Welcome to the 2013 Ethical Holiday Shopping Guide, featuring some of my favorite ethical, sustainable, and/or eco-friendly brands and accompanying discounts. Below I've included a couple organizations or businesses in each of the following categories: clothing, jewelry, bags and shoes, and arts and crafts. The items and companies below are only a snapshot of the incredibly inspiring and fashionable ethical options out there now, and I encourage you to check out my Pinterest board of Sustainable Fashion Companies for more information and ideas. Enjoy the items below and I wish you a very happy holidays!
Also be sure to check out The Art of Simple's comprehensive Ethical Shopping Guide!
People Tree is a UK-based company and pioneer in fair trade and environmentally sustainable fashion industry. For over twenty years, People Tree has partnered with fair trade artisans and farmers in the developing world to produce a collection of ethical and eco fashion. I think of them as the ModCloth of ethical fashion. Some of my favorite People Tree dresses are below, but be sure to check the website for the rest of their sale items!
HOLIDAY DISCOUNT: 30% off on Sunday (12/1); 25% off on Monday (12/2) and Tuesday (12/3); and 20% off on Wednesday (12/4) and Thursday (12/5). Subscribe via email and receive 10% off future purchases.
ThredUP is an online consignment shop that resells once-worn, practically new kids and women's clothing. If you feel like you're constantly having to buy new clothing for rapidly growing children or want to update your own wardrobe on a budget, then con side trying ThredUP this holiday season. I recently ordered a bag and plan to send back some once-worn brand pieces that are in perfect condition. ThredUP only takes the best items and pays up to 40% of the resale value upfront.
HOLIDAY DISCOUNT: Get 20% off your first order when subscribing via email. Try the promo codes RMNSAVE35 for 35% off plus free shipping or BLACKFRI25 for 25% the entire site through Cyber Monday (12/2).
If you're looking for unique, statement jewelry pieces, check out the fair trade, artisan, and/or eco-friendly brands below.
Soko, which means marketplace in Swahili, is the first sustainable fashion social enterprise that directly connects its producers with consumers. In contrast to other fair trade or artisan brands, the women artisans who sell through Soko bypass the middlemen and receive a larger cut of the profits from their sales. The artisans photograph their handmade goods, then send the photograph through SMS (text) messages to Soko’s simple digital storefront.
HOLIDAY DISCOUNT: Use the code GIFTSOKO for 25% off your purchase!
Dignify is a Canada-based fair trade and sustainable fashion and accessories company. The founders of the company originally sold hand-sewn quilts and blankets made by sex trafficking survivors in Bangladesh. As demand for the fair trade products grew, the company expanded to jewelry and other accessories.
HOLIDAY DISCOUNT: No holiday discounts are available at this time, but be sure to check out their Facebook page for updates.
Knotty Gal is a sustainable fashion company that sells knot-inspired jewelry that benefits a girls' school in Bangladesh. Founded by a fellow Georgetown University grad, Knotty Gal has a unique twist on the colorful statement necklaces that have been popular lately.
HOLIDAY DISCOUNT: No holiday discounts available on the Knotty Gal site itself, but their products are sold on Modavanti, an ethical fashion marketplace that has some major discounts for Cyber Monday (12/2). Be sure to check out Modavanti!
BAGS & SHOES
Hosewear is an eco-friendly fashion and accessories company that upcycles used firehoses into bags and wallets. There aren't too many materials that are as durable as firehoses yet flexible enough to be repurposed for everyday items such as a laptop bag or a purse. Check out my favorite items below!
HOLIDAY DISCOUNT: Since this company is based in Estonia, they aren't offering any holiday discounts around Black Friday/Cyber Monday, but I think their prices are quite reasonable given the durability of the items.
Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion company most known for their leather sandals with interchangeable fabric straps that can be styled in hundreds of ways. Sseko provides employment and scholarship opportunities for low-income but high-potential women in the developing world.
HOLIDAY DISCOUNT: Use the promo code SSEKOGIVES to receive up to 40% off select items on the site.
Priya is a fashion accessories brand made by women who have been rescued from human trafficking and forced prostitution. Check out their colorful fold-over clutches and bags in their signature quilted fabric.
HOLIDAY DISCOUNT: Use the code BLACKFRIDAY to receive 40% off your purchase.
ART & CRAFTS
Pen & Paint
Pen & Paint is one of my favorite handmade art shops on Etsy. Founded by Lindsay Hopkins a few years ago, it is the go-to shop for whimsical, colorful, and inspiring prints. I own a couple of her prints and have given others as gifts.
HOLIDAY DISCOUNT: Use the code THANKS30 to receive 30% off your purchase until 12/1.
Naptime Diaries Shop
The Naptime Diaries shop is run by blogger and Influence Conference co-founder Jessi who delights in making Scripture come alive creatively and colorfully. Check out some of my favorite prints below, and be sure to stay tuned for some new pieces in the shop.
HOLIDAY DISCOUNT: Use the promo code BLACKFRIDAY13 to take 40% off anything in the shop until 11:59PM EST on 12/2.