Ethical Valentine's Day Gifts

Valentines Day is quickly approaching and with it the inevitable wave of consumerism that accompanies it. Valentine's Day irks me a bit more than any other holiday because many "traditional" Valentine's gifts are hard-hitters in the area of labor exploitation: chocolate, diamonds, flowers...  Andrew and I usually exchange a small gift (like a bar of chocolate or a sustainably harvested bouquet) or card, and then focus on enjoying an experience together that's romantic and meaningful. You can peruse some of our favorite ideas in this post: Valentine's Day: all the romance without the consumerism

That being said- if your love is a gift-lover and you'd like to buy a romantic gift without contributing your dollars to the mainstream Valentine's day retail industry (which is projected to reach 19 billon dollars this year), I've rounded up a sampling of responsibly made products for you to consider. On a day that celebrates love, let's make sure our consumer choices show love and concern for the workers that produced our products! 

Featured Items: 

Divine Chocolate | White Chocolate & Strawberries | Fair trade, sourced from worker-owned coop
Theo Chocolate | My Cherry Baby Bar | Certified organic and Made under fair trade standards
Global Goods | La Artesana Heart | Made under fair trade standards in Mexico
Bario Neal | Knotted ring |  Made in the USA from fairmined gold and recycled precious metals
Bario Neal | Melia Bracelet | Made in the USA from fairmined gold and recycled precious metals
Naja | Gina bralette | Made in a fair-wage factory employing moms in Columbia
Naja | Cecila thong | Made in a fair-wage factory employing moms in Columbia
Prosperity Candle | Champagne candle | Made in the USA, employs resettled refugees
Flourish Art & Gifts | Geometric Earrings | Made under fair trade standards in India
Paisley and Sparrow | Druzy Necklace | Handmade in the USA
Live Beautifully | Kiss Me Card | USA made from recycled materials, uses 100% renewable energy
Emily MacDowell | Validation print | Made in the USA
Uye Surana | Luxe Eyelash Bra | Made in the USA
Uye Surana | Luxe Loha thong | Made in the USA
Azulina | Rojo Mug | Handmade in Columbia under fair trade standards