Updated: Nov 25, 2022
Hello! Are you as excited as I am for the holiday season? I love the preparations & anticipation of the upcoming holidays- A few of my favorite things are cooler temperatures (I am from MN after all) digging out holiday decorations, making a list of all the goodies I plan to bake, and finding that perfect gift for the loved ones in my life.
I also love to wrap presents....as time-consuming it can be, I enjoy the process of choosing the paper, and dressing it up with ribbons and bows....and the best part? Watching the recipient's face light up with a smile when they open it.
So when start thinking about shopping for those special someones, i have to ask...what's up with Black Friday??? In the not-too-distant past, Black Friday was literally on one day, the Friday, after Thanksgiving. Now as Black Friday goes beyond a one-day sale, it's getting harder and harder to avoid the temptations of all those bargains! So, in my quest to avoid the hype and to shop with purpose, l will proceed with caution, and remind myself that I am now more than ever, on a mission to spend my money on brands with purpose. I look for brands that are transparent in their methods, ethical, sustainable, and make a social impact. By supporting them, I am supporting their cause which makes me feel good about where I'm spending my money....and I can avoid the mad rush of the mall and shop from home in my jammies!
As a long-time fashion industry working professional, I'm excited to see wonderful brand stories & new processes emerging within the fashion industry. It brings a smile to my face when I discover a brand doing something for good....such as compostable undies!! (yes, you can plant them....more on that below).
So instead of facing the mob of Black Friday holiday shoppers at the mall, put on your favorite sweats & fuzzy socks, kick back and enjoy reading through this list of brands with purpose, while you sip your favorite flavored latte or a hot cup of cocoa. You can shop consciously this holiday season and will feel good when you know your purchase is making an impact! Oh, and dont forget to put on a you-tube holiday ambiance channel.
Favorite Purpose Driven Ethical Brands
Check back often as this list is updated as we discover more favorites
"Aday is designed to be "ridiculously versatile" (Forbes). People wear it at home, on planes, on honeymoons, to the dog park, to office meetings, and on afternoon naps. 83% of women say wearing Aday on repeat has changed the way they shop. Your wardrobe can gift you time, energy, and joy. Bestsellers on sale, for the first time ever". Check out the bestsellers.
"Discovering and developing long-lasting, low-impact fabrics
Our goal is to continue discovering and developing fabrics that are long-lasting, super comfortable, and have the lowest impact on our planet. When sourcing fabrics, we focus on sustainable, and long-lasting fabrics such as recycled, regenerated, biodegradable and bio-based fibers, renewable fabric manufacturing, eco-friendly dyeing and finishing, and innovative performance properties". "We are early adopters of more sustainably-made fabrics, especially replacing virgin fibers with recycled ones at equal or superior quality. In fact, 77% of our styles are made from recycled, regenerated and natural materials".
Impacting our community
"We’re a small team, with ~90% female and ~40% BIPOC members, as well as LGBTQ+ and disabled team representation. Committed to celebrating diversity and having the tough conversations, we actively seek to recruit diverse candidates and conduct re-learning sessions to review controversial topics. We respect and honor differences in gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and political views". From Aday.com
"Being good to Mother Earth is always in style. Here at Current Air, we’re committed to our vision of creating standout contemporary apparel while taking action toward reducing our impact on the environment.
We’ve implemented a number of green initiatives in order to reduce waste and are proud to continually invest in smart and innovative solutions for long-term sustainability. Not only are we proactively testing and sourcing the highest-quality recycled fabrics, we have also been working to replace all packaging and shipping materials in favor of recycled products. As of September 15, 2021, we are happy to announce we have reached our goal to fully convert to 100% recycled & biodegradable material".
"Our dedication to a healthy planet includes doing our part in building a thriving global community. We’ve formed close partnerships with ethical overseas factories that comply with fair labor and wages to ensure the health, safety, and quality of life for workers".
"Current Air is dedicated to being an ally to the community. We support the East Los Angeles Women’s Shelter through clothing donations, an initiative we began in December 2020. We’re proud to back their mission as they advocate for and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence, intimate partner abuse, and homelessness. Together we can use our resources to create positive change.
We’re big believers in the importance of giving back. In recent years, we’ve been supporting our neighbors in our hometown of Los Angeles by purchasing and distributing more than 500 sleeping bags to those in need—an effort we plan to continue and expand upon each year.
Additionally, we donate a portion of sales proceeds from our annual sample sales to local and global nonprofit organizations, including those dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by natural disasters such as the 2017 Mexico City earthquake and the 2021 California wildfires".
"Our commitment to giving back extends beyond the neighborhood around us. We all have a part to play as members of the global community. In March of 2022, with the unfolding of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, we contributed a monetary donation to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, in order to help support those displaced from their homes due to the ongoing conflict. Current Air is proud to endorse UNHCR’s mission of providing essential aid to Ukrainian refugees. This cause holds a special place in our heart, as our Head Designer has spent a substantial amount of time doing volunteer work in Odessa, Ukraine. It’s our hope that we can expand awareness of UNHCR and the crucial assistance they provide to populations in need". From Currentair.com
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"Style with regard to humans, the environment, and animals. This is our first year creating an impact report and our purpose is to be as transparent as we can and share this report to everyone and anyone interested in reading about what we do.
Socially Responsible. We believe the actions of one impact us all. Consideration for our planet, our impact on it, and how we can continue to do better is a priority at Mary Rose.
Sustainable Fabrics We have worked to bring in items that are made ethically and environmentally aware. The product lines that we choose to carry are focused on slow fashion, with regard to humans, the environment, and animals. The fabric of our pieces reflects this value.
aEthically Sourced The brands Mary Rose works with have been researched thoroughly. We are committed to the fair and ethical treatment of each person that comes in contact with our pieces". From maryroseboutique.com
"We believe that what you wear impacts your wellness, and how clothes are made changes the earth we walk on, and the air we breathe. Here's a deeper look at our sustainability practices".
Our 8 Facets of Sustainable Style:
Organic & Sustainable Fiber "We choose fibers, like organic cotton and TENCEL™ Lyocell, because we care about human health and keeping microplastics out of our ocean ecosystems". Regenerative & Biodynamic Farming "Our organic farm project is the heartbeat of YesAnd. By using regenerative and biodynamic farming techniques, we can restore depleted soil so that it traps carbon and fights global warming". Accountability "We certify our products to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to ensure our products are sustainable from seed to skin. That includes using low impact dyes that save water and resources". Women's Empowerment & Fair Trade "We are committed to fair wages, empowering female farmers, sustaining their local communities, and no child labor. Over half of our workers are women, so our choices impact them most". Every Purchase Plants A Tree "We offset some of our carbon impact by planting mangrove trees, the best and most efficient variety of tree for climate change mitigation. We are aiming to be a Carbon Net Zero company by 11/11/22!" Circularity "YesAnd style is built to last, with longevity and quality central to our design process. We partner with fashion rental site Wardrobe to keep YesAnd in the system longer. Plus, we are finding other ways to give fashion a second chance"
Traceability "We’re working to track each of our product’s origins -- from seed to skin, using blockchain technology. Scan the QR code sewn into your favorite YesAnd styles".
Innovation "We’re at the forefront of the newest fiber technologies. In fact, we’re the first fashion brand to develop and market GOTS-certified organic velour products. We partner with other innovative fiber companies, like TENCEL™ Lyocell to achieve irresistibly soft and sustainable fabrics". From joinyes.com
Meaning of Koryphae:
"Koryphae comes from ancient Greek and means Expert, Genius, Luminary, or Mastermind. In the German-speaking world, it describes someone who has achieved mastery in their field. Mastery requires dedication and care. Our partners revere what they do and pour their love into it. And the ultimate mastery? It's the final frontier: Mastering oneself".
"Koryphae was launched in Portland, OR in 2022 by Daniela Caine with the intention to create pieces made to the highest ethical and sustainability standards possible. A vision based on the idea of harnessing the power of apparel, using it as a vehicle for women's empowerment and force for good in the world. We use naturally bio-degradable materials, predominantly woven on handlooms, fabrics with inherently higher frequencies that help support our well-being. Each garment has a reason for being and we are holding ourselves to the principle of "Less is More", which directs us to create more space for what truly matters. Each garment is designed with an eye for versatility, wearability, longevity, comfort, and style. Our pieces are informed by West-coast causal influences and Bauhaus Minimalist roots". From Koryphae.com
"Fair Trade mission: Malia Designs was formed to increase economic opportunity for women in Cambodia and to support organizations that fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia. Our fair trade fashion products are made by small social enterprises that employ talented artisans in Cambodia. Through these partnerships we connect makers to Western markets, expanding their access to sustainable income and safe and dignified working conditions.
Malia Designs also strives to assist survivors of human trafficking by donating to organizations working to fight trafficking in Cambodia and the US. Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar illegal industry affecting millions of people every year. We believe that one way to counteract this global issue is to increase access to economic opportunity in the most affected areas". From maliadesigns.com
Four Pillars Together To Advance Women and Girls Globally:
"At Marcella, we’ve innovated a "just-in-time" production process that allows us to continually restock inventory throughout the year. This dynamic production approach allows us to sell over 99% of what we make, dramatically lessening Marcella's (and you're) ecological footprint.
We are continually researching and incorporating ever more sustainable fabrics, materials, and packaging. Wherever and whenever possible, we are working to improve. Because of this commitment, for example, all Marcella packaging is now biodegradable and we've switched to sustainable tencel-based European jersey.
According to UNESCO estimates, 132 million girls between the age of 6 and 17 are out of school globally. 15 million girls of primary-school age will never enter a classroom. Half of those girls live in sub-Saharan Africa.
The School Days Project
One design, three school days.
We partner with the global NGO CAMFED to support girls in sub-Saharan Africa - a region where poverty excludes millions from education - to go to school, learn, thrive, and lead". From marcellanyc.com
"Years after we became friends while working together at a New York-based luxury brand, a Skype call between Karen in New York and Angela in New Delhi turned into a long conversation reimagining what it means to be a fashion brand in a time of global awareness and environmental consciousness. After decades in the industry, we felt it was time to make some changes. Our way? Beautiful wardrobe staples at attainable price points sourced from a clean supply chain. With this vision in mind, we took the best of what we’ve learned during our 30+ years in the industry and applied it to a forward-thinking business model that aligned with our ideal of creating a more sustainable and equitable world"
Signature plant-based fabrics, sourced from sustainable and renewable natural resources and are naturally lightweight, breathable and washable. Satin TENCEL™: nearly 85% of our collection is made from this luxuriously soft and breathable textile, considered a milestone in the development of environmentally sustainable textiles. Derived from natural materials and responsibly manufactured using energy and water-conserving methods, TENCEL™ Modal fibers are extracted from naturally grown beech wood by an environmentally responsible integrated pulp-to-fiber process, which is self-sufficient in energy and recovers co-products from component parts of the wood. Soft, lightweight , breathable, and comfortable, this natural textile has an extremely smooth, soft surface that drapes beautifully and lasts longer than cotton. Great for sensitive skin. Eco-Jersey: Sustainably sourced from 80% organic cotton and 20% SeaCell™, this knitwear capsule is manufactured in Portugal and holds GOTS+OEKO certifications. SeaCell™ is a luxurious silky fiber made from seaweed and eucalyptus fibers and is produced using an innovative closed loop production method with no chemicals released as waste.
100% Organic Cotton Flannel: Derived from GOTS certified 100% organic cotton. This luxurious fabric is sourced in Portugal and manufactured in Lithuania. Ultra soft and washable, perfect for layering during fall and into winter.
Linen: One of the lowest-impact textiles on Earth, requiring only rainwater for harvesting. Our linen is incredibly soft, durable and is responsibly sourced and manufactured in Lithuania in a factory that uses only green energy since 2017. That means all of the power provided to their manufacturing area is only from renewable sources. In 2020 only, 171 tones of CO2 were prevented from entering the atmosphere. Additionally they hold OEKO-TEX 100 certifications.
100% Organic Cotton Flannel: Derived from GOTS certified 100% organic cotton. This luxurious fabric is sourced in Portugal and manufactured in Lithuania. Ultra soft and washable, perfect for layering during fall and into winter". From Neunomads.com
pan・eros - (Ancient Greek) all・the love
"At Paneros, it’s extremely important to us to have a meaningful name that represents the heart of our brand. We can assure you that every aspect of our brand is handled with love and compassion - for the people we work with, for the planet, and for you - at the forefront of our minds. We hope to not only meet your ethical standards here but also aid you in making more conscious, informed decisions about the clothes you choose to purchase everywhere.".
"According to the UN Conference on Trade and Development, the fashion industry is the one of the most polluting industries in the world. Making fabric uses water, energy, chemicals, and other resources that most people don’t think about, or ever see. We're committed to our 5 Part Circularity Ethos: Choosing Smarter Fibers and Fabrics, Responsible Manufacturing, Quality over Quantity, Less Pollution and Less Waste. We're not shy about speaking up on the impacts of fashion on the environment. By supporting Paneros, you're supporting Mother Earth and making fashion more circular. And we know that truly Inclusive Sustainability doesn't end with the products, and must include all of the people involved". From Paneros.com
LET’S CHANGE THE NARRATIVE ON BLACK FRIDAY
We all look for deals, there’s no shame in it. We run a few sales per year, and our biggest one of the year is coming next week: Forest-Friendly Friday. Their Purpose:
"For the 5th year in a row, we’re offering great discounts during ‘Black Friday’ weekend. The big difference is that we choose to donate a portion of that discount to our frontline environmental partners at S.O.S., who are protecting and restoring the rainforest in Sumatra with measurable results. How does it work? We mark down sustainable styles across the website, and on top of that, we donate 20% of all sales to S.O.S. This leads to thousands of dollars going directly to an environmental cause that needs everyone's support".
"We started TAMGA in 2014 while living in Dhaka, Bangladesh, working for the UN and different NGOs with an ambition to change the world. My fiancé Eric and I arrived shortly after a garment factory collapsed, claiming over a thousand lives and leaving a pile of fashionable clothing brands amidst the rubble. The injustice, and our role in it as consumers of these brands, became painfully clear. We started asking questions, learning about the industry, and visiting factories. We followed paths that simultaneously broke our hearts and inspired us to take action".
"Protecting Indonesia’s Endangered Rainforests
The biodiversity of Indonesia’s rainforests is among the planet’s highest; orangutans, tigers, elephants, and rhinos all call them home. Logging these rich forests for rayon fabric is having a long-term impact on the ecosystem that is hard to reverse. We’ve partnered with Canopy Style and the Sumatran Orangutan Society to protect these forests and develop solutions for a better future". From Tamga.com
"As a serial entrepreneur and a mom, I started Capsul as an innovative way to capture my daughter, Azalea's cute handwriting and sweet voice into beautiful everyday reminders.
As a former jewelry industry executive, I was deeply concerned with how toxic some jewelry manufacturing processes can be to the environment and our health, as well as the poor working conditions of most overseas factories. It is our mission at Capsul to always deliver premium custom jewelry made in the most socially responsible and eco-friendly way possible". From: Capsulejewelry.com
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"ARTICLE22 celebrates stories of positive transformation and makes real impact through jewelry
handmade in Laos. We partner with artisans in off-the-beaten-track places to create modern
heirlooms that are beautiful and meaningful.
PEACEBOMB, our first collection, is jewelry handcrafted by traditional Laotian artisans from Vietnam
War shrapnel and other debris. A virtuous circle, each piece helps MAG (Mines Advisory Group) clear
unexploded ordnance, making land safe and providing new metal to artisans to craft more original
favorites and new designs. The brand has been recognized as pioneering not only the transformation
of weapons into jewelry but also the tangible value of fashion that looks and does good by
customers in over 40 countries and press including the LA Times, PBS Newshour, Vogue, NBC, Wall Street Journal and Marie Claire
Article 22 states that everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international cooperation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social, and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality". From Article22.com
"Our designs are created using sustainable and ethically sourced precious materials and full-cut diamonds. Every piece is hand-finished in our New York City studio.
Alex Woo takes pride in partnering with other innovative brands that share and implement our company values and beliefs. As a female-owned and operated, business, we strive to work with other like-minded companies that are trendsetters and visionaries within their industry. Having designed dozens of collaborations including an exclusive collection with the luxury candy boutique, Sugarfina, and the luxury beauty brand, Smith & Cult, Alex is also proud to partner with other female-founded brands and charities like the BCRF. Designing premium charms that foster passionate and emotional connections between women and fine jewelry is what drives us every day and we love that we can surprise and delight women through storytelling". From Alexwoo.com
“As a designer, one of my missions is to continually make jewelry something that women will be proud to wear, and feel emotionally connected to.” - Alex
"We put sustainability at the heart of everything we do. From using natural, plant-based materials to creating an ethical and transparent supply chain. We focus our efforts on areas that have the biggest impact - products, people, and the planet. Super natural standards. Almost 75% of the negative impacts of fashion occur at the raw materials stage. Selecting certain fibers influences how we wash our pieces and also their end of life - from recycling, composting or landfill (85% of clothes end up in landfill - eek!). Because of this, we created our Super Natural Materials Standards - a set of social and environmental criteria that we evaluate all materials against before choosing to include in our collections.
We are ruthless about only using 100% natural, plant-based and organic materials that also have the potential to return to nature as a resource. While some basics and underwear may contain organic materials, 99% still include some form of petrochemical or synthetic polymer - think spandex or polyester - that can remain in landfills for up to 200 years. Not to mention the negative impact these unnatural materials have on the natural world. We are committed to using the cleanest ingredients on earth. This translates to our super natural material standards - that every product we create must meet". From wearkent.com
☁️ 100% Organic
☠️ 100% Non-Toxic
✨ 100% Plastic-Free (and micro plastic-free)
❤️ 100% Vegan
🌿 100% Plantable (Biodegradable)
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"We work to create a community of support, and we mean that in every way – not just by designing supportive, secure bras, but working with Medical Professionals, Retail Stores, and Hospitals within communities to connect you with the information and access you need to get a great compression bra.
The creation of our Hugger bras started with a challenge from an oncologist. The doctor held up a flimsy, post-surgical “bra” (aka tube top) and she said, “Can you do better than this?” The answer was, emphatically, "YES! We can!"
"Made with love, safety, sustainability & superior materials :) Our Huggers are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified! What does that mean to you? Every component of our Huggers, including our high-performance, antibacterial yarn, is made from materials that are tested and certified as safe for direct skin contact. Also, just as important to us, the materials themselves were manufactured sustainably and safely". From Prairiewear.com
HOME AND GIFT
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SOCIAL IMPACT COMMUNITY EMPOWERING THE LIVES OF WOMEN IN KENYA
"Beberavi's mission is to provide jobs and job training within the apparel and home industries. Currently, Beberavi employs 150 women in Nakuru, Kenya. This is an area with an unemployment rate of over 40%. Many of the women have been widowed by the AIDS epidemic and are the sole source of income for their families. Beberavi encourages the women to negotiate their pay scale and empowers them with wages that are well above average in this community. This empowerment not only provides stability for their lives but success for their children’s futures. When you provide women with a stable, safe, and secure work environment you improve the entire community. Beberavi also provides free meals to all its employees. Due to the current pandemic, there are new safety protocols in place and all precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of the women while they work." From beberavi.com
"LOVE GOODLY carefully selects brands and products to align with our mission of helping women discover healthier, nontoxic, and cruelty-free products. All products we curate in our box and shop are always cruelty-free, nontoxic, and vegan. We have labeled all products in our shop with the following values or attributes, so it's easy for you to shop by what's important to you." From Lovegoodly.com
Made In USA
This a wonderful year-round gift idea!
Mastering inner peace is your life's greatest masterpiece. "Our mission is to inspire joy and peace through creativity, introspective insight, and community. Whether joining our monthly box membership or stopping in for a virtual art class, our goal is to make you feel better. At Master Peace, we help people get into a meditative state through easily digestible creativity workshops and conveniently delivered supply boxes".
"Creating art holds your focus, releases stress, and increases the awareness of both our inner and our outer world. It's meditative in nature, and we thought it was time for a more colorful meditation. You do not have to be an artist or meditator to benefit from this practice". From Masterpeacebox.com
Here at Biblio, the "bottom line" isn't just profit — it is about being human.
From the very beginning, we have acknowledged our continuous obligation to positively affect the world around us with our business.
What started as a mash-up idea on our conference room whiteboard is now the foundation of our company: an EPIC bottom line. The word “EPIC” stands for Environment, Profit, Independence and Community, the four focus areas that are intertwined with our business practices and with one another.
Biblio is committed to preserving the environment. We were the first bookselling marketplace to offer carbon offsetting on all orders shipped through our site. This program, ecosend, is accomplished in partnership with Native Energy, whose projects include building sustainable communities. We also offset carbon emissions from internal operations, practice recycling, energy efficiency, compost, and paper reduction where possible, and encourage buying local to reduce the carbon footprint.
At Biblio we constantly strive to maintain the balance between give and take. We love to give back to our communities, and in 2005 we founded the non-profit organization, Biblio Charitable Works, Inc., also known as BiblioWorks. After the success of the first library project in Morado K'asa, Bolivia, BiblioWorks became a major contributor in the efforts to bring literacy and education to impoverished indigenous communities. Since then, we have built 12 community libraries and counting in Bolivia, as well as assisted with local book drives, prison book programs, homeless shelters and tutoring programs. BiblioWorks is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.". From bibliobooks.com
"We are in our third generation of family ownership and have become the largest and oldest provider of art supplies in the United States. Our products cater to the full spectrum of artists — from a child scribbling with a crayon to art students in training, to well-known art professionals. Our excellent customer service, extensive selection, and competitive prices make us the best choice for seasoned and new artists alike including art educators, architects, designers, students, and hobbyists."
"BLICK recognizes the value of giving back to the creative community. We believe that art education develops the creativity and innovation needed to solve the world's most complex problems, enrich its culture, and provide a deeper human connection. We are proud to support hundreds of arts and community organizations across the country and provide nearly $500,000 in support each year through a variety of sponsored events, artist awards, and in-kind contributions". From dickblick.com
Their Purpose: To support small businesses with affordable pricing. Including filing legal documents expert advice and education,
So this year, I hope you will find a few items for people on your gift list, and dont feel bad including a little something for yourself! Dont forget to take the time to rest, enjoy quiet at home time with family, and loved ones, and perhaps a good book too!
Here at IFD, we share brands & products we’ve found that are ethical, sustainable, and consciously designed. Enjoy this list of current favorite brands with purpose.....and check back often as we are continually updating!
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