Miley Cyrus can buy the flowers herself. While her new comeback anthem clearly resonates with a massive audience (it broke streaming records twice!), for many people February is tinted an extra shade of romantic red. Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for a fresh start at love, to celebrate lasting relationships or honor your own emotional intelligence. Valentine’s Day remains the third largest holiday spending occasion in the United States after Christmas and Thanksgiving. The National Retail Federation estimates that American consumers will spend $26 billion on products, services, and events associated with the holiday. Whether you are expressing your feelings for the first time, manifesting serious commitment or hunting for that elusive “something for someone who has everything”, there is a perfect gift out there for every heart and smile.
Here are 9 very different home and style gift ideas from brands and designers united in their creative pursuit of sustainability beyond renewable materials and slow craftsmanship. A sustainable gift does not guarantee a sustainable relationship, but it sure helps.
Sparkling Water Maker from Mysoda
These stylish award-winning countertop water carbonators are nearly silent and do not run on electricity. The body of the device is made from a know-how bio-composite produced from byproducts of the renewable Finnish forest industry. Sustainability never tasted this fresh!
Perfect for wellness enthusiasts with an effervescent personality.
Patchwork Bucket Hat from KSENIASCHNAIDER
Ukrainian designers Ksenia and Anton Schnaider were among the sustainability in fashion pioneers in Eastern Europe working exclusively with up-cycled materials from the start. These unisex denim hats help support the label through wartime. Sustainability is solidarity.
Perfect for fashionistas for peace.
Pome Run from MINNI HAVAS / FINARTE
What happens when you put a carpet through the kaleidoscope?! Designed in Finland and hand-crafted from recycled and natural fibers by artisans in India, each rug comes with a QR code tracing its unique journey from raw materials to your floor or wall.
Perfect for eclectic homebodies with a clear conscience.
Dune Voyager-1 Trolley by Soul of Nomad
This ergonomic luggage collection salutes NASA’s longest-serving mission in space. Engineered to perfection in Silicon Valley and meticulously handcrafted in Milan, part of the brand profits supports youth sport initiatives in Central Asia. Sustainability is about a global vision.
Perfect for jet-setting go-getters with a philanthropic bucket list.
P.I.G. Salami from Henrik Vibskov
These fun textile art pieces are recycled from the Danish designer’s 2015 runway installation. All profits benefit the (P)ractical (I)ntelligent (G)enius Foundation which awards cash prizes to new talent. Sustainability includes nurturing future generations of brilliant idea-makers.
Perfect for free-spirited gourmands with a sense of humor.
Pure Gold Skincare from La Prairie
This skincare collection is infused with real gold particles for that subtle glow. In a luxury industry first, the coveted Exclusive Cellular Complex blend now comes in replenishable vessels reducing packaging waste. Sustainability is a journey of a thousand steps that begins with you.
Perfect for the flawless at heart.
Corset Serpent from Studio 404
Each item is hand-knitted with recycled cotton yarns. Brand’s slow fashion ethos won the 2021 Mercedes Benz Global Talent Prize for reinventing crochet as couture. Dua Lipa, Kylie Minogue, and other divas are fans. Sustainability is about upgrading the cultural heritage.
Perfect for pop stars in training.
Marine plastic waste as raw material is a brilliant knowhow of this truly visionary eyewear brand. Plastic washed up in coastal communities in Spain, Ghana and Senegal becomes stylish frames. Sustainability (or seastainability) is strength in a circular economy. Check out the full catalog.
Perfect for the clear-eyed captains in your life.
Leather Wellness Case from Cuyana
All items come in gender-neutral colors and use only leather certified by the Leather Working Group. You can track the entire supply chain online while you enjoy organizing beauty products into categories: hers, his, ours, mine. Sustainability is transparency of intentions and outcomes.
Perfect for those trying to get and/or keep “it” together.