Cool Shades


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Winter is no time to be left out in the cold without sunglasses to fend off harsh rays, so why not protect your eyes with style? KAYU sunglasses, oversized lenses elegantly handcrafted from sustainable bamboo, block out harmful UV rays that can damage your eyes and hurt your vision. And, when you buy a pair of KAYU sunglasses, the company donates $50.00 to Unite for Sight, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent blindness. So far Unite has sponsored more than 18,000 eye surgeries worldwide. 

Go Native


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For socially conscious, artisan-crafted accessories, look no further than Via Nativa, a new label that features ecologically sustainable gifts made in Latin America. Via Nativa sources its products directly from independent artisans and community-based collectives and organizations, allowing the craftspeople to earn a living wage while preserving their traditional lifestyle. Via Nativa artisans produce small batches of unique accessories like llama fiber scarves in gorgeous reds, greens, and blues, dyed from the natural pigments of fruits and leaves. Or check out the home décor section where you’ll find hand-crafted chic espresso cups with lead-free glazes and elegant wood vases perfect for any centerpiece. Whether you’re looking to accessorize yourself or your home, odds are you’ll find the perfect item at vianativa.com.

Wood is Good


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The only thing cooler than Apple's wildly popular (and useful) iphone is Miniot's natural protective iphone cover , a luxe shell carved from a single piece of wood. Leave it sleek and unadorned, or have it inscribed with your monogram or personal message—they’ll carve a symbol or up to two lines of text right into the case. Choose from one of six different types of wood sourced from sustainably managed forests; since no two pieces are alike, you'll stand apart from the crowd no matter which finish you select. And for those of you still kicking it old school, there are form-fitting iWoods in varied woods for ipods, too (just be sure to check fit compatability with your particular device). We like the sound of that.

Making the Hair Cut


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Celebrate the New Year (and alleviate those post-Christmas blues) with the Yarok Hair Joy gift set. Yarok incorporates organic and responsibly harvested plant ingredients in all of its products and excludes synthetic preservatives, additives, and fragrances. The products are also formulated in small batches to ensure their freshness, integrity, and performance. The all-in-one gift set includes a hair and scalp sensory treatment, volumizing shampoo and conditioner infused with nourishing ingredients like calendula blossoms and macadamia nut oil, a Japanese rosewood comb that helps disperse oils from scalp to hair shaft, and an application booklet with step-by-step instructions for optimal results. 

Keeping You Covered


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With winter in full effect, nothing's cozier than snuggling up to a crackling fire (or radiator, urbanites) in style, wrapped in a warm blanket. Available at BranchHome.com, Ratzer's unique Tracks Plaid throw is as soft as it is chic. No harsh chemicals were used on the blanket, and all soaps and spinning oils applied in the manufacturing process are biodegradable. And, to make yourself even more comfortable, know that this product was certified by KbT for its demeter-quality wool and Eco-Tex standard 100 for its sewing thread and polyester label. So, feel free to warm up to the possibilities of adding this piece to your home.

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