Design Inspiration, Fair Trade Shopping

Three Places to Shop Ethically for the Holidays {Guest Post from Made To Travel}

Today we’re going to talk about awesome ethical Christmas gifts – you know, ones that weren’t produced by children locked in sweatshops, but by adults who are paid a fair wage and given safe working conditions.

Ethical shopping and ethical fashion are topics that are super important to me. Now I’m not perfect, but I do try to make ethical purchases when I shop.  Jamillah has been one of my biggest inspirations – she blogs at Made To Travel about ethical fashion and ethical shopping.  Her blog is chock-full of great shopping resources so you can make ethical purchases and still look totally hip and awesome. Thanks to her I’m now in love with several messenger bags.

I’m so grateful that Jamillah agreed to share a little ethical shopping inspiration here on The Borrowed Abode today.  For a ton more resources, hop over and check out her blog!

Hi there, friends of Jane! I’m delighted to be at the Borrowed Abode today sharing 3 of my favorite ethical places to shop for presents. This season of gift giving is the perfect time to try being a more conscious consumer! While you’re shopping for your loved ones you could be giving lots more than just a present :).

Everything here is ethically made and many of the options are also eco-friendly; these 3 fantastic stores have a little something for everyone!

GreenHeart - Shopping for Ethical Holiday Gifts

GreenHeart Shop Faves:

  1. Recycled Aluminim Iphone Case; made in the USA-$26
  2. Global Babies Book; made in the USA-$11.95
  3. Eco Cork Wine Rack + Extension; made in the USA-$40.95
  4. Cool Beans Tea Towels-Set of 3; made in Indonesia by fair trade artisans-$34.95
  5. Gold Chaise Bracelet; made in India by fair trade artisans-$19.95
  6. Flat Bead Necklace; made in India by fair trade artisans-$23.95
  7. Recycled Railroad Spike Letter Opener; made in Nicaragua by fair trade artisans-$54.95

Ethical Ocean - Shopping source for Ethical Holiday Gifts

Ethical Ocean Faves:

  1. Color My World Backpack; made ethically in Taiwan-$40.00
  2. Lionne Embossed Metal Paper Clip; made ethically in Morocco-$16.10
  3. Super Soft Shoo Foo Bamboo Bath Robe; made ethically in China-$98.64
  4. Halle Earrings by Hovey Lee; made in the USA-$58.00
  5. RetroNight Skinny Tie; made of reclaimed silk in the USA-$95.62
  6. Eco-Me 100% Natural Baby Kit; made in the USA-$39.99

SERVV - Shopping source for Ethical Holiday Gifts

SERVV Faves:

  1. Fair Trade Neutral Scarf; made in Kathmandu Valley by fair trade artisans-$19.90
  2. Maasai Glass Bead Earrings; made in Nairobi by fair trade artisans-$16.00
  3. Natural Leg Warmers; made in Kathmandu Valley by fair trade artisans-$36.00
  4. Elephant Ring Holder; made in Kenya by fair trade artisans-$15.00
  5. Children of the World Mobile; made in Sri Lanka by fair trade artisans-$22.00
  6. Fair Trade Coffee Sampler Gift Set-$35.00
  7. Endless Money Knot; made in Kathmandu Valley by fair trade artisans-$15.00

I hope this little roundup shows you that there are tons of wonderful ethical gift options out there and inspires you to become a more conscious consumer this season and all year round.

If you find it a bit daunting to start shopping ethically and don’t know where to begin, check out my Ethical Shopping 101!

Ethical Shopping 101 by

Thank you all for reading and have a wonderful holiday season!

Jamillah writes at about ethical shopping and happy things. You can also find her on twitter @made2travel.


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  • Reply kalanicut at 10:30 pm

    What a great post. So many fantastic options. Thanks for inspiring us.

  • Reply Helen at 5:32 pm

    Thank you for highlighting such cool stores! Anymore with all these mission-based companies selling everyday products that align with their mission, shopping ethically has never been easier. I’m seriously eyeing that elephant ring holder from Kenya!

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