Consider sustainable shopping and gift giving throughout the year
This positive impact shopping guide was prepared to help you do good while shopping (and spending) during the holiday season and beyond. 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. 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 Shopping Guide
Home décor, bath, bedding
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.
Gifts that give back
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®
United by Blue – For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways. They sell apparel, camping gear, items for travel and more. My favorites are their bison down socks – warmest socks I’ve ever worn!
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.
Give the gift of a better shave – It is estimated that about 2 BILLION razors are thrown into landfills every year. That plastic can take up to 1,000 years to decompose and can even leak pollutants into the surrounding soil and water. WowE is just one brand that offers a safety razor (made with a bamboo handle). They donate 1% of sales to One Tree Planted to plant trees around the world. WowE Bamboo Safety Razor never needs to be thrown away. If you do decide to toss it, the bamboo handle is decomposable and the metal parts can be recycled. *Also, the blades used for a safety razor are stainless steel (no plastic so they can be recycled too.
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.
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 polyester and responsible down along with Fair Trade certified items.
For the outdoor/adventurer
Prana – see above
United by Blue – see above
Stay warm with these neck tubes made from recycled plastic bottles (and made in Denver!)
Icebreaker – my go to for wool workout wear. Yes, wool. It’s sustainable and ethical.
Patagonia Worn Wear – repaired and gently used clothing and gear. 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. I invite you to peruse their website for items for your outdoor needs (or gifts) before you buy new.
REI also has a secondhand store (online) featuring gently used clothing and gear.
Bunky Boutique – jewelry, clothing, cards, candles and more.
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 People – Jewelry, furniture, unique home décor, and more.
Frances – jewelry, candles, clothing, cards, and home décor.
HomeGrown – Apparel for men, women and kids, produced in Arizona
Practical Art – jewelry and home decor and more!
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.