December 14, 2015
Holiday Gifts That Give Back: 5 Asian American-Owned Ethical Brands
It’s the season of giving, so why not choose gifts that give more good to the world? Choosing ethical brands ensure that purchased products are produced fairly, are good for the environment, and/or share their profits to support a worthy cause.
NBC News spoke with several Asian-American designers and CEOs of ethical brands to guide consumers in giving more this season.
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Ecohabitude is an online peer-to-peer marketplace that provides ethically-made products. Ranging from stylish clothing, unique accessories, health and beauty products, home goods, and food items, Ecohabitude has a wide range of socially responsible gift ideas.
After spending a year of independent study on Hawaiian culture, Ecohabitude CEO Kristen Drapesa told NBC she was inspired to make changes in the way she lived, which led to her founding her company in 2014.
“Growing up on an island, the lifestyle has always been different-people are more accustomed to being mindful of the land and others around them,” said Drapesa, who was born and raised in Hawaii and is of Hawaiian, Chinese, and Norwegian descent. “Since you are sharing such a small land mass with others, sustainability & consideration of resources becomes more of a necessity, rather than a choice.”