I love giving gifts, but what I don’t love are wasteful presents that sit around, unopened, or unused for years before they get thrown out or donated. I’ve been trying really hard to be more mindful and conscious of what I purchase and think about the impact that every item has on me, the planet, or the workers that made it. There are some really awesome companies out there that have fair trade in mind, are environmentally responsible, and give back to the community, and those are the companies that I want to highlight in this guide. I have also personally either used, purchased, or tried all of these products/companies and I totally vouch for how amazing they are!
- Pact “Robots don’t make your clothes, People do” is really what Pact is all about. They make certified organic clothing, socks, and underwear. They don’t use sweatshops, there’s no child labor involved, and their farmers don’t use toxic pesticides. This is good for the workers, farmers, the land and soil, and you can feel good about purchasing their products. To learn more about their standards, you can visit here. They’re also having a huge sale right now, so you can snag a deal on some super soft clothing for your kids, friends or significant others for a huge discount!
- Alaffia makes mainly skin and body care products, but what I love about them is how much they give back to the community. They help with maternal care in Togo by funding pre and post-natal care and also help with educating women and young girls about women’s health issues. This is only one of MANY projects that they’ve created. They also help with education, restoration, and providing eyeglasses and vision care. The baskets have the weaver’s name and village printed into the basket and they’re made from sustainable and biodegradable materials.
- Big Dipper Candles. Buying beeswax candles help support sustainable beekeeping, and are beneficial for the air! Beeswax candles produce negative ions, which help your body and the air you breathe.
- Patagonia makes the effort to provide fair trade certified products and pay a premium for the workers in their factories. They’re also environmentally responsible, transparent with their sources of textiles, and switched to all organic cotton for their cotton products in 1996! They make some really warm and cozy vests!
- Lifefactory water bottles are great! The bottles, caps, and outer silicone sleeves are made from BPA-free materials and are easily recyclable. I really like the bottle that comes with the straw (it somehow makes me drink more water).
- Himalayan Salt Lamps are great to have around the house because they produce negative ions to improve the air in your home. There are constant pollutants in the air from electronics, microwaves and life outside, and it’s good to have something in the house to help negate some of that toxicity. We have two huge salt lamps, one in our living room near the tv, and another one in our bedroom.
This is the first of many gift guides to come! Happy Holidays!