19 December, 2008
This afternoon sees the start of Christmas panic weekend – offices are closing, works lunches are about to be served, and the early afternoon shops are starting to brim with suited men and women looking for some way of making the last weekend before Christmas just a little bit easier. We Brits go for ethical Christmas gifts quite a bit now, but wherever you’re from the approach you can take to buying ethical gifts should be the same. Here are a few random tips and items that we have collected for you to think about today:
1) Bring your own bags.
2) Stay Christmassy! (we’re talking about having ethical fun)
5) Don’t Panic! If you can’t manage 100% ethical christmas this year don’t let it mean you stop trying. What can you do after Christmas? Have you found ethical birthday presents too? Have you seen ethical ideas you can use every day? Can you make ethical consumption a regular thing and not just for Christmas?
11 December, 2008
Their advertising campaign for DAB radio ‘confused‘ poor viewers who couldn’t understand the simple message behind it that Christmas gifts tend to be forgotten in our everyday lives. Complaints from viewers and especially retailers made the story bigger news, involving tacit allegations of hypocrisy, as the BBC isn’t meant to advertise (and product sabotage is, after all, a method of advertisement).
One of the themes of NJfC in July was the useless Christmas present – the sort of thing that can only be worn/used/enjoyed at Christmas, yet has no chance of staying fashionable/clean/useful from year to year or even day to day. At least radio, whether new DAB sets or old transistor affairs which your dad used to use in the garden, has a chance of being useful year on year and day to day because content is replenished. Perhaps what retailers are really concerned about is that a DAB set, like your dad’s transistor set, is unlikely to be upgraded next year.
11 December, 2008
10 December, 2008
We were reminded the other day of an incident last week which mixed up the two corporate messages of Christmas. The first one is ‘Keep the Christmas spirit alive by buying new gifts’. The second has a slightly new twist: ‘Save our financial year by buying big this Christmas’. This is helped by huge reductions and early seasonal sales. However, the message (despite TV spots and local bulletins) is not how we can have a frugal Christmas but how, by taking advantage of the low prices, we can buy More Things. Yes, that’s right – the credit crunch means more gifts, more packaging, more landfill waiting to happen.
Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally the time of year when stores measure the growth (or recovery) that might be promised by Christmas spending. Recovery, it seems,must come at any cost.