We asked Lauren to share her Mother’s Day wish list for our May edition of Conscious Buys. From faux porcupine earrings to recycled paper prints, her socially conscious curation is full of fresh finds you don't have to be a mom to want. Keep scrolling to shop her picks.
Inspirational Journal via Marie Mae
We’re not ashamed to admit that we go out of our way to stock up on pretty office supplies for FEED HQ. Something as personal as a notebook should make you feel happy every time you open it. Marie Mae’s notebooks do just that—but for reasons beyond their spot-on aesthetic. These products are never mass-produced. Instead, they are made in small business that embrace sustainability and fair working conditions. Not only that, but each product purchased provides one hour of business education for women in emerging markets. Amazing, right?
Throw via In2Green
The creative director of In2Green says it best when she proudly describes the throws this small company weaves in the US as “pieces that don’t read eco.” These beautiful throws are far from the craft fair vibe that words like “sustainable” and “green” often evoke with textiles. In short, we would buy these blankets for their quality and beauty—even without a conscious element. Good thing that’s far from the case.
Prints via Artifact Uprising
Even when we travel, most of us rely on Instagram for preserving our favorite moments. While immediacy is great, something is lost without the physicality of printed photos. Enter Artifact Uprising: the solution to bringing digital photos to life in the most beautiful and quality of ways. Yes, there are a few services like this out there, but none have Artifact’s commitment to “purpose within product.” Made in the US with recycled materials is just the start. They also provide jobs for adults with intellectual disabilities for their calendars and prints.
Bath Salts via Zoe Organics
Mama or not, we each need a special ritual to help relieve stress and anxiety and elevate our mood. This bath soak contains magnesium sulfate and a blend of therapeutic grade essential oils that ease stress and relax the body. But is it also organic? The answer is yes.
Linen Sheets via Parachute Home
Have you also been seeing Parachute *everywhere* recently? It feels like every day a new friend is telling us about their sheets or textiles. We decided to give them a try, and quickly understood the hype. Not only are the pieces both beautiful and breathable, but they are also free of synthetics and chemicals and made with down from humanely treated ducks.
Fresh Bouquet via Farm Girl Flowers
Lauren’s find of Farm Girl Flowers might be our favorite Conscious Buys discovery this month. It’s a completely fresh way to send flowers: They provide gorgeous, all US grown flowers at very reasonable cost. So you when buy, you’re supporting local farmers and minimizing environmental impact. Also, the bouquets are amazing.
Eyelet Blouse via Loyal Hana
The designs behind new-mama brand Loyal Hana are brilliant. Flattering side seams on tops conceal zippered openings for easy breastfeeding. This chic short sleeve blouse with eyelet detail is subtle and sexy and created with 100% cotton that is breathable and light for spring summer. The brand also gives back in meaningful ways by donating proceeds to cause like Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Baby2Baby.
Monogrammed Pouch via FEED
No matter how many times we talk about our impact, we still find it unbelievable that a purchase as simple as a make-up pouch can have ripple effects on communities and families that break cycles of poverty. This monogrammable Voyager Pouch provides 15 school meals. School meals incentivize parents to send their children to school, and help kids focus once in the classroom. In short, this pouch gives more than meals. It gives hope for a better future.
Porcupine Earrings via Soko
The founders of this jewelry company believe that you should not have to compromise your style or your budget to support a more ethical world. Can we get an Amen? These dramatic bone spike earrings are hand-dyed by artisans and finished with handcrafted brass caps and hooks. We love how they look both edgy and feminine at the same time.
Skin Cleanser and Mask via Clarins
Our Clarins partnership holds a special place in our hearts -- and for good reason. Together, we’ve helped provide over 10 million meals and counting. This May, Clarins takes our traditional “gift with purpose” program up a notch with their audacious Million Meal Challenge. Stop by participating retailers nationwide to stock up on skin food such as the Gentle Foaming Cleanser (an office favorite)…and receive a FEED gift pouch that provides 10 meals.
Pearl Necklace via Abrazo
This pretty necklace hits all the notes of timelessness that pearls evoke, while offering a modern twist. A necklace purchase from Abrazo ultimately means employment, and a better life, for the artisan women of Oaxaca and Chiapas in Southern Mexico who make each piece. Wouldn’t this make a lovely gift?