We are celebrating our interdependence this fourth by recognizing the mutual reliance we all share as citizens of this beautiful country. From the farmers who work diligently so we can eat fresh produce, to the postal workers who deliver our valuables, to the neighbor who’s always there to lend a hand, we all play an important role in each other’s lives. And what of the people who make our favorite products? When we buy American made, we are also supporting our local economy.
Here are 10 follow-worthy makers from around the country making conscious consumerism a piece of cake:
Oregon & North Carolina
Dogwood & Hastings makes home goods inspired by photographs of nature. Each piece is designed in Oregon, printed with nontoxic dyes in Durham, North Carolina on GOTS organic cotton fabric, and sewn and finished in Oregon. In collaboration with New-York based jewelry designer, Natalie Frigo, the collection also includes recycled metal table jewelry, including candlesticks, napkin rings, and tablecloth weights. 10% of proceeds for each purchase go back to the place the print’s photograph was taken.
Lucy & Leo is a New York City based clothing designer for children In addition to supporting the local movement, all their garments are handmade with organic, non-toxic and natural materials. Lucy & Leo also contributes to Trees For the Future, planting a tree for every item sold.
Milk + Honey Luxuries is a husband-wife team in Midlothian, Virginia, specializing in recycled, vintage and handmade home good. The team combines luxury and sustainability in a thoughtful, detailed way – from their engraved breadboards to personalized silver spoons.
Piece x Piece creates their garments from sample fabric swatches that would otherwise be discarded. The swatches are hand sewn into one-of-a-kind garments in San Francisco, California.
Julie Bee’s is an artisan shoe designer, concentrated in fine leather. The designer hand makes all their leather shoes out of Atlanta, Georgia.
Original Organics features holistic products handmade from organic, wild-harvested ingredients. All products are created in small batches amongst the forest in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
Kuchi Kuu is a mother-daughter team, based in Miami, Florida. From non-toxic printing to handmade construction, their process is sustainably conscious. Kuchi Kuu’s products range from artisan pillows to reclaimed vintage stereo devices – all eco-friendly.
Absolute Jewelry is a mother-daughter team of artisan recycling. Many of their pieces are upcycled from plastic, aluminum or other harmful materials that usually end up in landfills. All their products are handmade in Reno, NV.
iWood Ecodesign manufactures luxury eyewear in timeless styles inspired by the movies of the ’50’s and ‘60’s. Each pair is ethically made from the discarded wood scraps of private aircraft cabins. These exotic woods are upcycled through a non-toxic process into micro-laminated layers that contain no formaldehyde and emit no VOCs.
Manzanita Kids makes heirloom-quality toys from locally and sustainably sourced materials in Seattle, WA. Each wooden toy is made to last and polished natural materials like natural beeswax and jojoba oil.
Andrea Plell is EcoHabitude’s Director of Communications and the Editor-in-Chief of the EcoHabitude blog. Since 2007, Andrea has been on a mission to support a paradigm shift in the fashion industry. She currently runs her own PR and ethical fashion production company in San Francisco, CA.
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