Whiskey-Soaked Toothpicks $6
Used in the olden days to calm teething babies, whiskey-soaked toothpicks are making a comeback. While we may have made up the historical anecdote, these three varieties of sophisticated picks are certainly great for anxious adults. The trio is made from Northern White Birch and flavored with raw mint and cinnamon, single malt Scotch, and barrel-aged Kentucky straight bourbon, respectively.
Environmental Investigation Agency Donation $25+
Even a small donation to the Environmental Investigation Agency helps keep the world's plants and animals protected. From diminishing rain forests to rhino poaching, the environmental issues are ceaseless and the EIA needs financial support to raise awareness and affect real change.
Cool Weather Edible Seedbombs $13
This two-pack of cool weather edible seed bombs includes Pot Marigold, "Seven Top" Turnip and Tatsoi. Greenaid hand rolls their seed bombs using socially responsible labor practices and works in partnership with Chrysalis, a non-profit that creates employment opportunities for formerly homeless men and women in Los Angeles.
Hooray for Boobies! Socks $25
Subtle but effective, Soxfords' "Hooray for Boobies!" mid-calf socks add a dash of daring style while helping raise money for breast cancer research. For each pair of the dark grey Peruvian Pima cotton socks sold, $5 will be donated to support Breast Cancer Awareness efforts.
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.
Women Are Heroes $26
What is a woman's worth? That was the question in street artist JR's mind as he photographed women struggling in Sierra Leone, Sudan, Kenya, Brazil, India and Liberia, and then pasted murals of their images on buildings, trains and bridges in their own communities.
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.
Designed to bring light to the three billion people around the world living without electricity, the Luci is a collapsable, solar powered lamp with compelling potential. For each Luci that is purchased MPOWERD promises to send another Luci to a community in need.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. $28
In the words of Steve Jobs, "Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else's life." This insanely soft tee pays tribute to the legendary designer, and purchasing one benefits Peletonia, a grass-roots cancer research nonprofit.
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.