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Sunday 27 November 2022

Sustainable Gift Guide 2022

Somehow it's nearly Christmas time, and it appears that posting my Christmas Gift Guide is the only blog activity of late!! With requests from friends about whether i'd create the guide, I decided that some traditions cant be broken. 

So, I hope you enjoy the Big Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide for 2022. 

Gifts for the Fashion Lover

Veja Trainers | £140
One of the most sustainable trainer brands out there, and also the most stylish, if I do say so myself.

What Meg Knits Vest | £120-£150
IT doesn’t get more sustainable than made to order garments, and these beautiful knits best provide the perfect pop of colour for winter. Every piece that meg makes in stunning, the biggest challenge is choosing which you’d like!

Fund Jumper | £165
Helping to support small independent farmers. Fund work exclusively with a British company to manufacture sustainable high quality wool from free range pasture fed ethically reared sheep. The brand also helps support a variety of charities and offset their emissions meaning you're supporting a brand really trying to do good.

Mashu Philippa Bag | £295
A brand working hard to integrate sustainability credentials, this bag is created using Bio Veg vegan leather made from 27% Recycled polyester 73% bio based mass content from non GMO corn crops made in Italy. The lining is 100% organic cotton sourced from the Netherlands whilst the Gold Plated brass hardware is handmade in Greece.

Birdsong No borders T-shirt | £36
Inspired by the incredible refugee and migrant women Birdsong work with every day, and the work of the no borders movement. These t-shirts are designed in house by Birdsong and embroidered, ethically and locally by their community legend Mona onto a 100% organic cotton base tee.

Tartan Blanket Company Scarf | £32
Donating 1% of their revenue to the planet and 1% to the people supporting charities and community projects around the world, The Tartan Blanket Company designed in Edinburgh is the perfect winter gift.

Recycled Wool Hat | £44
This ribbed texture beanie made with 100% recycled merino is made from pre-consumer textile waste that would otherwise go to landfill. Perfect for those out in winter to keep them warm on whatever their adventure may entail.

People Tree Wide Leg Trousers | £95
People Tree’s AW21 denim collection which includes these high-rise wide leg jeans were created using a production process which saves up to 90% of water, compared to conventional denim production.With their organic cotton being grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment with systems in place to replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilisers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.

Damson Madder Organic Broderie Blouse | £65
Because I felt the need to have something beautifully bright within the guide. This shirt, made from 100% organic cotton, is hip length with full, cuffed sleeves and a rounded neckline. It features an oversized wave edge collar with red DM broderie detailing along the collar edge and arm.

Gifts for those who love to Host

Fatty’s Organic Gin | £45
Fatty's Gin is made to the highest organic standards, using the finest organic grain and botanicals. Everything about this Soil Association-accredited gin being organic – even down to the ink on the label, you know good. It’s also made in small batches of 100 bottles per run in south London.

Sip Swirl Straws | £35
Its not often to find cool looking glass straws but these certainly do the trick! Each straw is crafted from borosilicate glass and tinted with colour making the perfect drink accessory.

Supper by Flora Shedden £22
A beautiful book created for those who look to share food. Supper is a show-stopping collection of Flora Shedden's best-loved recipes for transforming the often-mundane dining-in experience into something worth staying in for.

Bertioli & Thyme Napkins | £15 each
I was gifted these for my birthday and they are still one of my favourite things in my dining room. The colour and fabric are wonderful and are the perfect addition to any table. Even better their small footprint due to being small batch and UK made means they don’t cost the earth.

Stoneware Brushstoke Mug | £35
Stoneware mug, handmade by potter Nicola Gillis in small batches in her garden studio. This mug is made from beautifully toasty stoneware speckled clay, with painterly oxide markings and finished with a coat of matte white glaze. The potter Nicola uses clay collected from her local surroundings and experiments with incorporating wood ash in her glazes, to create her own unique finish. This mug is something really unique.

LSA Tumblers | £42
These handmade recycled glass tumblers were created in partnership with the Eden Project and a Winner of an iF Design Award and Green GOOD DESIGN Award. Perfect size for table water glasses, especially for those who love to have a beautifully set dining table.

Always Pan | £125
What must be one of the most beautiful pans around, the always pan has a non-toxic, non-stick ceramic coating made without potentially toxic materials like PFOAs, PTFEs, other PFAs, lead, cadmium, toxic metals, and nanoparticles. Compatible with all cooktops and perfect for leaving on the side.

Eating for Pleasure, People & Planet Cookbook | £17.50 
Tom's mission is to teach a way of eating that prioritises the environment without sacrificing pleasure, taste and nutrition. This book does just that, offering an education on food systems, and tasty recipes. Perfect for these keen how to cook in harmony with the planet a little more.

Yala Hammered Jug | £30
Made from recycled glass, first the waste glass is collected and washed to remove any impurities; it is then crushed and melted down before being hand blown or placed in moulds to create these jugs which are the perfect addition to any table.

Eat Well Recipe Journal | £26
With sections for breakfast, lunch, dinner and treats this recipe journal is perfect for those trying to capture meals and ideas as they go. Printed on FSC certified paper and comes with plastic free packing, it provides a great gift for those who like to take culinary memories from plate to page.

Negroni Print | £65
The original artwork was painted by Chiara Perano during lockdown in Spring 2020, part of her 'A Casa' collection, a tribute to the simple and perfect Negroni aperitivo. This print is a limited edition run of 100, printed on sustainable archival paper made from bamboo fibres, with a luxurious matt finish.

Gifts for a Cosy Night In

Neal’s Yard Seaweed & Arnica Foaming Bath | £15.50
This stuff is magic, who knew that these ingredients (organic) together would create the perfect bath that really does leave you sleepy afterwards. It's my go to!

Stir It Up Turntable | £199.99
This turntable features natural bamboo, REGRIND silicone, REWIND fabric, recycled plastic, and recyclable aluminium making it a great sustainable music solution

SKANDINAVISK Hibernate Scented Candles Gift Set | £42.00
Certified as a B Corp, Skandinavisk continue to work in the areas of certified raw materials, local production, due diligence in sourcing, and policies toward their staff, including their refugee integration program. This gift set contains KOTO, HYGGE and SKOG fragrances in mini glass votives and made with sustainably sourced soy wax, pure cotton wicks and engraved wooden lids.

Knoops Hot Chocolate Collection | £34
With hot chocolate cocoa levels in the kit include 34%, 54% and 70%, this gift is the perfect you’re your hot chocolate evenings in. Knoops work with only a handful of chocolate makers, who are genuinely committed to improving the sustainability of their cocoa. Their packaging is also environmentally friendly made from cardboard.

Pantee Underwear | £38
Made from upcycled deadstock t shirts, which would otherwise go to waste, Pantee is the perfect comfy underwear for the perfect cosy night it. Every order is also sent out in recyclable and plastic free packaging

Lucy & Yak Jumper & Joggers From £46
A brand known for their ethics and practices, working with factories that they personally visited whien establishing the business, these GOTS-certified organic cotton set are individually hand dyed in India and are completely unique. Perfect for a cosy night in on the sofa!

TOMS Ezra Slippers | £62
These cozy slippers with convertible heel provide the perfect slipper if you’re nipping in and out of the house. What’s even better is that TOMS donate 1/3 of their profits to grassroots organisations that are working to build equality.

Beehive Throw | £68.99
These beautiful blankets are made in the UK from wool sourced from New Zealand and South Africa and come in a vast array of colours which suit every single house.

Gifts for the Outdoor Explorer 

Finisterre Changing Robe | £135-150

For anyone who’s taken to wild swimming or loves a dip in the sea when they can, this robe is windproof and the perfect jacket to throw on after a plunge.

National Trust Membership | £72
What better gift than the opportunity to visit the 500 sites across the UK

Wild Guide | £16.99
I rave about these wild guides to everyone. They are such a fantastic resource to plan any adventures in the UK and show you all the hidden spots around the country that you definitely wouldn’t find without.

Outdooractive Yearly App Membership | £29.99 a year
If you know a walker, this maybe the perfect gift, View Ranger allows them to plan their routes and save offline along with being linked with OS Maps to ensure they always know where they are on the mountainside.

Dock & Bay Quick dry Towel | £30
Dock & Bay towels are perfect for throwing in the car and they take up barely any room. Made from super soft, sustainable waffle material which dries 2x faster than regular cotton, they’re perfect for all water-based activities.

Palladium Shoes | £110
Perfect for outdoor activities, these boots are made from recycled materials and peta approved. A fantastic option if you’re looking for a different type of boot for winter and wet activities.

The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2023 | £12.99
The Almanac book provides you with the tools and inspiration to mark and appreciate each month of the year in your own particular way. Divided into the 12 months, a set of tables each month gives it the feel and weight of a traditional almanac, providing practical information that gives access to the outdoors and the seasons, perfect for expeditions, meteor-spotting nights and beach holidays. A real way to reconnect with nature around you.

Adventure Parc Snowdonia Surf & Stay | Rooms from around £150 a night, with access to the water parc from £35
Evolving the landscape of surfing since 2015, Surf Snowdonia, part of Adventure Parc Snowdonia is the home of a clean, consistent break that creates an ideal environment for learning, improving and simply surfing great waves in our stunning natural environment. With a hotel now connected it makes the perfect place to spend a weekend should you be looking for a variety of outdoor activities.

Gifts for the Garden Fanatic 

Crops in Tight Spots Book | £12.71
Having bought this book last year, I have been filled with inspiration for how to use the outside space we have available (or none). With creative solutions and easy to understand, its a fantastic starting book for anyone who wants to tempted to get green fingers.

LSA International Canopy Trio of Recycled Glass Vases | £35
A trio of miniature vases handmade from sustainably produced recycled glass, the vases are presented in packaging made of recycled, recyclable materials and printed with organic vegetable inks. Perfect for those who want to display their garden delights.

Flower Press Kit | £25
Perfect for the friend or family member who loves flowers, this flower press enables them to capture their favourite blooms throughout the years.

Glass Plant Mister | £8.99
The perfect glass mister for the plant lover in your life, plus it looks great if out on the side.

The Plant Care Bundle | £50
Patch plants have some fantastic plant care items. This bundle with a watering can, secateurs, a mister, and dust cloth, is the perfect kit for those looking to up their plant care routine.

Terracotta Herb Kit | £36
This box includes basil, parsley, coriander, dill, chives and peppermint along with 3 terracotta plant pots as well and so provides the perfect kit for new gardeners.

Around the World in 80 Trees book | £18.60
Building on the success of Around the World in 80 Plants, Jonathan Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable. From the trees of Britain, to India's sacred banyan tree, the trees can act as inspiration - not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup and the book provides the perfect gift for any garden fanatic you know.

National Trust Round Garden Tool Bag | £17
Perfect for those who love to garden but have no where to put their tools, this garden bag features 8 compartments and ofters a great garden solution

Wild Food Foraging courses | £60 pp
Wild Food UK aims to educate people about tasty edible wild plants, mushrooms, fruits, roots and flowers that they believe everyone should be able to identify, pick and eat with confidence. Courses enable you to gain foraging skills and taste the foraged goodies you’ve found as well.

Indoor Watering Can £18.99
Sometimes plant accessories also need to look good, this watering can provides the perfect indoor option made from FSC certified wood and designed to be on display

Gifts for the Beauty Lover

Aromatherapy Polishing Brush | £25
Fantastic for buffing away dry and dull skin whilst promoting circulation made from cactus bristle and natural wood. Perfect for the post bath boost.

Reusable Makeup Remover Pads | £14
Have a friend who uses cotton pads? Well instead why not get them these? After a few uses they can be chucked in the wash, ready for use all over again

Illamasqua highlighter | £34.00
A brand that I’ve loved ever since I uncovered them nearly 8 years ago, Illamasqua create incredibly pigmented produce that’s cruelty free. This highlighter is my go to and something I recommend to everyone!

Rose Inc makeup brushes | £22
These vegan dual-fiber brushs are a perfect addition to a makeup bag. This one in particular is designed for buffing and stippling cream bronzer onto the complexion with ease. Soft, extended bristles are custom designed to do the work for you, eliminating streaks for a seamlessly blended finish.

Byoma Hydrating Serum | £12.99
A brand new skincare brand that operates a 'no fillers, no fluff' approach which we are here for. Designed to boost your skin's barrier, the range offers all the essential products from serums to creams, cleanser and face mist. An affordable brand, all of the products come in packaging that can be recycled after and the company will be launching refills soon.

Ren Clean Screen Mineral Mattifying Face Sunscreen SPF30 | £30
We know the need for SPF and this quick-absorbing SPF30 sunscreen protects skin and supports marine life, too - it’s packaged in recycled ocean plastic and contains active Non-Nano Zinc Oxide that's considered ""reef friendly"" (so you can wear yours while swimming).

Cedar & Citrus Lip Salve | £13
A perfect stocking filling this nourishing formulation offering exceptional moisturisation for dry or chapped lips; contains a blend of vegetable-derived emollients to smooth and soften.

Milkhydro grip primer | £17
A brand that’s gotten a lot of noise in the last few years, New York-based Milk's entire offering is cruelty-free, paraben free and 100% vegan making it a fantastic option for those seeking a new primer in their lives

PaiC-2-Believe Vitamin C Brightening Moisturiser | £49
Although a little pricey, Pai is working hard to raise the bar in the industry when it comes to transparency and sustainability. All of its products are formulated and made in-house in the brand's London lab, so they have full overview of what goes in every bottle. Plus they’ve been accredited by COSMOS (Soil Association), Cruelty Free International and The Vegan Society.

Gifts for those on the go

Ecoalf Navy Hat | £45
Ecoalf only use recycled wool and cashmere instead of raw animal derived materials. The brand seeks out high quality materials within all their products with strong sustainability credentials as well.

Yoko Wool Mittens | £19.95
Because what is not to love about mittens?! These beautiful pair are made with local irish wool. and are naturally cosy and sustainably crafted.

Above & Beyond Lip balm Refill Kit | £25
With the case made of aluminium so it can handle being battered around in your bag and chewed by your dog, and the refills being plastic free and compostable, this lip balm offers a refreshing alternative to many others whilst tackling waste.

KeepCup | £24
A classic but always needed. It’s always the perfect gift for those who you’re trying to encourage living a little more sustainable lifestyle.

Duck Head Umbrella | £32
Perfect for the ever changing British weather, this umbrella has a PFc free waterproof coating, is made from recycled materials and sustainably sourced birch. The perfect addition for those always on the go!

Floral Street ylang ylang espresso perfume | £24
Wrapped in recyclable, sustainable packaging, this perfect perfume in a travel sized spray bottle is not only a multi-award winning vegan perfume but also smells divine. I recommend the Ylang Ylang Espresso which is a scent like nothing else. I’m addicted.

Our Future is Botanic Kew Bottle | £15
A bottle that looks and feels a little different. This one is made mainly from sugarcane whilst also being free from BPAs & Phylalate.

Rains Tote Bag | £45
Rains products are built to last, whilst also looking slick and stylish. This bag has a pared-back silhouette and is finished with a coated zip and wrap-under webbing handles, delivering an easy-to-wear staple, perfect for light commutes.

Black and Blum Lunch Bag | £24.95
If you know someone who’s always carrying food but worried it may spill in their bag, then this the perfect gift. This 6.7L insulated lunch bag, made from recycled PET t is big enough to carry all your food and drink on-the-go items, such as a lunch box, water bottle, fruit and snacks.

Gifts for the Nesty One

Tartan Blanket Company | £65
Woven from 70% Recycled Wool and 30% Mixed Recycled Fibres saved from landfill this blanket is perfect for draping at the end of a king-size bed or wrap around yourself on the sofa! The Tartan Blanket Co also donate 1% of all their revenue to the planet and 1% to the people supporting charities and community projects around the world.

Whilst we’re waiting we dance Print | £25
Because sometimes we need a little sunshine on our walls and this print provides just that

Incense holder set | £11
Created by Leeds-based Studio Wald. This incense holder is lasercut in Yorkshire then screen-printed by hand in small batches to create something truly unique and the perfect gift for someone who loves candles and diffusers!

AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES De-Stress Mind Shower Oil | £28
You'll find Aromatherapy Associates' range in some of the chicest spas - the brand believes its ingredients can improve your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. This 'De-Stress Mind' shower oil is enriched with a therapeutic blend of Frankincense, relaxing Petitgrain and Moroccan Wild Chamomile that naturally eases muscle tension. The formula transforms from an oil to nourishing milk when massaged into skin.

Rapunzel the Devils Ivy | £24
Although the plant ivy is a narch nemesis of mine, devils ivy is a little different. Perfect for kitches and can adapt to low light levels, this little one from Patch plants is the perfect home accessory to brighten up your space.

LSA Recycled Water Glass Carafe £34
I’ve been a big fan of the LSA recycled collection ever since I saw it in the Eden project. The pieces demonstrate how beautiful recycled glass can be, and the opportunity we have to utilise it.

Kinfolk Islands Book | £35.00
Explore island trave with Kinfolk, the pioneers in "slow living," their philosophy of simplicity, authenticity, intentionally and community. This book builds on their travel book, filled with ideas and inspiration for where to escape, explore and unwind, and explore with of vibrant photography, practical guidance, and thoughtful destination coverage.

Lamp £150
These amazing lights provide the perfect statement piece in hopes and are ethically made using 100% recycled glass, the coloured glass is made in Spain, cork stopper is made in Portugal, while the brass table lamp/fitting components are made in the UK.

The Longing Towels from £20
These insanely soft and absorbent GOTS certified organic cotton towels have been raved about since they launched for their fantastic quality and the fact they’re incredibly soft and cuddly. Perfect for after a long bath.

Gifts for the Sporty One

Allbirds tree flyer trainers | £128
Allbirds sustainability commitments and material use have been integrated into the brand since its beginnings. These trainers are made with breezy FSC-certified eucalyptus fibre and recycled heel counter to give you a more balanced and stable ride. Perfect for short runs and gym classes.

Girlfriend Black Topanga Bra | £35
Another sportwear brand who takes sustainability seriously, girlfriend uses recycled polyester for the majority of their garments. Although an American brand Selfridges stock them in the UK helping to reduce your postage costs.

Ohne Yin & Tonic | £24.50
Ohne’s brand ethos: if you’re going to have an average of 540 periods in your lifetime (say whaaat), those periods better be good. Cue the invention of its hero herbal tincture, Yin & Tonic – best served via four drops in a herbal cuppa – that can ease cramps and make your moods more… hinged. When taken at the first sign of a period, some users claim it’s so good at sending cramps packing that they’ve stopped taking painkillers.

Tala x Ren Post Workout Kit |£72
Designed for post workout skincare in mind, this kit featuring two proven sensitivity-soothers and one bestselling mineral SPF, helps keep skin-calm whilst the products are also cruelty free!

Rains Gym Bag | £65
With a variety of eco-friendly initiatives, Rains products are built to last, look fantastic and work with sustainability in mind.

TALA Long Sleeve Top | £38
TALA new yoga range provide the perfect pieces to go from gym to bar and what’s more, they’re sustainable made from recycled polyester

Wild Deodrant | £27
These natural deodorant are not only reusable with plenty of refill option but perfect to keep in the gym bag.

Dashel Cycle Bike Helmet | £79
Good design is not just looks. These Dashel Helmet are made to be circular with a liner and a shell that can be recycled. Dashel is also going to enable the recycling process, working with their manufacturers and 3rd party suppliers to recycle, reuse or responsibly dispose of all parts of the helmets, so that nothing ends up in landfill.

Liforme Yoga Mat | £110
A good yoga mat can make or break you practice. These mats from B cord Liforme are made from a natural rubber base and an polyurethane top surface which has been designed to be non toxis and biodegradable, helping make your practice even more environmentally friendly.

Small Gym Towel | £12
With 5% of Dock & Bays profits going to charity, the brand is the perfect gift idea.

Gifts for the Jewellery Fan

Ana Luisa Bracelet | £55
I can not recommend this enough, perfect for travelling, perfect for preventing tangling! There are a few options available now to suit your taste.

Sammi Maria New York Chain Necklace | £69
SAMMI MARIA jewellery items are made-to-order, making sure no resources or precious metals are being used without a clear purpose. Therefore, production only begins after your order has been placed.

Monica Vinader Bracelet | £50
It is not very often that you find Monica Vinader pieces for less than £100, but this beautiful bracelet made of 18ct yellow gold-plated vermeil on recycled sterling silver is a beautiful piece that is having a far smaller impact on the planet.

Daphine Oli Hoops | £75
A slightly different take on the standard gold hoop, these beautiful Daphine earrings are made from 18ct Gold Plated and are handmade at a atelier in Jaipur.

By Glaze Sand Chunky Gold Hoops | £49
Sustainably and ethically produced using recycled sterling silver and responsibly sourced thick 18k gold plating, these hoops add a new textural element that you don’t often find in jewellery

Birdsong Gold Plain Hoops | £45
These classic hoops are beautiful on their own, or you can add some of the possible charms. They’re hand-made at a Living Wage jewellery making co-operative in Jaipur, India. And you even know how much the co-operative receives per sale – in this case its £13.45.

Carolina de Barros Perla Reclaimed Pearl Ring | £130
These beautifully handcrafted pieces are each hand carved with their own unique characteristics. made from recycled 18ct gold plated silver ring with 10mm reclaimed freshwater pearl. Each piece is

Alice Gwyneth Shard Hoops | £100
Bespoke and handmade to order, these hoops are made from eco sterling and 24ct gold plated are a beautiful unique gifts.

By Glaze Minimal Stacking Ring | £22
Another By Glaze piece, this simple ring is perfect for those minimalists in your life and it’s made of recycled sterling silver and responsibly sourced thick 18k gold plating.

Karnataka Disc Earring Studs | £40
Beautifully tactile to touch and elegant to wear, our Karnataka Disc Earrings are hand crafted from warm 22 karat gold. The textured detailing is gently created using traditional tools, resulting in a delicately unique hammered finish.

Loka Single Twist Ring | £125
This handcrafted gold ring brings classic design to the modern era, featuring a chunky gold band with a single twist. Made using fairmined gold, Loka are assuring no further harm to the environment. Supporting small scale artisanal mines through Fairmined also provides: fair working conditions, fair pay, zero child labour, clean water supplies and limited use of mercury and cyanide.


Gifts for Little Ones

Wooden Stacking Toy | £36
Handcrafted from local hardwoods, each toy is unique in colour as well as the detail of the woodgrain. Different woods are used for the various colours that you see. Sycamore, Elm, Yew, Maple and Staghorn Sumac are a few of the varieties.

100% Organic Merino Wool Jumper | £32
Comfy, warm and incredibly soft. These sweaters are great as a winter layer. Designed with three wooden buttons at the neck for ease of dressing. Perfect for when out and about in the midseason and under a jacket in winter. All the dyestuffs used are free from heavy metals and free from harmful AZO-dyes.

Nohr Snow Boots | £22
These super cute and comfy little insulated baby Nohr Snow Boots by Konges Slojd are perfect for keeping baby's little feet warm on those cold winter days. Made from polyester, with a eco coating with recycled padding.

Olli Ella Ocean Animals | £29.90
Olli Ella are a B Corp certified company that make beautiful, durable and ethical toys. These Ocean animals are handmade from a soft wool blend with embroidered features.

Konges Slojd Wooden Lemon Stacking Toy | £34.50
This beautiful sustainable stacking wooden toy lemon by Danish brand Konges Slojd is perfect for small curious hands & developing minds to fine tune their motor skills. The pears' classic vintage style is gender neutral in colour and will look beautiful in any room. A classic heirloom toy that will be handed down the generations.

Green Toys Watering Can and Little Gardener's Set | £18.50
Green Toys create their products from recycled plastic milk bottles, and this toy has been designed to be strong, safe and non-toxic. It doesn't contain BPA, PVC or phthalates and the bright colours are created using food-safe, mineral-based colouring. Perfect for outdoor play!

Grow Wild Growth Chart | £34.50
The perfect addition to any bedroom wall, this hand-made certified GOTS organic cotton canvas is fairly made in India, free from chemical softeners and produced using ethical standards of manufacturing.

Pocket Swing | £20
The Pocket Swing by Hape is a whole load of fun you can stick in your back pocket. Just securely attach the ends of the swing at their eye level to two strong trees 2-3 meters apart, then adjust the height to where your child can sit comfortably and safely. Made of recycled plastic bottles, it's a wonderful way to really immerse yourself anywhere in nature and it takes up to 110 kg

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