Whether it’s for a birthday, holiday or campus care package, every college students will appreciate a useful and well-thought out gift. Each of these ethical and eco-friendly brands have a story behind them worth telling.
Cozy Dorm Room Blankets
Mntn & Moon is an up and coming brand that offers beautiful artisan made Mexican blankets. Each blanket is handwoven in Mexico and because of this no two are quite alike. This is a great dorm room gift that can also be used on camping and road trips.
Style conscious college students will love these Everlane backpacks. The brand’s transparency business model allows customers to know exactly where and how their productsare being made. This practice allows the company to strive for only dealing with factories that have fair wages and safety standards.
Matt & Nat is a brand that makes sustainable vegan backpacks that are unique and stylish. With enough room for books and other college essentials these backpacks are a must have for any eco-friendly college student. These sophisticated backpacks are also great for wearing to internships or work.
Ethically Made Notebooks and Journals
Nikki Strange is an independent London based print designer that makes unique notebooks that are just perfect for college. Nikki started selling her notebooks on Etsy before garnering the attention of big retailers and growing her business. All notebooks are made in the UK.
Each Shinola journal is handcrafted in their Ann Arbor, Michigan manufacturing plant. This company offers high quality made in USA notebooks and journals that will stand the test of time.
Comfy Apartment Furniture
Jaxx Bean Bags makes eco-friendly beanbag furniture that is perfect for college student apartments and dorms. The company is a part of the Sustainable Furnishing Council that focuses on manufacturing sustainability in the furniture industry. They are on a mission to reduce landfill waste by using sustainable ECOFOAM material in all of their bean bag products.
Study Fuel: Sustainable Coffee
Equal Exchange focuses on economically and environmentally positive trade partnerships to source their coffee. What you get is a delicious cup of joe that is benefits farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Ethical Laundry Baskets
Yeah yeah, I know. Laundry baskets don't exactly make the most exciting gifts. But these laundry baskets are actually something special. The Basket Room offers beautiful baskets that are hand made in Kenya with fair trade practices. This is the perfect thoughtful yet practical college gift.