Mindful Holiday Traditions: Sharing the Love Through Regifting

Orsola wearing her favourite necklace, that was her mother's, given to her for Christmas in 2006

By Valerie Hutterer | Living
Posted Dec 24, 2016

This season, in addition to our Magnifeco Holiday Gift Guide, we want to share more mindful ways to celebrate the holidays and asked some of our favorite people for their holiday traditions. Today, Orsola de Castro shares her non-commercial holiday tradition.

Christmas is big in my family. As far as I can remember it has always been a total gluttony of presents.
Yes. Presents and gifts galore. The more the merrier. Underneath our Christmas tree almost a room full of stuff, neatly or messily packaged, whatever.
It is quite normal to receive sometimes even 3 or more presents from the same person.
This doesn’t sound very sustainable, does it?
So here’s the secret: we shed. As in, most of the stuff that’s given was pre-owned.
So I will give my family things that are mine as I receive things that were theirs. Precious things, special things, the absolute opposite of cast-off things. Things loved, adored, intimate, carefully chosen to go to someone else, also much loved, to continue their journey.

About Orsola

Orsola de Castro is a pioneer and internationally recognized opinion leader in sustainable fashion. In 1997 she founded From Somewhere, a label designing clothes made entirely from pre-consumer waste: disregarded materials such as surplus and production cut-offs. The label combined sustainable thinking with fashion-forward design, bringing quality and craftmanship to ‘exquisite rubbish’. From Somewhere collaborations include Jigsaw, Tesco, Speedo, and a series of best selling capsule collections for Topshop. In 2006, she co-founded the British Fashion Council pioneering initiative Estethica, which she curated until 2014. Estethica was London Fashion Week’s showcase for labels designing sustainably: ethics and aesthetics combined. It nurtured new generations of like-minded designers and supported more established brands who are mindful of their supply chain. In 2013, with Carry Somers, she founded Fashion Revolution Day, marking the disaster in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 April 2013, when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed, killing and injuring thousand of workers. Raising public awareness of the continuing social and environmental catastrophes in or global fashion supply chains, Fashion Revolution has become a global campaign with participation in over 85 countries around the world. Orsola is a regular key note speaker and mentor as well as a Central Saint Martins Visiting Fellow and Practitioner in Residence for Central Saint Martins Fashion MA.

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