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5 of My Favorite Ethical Goods in December

by Emily Waddell

As the founder of Give a Damn Goods, I think it's SO important to be passionate about the products we carry. That's why I try them all out! I wear the earrings, use the bath & body goods, & eat the chocolate. You might think I'm kidding, but I legit start my mornings by sipping Singing Rooster Medium Vienna fair trade coffee from my World Changer Coffee Mug. I design the t-shirts and then all of the other brands carried in Give a Damn Goods are small businesses I've worked with through The Honest Consumer! So since I try the goods...what am I loving right now?? These are a few of my favorite things this month!

survivor made products

Thistle Farms Exfoliating Body Scrub- $19
This is a product I just recently tried and I must say it's now one of my favorite Thistle Farms products. I love the Eucalyptus Mint scent due to the refreshing and relaxing smell. The Exfoliating Body Scrub leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed, and soft. The purchase of Thistle Farms products directly impacts the healing and empowerment of women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction in the USA. Thistle Farms helps survivors with job training, employment, medical attention, housing, healing & more.

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Kind Karma Coin Choker- $50
I received this necklace a year ago and WOW do I wear it a lot! This choker is fabulous for layering necklaces and dressing up an outfit. Here I paired the Gold Coin Choker with the Teardrop Gem Stone Necklace. Both of these are by Kind Karma, all Kind Karma jewelry is locally made in the Toronto area and handcrafted by at-risk and transitioning homeless youth.

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ethically made jewelry
fair trade purse

Malia Designs Small Crossbody Bag- $40
While this bag is called the "small" crossbody bag, it has the perfect amount of space. The outside pockets are great for stashing your phone or other goodies you might not want to zip away. And the depth of this purse is fabulous for keeping my long leather wallet & keys. This purse is great for traveling because you can easily just throw it over yourself and be ready to go. This crossbody is incredibly durable too! I've been carrying it for the past month and love it! Read my full product review on The Honest Consumer. Malia Designs products are handcrafted in Cambodia and every purchase helps to fight Human Trafficking.

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Yuhme Water Bottle- $35
Really and truly, this is the coolest water bottle. It's sustainably made from sugar cane, plastic free, light weight, and dishwasher safe. I've been using mine for four years and adore it. I've traveled with it all the way to Europe! Yuhme water bottles also provide clean water to developing communities in the Central African Republic.

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ethically made jewelry
fair trade purse

Zero Waste Earrings & Bolo Necklaces- $16+
Sun Sprinkles zero waste polymer clay earrings are one of our newer collections and I'm so pleased with them! These earrings are well made, light weight, and make a statement. I'm wearing the Classic Stripe earrings in this picture which I love. Sun Sprinkles is a woman-owned jewelry brand celebrating zero waste design. Each piece is one of a kind & handmade in Michigan. All excess materials are used and incorporated into other designs, not wasting any materials. I paired the earrings with the Bolo Necklace which is made with 100% recycled materials and can be styled a variety of ways. 

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Fair Trade Fanny Pack


Social Impact: 

Malia Designs is a socially responsible brand that designs and sells handbags and accessories. Their products are ethically handcrafted in Cambodia using sustainable materials such as up-cycled cotton, recycled feed bags, and more. "Designed to Carry a cause," the purchase of these fair trade accessories supports the fight against human trafficking. Malia Designs is part of the Fair Trade Federation, a third party ensuring living wages and fair treatment of workers. Shop all our Malia Designs products here. 

Product Description:

Looking for an ethically made fanny pack? We've got you covered! Belt bags, hip sacks, fanny packs, whatever you want to call them, they're back and so cute! Screen printed by hand and ethically made in Cambodia, this style can be worn around your waist or cross body style. A great option when traveling or out on the town.

  • Cotton Screen Print
  • Contrasting Cotton Lining
  • Zip Closure
  • Adjustable Strap
  • 13.5"L x 6"H
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    no bra t-shirt
    no bra t-shirt
    funny braless shirt
    no bra no problems t-shirt
    funny no bra t-shirt
    no bra no problems t-shirt
    gifts for people who hate bras
    eco-friendly t-shirt size chart

    No Bra, No Problems T-Shirt


    Social Impact

    • Our t-shirt supplier produces great quality shirts, while fighting generational poverty in Haiti. LIFE, the Haitian facility where the shirts are produced, creates dignified work that keeps families together. They pay workers 5x the going rate for similar jobs in the area. 100% of LIFE's profits are dedicated to programs that support orphans.
    • Each shirt uses 6 recycled poly water bottles and all fabric is spun, knitted, processed and finished in the USA.
    • Our tees are printed locally in Seattle, WA using non-toxic and phthalate free inks

    Product Description: Hate wearing a bra? Or love that feeling of taking your bra off at the end of the day? This is the tee for you. Fly free with this cozy t-shirt.   Tri-blend Crews unique and proprietary blend is built from 50% Repreve® polyester from recycled plastic; 25% organic, US grown, combed, ring spun cotton; and 25% TENCEL™ Modal. These sustainable fibers combine to create a soft, flexible, and smooth fabric. Unisex sizes to flatter men, women, & everyone. Check out all our affordable ethical t-shirts here. Out of stock of your size? We restock our short sleeve tees about once a month. Sign up for our e-mail list here to be notified when sizes are restocked.

    Washing & Care: We recommend washing in cold water & hang drying your tee! As this will ensure it lasts the longest and is better for the environment! 

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    Christmas scented candles
    Christmas scented candles
    Gifts That Give Back
    fall candles
    holiday candles

    Tennessee Christmas Candle


    Social Impact:

    Light Shine Candles are made by "mom-preneur," Anna, in Nashville, TN. Candles are made with non-GMO soy, a cotton wick, a made-in-the USA glass jar, and free of dyes and phthalates. A portion of proceeds from Light Shine Candles go to Global Outreach Developments International to encourage community development in El Salvador. Shop all Light Shine Candles here. 

    Candle Scent:

    This winter candle features apple + citrus. Merry and bright, Tennessee Christmas is a cheerful combo of orange and apple. A departure from the spicy notes of traditional holiday candles.Transitions well to the new year.

    Product Description: 

    • 8 ounces
    • Single cotton wick
    • 40+ hour burn
    • 2 3/4" round x 3 1/2" tall.
    • Lids may vary based on availability. Light Shine Candles uses several lid colors including pewter, rustic brown, gold, antique gold, and vintage yellow. 
    • *Tennessee Christmas comes cheerfully packaged with a bright red lid, while supplies last


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