Valentine's Day Gifts for the Activist You Love
by Sica Schmitz | Posted on February 03 2017
What she really wants for Valentine's Day is a better, kinder world - and you can help give her that with the gifts below.
GIFTS FOR THE FEMINIST
In the US, women own only 31% of businesses, and own only 20% of companies worth over $1 million. By support women-owned businesses you are creating more opportunities, more equality, and adding more women's voices in positions of power.
Rooney T-Strap Pump | $249 | Designed by women for women at a company created by 2 female co-founders, these handmade vegan shoes are a mix of sexy and comfort in a classic style that can be worn for years to come.
Claw & Pearl Necklace | $55 | Handmade from recycled brass and a vintage glass pearl, each necklace is handmade by the female founder in New Mexico.
Silver Flat Waist Bag | $72 | Not only is this bag hand sewn in Los Angeles by a female seamstress, but it is designed by a mother/daughter duo and gives back to liberate and empower women in America through the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
GIFTS FOR THE ENVIRONMENTALIST
Fashion is the 2nd most polluting industry in the world, accounting for 20% of global water pollution, 10% of global carbon emissions - and cotton alone uses over 20% of global insecticides. Choosing organic is one of the easiest ways to be easy on our earth.
V Bralette | $39 | Made from soft non-GMO organic cotton and low impact vegetable dyes here in Los Angeles, this comfortable bralette is available in 4 pretty colors.
Lace Chemise | $62 | 100% organic pima cotton, this flirty chemise is produced in accordance with the standards put forth by the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Stardard), IMO (Institute for Marketecology), and the ETAD (Ecological and Toxical Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers).
Wrap Bralette | $48 | The straps adjust but her values shouldn't. Created with strict environmental standards every step from the pima cotton to the pre-treatment to the dyes, this soft bralette is available in 3 neutral colors that don't stay neutral to environmental harm.
GIFTS FOR THE ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
Do you know what your leather is made from? Most of the world's leather comes from China where dog and cat skin is often mislabeled and sold in the form of handbags, shoes, belts, and wallets. Faux leather and faux fur is not only high quality, durable, and visually indistinguishable, but it's also the only way to guarantee you aren't wearing a house pet.
Webber Wallet | $80 | No animals were harmed in making this vegan wallet, created from high quality vegan leather (and with lots of room for pet photos).
Berlin Clog | $192 | Lined with cozy faux fur, this vegan high heel clog is a a cold weather favorite from a company whose name literally is No Animals Harmed.
GIFTS FOR THE HUMANITARIAN
There are over 40 million garment workers around the world, and most are not making a living wage. By choosing Fair Trade, you are providing dignified work that translates to happier families, better communities, and stronger economies.
Print Pillow Case | $22 | Handmade by women in the Congo through a registered non-profit, these accent pillows come in 6 different colorful African prints.
Sami Necklace | $64 | Made from recycled bullet casings to turn something terrible into something beautiful, this statement necklace is handmade at a women's cooperative in Ethiopia that employs women overcoming complications from female genital mutilation, rape, and HIV/AIDs.
Story Cards | $8.50 | Featuring artwork on the front and a poem inside, each card is intricately crafted at a community center for physically and mentally disabled genocide survivors in Rwanda.