Sustainable gift ideas

You can buy these gifts and feel good about being sustainable at the same time.


Shupaca throw

Environmentally conscious people are perhaps the hardest to buy for because, well, they tend to use fewer products and use the ones they have as long as possible. Which makes a long-lasting item like the Shupaca throw an ideal buy for your earthy friends. Shupaca throws come in an assortment of neutral and bright tones and are made from natural, sustainable (and soft!) alpaca fur. The alpacas are shorn in Ecuador, where fairly compensated artisans weave the blankets on a wooden loom. The fur is not mechanically or chemically processed in keeping with the mission of the environmentally-friendly company based in Chula Vista.

Cost: $129




Thirty One Bits necklaces

Colorful necklaces from Costa Mesa-based Thirty One Bits make more than a statement with color. The vibrant beaded jewelry is made of mostly recycled paper, rolled by hand by fair wage artisans in Uganda and Indonesia and sealed with a water based finish. Artists employed by Thirty One Bits use a technique practiced in Eastern Africa to create the paper beads. The company was founded by five Vanguard University graduates in 2008.

Cost: $42-$72

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