Socially Minded Gift Guide
Thanksgiving is tomorrow and what follows is obviously the biggest consumer day/week/month of the year so before you make all your big gift decisions we wanted to give you a roundup of b-corp companies that we love, who have built it into their business model to give back to the world in a variety of ways.
Last year I helped curate/design the Mercantile event and met so many of these folks in person, bought their product as gifts and not only felt good about my purchase for social reasons, but also because their pieces are beautiful, thoughtful and well-designed. Thank you to these companies for being leaders in this smaller industry and we here at EHD wish you a ton of success all year round. You deserve it.
Accompany: believes that every purchase has a purpose. Accompany scours the globe to fine uniquely artisan made items that are fair trade to help better lives and the community. They help to maintain clean, safe and healthy work environments for the artisans to create. They also work with communities to give them opportunities to become self-sufficient, live economically viable lives, and help them develop their own families and communities. A percentage of profits are given to charity (that benefits the community where production is based).
1. Lightning Ring | 2. Outlaw Trouser | 3. Eleanor Coat | 4. Huipile Stripe Top | 5. Porcupine Earrings | 6. Bertu Small Pillow | 7. Striped Cotton Beach Towel | 8. Pinstripe Coasters | 9. Blush Leather Slide Sandals | 10. Abera Cognac Cross Body Tote | 11. Marigold Leather Pouch | 12. Tatu Olive Wood Tray
Beautycounter: They have a mission ‘to get safer products into the hands of everyone’. They also partner with non-profits such as EWG (Environmental Working Group), BCPP (Breast Cancer Prevention Partners) and Healthy Child, Health World.
1. Cleansing Balm | 2. Charcoal Cleansing Bar | 3. Rejuvenating Face Cleanser | 4. Multi-Masker Set | 5. Color Pinch Cream Blusher | 6. Travel Bag | 7. No. 1 Brightening Spa Set | 8. Sugar Body Scrub | 9. Flawless in Five Set
Belove: Gives back a percentage of the profits to Water for Good to help people who desperately need clean drinking water, Show Hope for adoption aid and grants and Destiny Rescue to help women be rescued from sex trafficking.
1. Andy Tumbler in Ivory | 2. Linen Tea Towel in Grey | 3. Small Wooden Server | 4. Small Wooden Board | 5. Brass Tea Caddy Spoon | 6. Bogart Mug in Cobalt | 7. Farmers Market Candle | 8. Calligraphy Spark Match Bottle | 9. Brass Pierce Stand | 10. Ivory Earrings | 11. Carol Pouch
The Citizenry: We love these guys and have worked with them a few times. Every dollar you spend supports fair wages, safe working environments, and a direct investment into artisan entrepreneurs. They invest 10% of the proceeds directly back into artisan communities through Entrepreneur Development Grants. These grants help The Citizenry’s partners take their businesses to new places.
Clay: 100% of profits from all purchases made on clay.la will be donated to carefully selected organizations helping people in need around the world. You can pre-order items now and they will be shipped early January 2018.
Enrou: Your purchase from Enrou can help make an impact in two different ways. By purchasing an item from this company you are having a direct impact on the artisan by empowering them with dignified work, an income, and job training. A purchase can also have an impact on the community in health education, financial coaching, and women’s empowerment programs.
1. Blank Canvas Tote | 2. Midnight Mara Utility Bag | 3. Dipped Cocktail Muddler | 4. Noodle Bowl | 5. Natural Chevron Table Runner | 6. Gold ‘Inspire’ Classic Pendant | 7. Himalayan Valley Mini Soap Set
Equal Uprise: 10% of the proceeds goes directly back to the artisan who made the item. They also help to design and plan out the artisan’s workshop to make sure that they have a proper workspace to allow them to create. I wear their hats almost every day.
Fair and Simple: Every item in the collection gives back to the artisan and the common home. They help to better the community through clean water initiative, job creations in a safe environment with fair wages, a restorative house for women of abuse and addiction, educational sponsorships, support for refugees, and resource centers for survivors of human trafficking.
fashionABLE: This company started as a hand-woven scarf line and turned into a full line of goods made all over the world. fashionABLE creates the opportunity for women to have a job with dignity. I have that bag (#8) in blush and LOVE it.
Gaia: Their products are handmade by women refugees who have come to the US and are now living in Dallas, TX. They provide the opportunity for employment with a livable wage and continued training to help them become financially independent and self-sufficient for a brighter future. How sweet is that pillow? (#7)
The Giving Keys: They are not a non-profit, they are a social enterprise. So instead of raising donations, they sell products to provide jobs. A good job is a long-term solution for breaking cycles of generational poverty and homelessness. That’s why they place people on career paths and hand them the keys to unlock their fullest potential. I have the best friend necklace with one of my best friends and I LOVE it, and Brady bought the tiny key for himself and his boyfriend.
Haiti Design Co. : Today they provide jobs to over 150 people in their workshop in Haiti. They provide job training and help to bridge the gap of design in the US to Haiti.
The Little Market: A women-led nonprofit that was founded by Lauren Conrad to empower women. They sell fair trade products that are ethically made. Each product sold helps to promote a positive change to the artisans life.
1. Share Cookbook | 2. 3 Olive Wood Condiment Bowls | 3. Ethiopian Cotton Bath Towel | 4. Leather Key Fob | 5. Peppermint Sugar Gift Box | 6. Leather Envelope Clutch | 7. Gray Heart Garland | 8. Tropical Clutch
Matt & Nat: A completely vegan brand that puts nature first by using no animal products to help do their part in protecting the environment. I just found this brand, thanks to a reader this week and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Thank you readers for constantly introducing new great brands to us – especially those of us trying to be vegan (tell that to my pizza eating self last night … its hard, folks).
Nisolo: Their vision is to the push the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction. They have created over 157 full-time sustainable jobs with over 761 livelihoods supported. They pay their employees 27% above the fair trade wage that is required. 100% of their employees are above the age of 18 and their children are all attending university and will be first generation graduates. They have also given back 3 million dollars to the community of Peru where their main factory is located. I personally own many of their beautiful shoes and love them (ps. they run small so where I’m a size 7 typically, I’m a 7 1/2 here).
Parachute: A brand you are probably familiar with because we’ve collaborated with them many times. Not only do they donate all returned items to Habitat for Humanity but they also partner with the United Nations Foundation’s ‘Nothing But Nets‘ campaign to send life-saving malaria-prevention bed nets to those in need.
Parker Clay: A company that is dedicated to transforming the communities of Ethiopia by partnering with Ellitla – Women at Risk. They are a non-profit who help women realize their potential and escape the sex industry. I met the couple who founded Parker Clay and they are extremely lovely, charitable, generous and have a beautiful family who is growing up watching their parents do good things everyday.
Parks Project: Through the items sold the company is able to help fund projects all over the country to keep our national parks alive. They have partnered with National Park Foundation, Zion National Park Forever Project, Yellowstone Forever, Yosemite Conservancy, Rocky Mountain Conservancy, and Grand Canyon Association. Support our parks if you love them – their budgets are threatened right now.
1. Quality Goods Enamel Mug | 2. Yellowstone National Park Sticker | 3. Yosemite National Park Poster | 4. Joshua Tree Throwback Hat | 5. Defend Our Parklands Poster | 6. Big Bend Mesa Trucker Hat | 7. This Land is Our Land Sticker | 8. Joshua Tree Fleece Sweatshirt | 9. Quality Goods Waffle Beanie
Purpose Jewelry: is crafted by young women who are rescued from human trafficking. They work with survivors from Mumbai, India and Orange County, CA who are able to have fair wages and employable skills for the future.
Rose & Fitzgerald: Founded by a Californian couple who traveled to Uganda and fell in love with the beauty of the country and the ethically made and unique handcrafted goods, they wanted to share it with the rest of the world.
1. Pure Brass Serving Spoon Set | 2. Dipped Teak Tray | 3. Safari Chair | 4. Wine Bottle Holder | 5. Small Pure Brass Bowl | 6. Large Pure Brass Bowl | 7. Mugavu Geometric Bottle Stopper | 8. Vintage Makenge Flat Baskets | 9. Pure Brass Decorative Object
Soko: Ethically made jewelry who work with artisan entrepreneurs to help them build their business, improve production capacity, and sustainably increase income.
State Bags: Their motto is to ‘go beyond the bag’. State was created to address the immediate needs of American children living with challenging – and in some cases critical – circumstances. For every State bag purchased, State hand delivers a backpack, packed with essential tools for success, to an American child in need.
1. Mini Kane | 2. Rodgers Lunch Box | 3. Crown Patch | 4. Butler Changing Pad | 5. Douglass Weekender Tote | 6. Heart Patch | 7. Colby Rolltop | 8. Rocket Ship Patch | 9. Mini Lorimer | 10. Jay Dopp Kit | 11. Bedford | 12. Clark
Thirty One Bits: They use fashion and design to drive positive change in the world by providing artisans with dignified job opportunities and inspiring customers to live meaningful lives.
1. Woven Drum Bag | 2. Striped Tassel Throw | 3. Ceramic Knob Vase | 4. Rainbow Bottle Opener | 5. Rainbow Trinket Dish | 6. Marble Candlestick Natural Short | 7. Marble Candlestick Natural Tall | 8. Polka Dot No-Handle Mug | 9. Harmony Hoops | 10. Eclipse Necklace | 11. Teak Serving Set | 12. Brass Geometric Napkin Ring / Plant-Dyed Napkin Set in Blush
YSTR clothing: Provides quality clothes that are ethically made in downtown Los Angeles with no fashion waste.
I’m already remembering a couple that I forgot about that we will add, but please let us know any others that we can make sure are included here and add them asap. We would love to highlight as many good ones as possible.