In addition to being eco-friendly, some gifts are committed to giving back to noble causes. Some employ people in rural areas, some prompt one-for-one donations, while others donate money to charities and charitable causes. Whatever they give back, as a responsible consumer, you can offer these gifts with the confidence that your purchase is making the world a little bit better!
We at Pookipoiga love creating impacts positively and creatively. And this is why we have partnered with such incredible brands that think and do alike. With functional products crafted from sustainable materials, the feel-good factor of using them and knowing that it is positively contributing to the world is BIG!!
From bamboo earrings to charcoal toothpowder, here is a list of brands and gift-worthy products that have taken the extra step to make a difference locally and globally.
1.Conscious Step Socks
What does it support? Through their partnership with various non-profit organisations, Conscious Step Socks supports multiple causes such as building homes, planting trees, LGBQ rights, restoring oceans, and many more. One such collaboration is with Trees for Future. Here, families are supported through education and empowerment to reclaim land with plants and trees to improve their standard of living by feeding the earth and its people.
What makes it thoughtful? Soft on your feet and soft on the environment, socks from Conscious Step made from high-quality GOTS organic cotton feature a seamless 168 needle thread count and reinforced heels and toes for maximum comfort. The 3-pack Socks that Protect Trees collection includes green, grey heather, and dark green socks with tree embroidery. Makes the best thoughtful present for a friend or family member who is a green thumb!
2. One Happy Leaf’s Earrings
What does it support? Laser-cut from honey brown bamboo wood, One Happy Leaf's earrings, brooches, and hairpins incorporates designs of mainly animals or birds. The idea behind this is that a portion of profits from the sales is given to organisations such as Animals Australia, World Animals Protection, and Free the Bears which are involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of abused animals.
What makes it thoughtful? Whether it is the Koala Studs, Whale Brooch, or Echidna Hairpins, these eco-friendly alternatives to mainstream jewellery are ideal for nature lovers and aspiring minimalists. Crafted from bamboo - an environmentally friendly choice, that is fast-growing and needs little water to survive, a tree is grown on every purchase!
3. KeepCup’s Sea Shepherd Cup
What does it support? The Sea Shepherd is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission involves ending the destruction of habitat and wildlife in the oceans to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. KeepCup partners with Sea Shepherd to create this collection, with 40% of revenue donated directly to the organisation.
What makes it thoughtful? If on-the-go had an image, this would be it! Supremely practical and good-looking, these cups retain your sense of style while being socially responsible and environmentally friendly. With every sip, you are diverting a disposable cup from the landfill!
Moreover, with the Sea Shepherd logo on the band, you can show your friends that you are on the front line of preventing illegal activity in the world’s oceans.
4. Alperstein Designs’ Handcream Trio
What does it support? Bringing to life aboriginal art through their homeware and lifestyle collection, Alperstein Designs collaborates with Artists & Art Centres around Australia, such as Warlukurlangu Artists, Artists of Ampilatwatja, and Sheryl J Burchill, among others. The royalties from this product directly benefit the artist and their community.
What makes it thoughtful? Nature depicting art and nature-derived ingredients in one. Where else can you find such a unique holistic combination? Covered with indigenous artwork on each tube by Artists of Ampilatwatja, this Hand Cream Trio made with nourishing goat milk is blended with Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.
5. Elvis & Kresse Belt
What does it support? For over a decade, this brand has been rescuing all of London's retired fire-hose by creatively handcrafting them into sustainable luxury bags and accessories. Every year since Elvis & Kresse has donated 50% of the profits from the Fire-hose Collection to The Fire Fighters Charity.
What makes it thoughtful? What good is a great vegan wardrobe without a vegan belt to go with it? The West End is a great unisex belt, made with a classic West End buckle, with an antique brass buckle and eyelets or silver finish buckle and eyelets. Whoever thought that genuine decommissioned red British fire-hose could look so classy around your waist!
6. Earth Bottle’s Stainless Steel Bottle
What does it support? Along with funding beach clean ups in Australia and Indonesia, a percentage of purchase of any Earth Bottle product is donated to Beyond Blue, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Fifteen Treesa, and UNHCR. For example a donation of $2 from the simple designed Turquoise on Earth Bottle or Hot Pink Earth Bottle goes to Beyond Blue, a non-profit organisation working to address issues related to mental health.
What makes it thoughtful? Stainless steel sleek, strong, and reusable bottles that allow easy cleaning and do not leak or sweat! Gorgeous colours and perfect for that friend who likes beautiful things with purpose, and who you think should be hydrating now and then!
7. Brush It On’s Charcoal Tooth Powder
What does it support? On a mission to protect marine habitats, profits from Brush It On’s sustainable personal care products go to The Australian Marine Conservation Society to help them keep the world’s oceans clean. The key focus is of the AMCS is to create marine sanctuaries, make fisheries sustainable and protect and recover threatened ocean wildlife, such as our dolphins, sharks, and whales.
What makes it thoughtful? To be able to enjoy cleaner feeling teeth without the plastic guilt! A finely milled powder made from coconut shells the Activated Charcoal Tooth Powder is an all-natural alternative treatment that helps remove discolouration while brightening and whitening the teeth!