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Eco-friendly Gifts That Give Back!

Looking for a memorable, eco-friendly gift that gives back? Choose healthy gifts that will leave a lasting impression on your loved one! Here are our favorite planet-friendly finds that are sure to make someone smile!

Union Stitch & Design
Union Stitch & Design was founded in 2015 by Denver native Melissa Gallic.  Her passion for her craft shifted from hobby to profession when she began creating custom clothing for her two children, Miles & Lincoln.  Turning a modest home office into a face-paced sewing studio, Melissa designs, fabricates, hand-sews, and ships each Union Stitch & Design apron or linen personally.  Her technical ability and design sense combine to create truly one-of-a-kind kitchen & dining wares for both the professional and at-home chef. Plus, scrap materials are given to metro-Denver Artisans to make doggie beds.

Jack N’ Jill 
Jack N’ Jill offers beyond cute gift sets that show that brushing teeth can be fun! Their line of products features natural toothpaste for babies, toddlers & children that is safe to swallow. It was first made in Melbourne, Australia in 1949 and it has been a family business for more than 20 years. It continues to be made in Australia and we are excited that Jack N’ Jill is now available in more than 30 countries. Not only do they formulate an all natural, hypoallergenic toothpaste with organic ingredients, but also design their packaging to be minimal, recyclable and BPA Free.

SheaMoisture Holiday Gift Sets
Give the give of natural beauty at an unbelievable price! SheaMoisture offers a number of beautifully packaged gift sets that are perfect for bosses, teachers, secret santa, beauty obsessed teens…and everyone in between! For instance, the Shea Moisture Winter Moisture Land Raw Shea Natural Transitioning Hair Kit Gift Set features 1 (8 Ounce) Shampoo, 1 (8 Ounce) Conditioner, and 1 (4 Ounce) Extra Moisturizing Transitioning Milk. Each Kit is is Sulfate-Free, Paraben-Free, Mineral Oil Free, Propylene Glycol Free, Phthalates-Free, Cruelty Free, and Petrolatum Free AND includes a $10 Coupon Book. Plus, 10% of SheaMoisture Community Commerce sales go to women-led businesses, to support communities that supply ingredients for products, or to support The Sofi Tucker Foundation. 

Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods knows that there’s a story behind every product. It’s that of an emerging designer just introducing her/his work to the world; artisans working collaboratively in a low income country; or a seasoned artist crafting each of pieces by hand. With your help, they are building a community of passionate people who love products and connect with the stories behind them.. Check out their wide variety of unique, eco-friendly gifts like their Record Coasters, Crunchy Taco Booties, Upcycled Bike Chain Luggage Tag, Teas From Around the World Set and DIY Lip Balm Kit! This is the site where you find a treasured, eco-friendly gift someone will love!

Potting Shed Creations
Gift recipients don’t need a green thumb with the right indoor plant kit! Perfect for those hard to shop for people on your list, Potting Shed Creations is a design company with an innovative and award winning internationally recognized brand. All products are exquisitely made in Idaho by hand, one piece at a time, using only the finest materials. Check out their amazing Window Box Herbs for fresh herbs right in your kitchen and Upcycled Grow Bottles that enable you to grow herbs out of a repurposed wine bottle! Or, for an super-original gift check out their Bonsai Boxes. They also give back by offering an original fundraising program that offers 50% profit for your organization, no up-front cost, no hidden fees and is a healthy alternative to cookies or candy!

 

How to go organic on a budget

One of the biggest complaints people have about  going organic is that it’s just too darn expensive. However, by being a little savvy you can save money and be healthier at the same time. Check out some inexpensive organic products and tips that work wonders for even the most budget conscious organic shoppers.

Grant Family Farms
Grant Family Farms lies in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, just south of the Wyoming border. They are deeply committed to growing healthy, delicious food and to being responsible stewards of the land. In fact, their farm was the first to be certified organic by the State of Colorado. Their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program provides a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season at an unbeatable cost. In fact, a small organic veggie box breaks down to ONLY about $24 per week to feed 2 to 3 people. Not only is this a very cost-effective way to feed your family, it also supports your local agriculture. www.grantfarms.com

Don’t live in Colorado? Find your local CSA here.

Potting Shed Creations
Potting Shed Creations believes that style and substance are not mutually exclusive and their products reflect a fresh approach to gardening in the modern world. Their indoor gardening solutions enable anyone to grow organic herbs for cents on the dollar. For a one-time investment, you can grow culinary herbs and even small veggies that you can eat for months. For instance, their garden-in-a-bagTM  featuring organic basil, parsley and oregano for $9 each offers a unique container garden to grow organic herbs directly and conveniently in the leak-proof bag indoors, year-round. Some home cooks have a couple of each going, at staggered growing rates, to always have fresh herbs at the ready. www.pottingshedcreations.com

Bragg Live Foods
For 100 years Bragg has been making versatile, organic products that focus on good health. Their amazing Apple Cider Vinegar can be used for everything from salad dressing, cleaning, a healthy tonic and even to heal the skin. Made from whole organic apples, aged in wood, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar is raw, unfiltered, undiluted and contains no preservatives! Plus, a 16 oz bottle costs just $3.49! Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, in 400 BC treated his patients with natural apple cider vinegar for it’s powerful cleansing, healing and germ fighting qualities. Check out their site for cool recipes and such to give you more ideas on how to use the product. www.bragg.com

Vitamin Cottage Bulk
Vitamin Cottage runs their business by keeping everyday prices affordable for the average family.  As they like to say, “It’s not healthy food if you can’t afford to buy it.”   Thus, they make it affordable to buy natural and organic products. One of the most cost-effective areas of their store is the bulk aisle. There, you will find all the organic basics at everyday low prices. For instance, you can get a good sized bag of rolled oats for less than $5 that will last you a week or more. Oats are versatile as a breakfast option, can form the basis of a veggie burger, can be used in delicious cookies and desserts and can even be used as a healthy breading option. www.vitamincottage.com

If you don’t have a Vitamin Cottage near you, head to the bulk aisle of your neighborhood store or even look in conventional stores for organic bulk offerings. You may be surprised what they offer!

Crock-Pot®
Since 1970, Crock-Pot® slow cookers have combined old time principles to produce exceptional flavor, nutrition and economy cooking. This slow electric stoneware cooker introduced a new category of appliances to the trade and revolutionized the way Americans cook for their families. When it comes to organic cooking the Crock-Pot is your best friend. Not only is it easy to use, but you can make your dollars spent on organic ingredients stretch further by making a big pot of yummy food and then freezing some for leftovers later. Make sure to check out the cook book Make it Fast, Cook it Slow for delicious Crock-Pot ideas. www.crock-pot.com