25 Ethical and Eco-Friendly Wedding Gifts for the Conscious Couple

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Elizabeth Magalski

As a shopper that likes to consider the ethical and environmental implications of each purchase (what is often referred to as a “conscious consumer”), creating a wedding registry — or any wishlist for that matter — can be overwhelming. How do I tell my loved ones that I don’t want a cheaply-made set of tableware or pillows made from polyester? How do I tell them that I want to make sure all the products in my home are sustainably-made or secondhand? All these questions were swirling around in my head as I considered how I would go about creating a registry for my upcoming wedding.

Thankfully, for all of us looking to fill our homes with fewer, better (and responsibly-made) things, there is a registry for us now! Made Trade has partnered up with MyRegistry to make it simple to add all of Made Trade’s beautiful sustainable and fair trade goods to our registries. MyRegistry is a universal registry, so you can add products from multiple sites if you’d like, too.

Below are some of my favorite pieces on Made Trade that I’m eyeing for my own eco-friendly and ethical registry! I hope this list gives you some inspiration for your own wedding registry as well. For even more ideas, check out Made Trade’s Home Goods Collection

For the Kitchen and Dining Room

1. The Bright Angle Place Setting — $115

This dining set is simple yet visually appealing, perfect for both everyday use and special occasions. Each porcelain piece is handcrafted by The Bright Angle’s artisans in Asheville, NC using raw materials local to their studio and a slip casting technique to achieve their uniformly angular designs. Designed with the intention of heavy everyday use, this place setting is sure to last a lifetime.

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2. Bibol Bamboo Natural Salad Bowl — $46+

Nothing better to encourage healthy eating than a stunning salad bowl, right? Handcrafted with bamboo by artisans in Vietnam using only natural varnishes and lacquers, this bowl from Bibol is as ecologically responsible as it is aesthetically pleasing.

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Bamboo salad bowl from Bibol

3. Creative Women Stonewashed Linen Napkin in Ash Rose — $12 per napkin

One of my favorite low waste swaps I’ve made is switching to cloth napkins! Besides saving money and a whole lot of trees in the long-run by avoiding purchasing single-use paper napkins, cloth napkins are so much softer and they really make each meal feel a bit more elevated. Made Trade has so many lovely cloth napkins so it was really tough to choose one, but I landed on these flax linen napkins from Creative Women — the color is bright and vibrant yet warm and inviting and the stonewashed look gives it a homey feel.

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Creative Women stonewashed linen napkin in a dusty red color

4. Newly Goods Valencia Dinner Glasses Set of 6 — $58

Handmade and mouth-blown in Spain from 100% recycled glass, Newly Goods glasses are both sophisticated and sustainable. And the eco-friendly glassware from Newly is ultra-versatile too — these simple light seafoam glasses can be used for a glass of green juice in the morning, water during the day, and a homemade cocktail in the evening.

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Recycled dinner glasses from Newly Goods

5. Middle Kingdom Hermit Porcelain Bowl in Lavender — $20 – $105

These elegant porcelain plates from Middle Kingdom are ideal for a warming bowl of oatmeal in the morning or for savoring freshly cooked stir-fried veggies and rice at the end of a long workday. The lavender hue is a colorful classic that goes well with grays, beiges, creams, pinks and blues.

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Lavender porcelain bowls from Middle Kingdom

6. FINEX Cast Iron Skillet — $195+

As I’ve gotten more adventurous with my cooking during these many months of social distancing, I’ve come across multiple cast-iron skillet recipes (like this homemade cast iron bread and vegan deep dish pizza) that I want to try out! I don’t currently have a cast iron, but this one from FINEX would be such a useful cooking tool to have on hand. Each piece from FINEX is made responsibly and with exceptional quality in Portland, Oregon

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FINEX cast iron skillet made in Portland, Oregon

7. Sertodo Copper 2.5 Quart Sauce Pot — $295

I’ve always dreamed of having a copper kitchen filled with all copper cookware hanging from the walls on display and the 100% recycled hand-hammered copper cookware from Sertodo Copper is totally swoon-worthy. While I would love anything and everything from Sertodo Copper, one of my most-used cookware items is a saucepot — perfect for making plenty of pasta!

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Sertodo Copper recycled copper sauce pot

8. The Bright Angle Elixir Olive Oil Bottle— $56

Decanting your cooking oils into decorative bottles is an excellent way to elevate your counter and tabletop. The Elixir Olive Oil Bottle is another durably handcrafted porcelain piece from The Bright Angle. While the main function of this decanter is to store oils, it also makes an excellent vessel for cocktail syrups, vinegars, infusions, and even dish soap. Available in several colors, these bottles will fit right in with any minimal modern decor.

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9. Newly Goods Balsamo Lucite Upcycled Rectangle Tray — $65

For entertaining made easy, this tray is sleek and versatile, great for serving drinks, carrying plates to the table, or as a decorative tray on an ottoman.

Each tray is made from a single piece of 100% recycled Italian acrylic in South Carolina without harsh glues or chemical solvents.

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10. Ekobo Recycled Bamboo Large Storage Jar Set — $30 for 3

Perfect for storing snacks at home or for taking with you on the go, Ekobo’s storage jars are one versatile kitchen item. As opposed to plastic storage containers, Ekobo’s jars are made from sustainable materials and are built to last. Each jar is made using BIOBU® FSC-certified bamboo fiber eco-composite and highly renewable cork — materials I can feel good about storing food in!

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Ekobo colorful bamboo storage containers

11. Sertodo Copper Half Moon Platter Set— $203

These trays have the benefit of being elegant and practical at the same time. They are versatile in use, making them perfect for everything from serving snacks and side dishes to use as a catch-all in your closet or entry hall. Made with recycled, hand-hammered copper, these trays are sure to fit in with any decor style and last a lifetime.

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For Living Spaces

12. Katie Mudd Stoneware Hanging Planter — $45

If you envision making your space a green oasis like I do, Katie Mudd’s hanging planters are a must-add for your eco-friendly registry — they can be hung in your living space, bathroom, kitchen or any other room in the house. Handmade by founder and ceramist herself, Katie Mudd’s planters are all thoughtfully crafted in Portland, Oregon using locally-sourced materials. 

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Katie Mudd Stoneware Hanging Planter

13. Kiliim Mint Lotus Rug — $115+

Kiliim’s striking rugs handmade by kilim artisans in Fowwa, Egypt are true statement pieces. This lotus rug is like having a piece of textile art right on your floor — I am amazed at the craftsmanship of each piece. The talented makers behind Kiliim’s rugs descend from generations of kilim artisans and they take pride and honor in their time-honored heritage craft, creating one-of-a-kind authentic kilim rugs for customers around the world. 

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14. Minna Abstract Merino Throw Blanket in Oat — $365

This playful, printed blanket from Minna is a unique decor piece for tossing over a chaise, cozying up with on the sofa — or even for hanging on display. The artfully designed throw was handknit by artisans in a women’s cooperative in Uruguay from high-quality merino wool.

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15. Ichcha Nazar – Coral Rust Curtains — $57-$65

These mesmerizing block printed curtains were naturally dyed by hand using a mud resist technique, making them a truly one-of-a-kind decor piece. And when you peel the curtain back on Ichcha’s beautiful home decor, you’ll find that they were made with just as beautiful of a process. Ichcha is a women-of-color-owned business collaborating with artisans across rural India who set their own prices for their pieces and receive free medical checkups for themselves and their families. 

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16. Conejo & Co Eclipse Wall Hanging — $180

With its warm golden hues and natural flax linen cloth, this Conejo & Co. wall hanging feels like the kind of decor piece that will add a feeling of coziness and hominess to any space. I’d love to have this piece hung at the entryway of my future new space, making each visitor feel right at home. 

Each Conejo & Co. piece is made-to-order just for you, entirely hand-painted by brand owner and artist Molly Millar Dodge in her studio in California. 

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17. Swahili African Modern Black and Cream Sisal Nesting Baskets — $96

One of the best ways to curate a minimalist home is to carefully select versatile decor pieces! These handwoven Swahili African Modern sisl baskets ethically-made by Kenyan women fit the bill — their intricate designs make them beautiful decor while their spacious size also make them great storage pieces. These baskets can be used for towels in a bathroom, books in a living room, and/or for accessories in a closet. 

The baskets were ethically handwoven from cattail stalks and upcycled plastic by women in Senegal who earn well above the living wage.

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Black and tan handwoven baskets

18. Middle Kingdom Mini Porcelain Vase 3  — $21

These pastel-colored vases are among my favorite items on the entire Made Trade online store. Each and every one is handcrafted by highly skilled artisans in Jingdezhen, China, a city that was designated as a major kiln site over 1,000 years ago. The kilns in this city used to supply the Chinese Emperor and court with their porcelain and the imperial quality remains today.

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Pastel colored porcelain vases

19. Minna Julie Pillow in Terracotta, Angle Lumbar Pillow in Terracotta, Sheila Pillow in Salmon, and Hillside Pillow in Rust — $190 – $275

Basically, I just want my entire home to look like Minna’s photoshoots. All of the brand’s pillows are lovely but this arrangement was especially striking. 

Minna’s cozy pillows are handcrafted by master artisans and collectives in countries around the world using traditional techniques and celebrating heritage crafts. The brand employs fair trade practices, working collaboratively with artisans to ensure healthy working conditions and fair wages.

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Minna's colorful printed pink, coral, and neutral purple pillows

For the Bed and Bathroom

20. Coyuchi Cloud Loom Organic 6-Piece Towel Set and Cloud Loom Bath Mat — $68 – $198

Incredibly fluffy and super soft, Coyuchi’s cloud loom towels are guaranteed to add a bit of everyday luxury. A set of these plush towels made from long-staple GOTS-certified organic cotton would be the ultimate wedding or housewarming gift and they most definitely are going to be on my wedding registry.

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Plush organic cotton towels in tan from Coyuchi

21. Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell Waffle Bathrobe — $80

Matching bathrobes are always a great couple gift, and these bamboo lyocell unisex robes from Ettitude look silky soft and super comfy — plus the honeycomb texture makes these robes quick-drying, too. And there’s a lot to love about the sustainability behind this brand: Ettitude’s lyocell fabric is made in a closed-loop process using FSC-certified bamboo and the packaging from the brand is made using leftover fabric!

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Bamboo cream colored waffle robe from Ettitude

22. Sijo French Linen Sheet Set in Snow — $145+

Selecting bedding is never easy (which is why we created an entire guide to how to select the right bedding fabric for you!) but these 100% French flax linen sheets from Sijo look like the perfect fit. Linen is an insulating material making it ideal for temperature regulation year-round — a characteristic that is especially appealing living in the Chicago area where the weather can range from near blizzard-level snowstorms to hot and humid within just a few months.

What’s exceptional about Sijo is that their linen is made with dew-retted flax sustainably sourced from Normandy, France.

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23. Coyuchi Indigo Textured Grid Organic Duvet Cover — $278

Coyuchi’s organic duvet cover is a dreamy addition to any bedding set — and combined with Sijo’s flax linen sheets? You can pretty much guarantee a restful night’s sleep.

The luxurious-feeling duvet cover could easily belong in a resort, but the lived-in crinkled cotton fabric and calming hue makes it feel homey and comfortable.

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Dark blue organic cotton duvet cover

24. Swahili African Modern Slender Laurel Hamper Basket — $175

This handwoven basket is one aesthetically pleasing way to store dirty clothes! Swahili African Modern’s laundry hamper is made with locally-sourced all-natural grasses and upcycled plastic strips by women in Senegal who earn above living wages and work within the comfort of their own villages. The slow-made, thoughtfully crafted basket could also be used to store blankets or other household items.

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25. Anchal Project Prism Slate Lumbar Pillow, Bone Lumbar Pillow, Slate Throw Pillow, and Bone Throw Pillow — $85

Anchal Project’s intricately patterned throw pillows work great as bedding or as decor pieces on a chair or sofa. The bright blue color really pops well with a beige or off-white bedding set.  Each pillow is made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton by women artisans in Ajmer, India. (For more on Anchal Project, check out our spotlight on the brand here!)

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Anchal Project organic cotton blue and white pillows

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