Recommendations from Founder Amy Ziff
This holiday season, I’m thrilled to give you this guide of healthier options to make your shopping easier. No one wants to accidentally give a toxic gift, but it can be confusing to figure out what’s safe and what’s not.
I developed the MADE SAFE™ seal because I believe it shouldn’t be so hard to find things that are made with safe ingredients. While only the gift recommendations in bold are MADE SAFE certified, I generally like the direction all of these companies are taking and trust that they are making better products than many on the market.
Keep in mind that the only true way to know that ingredients for any given product are 100% reliable is to make sure they have been screened by MADE SAFE for ingredients known or suspected to cause harm.
Hanna Anderson 100% organic cotton jammies. These may seem like a splurge, but they’re made well with decadent thick cotton that breathes, and without the harmful (and unnecessary!) flame retardants that coat many children’s pajamas.
Patagonia hemp, wool, or cotton blends. While many clothing companies use toxic substances like perfluorochemicals, phthalates, and azo dyes, Patagonia aims to make some of the most sustainable clothing on the market.
Maple Landmark makes wooden toys, games and puzzles, without the hormone-disrupting plastic or heavy metal-contaminated paint of many toys on the market.
Pop and Lolli makes safer stickers, magnets, and wallpaper, a good swap for glow-in-the-dark wall hangings that can contain PVC.
Annmarie Gianni Skin Care essential oil blends, made with pure essential oils and without harmful fragrance ingredients like phthalates or synthetic musks.
Rejuva Minerals pressed powders and loose foundations come in a wide variety of shades and are certified made with safe ingredients. Cosmetics
True Botanicals trial kits of luxury skin care in their Renew, Clear or Calm lines, all certified made with safe ingredients.
Hairprint True Color Restorer for the person on your list who wants to get rid of the grey. Rather than a hair dye, this nontoxic product actually restores hair to its natural color!
Arts & Crafts
Eco-Kids makes finger paint, eco-dough, crayons, and other art supplies without the harmful dyes.
Wipro and HP are top of Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics, which ranks electronics companies on use of hazardous substances, energy efficiency, and other sustainable practices.
Naturepedic mattresses, sheets, and pillows for the whole family , or Lullaby Earth crib mattresses and toppers for parents with little ones.
For new parents
Innobaby Teethin’ Treats gift set, with a teether and bibs made without hormone-disrupting plastic or toxic vinyl.
For everyone: Pura Stainless bottles for babies to teens and beyond, with different lids that fit every bottle for the whole family—and MADE SAFE Nontoxic Certified not to contain the hormone disruptors of plastic bottles.
For parents of little ones: Oilogic Essential Oil Roll-On kit for parents who want to try out the benefits of essential oils for their kiddos.
For kids: Pleni Naturals gift set for nontoxic bath time made with ingredients that are good enough to eat—and without the harmful preservatives and sudsing agents of other children’s washes and shampoos.
For teen girls: Kosmatology foot scrub made with peppermint and eucalyptus oils, instead of the microbeads that are so harmful to our ocean life.
For teen guys: Lafe’s Winter Protection Pack with the essentials teenage boys need but aren’t likely to get themselves…
Check out other great stocking stuffer ideas from these brands with certified products: Alaffia, Good Clean Love, Just So, MamaEarth, Meliora Cleaning Products, S.W. Basics, and Sustain.