The Holiday Season is Here!
Gift-giving is a thoughtful way to inspire new sustainability habits through a product or experience that has a story. In our opinion the best gifts are experiences. Consider first purchasing a (or making your own!) gift certificate to your favorite local spa for an organic facial or massage, a special a weekend away, a picnic and a day hike in nature, a night out at your favorite local restaurant, or homemade cards, crafts, and baked goods made by the kids.
Let’s keep the holidays connected to family and friends, joy and love, and stay away from earth and heart damaging OVER consumption.
When an experience based gift just isn’t quite right, our curated 2021 sustainable gift guide is sure to make your holiday a unique time to pass along new sustainable brands to the ones you love. Here you’ll find great eco-friendly and ethical gift ideas for everyone on your list—even minimalists, self-care lovers, vegans, fashionistas, teens, and kids.
1. WIT & WEST | BOTANICAL PERFUME
Wit & West Perfumes is a Colorado based 100% all-natural botanical perfumery with a focus on rare ingredients and unique scents for “those who don’t want to smell like everyone else”. Their perfumes are handcrafted completely in-house in small-batches using only the finest, high-quality 100% natural whole botanicals and naturally derived ingredients as well as custom handmade artisanal tinctures and enfleurage extraits carefully selected and sourced from raw materials including rom their very own garden.
Our Pick: Gardenia ‘Ono. Why We Love It: “The resplendent gardenia propels this soliflore composition. A graceful blend of vanilla and key lime is first perceived before the deliciously sweet combination of gardenia and champaca truly washes over and surrounds. Intimate and rich tonka bean guides this satisfying tropical fragrance as it is softly drawn away into the smoothness of the legendary Mysore sandalwood.”
OUR PICK: GARDENIA ‘ONO
Shop | $75
2. GENTLEMAN FARMER | SKIN CARE FOR MEN
Gentleman Farmer is a woman-owned, values-driven men’s grooming and accessories company.
“Our mission is to provide discerning men with effective, clean and sustainably sourced grooming products.”
Their initiatives include: using raw ingredients from responsible farming; packaging products in aluminum and glass and avoiding plastic whenever possible; shipping in 100% cartons; and uniquely strive to work exclusively with vendors and partners who share our values and commitment to sustainability. Additionally, giving back is an important part of our business, and non-profit partners include NRDC, National Young Farmers Coalition, One Tree Planted and Soul Fire Farm, along with others.
Our pick: Saving Cream Duo. Why We Love It: “More than just a shaving cream: think of it as a luxurious, nourishing treatment for your face. Soothing, hydrating botanicals – including a base of organic Aloe Vera – leave skin soft and without irritation or nicks, and it provides excellent glide for a smooth, comfortable shave. Fragrance-free.”
OUR PICK: Shaving Cream Duo
Shop | $40
3. Zerra & Co | MAKEUP
When the founder of Zerra & Co. decided to try and live a low waste lifestyle, she struggled to find zero waste cosmetics that could easily replace the versions she knew and loved. After researching DIY versions, she quickly discovered how dangerous they could be. Determined to make a difference, she decided to create a company that made safe, natural, and easy to use zero waste cosmetics. Zerra & Co. was born.
You won’t see any single use plastic in their packaging, and they also don’t use petroleum based ingredients in their cosmetics. This means no parabens, no silicones, no synthetic fragrances, no coal-tar pigments, and much more.
Our Pick: The Zero Waste Mascara. Why We Love It: Their “vegan liquid Mascara formula comes in a plastic free glass vial. Reuse your own wand after a deep cleaning or use the bamboo wand provided.” Want to skip the bamboo wand? Just let Zerra & Co. know in the notes section of your order!
OUR PICK: The Zero Waste Mascara
Shop | $17.99
4. GOEX | Eco Triblend Tee
Goex uses a simple tee to connect the customer and the maker. Customers sustain fair wage jobs that liberate workers from poverty and empower them in their families and communities. At GOEX, we seek to do better in everything we do. Their social impact reaches people in Haiti and the USA – fair wages, job training partnerships, recycled content and full transparency throughout their supply chain, making a better shirt for a better world. When you wear a GOEX tee, you’ll not only feel good because it’s soft & comfy, you’ll feel great knowing there’s good woven into every fiber.
Our Pick: Eco Triblend Tee. Why We Love It: This tee’s “eco-friendly fabric includes five recycled water bottles and is a slightly heavier weight than many triblends, keeping this shirt looking great wash after wash. When you go with GOEX, you’re making an impact on the environment. PLUS you are helping to sustain dignified, fair wage jobs that help families stay together.”
OUR PICK: Eco Triblend Tee (Solid Colors)
Shop | $18
5. KOA+ROY | Body Care
KOA+ROY is a woman-owned, San Diego based small business operating in the natural personal care space. The company formulates, develops, handcrafts, and markets all-natural, sustainably produced, entirely zero-waste, plastic-free, and yet modern body care products.
Sustainability: A certified B Corp since 2019, KOA+ROY, supports reforestation efforts across the globe by partnering with “One Tree Planted” to plant one tree for each product sold.
Our Pick: The Wellness Cube. Why We Love It: The wellness Cube is an “all-natural way help your body relax while softening your skin. The Cube contains a powerful blend of botanicals and essential oils uses aromatherapy to provide a soothing and relaxing experience leaving you energized for the rest of the day.”
OUR PICK: The Wellness Cube
Shop | $30
6. ATELIERE | JEWELRY +
Ateliere founder, Emily Peters, is a creator. Designer. Artist. Singer. Artisan. Ateliere was born in 2009 as a small art-to-wear jewelry house. Emily’s intentions have always been towards sustainability and regenerative living. Emily knows that things of beauty can hold and carry function, and also protect the planet and its inhabitants. Her jewelry is an incredible balance of nature inspired designs with a modern look and feel. Simple elegance is how we best describe Ateliere’s beautiful and timeless designs.
Ateliere jewelry is created from either recycled, reclaimed, organic or sustainable materials. The artists workshop is run at zero-waste standards, and if she cannot reuse any waste from production, she finds its appropriate recycling stream.
Our Pick: The SPACES collection allies earring. Why We Love It: Made by hand from “24K gold fill sheet metal and wire. One of a kind. The SPACES collection is made using the beautiful shapes left from cutting the larger collections – Revolution, Synthesis & Eon – and discarded beads of natural materials like shells and stones.”
OUR PICK: The SPACES Collection Allies Earring
Shop | $36
7. AETHER | DIAMONDS
Yes, diamonds! Aether sells diamonds that are made entirely from carbon captured from the air: “The manufacturing process that we’ve developed enables us to transform harmful atmospheric CO2 into gem-grade diamonds,” says Ryan Shearman, co-founder and CEO. To power its manufacturing process, Aether buys clean energy. Aether diamonds are as real as mined with none of the harmful consequences — every carat of their stones creates a positive impact on the planet.
Sustainability: Aether diamonds are not only gorgeous and sparkly, they are certified positive-impact diamonds. The company estimates that for every one-carat diamond it makes, it removes about 20 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. That’s more than the average American is responsible for in a year. Each piece of jewelry is hand set in responsibly sourced metals.
Our Pick: Open Skies. diamond Band. Why We Love It: “This ring features large baguette diamonds made from air live up to their origins, appearing to gracefully float around your finger. 1.2 total carat weight, offsets your carbon footprint for 1.5 years.”
OUR PICK: Open Skies Diamond Band
Shop | $5998
8. SAMARA | BAGS & ACCESSORIES
SAMARA is a sustainable company that creates beautiful, quality vegan leather products. Their goal is to provide luxury vegan fashion that is as simplistic and elegant as true leather, without harming animals.
As for sustainability, SAMARA creates their products using vegan leather made from water-based PU and microfiber, which is much less toxic and wasteful than the PVC that most vegan leather is made from. They are also looking to replace plastics completely with 100% plant-based materials like leather made from apples.
Our Pick: The Apple Leather Tote. Why We Love It: “The Apple Tote is a recreation of one of their best sellers – The Tote – but instead, it is created using apple skins. Designed to accompany every outfit and every occasion, the Apple Leather Tote can fit it all (from your laptop to your gym gear).”
OUR PICK: Apple Leather Tote
Shop | $295
9. Click A Tree | Give the Gift of Reforestation
CLICK A TREE plants trees all around the world. It’s the perfect gift for the nature-lover in your family. Planting more trees does so much to alleviate poverty, to absorb carbon, to support a healthy water cycle, and to reduce desertification cause by deforestation.
OUR PICK: Trees for Entrepreneurs in Ghana
Shop | $25
10. ITEMERIE | HOME & PERSONAL
Itemerie is an online marketplace for quality, ethical & responsibly-made goods for you and your home. At Itemerie, you’ll find quality items that you can expect to last for years:
“We operate on the premise that you shouldn’t have to be throwing items away within weeks of buying them.”
Their items are lovingly crafted by skilled artisans. When you buy one of Itemerie’s products, you’re getting a meaningful item that was made with a purpose — to serve you well for years.
Our Pick: Lady in Red Non-Toxic Nail Polish. Why We Love It: “Traditional nail polish is full of awful chemicals that are terrible for your skin and nails. On top of that, many contain ingredients made from animals. Be kind to the animals and cringe no more with our vegan and 10-free nail polish. Why 10-free? They are free from the 10 most common toxic ingredients found in nail polish.”
OUR PICK: Red Non-Toxic Nail Polish
Shop | $14
11. MADE TRADE | CLOTHING + HOME
MADE TRADE believes in “making the world a more beautiful place by holding ourselves to a higher ethical standard.” They call it being “ethically elevated.” It means they “put artistry above efficiency. Fair wages above profits. Sustainability above mass production. Quality craftsmanship above mindless consumption.”
Our Pick: Handmade Nyota Metallic Floret Coasters by KAZI. Why We Love It: KAZI was founded to create beautiful products that alleviate poverty across rural Africa. Their 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. KAZI reinvests their profits to further expand artisan development through training initiatives — training rural farmers to become artisans and teaching existing craftspeople new techniques and processes to continue to build upon their existing skill sets.
OUR PICK: Handmade Nyota Metallic Floret Coasters
Shop | $26
12. SIMBLY | FURNITURE
SIMBLY believes “great design and environmental sustainability can come together to improve our lifestyles and create balance with nature.”
Simply manufactures well-designed, minimalist furniture made of sustainably harvested, FSC certified wood. Their factory is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina.
Our Pick: Coffee Table
Shop | $499
13. KOTN | CLOTHING FOR MEN + WOMEN + TEENS
We’ve been long searching for a sustainable brand that makes stylish basics, and we’re so excited to have discovered KOTN. This BCorp clothing brand produces quality wardrobe essentials & basics in an ethical and eco-friendly way– a concept we can totally get behind. KOTN’s clothing is made from natural authentic Egyptian cotton, an incredibly soft material that is grown ethically in the Nile Delta.
KOTN works directly with farming families in Egypt, and purchases the cotton at a fair price—which helps to support the local economies along the Nile and prevent the exploitation of cotton farmers and factory workers. If that weren’t enough, not only are their stylish items the perfect base for your closet, they’re actually affordable too.
Our Pick: A cotton toque (beanie) is the perfect gift for a teen! Why We Love It: “This beanie is a textured, sturdy knit that adds warmth and style to any outfit. Made from 100% BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) cotton for maximum comfort, breathability and an ultra-soft feel, with none of the conventional itch.”
Our Pick: Unisex Beanie
Shop | $33
14. ECO LUNCHBOX | ZERO WASTE ITEMS
ECO LUNCHBOX believes in creating a zero waste food culture. If you don’t have non-toxic and no-waste lunchware in your pantry, it’s time to tool up. With ECOlunchbox, it can be easy for you and your family to ditch the plastic tubs, plastic baggies, pre-packaged cheese sticks, yogurt squeezies, wrapped cookies and food bars.
Our Pick: Seal Cup Large
Shop | $16
15. GREEN KID CRAFTS| STEAM BOXES FOR AGES 2-10+
GREEN KID CRAFTS believes in empowering the next generation of environmental leaders using creative, nature-based STEAM activities.
Our Pick: Rainforest Science Box
Shop | $34.95
16. BATHING CULTURE | PERSONAL & PLANETARY CARE
BATHING CULTURE “celebrates the simple necessity of bathing. How it bonds humanity and cultures across time and space.” They use all natural and environmentally friendly ingredients, zero waste to low-waste re-usable containers, and embrace a positive vibe and culture.
Our Pick: Big Dipper Mineral Bath. Why We Love It: “Bathing Culture Big Dipper Mineral Bath melts away mind and muscle stress with this blend of mineral-rich salts, green clay, and jojoba oil infused with hemp-derived CBD. West Coast sea salts and clay will leave your skin silky and non-psychoactive hemp will take you into the cosmos.”
Our Pick: Big Dipper Mineral Bath
Shop | $30
17. MAKA Earth | Wellness
MAKA means the “Earth”, “wisdom”, “medicinal herb,” and “holistic healing” in many different languages and cultures. MAKA chose the name to reflect their Ayurvedic approach to healing through science, inner balance, and using the most medicinal plant on Earth. They “honor our Earth by establishing eco-positive practices, holding product development and supply chain close-in, and offering a brand that is all-natural, transparent, and takes gimmickry off the table.” MAKA sources certified industrial hemp from organic farms and farming partners, and extracts the highest quality full-spectrum CBD hemp oil in the Western Slopes of Colorado
Our Pick: Soothing Body Oil. Why We Love It: “Delivers soothing and moisturizing oils around sore muscles, joints, and irritated areas. Ingredients include powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and antimicropbial plants with organic coconut and jojoba oils and 200mg/3 oz of full spectrum CBD.”
Our Pick: Soothing Body Oil
Shop | $30 (On Sale!)
From all of us at Live Creative Studio, we wish you and your family a beautiful holiday filled with cheer, connection to one another, and gratitude for our natural world and all her gifts.
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