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The ms Ultimate Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Gift Guide

Maggie Kearns Francis

December 17, 2018

This report, first released back in October, really got us thinking about our environment and the personal effects we are each having on it. Throughout the year, common headlines in the news have consistently circled around the environment. Topics like climate change, rising ocean temperatures, plastic in the oceans, rising emissions, and more are reported on each day.


At ms we do our best to mitigate our environmental impact. We focus on sustainable design and have many in-house sustainability and green building experts. Since this is an everyday focus in our professional lives we decided we would make it a focus in our gift giving this holiday season. Below you will find our Ultimate Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Gift Guide!

Ultimate Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Gift Guide

Born from a small company first focused on creating high quality tools for climbers, Patagonia has grown into a large active wear brand. With a mission to “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis,” Patagonia donates its time, services, and at least 1% of its sales to grassroots environmental groups working to restore the environment. With products ranging from jackets and sweaters to laptop carriers and water bottles, there is something here for everyone on your list. 


Machine-washable, lightweight, eco-friendly and made from recycled plastic water bottles Rothy’s are the ultimate eco-friendly shoes. To make each shoe, Rothy’s first purchases plastic water bottles from recycling centers around the world, melts the plastic, and draws the melted plastic into thread. From the thread, each shoe is knitted by a 3-D printer, effectively eliminating any material waste. Available in flats, loafers, and sneakers and in many colors and prints there is a style combination to suit everyone!


Unwrapped Life
Founded by a group of Canadian women, Unwrapped Life has created high quality beauty products that are plastic and packaging-free. Each year 552 million shampoo bottles end up in landfills across North America, and in an effort to reduce that number, this beauty product company has created concentrated shampoo, conditioner, and other bath products in concentrated bar form, eliminating the need for plastic.


Can’t seem to find the right gift? Let Causebox choose for you! A curated box of six to eight items, this seasonal subscription box is full of jewelry, homewares, skincare products, accessories, and more all from organizations with dedicated missions to give back to their communities. Inside each box is a Causebox-created magazine detailing how each brand gives back, who they are impacting, and where their products are made.


Allbirds is creating active footwear primarily made from wool, tree material, and sugarcane. As a certified B Corporation, they are legally required to consider their environmental impact when making business decisions. Their tree material, compared to traditional cotton, uses 95% less water and cuts the company’s carbon footprint in half. Allbirds’ shoe laces are made from recycled plastic bottles, their packaging is made from 90% recycled cardboard, and their wool material uses 60% less energy than its traditional counterpart. Allbirds, available in many different styles and colors, are the perfect gift for the active people on your list!


Hydro Flask
These reusable water bottles, coffee thermoses, and more are great alternatives to their disposable counterparts. In fun colors and designs, Hydro Flasks make great gifts and you can rest easy knowing you are supporting a great company and cause. Hydro Flask dedicates a portion of their profits to their Parks for All program which provides grants to non-profit organizations focused on building, maintaining, restoring, and providing access to parks across the US.


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