Black Friday is quickly approaching, and we all know what that means: steals of deals.
While the insanely good prices at the mall are enticing, there are important things to consider before pulling out your wallet. Questions like "Who is making what I'm buying?" and "Is this made sustainably?" are important ones to mull over.
If ethical practices and sustainability are important to you, then you've come to the right place. I have compiled a list of 8 ethical and sustainable products to shop this Black Friday that you won't regret purchasing. These products are sure to make great gifts for anyone on your list, from your boss to your pet.
Check out the list below.
Conscious Step's socks are sure to warm your loved one's feet and the environment's heart. Theses socks are certified organic and fair trade. Additionally, each sock design has a charity associated with it. So when you purchase a particular design, a portion of the sales are donated to a specific charity. How cool is that?
Additionally, if you are looking for more of a long-term gift, Conscious Step offers a monthly subscription box, where a new pair of socks is delivered each month.
Single pairs of socks retail for $14.95, while a 3-pack retails for $39.95. Subscription boxes are $13.00/month. Check out Conscious Step here.
Gift your tech-lover friend an adorable, sustainable Pela phone case this year.
Pela cases are 100% compostable, which means less waste in the landfills.
These cases come in a variety of designs suitable for virtually any model Apple or Android model. Cases run from $24.00 - $44.00. Check out Pela cases here.
Help your loved one reduce waste in the laundry room by gifting them these Friendsheep dryer balls.
Not only do these dryer balls come in absolutely adorable designs, but they are also much more sustainable than single-use dryer sheets. In fact, a single dryer ball can be used for 1000 loads of laundry!
Not to mention, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto the dryer ball to add a fresh scent to your laundry.
Depending on the design you choose, these dryer balls range from $18.00 - $28.00. Check out Friendsheep here.
Help your loved one stay safe and smell good this year by gifting them UnEarth Malee soap bars.
These face and body soap bars are handmade in California and are created using all natural and vegan ingredients. Additionally, each soap is packaged in sustainable flower-seeded paper, and a portion of company profits go towards local nonprofit organizations.
The soaps come in 5 scents: Bali Flowers, Black Pepper Charcoal, Cucumber Mint, Dragon Fruit Green Tea and Olive Oil.
You can purchase individual soaps for $8.00 or a 3-pack for $22.00. Check out the UnEarth Malee soaps here.
Raaka chocolate is the perfect gift for the sweets-lover on your list.
Raaka chocolates are made in small batches in Brooklyn, New York, and every product is soy and dairy-free, organic, fair trade, certified kosher, non-GMO, vegan and gluten free. "Wow" is all I have to say!
These chocolates retail in packs of 3 for $14.99. Check them out here.
Your pets deserve some love this holiday. Give them the gift of Friendsheep wool pet toys!
These toys are made from cruelty-free wool and colored with non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes. They come in a variety of shapes and styles, including the adorable fish shown above.
These toys can be bought individually for $5.00, or in packs for $12.00 - $18.00. Check out these Friendsheep toys here.
Give your loved one the gift of comfort this holiday through these adorable Madewell slippers! These slippers are beautifully made using recycled faux fur material.
The slippers come in a blush pink shade and retail for $39.50. Check out the slippers here.
Give everyone on your list the greatest gift of all: cHAIRiTEE hair accessories! ;)
cHAIRiTEE offers a wide variety of headbands, hair ties and scrunchies in many colors and patterns. Each and every product from cHAIRiTEE is hand-crafted by owner Julie Bartos using recycled materials. Not to mention, profits are donated to local charities. What's not to like?
Additionally, from now until the end of the year, all orders are 50% off! Just use code "50OFF" at checkout.
cHAIRiTEE products range from $6.00 - $20.00. Check out all our product offerings here.