Natural Holiday Gift Guide

Natural Holiday Gift Guide

Ok, my natural Holiday Gift Guide is here!  So excited to share it with you!  It may only be Nov. 2nd but before we know it Christmas will be here.  I wanted to give you a head start on gift giving.  I love getting the perfect gift for my family and friends.  Now more than ever I find myself wanting to get gifts that support a healthy lifestyle, give back or are sustainable- if I can get all 3 then I’m really winning!  There are so many wonderful companies creating change and making an impact.  I’ve listed below my top 10 favorite natural and sustainable gift ideas for 2018.  Then I’ve created the ultimate Natural Christmas Gift Guide to bring you 6 different guides depending on who or what you’re shopping for.  The guides include gift ideas for baby/kids, natural skincare, natural makeup, men, nontoxic home, and natural kitchen.  I’ve got something for everyone on your list!  Not only are these gift ideas great for your health but many are great for the environment too.  A win/win!

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I wanted to share my top 10 favorite Natural and Sustainable Gift Ideas for 2018 in hopes that it would help to bring awareness to the countless companies and small businesses that are really creating serious positive impact and change.  I love this quote by Anne Lappe-

Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.

I couldn’t agree more.  Talking about the problem is good but putting our money where our mouth is creates true impact.  Never discount your small gesture, purchase towards a business that’s doing it right.  It all counts and matters.  The more people bring awareness and spend money on natural, sustainable and ethical goods, the more the industry will move in that direction.  Another quote I love is-

If it’s to be it’s up to me. 

Let’s all start thinking about what we can do, because it all counts. Check out my top 10 natural/sustainable favorites below and then be sure to download the other guides to get a jump on the Christmas shopping!

Top 10 Favorite Natural & Sustainable Gift Ideas For 2018-

  1. Everlane Women’s Apparel When it comes to ethical clothing brands Everlane takes the cake.  This brand goes above and beyond to ensure their products not only are ethically made but that they’re completely transparent with their customer from start to finish.  The quality is impeccable too.  It’s time to start bringing light to what is happening to the clothing industry and share brands that are pioneering sustainable clothing. Check out Everlane Women’s Apparel
  2. Earth Easy Denim Apron-Nothing gets you in the spirit of cooking like a snazzy new apron!  This one is made with hemp and a blend of organic cotton.  Cooking our food is one the best investments we can make in our health and our environment!  Less food wrappers, less waste.  No too mention the amazing health benefits our bodies receive when we cook our food.  Our kids will thank us later in life as they had a foundation of real food to grow up on.  If you or someone you know needs some motivation to get back in the kitchen I suggest grabbing this apron. It might just bring out a little Marth Stewart in you!  Check out the Earth Easy Denim Apron here!
  3. Joco Glass Reusable Coffee Cup- I was on the hunt for the longest time for a legit reusable nontoxic coffee cup- think I finally found it.  I didn’t want one that was made from stainless steel because stainless steel can leach heavy metals at times- particularly with hot beverages.  I also didn’t want ceramic since many ceramics can contain lead.  I was on the search for glass and I found it!  No plastic either!  Plus, I find my hot drink will taste funky if I use stainless steel.  I’m not perfect when it comes to always bringing my cup with me if I get a hot beverage somewhere but I want to be better!  Even if one person bought 3 coffees a week and used a reusable cup it would save up to 156 cups a year!  Think it doesn’t matter?  It does.  Check out the Joco cup here!
  4. Marley Monsters- I’m pretty sure we could all conserve a little more when it comes to using less paper, plastic, etc.  Marley Monsters is a company I started to buy things from years ago and I love how much they’ve grown!  They have everything from reusable paper towels, cloth napkins, cloth wipes for babies, facial rounds, nursing pads- one of my faves.  I can’t recommend their products enough!  Investing in reusable products creates less waste but also saves you money in the long run.  What a cool gift to give someone to get them started on using less.  Check out Marley Monsters here!
  5. WillowCoDesign Shirts- I found this cute shop on Etsy and fell in love with all their organic t-shirts for babies and kids.  They have the cutest sayings!  I love supporting small businesses and people that are making a difference.  This business is owned by a mama who is sharing her passion for whole living.  Some of my favorite shirts or onesies are Strong Like My Mama, and Forest Child.  Check out WillowCoDesign Shirts here!
  6. The Cotton and Canvas Co. Tote- Ok, we hear it all the time- bring a reusable bag, but do we really understand why?  The US alone uses 380 billion plastic bags per year according to the EPA(Environmental Protection Agency).  Most people only use one plastic bag for 12 minutes.  These single use plastics are adding up and producing some serious problems for the environment and humans.  They’re filling up landfills and then getting into our water systems.  Our water ends up contaminated and so does our oceans.  What can we do?  Simple, bring a reusable shopping bag with us.  They have so many cute one’s now!  Cotton Canvas Tote is an etsy shop that carries so many options and they have such fun sayings on them.  You can even design your own!  I’m in the process of doing it- you may be in for a giveaway on Instagram soon!  Check out Cotton Canvas Tote here!
  7. Panda Sunglasses- Just when you thought sunglasses couldn’t get any cooler in comes Panda!  Besides being absolutely chic, Panda sunglasses are made of sustainably harvested bamboo.  Panda also gives back to those in need.  Whenever someone purchases from the Original or Ultralight collection Panda gives back by giving either an eye exam or new glasses to someone in need.  I also love that the sunglasses are polarized, and offer complete UVA/UVB protection.  Panda also offers free shipping anywhere!  Check out Panda Sunglasses here!
  8. Natural Beauty- You didn’t think I was going to share my top 10 natural and sustainable products and not mention how important natural beauty is?!  When the average woman puts on 12 products a day, that can put a person at quite a toxic load.  It’s not the random product you use once in a while that matters but the products you use all the time that create a toxic burden.  Many people are just unaware of the amazing natural beauty products out there now!  There is literally an alternative to anything you might have used in conventional beauty.  Anyone would be excited to get some new nontoxic beauty products!  Some stores I love shopping at for natural beauty products are The Detox Market, Aillea and Pharmaca.  Also, be sure to download my full Natural Gift Guide to get my top recommendations for natural beauty and natural skincare options!
  9. Organic Sheets and Pillows- Another heavy hitter when it comes to toxic burden.  They say we sleep for a 1/3 of our lives.  That’s a lot of hours logged on our sheets and pillows.  Cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops.  Being doused with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.  However, that’s not the only thing we should be concerned about.  Sheets often contain formaldehyde, and toxic dyes too.  There are also toxic softeners that are used now on bedding, creating a recipe for a toxic sleep experience!  It’s not just our bodies we should be concerned about but also our environment.  As the toxic chemicals from conventional sheets end up in our waterways.  I love Sol Organix and Huut for organic, ethically made sheet sets.  Use coupon code: GGG25 for 25% off your sheets at Sol Organix or Huut!  I also love White Lotus Home for pillows!  My whole family has pillows from them and we can’t stop talking about them.  They have so many different varieties, depending on how you sleep.  Use my coupon code: GGG for 20% off!
  10. Imperfect Produce- I found Imperfect Produce a while back and was excited about their whole mission!  They take imperfect produce from local farms that would otherwise go to waste and deliver to people.  Not only does this reduce food waste but you’re also getting quality produce for a deal!  You save 30% off grocery store prices and the produce is delivered to your door.  I’ve never heard someone complain about saving money.  They offer organic or conventional produce.  You might be thinking how does this work?  Allow me to explain.  Imperfect Produce sources veggies straight from farms, you as a consumer customize your box each week to get what you want, then you get your box delivered to your home. If you don’t think this is a bid deal it is!  So far Imperfect Produce has saved over 30 million pounds of food, 900 million gallons of water, 12 million dollars saved on groceries and 91 million pounds of C02 saved.  I think it’s making an impact.  Give someone the gift of health, while at the same time changing the world- Check out Imperfect Produce here!  

See anything you’re going to snag for a gift?  What are your favorite natural and sustainable gift ideas?  Leave me a comment!

The Ultimate Gift Guide

The Ultimate Gift Guide

I’m so excited to share with you The Ultimate Gift Guide on small business Saturday!  I’ve rounded out some of my favorite gifts from small businesses.  Nothing is better than supporting a small business.  You’re really supporting a dream come to realization.  I even have some coupon codes sprinkled throughout!  Have a look and get shopping!

  • Mahabis Slippers- I recently got a pair of these and let’s just say they’re all that they’re cracked up to be!  I have never loved the look of a chunky slipper.  These are the opposite- chic, and streamlined.  What’s better is you can detach the sole to make them indoor or outdoor.  Check them out here!
  • Storyweaver Mercantile- My friend gifted me a pair of earrings last year from here and I love them.  The whole mission behind Storyweaver Mercantile is pretty amazing and something that’s so cool to get behind.  They partner with artisans from all over the world to bring you artisan goods.  Each piece is so much more than a product- it comes with a story too.  Snag some of their creations here!
  • Rarebird- A small easy shop that specialized in midcentury jewelry design.  I love the simplistic look of all her designs.  They’re chic and classy and not over done.  Plus, you’re supporting a small business!  Shop her collection here!
  • Live Botanical Skincare- If you’ve followed me long enough you know I’m obsessed with her creations.  Carolyn the founder is an herbalist and knows her stuff.  Not to mention her products are affordable!  They hit all the marks, budget friendly, natural, and effective- doesn’t get any better.  I love her Chamomile Calming Serum, Rose and Honey Glowing Cleansing Mask, Rose and Chia Renewing Concentrate, and Yarrow and Usnea Skin Repair Balm. Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20%!  Shop all her skincare here!
  • The Girlfriend Collective- I love these leggings!  Have you ever wanted to find the perfect legging?  Well look no further.  They have a sleek design that creates a streamlined look.  They come up high enough and are affordable- only $58.  Plus, they’re made from post consumer water bottles and they are made in a factory that respects their workers and pays them fair wages.  Get your leggings here!
  • The Choosy Chick- This green living/beauty online shop is owned by a sweet women named Margot.  She has 4 kids and really lives the mission.  She has products for the whole family.  From kid’s toothpastes, to men’s products, to the green beauty products for all the women.  I love knowing the family I’m supporting!  Shop The Choosy Chick here!
  • Back to Basics- I absolutely love this green living subscription box!  Not only does it take the guesswork out of transitioning to a green lifestyle but it does so with the very best products.  Each month you get delivered to your doorstep full size products that will help you get rid of the everyday toxins in your life.  I’m always amazed with the stellar product selection.  Plus, it’s practical things I use on the daily.  From the best dish soap, to body wash and green beauty products- Back to Basics thinks of everything!  What a perfect gift for anyone looking to transition to a greener lifestyle without the headache.  Use coupon code: GURL25 for 25% off your first monthly box. Code will expire on 12/31/17.
  • Late Night Luna- They sell organic pacifier clips.  They not only look super chic but they’re made  from 100% organic material including natural beech wood beads, waxed cotton cord and a lead free metal clip.  Shop Late Night Luna here!
  •  Lark Ellen Farms- This company makes the tastiest and healthiest grain free granola!  The granola is organic, non-gmo, gluten free, vegan, grain free, gluten free, and soy free.  I mean it doesn’t get much better!  They sprout their nuts and seeds taking their product to the next level.  They even make trail mixes too!  What a fun gift or stocking stuffer.  Get your Lark Ellen Farms here!
  • Aillea Beauty- This is your one stop green beauty shop. They carry all the favorite green beauty brands and have two physical store locations.  One in Atlanta and one in Denver.  I love how this small business is run by a woman with a passion to have a place that people can shop and not have to think about toxic chemicals.  Check out all the green beauty loot here!
  • Elements Truffles- Where do I even start with this chocolate?!  It’s raw, organic, contains no dairy, no gluten, or gmos, no refined sugar, soy or preservatives.  Plus, it’s just sweetened with raw honey and infused with Ayurvedic superfoods.  It tastes amazing too!  And the best part? They donate 25% of all proceeds to the education of underprivileged children.  They really go the extra mile.  Right now they are offering 20% off too- so snag some for the holidays!
  • Crunchi Collection Makeup- I absolutely love this company!  It was started by two friends that wanted makeup to not only be nontoxic but also perform.  Well they created just that.  Their products are effective and clean.  What’s better is they empower other women to have their own business through sharing about Crunchi.  I love that a stay home mom can not only be home with her kids if she chooses but also live her passion through Crunchi makeup. Hurry, they are offering 30% off now until Sunday Nov. 26th.  Shop their collection here! 
  • Activ Whey Goat Whey Protein- This protein powder is hands down my favorite!  It’s so light, tastes amazing and is completely free of any nasties.  Goat whey has demonstrated positive anti-inflammatory effects in the digestive system. Cow whey has shown increased inflammatory effects. Goat whey is amazing for our immune systems, supporting lean muscle growth and repair, as well as optimal body composition. Goat whey has the full range of essential amino acids in ratios that best support the athlete in all of us. Get your protein powder here!

See any things you want to snag?  What small businesses do you like to support?

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