Sustainable Holiday Shopping Picks

Now that the holidays are having their official start and Black Friday is upon us, The Local Artisan Guide is here to help advise you on your shopping picks, specifically sustainable gifts.

Sustainable brands are no longer a trend, they are here to stay and more are starting up every day. Happily there is sustainability in just about every category, whether its apparel, accessories, beauty or home, you can find a brand that has a mission of creating the most sustainable of products. Here are just a few suggestions for holiday shopping:

Joyn is an sustainable leather goods brand bringing you hand-to-market goods with transparent pricing and ethical practices. Joyn keeps alive crafts and traditions and believe in products that empower the cultures they come from.

Miakoda is a women’s brand made in an ethical factory in NYC with all sustainable materials, even their packaging is recycled. not many brands can say that.

Have a dad that watches Fox News and loves Donald Trump? Here is a great way to get them a sustainable gift without them trying to return it. TruHugs makes a sustainable blanket that everyone on the political spectrum will love.

Mud Jeans not only makes a sustainable denim, they also have a “Lease” option, meaning after a year you have the ability to send back your denim to the brand where they will recycle and create another denim item.

Ten Thousand Villages is a way for you to shop with intention for ethically-sourced wares — and to share in the joy of connecting with makers and artisans in ten thousand villages.

Natalie Perry creates ethical and sustainable everyday luxury jewellery inspired by the stories she has collected on her travels. Each piece is made using Fairtrade Gold, recycled silver and ethically-sourced gemstones and conveys themes of unconventional beauty, imperfection and disintegration, with a delicate and fragmented aesthetic.

One Love Organics founder Suzanne LeRoux has loved beauty for as long as she can remember. She embarked on formal studies in aromatherapy, integrative herbology, holistic nutrition and cosmetic chemistry while still practicing law full time. With the support of her family, her passion project quickly evolved into a full-fledged natural skincare business. Skin Savior Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm does the work of four beauty treatments in one.

So there you have six brands who have sustainability in their mission statements and are here to stay but only if you shop from them. The old paradigms and business models of brands that are not sustainable are dying off, here is your chance to be on the vanguard of a new shopping age that is a win/win for all.

Natalie Rivera