In our last online event, we created a virtual winter market to show some love to local business and sustainable initiatives that we think you should know about. Check them out and hopefully get some inspiration for a missing gift!
Buy second hand books, games, films, and CDs! Lots of English titles too.
The biggest German online marketplace for fair trade clothing and sustainable products.
Sustainable alternative to your annually purchased and disposable tree! This one will be delivered to you in a pot, picked back up after Christmas, and replanted in the forest. The deadline for ordering was December 6 but be sure to keep this company in mind for next year.
An initiative started and run by Buki, creator of Berlin Buzzing. The Instagram page features Black and Brown-owned food businesses, to help ensure their survival in the midst of this pandemic. These businesses are often not included in large ordering platforms like Lieferando, so check Instagram for the different menus and where to order from.
Another awesome business that focuses on fair fashion for children, and Monica also offers sewing classes! All made with love, check out her website for one-of-a-kind pieces.
Ever heard of a kokedama before? This business, owned by Marmi Rialles, offers plants in pots made out of organic moss, a project born out of passion for plant sustainability. She also offers workshops so you can learn the technique to try it yourself at home.
Flowers are the best way to brighten someone’s day now that they are getting darker, but sadly don’t grow locally at this time of year and die quickly. Sustainable alternative? Dried flowers! Madame Fleurs offers beautiful bouquets, and they will last a lifetime.
Arts & Crafts
Check Mafê’s online Etsy store where she sells her self-made children’s clothing and dolls made from natural and organic fabrics. Additionally, all toys are vegan and cruelty-free.
You don’t have to be an experienced artist to participate in one of Leo’s life drawing workshops. As a matter of fact, it’s not so much about the end product as it is about the reflective and transformative effect of the creative process. Check out her website to sign up for one of her workshops.
The Zero Waste Festival links together citizens and professionals in Berlin around the topics of waste reduction, circularity, and sustainability. They hope to reopen their festival to the public in the summer of 2021, so buy your ticket now! Alternatively, get yourself or one of your friends a bundle gift from Roots Radical including delicious fruit and veg, or products from Era Zero Waste for your bathroom.
Invite someone you love to a gluhwein tour around the city. Name a better way to get fresh air after being stuck inside all day and supporting local business. The map indicates all the places in Berlin selling glühwein to go. So far, 119 places have been added in Berlin, 11 in Munich and 8 in Hamburg. However, they are inviting everyone to enjoy their drinks responsibly and stay at home. Still follow them, as we look forward to seeing them back on safer days.
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