The best thing you can do to start your eco-conscious journey is to buy less. But what if you need to buy a gift for your partner, mom, or coworker? With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we thought it was the perfect time to share our favorite eco-conscious gift ideas for the women in your life. We’ve even got a few Brightly discount codes to share! Read on to find the perfect gift.
For the Fashionista
If you are 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 their 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.
Use the code BRIGHTLY at checkout for a 20% discount sitewide (valid through May 15).
ABLE sells a range of beautiful fashion items, including bags, shoes, denim, and accessories. Liza loves their jeans, and so does her mom—so much so that Liza’s mom stole Liza’s first pair of ABLE jeans!
ABLE committed to paying a living wage to all of their workers. 95% of their workforce is women. ABLE founded a 3rd party social impact tool, ACCOUNTABLE, that brands can use to audit their supply chain for safety, living wages, and worker’s rights.
3. 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.
Another option for ethically made leather shoes is Austin-based Fortress of Inca. Liza loves their Riri booties in olive because of the quality, comfort, and fair-trade practices that Fortress of Inca follows.
Use the code BRIGHTLY for 15% off your first purchase!
5. Lou & Grey
Sister company to Loft by Ann Taylor, Lou & Grey makes casual clothing, accessories, and shoes with an eye towards the comfiest, softest fabrics available. Although Lou & Grey isn’t widely-known as an ethical or sustainable brand, they do create some of their products with the HERproject.
Factories with a HERproject program educate their workers with workshops on a variety of health, financial, and nutritional topics. They aim to source all of their products from factories with a HERproject program by the end of 2020.
For the Cozy-Lover
For cozy and sustainably-made underwear, socks, sports bras and leggings, Boody is the place to go. Liza and Laura both particularly love their deliciously soft socks in the perfect shade of millennial pink. All of their products are made from certified organic bamboo.
Besides their adorably punny name, Sheets & Giggles is a sustainable bedding brand that uses eucalyptus fabric. Liza loves their signature purple sheets, while Laura recently tried out their cozy comforter.
Their packaging is plastic-free for most products and their manufacturing process is a closed loop (that means the manufacturing byproducts, like the eco-friendly chemicals used to produce the fabric, are used again in the manufacturing process). They also plant a tree for every order.
Sheets & Giggles offers military, first responder, and educational discounts.
Highway Robery makes one-of-a-kind robes from deadstock fabric. Because they use leftover fabric from textile manufacturers, their products are close to zero waste. Right now they are sold out of human-sized robes, but you can still purchase a mini robe koozie for your drinks.
Use the code BRIGHTLY to get $20 off when you buy 2 robes.
4. Marine Layer
For effortless and chic comfy clothing, check out Marine Layer. Their 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 towards your purchase from them. They break down the old shirts and use the fabric in the shirts they sell.
Coyuchi has been making organic bedding, pajamas, bath towels and other fabric accessories for your home for nearly 30 years. They are known for high quality, sustainably-made goods. Their products are fair-trade certified and they participate in 1% For the Planet.
For the Decorista
Founded by Lauren Conrad, The Little Market sells artisan goods from around the globe. They sell everything from baskets to candles to art pieces to furniture—everything you need to create a beautiful and ethical living space. Fair trade sourcing is a core mission of the company, as is the creation of dignified work for women in poverty.
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. Their puzzles come with adhesive so that you can keep the puzzle together forever and frame it as an art piece for your home.
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.
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.
Shop Anchal’s Mother’s Day Sale for 20% off.
5. Block Shop
Block Shop uses a block printing technique to create stunning scarves, table linens, and other home goods. Laura uses one of their scarves as a wall hanging in her home!
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. They commit to paying their artisan partners fair wages and follow fair trade standards.
7. Oliver Space
This stylish furniture company lets you rent your furniture, so you can try it out before you commit to buying it. All of your rent on each piece goes toward the purchase price. They have a design team to help you out with choosing pieces that will work well in your home. Right now they are only available in the Bay Area, but they hope to expand to other cities in the future.
8. Sabai Design
All of Sabai’s furniture is semi-custom, made in the US, and produced with ethical and sustainable materials. Their packaging is plastic-free and recyclable!
For the Green Thumb
1. Bloomscape and The Sill
If your thumb isn’t quite as green as Liza’s but you still want to add some green to your home, check out Bloomscape and The Sill. Both ship plants in beautiful containers straight to your doorstep, care instructions included.
Gardenuity recommends plants to their customers based on their climate. Their kits are themed around how you will use what you grow, with themes like Taco Toppings and Cocktail Herbs. The kits come with everything you need to grow something delicious.
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.
If you don’t have space for a massive garden (hi, apartment dwellers!), ModSprout has compact indoor garden kits that make great gifts. They have lots of educational information to help novice gardeners keep their plants alive, too.
Discounts We Mentioned
- 20% discount at Nisolo with the code BRIGHTLY. Valid through May 15, 2020.
- 15% discount at Fortress of Inca with the code BRIGHTLY.
- 15% discount at Boody when you subscribe to their email list.
- $20 off at Highway Robery when you buy two robes with the code BRIGHTLY.
- Shop Anchal’s Mother’s Day Sale for 20% off.