Greener Giving: Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

November 16, 2015

Welcome to the Eco News Network 2015 Holiday Gift Guide! We’re all about sharing the holiday spirit and facilitating generosity, especially fair-trade sourced, eco-friendly generosity. In our guide to eco-friendly holiday gifts, we’ll be posting our favorite online retailers and natural goods producers, as well as the best offerings from their collections.

UG Staff at Annual Earth Day Beautification Project

Our first retailer was founded in 1999 by Dave Bolotsky. Seeking to share the work of craftspeople in a focused, online space, Bolotsky created Uncommon Goods, and has since then greatly expanded the organization while keeping practices sustainable. By encouraging artists to work with recycled materials, using eco-conscious packaging and taking other small yet essential steps towards sustainability, Uncommon Goods gives artists a chance to share their work with shoppers looking for unique, eco-friendly holiday gifts. Uncommon Goods is taking on their triple bottom line in other ways, too. For example, they use Forest Stewardship Council certified and recycled paper for their catalog.

Their products are made exclusively with natural source material, third party certified synthetic materials (must be produced within environmental, social and ethical standards), recycled, recyclable or upcycled materials. Uncommon Goods’ Better to Give program encourages shoppers to donate to a non-profit of their choice.UncommonSewing In the twelve years the program has been around, the site has donated over one million dollars to charities that fight for American Forests, Women’s Rights and literacy in the US. And, when it comes to employment, they keep up a minimum wage for hourly, seasonal workers that is 50% higher than legally required. All of these efforts towards a sustainable culture have earned Uncommon Goods’ certification as a Benefit Corporation company, which entails a high level of respect for employees, the community and the environment.

Read about some of the ‘makers’ who get their work to the world through Uncommon Goods. Our next post will feature some of our favorite eco-friendly holiday gifts from Uncommon Goods, so check in tomorrow!

-Aidan Kelly

Photo Credit: Uncommon Goods

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