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10 Sustainable Gifts that Give Back


Because our earth deserves some love too

It’s that time of year – the giving season.  There’s nothing better than getting your loved one the perfect gift.  The gift that’s so perfect they didn’t even know it existed.  And that’s so great and special and everyone deserves it.  What what people deserve even more is to make sure that we can still be sharing this beautiful earth and its resources with our loved ones for generations to come.  Now that’s a beautiful gift.

So here’s a list of some really special companies that not only make the perfect gifts for some love ones, but also make sure that the profits are going back to create sustainable futures for us all.  Creating gifts that keep on giving.

1.  Sustainable Outdoor Apparel – United by Blue

For every product sold, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from our world’s oceans and waterways. To date United by Blue has removed over 1.5 million pounds of trash.

2.  Aspect Grow Lights – Soltech Solutions

Soltech is giving back to one of our most precious natural resources – our forests. Soltech will be planting a tree for every Aspect grow light sold!  There’s no better time than the season of giving to make sure that we give back to not only our country’s wildlife but to our children’s wildlife.

3.  Shoes, Sunglasses and accessories – TOMS

TOMS is a classic and has really helped to set a standard for using commercialism for positive and consistent impact across the globe. For each pair of shoes purchased, Toms donates another pair to somebody in need.

4.  Greenmarket Hot Sauce – Small Axe Peppers

Made from fresh serrano pepper, this festive green and red The Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce duo benefits the collaborative effort of more than 40 community gardens and the nonprofit GrowNYC. $7.95 each.

5.  Glasses & Sunglasses – Warby Parker

Like TOMS, Warby Parker has also adopted the Buy a Pair, Give a Pair philanthropic model.  Since day one, over 4 million pairs of glasses have been distributed through our Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program. Alleviating the problem of impaired vision is at the heart of what we do, and with your help, our impact continues to expand.

6. Home Decor – Local + Lejos

These striking hand-weaved home decor pieces are made by artisan women as part of the Kwizero Cooperative in the Muhanga District of Rwanda. Your purchase supports their community by providing income for local families.

7.  Home Goods and Bedding – The Company Store

With every comforter purchased from The Company Store, a homeless child will receive a blanket through Family Promise and their affiliates. Comforters range in price from $50 to $1000.

8.  Wooden Speakers and headphones – LSTN

The LSTN Satellite Speaker is the ideal gift for the music lover in your life. It’s wireless and super compact, so it’s perfect to take to the park, on vacation, or wherever you want really. The best part? Proceeds from all LSTN Sound Co. products go towards giving hearing aids to people in need worldwide through Starkey Hearing Foundation.

9.  Reusable Water Bottles – S’Well

Reducing the use of plastic is a big topic these days, and it seems like many people are trying to do what they can to be more eco-friendly. A S’well bottle makes the perfect gift for so many reasons. Not only do they come in a variety of cool designs and keep your beverages cold for up to 24 hours, but the brand does good for the community, too. S’well has provided over 320,000 reusable bottles to NYC public schools across all five boroughs, with the hopes it will eliminate the number of single-use plastic bottles.

9.  Skincare Products – Burt’s Bees

Go #WildforBees and help us celebrate these tiny forces of nature with this limited edition balm. During the last two years we’ve partnered with RAFI and have planted 15 billion seeds covering more than 4,200 acres. This year Burt’s Bees will continue the partnership to promote pollinator-friendly farming practices that support bees and our food system.

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