Thoughtful Giving: Where to Shop for Holiday Gifts that Won’t Destroy the Earth

Check out these five brands for some guilt-free gift-giving

Left-Right: Kai storage basket, Muni Muni; Electric Pleat Pants, Lucy in the Sky; Hand-dyed Baby Onesie, Tala Workshop; Vyara slip-on heels, Muni Muni; Classy Not Brassy Conditioning Bar, BeachBorn; Cocoa Butter Conditioning Bar, BeachBorn; Classy Not Brassy Purple Shampoo, BeachBorn; Button-Down Dress, Lazy Fare

Sustainable living goes beyond our personal lives, and adhering to this lifestyle means to encourage it in others as well.  For the holidays, shop slow and shop local. Give your loved ones the gift of thoughtful living—whether it be through clothes made from recycled fabric, chemical-free cosmetics, or artisanal homeware.

Electric pleat pants and floral dress from Lucy in the Sky
Linen strap top and button-down dress from Lazy Fare

Lucy in the Sky and Lazy Fare

Built on the same principles and by the same company, Lucy in the Sky and Lazy Fare offer locally manufactured clothes made from deadstock fabric. As  Lucy in the Sky explains in their blog, “Deadstock or reclaimed fabric are rolls of surplus, outdated, miscolored, or slightly damaged textiles big manufacturers are no longer willing to use. The textiles we use are usually shipped from abroad to be disposed of in the Philippines, or leftover from outsourced manufacturing houses here.” About 60 percent of the textiles used to create their pieces are made of scraps from bigger warehouses that would otherwise end up in local landfills. That being said, no two pieces are exactly alike the same and stocks tend to be limited. Both brands focus on comfort, accessibility, and sustainability when it comes to their products as they provide affordable but responsibly-made goods. The difference between the two lies in their aesthetics. Lazy Fare supplies sustainable basics—simple shapes and classic patterns that never go out of style. Lucy in the Sky, on the other hand, is just a little trendier, a tad bit flashier.

2/F Glorietta 1, Makati City. lucyintheskyph.com

Cecil slides, Val slides, Kai storage basket, and Vyara slip-on heels, all from Muni Muni

Munimuni

True to its name, Munimuni is a homegrown brand that aims to promote conscious consumption and slow shopping in a now-now-now kind of world. From the manufacturing of their products—which you can get a better understanding of by watching their Instagram story highlights—to their strict adherence to a “no single-use packaging” rule, you can tell that good design, great quality, and ethical practices are at the core of the brand. Munimuni is currently working on their Fair Trade certification but already abide by the foundation’s principles of fair payment, opportunities for the disadvantaged, good working conditions, and transparency. Classic weave patterns and the use of raw abaca give the brand’s pieces that signature Filipino flair. Munimuni currently sells handmade footwear, bags, and homeware.

Select Retail Lab branches (L2 Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City or 2/F Glorietta 3, Makati City) and munimunistudio.com

Tala

Founded by artist Adrienne Charuel in 2016, Tala is a line of small batch handcrafted pieces. Featuring a myriad of creations—fiber art accessories, handcrafted jewellery, hand painted cotton rope baskets, and hand dyed clothing using botanical dyes—Tala is basically a playground for Charuel to create freely, and each item is carefully handmade and full of soul. “Each [artisanal piece] is made with passion—reminding us that creations made with human creative energy combined with divine life force can ground us in our common desire to bring forth our inner light,” states the Tala website. The latest collection features blue-hued, botanically tie-dyed items such as throw pillows, cover-ups, polo shirts, tote bags, sarongs, and even baby onesies.

tala-workshop.com

Cocoa Butter Conditioning Bar, Classy Not Brassy Conditioning Bar, Classy Not Brassy Purple Shampoo, all from BeachBorn

BeachBorn

“Simple, honest, and uncomplicated,“ this is BeachBorn in a nutshell. Creating skin and haircare products by hand, the brand uses only organic materials. In fact, one of their more notable feats is locally developing completely biodegradable, vegan-friendly shampoo bars. Not only does the brand provide chemical-free beauty, it promotes a holistically sustainable lifestyle by offering everyday personal care products to help kickstart their consumers’ respective zero-waste journeys—stainless steel straws, bamboo toothbrushes, and produce bags are available on their website. Moreover, BeachBorn gives back to its community of workers, “Our goal is to be able to widen our distribution network in order to finance Beach Born Barrios—sustainable production villages for farmers and their families whose lives we wish to improve through fair trade practices.”

Earth Origins Marketplace (G/F Jasper Bldg. 193 Wilson St., Bgy Sta Lucia, San Juan), NAVA Boutique (2nd Floor Shoppesville, Greenhills Shopping Center, UP Town Center), and Hair Obsession (Villamor Air Base, Bgy. 183, Pasay City), and beachborn.ph

T-B, L-R: Electric Pleat Pants, Lucy in the Sky; Hand-dyed Baby Onesie, Tala Workshop; Kai storage basket, Muni Muni; Vyara slip-on heels, Muni Muni; Classy Not Brassy Conditioning Bar, BeachBorn; Cocoa Butter Conditioning Bar, BeachBorn; Classy Not Brassy Purple Shampoo, BeachBorn; Button-Down Dress, Lazy Fare
L-R: Electric pleat pants, Lucy in the Sky; Rou sandals, Muni Muni; maxi dress, Lazy Fare

Author

Mags Ocampo

Photographer

Renzo Navarro

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