Eguale – Fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate
If you’re not sure what to get a loved one for Christmas, something to eat is always a safe choice, and Gothenburg based Eguale have plenty of edibles to offer. Their vision is a trade that is fair to everyone involved, all the way from farmer to consumer, and they’ve been working with fair trade and organic production since 1976. Besides in Eguale’s own web shop, you’ll find their coffee, tea and chocolate in supermarkets Ica and Coop, special stores and fair trade shops.
Maska – high-quality knitwear
Didn’t have time to finish that Christmas sweater for grandpa? No worries, just swing by Maska’s store on Fjärde Långgatan, where you’ll find comfy knitwear (and more) in natural fibres that will last for many winters to come. Sustainability is in focus throughout the company, who have taken the yarn quality and elaborate patterns of the hand knitting world and made them commercially available.
Thrive – sustainable and vegan fashion in Haga
At Thrive you can choose between non-toxic denim wear, vegan sneakers and organic bags and accessories. There is a wide selection of items, produced in a fair way and without using chemicals or pesticides. Not sure what to buy? Ask the knowledgeable and environmentally passionate owners for advice!
Nudie Jeans – sustainable fashion
One of the world’s most famous jeans brands, Nudie Jeans, was founded in Gothenburg in the early 2000s. The collections, which now include everything from accessories to jackets and t shirts, are made of 100 percent organic cotton in a transparent and fair chain of production. If your jeans are worn out, Nudie will repair them fror free in one of their shops. To mimimise your environmental impact (as well as the impact on your wallet), choose a pair of worn jeans from the project Re-use.
Icebug – the world’s first climate positive outdoor shoe
Christmas gift for the runner or outdoor person. Slippery surface is a thing of the past. Icebugs outdoor shoes can be used both on ice and wet roots. The company became the first ever outdoor shoe company that created a climate positive product. They are still working step by step to improve their shoes – and minimise the carbon footprint.
Go for second hand gifts
The clothing industry impacts its workers and the environment in a negative way, and this issue is getting more and more attention of late. Secondhand Christmas gifts are more sustainable than new ones, and in Gothenburg there are plenty of shops selling pre-owned furniture, pants, sweaters, interior decoration items and jewellery. Whether you want to dig up some bargains in a large warehouse or browse carefully selected brands in a stylish shop, there’s something for you and your Christmas present plans.
Gothenburg’s best thrift shops
There are many opportunities for a second hand steal in Gothenburg, whether it’s antiques, clothes or furniture you’re looking for. Here are some of our top picks from the city’s eco-friendly, unique and affordable second-hand and vintage shopping options.
Av: Maria Kopp