B Corp Gift Guide: 51+ Sustainable Gifts for People & the Planet

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Here at Southern Energy Management, our mission is to improve the way people make and use energy. However, our journey does not stop there as we constantly search for ways to create a brighter tomorrow. Which is exactly why we created this gift guide for you.

Our 2020 handbook of holiday gift advice offers environmentally and socially friendly options at a time when supporting local companies with a conscience is even more important. With this nifty list of 51 North Carolina B Corp gift choices, you’ll be able to shop for everyone on your list, while helping local businesses making a positive impact on people, the planet, and your community.

  Gifts for Caffeine crushers 

Larry’s is deeply dedicated to protecting the environment and using our resources more responsibly. Whether from their natural lightingbiodiesel van, or supporting Fair Trade farmers, Larry’s is looking out for the world we live in. Larry’s Coffee prides itself on using shade grown, organic coffee, and on pulling out all of the wonderful flavors from those beautiful brown beans.

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10% of the proceeds supports HopeLine crisis intervention.

Coffee for a Cause, Gabi's Grounds from Larry's Coffee

10% of the proceeds is donated to Gabi to help with her dream of owning a coffee shop!

Since their founding in 1995, Counter Culture has been a relentless pursuit of coffee perfection through a dedication to real environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability and a commitment to creating cutting-edge coffee people. Their Seeds program gives financial grants to producers and producer organizations to implement social and environmental sustainability projects.

  Gifts for Health and Happiness 

Gaia founds their work on the principle “do no harm to people, plants, or the planet” and is on a mission to spread the equation “Purity + Integrity = Potency.” They assure all of their herbs are as natural and pure as possible, while also committing to creating quality jobs and supporting social and environmental impact work.

Vital Plan’s mission is to help people overcome chronic health challenges through the use of physician-formulated natural supplements, guided online wellness courses, and personalized coaching and support. Since 2008, Vital Plan has continued to educate, inspire, and empower customers to leverage natural remedies to find their personal path to wellness. All Vital Plan products are manufactured in the USA.

  Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts 

From lip balm to awesome outdoor apparel, Murphy’s is your one stop shop when finding a gift for the person who is always answering the call of the mountains. Murphy’s uses all natural products and strives to promote health and wellness. They also donate 2% of their gross revenue to cause based organizations in an effort to change the world both with their products and by giving back as a company.

Through Rainwater Solutions’ affordable and safe process, harvesting water has never been easier. Their products allow homeowners to conserve water by using reclaimed rainwater. Rainwater Solutions’ goal of protecting the earth has led to communities all over the United states to develop ways to increase sustainability and protect the environment. Their products are the perfect purchase for the green-thumb conservationists on your list!

Leaf & Limb’s vision is to increase the health and population of trees to overcome pressing environmental issues and restore the balance of life on Earth. As a B Corp, they care for trees because they love our planet and their commitment doesn’t stop with tree care services. Meet Project Pando, Leaf & Limb’s volunteer-driven tree farm with a mission to supply free trees!

Cultivate is focused on creating healthy spaces for their community while simultaneously providing employment opportunities for individuals experiencing barriers such as homelessness, addiction, adjudication from the courts, and international refugees. Haven Ventures, the parent group of Cultivate, is a certified B Corp whose mission is to foster individual welfare and community resilience.

  Gifts for Choosy Chocoholics​​ 

French Broad Chocolates, Asheville’s local chocolate tasting room and factory, is a great treat for every season. Owners Dan and Jael Rattigan have embraced the life of chocolate ambassadors, creating positive and delicious environments along the way. As a certified green restaurant, French Broad Chocolates serves up a double portion of sustainability: they sustain the Earth and the sweet tooth on your list’s appetite for treats this holiday season.

  Gifts for Every Homebody​​ 

Founded in 2001, Vert & Vogue has become a community favorite in Durham. Creators Nadira and Ryan Hurley are dedicated to helping downtown Durham grow as a shopping and social destination. They offer a wide array of products from home goods to stylish clothes, allowing Vert & Vogue to truly encompass the spirit of the Bull City. Through their work with nonprofits like SEEDS and Urban Ministries of Durham, and their commitment to sustainability shown in their location and use of natural fibers, Vert and Vogue earned the B Corp certification in December, 2017.

According to the National Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Survey, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men in the U.S. have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Thread Talk was founded on a mission to provide comfort by selling high-quality blankets and cozy products that fund shelters for other survivors. 10% of all proceeds are donated to domesticshelters.org which has helped to fund critical wish-list items for 2600+ domestic violence shelters nation-wide.

  Gifts for Creative Characters 

A self-publishing company out of Morrisville, Lulu press is one of the most successful independent publishers in North Carolina. In 16 years of business, Lulu has helped creators in over 220 countries have their stories heard. The foundation of Lulu has always centered around finding an easier way to publish and consume content, so what better way to kick off the holiday season than by getting the creative someone on your gift list’s novel published?

Starting out as a small screen printing company in 1977, TS Designs quickly grew into an automated shirt printing organization. They soon came up with a new beneficial business model focused around People, the Planet, and Profits. TS Designs follows a dirt to shirt supply chain approach for their cotton tees by partnering with local NC cotton farmers. Their new B2C brand, Solid State, recently launched a 10,000 pounds of cotton project where consumers can invest in a share of NC grown cotton to receive a t-shirt made from that cotton when all the shares are sold! 

  Gifts for Sophisticated Spirits  

A craft distillery out of Pittsboro, Fair Game Beverage Co. has just what you need to get in the holiday spirit or to get some holiday spirits in you. Focused on staying true to their Southern roots, Fair Game carefully ages their spirits in alembic copper, bringing you the true flavor of the south. They also use fruit from across the South- to create their wines, infusing them with brandy to develop a truly unique and local flavor. Spread cheer this season by creating a holiday spirit kit filled with recipes and the ingredients to “eat, drink, & be merry”. Fair Game beverages can be found at NC ABC stores or at their tasting room in the Chatham Beverage District. 

  Gifts for Purposeful Parents  

Bella Tunno was launched in 2005 with the purpose of changing lives. A brand with heart – fun and functional baby products that have a greater purpose. The company gives one meal to one child for every product sold. Bella Tunno has given over 4.5 MILLION MEALS to date.

  Gifts for Foodie Friends  

Seal the Seasons offers “The Farmers Market in your Freezer,” by creating a platform for smaller farms to freeze their produce at the peak of their freshness. Seal the Seasons has also been working with the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services to supply locally sourced frozen produce to smaller retailers throughout The Great North State. They also give back by working with non-profits and other partners that support small farms and healthier food options. Heading to a holiday party? Make and take one of these recipes using Seal the Seasons’ North Carolina Grown products found in the frozen section at a local retailer near you!

  Gifts for busy bodies  

Formerly known as HQ Raleigh, in October 2012, Raleigh Founded was born out of the idea that problem solvers and innovators should work under one roof to help spread change. The impact of this has been tremendous! Raleigh Founded has grown to one of the top options for co-working space in the Triangle, creating a hub for companies, communities, and start-up organizations across the region to create and collaborate. An HQ membership is a great gift for the entrepreneurs, telecommuters, and consultants on your list.

  staff picks  
Organic and natural products by B Corp brand Dr. Bronner's

Dr. Bronner's

Recommended by Jamie S.

I am forever and always a Dr. Bronner's fan. The versatility of their castile soap is unrivaled, and everyone can use extra hand sanitizer in 2020. Plus, all of their products are functional, so you're not just getting your mom an ugly ornament she's going to hide on the back of the Christmas tree (again).

Badger balm shampoo bar on a towel surrounded by natural herbs

Badger Balm

Recommended by Randy L.

I love Badger Balm chapsticks! They are also solar powered, have great workplace programs, and are exploring regenerative organic agriculture with their Climate Victory Garden (among many other impactful initiatives).

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Greyston Bakery

Recommended by Alyssa H.

If you've ever purchased a pint of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream with brownie chunks in it, you've actually supported two B Corps. Greyston Bakery is the amazing B Corp behind that gooey goodness and they've got a really awesome open hiring process too!

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West Paw

Recommended by Sara C.

Love that West Paw is a B Corp and their products are safe and handcrafted in the USA!

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Prosperity Candle

Recommended by Mel H.

They partner with other B Corps to create some really cute gift sets. Their candles are great, and their mission to support women refugees is just amazing!!

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Barebones

Recommended by Will E.

Barebones makes awesome outdoor gear while also helping lift people out of poverty.

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Fishpond

Recommended by Will E.

I like fishpond because they make awesome products that help me enjoy the great outdoors, and because they're a B Corp, I know they share a lot of my core values!

All Good brand deodorant, sunscreen, lip balm, and cream sitting on a wood table overlooking a mountain sunset

All Good

Recommended by Randy L.

B Corp, Solar Powered, Reef Friendly Products and Initiatives, Certified Organic Ingredients, 1% for the Planet Commitment, Non-GMO, Cruelty Free Testing, and so much more!

Fleece sweater, yellow jacket, and other assorted outdoor gear items from Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi

Recommended by Sara C.

Not only are their products vibrant and sustainable, Cotopaxi is on a mission to Do Good by funding grants to address poverty and support community development.

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Ethique

Recommended by Maddie O.

Ethique has amazing plastic-free and cruelty-free hair and body care products. They also donate 20% of profits to charity and plant a tree for every online order!

Assortment of colorful socks from Bombas

Bombas

Recommended by Maddie O.

Get a pair, give a pair! Bombas has donated over 30 million clothing items through 3,000+ Giving Partners across the US and works to bring awareness to homelessness.

Assorted handcrafted wood gift items from Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods

Recommended by Kathryn R.

Uncommon Goods curates unique goods made by makers and artisans. For every purchase, they donate $1 to a Better to Give partner of your choice!

But wait... What does this have to do with a solar power and energy efficiency company?

As a B-Corporation, we strive to lead the change we want to see in the world, while treating people, the environment, and all other interactions with respect. We believe that business should be conducted with the goal of benefiting all parties, with the knowledge that we are responsible for future generations. 

As you begin making your list this holiday season, it’s a great time to start the routine of casting your “Vote Every Day” by choosing to spend your money with companies you believe in.  Learn more about Vote Everyday here!

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