20 Ethical and Sustainable Valentine’s Day Gifts for Women

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, but we’ve got you covered with plenty of ethically and sustainably made goods for your partner, best friend, mom, sister, or any other woman in your life. All of the gift ideas in this guide, from artisan-made jewelry to sustainable vases, are sure to be standouts she’ll love for years to come.

1. Thunderpants USA Plain Vanilla Bralette and Plain Vanilla Hipster Underwear — $24 to $38

Thunderpants USA’s Plain Vanilla bralette and underwear are the embodiment of comfort. Made with 90% organically grown cotton and 10% spandex (so that they’re 100% wedgie proof), this set is thoughtfully made to sit on the natural crease of your leg, bum, and high hip area without the use of nasty, grippy elastic. 

Thunderpants USA makes all their undergarments with Fair Trade Certified organic cotton yarn from New Zealand, which is grown without synthetic chemicals, pesticides, formaldehyde, chlorine, dyes, or fertilizers. Each pair is cut and sewn in Hillsboro, Oregon in a women-owned, minimal-waste factory. Thunderpants USA works with local artists in Portland, Oregon to create their eye-catching prints.

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2. Yewo Matako Recycled Earrings — $42

These minimalistic and versatile recycled brass studs would be a beautiful addition to anyone’s jewelry collection. YEWO’s earrings are handcrafted from recycled brass by artisans in northern Malawi in a solar-powered, carbon neutral workshop. These earrings also come with a hand-sewn linen bag, a jewelry care card, and a polish pad to help maintain the shine and quality of your gift.

YEWO employs makers in the rural Manchewe village of Malawi to create small batches of beautifully crafted jewelry. Their jewelry line is composed of locally and responsibly sourced raw materials and each YEWO employee receives 21 days of paid time off per year (plus holidays off, two healthy meals a day, access to microloans and health insurance, and a salary two to three times the national average).

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3.  Ichcha Sunset Scarf — $65

Hand printed using carved wooden blocks, this scarf’s stunning design was inspired by the silhouettes of Indian palace doorways. This silk and cotton scarf is not only dyed only using natural dyes but also feels luxuriously soft.

Ichcha is committed to making as minimal an impact on the planet as possible, using only natural vegetable dyes derived from leaves, minerals, trees, bark, and flowers. They work with women artisans in India who use hand weaving, hand embroidery, and the heritage craft of block printing to create their beautiful designs.

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4. Sijo Eucalpytus Long Sleeve Top and Jogger Pants in Navy — $45 to $65

This will be the softest, most comfortable set of pajamas she’ll ever own. This PJ set is made from silky smooth, OEKO-TEX certified Eucalyptus Tencel Lyocell fabric that’s made in a closed-loop process.

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5. Nisolo Go-To Flatform Sandal in Almond — $130

These Go-To Flatform Sandals are elegantly designed to work with any outfit and provide comfort all day long! They’re made with a shock-absorbing memory foam insole that molds to the shape of your foot over time, and the leather straps come from a Leather Working Group certified tannery who implements eco friendly practices into their production and waste disposal. 

These shoes are handcrafted in an ethical factory in Peru, and Nisolo’s artisans are paid above fair trade wages, are provided healthcare, and work in a safe environment. Nisolo promotes the Peruvian heritage craft of shoemaking and takes pride in sustaining its long-held traditions.

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6. Carry Courage Adventurer Cork Cosmetics Bag in Cream — $74

Carry Courage’s cork cosmetics bag is sure to be an everyday staple with its durable and waterproof cork exterior, along with its beautifully elegant design. It fits up to seven bottles or brushes upright and includes three vinyl pockets and four mesh pockets for maximum storage and organization. 

Carry Courage’s cork is sustainably harvested in Portugal and their pieces are made by hand in small batches in Portland, Oregon. Each bag is lined with eco friendly linen from a family-owned United States supplier. Carry Courage is a women-owned company who uses fair labor practices.

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7. Minna Ilse Throw Blanket — $150

This 100% cotton throw blanket with a stunning modern design makes a fantastic functional piece for any living space. Cozy up into this ethically handwoven cotton blanket dyed with natural or toxin-free synthetic dyes. 

MINNA partners with artisan collectives and master weavers across Mexico, Guatemala, and Uruguay to create jobs and preserve heritage crafts.

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8. Abby Alley Hilary Stud Earrings — $40

Abby Alley’s Hilary Stud Earrings are gorgeous staples that will elevate any outfit. These earrings are handcrafted by artisans in Kenya who use brass and ethically sourced bone.

Abby Alley is dedicated to creating job opportunities for women artisans in East Africa. They provide wages three times the standard rate in the region, a safe working environment, and extra provisions for healthcare and transportation.

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9. Yewo Chaka Recycled Bangle Set — $48

These versatile and minimalist bangles are the building block to any sustainable jewelry collection. Add a bit of movement and texture to everyday outfits or elevate your statement jewelry with the addition of one of more of these recycled brass bangles. Each is ethically handcrafted by artisans in rural Malawi working in a solar powered, carbon neutral workshop.

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10. Allégorie Gala Apple Leather Puzzle Cardholder — $86

Made from apple peels and recycled plant-based materials, Allégorie’s stylish and timeless cardholder provides a clean look while also preventing unnecessary food waste. This cardholder is available in six beautiful colors and styles, so you’re sure to find the preferred color combination for the loved ones on your shopping list. PETA certified cruelty-free, World Fair Trade Organization certified for materials and OEKO-TEX certified, this wallet is free of harmful chemicals.

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11. August Sage Marrón Alpaca Throw Blanket — $235

Made with 100% alpaca wool, this is an ultra-cozy throw she can warm up with during the chilliest days. Each of the August Sage throws is handwoven in a fair trade environment in Peru using a traditional handloom. The production process is slow and thoughtful (each throw takes three days to complete), which makes every piece truly special.

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12. Sijo Eucalyptus Long Sleeve Top and Eucalyptus Jogger Pants in Rose — $45 to $65

Sijo’s Eucalyptus Long Sleeve Top and Jogger Pants make for a one-of-a-kind loungewear set. Made with 95% Eucalyptus Tencel Lyocell and 5% elastane, this set is incredibly comfortable and the perfect outfit for a relaxing day in. Plus, its OEKO-TEX Certified fabric is treated without harmful chemicals, dyes, or pesticides! 

Sijo is a woman-owned and POC-owned business who produces their products from factories in Shanghai and compensates their manufacturers with living wages, benefits, and care. All of Sijo’s craftspeople have annual leave, maternity leave, training and social security insurance, and are guaranteed safe and healthy working conditions. The Eucalyptus Lyocell fabric is also made with a closed-loop process, which reuses water and solvents in the manufacturing process to reduce waste.

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13. Ettitude Unisex Bamboo Waffle Robe in Cloud — $99

Ettitude’s Unisex Bamboo Waffle Robe provides maximum comfort from day one. Made with 100% organic bamboo Lyocell, this OEKO-TEX Certified, hypoallergenic robe is ultra-soft and fast-drying. 

Ettitude has committed to only work with factories that are certified by globally recognized, ethical third-party auditors to ensure sustainable standards and fair trade practices across their cut and sew facilities. The organic bamboo is also sourced from FSC-certified forests and made through a closed-loop process by reusing water to reduce waste. Even their packaging is made from deadstock fabric (making for eco-friendly, zero-waste, and reusable bags).

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14. L.Greenwalt Jewelry Full Deco Necklace — $78 to $92

This simple yet eye-catching pendant is one of our most-loved pieces! With the perfect balance of classic design and modern architectural elements, L.Greenwalt’s necklace is a unique piece she’ll cherish. All of L.Greenwalt’s jewelry is made using responsibly sourced metals and cast using a vegan carving wax.

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15. Nisolo Simone Crossbody Shopper in Rosewood — $160

Nisolo’s crossbody bag is thoughtfully designed and the perfect size for traveling or heading to your local market. The bag is handmade in an ethical factory in León, Mexico where Nisolo’s artisans all receive healthcare, above fair trade wages, and a safe working environment.

Nisolo is committed to transparency around their production and manufacturing techniques. The leather Nisolo uses is a byproduct of the meat industry, so an animal is never killed solely for its hide. The tanneries adhere to eco friendly practices by treating their wastewater, properly disposing of their chemicals, and diverting waste away from landfills.

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16. L. Greenwalt Jewelry Little Rainbow Necklace — $63

This minimalistic, geometric Little Rainbow Necklace will add a modern spin to your look. Handcrafted in Portland, Oregon and made with responsibly sourced sterling silver or 85% recycled gold, this piece is sure to impress. 

L.Greenwalt Jewelry is a husband and wife team who uses ethically mined, responsibly and sustainably sourced metals for their jewelry. They’re also dedicated to low-waste practices by using biodegradable materials and reusing all scrap materials. Every piece by L.Greenwalt is vegan and cruelty-free.

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17. Wolven Recycled Yoga Top and Recycled Legging with Pockets in Turmeric — $48 to $82

Wolven’s recycled yoga top and leggings make for an iconic loungewear or workout outfit. Feel comfortable and work hard knowing each piece is made from post-consumer recycled plastic — 84% RPET, which is plastic made from packaging like plastic bottles, and 16% spandex. The best part: With every order, Wolven removes one pound of waste from the ocean, making this a gift that keeps on giving! 

Wolven creates all of their products in WCA certified workshops in China — ensuring wages, work hours, health and safety, and all environmental practices are strictly observed. Wolven is a women-owned brand that is Climate Neutral Certified (meaning their process is 100% carbon offset)!

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18. Hathorway Hanh Tinh Icon Horn Pendant Necklace — $68

A statement necklace with an earth-friendly upgrade. Hathorway’s unique jewelry is made using ethically sourced buffalo horn that is a byproduct of the buffalo industry in Vietnam. Each eco-luxe piece is made responsibly by makers earning fair wages, plus 10% of Hathorway’s profits go to initiatives empowering young, underprivileged women.

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19. Carry Courage Giver Cork Card Wristlet — $59

Naturally anti-microbial and water-resistant, this natural cork wristlet features linen lining and two interior card slots to carry your wallet essentials.

Carry Courage is a women-owned company and all their products are handmade in Portland, OR. Each bag is constructed with renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable cork, which was sustainably harvested in Portugal.

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20. Sara Patino Jewelry Recycled Gold Moonlight Ring II — $66

This gorgeously minimalistic recycled gold ring is the perfect classic accessory to elevate any outfit. This ring features a hand-hammered finish and can be adjusted half a size up or down to ensure comfort and style. 

Sara Patino Jewelry is a women-owned business and all their jewelry is created in small batches using locally sourced, 100% post-consumer recycled gold and sterling silver.

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