Gift Guide for Ethical, Earth-Loving Girls

November 28th, 2016

The holiday shopping pressure is officially on and even if you are trying to be all minimalist about it you still have a list of deserving loved ones expecting a little something under the tree or alongside the menorah. Committing to giving ethical or eco-friendly actually simplifies it all, as there are fewer options to choose from, and buying with your conscience adds a big dose of happy vibes to the holiday craziness as you support businesses that are doing good. Below are a few ideas for the ladies in your life, and all of the websites linked to feature many other ethical options she’s likely to love.

Ethical Embellishments

recycled necklace and bracelet

This eye-catching but elegant necklace and bracelet pair are made of paper beads and recycled brass, by displaced Ugandan women for 31 Bits ($64 for the set).


ethical earrings by maiyet

Triangular walnut wood and rose gold studs by Maiyet are an anything-but-basic everyday ear look ($150).



A faceted white topaz teardrop on a hoop and chain made of recycled 14k gold is a pretty little something that goes with everything. Choose the recycled silver chain for a cool look and a smaller price tag (Melissa Joy Manning, $440 for gold, $125 for silver). And to learn more about why it’s so important to choose recycled precious metals, read this alarming Smithsonian article on the environmental horrors of gold mining.

Clean + Green Beauty


If you love a lipstick-loving lady, this sampler of three non-toxic Ilia lipsticks will delight, and convert her to clean beauty if she isn’t already a believer. Ilia has packaged three of their best-selling hues in a cute leather case by Baggu ($48, Credo Beauty).



In the luxury stocking stuffer category: The Living Luminizer from RMS Beauty. One of the few non-toxic products to achieve somewhat cult status, it’s said to be like a clean equivalent of the beloved YSL Touche Eclat highlighter ($38, Credo Beauty).

nontoxic green eye shadow palette by lily lolo

On the topic of conventional beauty best-sellers, Lily Lolo has created a clean and green take on that classic nude eye shadow palette, with all the essential hues you need to create your eye looks, from subtle to sultry smoky ($34, Credo Beauty).



Help her score a Vermont farm girl glow (organic farm, obvs) with Tata Harper’s Honey Blossom Mask, a limited edition version of the brand’s classic Resurfacing Mask, but infused with Vermont honey ($65, Tata Harper).


Ethical Accessories


Even the most minimalist of ladies can use another scarf, and pale hues around the face flatter any complexion. A few lovelies, clockwise from top left: GOTS-certified organic cotton from India is hand-dyed with plant-based dyes in California by Dear Indigo, resulting in scarves in a range of naturally stunning hues ($58, Dear Indigo);  The Aish cotton-muslin scarf with pom-pom trim, handmade by artisans in Bengal ($70 at Ethica); Cuyana’s Baby Alpaca Infinity Scarf, which despite its name is harvested from adult alpacas ($75, Cuyana); Indigo Handloom’s cotton scarves are made by hand by women in rural India ($58, Amour Vert). Beyond these you’ll find stunning eco-friendly linen options at Fog Linen Work and all sorts of Fair Trade and eco-friendly scarves at Good Cloth.


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For your animal-loving amigas: This vegan take on a simply elegant cross-body bag by Angela Roi is sweatshop-free and cruelty-free, and available in light grey, bordeaux and black ($135, Amour Vert).



Help her avoid the eco-shame of having to ask for a disposable shopping bag, by gifting her a stylish Baggu to stash in her purse ($12, Baggu).