A primary gift-giving season is upon us, and even those people you know best can be challenging to match with the perfect gift. It can be especially difficult when you’re equally focused on consuming consciously in favor of the environment. Whether your goal is to find natural materials, support small businesses, ensure Fair Trade, limit waste, or all of the above, we’ve got some gift ideas for the special person in your life.
Give the gift of designer kicks with a pair of vegan shoes from a small, independent brand. Shoes 53045 offers a dynamically diverse variety of shoes that make a statement and are delivered in vegan form. The company plants a tree for each pair sold to offset the emissions from manufacturing and transport. Several styles feature Better Cotton Initiative-certified or recycled cotton. Other styles incorporate recycled rubber. Shoes are constructed with durability in mind, and the company minimizes waste with zero cutoff leftovers.
It’s all in the name with a briefcase that’s void of leather, wool, silk and other animal-derived fabrics. It’s also “free of animal testing, animal-derived ingredients, and unethical labor practices.” The “Gentlemen’s Bag” is the initial release from VeganWear, which has plans to develop a clothing line soon.
Most electronics are well behind the curve when it comes to minimizing post-consumer waste and protecting the planet. Enter Paper Shoot Camera. It’s a camera made into a single flat design that can be endlessly inserted into a variety of cases for an ever-changing look. Accessories offer technical lens options. This is an extraordinarily unique gift for the camera lover in your life that offers the basics of photography along with sustainable and recycled materials.
“The future of fashion is circular, meaning items are sustainably produced, used and reused with love, then upcycled into other equally valuable items. We refer to this concept in our own production as the Ecosystem of Sustainability.” These handmade gifts support artisans in Guatemala. The body and pockets are made from handwoven, vintage huipil fabric and aim to speak to the region’s culture, artistry and history. Workers are provided fair wages, access to healthcare and educational scholarships.
Whether you’re looking for a travel kit or simply modern and clean hair care products for the home, Gage for Men has you covered. Choose from shampoo, conditioner and styling products that include gel, wax, cream, clay and paste. Try the Greener & Cleaner Set for refillable bottles to reduce landfill waste.
Step into vegan shoes and boots made for a long and comfortable life. The company vows to “never use animal hides, furs or by-products in any of our materials or manufacturing processes, including all dyes and adhesives.” It consults with a sustainability expert on all material selections and ensures the Italian manufacturing factory provides fair and safe working conditions. The company emphasizes repairs rather than replacement, and each shoe is made from 30% biodegradable materials.
Purposely shifting into slow fashion, Solios offers an alternative to frequent battery changes with a solar design. It relies on certified recycled stainless steel for the metal components and creates straps from eco vegan leather. Each watch is packed in recycled and recyclable materials. The new limited-edition Rainforest Trust watches also help protect the environment. For each watch sold, Solios donates 10% of its revenue to the Rainforest Trust. Thoughtful actions like these help make Solios the world’s first B-corp-certified watch company.
For him. For her. For them. Organic Basics has you covered — literally. The line includes underwear, tees, shirts, pants, dresses, swimwear, sweatshirts, sweaters, accessories and more. Organic Basics is dedicated to working with factories that guarantee fair wages and safe working conditions, no child labor, and perks like free lunches and childcare.
Material selection is a central focus for the company, which says it only uses “natural, renewable, recycled, biodegradable and or low-impact textiles.” These materials include organic cotton, recycled nylon, TENCEL™ Lyocell, recycled wool, natural silver, Polygiene® protectant made from recycled silver salt, and recycled cashmere. It also relies on a seamless knitting technique for fewer seams, more strength and reduced fabric waste.
Jungalow describes its sustainability efforts as a one step at a time approach saying, “It is a continual work in progress, but we work with one vendor at a time to convert to more sustainable packaging solutions.” Ceramic items use non-toxic finishes, which are good for both the consumer and the environment. The process focuses on water conservation with waterless dyeing, finishing and printing.
Rugs are handcrafted in India. Materials for pillows meet the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. Other products rely on organic and natural materials as well as upcycled fabric remnants. The company donates to several non-profit organizations and has supported the planting of 65,000 trees.
Mentioned in our round-up of 12 sustainable, Indigenous-owned brands to support, Deadly Denim “aims to honor the history of the culture by collaborating with First Nation artists.” Each item is handmade by a small-scale artisan in Australia. The clothing features unique designs and uses upcycled fabrics. Custom orders are also accepted.
Images via Shoes 53045, Veganwear, Paper Shoot, Nena and Co., Gage for Men, Sylth Virago, Solios, Organic Basics, Jungalow, and Deadly Denim.