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According to a report by Stanford University, Americans throw away 25% more trash from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day than any other time of year.
Is your holiday shopping underway? To help you prep for shopping season, we’ve assembled a gift guide series to highlight our favorite products, brands, and causes. Our third gift guide is dedicated to brands that value sustainability as much as we do.
Some serious shopping goes down between Thanksgiving and Christmas, which leads to a lot of waste. According to a report by the National Environmental Education Foundation, Americans throw away 25% more trash from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day than any other time of year. To us, that means shopping responsibly is particularly important over the holidays.
Sustainability is close to our hearts. Eighteen B began with b-silk™ protein, our innovative key ingredient. Our proprietary protein was inspired by the strong and lustrous properties of spider silk. Rather than harvesting silk from silkworms or spiders, however, our silk proteins are made through a fermentation process that uses simple and clean resources like sugar, water, yeast, and salt. That means our formulations are vegan, sustainable, and cruelty free.
Here’s a guide to the products on our wish list made by brands with sustainability as a core value.
1. Sweater Sweatshirt by Pact
Wish you could stay in your PJs all day? You’re in luck. The Sweater Sweatshirt by Pact has the casual, cozy feel of a sweatshirt with the polish of a sweater. The classic crew neck cut comes in Dark Navy and Jade. Pact uses 100% organic cotton, made without inorganic pesticides and fertilizers. That means there’s little to no water pollution in the process.
2. St Barths Large Tote by Naghedi
Sara Naghedi launched Naghedi as a casual alternative to her sustainable luxury brand, Deux Lux. These beautiful, woven bags are made from neoprene. This durable material can be used on land, in the sand, or by the sea. We particularly love the St Barths Large Tote, now available at Shopbop.
3. Augusta Dress by Mara Hoffman
Is someone special heading to the tropics? Mara Hoffman makes some of our favorite sustainable swimwear, and that includes her coverups. The Augusta Dress is a breezy, semi-sheer coverup made with 100% organic cotton. With its elegant cut and fun v-neck in the back, this coverup will take her from the beach to sunset cocktails.
4. V&A Bamboo Print Obi Dress by People Tree
Adorable and eco-friendly, the V&A Bamboo Print Obi Dress by People Tree makes a festive addition to her wardrobe. The print was inspired by a traditional kimono in the V&A Museum’s Asian collection. The bamboo represents longevity, perseverance, and renewal – a perfect message to ring in the New Year. The material is 100% Tencel™ Lyocell, made from cellulose fibers from wood pulp.
5. Ribbed Robe by Kotn
‘Tis the season for lots of lounging. Make holing up at home even cozier with the Ribbed Robe by Kotn. This warm, heavyweight robe is inspired by a classic kimono (just check out the voluminous sleeves). Kotn uses 100% Egyptian cotton that’s ethically sourced, which means it’s as soft as it is sustainable.
6. Mellow Midnight Gift Set by Myro
Not so sure about deodorant as a gift? Myro has done the impossible: they’ve made deodorant giftable. Myro makes “deo pods” that fit inside refillable containers so you use 50% less plastic when you refill. Their deodorants are vegan, cruelty-free, and aluminum-free. The Mellow Midnight set comes with a deo pod in Big Dipper, (bergamot, lavender, and vetiver), a reusable case, a lavender-scented eye mask, and a reusable gift bag.
7. Breezy Britt jeans by Nudie Jeans Co.
As denim lovers, we have our eye on the Breezy Britt by Nudie Jeans. This Swedish brand uses raw denim made from organic cotton, intended to mold to your body as you wear them. It’s not just the shape – the color of Nudie Jeans is meant to fade in all the right places. Consider these the perfect pair of vintage jeans you’ve never found.
Yes, to sustainability.
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