Sustainable Apparel Gift Guide 2021

Whether you’re trying to find alternatives to corporations mass producing wasteful products, avoid crowded malls, or support small businesses with eco-conscious values at their core we’ve got you covered. Check out our gift guides featuring sustainable products and ideas that are sure to make unique and practical gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season.

1. Pact is a great option if you’re giftee is in need of some updated basics like these fair trade, organic cotton Knit Boxers. Or perhaps, they just need some fun Organic Cotton Socks. You can’t go wrong with their super soft, super ethical cotton apparel that is sure to get worn year-round. 

2. Graphic tees are a fun gift that can feel personalized, yet more appropriate than undergarments for those people on your list maybe you didn’t give birth to. Instead of heading to the nearest bargain tee shirt stall, try focusing on finding a mission-driven organization that is meaningful to your giftee. There are hundreds of worthy non-profits who have apparel shops on their websites featuring sweet graphic shirts that benefit a great cause with each purchase. Ocean Conservationist in the family? Try Surfrider. Voting Rights activist? Try When We All Vote. See the pattern? The gift is a win win for their favorite local non-profit and their activism wardrobe. Don’t want to give them another shirt? Simply donate on their behalf instead!

3. Charlotte Stone has captured creatives and fashion gurus with their bold shoe collections. We are drooling over the rainbow of options and styles from their Floral Platform Paz Clog Boots to their Retro Suede Marlo Clogs. These artful shoes are designed with everyday comfort in mind by an L.A. based team lead by ladies. The renewable and eco-chic walnut clog heels are hand cut and sanded by a husband-wife duo and these small batches never leave excess unsold pairs lying around a warehouse. 

4. We stumbled across Long Wharf Supply Co’s recycled fisherman’s sweaters featuring recycled water bottles. But, the material in the garments that caught our eye was the not so usual recycled oyster shells. Yep, each garment diverts 5-6 oyster shells and 8 water bottles from landfills. Their SeaWell Collection has a quantifiable impact on the community they care about most and through their charitable partnerships they help reseed coastal oyster reefs which naturally filter millions of gallons of seawater every day. They have classic styles perfect for a day at the office or a weekend getaway at the beach. 

5. Urban Native Era is based in Los Angeles and specializes in clothing design and content that prioritizes a batter life for Indigenous people around the world. Their Sovereign Collection features articles that communicate a deep concept reinterpreting the traditional definition of sovereignty. We recommend browsing their You Are On Native Lands Collection as well which features a simple, yet timeless statement intended to ignite conversation amongst non-Indigenous communities. By gifting a piece from Urban Native Era you’ll be investing in Indigenous entrepreneurship and community-based giving models.

6. & 7. Cactus leather is gaining momentum across the fashion industry, but we still feel best about pointing you in the direction of smaller businesses who use renewable and recycled materials. We all have that bag-obsessed friend who always has the trendiest new clutch who has never met a bag they didn’t like. Check out this pop of color on the Sling Pouch from Back Beat Co. All their small-batch, vegan leather products are made from upcycled, recycled, and biodegradable materials that are ethically crafted at a fair wage facility in Los Angeles. We’re also gushing over the cactus leather collections from Santos by Monica which are handmade to order in the U.S. and plant a tree with every handbag sold. Who knows, maybe you’ll gift someone their favorite staple accessory that they will be eager to show off!

8.Frankie Collective gives off cool older sister vibes. You know, the one who makes their own clothes, pulls off the raddest streetwear looks, and balls harder than all the boys in the neighborhood. Whether you’re gifting for a relative or friends you’ve come to the right place for uniquely sporty looks that will be sure to grace their insta feed. Forget about trying to find the perfect sports jersey they’ll never wear, instead check out their ReWork Collection which includes upcycled sweatpants, shorts, and other patchwork garments. Give the gift of vintage and choose where you want part of your sale to go; 1 of 4 rotating non-profit organizations.

9. Two Days Off brings sustainability to another level with their Track Your Wears Tags. You can sew them into your (investment) garments to track how often you reach for those pieces, thus creating a true cost analysis breakdown of how much that garment costs per wear. Offer to sew these into a loved one’s more expensive pieces they “swore” they would wear all the time to keep them accountable. If this doesn’t seem like a gift you’re willing to give, this climate neutral-certified, woman-founded boutique still has a wonderful selection of sustainable apparel like this vintage-inspired Linen Kaneko Button Up Dress

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