The Little Traveler, Geneva, Illinois
Tucked in one of the 36 rooms of a converted house is an assortment of fair trade goods from around the state and around the world. This shop within a shop features artisanal accessories including jewelry, shoes, scarves, toys and housewares. This shop is also a favorite as it supported it’s workers during A Day Without Immigrants.
Everlane focuses on quality, timeless staples made in ethical factories. This business breaks the mold and shows the cost structure for each item it sells. Want to know how your purchase price breaks down? Scroll down to the bottom of the item page and view the cost and profit breakdown. Everlane also provides customers information regarding each factory is uses, normally propriety information for most companies. Everlane supports several social causes beyond its normal business operation. They recently partnered with the ACLU to create the 100% Human Collection, with some proceeds benefiting the non-profit.
We recommend the $100 Cashmere Crew and The Cotton Box-Cut Pocket Tee, $16. The sillouettes are timeless and the fabric is extra soft and high quality. Take care of these garments and they will soon be a favorite part of your wardrobe.
This shop features hand-crafted home and beauty supplies as well as a variety of
accessories. It is the perfect site to find gifts for anyone on your list. Certified member of
the Fair Trade Federation and the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, The Little Market supports many artisans(mostly women) around the world. The Little Market also works with cooperatives and social enterprises to support various social programs in the artisans’ communities.
We recommend the Leather Key Fob ($24) made by Haiti Design Co-op. This keychain means business and is easy to find in the depths of a handbag.
ABLE founders aim to end generational poverty through employing women in Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru and Nashville, Tennessee. This brand promotes equality, fair wages and safety through its social impact platform, accountABLE.
Supporting ABLE not only means supporting the female artisans creating the products, but the supply chain within the larger community. Industries from farming to textile manufacturing to accounting to logistics are positively impacted by your purchase.
We recommend the Meles Leather Carryall ($218) as a chic and hardworking bag, perfect for the office or a morning of errands. You know you have a quality product when, as you unwrap it, you can smell the gorgeous leather before you can see it! Someone cast an undetectable extension charm (Muggles, click the link to find out what that means), because you can actually fit three hand bags’ worth of goodies into this one carryall. We’re also eyeing the leather conditioner and matching burgundy tote tassel…
This independently owned B-corp walks the walk with a huge selection of unique gifts, home goods and much more created by a network of independent makers. UncommonGoods made our list because they are a well-rounded business embracing many aspects of ethical business. When you make a purchase, you get to choose a charity to which UncommonGoods will donate $1. Additionally, the company has several sustainable practices like using Forest Stewardship Council certified and recycled paper for its catalogs. Additionally, according to the company, the lowest-paid seasonal worker makes 100% more than minimum wage.
This site is one that you just have to explore to fully understand. There are so many interesting gifts for everyone on your list. We recommend the DIY kits (there are so many and they are not just for kids) and the Choose Your Breed Necktie ($52) for the stylish and dog-obsessed man in your life.