Shop Like You Give A Damn - Sustainable Stocking Stuffers Part 1

Now that you're in the throws of your holiday shopping, how about some sustainable purchases you can feel good about?  Our favorite resident vegan, Marcia Masulla, has given us some fantastic options to choose from and this is only part one!

What broad doesn’t look forward to a stuffed stocking? 

Thought that would catch your attention… Sometimes a rollicking statement like the above will jolt you into the holiday spirit if spiked vegan eggnog just isn’t getting the job done. Holidays are usually a flurry of activity ranging from licking your wounds from Black Friday or sledding through inclement weather, to bonding with crazy Aunt Gertrude over figgy pudding or nursing hangovers from assorted holiday soirees. Good times, right? The most joyous time of the year can even have Stella shopped out. (She's not kidding! We're exhausted.)

As your resident “Sustainable Style Expert” (self-appointed thank you very much), I’m here to show you how simple it is to shop responsibly this holiday season with splendid cruelty-free, sustainably sourced and just all around rad gifts for your special tribe!

Does your pops clean up nicely? Introduce him to the Mitch by Paul Mitchell collection of products. Feel good about your purchase because  Paul Mitchell has supported efforts to end animal testing for many years. In 1989, it became the first hair-care company to publicly oppose animal testing when it signed PETA's statement of assurance, pledging never to test its products on animals. May I suggest the Double Hitter ($19) - a 2-In-1 Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner and Barber’s Hold Pomade ($20)? You may find these products at local businesses that carry the Paul Mitchell line too!


Your favorite snow-bunny in your family will feel good in her own skin when she goes fur-free with Jellypop Shoes' adorable synthetic Amil boot ($99). This style will carry her through the winter season by pairing it with nobby tights and short hemlines to showcase your gams or skinny jeans for a casual weekend look.

Sweating bullets on what to snatch up for your snarky siblings? You’ll have no regrets with Glamour Kills. This opinionated clothing company’s flying pig mascot will turn any scowl upside down with prices that will allow you to have some funds left over to get snockered too!  These adorable pillowcases ($19.99) are the perfect accent for dreamland and flying pig wall clock ($29.99) may even make granny a fan too!

Being the matriach of your family can take it’s toll on mommy dearest, so show her some mad love by treating her to some services at Studio Green Organic Salon located in East Nashville.  They just celebrated their first year in business! This vegan salon offers the highest quality, certified organic, and eco-friendly products. She’ll love a manicure ($25) or an express facial ($40) but ensure her holiday happiness with a 60-minute deep tissue massage ($80).


There’s still time to support and bid adieu to local rabbit hole Two Elle before owner Rachel Lowe moves on to her next whimsical adventure. One of my favorite brands that is currently in stock is the honorable FEED accessories collection which includes scarves ($48) and bags ($40-$58). Since being conceived by Lauren Bush in 2005, FEED has donated over $6 million dollars and 60 million meals throughout the world. If that isn’t giving like you give a damn, I don’t know what is folks.

The organic tees and denim from Loomstate always make great gifts year round so why not pick up the classic Havanna Jacket ($180) that is made from 100% Organic Cotton? He’ll appreciate the versatile Ocean Blue tone and removable hood that will make this a staple in his closet. Perhaps you may stay on point and drape yourself with the Native-inspired design of the Doba Poncho ($330)? Whether you flaunt it over the shoulders, throw one side over the other, or belt it. You’ll stay cozy and chic while you finish your season’s greetings!

Stay tuned for more sustainable holiday survival guide info in the coming weeks!









Photo by Ashley Hylbert