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How to Shop for Sustainable Gifts This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season of twinkling lights, festive melodies, and the unmistakable scent of pine in the air. As the holiday spirit envelopes us, so does the age-old tradition of gift-giving. Yet, in the warm glow of celebration, it’s crucial to pause and consider the impact our presents can have – both on our planet and the skilled hands crafting our cherished treasures.

At Remake, we believe the essence of the holidays lies not only in the exchange of gifts but in the mindfulness with which we select and present them. In a world buzzing with commercial frenzy, we invite you to embrace a different kind of holiday magic – one where every ribbon-tied box holds joy and a commitment to sustainability and ethical practices. Picture a season where your gifts tell a story of craftsmanship, dignity, and care for our global community. It’s an aspiration that aligns with our values at Remake, recognizing that the allure of thoughtfully chosen and consciously-made gifts far outweighs the fleeting satisfaction of mass-produced trinkets.





However, we acknowledge the economic realities that often accompany ethically crafted items. The true cost of fair wages and sustainable practices may make these kinds of gifts seem pricier than their fast fashion counterparts, but there are plenty of delightful solutions that mirror the spirit of togetherness woven into the holiday season. This year, consider pooling resources with friends, family, or colleagues to indulge in a shared gift that reflects your collective commitment to ethical production. This not only makes conscious shopping more accessible but also transforms the act of giving into a collaborative celebration of values.

In our quest for a more sustainable holiday, Remake urges you to explore how you can infuse goodwill into your gift-giving traditions. Whether through the thrill of thrift shopping, the conscientious choices of sustainable brands, or the support of small businesses, your options are as diverse as your festive holiday decorations. Join us as we unwrap the secrets to a holiday season filled with intention, compassion, and a touch of eco-friendly sparkle. Let’s redefine the joy of giving, one ethically chosen present at a time.


Shopping Platforms


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Platforms that offer a wide variety of products for different tastes could be your one-stop shop for multiple mindful gifts. On a mission to create a place where you could have a positive impact with your dollar, Maisa Mumtaz-Cassidy founded the marketplace Consciously. The platform uses several sustainability criteria such as Fair Trade, Vegan, Handwork, Transparent, Womxn-Owned, BIPOC-Owned, Small Batch, and Eco Friendly, that act as the brand’s north star and guide them in selecting brand partners that align with at least two of these values.

By adhering to these principles, the platform curates a variety of products on its website that resonate with diverse conscious consumers. For a suitable partnership, a brand’s self-statement does not suffice but Consciously requests substantiation by seeking detailed explanations on material sourcing, production locations, and assurances of fair compensation for employees. In addition, they frequently request documentation to validate brands’ claims. They carry clothing and accessories for women, children, and men, home goods, and a selection of wellness items.


Wolf and Badger


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Built upon the pillar of skilled craftsmanship, Wolf and Badger is a B-corp-certified marketplace that has become home to more than 2,000 independent brands from around the world. The platform seems to have the holidays all figured out: Wolf and Badger has an extensive gift guide divided by a recipient’s needs and it doesn’t only offer clothing for women and men, but also decor, glassware, jewelry, and many more. Next to the platform’s online offers, it also has physical stores in London, Los Angeles, and New York, completing the Christmas shopping experience and paving the way for consumers to shop their local designers as well as access independent designers around the world.

Wolf and Badger employs a vetting team that ensures its partnering brands meet its sustainability standards according to a 15-category framework that essentially assesses brands’ endeavors in caring for humans, animals, and the planet. Every product page features icons symbolizing one category of the framework, creating a transparent and accessible shopping experience for customers.


Thrift Shops


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Founded in 2011 by Simon Beckerman, Depop first began as a social networking site linked to PIG magazine where users could buy items from the young creatives featured in the magazine. Later, it evolved into a dynamic marketplace where creatives share their unique finds, now influencing a global community of millions. Headquartered in London, with a presence in New York and Manchester, Depop is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Etsy, passionately championing a mission of fashion for a better future. While Depop carries firsthand items by small designers, its predominant offering consists of vintage and secondhand pieces. One of the platform’s recent surveys concluded that 9 out of 10 Depop purchases prevent the purchase of a newly produced item. On top of that, Depop touts to offset 100% of its CO2 generated by users’ shipping emissions.

Depop thrives as a community-powered fashion ecosystem, prioritizing kindness to the planet and its people. More than just a marketplace, it’s a haven for diverse, progressive, and creative individuals who redefine fashion’s landscape. In this community, safety and self-expression are paramount. Gift-giving on Depop is more than a transaction: it’s a personalized connection. As a peer-to-peer platform, it epitomizes a heartfelt exchange, where items come with a touch of individuality and a story behind them, echoing the spirit of a community rewriting fashion norms and pioneering a better, more sustainable future.


Vestiaire Collective


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Vestiaire Collective is a peer-to-peer fashion resale platform that is not only celebrated by fashion enthusiasts for its wide variety of vintage designer pieces but is increasingly making a name for itself as a thought leader. Positioned as the world’s first B-Corp fashion resale platform, Vestiaire Collective stands at the forefront of the circular fashion movement, countering overproduction and overconsumption that plague the industry. What sets the platform apart is its resolute commitment to a net climate-positive impact, preventing almost three times more emissions than it generates. The platform’s environmental dedication is reflected in the statistic that purchasing an item on Vestiaire Collective carries a 90% lower environmental impact compared to buying new. In 2022, 82% of purchases on the platform replaced firsthand purchases, showcasing the tangible impact of choosing pre-loved fashion.

Beyond emissions avoidance, Vestiaire Collective actively reduces its carbon intensity, embracing local shipping over air transport and optimizing packaging to minimize waste. The platform’s mission goes beyond internal practices, aiming to be the leading voice for circularity in fashion. By banning fast fashion giants like Zara, H&M, and Shein from its platform, Vestiaire Collective not only takes a stand against wasteful practices but urges consumers to rethink their consumption habits. This commitment extends to campaigns, such as their impactful Black Friday initiative, urging us all to “think first, buy second”. As a vanguard in the industry, Vestiaire Collective is not just reshaping fashion; it’s redefining how we approach it with long-term partnerships, impactful educational content, and a diverse, empowered community.


Small Brands and Resale
The Consistency Project

The Consistency Project (TCP) emerges as a beacon of sustainability in the realm of holiday shopping. Born from the passion of Hawaiian-native, founder Natasha Halesworth, TCP transcends the boundaries of a mere passion project, evolving into a New York City-based design studio with a profound mission: to revolutionize the way we interact with clothing. Specializing in breathing new life into reclaimed and pre-existing materials, TCP crafts contemporary workwear staples such as parachute pants, jean jackets, and vibrant overalls across a diverse size range.

At TCP, holiday shoppers can indulge in a unique and personalized retail experience, booking appointments that prioritize individual body shapes, ages, and personalities. This small brand’s dedication to a reuse-oriented business model is not just innovative; it’s a necessary breath of fresh air in an industry marred by excess production. Moreover, TCP was one of the first brands to endorse the FABRIC Act to improve labor conditions for garment workers across the United States.


Selva Negra


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Selva Negra is a brand founded by Mexican and Filipino-American designer Kristen Gonzalez that shows a profound commitment to transparency and eco-friendly practices. This brand takes a holistic approach to sustainability, utilizing eco-friendly materials and implementing low-waste solutions, such as compostable packaging and innovative fabric upcycling. Selva Negra’s dedication extends beyond environmental consciousness to the well-being of its team. The brand champions fair wage practices, ensuring that every member of its workforce receives a living wage while working in safe and clean conditions. Inclusive sizing ranging up to size 4XL underscores Selva Negra’s commitment to diversity, with ongoing efforts to expand and enhance its offerings.

What makes Selva Negra a standout choice for your holiday shopping is not just its commitment to environmental endeavors but its unwavering dedication to the community. The brand actively partners with nonprofit organizations, contributing to causes aligned with its values. By prioritizing local production in collaboration with family-owned factories in Downtown Los Angeles, Selva Negra reduces its carbon footprint and supports small businesses.


Modern Citizen


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Modern Citizen, the brainchild of Jessica Lee and Lizzie Agnew established in 2014, offers a refreshing and sustainable twist to your holiday shopping. In a world often dictated by fleeting trends, Modern Citizen stands as a steadfast advocate against fashion’s fast pace. The brand’s focus lies in crafting cross-functional, impeccably tailored pieces designed for enduring style. Pioneering a mission to combat overproduction, the brand employs pre-order and waitlist features, minimizing environmental impact and fostering a more conscious shopping experience.

Another remarkable aspect of Modern Citizen is its commitment to utilizing a percentage of recycled, bio-based, regenerated, and deadstock materials. Intending to reach 60% recycled materials by 2025, the brand also aims to eradicate the use of conventional cotton, polyester, leather, and other virgin materials. Embracing inclusivity, Modern Citizen’s core collection already extends to size 3X, and the brand is actively working towards implementing size inclusivity across its entire product line.



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Being the first brand that propelled upcycled denim into the mainstream, RE/DONE is a trailblazer in the world of sustainable denim that transcends trends with its authentic and eco-conscious approach. Cherished among celebrities and fashion enthusiasts, RE/DONE stands out as a leader in upcycling, particularly celebrated for transforming vintage Levi’s jeans from the 1950s to the 1990s into contemporary styles. With its commitment to sustainability, the brand has rescued over 200,000 garments from ending up in landfills, each pair of jeans telling a unique story in its revamped design.

RE/DONE goes beyond the confines of denim rework, venturing into collaborations with other brands and producing collections, some crafted from recycled or organic materials. The brand’s eco-friendly initiatives extend to water and CO2 reduction, coupled with a steadfast zero-waste policy. Notably, RE/DONE proudly manufactures its clothing in the USA, aligning production practices with ethical and sustainable principles. While the brand commits to quality working conditions and livable wages for all employees, the next frontier involves transparent disclosure of what constitutes a “livable wage” and the actual wages paid to garment workers in its production countries. This crucial step will affirm RE/DONE’s dedication to ensuring fair compensation and meeting the basic needs of the hands shaping its sustainable fashion narrative.


Hope for Flowers by Tracy Reese

Created by the esteemed American designer Tracy Reese, renowned for her signature feminine fashion, Hope for Flowers seamlessly intertwines socially and ecologically responsible principles into her brand’s DNA. The commitment to sustainability is palpable, with organic cotton, linen, Tencel™ Lyocell, and Cupro replacing leather and polyester in the materials portfolio. Hope for Flowers champions a shortened supply chain, breathing life into underserved communities through an artisan studio nestled in Detroit.

This sustainable vision extends beyond fashion; it nurtures a diverse team of talented Black creatives and fosters community growth by providing free arts enrichment programs. Acknowledging the importance of transparency, Hope for Flowers takes strides towards a more open dialogue, endorsing the FABRIC Act for increased clarity in supply chain operations and worker conditions in the United States. This act sets a living wage benchmark for garment workers, aligning seamlessly with the brand’s mission to safeguard both human well-being and the health of our planet.

While the holidays can be hard, shopping sustainably doesn’t have to be. Now more than ever, brands and businesses are dedicated to providing meaningful alternatives to fast fashion, disrupting the fashion industry and allowing consumers to uphold their values, even during the frenzy of the holiday season.

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