To honor dad or a graduate in your life this summer, consider gifts from brands that are making an important commitment to the environment, social issues or both. Here’s a roundup of some thoughtful gifts that go beyond the item itself.
Come Together Coffee is a first-of-its-kind partnership between Trade Coffee, an online coffee marketplace, and 20+ roaster partners nationwide. This month they’ve created customized limited edition coffees that support each roaster’s local community as they cope with COVID-19. A selection of these co-branded coffees will be available for $18 as part of the weekly drops during the month of June from partners such as Augies from Redlands, CA, Sparrows from Grand Rapids, Joe from NYC and Cuvee from Austin, TX. Trade will donate 100% of its profit to a cause of each roaster’s choosing benefiting their local community as it deals with the impact of COVID-19. With the Come Together Coffee Program, Trade has asked its partners to create a limited edition coffee that symbolizes the coffee community: their team, farmers, customers, and beyond.
Taylor Stitch recently announced its transition to organic cotton: now at 99 percent. Although they’ve leaned towards more eco-friendly materials, the Bay Area-brand has made a commitment to organic cotton across its product line. Dad will appreciate their fun but classic styles, made with the most farmer-friendly materials available in the cotton supply chain.
“It’s been a hustle and we didn’t do it out of convenience, improved costs, ease of production or ready access,” said Luke Mcalpine, Partnerships Director of Taylor Stitch. “We did it because organic cotton is a more responsible fiber and reduces our environmental impact – it’s as simple as that.”
In addition, recognizing the ongoing challenges and conversation today as a nation, Taylor Stitch has donated to three organizations for BLM, including: NAACP, ACLU and Campaign Zero – some of which was generated through their campaign with artist Jack Ludlam’s prints.
For COVID-19 relief, Taylor Stitch also launched the #StandSmall campaign as well as the Hope + Solidarity tees with proceeds going to Frontline Foods.
Nimble has been quietly transforming the tech accessories category with its 100 percent plastic-free packaging, made from recycled scrap paper that’s fully recyclable and biodegradable. Incorporating materials such as organic hemp, recycled aluminum, bio-based “plastics,” and recycled PET, the company’s lineup of tech essentials is pushing the boundaries on how virgin plastic can be subbed for eco alternatives.
This kit will help dad and/or a grad get through life, which is increasingly happening on our devices right now. The company is also a member of 1% for the Planet, committing at least 1% of its annual sales to environmental nonprofits. Plus, each order comes with a free e-waste bag: get rid of old cords, batteries, phones responsibly and clean out that junk drawer.
Whether it’s the shave soap (featured in the pic) or this unscented gift set, Dr. Bronner’s soaps and potions make for a practical gift that will certainly be used up as we spend more time at home (and perhaps indulge in a bit of self-care).
Dr. Bronner’s has made strides in their supply chains, investing in organic hemp production in the US (which is own used in its balms) and regenerative organic certified coconut oil, the first of its kind on the market. The company also made a commitment to the conversation on race currently, matching $10,000 in donations to the Movement for Black Lives Matter.
If summer reading is on the cards, consider buying that book for dad or a graduate from Bookshop. Having now raised over $3 million to support independent book stores, Bookshop takes your order and puts a percentage of the profits towards an earnings pool that’s divided up equally and distributed to independent stores (even if they don’t use Bookshop). For those that want to support a specific store, find it on this map and then they’ll get the full profit from your order.
As people turn to educate themselves on conversations around race, not only does have Bookshop carry the titles, but they’re giving $5,000 to each of the following orgs: Black Visions Collective, The Bail Project, NAACP Legal Fund, Emergency Release Fund, and Reclaim The Block.
Virginia-based Hamilton Perkins makes bags and accessories out of billboard vinyl, pineapple “leather,” and recycled PET. Started by Hamilton Perkins himself in 2016 with a $10,000 Kickstarter campaign (that went to accrue $25,000), this small business, led by an African-American entrepreneur, has been innovating with materials for years in hopes of creating a more sustainable fashion industry. Selling now across the US in over 100 retailers, the collection is also available online and comes in an array of colors, given they use recycled and recovered materials. Thus, each bag will be unique. Recently, Hamilton Perkins also became a certified B Corp, joining a movement of businesses with profit.
Bringing back manufacturing to America, this new kitchenware startup is focusing on two pans that can do most things: sear, saute, stir-fry, boil, braise, bake, and more. Made of either carbon steel or stainless steel, the 12-inch skillet comes with a 7 quart stainless steel pot and a lid.
Working with a family-owned manufacturer in the US, this startup chose to go all-American. Plus, they’re going low-stick (free of coatings) to ensure that their products don’t have any harmful chemicals. As a member of 1% for the Planet, Proclamation Goods gives back 1% of revenue to environmental orgs. And with a passion for food, the company is supporting the Soul Fire Farm, a community farm addressing racism and injustice in the food system.
This B-Corp has stepped up to both challenges: the pandemic and the broader issues around systemic racism. Already working with refugee and minority communities near their HQ in Utah, Cotopaxi made a donation to the NAACP through its foundation to support the BLM movement and has raised almost $300,000 for COVID-19 relief. In fact, it’s helped 8,000 refugee families get the medical care they need and supported 1,000 families with financial challenges.
If dad needs new gear this summer for a camping trip or family adventure, many of Cotopaxi’s items are made of recycled materials, long-lasting, and fit into the company’s broader environmental mission.
As one of the first FSC certified consumer electronics company in the US, House of Marley has been trying to change the way audio makers view the products they put out into the market. Using a host of inventive materials such as silicone, recyclable aluminum, organic cotton, reclaimed hemp and recycled plastics with 100% recyclable packaging, the company has been trying to transform the electronics industry. Their bluetooth headphones (available at 30% discount currently) marry eco-friendly principles with high-quality sound and make an ideal gift given how much time we’re all spending with our devices nowadays.
Through the brand’s Project Marley initiative, a percentage of each product purchased goes toward the planting of a tree to support global reforestation – with over 125,000 trees planted to date in Kenya, Indonesia, British Columbia and California.