The holidays can be a crazy time of year. There’s so much going on – decorating, holiday parties, buying gifts, trying not to buy gifts for ourselves… it’s just a lot all at once. But it’s important to remember the bigger picture this holiday season. We are always trying to be our best selves especially with our sustainability practices and that shouldn’t take a back seat during the holidays.
So I have compiled a short list, that doesn’t end here, of eco-friendly brands and potential gifts for this holiday season!
Ecotools is a cosmetic brand whose name says it all! Their efforts include being 100% cruelty-free and vegan, products made from recycled aluminum and plastic, 100% tree-free (by using 20% cotton & 80% bamboo fibers), and using recycled bamboo. They’re also a contributor to Glamour’s The Girl Project via #MyTrueBeauty – a campaign that supports women’s empowerment.
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2. Lush Cosmetics
Lush Cosmetics is a company passionate and transparent about their cruelty-free beliefs as well as their sustainable efforts. While their products aren’t 100% vegan they are 100% vegetarian and more than 80% vegan. They’re focused on ethical buying as well, purchasing supplies and materials locally when possible and always ethically. Also, 35% of their products are totally unpackaged or “naked” while the rest are packaged using recycled and recyclable materials.
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Fetzer Vineyards is committed to sustainability with a long list of eco-friendly practices. First, they are a Certified B Corporation which means that they’re held to rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. They were the first vineyard in California to be 100% operated by renewable energy, as well as the largest organic winegrape grower in California. They’re zero waste certified and use regenerative agriculture which restores soils and their surrounding environment. They also use solar energy to power 80% of their bottling facility.
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4. Numi Organic Tea
Numi Organic Tea is another B-Certified Corporation. Their eco-friendly practices span from organically certified tea to natural hemp-based, unbleached filter paper that is biodegradable, to bamboo & soy-based packaging. They’re also fair trade and fair labor certified. But their sustainable impacts are not confined to their products. They’re committed to helping their local community as well as the program H2OPE which provides clean safe drinking water to their farming communities around the world.
5. Alternative Apparel
Alternative Apparel is a clothing company committed to sustainable practices from beginning to end. Over 80% of their garments are made with sustainable materials and processes. They also use eco and organic products, non-toxic low-impact dye, and recycled poly & materials. They also believe in safe and fair working conditions. This is why their factories are all in accordance with the Fair Labor Association Workplace Code of Conduct.
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BONUS – Pacifica
Pacifica is a makeup brand known for their sustainable efforts. Their products are made with natural ingredients, they’re cruelty-free, 100% vegan, and gluten-free – all in recyclable packaging! Even their perfumes are made from coconut and soy-based wax.
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As you can see, there are great companies out there that are committed to their sustainable impact and are working hard to make their place in the world more eco-friendly.
So what’s on your holiday shopping list this year that’s eco-friendly?
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Christina is a twenty-something living with her beagle, Mash, and husband, Nate in the Tampa Bay Area. She loves traveling, shopping, art, and photography. She’s also a vegetarian, pop-culture enthusiast, book-lover, and Dave Matthews Band fanatic.