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 sustainable, ethical 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 our fave killer brands that don’t kill the planet. From hot swimwear and chic accessories to beautiful jewellery and conscious clothing. Here’s our definitive conscious Christmas guide bursting with eco-friendly, ethical gfts for all the fierce women in your life.
Step of Grace
Step of Grace is all about good quality basics, perfect for creating a capsule collection or taking the stress (and synthetics!) out of the wardrobe. From soft cotton t-shirts to woven goat-leather slides, the brand has created every garment that a modern, eco-conscious woman could possibly need. It uses only natural fabrics like bamboo fibres, pure linen, and GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, and every item is made in a local Indonesian production house. Step of Grace also produces in small batches to avoid waste, makes its tags from banana tree bark fibre, and prints marketing materials on 0% Tree Bagasse paper.
For the women in your life who covet designer treasures but don’t want to shell out big bucks, we recommend Style Tribute. The online marketplace allows shoppers to buy, sell, and share second-hand designer garments. Eager to promote and advocate for the consignment and circular fashion movement, the company offers preloved clothing and accessories from over 350 designers, from Dior to Alexander McQueen. Now your fashionable friend can add a Chanel scarf or Hermes pouch to her Christmas list – and not get laughed out of the room.
Nothing says ‘powerhouse’ like a piece of tailored perfection that also happens to be multifunction, which is what sustainable clothing brand DEPLOY London offer. The brand creates smart, sophisticated pieces with a twist. The Vanda Reversible Wrap Dress is perfect for the office and at the bar, offering a pattern on one side and a block colour on the other, which means less time spent flapping over what to don where, and more time generally being awesome. The brand puts sustainability at the fore, upcycling, sourcing responsibly, and ensuring that its garments suit your lifestyle and last a long time.
Fashion Pulpit is a Singapore-based space dedicated to swapping (instead of shopping!), upcycling, and tailoring. Sustainable shoppers can go to the permanent location and swap their wares with others, as well as upcycle and learn nifty fashion tricks – all without depleting their bank balance or the planet. This Christmas, give your shopaholic sisters a key to the sustainable closet by buying them a membership via an e-gift card. You can choose from a one-time swap membership or memberships that last for 2, 6, and 12 months.
The best gift you can give any woman is the perfect pair of jeans. Even better, perfect jeans that are eco-friendly and can be swapped for a different pair after a year if they fancy something different. This is what MUD Jeans offers. The Netherlands-based brand creates eco-friendly, organic cotton jeans that can be bought new, bought pre-loved, or rented and then returned/exchanged after a year or returned after their life span to be recycled. Through its savvy, sustainable business model, MUD recycles 95% of the water it uses through reverse osmosis and has few emissions and very little waste.
Treat your sisters from another mister to comfy, conscious home clothes – and encourage them to indulge in self-care in the process. SoL is a Hong Kong-based brand known for SelfWear™, a collection of sleepwear and loungewear that aims to keep both the planet and women’s wellness in tip-top shape. Focused on good sleep and home health, SoL’s garments are made out of ECOVERO™, a sustainable viscose that feels like a mixture of silk and cotton and, in SoL’s dreamy, neutral colours, can be mixed and matched. The Lounge Robe in particular is the perfect glide-around-the-house-in-the-day, cosy-up-at-night companion. To make it feel even better, SoL also works with Canopy, an organisation dedicated to protecting forests, and ImpactHK, a charity that tackles homelessness.
Buying for your print-loving pals is a cinch this year: head immediately to Stain. The Indonesian slow fashion brand designs its own prints using screen and batik printing, meaning Stain clothing is fun, original, and steeped in tradition – think colourful takes on animal print with names like ‘lemonade’ and ‘miami’. The brand handmakes all of its garments out of upcycled natural linen and linen-cotton blends, which means everything is breathable, sustainable, and comfortable. Stain also uses biodegradable packaging and supports the #IMadeYourClothes campaign, which champions transparency within the fashion industry.
Hong Kong-favourite Grana offers modern basics with interesting fabrics, classic cuts, and reasonable price-tags. Their focus is on quality, meaning they’ve travelled far and wide to source the very finest, Earth-friendly fabrics for their clothing; we’re talking Mongolian cashmere, French linen, Austrian Tencel, Italian merino, and Peruvian pima cotton. This array of divine fabrics is used to make comfortable, practical, convenient staples that won’t put you out of pocket – the brand has cut out the middlemen and offers its garments at a reasonable mark-up price.
Have any gal-pals who don’t want to exude that effortless, chic French vibe? No, us either. Enter Sezane. The online atelier creates high-quality pieces that, in true French style, can be worn forever. All of its items are made to be wafted around in, but our favourites are the blouses. Nothing says ‘Parisian casual’ like broderie anglaise, ruffles, scalloped edges, pleats, or subtly low necklines. Sezane aims to offer everyday luxury at accessible prices while thinking about Mother Nature; all the more possible as an online-only store. It uses mostly eco-responsible materials, supports children’s charities, and to date, has recycled more than 12,000 pieces. As its website says, je ne sais quoi for all.
Mott and Bow
Mott and Bow is a science-savvy denim brand, aiming to shift the current jeans narrative and offer premium grade jeans at an affordable price. The company uses intensive manual and artistic processes – and its 30-plus years of denim expertise – to transform denim fabrics into high quality jeans that come in four different fits for women. The high-waisted skinny jeans have a comfortable stretch, so no more waistbands digging into tummies (handy after Christmas dinner) or rigid seams cutting into the sides of your legs. As Mott and Bow uses a family-owned facility, it controls the entire manufacturing process, meaning it can eliminate waste and offer fairer pricing.
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.
Parisian clothing company Balzac believes in longevity when it comes to clothing. It creates classic collections in limited series’ in order to encourage shoppers to consume slowly and consciously. Its jeans are sustainable heroes – made in GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, laser washed, and 100% recyclable. The company focuses on the processes and lifespans of materials, finding ways to use resilient fabrics that are gentle on the environment and easy to care for – and makes the latter easy with the availability of its own laundry detergent, made from organic vegetable oils.
The R Collective
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?
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.
Two gifts in one, an Ada Perlu bikini functions both as swimwear and lingerie. The French brand is inspired by traditional Indonesian culture, most significantly the practice of Indonesian batik printing. Ada Perlu’s swimwear, made from either cotton or a bamboo-cotton blend, comes in a variety of traditional colourful prints and is packaged in either a reusable natural burlap pouch or a reusable square bamboo box. The company mostly sticks to digital printing to avoid toxic waste, and each item is designed in France and handmade in Bali. Never again will your loved one have to pack a bikini just in case.
Underprotection is a Danish underwear and swimwear brand celebrating women of all sizes while caring for planet Earth. It offers bikini tops, bikini bottoms, and swimsuits in all manner of shapes (including maternity cossies), and a mixture of designs, from block colours to jazzy prints (seashells, we’re looking at you). To provide an even closer fit, many of Underprotection’s bikini tops and swimsuits have adjustable straps and removable padding. All of the brand’s wares are made using sustainable fabrics, such as recycled polyester, and arrive in recycled or biodegradable packaging. Additionally, most of their water-bound wares are vegan.
Swimwear brand Luz Collection’s objective is to enhance women’s figures while respecting the planet. Mission accomplished. The brand creates sleek, innovative designs – from one-shouldered bikini tops to criss-cross swimsuits – all made using GOTS Organic Certified Cotton or ECONYL®, a popular sustainable yarn with an infinite circular life and UPF 50+. Luz Collection favours block colours in neat, linear shapes – perfect for lounging poolside, splashing in the sea, and, of course, Instagram.
Saying no to plastic pollution, POSIDONIE recycles abandoned fishing nets – which are responsible for 55% of global ocean pollution – into swimwear. After processing, the nets are upcycled with elastane to create a resistant, long-lasting fabric. The designs are classic and minimal with little sustainable extras like tie closures on bikini tops to replace iron or plastic, and versatility in how they can be worn. All of the swim pieces have been tested by swimmers and water sports experts. Even more impressively, the founder, Lauren, works another job to self-finance the brand. Female empowerment, ocean protection, and a gorgeous swimsuit – what better present is there?!
Bodysuits are well and truly back – and also now sustainable, thanks to Flair. The French company creates a range of bodysuits in eco-certified materials for every occasion, and in totally unexpected, fun designs. For winter days, there’s the Angela, a long-sleeved, ribbed funnel neck; for big nights out, the sexy velvet Valentine; and for everyday errands, the sporty tricolour Simone. There are also lace offerings, off-the-shoulder affairs, and many more. Best of all, once the bodysuit has reached the end of its life, Flair takes it back in exchange for vouchers and gives it a new lease of life.
The perfect gift for the surfing señorita in your circle, a MYMARINI swimwear piece comes fully tested, double layered, and totally sustainable. The brand’s founder, Maureen, lived and surfed in Colombia for seven months and soon realised that the production of swimwear was usually unsustainable and unethical, leading her to start her own brand. Every piece contains double-layered, tight-structured ECONYL® fabric, enabling a ‘Mini Shape Effect’ that ensures a close fit, which means the fabric won’t come loose in the water. It also contains UV protection. From bikini tops to surf shorts, each piece is fun, colourful, and reversible.
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?
Earth-conscious magpies in your flock should prepare themselves – luxury jewellery with a conscience does exist. Courbet is a French sustainable jewellery brand that offers high-end pieces and lab-grown diamonds. It uses 100% recycled and traceable gold from industrial waste and, to ensure the resilience of its diamonds, recreates the same forces in its lab as those found in the depths of the earth. We’d recommend its timeless gold and diamond cord bracelet – not least because 15% of its selling price is paid to twelve organisations they work with under their partnership program, Let’s Commit.
Thoughtful trinkets that encourage wellness and thus make the perfect gift? Yes please. Danish jewellery house Cahana offers an array of handmade silver and gold-plated pieces, but its signature is the locket. Each locket is sold with a handmade paper scroll which Cahana encourages you to inscribe with a personal affirmation or wish before placing it inside the locket. Tissues at the ready, girls. Many of Cahana’s pieces also feature natural gemstones to promote wellbeing and a healthy mind, tying in with its mission to support and empower women as well as the planet.
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.Shop
Eden + Elie
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.
SKINCARE AND HAIRCARE
Here’s how to help the friend who is drowning in disposables: treat them to Lamazuna products. The French cosmetics brand offers innovative, ‘eco-affordable’ products that are meant to last a lifetime, such as bamboo Q-tips. As well as saving us money, Lamazuna is also vegan, organic, cruelty-free, natural, and zero-waste. The brand also avoids plastic, opting instead for solid bars or responsible packaging, and offers to recycle products that aren’t compostable through its partnership with Terra Cycle. Lamazuna’s reusable face wipes are genius, especially during party season when late nights and one too many bevvies overrule a full cleansing routine.
If you’re hoping to bring the gift of peace and wellness to your nearest and dearest, take a look at Heavens Please (and keep an open mind!). The Hong Kong-based brand offers holistic health products based around the cannabis plant – namely CBD and hemp, both safe compounds that have proven to be beneficial for a variety of health issues, including anxiety, muscle spasms, and depression, as well as generally promoting calmness. Heavens Please offers a variety of CBD and hemp products, including oils, tinctures, body lotions, and even chocolate – none of which will get you high or addicted. The website includes a CBD 101 section full of information, so you can shop with confidence and clarity.
When it comes to cleansing, it doesn’t get simpler or more sustainable than powder and water. BHUMAN offers vegan, natural, plant-powered powder formulas that are activated with water, in order to remedy the complexity, expense, and water waste that most cosmetic brands in the market rely on. The brand, which is inspired by ancient Asian wellness remedies, especially the potency of plants, sells the cleansing powder in both an aluminium bottle and a bamboo bottle, and encourages customers to return them after use so they can be refilled.
Happy Earth Farm
Right now, remaining bacteria-free is more important than ever, but it doesn’t have to involve harmful chemicals. Happy Earth Farm sells vegan, organic, chemical-free body care products made entirely from fruits, leaves, and seeds grown on its farm in Thailand. Its DIY Kaffir Lime Multi-Use Sanitizer Spray Set includes Kaffir Lime Essential Oil, which is a natural insect repellent and antibacterial agent, alcohol, a syringe, and a spray bottle. Using the kit, you can make a cleaning spray or harness its aromatherapy properties (energising and grounding) and make a room spray, or even simply pop a few drops of the oil in your bath. The set allows you to adjust the oil concentration to your preference.
Elysian 5 Skincare
If you have a coffee lover in your clan, Elysian 5 Skincare has got you covered. The cosmetic brand makes natural face and body scrubs from coffee grounds – adding in other natural treats, such as coconut, jasmine, and grapefruit, for dreamy scents and specific skincare benefits. Each scrub has a full ingredients and properties listing on the website, so you can find the right fit. As the Singapore-based brand know, coffee is bursting with antioxidants and works as a great natural exfoliator, sans nasty microbeads. Its products are also cruelty-free, eco-friendly, and non-toxic.
ZeroYet100 makes natural, clean deodorants so that everyone can freshen up without toxins upping their risk of hormone changes, liver problems, skin irritation, and other nasty ailments. The company’s deos come in six different scents (with evocative names like ‘snow’ and ‘woods’), but if you just can’t choose, the brand also sells a Mini Me Set of three – ideal for the friend interested in clean beauty but overwhelmed by the options. Each deo comes in the handy form of a push-up stick and is cased in recyclable packaging.
La Bouche Rouge
Abiding by its motto of ‘no more plastic in beauty’, La Bouche Rouge has created natural, vegan products that are packaged in stainless steel, glass, and leather. The sophisticated French brand sells every cosmetic a girl could want but without the pollution – every item is recyclable and plastic-free, and many are refillable. Even their stores are plastic-free! We’re fans of the Le Serum Noir Mascara as the brush and wiping ring are the first in the world to not contain microplastic. The brush is made from castor plant fibre and the ring from plant-based materials. Even more special, you can have a name engraved on the glass tube.
It’s time to go bananas for…bananas. Yup, cosmetic company Kadalys is in the business of banana science. The brand is all about creating products that are made from sustainable materials and contribute to a circular economy. More specifically, it takes ‘ugly’ or single bananas from the banana industry in Guadeloupe and Martinique (that otherwise end up in the trash), and transforms them into quality skin care items, harnessing the natural power of our yellow fruit friend. From serums to lip balms, every item is made using banana technology and, of course, smells like sweet bananas. Kadalys also works closely with the banana producers to reduce food waste and support their research in promoting sustainable farming systems.
French company Respire make a range of natural, animal-free cosmetics, including lesser-found items such as natural toothpaste and vitamins (the latter of which are co-created with a doctor of pharmaceuticals). Its sun care range is particularly special – the sunscreen is totally ocean friendly and contains butter bush flower, which prevents UV damage, while the after-sun gel cream contains locally sourced ingredients like micro-algae from a lagoon in the south and seawater from an island on the west coast. The brand also offers recycled and recyclable packaging. No need to wait for a vacation, their sun care can – and should be – be worn year-round, even on those deceptive cloudy days.
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