Thanksgiving is stuffed and sealed, which means we all have some holiday shopping to do and gifts to give. Considering that this is the time of year when we consume the most (food, goods, packaging, travel, and beyond) and we are therefore most wasteful, it’s also the time when we should be most conscious. There are a few options for keeping your holidays mindfully green – DIY your gifts (more on that in the next post) or purchase goods that are ethical, recyclable, and of fair trade. Below is a list of online shops that have gifts for everyone, offering unique gems such as reclaimed wood cookbook stands, Disney toy sets that are biodegradable, and eco-gadgets. Don’t be overwhelmed by all of the options!
Based in the UK, Ethical Superstore takes your values as an ethical consumer seriously; they exclusively offer eco-friendly, fair trade, organic products, and deliver with eco-friendly packaging. They also encourage donations to charities upon check out, compounding the good you do for the world. You can search by gifts for her, foodies, gardeners, under certain denominations, and other helpful guides.
Must See: Matt and Nat Vegan Bag
True to its name, Uncommon goods has an array of creatively designed merchandise you can’t get anywhere else. Offering goods of all types, the site has handmade and recycled products marked with an icon for mindful online shopping. Pick out kitchenware, jewelry, and art for your loved ones, and decide which non-profit Uncommon goods will donate a portion of proceeds to – American Forests and City Harvest are among the options.
Must See: Handmade Recycled Glass Champagne Flutes
This green haven of gift ideas follows their mantra, “conversation with humanity, communion with the earth,” as the premier retailer for products with purpose. Founder Susan Aplin had her a-ha moment when she saw earth’s glaciers receding first hand, and has worked to change the way she lives and inspire others to practice sustainable living ever since. Reclaimed, repurposed, renewable, recycled – Bambeco has it all. You can find furniture, décor, outdoor goods, and even pet products. Great gifts include recycled glass votives (lovely scents like rosemary and lavender, and lemongrass) and a recycled film wheel wine rack.
Must See: Eco Living Wall
This British retailer wants to protect the planet with their upcycled and gardening giftware, ethical homeware, and other eco-friendly products. All of their quirky yet simple offerings are either made in the UK, made of FSC wood, are energy saving, ethically made, organic, sustainable, and/or protect our wildlife. They’re expanding rapidly with gentle baby products, health and beauty supplies, and much more. Protect the Planet can be your one-stop place for all of your home needs as well as gifts. Plus every check out has the option to plant a tree!
Must-See: Solar Sunjar
Natural Collection has a growing range of gift ideas – they specialize in products that use modern technology to harness nature’s benefits without being harmful, represent their 21st century vision of fair trade and poverty alleviation through sustainable income generation, and demonstrate that their holistic consideration starts at inception, extends to the user (your gift receiver!), and finally to its biodegraded or recycled state.
Must-See: WeWood Wooden Watch
Now that you have your eco-friendly gifts on the way, make sure you use the same mindful flair when wrapping. Check out these sites for your gift’s festive presentation.
Fish Lips Paper Designs
Have your holiday gifts picked out? Let me know in the comments!