I shop online almost exclusively – partially because I like to rock an all-day PJ – partially because I can ensure what I’m purchasing is up to my ethical shopping standards without depleting my entire data plan.
This year I’ve committed to buying, for both my personal ‘needs’ and friend/family holiday gifts, items which meet my aesthetic desires and quality requirements while also satisfying the ethical/sustainable rules I’ve set for myself.
Since not everyone in my life wants a Leotie Lovely clutch, this means delving deep the the depths of the internet to find gems hidden under the waves of paid advertisements from big bad brands. A lazy gal’s treasure hunt of sorts.
As I made my way down the holiday list of my ever growing family this past month, I discovered a few goods worth sharing which just might hit your last minute holiday shopping needs, or at the very least inspire a smile:
Like American Apparel but without all the sweatshops and sexual assault claims. HORAY! It costs about the same amount of cash to get all your cosy comfys but they come from a company committed to sustainability with products made from sustainable fabrics, dyed with non-toxic low impact/natural dyes and washed with their G2 Eco Wash which uses 60% less water. Their products are produced by factories which are certified under Fair Labour Association & Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production.
Super beautiful handmade phone cases made from eco friendly materials, recycled plastics and eco friendly ink
It was slim pickinz in the ethical sleep and slink wear departments, until Luna Hava came along. They’ve got beautiful pjs and lingerie using ethically sourced and sustainable fabrics, handmade in England. (pic via http://rachelmanns.com/studio/)
I spent about 12 hours searching for an ethically produced, sustainable, handmade wallet for my sister and this company was the very best I could find. Though they use leather (produced from bovine animal meat production) their slow fashion ethical practices and sustainability processes are incredibly impressive and the people who work there are truly kind. I adjusted the embellishment on mine to make it match with the Souk Soiree clutch but it looks great as is too.
Glass beaded bracelets handcrafted by artisans in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Each purchase empowers Nepalese artisans to rise above poverty through fair trade and enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth.
This beautifully British company makes in-ear headphones in a variety of colours for £25.00 (the same price as Apple’s worms). They have FSC certified plantation hardwood chassis housed in 100% recycled packaging. To top it off, they plant a tree for every 100 products sold, and are members of 1% For The Planet, which united 1,200 companies to give to 3,300 not-for-profits resulting in more than 100 million dollars given back to mama earth.