Getting through the holiday season can be a real challenge for the conscious consumer. For most shoppers, any item will do for their mother, father-in-law, uncle, or aunt, but for conscious consumers, their ethical values need to be represented in every gift given.
Here at Causeartist, we want to motivate you to keep those values in mind, and make it as accessible as possible. The holiday season is the perfect time of year to spread awareness, advocate for conscious consumerism and spread the joy of fair trade, empowering, organic, upcycled, artisanal, and ethical products through the spirit of gifting. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate holiday gift guide, featuring ethical brands from across North America and the world.
Shop the ethical product holiday gift guide below and enter the new year knowing how much you’ve positively impacted everyone in your life and those behind the production line of each item gifted.
Anchal is an innovative nonprofit creating sustainable jobs for women through fashion and empowering them to a life beyond the sex trade. In 2010, Anchal officially became a 501(c)3 non-profit and we expanded the project by partnering with Vatsalya, an NGO in Ajmer, India. In 2012, Maggie joined her sister to co-lead Anchal and stitch by stitch, a global sisterhood started to grow.
Today, Anchal has trained and employed over 500 women and is an internationally recognized brand known for award-winning designs and handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces that empower exploited women living in India and Kentucky.
Nimble works only with suppliers who share their values on workers’ rights, sustainable materials and reducing environmental impact. The brand is committed to not only reducing their environmental impact through smarter production means and materials, but by encouraging the entire Nimble Community to help reduce the amount of e-waste ending up in the world’s landfills.
The company provides a recyclable bag inside all packaging, and offer a pre-paid mail-in label so customers can easily send old electronic devices, cell phones, cables, etc, directly to their e-waste recycling partner, Homeboy Electronics for safe, responsible reclamation! Nimble also selects high-quality, low-impact materials, with no paint or toxic chemicals. Fully recyclable aluminum and plant-based plastics are used with no chemical adhesives and all fabric blends are made with 100% organic hemp and recycled plastic bottles.
In 2014, Hamilton Perkins founded the Hamilton Perkins Collection producing unique and award winning bags and accessories from recycled plastic water bottles, pineapple leaf fiber, and billboard vinyl. The result is that no two bags are ever the same.
Hamilton was the winner of the Virginia Velocity Tour hosted by the Governor of Virginia, and the recipient of a HUD Community Development Block Grant. The non-profit B Lab honored Hamilton Perkins Collection as a “Best for the World Overall” B Corporation in 2017. Hamilton Perkins Collection has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Money Magazine, The Washington Post, and named to our Social Entrepreneurs To Watch For In 2017.
theotherstraw is a sustainable, enterprise replacing single-use plastics straws with reusable, eco-friendly, organic, 100% natural, biodegradable, sustainable bamboo straws.
theotherstraw is a response to one of the world’s biggest challenges; plastic pollution. Plastic waste is everywhere. On our beaches, throughout nature, in city centers, in oceans and basically everywhere else. Plastic straws are among the top 10 plastic items found in beach clean ups every year and the brand has seen first-hand the negative impacts the straws were having on marine life and humans all over the world, so their response was creating social enterprise that try to solve this problem! 😀
With sleek and elegant elongated hand-shaped lapis gemstones, these earrings are the ultimate expression of simple sophistication. Capped with sterling silver, each gemstone is unique, with varying patterns and inclusions of white calcite and pyrite making each pair a true one-of-a-kind.
Daria Day is a social enterprise jewelry brand empowering women living in the remote mountain communities in the foothills of the K2 Mountain in Northern Pakistan. Founder Farrukh Lalani believes in the connecting and healing power behind each gemstone as well as breaking the cycle of poverty for the female artisans she works with.
Indosole takes old tires that would otherwise contribute to Indonesia’s massive landfill problem, and transforms them into beautiful sandals and shoes through a production process that is organic, toxic free, and environmentally sustainable. Not only that – the process provides dignified work to many in Indonesia.
For a decade now Indosole has strived to be the environmental keepers of the future. They have successfully merged artisan skill with social impact, developing a custom shoemaking process that transforms tires to shoe soles by hand. Through this crafted concept and forward thinking, Indosole has been able to save over 80K+ tires from landfills, but to have a mass scale environmental impact a breakthrough technology was needed.
well kept is a women’s essentials company. Our staple product is a solid brass razor, which is a more sustainable alternative that provides a superior shave while reducing ingrown hairs and irritation and is more cost effective in the long run. We carry a line of all-natural shaving products that are designed to provide a sustainable, zero-waste, all natural solution to women’s shaving.
The well kept solid brass safety razor comes with one blade. There are three main reasons to make the switch to a safety razor: 1. Superior shave with reduced irritation. 2. Sustainable, plastic free alternative. 3. More cost effective in the long run. These razors can be used with a shave oil, allowing you to shave and moisturize simultaneously.
In partnership with the some of the world’s most impactful organizations, each Conscious Step sock design contributes to a different global cause. In partnership with UNAIDS, the company has socks that provide 1 week of HIV therapy for an expectant mother; with Room to Read they have socks provide 2 schoolbooks; for Action Against Hunger they have socks that provide 6 meals for a starving child; and with Water.org each pair provides 18 months of clean water to someone without this basic need, lastly, with Trees for the Future they have socks that plant 20 trees.
Sourced in India from one of the world’s most ecologically and socially sustainable supply chains, Conscious Step socks are made from organic, Fair Trade cotton. This makes them unbelievably comfortable, uncommonly durable, and as good to your feet as they are for the environment.
Fairphone is a certified B-corp and has created the world’s first ethical smartphone. Created in 2013, Fairphone launched the movement for fairer electronics. The company makes a positive impact across the value chain in mining, design, manufacturing and life cycle, while expanding the market for products that put ethical values first.
The company believes in sourcing conflict-free materials that support local economies, not armed militias. Fairphone works closely with manufacturers that want to invest in employee well being and ethical worker practices. The company is also addressing the full lifespan of mobile phones, including use, reuse and safe recycling programs that make it easy to recycle your Fairphone, so the parts can be re-purposed and not end up in landfills and the ocean.
It is estimated that three billion people around the world don’t have access to adequate electricity! Seeing this as an amazing opportunity, in 2012, MPOWERD created the innovative Luci light. The light became the first inflatable solar light with the goal of making an affordable clean energy product that people could use in any situation.
Billions of people around the world use toxic and expensive kerosene lamps for light. MPOWERD created the Luci to not only be portable, but also clean and safe. The Luci solar powered light also makes clean and portable electricity available for those who love the outdoors, camping adventures, and backyard parties.
BogoBrush is rethinking the toothbrush with eco-designed toothbrushes made entirely in the USA. The plastics in almost all toothbrushes are non-recyclable, meaning over 450 million toothbrushes a year in the U.S. alone end up in landfills. These products are either bio-degradable or made from nearly 100% recycled plastic. When you’re done, throw them in your compost or recycle bin—and nature will do its thing.
Since 2015, DIFF has been able to provide over 1.2 million people with the reading glasses they need and in these past 4 years, we have learned that we can do even more than donate solely reading glasses. Through their partnership with Sightsavers, the company plans to positively affect the lives of more people around the world by providing them with the vision health services they need. Now, every pair of DIFFs sold helps to provide the gift of sight to someone in need through eye exams, surgeries, glasses, medicine, and more.
For each of the companies designs, Cape Clasp partners with a different marine life organization and donate 15% of profits. With each purchase of this Clasp, 15% of profits go on to support Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), an organization dedicated to the worldwide protection and preservation of all whales, dolphins, and porpoises.
The BANGS model is built to invest 20% of net profits to help start businesses. Every month, they hand-select entrepreneurs to invest in their business ideas. All entrepreneurs are vetted + the loan dissemination and repayment is facilitated by their nonprofit partner, Kiva. Each entrepreneur builds their business and then repays their loan. 99% of loans given through the nonprofit partner are repaid. This high repayment rate indicates an extremely high rate of successfully growing businesses.
SITTI Soap is a social enterprise with an aim to empower and restore hope to refugee women through the making of handmade soap. Every olive oil bar is handmade, all natural, and free of toxins, preservatives, animal by-products, alcohol and additives. Since 2011, Co-founder Noora Sharrab has been continuous developing opportunity for Palestinian refugees through her NGO, Hope for Women in Education, providing annual scholarships to Palestinian women.
The beautiful connection she shares with the young Gaza women of the Jerash Camp in Jordan, as well as her Gazan heritage, is what drew her to continue growing the organization. Her partner, Jackie Sofia, had also been connected with the women of the Jerash Camp in 2011 while working with the refugee settlement community during her Fulbright Fellowship in Jordan. Three years later, these two incredible women have come together, inspired by the thousands of women in the Jerash Refugee Camp.
100% auto airbags and seatbelts reborn as a backpack that’s super durable, water-resistant, and modern AF. Perfect for active urbanites.
Rewilder is a sustainable fashion brand that finds beauty in discarded industrial materials, upcycling them into classic products that highlight their strength and durability. The brand is women owned, and manufacture ethically in Los Angeles.
Surprise your loved one with a getaway using the Kind Traveler platform for good. Kind Traveler is a ‘Give + Get’ hotel booking platform that allows social impact travelers to benefits communities, the environment, and animals. When social impact travelers ‘give’ to a local or global charity; as reward for their donation, they ‘get’ an exclusive rate to book directly with some the world’s best hotels and unique properties. 100% of the donations raised on the Kind Traveler platform are given to charity. Last year alone more than one billion trips were taken.
Make dressing effortless! Buttons 2 Button Magnetic Adaptors convert shirt buttons on your shirt into magnetic closures. A no-sew, machine washable solution makes dressing easy and restores time for both you and your caregiver.
The simple act of dressing oneself for 1 out of 6 Americans is a daily struggle due to limitations in dexterity. Whether caused by Parkinsons, arthritis or surgery, buttoning shirts is frustrating. No one wants to rely on another person to carry out this essential activity. Magnetic button adaptors are an affordable solution that empowers you the freedom to wear clothes that express your individual style!
The Buttons 2 Button innovation comes from the Michigan based social enterprise Ware·ologie. Founder Gina Adams designed, engineered and developed the button adaptors at of the Centrepolis Accelerator program powered by Lawrence Technological University. The company focuses on products that support people with disabilities. Magnetic button adaptors are the company’s first product, now being manufactured in the Detroit area. The company is committed to supporting research for cures and donates a portion of proceeds to charitable foundations. For more information and see how they work go to Buttons2Button.com.
Only 1 made!!!! 14k recycled yellow gold. BaYou with Love jewelry collections are crafted by hand in our Downtown Los Angeles studio, using recycled gold from tech, extracted sustainably and ethically.
The Bayou With Love jewelry line consists of eco-friendly products with sustainability at its core, is both an advocate and leader in responsible and conscious consumerism. Through a recent collaboration with Dell, Bayou With Love tackled the e-waste problem by creating accessories out of gold extracted from Dell’s US recycling programs. You can check all of the beautifully designed pieces in this Circular Collection here.
New Belgium Brewing Company is a certified B-Corp, and a 100% employee-owned brewery. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as 100% employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship.
Cellar Club gives members access to the ultimate beer experience from New Belgium Brewing. Choose from subscriptions that give you the latest small-batch wood cellar release, pilot brewery innovation, or combine them for the best of both. Pick up your beer every month at the brewery, where you’ll mingle with their team of blenders and R&D brewers.
Co-founded by Ben Higgins, from season 20 of ABC’s TV dating show “The Bachelor”, Generous Coffee, invests 100% of its profits into nonprofit efforts focused on employing women, providing access to education, and empowering communities. While Generous serves delicious and ethically-sourced coffee, the company also hopes to inspire a movement where generosity is the driver behind making a big impact.
The founder of Revive Jewelry, Nikki Zazzali, finds beauty in unsuspected places- cell images of disease. Each of Revive’s designs incorporates these cell photos in an attempt to use the disease against itself & help us take our power back from it. The pieces are more than just jewelry; they’re hope, strength, awareness, charity & cures. Because 10% of every sale goes directly to disease research, you’re supporting life-saving advancements and creating positive change for the future.
The Empowerment Bag sells fashionable and functional bags that empower women at-risk of sexual exploitation in West Bengal, India. The brand works with a collective of women they were connected to through Common Objective. They provide sewing training, literacy skills, and of course, employment with fair wages, with a goal of helping their women become financially independent.
Unlocked is a social enterprise jewelry brand based out of Nashville, TN that employs women who are transitioning out of homelessness. They have created an opportunity to uplift their employees by providing transitional housing, career counseling, financial training, and more.
Every MACE x KUROS Personal Alarm Helps Give Protection to At-Risk Women Around the Globe. KUROS is a social enterprise brand creating a give back model that delivers free pepper spray to at-risk populations of women around the globe.
Assaults and gender based violence is a growing issue around the globe. In many developing countries where the laws and justice system are ineffective, women are often left in desperate need of immediate physical protection.
KUROS provides women an opportunity to take their protection and their lives, into their own hands. The mission of the brand is to enhance the safety and mobility of these women, by making free pepper spray available to at-risk populations of women around the globe.
YES Cacao coined the term botanical chocolate, but the founder will be the first to tell you he was not the first to use chocolate as a delivery system for health and wellness. Over 500 years ago, before chocolates was introduced to Europe, cacao was used ritualistically in ceremony, and as a delivery system for herbs and medicine.
Chocolate is a vasodilator, meaning its chemical compounds expand the blood vessels. Instead of using refined sugar, processed emulsifiers, and conventional preservatives (which all penetrate the body with less-than-healthy consequences), Yes Cacao believes it’s a better idea to use chocolate as a delivery system for organic herbs, teas, flowers, and superfoods.
Yes Cacao is here to help you easily adapt into a healthier lifestyle, feeding the mind, body, and spirit connection. Botanical Chocolate is food to help you find your “YES”.
“Take it with you to work, carry it on your next flight or use it as a diaper bag. The Mari is spacious enough to carry you throughout your day and versatile enough to change with your life. Ethically made from vegetable tanned Ethiopian leather and built to last you a lifetime. This will be the last backpack you’ll ever need to buy.
Parker Clay is a luxury lifestyle brand with goods designed in Santa Barbara, California and made in Ethiopia, where they are creating opportunities for women to become economically independent, all the while crafting gorgeous leather and hand woven products. Brittany and Ian Bentley travelled to Ethiopia and worked with organizations that empowered underprivileged women through skill development, and eventually decided to create Parker Clay with the intention of helping these same women gain financial stability. All of Parker Clay’s products are sustainable and made with some of the finest leather in the world.
Allbirds is on a mission to prove that comfort, good design and sustainability don’t have to be mutually exclusive. The company is dedicated to making the most sustainable footwear we can using premium natural materials, designed for the to and from of everyday life.
Tribe Alive is an ethical fashion brand based in Texas that believes fashion can empower women around the world to find financial freedom through safe and meaningful employment at living wages. As a company, we measure success by impact, not profits. Our model is moving the industry toward a more humane approach, where the earth and the maker are valued equally to the customer.
When we were first introduced to this unbelievable tradition years ago, we began inserting it into our collection with journals, notecards, pillow covers, and accessories. On our most recent trip to india, we sat at the table of a 5th generation block-printer who helped interpret and bring to life the original artwork by our designer that is now our art print collection. It is a labor of love and collaboration that we are incredibly proud of and excited to bring to your homes. The horizon print is an abstract interpretation of the sunrise & sunset on a body of water and the reflections of that daily marvel.
Mitscoots Outfitters is an innovative Austin,TX based clothing brand that is outfitting individuals trying to transition out of homelessness. The co-founder of Mitscoots Outfitters, Tim Scott, volunteered in 2008 to help the less fortunate and found that right after food and water, the greatest request among the homeless was quality clothing. So, in 2012 Tim and his wife Agata launched Mitscoots Outfitters with a mission; for every item purchased, there is an equal quality item that is given to someone in need. Mitscoots Outfitters goes a step further and employs the transitioning homeless at their company!
The company has been at this for years working hard to get individuals off the streets and into stable employment. They’ve made a huge impact with their gear and now it’s time to take the next big leap. With this traveler backpack Mitscoots is employing the transitioning homeless to package up each and every pack and get them sent out the door to you.
The mission of Women’s Bean Project is a Colorado 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise. The organization believes that all women have the power to transform their lives through employment, so they hire women who are chronically unemployed and provide skills training to work by making nourishing products. They learn to stand tall, find their purpose and break the cycle of poverty. Because when you change a woman’s life, you change her family’s life.
Meet MADI Apparel, for every pair of underwear they sell, they donate a pair to a woman in need. Why? Because underwear is the most needed, under-donated item of clothing. MADI Apparel is a women’s undergarment brand with the dedication to Make a Difference domestically and globally. MADI was founded upon the principles of American manufacturing, self-sustaining fabrics/packaging and global impact through underwear donations.
The MADI brand was developed around the core values of Heart, Confidence, Comfort, and Wear-ability. The styles were created with simplicity in mind. Each style is named after a woman – symbolizing the impact women can make in this world if they’re able to achieve their full potential. The goal at MADI is to create positive worldly change with the help of a garment everyone needs – underwear.
Every product in the Adidas x Parley collection is made of plastic trash collected from remote beaches and coastal communities. This product is created with yarn made in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans. Some of the yarn features Parley Ocean Plastic, which is made from recycled waste, intercepted from beaches and coastal communities before it reaches the ocean.
Founded in 2012, Symbology is a sustainable fashion label that merges block printed fabrics made by artisan women in India with trend-forward styles–or as founder Marissa Heyl likes to say, fair trade made sexy. The label, known for its boldly printed dresses and jumpsuits, has recently expanded its curation to include plus sizes and maternity-friendly designs. She says that with a Symbology dress, customers make a statement in more ways than one–not just by donning a head turning number, but reflecting their values.
The only credit card created specifically for nonprofits.