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I LOVE Etsy.
For some reason I almost forgot about its existence until recently — I was very into it a few years ago, forgot about it and remembered it again earlier this year. Now, my Etsy obsession is back with a vengeance.
It’s the best platform for shopping for unique products from independent sellers. Many/most are handcrafted, a lot are vegan and there’s a big zero waste market on it, too. Plus, Etsy itself offsets the carbon of all deliveries now and I read they’re aiming to make the Etsy offices zero waste within a couple of years.
I try to buy Etsy products made fairly locally or at least within the UK, but I’ve selected a variety below so you can choose based on where you live (you can also filter results on Etsy based on your location).
So here are a few of my favourite vegan Etsy items or items on my Etsy wishlist. They’re perfect for Etsy vegan gifts or gift to yourself…
What’s eternally popular? Vegan shirts! Etsy answers on this count, with a ton of unique designs. I try to buy t-shirts from vegan stores where possible to avoid people who are just cashing in on the vegan trend by selling vegan t shirts (plus, vegan stores tend to have more ethical vegan clothing, Etsy no exception). I love these vegan t-shirts. Etsy store Melanated Vegan makes them in Toronto and they’re locally printed in Canada and sweatshop free. International shipping to the US and abroad is reasonable, too!
Plus, they have designs for kids (including bibs and t shirts) as well as adults.
These are some very cute vegan leather bags! Etsy store Labante London make them and the linings are made of recycled plastic bottles. I have a Labante bag and I really love it! They’ve got a wide range of styles, including clutches, cross-body bags and both small and large vegan purses. Etsy to the win again.
These colourful wallets are really pretty and has plenty of card slots and sections. They’re handmade from microfiber and are 100% vegan.
You can’t go wrong with a relaxing spa gift set. This vegan spa bath set is handmade in Seattle and comes with a bath bomb (always a favourite of mine), body butter and two to three more hand-picked luxury bath products.
Vegan, eco friendly scented soy wax candles
These Octo candles are eco friendly AF. Made with soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks and essential oils and hand-poured in glass jars in London, they also smell amazing!
I currently have three (Hygge, coconut vanilla and Italian garden scents) and when I finish them, I’m planning on reusing the super-stylish amber glass jars.
You can’t go wrong with chocolate, and this vegan chocolate collection is handmade in the US. Their vegan selection sounds absolutely amazing, and the liquor-flavoured fillings are actually alcohol-free, even though they might not sound it (e.g. rum & coke, mudslide with Kahlua and tequila etc). They have some unusual flavours you definitely won’t find in vegan chocolate bars at Whole Foods, so it would make an excellent present.
If you’re into zero/low waste living and are trying to reduce your waste, then you’ve likely come across reusable wax wraps. Unfortunately, they’re usually made with beeswax.
But this one is a vegan formula so you can make your own wax wraps! You can also find vegan wax wraps in this Etsy store if you prefer to buy them already made, but this looks like a fun project (and it’s cheaper than buying wraps).
Prism makes handmade, indie vegan nail polish that’s also 5-free. It’s handmade in the UK and I love the ones I have! They also have a big range of colours and styles to choose from.
I recently started making my own foaming hand soap. It’s really easy, incredibly cheap (you can do it for around $0.05 a bottle!) and it’s a good way to cut down on waste. You can make it with just a few drops of Dr Bronners castile soap, water and your favourite essential oil. You do, however, need a foaming hand soap bottle/dispenser because the mechanism is part of what makes it foam. You can easily re-fill an old foaming hand soap container; that’s what I did. However, I’ve found they don’t last long. After a few refills, they seem to stop working and I think it’s because they’re made of cheap plastic and not meant to be refilled… This glass dispenser is made in the US and is on my wishlist because it looks so much sturdier!
This cute necklace is a fun way to show off your ethics, plus it’s made of recycled aluminum in the US. It’s hand-stamped and you select the chain length and material (also recycled metals).
If you ever use soap bars, you’ll know how annoying it is when you get to nearly the end of the bar and there’s hardly any left, yet it’s starting to become impossible to use. Enter the soap saver. I read about these fairly recently on a zero waste blog. They’re hand crocheted bags (this one is made in the US of organic cotton) and you can ut a whole bar of soap in it or you can put ends of soap in it and use it as a scrubber in the shower. Think of it as a self-soaping loofah of sorts! Don’t waste those soap ends, get a soap saver.
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