18 Ethical Food Gift Ideas — With a Special Sustainable Coffee List
The way we produce the food we eat and beverages we drink can have a negative or positive impact on the people and planet involved in the supply chain. This gift guide is dedicated to the food and drink that gives love to the communities and earth that produce them—and includes a special section on ethical coffee for all the coffee aficionados on your list. This holiday season, share food and a toast with lots of love by finding a gift from a Certified B Corporation.
Apologue sources locally whenever possible from local growers, such as Growing Solutions Farm and Coldbrook Farm. The B Corp is also Non-GMO Project Verified, using only non-GMO ingredients, and supports community-based organizations, including Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Growing Solutions Farm, Pilot Light, Support Staff, and Women in Hospitality United. Apologue’s Saffron Liqueur is a delectable spice trade journey for your senses, featuring Rumi’s Saffron, ethically sourced from Afghanistan, and 2% of sales benefiting Women in Hospitality United.
By Brooks Wine
Brooks Wine is committed to biodynamic farming at its vineyards in the Willamette Valley. This holiday season, taste and share the love with the Brooks Sparkling Riesling made by the only winery in the world that is a B Corp, 1% For the Planet Member, and Demeter Biodynamic Certified. A stunningly bright sparkling Riesling, bone-dry with gorgeously developed notes of preserved lemon, kumquat, and quince with racy acidity.
Since 1998, The FruitGuys has been on a mission to support American farms and combat hunger. Enjoy seasonal fruit, nuts and dried fruit, GloryBee honey sticks, and a Numi Tea sampler box with a mix of black, green, white, and herbal teas. This special gift supports the missions of three B Corp companies: The FruitGuys, Numi Tea, and GloryBee.
Hippie Snacks is committed to High Quality, Certified Organic & Non-GMO ingredients, all sourced from sustainable farmers and processors. By buying local when possible, Hippie Snacks helps strengthen the local economy, build community and reduce its environmental footprint. The company believes in connecting with the farmers who grow the food, and minimally processing it to create snack foods that are good for you and the planet. Rosemary Almond Crisps give love to your taste buds with a festive flavor profile pairing perfectly with holiday snack spreads.
The Lucky Iron Fish is a simple cooking tool that makes it easy to add a boost of natural iron in your daily meals. It provides 6 to 8mg of iron per use, which is more than 50% of your daily required iron intake. Simply add your Lucky Iron Fish to any boiling liquid (such as soup, stew, curry, or even water with some citrus) for 10 minutes. That’s it, you now have iron-rich water or food! The product is vegan, natural, clinically proven and lasts up to 5 years. A portion of every sale goes to help undernourished communities around the world.
Naledo is an innovative social enterprise that makes an impact, empowering everyone to change the world with everyday consumer choices. All of Naledo’s products directly support small-scale growers and are produced sustainably. Truly Turmeric is delicious, healthy, and easy to use. The original recipe is a zesty mix of wildcrafted whole root turmeric, cold-pressed coconut oil, fresh lime juice, sea salt, and citric acid (from citrus peels). Just add a spoonful to any recipe—and check out the company’s additional variations, including Black Pepper.
By Rumi Spice
Rumi brings flavorful, ethically sourced and socially responsible spices from Afghanistan to its customers while catalyzing sustainable rural economic development in Afghanistan and providing countless jobs to Afghan farmers and women who harvest and process the spices. Help soothe the soul and spark inspiration in the kitchen with this gift set featuring flavorful spices sourced directly from Afghanistan’s farmers and foragers.
From its base in the Bronx, Small Axe Peppers purchases peppers from community gardens all over the united states. Your purchase directly supports these gardens and their many positive endeavors. With this limited-time offer, you can try all three of the Small Axe Peppers Hot Sauces featured on “Hot Ones” The Bronx Hot Sauce, Habanero Mango, and The Chicago Hot Sauce.
Torani believes that everything starts with people and that businesses can, and should, create more opportunities for people. Each bottle of Torani Puremade Syrup promises amazing flavor for your creative drinks and supports the company’s efforts to help all the people, partners, and communities it touches thrive. This GMO-free syrup contains no artificial ingredients and imparts a rich, smooth caramel flavor with roasted, brown butter notes and a hint of salt, perfect for flavoring lattes, cold brew, and frozen blended drinks without compromise.
Ethical Coffee Gift Ideas
By Aldea Coffee
As an organization, Aldea places great emphasis on social responsibility and believes all stakeholders should be fairly and ethically treated. This begins with the farmers and their families, but includes and is not limited to employees, the community in which Aldea operates, customers, and vendors. This gift is for one of the direct-trade coffees, named for the farmers who produced them, that gives love through how it supports the Honduran farmers who have been affected by COVID-19 and recent hurricanes.
Amavida Coffee is kind to our planet, supports sustainable communities, empowering the people who make it, while offering a healthier and safer alternative to those who enjoy it. The perfect present for the coffee aficionado in your life, this blend comes wrapped in a custom coffee gift box. Our holiday blend coffee comprises two of Amavida’s most popular single-origin offerings.
Equator connects global coffee farming communities and coffee lovers in the U.S. This year, Equator partnered with a local artist to create six unique holiday bundles, including this “Do Gooder” bundle, which highlights Equator’s holiday blend and B’Cause blend. Both coffees capture the essence of the season: community and generosity. This season, The B’Cause Project supports Project Open Hand.
Using its business to do good has been Equator’s inspiration from the start. And over the last 20-plus years, Equator and all the customers who buy its coffee have been blessed to impact so many different communities, including communities impacted by SchoolBox, as Equator donates 10 cents of every pound of coffee we sell directly to SchoolBOX. This cup of joy includes a bag of coffee and a mug — a small gift with a big impact to say, “I appreciate you,” to a hardworking colleague, friend, or neighbor.
Higher Grounds provides coffee drinkers with the opportunity to engage in a cycle that begins with, and returns to, its partners in coffee-growing regions. The company is fully engaged in that cycle, sourcing coffee directly from farmers through ownership of its importer Cooperative Coffees and circling back to the farmers and their communities via its sister nonprofit, On the Ground. Give your loved ones the gift of delicious, fair trade, organic, single origin coffee from the best small-scale coffee farmers on the planet, one bag each month for three months.
Nossa Familia Coffee is a Portland, Oregon-based roaster that was founded in 2004 by Brazilian native Augusto Carneiro. Festa, “celebration” in Portuguese, is a holiday-themed coffee which donates $0.50 per bag to a Guatemalan nonprofit assisting to support the future of coffee farming. This 2020 blend includes beans from Nossa’s family farms in Brazil as well as beans from partner producers at Finca San Jose de las Nubes in Nicaragua, and the Next Generation of Young Farmers in Guatemala.
Passenger Coffee exists to seek out and thoughtfully present the world’s most memorable coffee & tea in a way that demonstrates the viability of an equitable supply chain. Passenger’s Education Lot coffees are selected to highlight either historical significance, socio-economic importance, or unique plant genetics. Each one tells a story of how coffee producers are pushing the envelope.
Being fair to farmers is the heart of Salt Spring Coffee. Since 2001, Salt Spring has been supporting coffee producers and their communities to improve their quality of life and equipment, which also increases coffee quality. Salt Spring Coffee’s 12 Days of Coffee is the perfect introduction to the company’s delicious, fair trade, organic coffee. With roasts ranging from medium to dark, the 12 Days of Coffee will have your loved ones excited to wake up and experience the tasting notes of each coffee.
Through coffee, Thanksgiving supports justice for its growers, its communities, and the environment. As an activist business, the company’s work is to engage every coffee drinker on big social, economic and environmental issues. The perfect gift for those who love animals as much as they love coffee, this gift bag includes three Cause Coffees: Songbird Guatemala, Baby Rhino Rescue & Wild Grounds Coffee, as well as a bag and a coffee mug.
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