Less is sometimes so much more, but the holiday season tests this mindset. That’s something we think about quite a bit at Minda. Between all of the work parties, family gatherings, and holiday excitement, it’s easy to turn to those go-to big brands as we struggle to come up with the perfect present.
With a focus on minimizing our impact on earth (and maximizing our impact on the people we touch) we’ve put together a carefully curated list of earth friendly products that are sure to wow your most special loved ones. Many will likely impress anyone on your list, whether it's mom, a coworker, or that distant relative you see once a year. Best of all, purchasing from these green innovators isn’t just crossing a name off your gift list - it’s gifting the planet and supporting the efforts of communities in need.
Unless you’re lucky enough to live in sunny southern California, most people in your life likely need a warm winter coat. Give the gift of sustainable warmth with Everlane’s ReNew Long Puffer Coat, part of their recently launched ReNew line of outerwear. Each coat is made of 100% recycled polyester, 100% recycled fabric, and is filled with 100% recycled, high-performance Primaloft insulation. (Rest assured, this coat will keep you warm.) Don’t forget to share that by rocking the ReNew Long Puffer, they’ll literally be wearing a garment made of 60 recycled plastic bottles. How chill is that?
Eco Conscious Bud:
I don’t know about yours, but my dad sure has a love for the latest and greatest “tech toys.” Triple bonus if they're home-focused, green, and don’t break the bank. Enter Sense: a smart device that connects to your electrical panel and determines when your AM coffee pot turns on, if your AC is running, or if you’ve left a light on. (I can see my dad drooling as I type this.) Sense will even alert your smartphone if you accidentally forget to switch something off, based on the amount of electricity the device is using. This allows the most eco conscious of loved ones to monitor electrical output, cut back on energy usage, save money on bills, and brag to their friends - all in one fell swoop.
Host with the Most:
Don't show up empty handed at your next holiday soiree! Accompany boasts a beautifully
curated collection of one-of-a-kind goods made by artisan partners in communities around the globe. We're majorly crushing on this Tatu Olive Wood Tray by Badala, with
three paint dipped serving scoops. Made from native olive wood by local people in Makueni County and Nairobi, this food-safe tray can be used for a trio of favorite dips or seasonings - or taken out of the kitchen and into the office as a desk accessory.
It’s time for a glow up! Introducing the world of RMS Beauty. Free of harmful chemicals, synthetic preservatives, and genetically altered ingredients, RMS is full of healing nutrients that work synergistically with the skin and are in harmony with the environment. With their strong commitment to natural beauty and long term health, all packaging is biodegradable, recyclable or reusable. We love their Lip2cheek balm, a unique formula that combines hydration and protection with abundant mineral color for lips and cheeks. This product literally proves that less is more, and even better, is kind to mother earth.
It can be tough to nail down a gift for the techie in your life, especially when they’re notorious for updating their go-to gadget collection weekly. One thing they'll always need, however, is to charge their smartphone/tablet. (Not always the easiest of tasks close to an outlet or power source!) The WPBPINE Solar Power Bank Battery Charger is the perfect solution. Compliant with all Apple and Android smartphones (as well as Bluetooth speakers and a slew of other products) it cuts down dramatically on charging speeds, allowing for a full solar-powered charge in less than 26 hours. Whether on a weekend hike or just camped out in a coffee shop, as long as there’s sunlight they’re good to power up - while cutting down on energy usage.
Water keeps us hydrated, eliminates toxins, boosts our immune system, and increases brain power - all vital components for every human being on earth. Looking to gift an elevated H20 game? Meet rOcean Smart Water Filter
. rOcean is an integrated smart appliance that links directly to your tap, eliminating the need for single-use plastic waste from bottles. The filter eliminates 99% of micro plastics, lead, asbestos, VOCs, chlorine, mercury, and over 75 other contaminants. This thoughtful present will up the ante on hydration while cutting down on plastic consumption, all in one punch.
The Celebrated Chef:
The cook in your life won’t be able to get enough of Greenpan’s Padova Ceramic Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware set. Greenpan creates the best non-toxic, eco-friendly non-stick ceramic cookware out there. Unlike conventional nonstick cookware which contains toxic chemicals, their Thermolon coating is manufactured without PFAS, PFOA, lead, or cadmium. It resists damage and never releases harmful fumes, even if you accidentally overheat or thermal-shock your pan. Delicious, healthy food while protecting the environment? That’s a win win in our book.
Your Favorite Yogi:
Any yogi will tell you that the one thing you can never have enough of is...well, yoga! With that in mind, a new non-slip yoga mat is always in order. Team Minda is huge fans of Jade Yoga. They create environmentally friendly yoga products and for each yoga mat sold, they plant a tree. (They've planted over one million, and counting.) They're famous for their Harmony Mat, made with rubber trees, a renewable resource. Unlike other mats out there, Jade mats contain no PVC, EVA or other synthetic rubber, and are made in the United States in compliance with all US environmental laws. Plus, look how cute their pup will look on it!
No one deserves more respect, love, and adoration than teachers. The Little Market, a nonprofit founded by women to empower women, is an incredible marketplace to shop one of a kind, fair trade gifts (many of which are also eco-friendly). Whether it’s a Mudcloth Journal to jot down lesson plans or a luxurious Soaking Bath Salt to help unwind after a long week, you can’t go wrong finding a special gift your favorite teacher will love. You can also create a Little Market Customizable Gift Box: simply add items to your shopping cart and they will create a beautifully adorned custom gift box specifically for your order. Each purchase empowers artisans around the world and seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing safe working conditions, fair pay, and the means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation.
Everyone has that one (at least!) jewelry lover in their life, and boy oh boy do we sure have love for ‘em. For the perfectly chic green gift, meet Minda Living’s B.Cause bracelet. B.Cause is a one of a kind 14k rose gold bracelet handmade from recovered ocean plastic. (Yes, there is actual plastic collected from Juhu Beach, India inside each bracelet.) With an adjustable band made from recycled plastic bottles recovered in Haiti, the personalized fit means you literally can’t go wrong on sizing. Whether rocking a single bracelet alone or stacked with an arm-party of other favorites, B.Cause easily becomes that second-skin adornment that never comes off.
From early morning emails to those late nights in the office (and all the happy hour drinks in between) it’s amazing how quickly your closest colleagues become family. Show some office love with Feed’s Wake Gift Box, perfect for coffee lovers and artisan-made enthusiasts alike. Each gift box includes signature FEED Coffee, made in partnership with La Colombe (yay Philly)! and an artisan-made coffee spoon. The coffee spoons are made by Kamba artisans in Kenya and hand-carved from wild olive wood. Best of all, each Feed purchase supplies 13 school meals that support continuing education and a steadfast investment in learning.
Whether your little sister is in her first college dorm room or your best friend just bought a new house, we’ve got the perfectly sustainable, design-savvy home gift: Meet Minda Living’s line of natural leather poufs and ottomans. Chic, comfortable, and entirely earth-friendly, they’re the perfect solution to alternative seating, a leg rest, or simply a beautiful design element suited anywhere in the home. Using natural vegetable-tanned leather that is double-stitched by hand, each pouf is made in Morocco by local artisans. We can't help but be slightly partial, but these leather ottomans are pretty much the bees knees.
You all have one: that sister, neighbor, or crazy uncle who runs a casual 10 miler on Christmas morning. What on earth do you gift the seriously committed athlete who adheres to that kind of craziness? Adidas for Parley sportswear will likely fit the bill. The Adidas x Parley partnership, a powerhouse team in the sportswear industry, is working towards keeping plastic from entering our oceans and literally transforming into shoes, apparel, and other sportswear. The Swift Parley Two-Layer Jacket will keep your athlete dry on those early mornings treks, created with yarn made from recycled waste that is intercepted from coastal communities before it reaches the ocean. Show the athlete in your life that yes indeed, all day we’re dreaming about...plastic free oceans.
Looking to gift the epitome of sustainable cool? Say hello to Veja sneakers. Veja is a French footwear brand that combines better working conditions for Brazilian farmers through fashion, fair trade and ecology. Shoes are made with organic cotton, wild rubber from the amazon and vegetable-tanned leather (which we also utilize in our own Pouf/Ottoman collections...check them out here). Aside from being kind to the planet, these retro-looking kicks are chic AF when paired with everything from a midi-dress, cropped ankle jeans, to workout leggings.
It's never a bad time to show our fur babies (and their parents!) some love. P.L.A.Y
makes quality pet toys and products with the planet in mind. All toys are made with Planet-Fill stuffing, created from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. 2% of every P.L.A.Y purchase price also benefits the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to aid in its mission to reduce the commercial exploitation of animals, protect wildlife habitats, and assist animals in distress.
For the cat lover, check out their newly launched Feline Frenzy
collection of cat toys, each with a built-in refillable pouch pre-stuffed with USDA Organic Catnip. Our favorite is the the kitty sashimi set because what kitty doesn't love sushi?
For your favorite puppy parent, check out P.L.A.Y.’s latest collection of plush dog toys inspired by earth’s precious marine life. The Under the Sea Dog Toy collection consists of 5 plush toys; a King Crab, Giant Clam, Giant Squid, Green Sea Turtle and Starfish. They're almost too cute to handle.
Any sustainable brands you're gifting this holiday that we missed? We want to hear about them! Let us know in the comments.