10 Ethical and Sustainable Gifts from Made Trade That Empower Makers and Artisans

10 Ethical and Sustainable Gifts from Made Trade That Empower Makers and Artisans

The fast fashion trend is on its way down. Forever21 recently filed for bankruptcy, H&M has been experiencing a decline in sales and there are reports that Zara is also in a sales slump

Could it be that people are finally seeing the true cost of fast fashion? Have consumers finally realised that unethical, polluting, exploitative, wasteful fast fashion isn’t worth the dirt cheap prices? Or has the current climate crisis encouraged young people to break up with unethical fast fashion and shift to sustainable fashion?

Regardless, we’re loving that conscious shoppers are increasingly purchasing ethically-made and eco-friendly fashion, accessories and household goods and that there are more conscious businesses making it easier for customers to connect to responsibly made items.

One such ethical online store making ethical and sustainable shopping convenient is US-based Made Trade.

Made Trade is your best bet if you’re looking to up your conscious lifestyle choices or in need of the ideal gift for family and friends. This one-stop ethical e-marketplace brings ethical and sustainable gifts, clothing, fashion accessories and shoes, home goods and furniture under the one online roof. They’ve done the homework for you so you can rest assured that the items stocked have been carefully reviewed, validated and selected in line with the company’s high ethical and sustainable standards.

The website also curates items under product categories and there’s also a ‘values’ drop down to help narrow selections based on values (vegan, sustainable, Fair Trade or USA-made etc.) making it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Made Trade’s web interface is beautiful, inviting and easy to navigate and there are so many lovely items for you to choose from, whether you’re after something for yourself, or a gift for a loved one.

And if you are searching for ethical and sustainable gifts for loved ones, here are 10 of our top picks, whether you’re after a his/her gift for a birthday, housewarming, Christmas or even if it’s just to say Thank You!

1. Hathorway Xo Dang Buffalo Horn Centerpiece Rectangular Wicker Rattan Handbag

I need to have this now!

Ok salivating aside, this Xo Dang bag by Hathorway is made from rattan fiber and hand woven by artisans from Northern Vietnam. Its unique style goes with any outfit and can be used over and over because it is durable as it is fashionable. An ideal ethical gift for yourself or your stylish friend.

Hathorway Xo Dang Buffalo Horn Centerpiece Rectangular Wicker Rattan Handbag

2.Svala Tashi Crossbody – Natural Cork

This chic Tashi Crossbody by Svala is handcrafted in downtown Los Angeles with natural, biodegradable and vegan cork fabric. It is lined with black recycled polyester that is made with plastic bottles and organic cotton. It is functional yet stylish which makes it a perfect accessory for both day and night. Looking for a birthday gift for a fashionable vegan friend? This is it.

Svala Tashi Crossbody – Natural Cork

All of Svala’s luxury, vegan handbags are handcrafted with Pinatex and cork. Each of their artisan bag makers are paid fair wages and work in a safe and comfortable environment. More importantly, they have a carbon offset program which donates 10 percent of their profits to environmental causes. 

3.Minna Pantelho Throw Rust + Cream

You’ll fall in love with this charming piece and you’ll want to keep it for yourself, but it does make the ideal gift for a friend or family member with impeccable taste and a stylish home. Whether draped over the shoulders or used as a throw over the couch, the Pantelho throw by Minna adds the perfect touch to any room. It gives character and coziness to a home and can modernize any old furniture.

This heavy weight 100 percent cotton blanket is hand woven on a backstrap loom by a group of women in Chiapas, Mexico. 

Minna Pantelho Throw Rust + Cream

4.Nipomo Tierra Collection – Citrus Grove Blanket

Tierra collection by Nipomo is the perfect blanket to use for a day at the park, beach or just for cozying up around a campfire. It fits around two to four people and can easily be lugged around for travel as it can be rolled up and held securely by leather straps. Each of these straps and blankets are hand woven and handmade by weavers from Central Mexico. Make the perfect gift for beach lovers.

5. Purse & Clutch Outside Pockets Handbag

This gorgeous Outside Pockets handbag by Purse & Clutch is hand-cut, hand-assembled and hand-stitched by highly-skilled, fairly-paid artisans from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – an exceptional gift for the exceptional woman: mother, aunt, sister, female boss, friend… and you!

Purse & Clutch Outside Pockets Handbag

6. Woolly Clutch Wallet

Sometimes big, bulky bags are just not practical and this Clutch Wallet by Woolly allows you to carry just what you need without feeling naked or incomplete. It is made with vegetable tanned leather and comes with a detachable wristlet. It’s big enough to fit 5-7 cards, phone and cash. It’s also laser cut, hand-sewn and hand-finished in Portland, Oregon. Comes in five stylish colours: black, brown, tan, natural and nude.

Woolly Clutch Wallet

7. Abbey Alley Brenda Belt Bag

This versatile uber cute bag can either be slung around the shoulders or worn around the waist. It is the perfect accessory that will go with any style and ideal for the perfect hands-free night out or holiday. So if you know a fashionable gal booked in for a festival or a trip away, this makes a cool ethical gift.

The Brenda belt bag by Abbey Alley is made from ethically-sourced Kenyan leather and handmade in Kenya.

Abby Alley Brenda Belt Bag

8.No Nasties Jumpsuit : Navi

Fashionable and comfortable – yup! That’s exactly how one would describe the Navi Jumpsuit by No Nasties. Anybody would look cool and sexy in this 100 percent organic cotton one-piece ethical jumpsuit made in Goa, India. Loving that No Nasties clothes are made by a team made of mostly women (90 percent in fact) in a fair trade environment.

No Nasties Jumpsuit: Navi

9.Leah Singh Technicolor Round Rug

The Technicolor Round Rug by Leah Singh defines any area around the home and can make any feet feel comfy with every step on these round beauties. This modern rug has been ethically hand-embroidered by artisans from Kashmir, India and make a statement piece in any home. A suitable ethical gift for artsy, creative friends and family.

10. Ichcha Dream Pillow

This dream pillow from Ichcha is the perfect night time buddy for anyone who loves to bring style into their bedroom. It is designed to provide quality sleep and support. It is an extra-long block printed teal lumbar pillow that is handcrafted in India and made from hand-spun organic cotton. Makes an ideal housewarming gift for the conscious friend.

Ichcha Dream Pillow

These are just a small selection of ethical and sustainable gifts to be found on Made Trade. They stock so much more, and there are so many colours and prints to choose from too! To browse their extensive gift collection visit their website here.

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