With the holidays right around the corner, the yearly nightmare before Christmas of what to get everyone on our list has begun. However, this year PhatRice has you sorted. The sustainable e-commerce platform features fair trade, socially conscious and ethically made products and brands from around the globe. Who can argue with gifting that enriches the life of the product artisans, empowers women and supports communities in the developing world- basically that make the world a better place? With truly inspirational stories behind them, these items will leave even the biggest Scrooge among us excited for the Santa season.
We have curated a list of our absolute favorite items on PhatRice- and there is truly something for everyone!
For The Fashionista
Green Queen’s Pick: The Justine in Silver Cloud Brocade from Emi & Eve is sure to please the most discerning of dames. This beautiful bag is made of duchesse satin with a brass clasp and includes a detachale strap.
Green Queen Loves: Emi & Eve offers a new twist to recycling by using the remnants of the Khmer Rouge regime, turning bomb casings into jewelry and in this case the lovely brass clasp. The satin is woven at a women’s collective for disaster victims in Thailand and these materials are then assembled in China by disabled workers and earthquake refugees.
For The Audiophile
Green Queen’s Pick: For the music lover in your life these Zebra Wood Troubadours w/Mic from LSTN are a gorgous and unique way to listen to your favorite tunes. Each pair is handcrafted and no two pairs are alike. Compatible with all major electronics, these headphones feature gold-plated plugs, an in-line microphone, and nylon wrapped cables.
Green Queen Loves: For each purchase, LSTN works with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to give the gift of hearing to a disadvantaged person by setting them up with hearing aid.
For The Foodie Home Chef
Green Queen’s Pick: For those who are happiest in the kitchen, the “Give it a Rest” Utensil line slotted spoon, spatula, and sauce spoon from Bambu is the perfect choice. These beautiful utensils ingeniously combine form and function- they have a built-in ‘bump’ on their back that prevents sauce spillover on your countertop.
Green Queen Loves: All Bambu products are made with certified organic bamboo- a natural, renewable, and totally eco-friendly material. Bamboo is also naturally anti-microbial and will not scratch your cookware.
For The Camping Enthusiast
Green Queen’s Pick: Allow your camping pal to leave the batteries at home with the sleek and modern S20 Solar-Powered Lamp from d.light. With its two-year warranty and high durability, this will be the only lamp they will need for a long time.
Green Queen Loves: What could be greener than a no electricity lamp? Stay off the grid and save on energy costs!
For The Health Obsessive
Green Queen’s Pick: For the health guru who is always on the go the Citrus Zinger from Zing Anything is sure to be a winner. This ingenious water bottle allows you to take your own lemonades and flavored/infused waters no matter where you are.
Green Queen Loves: The Citrus Zinger is BPA/Halogen/EA/Phthalates-free. Plus, no need to waste end-up-in-landfill plastic bottles when you have this baby in your handbag!
For The Cool Colleague
Green Queen’s Pick: Wondering what to get for that office chum you have spent so many coffee-fueled hours with? What abotu a soy candle from Seeds Collection by KOBO. There is an assortment of lush scents to please just about everyone’s fancy.
Green Queen Loves: KOBO’s Seeds Collection candles are setting a new standard in green packaging. Not only is is the packaging material designed in a solar-powered studio, out of recycled materials that are compostable and FSC certified but each box is infused with seeds from the plant representing the scent of the candle. Simply soak, plant, and enjoy far after the candle has burned out. Also- the candles are soy based so no nasty chemical release!
For Doting Dad
Green Queen’s Pick: Every year the same holiday dilemma arises! What to get for dear Daddy? This year, pick up the Teak & Bamboo Watch from Analog Watch Co. The sleek, chic minimalist design is outfitted with gold finishings and a quartz movement.
Green Queen Loves: Each watch is made from sustainably sourced lumber offcuts and uber-renewable bamboo, making each watch is 80% biodegradable.
The Stocking Stuffer
Green Queen’s Pick: Nothing can ruin the holidays like a broken phone! Help keep everyone’s safe this season by stocking up on these iPhone 5 BioCovers from Bioserie. These covers have patented “feet” on each corner to help protect your screen while face down.
Green Queen Loves: Made from plants not plastics, the phone cover’s material are certified both 100% biobased and 100% recycled.
For The Locavore
Green Queen’s Pick: What could be more Hong Kong than the beautiful XiXi Oriental Earrings from The Mustard Seed Workshop, made of sterling silver and displaying the traditional Cantonese axiom “double happiness”.
Green Queen Loves: These earrings are made in Hong Kong by disadvantaged groups- the artisans come from low-income and marginalized ethnic minorities.
For Your Tiny Tots
Green Queen’s Pick: Even though people from farther up in the Northern hemisphere don’t seem to believe it, it sure can get cold during Hong Kong winters so this season give the little ones in your life these adorable hats. The Samuel Children’s Hat from DeepGreen is made of a bamboo/cotton blend and hand-knit in a smoke and pet free environment.
Green Queen Loves: Each item from DeepGreen includes the name of the Yunnanese woman who knit each one- the women are all surviving victims of domestic abuse.
All images courtesy of PhatRice.