The {1.16.18} Edit

1. Marlowe, Men's Facial Scrub,  $9

2. Knotty Tie Co., Necktie, $40 

3. Patagonia, Men's Reversible Bivy Down Vest, $189

4. Allbirds, Men's Wool Loungers, $95

5. Miir, 20oz Matt Draper Wide Mouth, $40

 

1.

MARLOWE
Men's Facial Scrub
$9

  Photo by @marlowe.skin (Instagram)

Photo by @marlowe.skin (Instagram)

 

The world is complicated, but at least we can agree on one thing: we all want smooth skin. Which is why you might be already surreptitiously using your wife’s facial scrub. Well, here’s your chance to score your own. Marlowe uses tiny pumice particles (not the plastic microbeads used by many scrubs which are incredibly destructive to the environment) to slough away dead skin in this phthalate free, paraben free formula. The mild scent of agarwood, sandalwood, and musk will conjur images of the great outdoors, whether you’re heading out on the town or just enjoying your supple facial skin while sitting in traffic.

In addition to making simple products with fewer chemicals, Marlowe supports the non-profit organization Clean the World, which partners with 5,000 hotels and resorts to collect partially used bars of soap and discarded plastic amenity bottles that are then sanitized, recycled, and redistributed to children and families in desperate need of proper hygiene. For every item purchased at Marlowe, the company provides bars of soap to those in need through Clean the World’s hygiene and sustainability initiatives.

 


2.

KNOTTY TIE CO.
Necktie
$40 

  Photo by Knotty Tie

Photo by Knotty Tie

 

Hate wearing ties?  Knotty Tie Co. is here to help. They're putting the fun back in functional with socially conscious, ethically made neckwear that'll give you (and your jelly co-workers) something to talk about at the water cooler.  With almost 50 unique fabric options, you’re sure to find something to counter the duldrums of tie-wearing life.  Still have dreams of heading to space?  Wishing you had started that brewery you always dreamed about?  Want to channel your last trip to Palm Springs?  Willing to shun outdated social conventions and wear flowers?  There's a tie for that.

Enough about you, let's talk about them.  Knotty Tie Co. was founded to create employment opportunities for refugees resettling in the U.S. Each of their products (they have bow ties, pocket squares, and scarves, too) is made by hand in Denver, Colorado—from printed fabric to final stitch. By providing refugees with a supportive work environment, flexible scheduling, fair wages and generous benefits, the company is removing many of the barriers that refugees face when attempting to become self-sufficient in America. Meet the refugees and read their stories on Knotty’s site, and then rock that tie with pride, knowing you participated in providing dignified employment to these amazing people.


3.

PATAGONIA
Men's Reversible Bivy Down Vest
$189

  Photo by @poshsimmons via Instagram

Photo by @poshsimmons via Instagram

When it’s too warm for a jacket, and too cold for a sweater, this vest has your back. Water resistant, reversible, and puffy in all the right places, you should buy this in a classic color combo because you’ll probably be handing it down to your kids. We love the fleece lined pockets and the retro styling—a nod to those classic vests from the 70s that made every guy look like he just got back from the mountains.

We know you know Patagonia's outerwear, but did you know that the company is a pioneer in the world of ethics and sustainability in the garment industry? The first company in California to qualify for B-Corp certification, they are one of the few corporations that has successfully scaled their business while maintaining strict environmental and labor standards. In fact, if you want a quick primer on history of labor issues in the garment industry, look no further than their corporate responsibility page. All of their cotton is certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and they’re bluesign® certified for 56% of their fabrics. Plus, a high proportion of their materials are made from recycled fabrics, and they belong to both the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and 1% For The Planet. And many of their products (including their classic fleeces) are Fair Trade Certified. One more lesser known benefit: every time you put on their stuff, you’ll want to go outside and do something cool.  

 


4.

ALLBIRDS
Men's Wool Loungers
$95

  Photo by @allbirds via Instagram

Photo by @allbirds via Instagram

 

Dubbed “world’s most comfortable shoes”, these sleek and minimalist wool loungers from Allbirds might just change your footwear habits completely. You’ll love them around the house, sure, but here’s the kicker: they’re all the rage at the office, too. So basically what we’re saying here is THESE ARE SLIPPERS YOU CAN WEAR TO WORK. (And by the way, they have women’s and kid’s shoes, too, so don’t think you get to hog the coziness, guys.)

Allbirds was founded by a New Zealand soccer star and a clean-technology entrepreneur who shared one powerful idea: why not utilize the phenomenal natural properties of wool (which minimizes odor, regulates temperature, and wicks moisture) to make a shoe that is both incredibly comfy and socially and environmentally responsible? The merino wool used in Allbirds is ZQ-certified, which means it meets stringent standards of sustainable farming and animal welfare, and the non-wool portions of the shoes are made from castor beans (um, what? Amazing). A certified B-Corp, Allbirds also partners with organizations such as Soles4Souls, which donates gently-used shoes to people in need around the world.

 

 


5.

MIIR
20oz Matt Draper Wide Mouth
$40

  Photo by Matt Draper

Photo by Matt Draper

We all need a water bottle, so why not buy one that’s doing more than just quenching your thirst? This wide-mouth beauty from Miir not only has all the benefits you want in the perfect bottle—double wall vacuum insulation, sweat free, leak free, BPA free, medical grade stainless steel, etc, etc—but it’s also putting your dollars to work on health and clean water initiatives. Not to mention, it’s an actual work of art. How’s that for 40 bucks? We love the sleek design (the laser etched shark images are from underwater photog and environmental activist Matt Draper), and especially that wide mouth, which makes it ice-cube friendly (looking forward to some margaritas in this thing come summer) and SO much easier to clean.

But best of all, every Miir product funds a trackable giving project contributing to clean water and health initiatives around the world. Your bottle will come with a “give code” that you can register on the Miir website to get access to GPS coordinates and photos of the actual project your purchase helped fund. We’ll drink to that.

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