ST. ROSE sustainable fragrances.
Eco conscious beauty by Costa Brazil.
Ethical jewellery by Soko.
Giving Thanks: 10 Labels For Christmas Gifts That Give Back
“If you are being blessed, you should bless others at the same time.” A quote from our podcast episode with Alexi Lubomirski that truly resonates with us and has become a value we believe is so important to apply to both our personal lives and how we operate as a business. In this guide we share 10 wonderful brands who have committed their business efforts to giving back in order to better the lives of people, animals and our planet. We are so proud to have these labels on our site and we hope you can find a beautiful considered gift for a loved one!
1. Soko Jewellery
Creating beautiful brass jewellery from recycled materials, Soko are first and foremost, a women-led, people-first ethical brand and work to connect artisans in Kenya with the global market.
Soko explain that the artisan craft sector is the second-largest employer in the developing world, but it is also one of the most marginalised and talented artisans can become trapped in micro-economies, where they are unable to earn enough to support their families.
Through digital banking instead of a cash economy, Soko have created a simple, commercially viable way to connect local artisans with the international market and industry. Learn more about Soko’s impact here.
2. ST. ROSE Artisan Fragrances
ST. ROSE’s beautiful fragrances are handcrafted with the highest-quality and responsibly sourced ingredients that are good for you and good for the Earth. Their scents are made from ethically sourced botanical materials from plants and flowers that are completely safe to use on the skin.
As a 1% for the Planet business, ST. ROSE are committed to co-creating a sustainable future for their communities. With their conservation partner, WildArk, they aim to store CO2 in the most effective way, provide habitats for threatened species and benefit local communities.
Learn more about ST. ROSE from our interview with founder, Belinda here.
3. Essentials by Zoe LVH
After losing her own mother to breast cancer, Zoe LVH began a company that would empower women to check their breasts in order to catch any issues within our body early. In her extensive research, Zoe discovered how important these essential oils were during cancer treatment along with the importance of breast and lymph massage as a means of prevention.
With every sale, Essentials by Zoe LVH donate to the charities: Hello Beautiful – a holistic cancer charity, Care International – empowering women, and Cruse Bereavement – supporting the grieving process. They also work with AMMA, a social enterprise empowering mothers in Sri Lanka, who create the beautiful avocado-pit dyed pouches, in which products are packaged.
To learn more, read a special guest editorial by Zoe here.
4. Hamaji Studio
Hamaji’s beautiful collection of clothing is stitched together at a small collective in Nanyuki consisting of 20 local artisans. All profits are collectively shared between the artists consisting of tailors, upholsters, hand beaders and painters.
Embroidery in the collection is done by a small group of artisans that Hamaji work closely with in the Ngara slum of Nairobi. Together they design and create the embroidery patterns, encouraging their creativity all whilst supporting their small business.
5. Ocean Bottle
Ocean Bottle have reported that 22 million kilograms of plastic enter our oceans every day, yet 80% of the world’s ocean plastic comes from a lack of waste management infrastructure in coastal communities around the world. Ocean Bottle are on a mission to change this.
For every bottle sold, they fund the collection of 11.4kg of plastic, equivalent to 1000 plastic bottles whilst investing in people-powered waste management. Plastic waste is collected by locals in coastal communities who can exchange plastic waste for money, healthcare, tech products, school tuition and micro-finance at their local Plastic Bank.
To learn more about Ocean Bottle and plastic pollution, listen to our podcast episode with the company’s founder, William Pearson here.
6. Pico Goods
Pico Goods’ collection is crafted from naturally dyed, fair-trade organic cotton fabric. They source their cotton from Khamir – a co-operative in Western Gujarat in the Kachh region who formed after the huge earthquake in 2011 which caused devastation to many villages and communities. It is Pico’s mission to support these communities whilst encouraging traditional craft and ecology, and to help preserve their heritage.
7. Costa Brazil
Costa Brazil is an eco-beneficial beauty line created by Francisco Costa to capture the rich natural essence of his native land. Ingredients are sustainably sourced and validated by Conservation International, and many are wild harvested which means no trees are cut down in the process.
Costa Brazil are a proud and committed partner to Conservation International, an organisation dedicated to the reforestation efforts of the Brazilian Amazon. They work closely together to ensure that Costa Brazil are operating the best possible sustainable practices.
Learn more about Costa Brazil and listen to our podcast episode with founder Francisco Costa here.
BEAR’s vitamins and superpowders are of the highest safety and efficacy, formulated by a team of naturopaths, compounding chemists, medical professionals and microbiologists to support a holistic wellness journey. Since they launched on our site, their products have become an essential part of our wellness routines to help naturally boost our immunity.
As a certified B Corporation, BEAR meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. They are proud to be working with The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the leading charity dedicated to protecting the Great Barrier Reef. BEAR also work with Australian modern conservation movement, WildArk to help protect and conserve the wonders of the natural world.
Learn more about BEAR’s values here.
Listen to our podcast episode with founder, Sammy Leetham here.
9. Pippa Small
Pippa Small believe that jewellery has the potential to change lives. Pippa has been going into conflict areas for 20 years to create livelihoods, education and beauty within some of the most war torn areas on earth. Her gorgeous designs have given communities a re-found respect for traditional design and a sense of self-confidence, pride in their creations and a path towards economic independence through artisanal production.
Pippa has been working with arts foundation Turquoise Mountain in Kabul, which works to protect and promote traditional craft in the beautiful but war torn country for over 10 years.
10. A Perfect Nomad
A Perfect Nomad’s beautiful collection of resort wear is ethically made by working with communities of artisans who hand make each garment. All materials are are sourced and manufactured through a carefully selected and transparent network of suppliers.
APN believe they have a responsibility to give back to their community, focusing their charitable efforts on women’s advancement. They partner with The Women’s Empowerment Charity Impact to help improve the lives of women and their families in rural areas of India by helping to fund the development of learning centres in economically disadvantaged communities. Learn more about A Perfect Nomad’s Impact here.