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2021 Sustainable BIPOC-Owned Gift Guide

Updated: Jul 11, 2022



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This year, challenge yourself to look beyond the big box stores for your holiday shopping. This is a wonderful time to celebrate sustainability, support small businesses, and invest in BIPOC-owned products. Nothing says “holiday spirit” like taking the extra time to make sure you can be proud of the gifts you give. Remember, they mean more when they matter more. Additionally, with the supply chain issues running rampant on a global scale, shopping from small businesses has never made more sense! Avoid long wait times and poorly made products that contribute to a wasteful and capitalistic holiday season and invest in gifts that have an impact for good. If you’re on board with this plan, but need some gift-spiration, here you go:


Not only do plants in our living spaces create a better, healthier quality of life, but ECOVIBE puts sustainability first. They ensure that all parts of their supply chain are as sustainable as possible and donate 1% of their online sales to For the Planet nonprofits. They believe living a sustainable lifestyle should be accessible to all, and we’re right there with them.


Recognizing that entrepreneurs of color are 30% more likely to experience a lack of capital, Untold is on a mission to promote BIPOC-owned small businesses and help fight the climate crisis. With this care package, you can help someone you love reset their self-care routine. The journaling prompts, aromatherapy spray, and bath bombs are needed during the craziness of the holiday season.


This adorable set of candles is earth-friendly and makes a great stocking stuffer or gift for your friends! You can select from a variety of scents to enjoy, and you’ll love that these coconut wax candles are eco-friendly in the ingredients they use and the packaging they are shipped in.


Who doesn’t love a little shimmer during the holidays?! This Shimmer Balm holiday collection is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. Products that are free from toxic chemicals, vegan, and cruelty-free are pillars at The Lip Bar.


With pieces that are ethically handmade and with fair trade practices, these coin necklaces are a way to make a statement and embrace connections to African diaspora.


Show some love to the budding chef in your life with a perfectly cut denim apron. All products at Mi Cocina are made in the USA with ethical practices. As a For The Plant member, Mi Cocina gives 1% of sales to forest preservation and natural restoration.


Wasteful beauty products that do more harm than good to your skin are running rampant in the beauty industry; Beauty Strike is flipping the switch on that narrative. Their products contain natural ingredients that your skin will love, and they offer a recycling program for 15% off your next purchase.


Crafting products that harness the power of superfoods is what Golde does best. They know that what we put in our bodies can give us back our health and happiness, and their products will do just that!


Perfect for the yogis in your life, these yoga mats are not only beautiful in design, but they are made with non-toxic materials like natural rubber, synthetic suede, and water-based ink. Sugarmat is also an advocate for sustainability and is often involved in events that give back to the community.


This swimwear brand has committed to using only recycled materials since its inception 7 years ago. Their bikinis are sand resistant and are made to provide UV protection as well. This size-inclusive, made in the USA, brand is a model for what the swimwear industry needs to become.


Each item is made with the craftsmanship of a designer gown, but these true linen sheets also emphasize sustainable practices. Every set is shipped in plastic-free recycled packaging and is made with the highest-quality fabric.


All jewelry is handcrafted with recycled materials and ethically sourced stones. Along with ensuring all materials are ethically sourced and high quality, Andrea Bonelli participates in the No Dirty Gold campaign by Earthworks and donates to the Toolbox Initiative which provides tools and supplies to jewelers in West Africa.


This bag, which converts from a duffle bag to a backpack in a few seconds, is made of recycled plastic bottles, pineapple leaf fiber, and repurposed billboard vinyls. It was designed with travelers in mind so it’s incredibly functional, but it was also made with the earth in mind, so you can feel good about traveling the world with it.


All clothing and accessories found at Jane Dottie have been previously loved but are in tip-top condition and ready to find a home in a new closet. By embracing the practice of “slow fashion,” Jane Dottie Vintage is helping curb damage from the fashion industry, which is the second most polluting industry in the world. Each quarter, the vintage shop donates to a different organization that supports women in need.


This classic piece can be dressed up or dressed down, making it the perfect gift for someone in your life. Two Days Off was founded by a Climate Researcher who continues to do research while ensuring her company is climate-neutral and ships all products plastic-free.


Founder Diana Adams saw excessive waste being created in the home décor industry and set out on a mission to change that. By using upcycled pots, leftover samples, and scraps from buildings to make her collections, she is changing the industry and providing items that make great gifts!


This set is filled with Diaspora Co.’s 9 best-selling spices and makes the perfect gift for those that are doing all the holiday cooking this year. Not only does Diaspora Co. commit to paying their partner farmers living wages, but they also ensure that the spices reach the customers more quickly to provide freshness and bold flavors.


The holiday season is notorious for being packed with candy of all kinds, but chocolate from Sol Cacao is made from only cacao beans and raw cane sugar. The company prides itself on sustainable farming practices, organic ingredients, and environmental preservation. Consider switching up the Hershey’s for something that tastes good and DOES GOOD.


This kit is perfect for those looking for go-to makeup that they can trust. Filled with mineral pigment, lip gloss, nail polish, and mascara, this kit has all the basics for beauty. All the products at Luv + Co. are formulated to eliminate ingredients linked to health disparities in Black women including heart disease, learning disorders, endocrine disruption, and reproductive challenges.


Made with natural tree-derived rubber, these waterproof boots are different from the rest that are usually made of petroleum-derived rubber. Tree-derived rubber is non-toxic and biodegradable, but still flexible and comfortable. To further their mission of sustainability, Baxter Wood offers a boot recycling program and gives 10% of profits to fund sustainability education programs.

Packed with six of their core flavors and sweet potato biscuit mix, this is the perfect gift set to give during this holiday season. All jams are made in small batches to ensure quality and partner with local farmers to support the regional economy. The flavors will blow your mind and the sustainability efforts will, too!


This certified B Corp is committed to doing all they can to save the earth while providing customers with stylish wardrobe pieces and home décor pieces. This hoodie was made with sustainably sourced Egyptian cotton and the brand as a whole provides living wages worldwide, supports marginalized communities, and minimizes waste through a circular economy system.


Kind Socks is making socks more fun and better for the planet, too! Their creative designs will brighten your day and their organic cotton free of toxic chemicals will brighten your life.


A functional toiletry bag with heaps of style is exactly what your friends and family are looking for this holiday season! Sarep + Rose uses locally produced byproduct leathers that are then turned into amazing handmade products. Every piece is unique and created by African entrepreneurs.


This is the Holiday Season of BIPOC-Owned Businesses


Our list of amazing products and businesses is just the start! Explore the world of BIPOC-owned businesses that offer sustainable practices, and you’ll never go back to department stores again. When a piece is made with love, it’s noticeable, and that love is what’s needed this holiday season.


References:

  1. https://www.thehonestconsumer.com/gift-ideas-from-bipoc-businesses

  2. https://www.thriftsandtangles.com/5-sustainable-black-owned-businesses-to-support/

  3. https://alldaybritney.com/2021-black-owned-business-holiday-gift-guide/

  4. https://www.buzzfeed.com/christineforbes/amazing-gifts-from-black-owned-businesses?origin=g-mi

  5. https://www.gq.com/gallery/gift-ideas-black-owned-brands-and-stores

  6. https://www.reveriepage.com/blog/madison-grace-boutique-ethical-high-quality-fashion-for-women

  7. https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/black-owned-sustainable-brands#slide-2

  8. https://www.vettacapsule.com/blogs/blog/14-black-owned-sustainable-and-ethical-brands-you-need-to-know

  9. https://www.goingzerowaste.com/blog/28-sustainable-black-owned-brands-to-support-now-and-always/

  10. https://ecocult.com/black-owned-ethical-sustainable-eco-fashion/






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