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TAKE an eth­i­cal stance when look­ing for gift ideas this Christ­mas.

With Aus­tralian shop­pers ex­pected to spend more than $46 bil­lion this Christ­mas, Ox­fam Aus­tralia wants lo­cals to con­sider buy­ing eth­i­cal gifts, al­low­ing ar­ti­sans to be paid fair wages for prod­ucts.

One of the new­est col­lec­tions is Pur­ple House, hail­ing from Alice Springs, which helps the Pin­tupi-Lu­ritja peo­ple from the Western Desert re­ceive treat­ment for kid­ney dis­ease.

Ox­fam Aus­tralia trad­ing gen­eral man­ager Ju­lia Sum­ner said the new gift sets from Pur­ple House were just one of Ox­fam’s 138 fair and eth­i­cal pro­ducer part­ners from 39 coun­tries around the world.

“Con­tain­ing Ir­mangka Ir­mangka body lo­tion, Lemon­grass Lip Balm, Ar­rethe Bush Balm and Ir­mangka Soap, th­ese prod­ucts are not only good for your skin, they’re good for the com­mu­ni­ties where they are made,” she said.

“With thou­sands of unique, hand-crafted, amaz­ing Christ­mas gift ideas in our Ox­fam shops you can be as­sured that your loved ones will be thrilled with their presents, while know­ing that fair wages are paid to our ar­ti­sans and valu­able com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment projects are be­ing sup­ported.”

The Ox­fam Shop is on Queen Street in Fre­man­tle.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d447016

Lynn Ers­feld with Western Desert prod­ucts.

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