smeleez soap comes wrapped in either paper or plant based cellulose both of which are biodegradable and compostable. This beautiful soap is made locally by 9 year old Amelia who is such an amazing business woman. Follow her Facebook page for information on the markets she will be at. Alternatively pop into The Little Green Larder, we are proud to be stockists of her soap!
I LOVE pre-loved and vintage clothing. Most of my wardrobe is pre-loved or vintage! You can find amazing gifts on second hand and charity shops and be sure to check out Average Alice, Nicely Eclectic and The Tilted Duck for amazing vintage closed in Dundee.
I have a serious addiction to the chocolate truffles in Mary’s Kitchen. I take along my own container and get it filled up with chocolate heaven. These guys have introduces a few veggie vegan selections also. Why not treat a loved one to an afternoon tea gift voucher for Christmas. An experience gift is always such a great choice!
If you are a music fan then this store is a must! These guys sell new and pre loved records that will make amazing Christmas gifts! They host in store gigs and their shop comprises of some amazing upcycled items. The also sell some pretty amazing reusable tote bags!
Greenway’s is a community interest company that is Putting the wellbeing of people and planet first by enabling Tayside to reduce its environmental footprint in simple, everyday ways. Why not gift a friend an experience instead of a physical gift ad go along to one of Greenway’s workshops. Learn a great life skill that is also eco friendly. Click here for more info.
There are too many amazing eco local jewellers so I am just going to mention a few here. Scarlett Erskine uses your old jewellery to create stunning one of a kind pieces. She made my engagement ring and is just so talented.
Bruadarach Me collects sea glass from brought ferry beach. She turns it in to amazing art pieces and different items of jewellery. With Mille gives new life to scrap material that is headed for landfill.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog post and it has inspired you to shop locally this Christmas. When shopping locally you keeping more money in your local economy and encourage a sense of community. You help to reduce your city’s carbon foot print and of course your own and you make your favourite local businesses very, very happy.
Do you know of any other sustainable local businesses? Leave us a comment and let us know.
The Little Green Blogger