Presenting... Socially Responsible Brands
The holidays add so much to our lives; friends, family, laughter....and trash. Twenty-five percent more trash to be exact.
According to a recent environmental report called Tis the Season...To Take out the Trash, this stark statistic means there is about one million extra tons of garbage each week during the holiday season. This heaping pile of holiday waste adds more methane, carbon dioxide, and water vapor into our atmosphere in levels we simply can’t afford anymore, according to this report published by the National Environmental Education Foundation.
So this season, resolve to make a positive difference when spreading holiday cheer instead of contributing to the problem.
ECOlunchbox invites you to be more mindful this year by purchasing gifts and goods from socially responsible brands who adhere to sustainable business models, fair-trade practices, non-toxic ingredients, and support charitable organizations.
Nothing is simpler nor sweeter than a card. Show your loved ones, and the earth, how much you care with one from Paper Culture. Every card is made with sustainable materials and a tree is planted with every order!
Paper Culture is recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a Top 10 Climate Leader and is certified as a Green Business.
Outfit your favorite yogi in ultra-soft leggings, hoodies, and tanks from Pact, all made with organic cotton and in Fair Trade Certified™ factories. They also steer clear of toxic dyes and pesticides. And don’t miss out on their amazing selection of dresses and men's clothing too!
Bella Luna Toys
Nothing is more synonymous with this time of year than toys! Bella Luna Toys only crafts high-quality and beautiful toys built to last. An approved business member of Green America, Bella Luna Toys dismisses our disposable culture in favor of toys meant to be loved for generations.
Seaweed Bath Co.
Perfect stocking stuffers, Seaweed Bath Co., a line of products harnesses the power of seaweed to create shampoos, soaps, and creams that detoxify and hydrate skin and hair. Every product is infused with sustainably sourced, nutrient ingredients from the sea.
Lake Champlain Chocolates
Chocolate is never sweeter than during the holidays, except when it’s made with organic and fair trade certified ingredients. Lake Champlain Chocolates is dedicated to crafting the most delicious gourmet chocolate in their Vermont factory using only the most ethically sourced ingredients possible!
Keep those toes snug and warm this winter with sturdy, attractive shoes from Obliberte. A sustainable brand that supports workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa, this amazing company makes all their shoes in their own factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They are also the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear manufacturing company.
There’s nothing quite like seeing a loved ones face light up when you gift them the perfect present. Now it’s easier than ever to make that perfect present perfectly eco-friendly so we can continue to enjoy the holidays for generations to come.
The holidays also remind us to remember the neediest and unfortunately, our planet needs our care more than ever. This October, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a harrowing report on the effects of greenhouse gas emissions. Change is coming much faster than we realized. By 2030, the planet will warm up by as much as 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit.
We are all working together to change our behavior for the betterment of our planet and future generations. And there’s no better time than the holidays when love and the light of the world seem to glow a little brighter.