Holiday gift guide for the environmentalist in your life

Lions playing near the Mara North Conservancy in Kenya. (© Jon McCormack)

’Tis the season for holiday gift guides.

Everywhere you turn, there are gift guides aimed at nearly everyone you know: for dads, for tech geeks, for pet owners. But what to get the environmentalist in your life? Where to turn for gifts that can make a positive impact for the planet?

Our 2017 holiday guide has you covered. Here are our top picks.

Votive candles by glassybaby

Boutique glass votive maker glassybaby has partnered with Conservation International (CI) and is donating 10 percent of sales of its signature votives — “home,” “silver lining” and “lucky penny” — to CI for wildlife conservation efforts. The glassybaby contribution from these votives supports work with the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy and Kenya’s Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, which provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and a home for orphaned elephants affected by poaching and the ivory trade.

Forest-inspired socks by Conscious Step

The profits from these socks support the movement to combat deforestation, protect the environment, and repopulate the oceans Conscious Step partners with several organizations along with CI to raise awareness about the importance rainforests to local communities and the planet.

Chocolate by Madécasse

Madécasse produces chocolate and vanilla products grown in Madagascar. The company sources heirloom cocoa directly from smallholder farmers with highly diverse shade-grown cacao plantations. Madécasse and CI have been working together to help local farmers profit from sustainably grown cacao in Madagascar. Now through January 2018, 15 percent of all purchases on will be donated to CI to support its global conservation and sustainability efforts.

Sarara elephant T-shirt by Life is Good

In an effort to support the Sarara Initiative, Life is Good has created a limited-edition Sarara Elephant T-Shirt. The Sarara Initiative is a partnership between the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust and Conservation International (CI) that focuses on protecting Namunyak’s 850,000 acres, which is a haven for elephants. Life is Good will be donating 100 percent of its profits from the shirt to help fund CI’s projects in Africa.


Raw Coconut Water by Pure Brazilian

Pure Brazilian, an artisanal coconut water company, has partnered with CI to help save the Amazon from deforestation. For every bottle sold, the proceeds go towards replenishing the Amazon Rainforest and supporting the restoration of degraded areas in the Brazilian rainforest through its partnership with CI.


Ocean-themed flip-flops by Havaianas

These flip-flops, designed for CI, feature fish and coral reefs found off the coast of Brazil. Havaianas contributes 7 percent of sales from these flip-flops to protecting the biodiversity of Brazilian marine ecosystems. CI and Havaianas support initiatives to disseminate science-based information and raise awareness of the importance of marine biodiversity. The partnership project will also support inventories and monitoring in Brazilian marine ecosystems, focusing primarily in the Abrolhos Seascape.


Activist love monkey pendant by Alex Woo

The pendant features Maya, the main character of the film,”Monkey Kingdom,” curled up into the shape of a heart. Alex Woo will give 20 percent of the proceeds from sales of this design to CI.

Morgan Lynch is a staff writer for CI.

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