Ethical Gifts for Dudes
In California, we refer to pretty much everyone as "dude" (as in, "Dude, the 101 is a parking lot," or "Dude, I can't believe Clinton scored a 2.5 million lead in the popular vote and we still have to let Trump be president. Bummer."). So while this ethical gift guide is aimed toward the brothers, fathers, uncles, and grandpas in your life, it's really appropriate for anyone who appreciates stylish, functional gear that's good for people and the planet.
Available at Patagonia
Patagonia has been killing it on the sustainability front lately, growing its offering of Fair Trade Certified products significantly in 2015 and continuing to reduce the environmental impact of its supply chain. Made from a 96% recycled polyester/4% spandex blend, this beanie is comfortable and built to last.
Available at Aloha Beach Club
On our last trip to San Diego, we stumbled upon Aloha Beach Club's flagship store in north Park. I was impressed by the company's selection of well-made mens ware and commitment to ethical manufacturing, with many of their products made in the USA. The Konia Parka, for example, is made in Hawaii from a water resistant cotton polyester poplin.
Available at Marine Layer
Made in Colorado, this rucksack by Topo Designs combines contemporary functionality with timeless design (I love that it looks like something my dad would have taken on a hike in the eighties). Includes a lined interior, laptop sleeve, zip pockets, and camera cube.
Malin + Goetz Gift Set
$45.00 - $150.00
Available at Malin + Goetz
My husband and I are both big fans of Malin + Goetz products (Jon is basically unable to function without their pomade). The brand combines tried-and-true natural ingredients with modern-day technology to create effective, amazing smelling products that won't irritate skin (anyone who's tried making a "natural" cinnamon mud mask knows that nature in its raw form can actually destroy your skin, but that's another story). Malin + Goetz emphasizes local sourcing and sustainability, and never tests on animals.
Durango Dopp Kit
Nisolo is another one of my favorite ethical shoes and accessories, with commitment to above-fair trade wages, benefits, and a healthy working environment for the artisans who make their products. This dopp kit (or toiletry bag for those of you (me) who were unfamiliar with the term) is handmade with ethically-sourced, vegetable tanned leather in Leon, Mexico.
Evolution Swim Trunks
Available at Outerknown
So no, swim trunks are not an appropriate December gift for a large swath of the northern hemisphere. But! It never hurts to prepare the dude(s) in your life for next summer, and these trunks by eco-conscious brand Outerknown are the perfect way to do it. Made from reclaimed fishing nets and other waste products with a commitment to sustainability.