Behind the Gift: 16 Gifts That Value Producers
November 10, 2021
A B Corp Gift Guide of Companies That Care for Suppliers, from Farmers to Artisans and More
Shopping with Certified B Corporations helps ensure that you’re selecting gifts produced by healthy, ethical supply chains, which include sustainably minded producers along with fairly paid and treated suppliers. As purposeful jobs become more important and expected, B Corps are leading by example as business partners that ensure those who produce the ingredients in their products receive good wages while operating in safe and healthy environments. The 16 B Corps highlighted on this list are leaders in practices that encourage long-term, transparent relationships with suppliers who share in their success.
3-in-1 Eucalyptus Remedy™ Plant-Based Bubble Bath, Wash, and Shampoo
Babo Botanicals | United States
Price: $15.99 USD
This three-piece set is created from eucalyptus harvested on a woman-owned farm in Australia whose employees consist of at least 50% women. These farmer partners also have committed to giving back to Australia’s wildlife by dedicating over a mile and a half of their land to create a koala sanctuary planted with hundreds of eucalyptus trees. The trees also provide eucalyptus for Babo’s blend that nourishes, moisturizes, and soothes skin and body for children and adults.
Milk and Dark Chocolate Crispy Thins Gift Set
Divine Chocolate | United States
Price: $26.59 USD (not available in Canada)
This gift pack includes milk and dark chocolate thins and bars that make a great gift for your recipient and give cocoa farmers a bigger share of income and company ownership. Divine Chocolate is the only Fairtrade chocolate company in the world co-owned by cocoa farmers. This means that in addition to the Fairtrade price and premium, Divine Chocolate’s cocoa farmers share in the distributable profits and have 40% board representation. It’s a delicious way to benefit growers as well as the chocolate lovers in your life.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One Chocolate
Dr. Bronner’s | United States
Price: $5.49 USD
Whether it’s as a stocking stuffer, a box of six as a gift, or a just-for-me treat, these dark chocolate bars from Dr. Bronner’s are more than delicious — they enrich the land and lives of everyone involved in their creation. When Dr. Bronner’s learned that many of the 800 farmers in its Regenerative Organic Certified Serendipalm project in Ghana also grew cocoa, it seemed the perfect opportunity to work toward creating a chocolate grown using regenerative organic agriculture — a chocolate good for farmers, the planet, and you.
rPET Jacquard Pillow
Goodee | Canada
Price: $190 CAD / $149 USD
These reversible pillows are an easy way to update living spaces and support open hiring practices. Each piece is responsibly handcrafted in Italy by Cartiera, a social cooperative empowering migrants and asylum seekers through artisan craft, using fabric made from 100% post-consumer plastic bottle caps. The pillows are filled with organic cotton batting and muslin provided by Cece’s Wool, a nonprofit that offers training, jobs, and services to people with developmental disabilities.
The Essential Sweatshirt
Kotn | Canada
Price: $80 CAD / $69 USD
Through a ground-up approach to product creation, Kotn has cut out the traditional middle people, allowing the B Corp to create direct and personal relationships at every stage of its supply chain. Kotn works directly with nearly 2,400 smallholder farmers, offering guaranteed pricing, subsidies, and agricultural consultants to ensure their businesses can flourish. Since day one, it has invested in the creation of jobs, infrastructure, systems, and education to alleviate poverty and create shared, sustainable growth for local communities. With every order of comfortable and cozy styles like this sweatshirt (also available in men’s sizing), Kotn donates a portion of proceeds to fund and build primary schools in the Nile Delta and Faiyum, Egypt, where it sources cotton.
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Seasonal Lobster Roll and Whoopie Pie Pack
Luke’s Lobster | United States
Price: $125 USD (only available in the U.S.)
Add a taste of Maine to your holiday with this pack that contains 1 pound of flash-frozen knuckle and claw lobster meat, a pack of New England-style split-top buns, Luke’s Secret Seasoning, and two Maine-made whoopie pies. Luke’s Lobster traces every pound of seafood so it knows the regulations that bind that fishery to sustainable harvesting methods. The B Corp also builds strong producer relationships by buying directly from individual fishermen or from fishermen’s co-ops. Luke’s also recently expanded its product offerings to include underutilized species that introduce customers to new sustainable seafood options, build resiliency in the seafood supply chain, and create opportunities for Maine’s fishermen and aquaculturists.
Maya Crossbody Handbag
MODHER | United States
Price: $545 USD
Here’s a timeless gift with sustainable supply chain style. This stylish, plastic-free handbag is handcrafted in Italy by a family-owned atelier from biodegradable materials, including canvas and vegetable-tanned leather. Designed to be styled with any outfit and worn in every season, the Maya handbag will be a sustainable wardrobe cornerstone that the recipient can use for years to come. MODHER handbags are made with quality materials and produced by local artisans with practices that minimize waste.
Festa Holiday Blend
Nossa Familia Coffee | United States
Price: $15 USD
This festive, dark roast blend — with notes of dark chocolate, macadamia nut, nutmeg, and orange zest — gives back to communities doing the hard work of producing coffee. Fifty cents of every bag sold supports the future of coffee farming through the De la Gente Young Entrepreneur Fund for children of coffee-growers in the Guatemalan partner cooperative. As the rising generation within this coffee-growing community, these young adults are able to deepen their understanding of coffee and pursue their entrepreneurial visions. Nossa Familia also supports growers by paying on average 50% more than the Fair Trade minimum price per pound of green coffee.
8-Day Great Inca Trail Day Hikes to Machu Picchu (Private Travel Package)
SA Expeditions | United States
Price: $3,990 USD
Always dreamed of visiting Machu Picchu but unsure how to do so responsibly and respectfully? SA Expeditions tapped its in-depth knowledge of Cuzco’s Inca trails, ruins and communities to put together a challenging itinerary that will take you far from the crowd to experience the Incas’ heritage. The B Corp employs and contracts with traditionally underserved suppliers — such as independent guides from the rural Andes mountains and low-income women-run flight specialists — while building long-term, collaborative relationships. As proponents of responsible and regenerative tourism, the itinerary includes day hikes that bring travelers on more pristine sections of Inca trails and allow the trekking support team members to return to their homes each evening.
The Winter Warmer
Saul Good Gift Co. | Canada
Price: $85 CAD / Limited availability in the U.S.
Although winter weather differs across the country, Canadians in every province appreciate coming in from the cold and warming up. To capture that moment, Saul Good selects locally sourced products from small businesses for these gift boxes. In 2020, Saul Good’s purchasing contributed the equivalent of over 75,000 hours of living wage employment with Canadian small businesses. Curated treats range from drinking chocolate to shortbread cookies to a sweet-and-spicy pretzel mix. It’s a tasty way to support small businesses across Canada.
SheaMoisture Hydrating Body Kit
SheaMoisture (Sundial Brands) | United States
Price: $15 USD
SheaMoisture is the legacy of Sofi Tucker, a pioneering mother of four and entrepreneur who began selling shea butter, African Black Soap, and homemade beauty preparations in 1912 in Sierra Leone. SheaMoisture honors her vision with products featuring Fair Trade shea butter handcrafted by women in Africa, and every purchase supports the company’s mission to reinvest in those communities. This Hydrating Body Kit with 100% virgin coconut oil, coconut milk, and shea butter nourishes and restores all skin types — a great gift for others or for self-care.
Holiday Bites Variety Pack
Sun & Swell Foods | United States
Price: $20 USD
All ingredients for these holiday bites are sourced from family farms that practice sustainable agriculture practices and are certified organic, following Sun & Swell’s mission to connect people back to the source of their food with healthful options. The variety pack of holiday-flavored treats — pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, and peppermint mocha — has six bags or organic, plant-based and gluten-free bites perfect for the busy holiday season or as a stocking stuffer.
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Smart Heated Mug Kit
Tease | Canada
Price: $75 CAD
Made for busy people who have high (temperature) standards and good taste, the Tease heated mug kit will keep beverages warm for more than four hours on even the chilliest of days. Kit items are ethically made with manufacturing partners that have been vetted for a high level of social and environmental responsibility, and tea blends are 100% biodegradable and contain ethically sourced botanical ingredients.
DIY Kits and Sustainable T-Shirts
The Good Tee | Canada
Create a one-of-a-kind T-shirt with love for a friend or family member, or give this kit as an art project for the recipient to enjoy while supporting transparent and accountable labor practices. The Good Tee establishes long-term partnerships with suppliers who operate with sustainable practices and meet requirements for ethical and legal operations. For every Fair Trade certified product sold, the B Corp pays a premium directly back to the cotton farmers and workers who make the apparel.
Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Bar
Tony’s Chocolonely | United States
Price: $6.49 USD (not available in Canada)
With a mission to end exploitation in the chocolate industry, Tony’s Chocolonely uses Fairtrade practices to reshape the cocoa industry to end the poverty cycle that many farmers experience. To eliminate modern slavery, illegal child labor, and deforestation prevalent in the cocoa industry, the B Corp developed five rules for responsibly sourced cocoa: pay a higher price, use 100% traceable beans, encourage strong farmers, promote better quality and productivity, and go for the long term with five-year plans and agreements. Its holiday offerings include this minty dark chocolate bar with a fir-tree-shaped section.
Unbelts | Canada
Price: $49 CAN / $49 USD
These flexible but tough elastic adventure belts are made for bodies of every age, shape, and gender from recycled water bottles. Backed by a lifetime guarantee, the belts are produced by a living-wage supply chain thanks to Unbelts’ drive for better working conditions, more manageable hours, and more upward mobility for the people behind its belts at its studios in Shanghai, China, and Edmonton, Alberta. From thread to labels to buckles, all the materials used to produce these belts are ethically made with minimal waste.
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