It’s two weeks until Christmas- have you finished your holiday shopping? In a time of the year where consumerism is at its highest point, why not make informed, responsible decisions with your gifting? When you support companies that are trying to make a difference, you are helping our world become a better place. Buy local. Read about where your products are made and the working conditions that company stands behind. Find eco-friendly brands that are not harmful to the environment. Purchase sustainable items that will not deplete our resources. Give gifts that are cruelty free- that do not test on animals.
To help you out, we’ve sourced 12 items that we think would make fantastic Christmas gifts for that person in your life who cares about the greater good.
1: The Shanxi Tote: This classic tote handbag is the perfect addition to any outfit. Clean lines and a large structured body create ample space for whatever you need inside. Made from 100% cork, this handbag is handmade, lightweight, waterproof & 100% Peta Vegan Approved.
2: A S'well Waterbottle: Ditch the plastic water bottles and opt for a S’well bottle. S’well is on a mission to rid the world of plastic bottles. In the US alone, an an estimated 50 billion plastic bottles are dumped in landfill sites each year, and over 200 billion globally.
3: LOUD Makeup Brushes: Get LOUD with these vegan makeup brushes. A Canadian company, LOUD makeup brushes are stylish, fabulous quality, and are 100% cruelty free.
4: The Pink Kyrpt Wallet: Add a punch of colour into your handbag. Simple design meets a natural toned blush to create a wallet you can feel good about. Made from the bark of cork oak trees, this wallet is sustainably handmade with care.
5: Lifestyle over Luxury T. L/L makes socially and eco-conscious apparel for the modern adventurer. For every single item of clothing sold, an entire garbage bag of plastic is cleaned up off beaches and prevented from entering our oceans. Yeah, you read that right, an entire garbage bag.
6: Votch Watch in Tan and Gold. Votch is a vegan-owned 100% vegan watch company. 10% of each sale goes directly to a nonprofit that rotates every three months.
7: Baba Souk Argan Oil: Argan oil is a 100% natural anti-wrinkle skin treatment. It is filled with natural antioxydants, it hydrates and slows down the aging process of your skin. After several trips to Morocco, Montreal’s BABA Souk owner Stephanie- found that she was often trucking home large quantities of Argan oil for herself and all of her friends. Recently, she decided to offer the oil in her shop. Baba Souk Argan oil is produced in a women’s cooperative in Morocco following the Berber handmade tradition. It is a fairtrade product. The Argan oil is frangrance free and has not been tested on animals. It’s a 100% natural product that is suitable for all skin types.
8: The Cappa Tote: A crowd favourite, the Cappa tote is a naturally sophisticated handbag. With its light cork fabric, the cork bark lines are visible giving the tote natural beauty. Like all other Eve handbags, the Cappa is also ethically hand made in Portugal and is 100% Peta Vegan Approved.
9: Artifact Uprising Photo Album. Artifact creates printed photo goods with elevated quality, thoughtful design and responsibly-sourced materials. Not to mention their products are absolutely beautiful.
10: Charity Pot Cream from Lush: Lush is an incredible brand that we really look up to, and their charity pot moisturizing cream is an incredible gift to give. With every purchase of Charity Pot, Lush donates 100% of the price (minus the taxes) to small, grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights. You end up with velvety, beautifully-scented skin AND you’re doing a world of good with every pot purchased—nicely done!
11: Cork Iphone 6 Case: Your phone likes getting dressed up too. Dress it up in something that makes the world a better place, like this cork case!
12: Pink Faux Fur Pom Pom beanie by Misguided: It's only gonna get colder and this blush pink beanie hat with pom pom deets is the one to see you through.
Do you have any favourite eco-friendly gifts we should add to this list? Any brands making a difference we should know about? Comment below!