The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time to start coming up with sustainable gift ideas for everyone on your list. And when it comes to your fashion-loving friends who are always ahead of the trend, this is the year to ditch the designer handbag or fast fashion brand gift card for something a little more eco-friendly.
The fashion industry is notorious for polluting the planet. Did you know 20% of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing and treatment plants? Not to mention, almost 190,000 tons of textile microplastics end up in the ocean every year.
In addition to pollution, the overconsumption of clothes is a major problem for the environment. The average garment is only worn for three years, and many discarded clothes end up in landfills. Buying long-lasting, sustainably-made clothing can help promote a more eco-friendly fashion industry.
These gifts for fashion lovers weren’t just made with the planet in mind, but are also built to last for years to come. From washable silk to organic knitwear, here are the best fashion gifts to wrap up this year.
15 Sustainable Gifts for Fashion Lovers
This lightweight tote is perfect for everyday use, and its classic design never goes out of style. But this isn’t just a basic tote: It’s handmade by female artisans in Ethiopia and Mexico. If you buy it from the Brightly Shop before November 7th, you’ll get a PYT Beauty makeup set for free.
2. Boody Downtime Lounge Pant, $66
Everyone needs a cozy pair of sustainable joggers. This bamboo option from Boody is great for lounging, running errands, and beyond. Whoever receives them is probably going to have a really hard time wearing anything else.
3. Conscious Step Sloth Socks, $15
Aside from being adorable, these sloth socks also protect the animals through Conservation International. When you buy a pair, you’re helping save habitats that are being threatened due to rainforest destruction.
4. Patagonia Brodeo Beanie, $39
Winter is around the corner, so it’s time to pull our hats and scarves out of storage. Beanies are both cozy and stylish; they can pull together any winter outfit. This Patagonia beanie is made with recycled nylon and wool, and the company’s factories are Fair Trade Certified.
5. Reformation Margot Skirt, $98
While we love timeless classics, every wardrobe needs a statement piece. And you can never go wrong with animal print. This mini skirt pairs well with a basic tee or a knit sweater. Reformation cites each Margot skirt saves eight pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and 56 gallons of water relative to other skirts.
6. Matisse Aspen Crossbody Bag, $55
Crossbody clutches are essential for a girl’s night out. This Matisse bag is both a simple accessory and a statement piece made with vegan leather. It’s also crafted by skilled craftsmen in ethical, family-owned factories.
7. Nisolo Neomi Belt, $50
This off-white belt is a practical accessory for any friend or family member. Nisolo is a Certified B Corporation and Climate Neutral certified, meaning you can be confident your purchase is both sustainable and ethical.
8. Huma Blanco Vania Boots, $390
If you’re looking for a grander gift, these ankle boots are a great pick. They’re handmade and the Peruvian materials that go into them are 100% natural and ethically sourced.
9. Everlane The Bucket Hat, $28
Bucket hats may be a summer wardrobe staple, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make the perfect holiday gift. This colorful hat is straight out of the 90s and is perfect for pool days or long hikes under the sun. Plus, it’s made from 100% organic cotton, making it less water-intensive.
Bathrobes can be fashionable, too. Case in point? This spa-like waffle weave robe from Ettitude that’s made with bamboo. When you purchase this robe from the Brightly Shop before November 7th, you’ll receive a silky-soft sateen bamboo and lavender eye pillow for free.
11. ABLE Arc Chain Earring, $40
This combination of gold arcs and chains is definitely an eye-catcher. Every pair is handmade in Nashville and helps women transform their communities.
12. Cuyana Travel Jewelry Case, $85
Clothing and accessories may be the go-to gift for fashion lovers, but how about an accessory for your accessories? This travel jewelry case is LWG Gold Certified, meaning it’s sourced and produced responsibly.
13. Amour Vert Lotta Washable Silk Blouse, $168
Washable silk? That’s right. Amour Vert’s washable silk collection features a range of short and long sleeve shirts and blouses. The brand is known for sustainable fabrics and goes above and beyond with silk sourced from fully-traceable and eco-friendly farms.
14. ABLE Mare Phone Wallet, $85
You’ll never lose track of your phone with this wallet. The sustainably-made wristlet is handmade by female artisans in Ethiopia and Mexico and has a compartment that keeps your phone secure. There are also sections for your credit cards.
15. Pact Honeycomb Knit Scarf, $60
Cotton is a notorious water-waster. But these scarves are made with organic cotton that use 91% less water than normal cotton. Not only are these scarves sustainably produced, but they’re made to last and keep you warm during the winter months.
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