Desi-Owned Christmas Gift Guide: Sustainable

The British Bindi team has handpicked inspiring desi-owned brands to help support shopping local this Christmas 🎄 whilst highlighting creative entrepreneurs in our community.

Eco-friendly is here to stay! 💚 Loving seeing so many brands embracing greener gifts. Here’s some of our favourite sustainable ideas:

Garmi

Garmi creates quality handcrafted products made from 100% recycled South Asian fabrics.

Instagram @garmi._

Gorgeous products include: face masks, scrunchies and headbands and some Christmas exclusives such as: baubles, bookmarks and card wallets!

As well as saving beautiful fabrics from landfill, Garmi promotes South Asian culture, through its vibrant fabrics, to a whole new audience and allows these fabrics to be incorporated into everyday life!

So, if you’re looking for some beautiful, unique and sustainable gifts this Christmas then garmi is for you! Customers can purchase through their Instagram and via DM.

Maitree

A curated selection of eco-friendly items

Instagram @maitree_uk

“As we began to adopt more sustainable practices in our lives this year, we become increasingly aware of the lack of options for eco-friendly gifts. Whilst there are plenty of promising options out there for purchasing eco-friendly everyday items for ourselves, we struggled to find suitable, sustainable gifts. 

More than that, we noticed there wasn’t a platform on which to find eco-friendly treats (and not just everyday items) for ourselves – because we all need a little treat every now and then, be it a scented candle or an organic cocktail.

That’s how we formed Maitree, a marketplace for sustainable gifts and treats for yourself or your loved ones. Our products are carefully vetted to ensure they uphold our sustainable values.”

On Maitree, you can find gifts that are good for the Earth; gifts you can feel good about giving.

The Jewel Jar

Sustainable gift spotlight!

Instagram @thejeweljar

These wooden earrings are handmade and carved in teak wood. From start to finish, the earrings incorporate sustainable manufacturing processes and materials that are environmentally friendly and leave behind a minimum carbon footprint. The earrings use geometric patterns that have tribal inspiration, using natural colour derived from limestone and 92.5 silver. Each earring takes 5-8 days to make due to its handmade nature. They are lightweight and unique and very easy to style with multiple outfits. Style it with linens, cotton, silks or prints to make the most out of your earrings.

Parneet, the founder of The Jewel Jar: “Jewellery has always had a special place in my heart since my teenage years. Wearing & styling jewellery in my own way, helped me overcome my body image issues and made me feel beautiful and confident. This is what I aim to bring through my brand. I handpick contemporary pieces from various independent designers specialising in artisanal jewellery made to impeccable standards. Each piece is versatile, affordable with an element of luxury so we all can enjoy some unusual finds.” 

Amala Curations

Amala Curations is a luxury, ethical gifting service, with a mission to spread happiness through their gifts.

Instagram @amalacurations

Thoughtfully curated and ethically sourced gift boxes and hampers, with products from wonderful small UK businesses which share Amala Curation’s values.

The luxurious, sustainable gift boxes are:

  • Cruelty Free
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Made from Natural Ingredients

So that you can send gifts to your loved ones which are good for them as well as for the environment.

The packaging is luxurious with a touch from nature; Amala Curations uses natural fabrics, dried flowers, recycled ribbons and seed paper to create a unique unboxing experience.

House of Bilimoria

Instagram @house_of_bilimoria

Upcycled vintage, heirloom and second hand textiles

House of Bilimoria luxury upcycles vintage, heirloom and second hand textiles to give them a new lease of life. Passionate about sustainability, not only for people and the planet, but heritage too being at the forefront of the work they do.

These luxcycle clutches have been made from vintage brocade sarees. Saving them from a life in a wardrobe- that would eventually be landfill. Available online now.

Photography by @amandarosephoto

Unnaaty

Unnaaty is a premium online store that offers you the power to give back to the community and the environment.

Instagram @unnaaty

At Unnaaty, you will find a handpicked selection of eco-friendly fashion, bath + body and home décor products that are made by U.K. based environmentally conscious small businesses and social enterprises that employ people who have challenging physical or learning difficulties.

Didi Mala Jewellery

Combining Heritage along with Sustainability, Uniqueness, and Affordability; Didi Mala brings you timeless, eco-friendly pieces that stand out in any Jewellery collection.

Instagram – @didimalajewellery

‘Established by Rebecca Kamala Roychoudhury (AKA Bex), the inspiration for the brand came from Bex’s Indian heritage. Memories of seeing relatives adorned with jewellery evoke memories of family and happiness.  Named after her Didi; (Ka)Mala the two names were then combined to create Didi Mala – A constant reminder to always remember where you came from, and let this help shape where you are going.’

Each piece is carefully designed and hand-crafted in Bex’s Warwickshire studio.
Shop small. Shop unique. Shop Didi Mala.

Only in-stock items are available on the website. Commissions and made-to-order jewellery are closed for the remainder of the year now.

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