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Biome Ethical Snowman Advent Calendar

Submitted by on December 20, 2009 – 8:20 pmNo Comment

I love the idea of having an advent calendar we’ll use year after year; and this one is lovely – I think it’s the start of a new tradition for us.

Buy online at Biome Lifestyle

Price £16


Initial thoughts: This Biome Lifestyle snowman looks homemade  – and that’s because it is. It’s a fantastic-looking calendar, and it’s ethically produced, so buying one might just make you feel a bit more festive.

The calendars are made from felt by a small cooperative in Nepa, which was established as a social enterprise in 2003. The project’s aim to to help poor, vulnerable and socially excluded women by building their skills and providing the opportunity to enhance their economic status and independence. The workers are provided with fair wages and work in a friendly, healthy, clean and safe environment. The small co-operative has provided economic opportunities to 78 women and aims to develop and support further socially marginalised women in the future.
We liked: The calendar is a fairly substantial felt snowman, with 24 pockets of varying sizes on the front. The Snowman’s clothing is attached by Velcro; you remove it and put it in the pockets and then add a piece of clothing each day so that by Christmas he is fully dressed. This is great for parents who don’t want their children to eat sweets and chocolates. BG is a bit young for advent calendars, but I’m not and I think it’s lovely.

We weren’t keen: It only has 15 items of clothing, so I had to think of what to put in the other 10 pockets (chocolate for Mummy, obviously). The pockets are a good size so you could put some gifts, stickers, dried fruits or sweets in the spare pockets.

Overall: It’s a lovely Advent Calendar, I like the idea of having this year after year. I think this is the start of a tradition for us! At Christmas, I think it’s especially nice to feel as though you’ve done something to help people who are less fortunate, and this calendar definitely ticks the boxes in that respect.

[By Carol at New Mummy]

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