The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun. And while many of you will have planned your Christmas shopping months in advance, studies have shown that over one-third of people leave at least some of their Christmas shopping to the last minute. Which is why we’ve put together a handy list of places where you can get great, sustainable presents – whilst also supporting a worthy cause!
ApparelXchange is a social enterprise dedicated to school uniform reuse. Their mission is to provide all young people with an affordable, quality school uniform that doesn’t cost the earth. If you’re looking for quality warm winter clothing for the kids at a great price- this is the place for you!
R:evolve Recycle aims to get people to think differently about their clothing, reduce consumption, landfill waste and our carbon footprint. They have swap shop boutique stores in Rutherglen, Cambuslang and Hamilton, where you can swap your unwanted, ill-fitting clothes for something nearly new, for free! Making swapping and sharing a natural part of the high street since 2015.
De’ils On Wheels is a community bike workshop offering a range of bike-related services whilst working to support the local community. Based in Scotstounhill, it’s run by the Glasgow Eco Trust, a local environmental charity and social enterprise based in west Glasgow that coordinates and delivers a range of environmental activities and services. Find quality reused bikes at affordable prices!
Bike for Good is another great place to find second-hand bikes. Bike for Good is a Glasgow-based social enterprise and registered charity that aims to improve physical and mental health, reduce carbon emissions, and provide cheap transport by raising the profile of Cycling in Glasgow.
They help commuters become less dependent on single-occupancy cars, refurbish and resell bikes, deliver training in the use and maintenance of bikes, and many other projects.
Locavore on Victoria Road is the perfect place to pick up organic, ethical and sustainable food for Christmas. They aim to offer a wide selection so that people can choose to bypass the supermarket and get most of what they need at fair and affordable prices. Stock up on your Christmas grub here! They are also stocking organic wines in the run up to Christmas.
At our Glasgow Wood Recycling showroom, you can pick up gifts from our small product range, such as tealight holders, jewellery stands or picture holders.
One of our most popular product this Christmas is the Whisky Flight board (pictured). This is handmade from reclaimed whisky barrel lids and is a great gift for whisky lovers at £27 including glassware. Check our Christmas opening hours to make sure you don’t miss out!
The Scottish Design Exchange (SDX) is a Community Interest Company with two not-for-profit shops in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
SDX supports independent makers, including social enterprises like Glasgow Wood Recycling, by offering them a place to sell their products. SDX currently works with over 150 Scotland-based artists and designers! The two stores are in large well-known shopping centres with massive footfall – therefore it’s a great platform to market ethical, sustainable products to the wider public.
There are some of our GWR products in the Buchanan Galleries store, so keep your eyes peeled!