All tagged Handcrafted

Simply Straws

Simply Straws produces beautiful glass straws, bamboo utensils, and other reusable products. Their straws are sustainable, durable, biodegradable, and handmade in Costa Mesa, California and they include a lifetime guarantee. Simply Straws uses non-toxic dyes, BPA free materials, and fair-trade organic hemp, flax, and cotton. 1% of sales are donated to non-profit partners.

Mata Traders - Fashion

Mata Traders is a fair trade fashion label striving to end global poverty and produce sustainable fashion by sourcing its garments from India and Nepal, where the company employs women from marginalized communities. The women work at artisan cooperatives that provide childcare, healthcare, paid maternity leave, and education on subjects such as opening a bank account, literacy classes, computer training, and dealing with domestic violence. These services are imperative because they help prevent child labor and gender inequality in countries where these issues are rampant. Mata ensures that child labor practices are not involved in the production of its products. The artisans who work for Mata are paid living wages, allowing them to provide for their children, thus combatting child labor at its source. The co-ops also use traditional printing and embroidery techniques, preserving an ancient art that is being phased out by globalization and fast-fashion.

Ninoshka - Fashion with a Conscience

Ninoshka is a sustainable fashion brand by designer Ninoshka Alvares-Delaney. Produced in India, her products are available worldwide through several online retailers. All of Ninoshka’s products are made from natural and organic material. She uses natural dyes including indigo, pomegranate, marigold, onion peels, and coconut. Embroidery is done by rural Indian artisans and Ninoshka works with handloom weavers from across India. By working with rural artisans, not only does she create employment opportunities, but also makes sure that the artisans she works with receive fair wages. Ninoshka practices the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle philosophy. She reduces waste and the use of resources by creating minimalistic styles and up-cycled fashion. Some of her designs are constructed in a single stitch line, while others can be reused by wearing a garment inside-out or in multiple ways.

Braga Organic Farms

Braga Organic Farms is the home of Mike and Julie Braga and sons in Madera, California. They offer organic fruit and nuts shipped directly from their farm. All products from Braga Organic Farms are certified organic, GMO-free, peanut-free, and gluten-free. Their processing facility is 80% solar-powered and their product bags are made of rice paper. In addition to growing trees, the Braga's harvest, hand sort, roast, and box their products. Their nuts are dry roasted in small batches with or without sea salt. Every order is packed and shipped directly from the farm, guaranteeing the freshest product available. The main crop at Braga Farms is pistachio, but you can order a variety of other nuts, seeds, and dried fruits that they offer from nearby farms. Some of the products offered include almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cranberries, raisins, and trail mixes.

Treliske Organic - Merino Wool Clothing

Treliske Organic are producers of certified organic merino wool, wool yarns, organic hand knit sweaters, blankets, and babywear, all grown entirely on the Treliske farm in New Zealand. Treliske, which means "a place of trees" is a 3000-acre organic farm, certified by the New Zealand Biological Producers and Consumers Council. Farmed by the Aitchison family for 3 generations, Treliske grazes merino sheep flocks and cattle, on their rolling hills.  Treliske's farming respects both animal welfare (mulesing is not practiced) and the environment. Their merino wool is soft, non-irritating, and free from harmful chemicals. Treliske products are sold online and shipping is available worldwide.

Eco-Freaks Handkerchiefs and Home Products

Eco-Freako produces their own unique products from organic cotton and botanically-based ingredients on the coast of British Columbia. Their first products, over 20 years ago, were reusable organic cotton handkerchiefs which they still hand sew themselves. They have since expanded to offer hundreds of handmade towels, linens, pillows, mattress pads, baby products, and their own line of botanical salves, oils, soaps, shampoo, insect repellents, and immune boosters. EcoFreako collaborates with area non-profit organizations and community projects. They offer free shipping on orders over $75 to Canada and the USA and low flat rate shipping worldwide.

Hipcycle - Upcycled Housewares

Hipcycle offers a large variety of upcycled housewares like home decor, floor mats, furniture, bird feeders, gift items, and jewelry. Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products. It is even better than recycling because less processing takes place. The materials used to make the products featured on Hipcycle are not purchased from stores or manufacturers. Rather, everything is made from items that would otherwise have ended up in the trash. Their suppliers, who are mostly small businesses that specialize in making handcrafting upcycled products out of reclaimed items, scour their local dump for items to upcycle, removing garbage from the waste stream. Hipcycle offers only products that are attractive, durable, and competitive in price to mainstream products. Their website allows you to find items either by category or by the kind of trash they are made out of. 

Bee Hive Candles

Bee Hive Candles makes every candle by hand using only all natural, renewable resources like pure beeswax and an all cotton wick so you will be certain you are burning a candle that's safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. The Bee Hive Candle workshop is 100% powered by sustainable Green Power. Bee Hive Candles uses 100% pure beeswax with no filler or additives from beekeepers in the USA. Many candles sold as beeswax are not 100% pure beeswax. Their products are hand poured and finished. Bee Hive Candles keeps their labeling and packaging material to a minimum. All candle labels are printed on recycled paper using soy or vegetable inks. They reuse packaging and purchase recycled boxes. The company donates to organizations helping people who are less fortunate or in need of help. Bee Hive Candles is located in Washington and their products are available for purchase online with a low fixed shipping cost.

Zia & Tia Pure Luxury Organics

Zia & Tia Pure Luxury Organics is a Canadian business that began after the owner's adoption of their daughter from China. They offer organic, sustainable, and eco-friendly products for babies,  children, and dogs. Their products include hand knit and fair trade toys, hand knit baby dresses, sweaters, hats, shoes and blankets, hand knit dog sweaters, organic baby gifts, and organic fairtrade Peruvian Alpaca yarn. Their handmade knits are crafted stitch by stitch on 2 needles using organic cotton and organic wool. Their handknit toys are stuffed with certified Oeko-Tex polyfill and their fair trade toys are non-toxic. They work with suppliers who are committed to creating a more fair & sustainable world and they support organizations that help women and children. Products may be ordered online with worldwide shipping rates clearly displayed.

Twin Oaks Community - Intentional Community and Hammock Maker

Twin Oaks Community is an intentional community in rural central Virginia made up of around 90 adult members and 15 children. Since the community's beginning in 1967, their way of life has reflected their values of cooperation, sharing, nonviolence, equality, and ecology. Twin Oaks Community does not have a group religion or central leader. They govern themselves by a form of democracy with shared responsibilities. They are self-supporting economically, and partly self-sufficient. Each member works 42 hours a week in the community's business and domestic areas. Each member receives housing, food, healthcare, and personal spending money from the community. Twin Oaks Hammocks generates most of their outside income along with several new ventures. Less than half of their work goes into income-producing activities with the balance spent on milking cows, gardening, cooking, and childcare. Twin Oaks hammocks are hand-crafted by community members from a variety of fabrics including hemp and recycled polyester. They are very durable and Twin Oaks will repair damaged hammocks as well. They offer free shipping to the contiguous 48 US states. Twin Oaks Seed Farm grows open-pollinated and heirloom vegetable seeds on six acres of certified organic land. They produce seeds for several small retail seed companies.

Tilonia Artisans of India

Based in Tilonia, India, Tilonia's online store is operated in partnership with the Friends of Tilonia by Barefoot College. They feature a variety of handcrafted accent pillows, bed spreads, quilts, throws, duvet covers, scarves, and table linens. All products are produced by artisans in rural communites using traditional methods. The fabric offerings are produce by more than 350 families of weavers, spinners and knitters near Tripuradevi, a village the Kumaon Himalayas.  They are handspun from Tibetan sheep wool and pure silk using solar powered spinning wheels in some of the unelectrified villages. The online store helps Barefoot College address basic needs of the rural poor by creating local advocates for rainwater harvesting, clean energy, girls' education, and economic opportunities for rural women. They develop direct sales and marketing channels for the artisans of Tilonia in the U.S and abroad. Training and materials provided by the College enable women from traditional communities to work from home, helping them to generate income from their needlework or sewing.

Shepherd's Dream - Wool Mattresses and Bedding

Shepherd's Dream produces chemical-free wool mattresses, wool mattress toppers, wool comforters, wool pillows and wooden bed frames. Every item is hand-made in their northern California workshop. Shepherd's Dream strives to produce products that will last a lifetime. Rather than support a disposable culture, they even offer re-furbishing of your products should the need arrise. Shepherd's Dream uses wool that is grown and processed in the USA without toxic chemicals or flame retardants. Their Eco Wool is from local flocks of sheep that are raised following specific criteria that ensures top quality wool and the batting is converted at a carding mill located down the road from Shepherd’s Dream. Although Eco Wool is not certified organic, the local sourcing, sustainable production standards, and exceptional quality makes it the top choice for Shepherd's Dream. Products may be ordered online and are promptly made to order and shipped to any location.

Baby Wit - Baby Clothes

Baby Wit produces an eco-friendly line of infant and toddler clothing some of which is made form organic cotton. It is hand printed using non-toxic water based inks. Everything is cut, sewn and printed in Portland, OR by this woman-owned company that is committed to sustainable business practices. Baby Wit is committed to recycling, waste prevention, and buying recycled products. Their promotional material is printed on recycled paper using vegetable inks and they purchase electricity from renewable sources. Baby Wit products available online include baby clothes, toddler tees, and wondersuits.

Ecoleeko - Baby Toys and Dolls

Ecoleeko baby products are completely free of plastic materials and very child-friendly. They produce handmade plush dolls, soft baby rattles, and bath buddy mittens all from hand dyed and printed organic cotton blends natural fillings like kapok fiber and buckwheat hulls. Every item is sewn with organic cotton thread. A lot of thought and work went into creating so many plastic-free baby products. Ecoleeko also uses 100% recycled paper for office, tags, gift wrap, and packaging. Their products are available for purchase online.

Boogaloo Bubbywear - Earth Friendly Clothing

Boogaloo Bubbywear offers organic baby clothes that are designed & hand-printed in Canada with worldwide shipping through Etsy. Boogaloo's baby apparel is made from 100% certified organic cotton and their up-cycled clothing line does use any new woven materials. Boogaloo Bubbywear's website is hosted using renewable energy and they use recycled paper for product tags and office use. Shipping materials are either reused or recycled.

Vermont Soap

Vermont Soap produces certified organic alternatives to chemical and detergent based personal care products. They manufacture handmade cold process bar soaps, liquid soaps for skin and cleaning, organic shower gels, organic nontoxic cleaners, and pet shampoo. Vermont Soap considers the environmental impact of every raw material and ingredient and the same goes for packaging. Most Vermont Soap products are certified to USDA organic food standards and they choose local ingredients whenever possible. Vermont Soap decided to invest in high-efficiency electric steam boilers powered by local hydropower rather than the cheaper option of using natural gas from fracking.

Summit Soap

Summit Soap uses natural, responsibly-sourced ingredients like Colorado beeswax, fair-trade shea butter, certified organic oils, and local vegetable oils. They also are particular about what they leave out. Summit Soap products contain no synthetic fragrance, sulfates, phosphates, parabens, or petrochemicals. Most ingredients are sourced locally in Colorado, and everything they create is completely biodegradable. Summit Soap strives to be a community-driven company. They engage with individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other groups to promote and educate about the benefits of responsible manufacturing and buying local. Summit Soap products are available online and include handmade bar soap, liquid soap, foaming soap, body butter, shampoo, lip balm, and shaving soap.

Maine Mountain Soap & Candle

Maine Mountain Soap & Candle produces handmade natural and organic soap, candles, bath and body care products, and pet shampoo. Maine Mountain Soap and Candle uses organic vegetable oils for their soaps, natural fibers for felted products, and pure essential oils for bath & body products. They operate their business under the mission of reduce, reuse, and recycle. They use recycled packaging peanuts from environmentally conscious area residents who want to keep them out of the landfill and their products are not tested on animals (except, of course, their pet shampoo, which is used on their own pets and their friends). Online sales, shipped from Maine.

Coconut Coast Handmade Soap

Coconut Coast Handmade Soap produces handmade soap and bath salts in Hawaii. Their natural soaps are made using the cold process method in small controlled batches from pure olive, coconut, and palm oils. The oils create a smooth and creamy bar of bath soap with lots of lather. The cold process method retains all of the naturally occurring glycerin that helps to moisturize. The soaps are poured into wooden molds to set then hand cut, racked, and allowed to cure for 4-6 weeks. Coconut Coast's bath salts are made from Hawaiian sea salt that is mixed with organic botanicals and essential oils to create relaxing blends. Coconut Coast bath and body products contain no artificial colorants, petroleum based products, or animal products, and are cruelty-free. They use fresh locally grown organic botanicals and products are available online.

Uncle Harry’s Natural Products

Uncle Harry’s Natural Products is a family run business dedicated to making earth-friendly products. They offer a wonderful selection of innovative body care products. All formulations are hand-made using only botanicals, including local, organic, and sustainable raw materials. Uncle Harry's also runs a 9-acre eco-farm in Redmond, WA. Products available online from Uncle Harry's include all natural mouth wash, tooth paste, soap, body scrub, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, aromatherapy oils, and nutritional supplements such as extracts, herbs, pollen, activated charcoal, and seaweed caps.