Here’s a selection of bits and bobs for the home made by brands who are thinking outside the box, investing in more planet-friendly agriculture, supporting artisans, and working to improve their supply chains in the process. If you’re on the hunt for a small (or grand) gesture, these are companies that are committed to better business practices. Ofcourse, the most eco-friendly gift you could give would be a hug, or video call — and those are encouraged — but here’s a few more items to spoil your loved ones.
Back to Roots
Back To Roots new organic microgreen kits are zero-waste, made of 100 percent compostable and … [+]
Back to Roots
Three varieties of microgreens — Rainbow Mix (Sango Radish, Purple Kohlrabi, Red Cabbage), Mighty Mix (Broccoli, Kale, Purple Kohlrabi, Red Cabbage), and Broccoli — are packaged in a 100 percent compostable box and recyclable materials.
To top it off, it’s an American-made gift, put together in Utah, consisting of organic and non-gmo seeds. True to Back-to-Roots mission to teach the next generation about growing their own fruit and veg, the company will donate a kit with each social media post tagged #GrowOneGiveOne. Opt for the ceramic base if you’re looking to give your gift a bit more oomph.
Avocado’s green pillows are made with organic materials and can be customized.
Give the gift of a good night’s rest with these customizable pillows. Too firm? Remove the inner filling for a softer pillow. Too soft? Keep more filling in. Made with organic cotton and filled with organic kapok fiber and latex, the fabric and stuffing are non-toxic and supportive of healthier agricultural practices. Much more durable than the average pillow at a big box retailer, it’s an investment piece for a better night’s sleep that will not deflate on you after a few week’s use.
Hand-carved from locally-mined volcanic rock in Mexico, each of the Rojas Molcajetes are unique and … [+]
Part of the new Nochebuena collection at Our Place, this beautiful mortar-and-pestle is functional and eye-catching. Made by the Rojas García family who have worked with volcanic stone for three generations, specializing in molcajetes to make salsas, guacamole, and mole sauces, this old-fashioned kitchen essential turns into a work of art. It not only looks handsome on the kitchen counter but will last for a long time for the avid cook.
Nisolo’s newly launched ethical marketplace features a sustainability kit that’s a great gift to a … [+]
Nisolo forayed into new territory this holiday season, launching a marketplace on their website that features more than leather shoes and bags. This zero-waste gift is a great present for the friend who’s been inspired to a live more eco-lifestyle. With all the essentials, including stainless straws, reusable utensils, a Stasher bag, beeswax wrap, and tate to carry it all in, this kit will be a handy addition going into the New Year.
Because these notebooks don’t rely on traditional paper sources (aka trees), they also don’t use any … [+]
Stone paper? Yes. Aussie company Karst Stone Paper use waste marble and limestone from construction facilities and transform it into beautiful notebooks. In comparison to tree-based papers which come from fast-growing tree farms or forests, Karst is repurposing a material that’s likely to sit derelict. The result is sleek, elegant stationary. Available in an assortment of colors, and as a daily planner, Karst notebooks are a classic and eco-friendly approach to organizing yourself for 2020.
Fracture specializes in glass prints. Produced in a solar-powered energy and packed with … [+]
Florida-based Fracture can take a beloved Instagram post and turn it into a thoughtful gift. Manufactured in a solar-powered facility that recycles all its glass waste, and packages without any additional fillers, bubble wrap, or packing peanuts, the team at Fracture have figured out how to make glass prints personable and sustainable.
Sunday wants to clean up lawn care, using non-toxic fertilizers, weed killers, and a soil test to … [+]
For the gardener who’s possessive about their lawn, this kit is ideal: it identifies the right additions for their green patch. Instead of experimenting with a variety of fertilizers, or resorting to chemical fertilizers for a quick fix, Sunday starts by sending customers a soil test kit. Based on the results, they offer customized solutions for your garden. The concoctions also steer clear of toxic chemicals, hoping to create a wave of change in lawn-loving suburbia for “cleaner” gardening.
For a hostess gift that’ll impress and please everyone’s palette, this elegant box of caramels from Seattle-based Fran’s features Fair Trade certified chocolate and smoked sea salt. It’s a crowd pleaser with an assortment of options available and made with organic ingredients.
This beautiful and elegant Opportunity Collection Bowl is made by artisans.
Made by artisans in India, this mango wood bowl is a unique way for World Vision, a non-profit, to raise funds for their efforts around the world. Designed by actress Patricia Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond fame, this white and gold enameled bowl is a wonderful gift and tax-deductible. World Vision has an assortment of artisan-made products on their site that give back to the organization’s primary projects on global health, sanitation, and poverty alleviation. If you want to support a charity this season, but still hoping to buy something for a loved one, see if your favorite organization has any handmade trinkets with a give-back scheme.
Caraway cookware has a triple ceramic coating that gives the benefits of non-stick without the … [+]
New cookware brand Caraway specializes in ceramic pots and pans, which are safer than conventional non-stick pans, relying on an age-old technique of firing clay dishes. Today’s ceramic cookware has swapped clay for metal, but the exterior ceramic coating is free of toxic chemicals, making it a healthier choice to fry eggs, cook up some pasta, or sauté vegetables. They come in vibrant shades that will perk up any stovetop.
Frank Green added ceramic cups to their collection. If you’re not a fan of the aftertaste from … [+]
Frank Green’s reusable coffee and beverage containers are leak proof. But now, they come with the added bonus of a ceramic lining on the interior. If the metallic taste from reusable cups bothered you before, these new ceramic cups are a great upgrade. Available in a holiday-appropriate Merlot, they’re beautiful and functional.
One drop of bathing culture is so concentrated that it’ll go a long way, and the company encourages … [+]
Bathing Culture’s soap would be a delightful hostess present. With a fun, retro pattern on the bottles, they’re designed to be reused, and reused. In fact, Bathing Culture has set up refill locations at select retailers, hoping that customers take their coveted soap bottles to the shop for a refill, instead of buying a new one. The soap, made with high-quality oils and natural ingredients, is concentrated, meaning it’ll last a while. With a unisex scent that’ll please both guys and gals, it can also de-clutter your shower shelf with one-go-to soap bottle.