This post was compiled and written by Holly Rose of Leotie Lovely. She's doing a fantastic #GoneGreen challenge, posting about ethical and sustainable living for 365 days! Check out her blog here.
Men can be either incredibly easy or incredibly hard to buy for, but over the past few years of married life with birthdays and anniversaries and such, I've found the items below to be winners in the husfriend departments. Each item is made by a conscious company who produces their products both ecologically and ethically and have proven, thus far, to last the test of time for he who normally wears out his clothing quickly.
While this season isn't necessarily about more stuff, I think a healthy mix of useful, wearable, sustainable products and donations on your loved one's behalf gives you a happy combination of the new and old traditions.
Eco & Ethical How? From my past year of research into eco fabrics, I'd rule Hemp as the greenest one. It grows the fastest, with the least amount of water and nourishes the land it is planted on. I could literally go on for ages about how amazing it is. Then there's this brand Jungmaven which has created a beautiful collection of hemp clothing and homeware for men and women which fits fantastically and is super stylish taboot. All their products are made in the USA.
Where To Buy? www.jungmaven.com
VEJA | Shoes | $100.00
Eco & Ethical How? It's no secret Veja is one of my favourite brands in France, they make their products through sustainable practices using ecologically tanned leather, organic cotton, and wild rubber from the Amazon. Each piece is produced through fair pay and good working conditions and supports communities both here in France and in South America. My husfriend and I both own a pair and love them dearly.
Where To Buy? www.eastdane.com
Eco & Ethical How? Patagonia makes all of its products with eco-friendly or recycled fabrics, this hat is made with Organic Cotton using fair labour practices, safe working conditions and environmentally responsible production.
Where To Buy? www.patagonia.com
Eco & Ethical How? This brand makes beautiful vegan leather out of 100% recycled plastic bottles and sustainable materials such as cork and rubber. They design their own custom hardware and produce their products under ethical standards.
Where To Buy? www.mattandnat.com
Eco & Ethical How? If you have a need for headphones, you probably like music, and therefore probably know this name. Bob's relatives created a company called House of Marley
with a full line of over, on and in ear headphones made form sustainable materials and FSC certified
woods. To top all that goodness off your purchases support the 1LOVE
foundation which is dedicated to giving back through charities that empower individuals to take action for sustainable and responsible living. I bought my husfriend a pair a few years back and they're, according to him, the best headphones he's owned. I own a pair of the in-ear ones which have thus far lasted me 3 years without a single tangle (they're wrapped in fabric so they don't fray!)
Where To Buy? Amazon
ECO + ETHICAL HOW? This company is incredibly transparent, allowing you to follow them right to their field lab. Each product has a harvest number stamped on it so you can see photos of the plants and the fragrance extraction techniques used to create the item in your hands. They obtain their ingredients by exploring nature with their nose, sustainably wild harvesting each of natures gifts before wildcrafting their products through 100-year-old perfume making techniques including distillation, tincuing, infusion and enfleurage. They produce extremely small-batch, trail-made fragrances which are designed as aromatic snapshots, summing up their scents from that day of exploration. On top of carefully monitoring regrowth of their wild grown ingredients, they donate 10% of all their profits annually to a portfolio of Western Wilderness Defence Organizations.
WHERE TO BUY? https://juniperridge.com/
ME UNDIES | Underwear | $20.00
Eco & Ethical How? My brother-in-law introduced us to this brand. Their carbon-neutral method of converting sustainably harvested beechwood pulp into silky modal yarn which not only stretches and molds to the body, but lasts. According to my husfriend these are the most comfortable underwear he's ever worn.
Where To Buy? www.meundies.com
WE WOOD | Watch | $145.00
Eco & Ethical How? Each WeWood watch is made from recycled and reclaimed timber including Indian rosewood, mahogany, coffee tree and teak, each with different healing properties and meanings. The company has teamed up with ‘American Forests’ and ‘Trees for the Future’, and ‘Conservation Volunteers’ to plant one tree for every watch sold.
Where to Buy?: http://www.we-wood.com.au/collections/mens-watches
URU | Socks | €39.99
Eco & Ethical How? A Conscious brand making interchangeable, unisex, intentionally mismatched ‘same, same but different’ socks made ethically from organic cotton, covers all the concerning bases. Each pack of their SOLO socks
even comes with a spare sock in its pack for when that black hole or evil gnome eats one out of your perfectly sorted collection.They even come with a little tray for your dresser which helps you keep your sock stash organized and united and reduces (packaging) waste while you're at it.
Where To Buy? www.uru.dk