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Mindful Holiday Shopping

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“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose...” Ooo... I just want to cozy up by the fireplace and sip on hot cocoa. So much of what makes the holiday season special for people is how it makes them FEEL... so why not FEEL GOOD about your gift-giving this year? Feel good about every purchase by supporting ethical and sustainable businesses with admirable priorities! Here are some ethical companies offering sustainable products you can feel good about buying.

Modavanti offers a wide variety of gift ideas from clothing to beauty products to home goods. They are committed to sustainable fashion and promote transparency with the use of a badge system. In order to be a part of Modavanti, designers and brands must have at least one of the following badges: Artisan, Eco-Friendly, Fair-trade, Made in the USA, Organic, Recycled, Vegan, and Zero Waste. Each product is clearly marked with their well-earned badges and as an ethical online-shopper, you can feel confident about every purchase. Check it out at

If shoes are your sister’s guilty pleasure (or who are we kidding... yours too!), check out Oliberte. It is a fair trade footwear company in Ethiopia practicing ethical manufacturing and creating sustainable jobs for their workers. Plus they make really dope sneakers, boots, wedges and flats!

If you’re looking to give that special someone in your life an extra special something, check out the fair trade jewelry collection by Mirabelle. Who knows, you might be mistaken for Kate Middleton who also has been spotted wearing this brand.
What about your best friend who takes 3 hours to get ready for a night out? Check out the ethical and sustainable skin care products by Nomad Forest. Alyssa uses natural ingredients in all of her moisturizing balms and lotion bars. Your friend will be feeling silky smooth and you will be feeling sustainably-savvy.

And finally, for the men in your life, check out DaDa. They are an ethical underwear company that uses sustainable materials and 100% organic cotton. Plus you can choose from 3 different styles of undies: the shorty, the trunk, and the retro. Your guy will be feeling good and so will you. Or perhaps the man in your life is your beloved Gramps and undies would be inappropriate. In that case, check out Tuckerman and Co. They offer American-made dress shirts in 100% organic cotton for a delightful feel and impeccable fit.

This year I’m trying to shop with a conscience. I’m challenging myself to do a little research before I buy and to take ethics, human safety, and environmental impact into consideration-- things I never before considered on my shopping excursions.
Practice some mindful shopping this Christmas and FEEL GOOD about your gift-giving this holiday season!


Paige, @papadams


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