The Holiday season is upon us–a particularly unsustainable time in my experience. From exponential household trash production to cultural compulsory consumption practices, it’s been rough. In hopes of bringing us both a little peace of mind, I started giving a lot of thought to how the holidays can be an opportunity to pass the torch instead of a momentary setback. The answer is gifting. Rethinking the way you gift is a limitless opportunity. Now, with that said gifting is supposed to be a selfless act. Therefore, the goal isn’t to force our ideas on others in the form of a gift, even when we really want to. However, you can gift quality products and experiences, sharing the joy of sustainability in the spirit of Christmas.
Girlfriend Collective, Compressive High Rise Leggings ($68)
In the era of Athleisure, these pieces are great additions to anyone’s wardrobe regardless of whether they ever see the gym floor. Girlfriend Collective ensure sustainability is at the center, with their compressive line made from recycled water bottles and their additional Lite line made from recycled fishing nets.
NOAH, Border Stripe Crewneck ($145)
The streetwear brand founded by Brandon Babenzien, former creative director at Supreme, focuses on constructing pieces instead of producing them. He carefully sources materials, builds relationships with factory partners, and the communities that influence his work.
Arvin Goods, Lloyd Beanie ($24)
The Seattle-based brand focuses on timeless, sustainably made basics for men and women including socks, underwear, and beanies made from recycled materials.
Fade To Black, Balance Necklace ($380)
This Los Angeles-based company focuses on designing modern, timeless, and sophisticated opal jewelry. Each design centered around the beauty and individuality of the gemstones. Fade To Black prides itself on quality and transparency, using solid Australian opals, ethically sourced from Lightning Ridge, and solid 18 karat gold. Each piece is designed in Los Angeles, California and thoughtfully handcrafted in Sydney, Australia.
SUSTAIN, Cotton Tote ($25)
This tote is perfect because you can simultaneously support your friends in the eco-friendly adventures and us here at SUSTAIN. The tote is made from 100% recycled cotton and perfect for the farmer's market or just day-to-day.
People Tree, Textured Scarf ($67)
Warm weather pieces never fail during the holiday season! People Tree is a Fair Trade certified company that focuses on promoting a well-rounded definition of sustainability. Their knit pieces are 100% wool and ethically made by artisans in Nepal.
Kablo, 21 oz Water Bottle ($29)
Say no to plastic in 2019! Help your friends and family members break their plastic water bottle habit this year with this minimally designed bottle. It’s made out of 100% non-toxic borosilicate glass keeping your water as pure as possible. Each purchase diverts approximately 1,460 plastic water bottles from ending up in landfills.
KeepCup, 12 oz Glasss/Cork cup ($24)
Coffee isn’t optional for some of us, but plastic still! This Christmas give the gift of guilt-free
morning routine with this popular and stylish glass travel mug to your favorite coffee lover.
The Sill, Calathea Medallion ($58)
A little apartment therapy, maybe? Houseplants make great gifts because in a lot of ways you are gifting an item and an experience. They brighten the room and improve air quality. They are the perfect way to bring your favorite city dweller back to earth.
Getaway, Gift Card (Varies)
This Brooklyn-based vacation rental company is on a mission to promote a balanced modern life. Getaway now has four outposts just outside of New York, LA, Boston, and D.C.. Visitors can rent an all-inclusive, fully stocked remote tiny cabin, for about $130 - $200 per night in New York, just outside the city for a more mindful vacation experience in contrast to the stressful endeavor travel can often be. Perfect for the hardworking city dweller in need of some self-care. (Look at that. No wrapping paper or anything!)
There are plenty of ethical options to choose from this year. If these don’t get you through your whole shopping list there is still a whole world of brands and products that can help you gift consciously this holiday season. Be sure to look locally for small business and local supply chains that you can support in your city or state.