Ethical Shopping

Good for the soul

From a bar of chocolate to a new bag, here are a few ways to think ethically while you spend.









100% New Zealand made from recycled Auckland Zoo billboards, these funky RAW (Reaching Animals Worldwide) bags are one-off designs. Even better, the RAW brand, developed by Kiwi zoos, supports conservation projects in the wild. (Available at Auckland Zoo's Wild Zone Gift Shop

Gorgi ( have teamed up with Project Jonah to produce a gorgeous range of cushions with an ecological feel-good factor. $2 from each cushion sold goes to Project Jonah to help their whale conservation work.



Bholu products are designed in Australia and are brought to life by the hands of women artisans in India using traditional skills. Part of the proceeds go back to the women and their communities. (Bholu Critter Linen $78 from

Give a gift that will benefit someone other than the recipient - Oxfam Unwrapped lets you purchase items for communities in poverty-stricken areas where Oxfam works, from a piglet ($40) or a baby emergency kit ($27) to a 10% share in a cocoa plantation ($450). (

Hand-silkscreened in nature-inspired prints including eucalyptus leaves, Warratah seed pods, and a mountain ash forest from the Australian Alpine National park, this ultra-hip table is Good Environmental Choice certified, and $5 from its sale goes to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund. (Australian Bushland Zaishu AU$350 from



You can look great and feel even better in the stylish range of t-shirts from The H Initiative. Designed by prominent New Zealand artists, all proceeds go to support New Zealand organisations such as Plunket and the Mental Health Foundation. (





It's the ultimate indulgence, but now that piece of dark chocolate doesn't have to feel quite so naughty. Green & Black's manufacture a range of chocolate bars, all made from organic cocoa beans which have been ethically sourced.(



Every year En Gry & Sif carry out projects which benefit the 600 Nepalese women who handmake their soft felt toys and homewares. (Crochet Frogs $70 each from

The Nurture Foundation are committed to helping New Zealanders deliver healthy, full-term babies through their support of research into reproductive problems. $7 from the sale of each T-shirt will help to fund research into infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and pregnancy complications. 
($15 each from




As seen in OHbaby! magazine Issue 6: 2009


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