Celebrate the women you love from Mother’s Day to Birthdays with these fair trade, vegan, & eco gifts.
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Mother’s Day isn’t the only monumental day to celebrate the women we love. There are birthdays, graduations, advances at work, anniversaries, and of course just random moments where we want to say an extra ‘I love you’. And, of course, there are the Holidays! Sometimes those special occasions mean giving a special gift. Yet, as more of us become aware of how our shopping decisions affect the lives of others and this planet, more of us are seeking eco-friendly gift options that are both great gifts and a match for our morals. That means fair, living wages were paid to the artisans making the items. Sustainable production methods like using recycled materials or natural dyes were used. And, shipping is always recyclable!
The Wellness Feed has selected a few eco-friendly gifts for you to love and give to all the special women in your life for every occasion. And, don’t worry. If you’re late sending your gifts for Mother’s Day, you’ll find that these sustainable gifts make great belated ‘I love you Mom’ gifts too!
Give the gift of a sustainable fashion statement with this hat that champions outfit repeating. Designed from organic cotton and in California-based factories that pay $18-20 hourly, this hat checks off a lot of good boxes as an eco-friendly gift.
Environmental Impact: Designed with organic and upcycled materials, Whimsy + Row is a Los Angeles-based brand that makes conscious sustainable production decisions. Each piece is made in small-scale factories that transparently share their wages (which you can read on the website) and the materials that they work with.
This highlighter has a cult following thanks to its soft glow and serum-like formula that melts into the skin. Formulated with marine extracts, this highlighter also protects skin from UV light and pollution. Pair with the cream blush stick that comes in an array of shades that are flattering to all skin tones.
Environmental Impact: Ilia is part of 1% For The Planet and is Leaping Bunny Certified. Their products are vegan and formulated with clean ingredients that offer not only beauty colors, but benefit the skin as well. To encourage customers to recycle, Ilia will take back 10 of their customers’ empty beauty products to be properly recycled through their partnership with Pact Collective.
This eye mask is silky to the touch but derived from fast-growing bamboo. Plus, its lush padding is made from recycled plastic water bottles. And, the sheets are just as silky and since they’re bamboo they use 500x less water and produce 52% less CO2 than cotton.
Environmental Impact: Ettitude is known for its eco-friendly sheets and sleepwear that are made from the silkiest bamboo lyocell fibers. To prove their eco credentials the brand is Climate Neutral Certified, a B Corporation, and a partner of 1% for the Planet.
Priya Buge Body Care Gift Set
The best at-home spa rituals are done with soothing and beautiful products. This body care gift set consists of three different botanical scented skincare goodies that gently nourish the body… and would it be too cheesy to also say the soul?
Environmental Impact: These eco-friendly gifts are crafted locally in Indiana from natural ingredients. And, they’re shipped by a certified B Corp company that stands for supporting artisans and the environment through give-back programs to nonprofits like American Forests and The International Rescue Committee.
Sandrine Froehle A Dozen Reasons I Love You
A new and original way to show mom how much you love her is through this handcrafted, customized collection of heart-shaped wooden messages.
Environmental Impact: Made from birch wood, these eco-friendly gifts are seen as more sustainable thanks to the fact that birch trees take a short period of time to reach maturity and these notes are meant to be cherished for a lifetime; not thrown away like traditional paper cards.
Ellis Brooklyn crafts clean perfumes that are focused on using the finest ingredients that are good for the planet.
Environmental Impact: The perfumes are phthalate-free, paraben-free, and PETA-certified vegan, and cruelty-free. Each ingredient, whether synthetic or natural is carefully chosen, not only for its scent but also for its impact on the environment and the wearer’s health. All scents are packaged in glass bottles that can be recycled and the brand focuses on being carbon-neutral whenever possible through carbon-offsetting programs.
How cute and comfy are these socks? A terry lined heel supports extra cushiony comfort and bamboo fabric absorbs bacteria and odors. And, the packaging is a cute minimalist container that can be reused instead of thrown away.
Environmental Impact: “Bamboo is to cotton what cashmere is to wool.” Bamboo offers next level softness with performance abilities such as 3x more moisture absorption than cotton. Even better, bamboo trees don’t need pesticides to thrive and are one of the fastest growing plants on the planet. As a Climate Positive company, Bamboo Clothing has adopted sustainable initiatives such as using biodegradable garment bags and plastic-free packaging, offsetting carbon emissions and supporting regenerative agriculture practices.
This backpack is part of a heritage- a family-owned and operated company that has been producing cork products in Portugal since the 1920s. Today, the brand captures tradition with sustainability to create small batches of artisan products.
Environmental Impact: Made of natural cork sourced in Portugal, each backpack is made locally to minimize carbon emissions. All dyes used are vegetable-based and the end product is crafted to be loved, used and recycled instead of being thrown away.
This handwoven planter celebrates the artisans and craftsmen (and women) in Rwanda. Handwoven, it is dyed naturally for an authentic product that will be a treasured decorative piece for any home.
“Products are all made from all natural fibers of sisal and sweet grass with natural dyes that are food safe. KAZI sources local materials native to Africa that are readily available to their artisans.”
Environmental Impact: The brand behind these eco friendly gifts are on a mission to help alleviate poverty all across Africa. Using readily available raw resources, locals become trained artisans to lift themselves up economically and provide an income for their families.
You can never go wrong with jewelry as a special way to say ‘I love you’. Minimalist and stylish, these earrings are handcrafted for a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece that will be much appreciated.
Environmental Impact: Handcrafted from recycled brass, the earrings hold a special story about the women who achieve economic security through their craft. Each unique piece is sustainably made in a solar-powered workshop in Malawi. No two pieces are identical— slight variations should be embraced. ‘Suzya’ means ‘Problem’ in Tumbuka, the language of Northern Malawi.
Delight someone special in your life with these brilliant blue topaz earrings. Ethically sourced precious metals are crafted into a French wire setting to allow ease of movement to be worn everyday.
Environmental Impact: From Brilliant Earth’s San Francisco studio each piece is carefully designed for optimal beauty and responsibility. Precious metals are crafted from existing metals and sourced from refineries that have been audited by the Responsible Mining Initiative. Gemstones are ethically sourced from small cooperatives that minimize their impact to the environment and operate under fair labor standards. And, each precious gift is shipped in boxes made from wood sourced from the Forest Stewardship Council certified forests.
Solid gold mesh that is both delicate and durable for everyday wear, make this a special standout gift. Plus, with sustainable initiatives taken this heritage piece has a low environmental impact.
Environmental Impact: This sustainable jewelry brand crafts each piece from recycled gold as a way to minimize the impact jewelry has on the environment. And, to reduce waste pieces like this necklace are handmade when orders are placed.
Every woman is a wonder woman. And, what better way to express that to a special someone in your life than with this Wonder Woman-inspired ring?
Environmental Impact: No diamonds were mined in the making of this ring. Instead, each diamond is handcrafted in a sustainable lab. And, the gold is recycled to avoid further mining.
Eat plants for the planet! If you have a health or environmental conscious foodie on your list, give them the gift of delicious plant-based food.
Environmental Impact: “Pound-for-pound and gallon-for-gallon, plant-based foods use less water and emit less greenhouse gas than producing animal-based foods.” Sakara’s vegan meal kits offer mouth water plant-based dishes flourishing with organic produce and even ugly produce to reduce waste. Each meal item is delivered in recyclable plastic packaging and cardboard boxes made from post consumer waste.
You can have your cookie and eat it too. Nunbelievable cookies are baked to indulgent perfection with non-GMO ingredients and without grains and sugars that can cause inflammation or spike blood sugar levels.
Social Impact: “Every cookie we’ve ever baked has changed a life for the better.” Over 40 million children in the U.S struggle with hunger. Since 2019, Nunbelievable has partnered with nonprofits like Feeding America to donate 1,000,000 meals to those in need. When you buy a box of cookies, meals are delivered to those in need.
Collagen is an essential protein that supports the skin structure and the appearance of youthful looking skin. This jar of collagen capsules is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, and has no artificial preservatives for a healthy skin boast.
Environmental Impact: All natural ingredients like bamboo and vitamin C support the body’s health and the appearance of your skin. A portion of profits will be donated to Girls Inc., a non-profit that helps girls become confident young women through mentorships and pro-girl environments.
One of the best eco-friendly gifts are the ones that help your family or friends avoid sinlgle-use plastic… in a stylish way. This sleek water bottle is triple-layered and vaccum-insulated to keep beverages hot or cold, making it the perfect practical gift.
Environmental Impact: Built on a mission to help reduce single-use plastic water bottles, Swell’s high perfromance water bottles were constructed to be used and reused. As a B-Corp, Swell is also committed to the highest standards of social and environmental impact.
Handmade with love with regenerative cotton, this dress is an eco-friendly dream of swirls of flowers that will become a treasured heirloom piece.
Environmental Impact: Christy Dawn is known for creating designs that breathe new life into fabrics that might otherwise be thrown into landfills. Each piece is designed to improve longevity and ensure that they’re made to last. Lately, the brand has collaborated with farmers that practice regenerative farming to source cotton that is grown in a way that protects and enhances the nutrients of the soil.
Veja is considered one of the most recognizable sustainable sneaker brands. Each pair is handcrafted in Brazil close to the farms where the raw materials (organic cotton, rubber, and naturally tanned leather) are sourced. In the ethos of transparency, you can follow the trail of the raw materials to production (and what the brand pays their workers) – making them one of the most transparent sneaker brands in the industry.
Environmental Impact: Not only do these fabulous sneakers come in a variety of colors, but they are also made from cotton and natural rubber that is directly sourced from producers in Brazil. All cotton is certified organic, and all dyes are tested and certified to meet their astringent safety standards.