This positive impact holiday shopping guide was prepared to help you do good while shopping (and spending) this holiday season. This is to help guide you for when you are looking for someone specific on your list AND want to be mindful of your purchases. My intent is that every store or brand on the list honors at least one of the pillars of sustainability- social, economic and/or environmental. I understand that of course you can donate to a charity and make a difference, but sometimes you either have a need/requirement/desire to give a physical gift. Why not make it so that your gift supports a cause that is good for this planet, the people on it and a local economy?
Positive Impact Holiday Shopping Guide
Under the Canopy – As pioneers in the industry Under the Canopy helped in the creation of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification for organic cotton. Every single step of sourcing and production is third-party certified, making Under the Canopy the most sustainable home brand on the market.
Bambeco – Responsible home goods that inspire sustainable design and enhance the way people connect with the planet. Every purchase plants a tree. Free ground shipping on orders over $100 + ships carbonfree®
For the eco-conscious organizer!
The Totem 60 from Joseph Joseph – garbage/recycling/compost sorting system. I know sounds weird for a gift but it’s a sleek modern design with a lot of functionality.
Special gifts for her
Enji Studio Jewelry – Handmade jewelry using only recycled gold and silver, ethically sourced and fairmined stones, chains and findings that are made in the USA and Italy.
Just for fun – him and her
Multi Colored Animal (MCA) – one of a kind headbands made from vintage t-shirts. Based in Scottsdale Arizona. Won Accessory Designer of the Year as part of Phoenix Fashion Week 2017.
Arizona pocket t-shirts – from Qmulative, t-shirts come in a variety of sizes, colors and prints for the pocket in the shape of Arizona. Tucson based designer won Phoenix Fashion Week’s Lifestyle Designer of the Year 2017.
Flowersong Soap – certified organic skincare including oils, beard oil and beard butter, face balm, face scrub, body butter, and more! Based in Phoenix, available online with FREE shipping.
For the Yogi
Yoga Democracy – based in Carefree, AZ. Yoga Democracy offers a sustainable active wear alternative. They make yoga leggings from recycled plastic bottles and recycled fishing nets. I met the owner last year, and I just love what this brand is doing and how they embrace all pillars of sustainability. Nearly all of their products are made locally in Arizona and their goal is to produce 95% of their products from recycled materials.
Prana – yoga wear and other clothes for men and women. They incorporate organic cotton, hemp, recycled poylester and responsible down along with Fair Trade certified items.
For the outdoor/adventurer
Prana – see above
Stay warm with these neck tubes made from recycled plastic bottles (and made in Denver!)
Patagonia’s Worn Wear program embraces the concept of a circular economy. By taking back Patagonia clothing and accessories and repairing them, they are closing the loop and keeping these items out of the landfill. The benefits include a significant cost savings on like-new Patagonia items. You support all the good that Patagonia does. Patagonia is one of the most sustainable companies on the planet. They started what they do decades ago because the founders knew it mattered. Last year I met Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy at Patagonia and he is an inspiration with a commitment to the company’s vision. This company truly understands their mission, strives for continuous improvement and as I like to say- walks the walk. So I invite you to peruse their website for items for your outdoor needs (or gifts) before you buy new.
Bunky Boutique – jewelry and clothing plus home goods
Frances – jewelry and clothing
HomeGrown – Apparel for men, women and kids, produced in Arizona
For the People – Jewelry and home décor
Practical Art – jewelry and home decor
Phoenix/Local Wine Shops
Fair Trade (available in Phoenix and online)
Redemption Market – available in Phoenix and online. Redemption Market is a boutique featuring a variety of fair trade gifts. They choose products focusing on sustainability and ethical treatment of the designers and artisans.
WHEAT Fair Trade Store – available in Phoenix and online. WHEAT’s Fair Trade Store provides an online and store front marketplace for artisans in 43 countries, as well as locals, to sell their fairly traded, quality, handcrafted goods. All items found in WHEAT’s Fair Trade Store come from members of the Fair Trade Federation and promote the principles of fair trade – helping them to feed, clothe, educate and house their families through the dignity of work.
Note: Please know that I was not asked to endorse or mention any of the products, stores or brands in this post. All opinions here are my own. The only affiliate relationship I have is with Yoga Democracy and I would recommend them freely.