Christmas Day is officially nearly here! While we’re most looking forward to spending time with friends and family, we’re also hoping to find a few conscious gifts with our name on them in Santa’s giant velvet sack. We’ve been good this year, we promise.
And if you’re starting to panic about finding the perfect gift for all the classy conscious women in your life, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been working hard with the big man and his elves to round-up 20 killer brands that don’t kill the planet. From hot swimwear and chic accessories to beautiful jewellery and conscious clothing. Here’s our definitive socially responsible gift guide for all the fierce women in your life.
In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re obsessed with MATTER. Pop into the GITNB office and the chances are someone will be rocking a MATTER print. We love that provenance lies at the heart of the brand. You’ll know precisely where each garment has come from, the materials used, and who has been integral in the creation process. And we couldn’t think of a more perfect gift for the new age woman than a seriously comfy, sustainable, and chic pair of pants. This socially motivated lifestyle brand promotes designer-artisan collaborations, inspires consumers to value provenance and process, and is pioneering industry change for rural textile communities.
Lefko is an independent fashion label working together with refugees in Athens, Greece to create ethical linen classics perfect for life in the tropics. Its seamstresses are refugees who earn a living wage, work in dignified conditions and can better integrate within the local community thanks to their role at Lefko. If you haven’t got a classic white dress in your wardrobe, this is the brand for you.
Getting the essentials spot on is the key to a solid capsule wardrobe. And Tove & Libra is an eco-brand that is total fashion goals. It uses deadstock yarns and fabrics, redirecting what would have been tossed away into a landfill, to create elevated, ethical essentials that are sustainable and functional. In particular, its jumpsuits, pants, and blouses are on our Christmas wishlist this year.
For modern, sustainable clothing inspired by travel, look no further than SUI. Initially founded in India, its lightweight fabric blends are eco-friendly and perfect for the tropics. Its hand-embroidered pieces are super cute and unique.
Shop here for sustainable luxury fashion. The R Collective is a social impact fashion brand that creates luxury upcycled garments using waste materials and creates sustainable fashion using circular techniques. Its minimal vibes make it a safe choice for gift-buying; what’s not to like?
A perk of life in Southeast Asia means there’s a lot of time spent on beaches. Which is all well and good, but what to wear to keep things green and looking hot is a perennial quandary. Enter Ubu Swimwear: its timeless designs made with eco-friendly, often recycled (or if not then they are recyclable) materials are a must for conscious fashionistas. Its bold swimsuits are the epitome of beach chic, and we wouldn’t mind one of its sustainable Turkish towels either.
Lovers of bold prints, colours, and patterns will love Brescia Bercane; a Bali-based swimwear and clothing brand who are advocates of the #WhoMadeMyClothes movement. And if you decide to gift a sarong, it’ll also donate 5% of its profits towards adopting orangutans through International Animal Rescue to boot. Chic and conscious? Our kinda brand.
Helping the environment one Outfyt at a time is the philosophy of this homegrown Singaporean brand. And we’re huge fans. After realising how much plastic waste its first collection produced, it has subsequently switched its approach to ensure that each new collection is created using eco-friendly fabrics. It’s also on a mission to ensure that each step of its manufacturing process is as green as possible. And did we mention its pieces are wearable outside of the gym as well? J’adore.
JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES
This sustainable fine jewellery brand is inspired by nature and minimalism. All of its luxurious materials are sustainable; the gold comes from urban mining (the production of precious metals from waste and metal scrap), and the cultured diamonds are created in a lab. Making the swish collection an eco alternative to the traditional jewellery industry. In particular, we’re fans of its delicate lli ring. Minimal, chic, and conscious; what more could a girl ask for?
Specialising in jewellery that is designed to remind the wearer of the infinite possibilities within, chakras, geometry, and nature inspire its contemporary collections. Handcrafted by skilled expert jewellers using sterling silver, or 18k rose or yellow gold, each piece is highly symbolic. The proceeds from several of its lines also support underprivileged women and children in local communities.
Because we all need to protect our peepers. These handmade shades from Truth&All are 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and eco-friendly. Plus, its classic frame shapes are super flattering and timeless. Truth&All also operates a 15% give back policy, meaning that this percentage of profit is invested back into projects to create a more sustainable world. Save your eyes and the planet this Christmas, people.
Who knew that recycled aluminium could be transformed into something so sleek? Championing minimal design, Protesta’s range of bracelets come in a variety of finishes including silver, rose gold, matte black, and matte bronze. And they’d earn anyone serious brownie points on the gifting front.
Planning on popping the question this Christmas? Then you need to check out Bario Neal’s stunning selection of ethical diamond rings. The precious metals and stones used in each piece are sustainably sourced and beautifully set. This is a brand leading the way in the industry, thanks to its ethics and progressive manufacturing. But if an engagement ain’t on the cards, we still recommend having a snoop at its earring collection which would make a welcome, glitzy addition to anyone’s stocking.
Eden + Elie handcraft beautiful jewellery using a slow design model. Each piece is made with commitment, love, and a whole lotta time (one wooden bracelet, for example, takes eight tours and 2250 beads to create!). Its entire collection is stunning, but if we had to choose, its everyday necklace is a timeless classic. Good luck picking a colour combo; from brilliant emerald greens and sapphire blues to whimsy pastel shades and pale golds, the choice is seemingly endless.
Stocking handmade homewares from Senegal, Kenya, and Ghana, Greenie Genie exists as a social empowerment project, that allows its artisans to improve their livelihood and educational opportunities for their families. This Christmas, treat somebody to one of its beautifully crafted, woven tote bags. They are the perfect beachy accessory.
CONSCIOUSLY CURATED LITTLE BITS OF EVERYTHING
This online lifestyle store is a treasure trove bursting with conscious fashion, accessories and jewellery. It offers a carefully curated selection of beautiful pieces from emerging and independent makers and designers mainly from the Asia-Pacific. In particular, its jewellery lines are super unique and beautifully crafted. Who wouldn’t want to find a pair of these earrings in their stocking this Christmas? What’s more, Indiigo Culture is centred around a people and planet first philosophy. Meaning you can splurge safe in the knowledge that the makers and designers are fairly treated and empowered.
If you’re stuck for present ideas, take a browse through the Green Gaea online store to be inspired. You’ll find everything from rose quartz, bath soaks, and candles, to unique jewellery, handwoven baskets, and handmade sandals. Green Gaea works with local artisans through social enterprises, ensuring that everything is hand made and eco-friendly. Meaning you can shop and gift this Christmas consciously.
Les Nanas Zero Dechets
Inspire your girlfriends to live a little more consciously with these gift boxes containing a variety of practical zero-waste products. It’s the perfect first step to encourage others to live a bit more sustainably. Check out the kitchen and bathroom zero-waste starter kits. Or if you’re feeling super generous, why not buy a bi-monthly subscription instead? Every two months, they’ll receive a box that tackles a different waste issue around the home.
SKINCARE AND HAIRCARE
You really can’t go wrong with the gift of beautiful skin! And when it comes to 100% natural, ethical skincare brands, W.ANT is where it’s at. Its entire range is created using pure botanicals and minerals with fairtrade ingredients that are sustainably sourced. No chemicals, no synthetics, no nasties. And as it doesn’t use water in its formulations, it’s carbon footprint is significantly reduced. Most importantly, it’s products are cruelty-free. Treat the conscious ladies in your life this Christmas to one of its award-winning products; we recommend either the beet this honey cleanser, or the face oil.
Otherwise known as the world’s “greenest shampoo”. Its iconic ‘Seeds Inside’ range is packaged in a bottle developed from biodegradable materials and holly seeds. When planted in the soil it will germinate into a tree. Fab swishy hair and a sapling? How cool a present is that! Props to O’Right for also being committed to reducing its carbon emissions, using certified organic ingredients, utilising recycled materials and printing with soy ink on its packaging.