Photo by: Bjorn Bauer
We all love gifts and gifts these days are getting better and better, especially with influx social good gift ideas. In this quick gift guide we concentrate on the outdoors. We all know individuals that love to hike, trek, and camp, so we put together a gift guide for those individuals with some of the essential items we think they will love.
Ethnotek creates high quality laptop and travel bags that feature ethically sourced handmade textiles. Your purchase helps us sustain employment and demand for the art of hand printing, weaving and embroidery in our partnering artisan villages in Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. Ethnotek is so much more than just a bag! It’s a celebration of culture, it’s a community, it’s a global movement.
Every year, severe acute malnutrition claims the lives of 2.6 million children. That’s one child every 12 seconds. But here’s the thing…it’s preventable. Children suffering from severe acute malnutrition have a low weight-for-height ratio and suffer from wasting (extreme thinness) or edema (swelling)—often resulting from illness and a lack of nutritious foods in their diet. The bars are all-natural, non-GMO, gluten free, kosher, and just plain awesome. For every bar you buy, a packet of life-saving food is given to a child in need.
An original poem by Ryan Devlin: “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I, I took the one more delicious. And that has made all the difference.” A photo posted by This Bar Saves Lives (@thisbar) on
Every Yellow Leaf Hammock is 100% handwoven by hill-tribe artisans in rural northern Thailand. The opportunity to weave hammocks and earn a good wage is transformative for our weavers and their families. These weavers and their children previously worked as indentured field laborers, surviving on just a few dollars a month. Through job creation, we are empowering weavers and communities to escape poverty and join the middle class. Instead of charity, we are providing them with the tools and the dignity to build a brighter future.
Vivid Roots sells apparel (currently just t-shirts, with more products coming soon) that represents this way of living. With every purchase they donate 20% off gross profits to implementing sustainable clean water systems in developing countries. They have partnered with Rotary International to help implement these wells, water distribution & filtration systems. To maximize the impact of each shirt they have established a leverage funding system with some Rotary Partners that allows them to turn every dollar they donate into seven dollars.
Cotopaxi sells amazing outdoor gear and give back to humanity. They want to disrupt the outdoor industry and inspire companies to do more for the world. Because they sell directly to you online, they offer higher-quality products without the retail markup. Each piece of Cotopaxi gear is tied to a humanitarian cause in one of the poorest regions of the world. We tell you where your money goes in a tangible way. For example, buy a Cusco pack and help educate a child in Peru for one week at Qosko Maqi. When you buy a Cotopaxi +India water bottle, you give clean water to a person in India for six months through our partner, charity: water.
Earthwork wonders at Spiral Jetty. Thanks to @ryan_liston for this pic. #utah #adventureon #cotopaxi #gearforgood #luzon A photo posted by Cotopaxi (@gearforgood) on
Warby Parker is able to provide higher-quality, better-looking prescription eye wear at a fraction of the price. They’ve partnered with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.