July 7, 2021News
We’ve all bought a last-minute gift that we know the person isn’t going to use for long. Whether it’s grabbing a novelty gift or something that will go out of style within a season, we’ve all been guilty of choosing a less than sustainable gift. When you think of how often you’re buying gifts – between Christmas, birthdays, graduations, engagements, baby showers. These are just a few examples of the events where you’re buying someone else a gift. Often, we leave our gift buying to the last-minute and end up regretting it.
We’re all becoming more sustainable in our life choices. Whether it’s saying goodbye to single use plastic or making more ethical fashion choices, we’re all taking steps to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Thankfully, there are hundreds of brands out there that offer sustainable gift ideas for you to give to your family and friend.
Our guide goes through 11 of our favourite eco-friendly and sustainable gifts that work for all the women in your life. Whether it’s your BFF’s birthday, your sister’s baby shower, or a Mother’s Day gift, this list has something for everyone. These items include everything from recycled gold to eco-friendly packaging and zero-waste products.
You’ll want to bookmark this page and come back to it every time you want to buy a sustainable gift. With our help, your panic last-minute shopping will become a thing of the past!
Who doesn’t love a hat? They’re having a major fashion moment, and they always come back in style. We love this rich chocolate hat by Janessa Leone. It’s a mid-priced item that is perfect as a splurge gift for your BFF or sister that won’t break the bank. It’s an ideal choice for birthdays or the holiday season
This hat takes on the contemporary silhouette of a bucket hat and gives it a more timeless and sophisticated look with raffia palm fibers that are dried and crocheted to create the hat’s distinctive silhouette.
It’s available in four colours and various sizes for a custom fit.
Do you have a friend celebrating a big birthday? Do you want to spoil your wife or girlfriend? Check out this necklace by Camille Beinhorn. They’re made in New York using recycled metals to create a contemporary and sustainable piece of jewellery. This necklace incorporates Tahitian pearl with tourmaline, while the beads are hand-knotted using silk thread.
We love this necklace so much, that we think you should pick-up one for you and your BFF.
When in doubt, buy a bag. While not everyone has the bank balance to buy their BFF a Birkin or a Chanel flap bag, there are some more attainable choices on the market.
Minimalism is one of the leading trends in the fashion industry right now, with handbags being no exception. This pouch takes its inspiration from several of the best-selling Bottega Veneta bags – while being a fraction of the price.
Our top choice for a pouch bag is by Porto, who uses smooth leather from Italy and expertly craft their bags to last a lifetime. The cloud-like silhouette is a dram gift, with the bag being handmade in a family-owned factory in Italy. Could you find anything more luxurious?
Is there anything chicer than huggie earrings? They’re having a major comeback right now, but they’re a timeless silhouette that make the perfect keepsake. Devereux’s jewellery is made to order, preventing waste, and making the experience feel even more luxurious. While these huggie hoops are small, they’re made using recycled gold and pack a bunch.
It’s worth noting that these earrings are made in New York by artisan goldsmiths and can take up to 4 weeks for delivery, so they’re not a last-minute gift.
Every woman loves getting a new dress. If you have a girlfriend that’s about to get married, or if you want to treat her to a new dress, check out the Marilyn Dress.
The Maggie Marilyn brand puts ethics and environmental sustainability at the heart of what they do. We think this is the perfect dress to wear for a spring or summer bachelorette party or bridal shower. It would work amazing for any social events your friend has during the warmer months.
We love how the gathered bust and knot detailing gives the fitted basque around the waist a contemporary feel. This dress is for the Marilyn Monroe in your life.
Sunglasses are an investment that most of us won’t splurge on. If you’re not sure what to buy your BFF or sister, sunglasses always go down a treat. We love the Vicky style by the New York-based Feroce brand. They scream luxury without breaking the bank.
Feroce is committed to protecting the environment and offers a ‘revival’ programme, where you can bring in your old Feroce frames and exchanged them for credit towards your next pair. We think it’s a win-win and the perfect way to recycle your old sunglasses in order to get a new style.
At $125, this style is available in six colours. We think it’s worth picking up a pair for both you and the recipient. You can even have your prescriptions placed into the lenses!
Everyone is living in mules and sandals. The Hotel de la Plage style gives you the best of both worlds at an attainable price tag. These shoes are made from start to finish in Tuscany. The brand Nomasei works with local manufacturers in the area, helping to reduce it’s carbon footprint.
Nomasei has just teamed up with the Australian lifestyle brand, Lucy Folk, to create the must-have summer mule of the season. These shoes are the perfect gift for the girl who is always son the go and never far from the beach or a tropical vacation.
Speaking of shoes, it’s worth having a pair of heels on your radar. Every girl wants a pair of dancing shoes, and we couldn’t pick a better pair than the Finn Sandal by Chelsea Paris.
The brand was founded by Theresa Ebagua, an LA-based and Nigerian-born black designer who is on a mission to leave her mark on the industry. Hitting zero waste and protecting the environment are two of the brand’s key mission.
Chelsea Paris uses exclusively metal-free and vegetable-tanned leather, meaning that the production process doesn’t result in harmful by-products. The textiles used to create their shoes are ecologically processed, while the factory uses only cruelty-free and organic dyes and glues.
The Finn Sandals run true to size and are available in four colours. Do you have a Carrie Bradshaw in your life? If so, these are the perfect gift for her!
We couldn’t write a sustainable gift guide for women without incorporating a wedding-appropriate gift. This suggestion is also ideal for housewarming gifts or if you know someone who is looking to re-do their kitchen.
The Fable Home dinnerware set is made using recycled clay and incorporates eco-friendly packaging. This 16-piece set includes everything your friend will need, from dinner plates to salad bowls and pasta plates. Everything is hand-finished in Portugal and the set is available in five shades, including white, pink, blue, green, and grey.
Are you looking for a budget-friendly gift that won’t break the bank? If you need a gift for a more casual friend, someone who doesn’t like gifts, or a secret-Santa, then this hair oil is your perfect solution.
The Aceite de Moska Hair oil by Ceremonia has a nourishing formula that is free of parabens, silicones, and sulfates. This hair oil has an award-winning formula and was named the Best Scalp Oil in Women’s Health 2021 Beauty Awards.
There’s no greater gift than helping your friend smash their hair goals. It’s also a perfect gift for the person who has everything. This hair oil promotes hair growth, strengthens the hair, nourishes the scalp, and enhances the natural shine of your hair.
Do you have a friend with a quirky personality? Are you looking for a gift that will stand out from the ground and be memorable? This water pitcher may be a splurge gift but it’s a functional item that doubles as a unique piece of home décor.
The Wave Glass Pitcher is designed by Sophie Lou Jacobsen, whose work is inspired by the concept of finding joy in everyday items. The pitcher is made using borosilicate glass and is available in five colours, with various handle colours to choose from.
We think this gift is ideal for a wedding, engagement, birthday, housewarming, or anniversary gift.
Which of these sustainable and eco-friendly gifts will you be giving away this year? Let us know in the comments below!
Whether you’ve recently Marie Kondo-ed your life or checked the expiry dates on your makeup products, you likely have some beauty products sitting around that you need to get rid of. We’re all more aware than ever about our carbon footprint and the need to recycle products instead of sending them to landfills. While you know to throw your diet coke bottle into the recycling, you might not know what beauty products we can recycle.
Ethical, cruelty-free and organic are the 3 pillars of positive impact fashion. A company or brand that creates their pieces consciously, will display how they approach the manufacturing process through the choice of materials, their acquisition and the treatment of their workers.
The pollution comes not so much from the waste, as from the production process of insignificant necessities such as a hairbrush. While mindfulness is not only healthy for us, mindful shopping with consideration of how and what the products are made of, can really become a place to start to support a more ethical way of living. One of the ways we can start saving our world home, is by looking how we fill up our living one. Here are some ideas on how to fill your home with harmless beauty:
Buying the perfect gift for your friends can be like finding a needle in a haystack. You want to buy them something that shows you care and that you know will fit into their lifestyle. Personalized gifts are something people usually wouldn’t buy themselves, but it makes the item unique to them. It literally makes it their own. Personalized gifts also show that you put some long-term thought into your choice and didn’t just buy something at the last minute. We’re rounding up five personalized gifts that will level up your birthday present game.