Donate Smiles $5
Family-run Smile Squared donates a bamboo toothbrush to a child in need for each toothbrush purchased, but you can also eschew the brush and still join their altruistic effort with a simple $5 donation. Studies show clean teeth are not only cosmetically uplifting, but regular brushing also prevents heart disease.
Yellow Leaf Hammocks
Vineyard Haven Hammock $179
For the serious lounger, slip into one of these high-quality hammocks, handwoven by artisans in rural northern Thailand using yarn that's as soft as cashmere—which also repels mildew and mold, is fade-proof and guaranteed to not fall apart—meaning, it's meant to last. Know that your afternoon nap will make an impact: Yellow Leaf is a social entreprise dedicated to fostering sustainable economic development for its weavers and their families.
Eleven Design Studio
What your life has been missing is a glittery wool sheep. Eleven Design Studio's Twoolies are designed by architect Sindy Posso and made by hand by a group of Tzotzil Mayan weavers based in southern Mexico. No two are alike, and each one is just as adorable as the next.
EffPlastic Bags $5
Aggressive and naughty, these eco-friendly bags live up to their fresh name. Don't beat around the bush—or waste the fruits of the bush—carry them for a bold expression and sound environmental practice.
Wood Trio $38
Shaw Sisters worked with artisans in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, to create this kitchen set that consists of a spatula, and a large and small spoon. The wooden pieces are blasted with a catalyzed laquer to give a shiny, durable finish, and a dash of color.
Avail Lip Balm With Sunscreen $19
Aesop's Avail lip balm combines the immediate benefits of an all-natural moisturizer (free of silicone, paraffin, beeswax and other animal-derived ingredients) with a proactive UV filters for the ultimate sun shield. This SPF30 lip balm is one to keep on your person all summer long.
If This Isn't Nice, What Is? $17
One of the most influential voices in contemporary literary history also happened to be pitch-perfect with advice. "If This Isn't Nice, What Is?" compiles Kurt Vonnegut's graduation speech wisdom in a collection of enduring missives capable of inspiration at any stage of life.
The Ethical Silk Company
Silk Sheets $68
Move over, Irish linen—The Ethical Silk Company produces eco-friendly, cruelty-free silk bedding with a women's cooperative in India, using silkworms only after they've gone through metamorphosis. The result is supreme luxury with a clear conscience and, because of the many benefits of silk fibers, clear skin.
The brilliant, solar-powered Skylock is designed to make commuting nice and easy. The intelligent Bluetooth- or Wifi-enabled lock helps to greatly prevent theft and a need for keys while encouraging bike sharing among friends and family. Debuting in 2015, Skylock is now available for pre-order.
Apolis + Atelier Ace
Gauze Scarf $48
A collaboration from socially motivated lifestyle brand Apolis and Ace Hotels' creative studio Atelier Ace, these indigo stripe gauze scarves with fringed edges are made with hand-loomed 100% organic cotton from Nazaret, Ethiopia. The project helps create fair wage work for a growing women's cooperative in Addis Ababa.
Sir Elton John Woodside Garden Candle $38
This candle is about as close as most will ever come to taking a sniff inside Sir Elton John's Woodside gardens. The floral fragrance was inspired by the botanical arrangements kept in his gardens in Old Windsor, England. The scent is lush and sophisticated with hyacinth meeting rose and jasmine, and blended together by the masterful creators at NEST Fragrances. And as a bonus, proceeds from sales benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
International Rescue Committee
Rescue Gifts $20-100
Help the International Rescue Committee (IRC) continue to offer lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees and others in need through Rescue Gifts. School supplies, clean water and a year of education are only some of the examples of meaningful services and products the IRC provides on your behalf. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises helping people survive and rebuild their lives.
Leave Nothing Print $12
A tangible reminder to leave the earth better than we found it, Holstee's "Leave Nothing" letterpress print is as sustainable as the message it projects. Graphic designer Andrew Martis' created this text-based illustration, which is printed on 100% recycled paper embedded with wildflower seeds. If you outgrow the print, simply plant it in the garden and watch the seeds take sprout.
FarmTeam Apparel $30
Farm Team Apparel adopts the one-for-one model to appease altruistic pseudo-jocks with a range of soft tees, which provide youth sports teams with gear they wouldn't normally get. Both cleverly named and cozy—the teams emblazoned on the shirts span the Kansas City Croutons to the Cheektowaga Thunderweasels—these shirts are in a league of their own.
The School of Life + Momiji Collective
Virtue Doll: Kindness $37
London-based The School of Life is "devoted to developing emotional intelligence," and this hand-painted resin figurine is a beautiful upshot of such altruistic thinking. Their "Kindness" virtue doll—created in collaboration with the designers behind Momiji Collective—is a physical reminder to spread joy and affection to all.
Glassbaby first awed us with a line of opaque and translucent votives that ranged from bright, saturated hues to more serene tones, each constructed using a multi-layered glassblowing process that makes for a thick, sturdy structure and sublime lines of color. They've now perfected a new shape for a stunning line of drinking glasses. A set of these tumblers and a bottle of booze will surely satisfy your favorite tippler, and 10% of the sale of every drinker (and votive) goes to charity.
Heritage Radio Network
Heritage Radio Network Donation $25-1,000
The non-profit station, Heritage Radio Network was created in 2009 by Patrick Martins, founder of Slow Food USA and of Heritage Foods USA. Reporting live from two converted shipping containers out back of the sustainably-minded Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta's, HRN "chronicles and celebrates the growing movement to change American food ways." HRN offers an abundance of thoughtful ways to get involved in the local food movement that extend beyond farming and well beyond Brooklyn. Keep this educational resource going with a donation in support.
Material Change $24
"Material Change" explores the creation of a for-profit business with a mission for social progress. The poignant book recalls the journey of architect and social entrepreneur Eve Blossom, who formed her company Lulan Artisans to preserve artisanal skills and create jobs in communities lacking economic stability, all while producing beautiful and coveted designs sold at ABC home, among others. Rife with stunning photography and a wealth of information, this inspiring story is a must-read for anyone who seeks to design with a conscious.
Bag Bolo + Key Ring $36
LA's Karen Kimmel is known for establishing crafting community workshops which foster immersive design experiences for families to explore their artistic inspirations. Add a dash of this creativity-guru's seemingly endless juices to your everyday living with her Bag Bolo and Key Ring. Hand-constructed in her studio from knotted paracord, hand-wrapped with shimmering thread and finished with gold-plated hardware, these splendid key rings are a refreshing take on the ubiquitous leather tassel.
Nomadic Cashmere Throw $495
From the home goods institution that never disappoints comes the nomadic Ivory Cashmere Throw, inspired by the traveling people of Mongolia, also called "Nomad's Land." Woven from the finest Alasan cashmere from the country's cuddliest goats, this blanket is produced with centuries-old techniques, and its cruelty-free creation employs communities in Vietnam. Whether you are snuggling on the couch or keeping cozy on a journey of your own, this worldly throw is sure to bring romantic wanderlust wherever it may go.
Askov Finlayson + Faribault Woolen Mill
Zag Blanket $185
Our friends at Minneapolis' Askov Finlayson designed this limited edition, double-woven jacquard blanket with nearby Faribault Woolen Mill, which has been weaving for nearly 150 years. The domestic Merino wool is blended with a small amount of cotton for added softness. Best of all, for every blanket sold one is donated to St. Stephen's Human Services, a local not-for-profit addressing homelessness.
Charity: Water $25
There is no better gift than the gift of giving back. Charity: Water has a clear mission to bring available clean drinking water to every person on earth. This holiday season, they partner with CLEAR Cambodia in an effort to provide 15,000 Cambodian families with BioSand filters, which transform dirty water found in Cambodian marshlands into drinkable hydration. A gift that not only brings joy through aiding others, but also forces us to not take this precious resource for granted, and realize our own good fortune in something as simple as the kitchen sink.
WWF Animal Kingdom Playing Cards $7
Fit for the cardshark, magician, or amateur player, this delightful deck will add an extra element of fun to even the most elementary game of Go Fish. These festive cards showcase delightful hand-illustrated interpretations of your fave fauna. Added bonus? The cards themselves are derived from sustainable materials, and for every deck purchased, $1 will be donated to to the World Wildlife Fund, benefiting global conservation efforts.
The Becks $26
The altruistic friends behind Krochet Kids International hope to empower the women of Africa and Peru by teaching them a skill to provide for their families, crocheting. Each limited edition, hand-crocheted beanie comes in a variety of styles and colors, all made of wool and acrylic-blend that bares the name of the women who stitched it.
The Square $45
Guaranteed for life, Clean Bottle's stainless steel packs a big punch. The 100% BPA-free construction and square shape prevent it from rolling away when dropped, both ends unscrew for an easier cleaning and drying process, and 10% of all profits are donated to eco-friendly charities.