The Gift Guide You Need to Make A Big Impact

The Gift Guide You Need to Make A Big Impact

This is it! The Holiday shopping guide you need to buy the best gifts from the coolest companies that make a positive impact on people and the planet.  Shopping for gifts this Holiday season is even more rewarding when you buy from companies dedicated to doing good in our world.  There are more than 3,600 companies that are now Certified B-Corporations and numerous more categorized as social enterprises.  Both types of businesses have made it core to their missions to conduct their businesses in ways that make a positive  impact on people and the environment.

If you would like to learn more about these types of companies, please read our blog, Social Enterprises and B-Corporations Make a Difference, and our blog, Shopping to Make a Difference

To help you explore these companies and your gift-buying options we have selected a few standout options in the apparel and gear category. There are many more quality companies than appear on our list but, hopefully, this will get you started shopping to make a difference.

 

Shop for Apparel and Gear at these Certified B-Corporations:

Topping the cool and unique apparel items is Dhana Inc.’s Circular Memory Jacket customized with your own upcycled clothing or Dhana’s vintage clothing. The jacket is designed for zero waste and made with textiles previously destined for landfills. We think it’s a creative way to wear your memories or fandom.  Made in Columbis, Ohio, the jacket is not inexpensive ($450 and $370, respectively).  It takes 4-6 weeks to produce so you may want to opt for a gift card to meet your Holiday gift deadline.

Dhana Custom Jacket

Photo Credit:  Dhana, Inc.

Patagonia Works is another standout on our list.  Patagonia became one of California’s first B-Corporations (benefits corporation) in 2012. It is a leading brand of outdoor apparel and gear. While you may be familiar with their high-quality fleece jackets and duffle bags, you may not be as aware of their Worn Wear. Now you can purchase gently-used Patagonia clothing and recrafted clothing that is even kinder to the planet.

Patagonia Wear

Photo Credit:  Patagonia Works

Looptworks based in Portland, Oregon is another great find. They’re on a mission to make useful and good looking items from items that already exist. From backpacks to laptop sleeves, Looptworks offers a variety of affordable gifts items for men and women on your shopping list. In partnership with the NBA, the company recycles team jerseys held in storage into quality fangear.

Golden State Warriors Backpack

Photo Credit:  Looptworks

Shop More Apparel and Gear Companies Committed to Being a Force for Good

Although we’d like to able to say we’ve purchased from all of the companies on the list below, there are a few we have yet to experience.  What we do know, however, is it takes a tremondous commitment to become a Certified B-Corporation and these companies are doing what it takes to benefit people and the planet as they do what they love. 

More OPL B-Corp Picks for Apparel and Gear:

VPLstore.com is on the who’s who list for “athleisure.” The antithesis to fast fashion, VPL believes in slow design and sustainable production. Their products designed for women by women include, bras, swimwear, and home goods.

Online marketplace The Etho connects consumers directly with ethical brands and artisans.  Its goal to change the way we think about, and respond to, global poverty through the things that we buy.  

Get your sustainable stocking stuffers at merge4.  Shop socks made with plant-based and recycled materials.

One of the most well known Certified B-Corporations is TOMS. What started out as a buy-one-give-one program built around shoes has grown into an offering that includes apparel and a movement built upon doing good for the world.

bigtruck built its foundation on the “trucker hat” in northern California.

Eileen Fisher is anchored on sustainable women’s clothing.

Raven + Lily offers simple and beautifully designed bags, jewelry, and home goods.

Vert & Vogue features mindfully made goods from independent designers.

Allbirds is known for its men’s and women’s sustainably made shoes and apparel.

Bombas, it dedicated to taking care of the homeless.  With each purchase of their comfortable socks and t-shirts Bombas gives the same to a person experiencing homelessness.

Nisolo is the place to find ethically-made and intentionally designed apparel and shoes.

accompanyus.com offers unique artisan gift items where every purchase has a purpose.

Indosole creates high-quality shoes with repurposed rubber tire soles.

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