This holiday season get in the spirit of purposeful giving with our cultural creative holiday gift guide. Here are some of our favorite products that do far more than just look stylish or perform great – they are all designed to improve your quality of life while also having a positive impact on people and planet. Conscious Connection has hand selected and tested each of these items before giving them our highest stamp of approval.
Panda Sunglasses – Give the Gift of Vision
Panda Sunglasses are on a journey to change the environmental and social impact of sunglasses. They produce high-end sunglasses handcrafted from sustainable bamboo with each purchase giving the gift of vision to someone in need. Through their partnership with Optometry Giving Sight, they have found a unique opportunity to help grow organically alongside a non-profit organization.
We love them because not only are they stylish, but Panda inspires a new generation of entrepreneurs to increase the social responsibility of business. Their close relationship with Optometry Giving Sight affords them the benefits of easy access, partnered volunteer work, and the maximization of their customer donations. Their team works with the non-profit to help train and establish eye care centers around the world.
Bark Accessories make super sleek wood-based iPhone wallet cases that also have a positive influence on their customers awareness of our natural resources. In a true eco-entrepreneurial fashion, each consumer who buys a Bark Accessories product gets much more than just a wooden product made from renewable resources. They also get a one-of-a-kind opportunity to plant a tree and regenerate over 5,000 times the amount of wood used in creating our product through our “Plant the Seed” program.
The “Plant the Seed” program allows their customers to replenish Earth’s tree supply by planting a tree of their own: with each product they sell, they include a tree seed, along with on-line step-by-step instructions on how to plant it. This program allows their customers to participate by planting their own tree, and to have a positive impact on our environment. (The type of tree seed is thoughtfully chosen based on having a short germination period, as well as being versatile enough to be planted either outdoors or in a pot.) This enables them to teach others about the importance of sustainability and being green-friendly.
This special bedside clock made by Brookstone is backed by more than 25 years of clinical research into the science of sleep. The Tranquil Moments® sound programs are based on the DELTA, ALPHA and THETA brainwave patterns associated with deep states of sleep, relaxation and renewal.
We love how the clock features four different categories of sound each designed for a unique purpose such as sleep, relaxation, renewal or meditation therapy. When we listen to these sounds, our brains gradually try to match their rhythms, just as we unconsciously adopt the rhythm or tune of a song on the radio. We also love the dual alarm setting and display dimming feature.
When we turn on the Tranquil Moments sleep sounds, our minds are coaxed into the deep, restorative states of sleep and relaxation that are essential for us to perform at our best throughout the day.
Time-Peace is a watch, clock, apparel and lifestyle brand aimed at helping people change their perception of time so they can stop worrying and start Being. Founded on the philosophy of embracing the present moment, the Time-Peace symbol is an integration of four universal principles that can help anyone live in the Now and create a foundation for peace.
We had the opportunity to sample several Time Peace products including their unique Light Warrior watch. The primary function of their Time Peace Light Warrior is not to tell you the clock time, but to remind you to be present. When you need the clock time, simply tap the face twice to activate the LED lights. The blinking light indicates the hour, while the minutes remain solid. We also received a custom Time Peace wall clock made from a wooden clock base and featured the iconic Time Peace logo – the tree of life and original peace sign on a colorful background.
Author Kelly Lynch Ring once said that “Aromatherapy is the essence of transformation. The essence of the plant is transformed into pure essential oil and the essence of the oil transforms the vital core of the being.” The Solo Diffuser is a new Portable-Handheld Heater that utilizes a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery and features a ceramic heating element and a high quality Glass Stem. Utilizing a sleek and compact design concept, the Solo measures 4.5 “ in Height and 1.75” in Diameter, conveniently fitting inside the palm of your hand.
A rock solid outer shell accompanies the Solo protecting the unit from scratching and general wear and tear. Internally, a solid foundation surrounds the ceramic heating element, adding an extra layer of durability. The Arizer Solo portable diffuser is equipped with a maximum 2 ½ minute warm up time and features an advanced temperature control with 7 different levels.
The New Age Pet® Litter Loo Espresso Litter Box Cover and End Table is a stylish and sensible way to camouflage your cat’s unsightly litter box. The Litter Loo is constructed from eco-friendly ecoFLEX and features a fold down front door for easy cleaning and sides vents for proper ventilation. This stylish litter box cover comes in a espresso color that looks great in any home décor. Purchase two and use as end tables, one as a litter box cover and one as a enclosed pet bed.
We received our Eco-Flex Litter Loo for a rescue cat we recovered from Hurricane Sandy. He is a rather large kitty, but still fit comfortably within the Habitat ‘n Home enclosed litter box. Our favorite part of the Litter Loo is not having to deal with the unsightly litter box in our small space and spilled litter all over the floor. Plus the ecoFLEX material doesn’t absorb any orders or accidents making cleaning it a breeze!