The Best Sustainable Gifts for Women to Shop in 2023
Consider this your go-to guide to the best sustainable gifts for women in 2023. There's picks for fashionistas, plant enthusiasts, and more.
You might be searching for the perfect gifts for the women in your life—mothers, sisters, friends, girlfriends, wives, and beyond. This year, make it your mission to prioritize gifts from eco-conscious brands that have the planet in mind.
Whether you're looking for something for a fashion lover, plant enthusiast, or someone who loves nothing more than getting pampered, these sustainable brands have everything you'll need to spoil her this year.
For the Fashionista
Samara produces beautiful bags and accessories using an alternative leather made from a common ingredient: apples. Its small factory in Europe creates the totes and purses using apple skins that are a by-product of the juicing industry, as well as PU, which acts as a binding agent.
If you're looking for quality leather goods made in an ethical way, Nisolo is an excellent option. From mules to sandals to commuter boots, we love their comfortable, high-quality shoes. They also offer a range of leather clutches, wallets, and bags.
In terms of ethical production, Nisolo owns its factory in Peru and partners with ethical factories in Mexico and Kenya, so they have complete control over their supply chain. All of their workers are paid a living wage.
ABLE sells a range of beautiful fashion items, including bags, shoes, denim, and accessories. The company committed to paying a living wage to all of its workers; 95% of its workforce is women.
4. Amour Vert
If you need some cozy sweats that are slightly more elevated, Amour Vert is the brand for you. Their fabrics are sustainably milled, with a focus on comfort, softness, durability, and the lowest possible amount of manufacturing waste.
5. Fortress of Inca
Another option for ethically made leather shoes is Austin-based Fortress of Inca. You'll instantly fall in love with the quality, comfort, and fair-trade practices that the company follows.
Cuyana's approach is "fewer, better"—everything is timeless, functional, and versatile, ensuring it stays in your closet for years to come. It focuses on producing responsibly, making small batches to avoid overproduction.
Cuyana also utilizes sustainably-certified materials and has suppliers that are committed to a high degree of ethical conduct and environmental responsibility.
For the Cozy-Lover
Ettitude has been making organic bedding, bath towels, loungewear, and more for years using its proprietary CleanBamboo material that's soft and sustainable. There are even baby products that are just begging to be gifted to new moms.
For cozy and sustainably-made underwear, socks, sports bras, and leggings, Boody is the place to go. All of its products are made from certified organic bamboo.
3. Sheets & Giggles
Besides their adorably punny name, Sheets & Giggles is a sustainable bedding brand that uses eucalyptus fabric.
The packaging is plastic-free for most products and the manufacturing process is a closed loop, which means the manufacturing byproducts are used again in the manufacturing process. The company also plants a tree for every order.
4. Highway Robery
Highway Robery makes one-of-a-kind robes from deadstock fabric. Because it uses leftover fabric from textile manufacturers, its products are nearly zero waste.
Use the code BRIGHTLY to get $20 off when you buy two robes.
5. Marine Layer
For effortless and chic comfy clothing, check out Marine Layer. Its Re-Spun recycling program for old t-shirts is an innovative effort where you can send in your old tees for up to $25 in credit toward your purchase from them. The company breaks down the old shirts and uses the fabric in the shirts they sell.
For the Decorista
It can be heartbreaking to put together a fun puzzle... and then break it apart to put it back in the box. Jiggy’s puzzles are beautiful works of art, and you don’t have to put them away once you’re finished.
The puzzles come with adhesive so that you can keep it together forever and frame it as an art piece for your home.
2. The Little Market
Founded by Lauren Conrad, The Little Market sells artisan goods from around the globe. You'll find everything baskets to candles to art pieces to furniture—practically anything you could ever need to create a beautiful and ethical living space.
Fairtrade sourcing is a core mission of the company, as is the creation of dignified work for women in poverty.
3. The Crafter’s Box
This subscription craft box comes with all the materials you need to make a beautiful craft each month. The best part is the digital workshop, where the featured artisan will show you exactly how to make that month’s craft. It supports popular makers and gives you a fun, artisan crafting experience at home.
4. Anchal Project
With the mission of supporting female artisans from India, the Anchal Project produces gorgeous home goods and clothing with Kantha stitching.
Kantha is an Indian textile tradition where an artisan hand-embroiders a design onto the fabric. Their products are fair trade verified and made from organic, GOTS-certified cotton.
5. Block Shop
Block Shop uses a block printing technique to create stunning scarves, table linens, and other home goods. The Los Angeles-based company invests 5% of its profits in community initiatives in India and LA.
6. The Citizenry
With limited-edition capsule collections inspired by the artisans creating their goods, The Citizenry is a brand to check out often for heirloom-quality home decor. It commits to paying its artisan partners fair wages and follows fair trade standards.
For the Green Thumb
1. Modern Sprout
If you don’t have space for a massive garden (hi, apartment dwellers!), Modern Sprout has compact indoor garden kits that make great gifts. They have lots of educational information to help novice gardeners keep their plants alive, too. (Shop the Lavender Herb Mini Growing kit here.)
Flourish's plant food keeps your houseplants looking their best with a naturally-derived, organic blend of essential nutrients and microbes.
Ceremonia creates beautiful macramé plant hangers that are handcrafted by artisans partners using 100% locally-grown cotton yarn.
4. Bloomscape and The Sill
Gift your favorite ladies a new plant from Bloomscape or The Sill. Whether they're a new plant parent or seasoned pro, there's a perfect option for everyone.
Gardenuity recommends plants to customers based on their climate. The kits are themed around how you will use what you grow—with themes like Taco Toppings and Cocktail Herbs—and come with everything you need to get started.
6. Etsy’s Plants/Seeds Section
There are thousands of small producers on Etsy selling heirloom seeds to start your garden. You can also find greenhouse kits, gardening tools, and all sorts of gardening goods on Etsy.
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