6 Unique & Eco-Friendly Small Businesses to Shop at This Holiday Season
Regardless of which holiday you’re celebrating this season, finding the perfect gift for your loved ones is often at the top of everyone’s to-do lists. Being a small business, ourselves, we at Ecocentric Mom always strive to support other small businesses with admirable social missions and quality, eco-friendly products. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites and hope you find something for everyone on your list at these incredible shops.
Cuddle + Kind
Products They Sell: Unique hand knit dolls and prints
Why We Love Them: Gorgeous, unique products paired with an incredible social mission
Cuddle + Kind was founded by a family of five who are on a mission to provide one million meals a year to children in need. For every doll or print purchased, meals are given to kids through schools and food packs around the world. Each doll is also handmade in Peru where Cuddle + Kind provides jobs with sustainable, fair trade wages to artisans. Their dolls and prints are gender neutral and sure to capture the hearts of both children and adults alike.
Grace and Salt
Products They Sell: Serving boards, jewelry, and other home goods
Why We Love Them: The story behind the brand is heartwarming, and their products are beautiful and top quality
The mission of Grace and Salt is to create thoughtful, quality products that aim to cultivate community and life in your home, and that can be passed down for generations. They also strive to give back – the jewelry in the shop is handmade by a Ugandan woman who is now able to support her family and send her kids to school. Grace and Salt is family run by the Cheneys, an adorable husband and wife team with a strong passion for family values.
Products They Sell: Organic burp cloths, breast pads, blankets, unpaper towels, cloth wipes, and more
Why We Love Them: They make going green look good with their gorgeous selection of eco-friendly alternatives to familiar, everyday products
Marley’s Monsters is run by mom of two, Sarah Dooley, who creates reusable, eco-friendly products for mom and baby. Her mission is to show others that living an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice on style or aesthetics. Sarah strives to reduce waste while incorporating fun and vibrant prints into her products.
Products They Sell: Eco-friendly stainless steel bento boxes, lunchboxes, water bottles, and more
Why We Love Them: Planet Box products are both practical and fun – we can all use some lunch inspiration!
Packing lunch can be a chore for parents, and Planet Box strives to create a fun, innovative solution in the form of an eco-friendly bento box and coordinating accessories. Planet Box bentos keep food fresh and are easy to open and close independently for kids. They’re also made of safe stainless steel that is non-toxic, non-leaching, and recyclable.
Products They Sell: Women’s bags and apparel, children’s apparel, accessories, and décor
Why We Love Them: Customers have the opportunity to purchase a truly beautiful and unique product while simultaneously supporting a fantastic social mission of their choosing
Founders Lauren and Erica are passionate about both fashion and philanthropy and create eye-catching products that are unique to a wide array of styles. A portion of each purchase is donated to one of three important projects: Infant and Children Nutrition, Education, and Microfinance for Women. Beautiful Guatemalan textiles are incorporated into their products, thus providing job opportunities for impoverished Mayan families.
Products They Sell: Signature American-made stainless steel keys, flatware, rattle, and gift sets
Why We Love Them: Their products are an innovative and eco-friendly solution to our children’s obsession with keys!
If you have a baby or know someone with a baby, you have probably seen firsthand how much they love gumming car keys. Kleynimals creates safe, stainless steel keys and other baby products that are made in the USA. They also strive to be eco-friendly and safe, since stainless steel has a lower environmental impact and is 100% recyclable.
If you’re looking for some fun and unique gift ideas for everyone on your list, these socially responsible, eco shops might just be the perfect fit for your holiday needs. Check out their social missions and product selection – remember, too, that it isn’t about how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.
Jessica is an East Coast girl recently transplanted to Austin, Texas. She is an OB-GYN RN, freelance writer, and content manager in between her time at home with her three busy kids. You can follow her antics on Instagram and on her blog Motherhood Written, where she blogs about the fun and messiness of parenting with a nine-year age gap.