Saving the planet is not a cliche. If we all do our little part, the earth really will be a better place and that’s why we scoured the land for eco-friendly gifts that just keep on giving! Some of our top “green” picks are so fresh that you’ll wish you could eat them…alas, you can’t consume through digestion, but you can surely consume in your daily, active lifestyles! Fresh handmade cosmetics from Lush will have you drooling at the scent, organic cotton loungewear by Skin that’s as soft as a baby’s bottom will have you smiling all over, and everyday totes that are handwoven in Morocco or made from recycled plastic bottles will give you options the best of both worlds.
Below, browse through our 13 favorite eco-friendly gifts and buy what you like! There’s no guilt in these gifts! And, The Nozomi Project necklace benefits Japanese women from Ishinomaki, who need better lives after the 2011 tsunami. So, have at it! Get gifts for yourself or your tree hugging gal pal. Peace out.
13 Eco-friendly Gifts For Fashion-Conscious Women
LUSH is the ultimate beauty delicatessen with fresh, handmade, and inventive merchandise loaded with the finest ingredients. The truly interactive nature of the store is incredibly unique to the beauty world; LUSH’s “deli” concept takes traditional beauty retail and flips it upside down with a hint of cheekiness. Customers are encouraged to choose their cosmetics personally from the pic’n’mix skin care at the cleansing bar, chunks of solid shampoo, piles of bubble bar slices, or perhaps from the fresh face masks displayed on ice. All LUSH cosmetics are fresh – made from organic fruits and vegetables – handmade, and eco-friendly – the majority of our products are sold “naked” without wasteful packaging. The soaps smell divine!
1. Lush “Sandy Santa” Soap Scrub Bar – $5.95
2. Lush “Mr. Frosty” 3-Piece Set - $21.95
3. Lush Midnight Massage – $9.95
SKIN is a luxury brand of soft pima and organic cotton casual wear as well as intimate apparel for the modern woman. Sophisticated, comfortable and highly versatile, SKIN can do double or even triple duty, as innerwear, day wear and modern evening wear. Known for giving basic boudoir threads a luxurious spin, Susan Beischel, founder of lingerie and loungewear line Skin, firmly believes that the layer closest to your skin should feel just as soft. Fans include Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry and Oprah, among others.
4. SKIN Organic Pima Cotton Boyshort – $32
Amal Oils is your source for organic and natural Moroccan beauty products. This retail site is dedicated to using only the highest quality ingredients and supporting Moroccan women entrepreneurs. Amal Oils strives not only to make a long-lasting impact on your skin and hair through highly potent and naturally occurring ingredients, but also on the Moroccan communities with which it works. Moroccan beauty products can give you more beautiful and healthy skin and hair, which is why we love Amal Oils “Hammam Collection II” as the perfect gift for the organic-conscious and skin care loving friend or family member on your gift list. Packed with amino acids, antioxidants and vitamin E, this all-in-one skin, hair and nail care product is a miracle worker.
7. Amal Oils Deluxe Moroccan Hammam Collection II – $164.35
The go-to place for handwoven Moroccan market baskets, made from recycled palm leaves. Souk Market Baskets are the perfect everything bag – grocery bag, overnight bag, gym bag, beach bag, picnic basket, and the list goes on..with styles that range from the traditional French Market Basket style all the way to the intricately decorated, you won’t have any trouble finding one that you love. Jalila Bouchareb, founder of Souk Market Baskets, works to benefit the environment and especially Moroccan village women by providing them support through sales of their intricately, handwoven Moroccan baskets. Each basket takes between 4 and 10 hours to make and each basket is unique.
8. Souk Market “Fatima” Handmade Moroccan Tote Bag – $150.00
Restaurantware is the leading online supplier of innovative bamboo pieces for top chefs and restaurants across the nation. With locations in Chicago and California, Restaurantware.com serves the finest restaurants, hotels, caterers and gourmet stores around the country with trend setting catering supplies. Made from the highest quality materials, this 5-piece bamboo utensil set is made from uber sustainable bamboo that will “wow!” friends and family in your kitchen. Perfect as a stocking stuffer, a present, or a treat for yourself, these ultra-durable kitchen utensils are a staple in the kitchen and a must-give gift for anyone on your list this year!
Designed for young, creative, professional women who want to dress the part, but keep their unique look, Soldat is known for their well-tailored suits that are from high quality organic and natural materials to help preserve the earth for generations to come. Now, Soldat is offering an eco-friendly tote as well, made from recycled water bottles! The Stylish tote can be used as a full size tote or folded in as a smaller bag with 3 interior pockets to keep your phone, pens, and lipgloss organized.
10. Soldat Tailoring 2-Way Tote Bag – $42.00
What’s a Lilly Brush you ask? It’s a brush specially designed from nylon bristles that is gentle on sweater weaves, but tough on pills. It won’t shave a hole in a sweater or snag it. Save your sweaters and resist throwing them away due to piling by using the Lilly Brush! It’s small enough to toss in your briefcase and it works as a lint and pet hair remover. It will also clean up your furniture and upholstery! During the month of December, enter to win a Lilly Brush here.
11. Lilly Brush “Save Our Sweaters” in Red or Charcoal – $12.95
A nonprofit organization led by a group of American women that went to Japan to help the Japanese women make their own jewelry by using leftover shards from the 2011 tsunami. All of the proceeds of the jewelry sold abroad are sent back to the Japanese women to restore their lives. The ‘Nozomi’ Project, translated ‘hope’ in Japanese, is a social enterprise striving to bring sustainable income, community, dignity and hope to the women in Ishinomaki, Japan by training women to craft unique jewelry products. Most of these women are single mothers and grandmothers who lost their livelihood when the tsunami crashed through half of their city in 2011. Nozomi women create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry featuring broken pieces of pottery left in the wake of the tsunami (called the Shards of Hope product line), as well as other beautiful products such as kimono jewelry and note cards. The Nozomi Project is transforming the present situations of Nozomi women into lives teeming with future promise.
12. Nozomi Project Shards of Hope Necklace Set – $111
Founded by the award-winning multidisciplinary design firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios, notNeutral creates bold, idea-based, accessible objects for the everyday modern lifestyle. Blurring the boundaries between the figural and abstract, and the decorative and functional, the pieces they design are durable, playful, and imbued with a clever take on the ordinary that is unquestionably not neutral. notNeutral’s brand new product line includes vegan, extra-moisturing soaps that come in a variety of flavors!
13 . notNeutral Cloud Green Tea Soap Bar – $7.00