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Ethical Holiday Shopping

Emily Wegenke, MSW Intern

When the holiday season rolls around, we often rush to big box stores to purchase gifts or turn to Amazon for the quick gift. This holiday season let’s try to support companies that are dedicated to making the world a better place. The provided list included companies who create products that support non-profits or leave a small carbon footprint. 

Thinx

Looking for a stocking stuffer that gives back? This company’s mission is to breakdown shame around bodies and reproductive health. Each purchase works towards equity for bodies who have periods. The company works to address discriminatory policies for menstruation. 

https://www.shethinx.com/pages/thinx-giverise

Happy Earth 

Has someone in your life expressed interest in helping the environment? As a Certified B company, they meet the highest standards of social and environmental impact. They put the earth first and donate back their profits to fight climate change, planting trees, and cleaning up trash from the ocean. You can purchase reusable silverware and straws! 

https://www.happyearthapparel.com/pages/our-impact

EVERLANE

This is a great place to shop for the fashion lover in your life. A clothing company that is dedicated to utilizing safe factories that pay their workers living wages. The company only occupies factories that receive a 90% rating or higher for safety. Avoiding fast fashion is their goal which is why they include a cost breakdown of their products on the website. 

https://www.everlane.com/about

Bombas 

This is a perfect gift to someone who enjoys comfy clothes and giving back. As a Certified B company, they are dedicated to upholding their one-to-one policy. This means that for every product purchased a product is donated. The company has created 3,5000+ partnerships across the country. This has led them to donate over 50 million items for people facing homelessness. 

https://bombas.com/

Patagonia 

For the person in your life who is always cold or loves to be outside. A luxury brand that is committed to protecting the earth. This company made numerous pledges to support the environment and has openly objected politicians who support the use of fossil fuels. On their website they have a section where shoppers can purchase previously owned clothes to reduce clothing waste. They have also made videos to explain how to repair different products to prolong their life. 

https://www.patagonia.com/home/

Steeped Coffee

The perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life. A simple cup of coffee just needs a hot cup of water, and the coffee bag is added to the cup. Their products are created so the next generation of coffee drinkers won’t see the effects on the planet. Biodegradable coffee bags and no additional appliances simplifies the morning routine for coffee lovers. They ethically source their coffee products using the minimum Fair-Trade minimums. 

https://steepedcoffee.com/pages/ethos

Self-Care is for Everyone

This is a great gift for the person in your life who needs a reminder to take time for themselves. Self-care isn’t selfish, but often hard to do in our society. The company does not keep back stock of their products. To reduce their footprint, they make the product when it is ordered online. Their website also has ideas for self-care and journal prompts. 10% of net profits are donated to prevent suicide. When purchasing products from their suicide line, 100% of net profits are donated to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

https://selfcareisforeveryone.com/

This post is not sponsored by any of the above companies.

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