Introducing our readers to the makers – the designers, artists, shoemakers – and sharing the story behind their unique products as well as their use of ethical materials and processes—has been integral to Eco-Chick since our founding in 2005. This October, we celebrate our 10th anniversary (can we get a ‘woot woot!’) and so this fall we find ourselves reflective of the inspirational people and products we’ve featured over the years who have poured their heart and soul into creating beautiful (and useful!) objects our readers wear or use.
There isn’t an online marketplace that’s more aligned with Eco-Chick’s mission than our friends at Brooklyn-based Uncommon Goods, which has connected makers and their creations with individuals like you and me looking for truly special goods for the past 16 or so years.
We love shopping the site not only because its elevated artisans’ voices around the world, but because it has featured organic, recycled and handmade products since its founding and is committed to never selling products containing leather, feathers or fur.
Herewith, a few of our favorite Uncommon things…
Rustling Leaves Earrings by Argentinian jewelry designer Fernanda Sibilia. Click here for more info.
This flavor-infuser water bottle is so smart—by easily being able to flavor water naturally, you’ll save cash on flavored drinks, and cut down on your plastic footprint by avoiding disposable bottles. It’s made from glass, our favorite way to keep drinks chemical-free. We like to add fresh mint and lemon, berries (as shown), organic orange mandarin peels from our midday snack, and sometimes even rosemary sprigs!
These handmade bangles are made from precious recycled metals and packaged in FSC-certified materials. Artisan Jen Pleasants even works in a studio made from reclaimed wood, topped with a living roof with grasses and flowers. Click here for more info and handmade jewelry.
Striking agate coasters would make a beautiful housewarming gift. These sets are made in the USA with agate from southern Brazil by artist Anna Rabinowicz. Click here for more information.
This piece of genius is not just a cute bike tote to dress up your ride; it doubles as a tote bag (the strap just tucks inside) when you’ve arrived at your destination. Talk about smart multitasking! Designed and made in Brooklyn, NY.
This gorgeous lightweight wool scarf is digitally printed with real images from the Cat’s Paw Nebula taken by the Hubble Telescope. Designed and made in NYC by two stargazing Parsons graduates, Ali Bennaim and Ximena Chouza.
This post is sponsored, but our love for Uncommon Goods isn’t—we really buy our holiday gifts from them!