Generate non-GMO goodwill with gifts that keep on giving.
In a world where the profound differences between those who “have” and those who “have less” are increasingly more visible, the joy of holiday gift giving offers an opportunity to make the spirit of the season even more meaningful. Many of the 2200+ brands who support the Non-GMO Project through Verification of their products also support causes that reach far beyond their immediate circles of commerce. With generosity of heart, of hope and of human kindness, they have chosen to share their good fortune and make a difference in the lives of others. These companies strive to level the social playing field with equal opportunity for everyone, through education, enrichment and empowerment.
For a truly memorable holiday, consider giving a gift that keeps on giving, long after the wrappings have been discarded. Not only will the dollars you spend with these companies help to safeguard a non-GMO future, but they will do so in the most inspiring way possible as they pay it forward for years to come. We’ve compiled our top ten favorite Non-GMO Project Verified gifts-within-gifts below. From all of us at the Non-GMO Project, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!
Alaffia’s non-GMO skin care products, made with shea butter and palm oil, moisturize and leave skin soft and smooth. However, the benefits don’t stop there. With a goal to alleviate poverty and encourage gender equality, Alafﬁa empowers Tongalese communities to provide their skills and knowledge to the rest of the world and rise out of poverty. Alaffia’s empowerment projects include education, maternal health, eyeglasses and reforestation.
2. Andalou Naturals
Andalou Naturals infuses the best of nature and knowledge into mindful and effective products that benefit people and the planet. Andalou supports many efforts that empower young women via scholarships, mentoring and entrepreneurial training. Andalou means “a path of light” and their eponymous program gives back 100% of the net proceeds of A Path of Light™ hand creams to support women’s education, equality and empowerment worldwide. With every item priced below $25, Andalou offers 83 Non-GMO Project Verified cosmetic and body products.
Aromatic non-GMO coffee is a lovely hostess gift; choosing Coexist direct trade coffee, sourced from Uganda’s Peace Kawomera Cooperative (PKC), can help change the world. The PKC is a cooperative of multi-faith farmers who, after years of civil war, put aside their differences and came together to grow their business and ultimately, help their communities. Profits from Coexist products provide children in conflict zones with access to schools and education, with a goal to create a new generation free from prejudice, hatred and violence.
4. Dancing Deer Baking Company – Sweet Home Gifts
Dancing Deer donates 35% of the retail price of Sweet Home goodies & gifts directly to scholarships as a pathway out of poverty to economic self-sufficiency. Each Sweet Home Gift includes dark chocolate cookies in the shape of a house and is packaged in a book-like box, which includes a story about homeless families. By raising awareness and exposing the need, Sweet Home gift givers can help turn cookie houses into real houses!
5. EO Products
With a full roster of plant-based natural bath and body care gift sets, you’re sure to find the perfect holiday gift for the special someone in your life. With a core belief that access to soap and water is a basic human right, EO provides ongoing donations of bulk soap to transitional housing facilities and shelters in the San Francisco Bay area. In such locations where amenities are in short supply and stress is rampant, the soothing impact of aromatherapy and cleanliness can be acute.
6. Frey Vineyards
A gift of wine is always a welcome addition to most celebrations. By adhering to standards of Biodynamic agriculture, Frey Vineyards has been producing award-winning vegan, gluten free wines with no added sulfites since 1980. Frey Vineyards dedicated significant resources in support of Measure H in Mendocino County, the first U.S. county ban on the propagation of GMO plants and animals, which was passed in 2004. Today, Frey Vineyards continues to support public education and outreach to ban agricultural genetic engineering.
7. Glee Gum
Great gifts for the young DIY set, Glee Gum “Make Your Own Candy Kits” are designed to be both educational and eco-friendly while creating something fun to eat. Choose from chewing gum, chocolate or gummies. In partnership with Trees for the Future, Glee Gum contributes to rainforest conservation and will plant a tree in Central America for every box of gum you buy.
8. Raaka Chocolate
Raaka’s craft chocolate is made by hand and wrapped in beautiful recycled paper. All of their cocoa husks are donated to Edible Schoolyard NYC, an after-school gardening program at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn, where they use the husks as mulch and fertilizer. We think it’s pretty cool that Raaka’s waste helps city schoolchildren to grow food.
9. This Bar Saves Lives
Perfect for stocking stuffers, this all natural, non-GMO, gluten free, fair trade, bee friendly snack bar in flavors like Dark Chocolate Cherry & Sea Salt, is not only delicious but for every bar you buy, the company donates a packet of life-saving food to a child in need. Taken three times a day for seven weeks, this nutrient-based food source takes a child from starvation to survival. More than 584,061 packets have been donated since June 2013.
Don’t forget Fido! 4Legz non-GMO dog treats are made with human-grade ingredients and no animal by-products. The company was formed out of unique necessity. Born deaf, co-founder Cynthia Murray had a service dog, Odie, with severe sensitivities and allergic reactions to many foods. She and her husband, John developed recipes for dog treats that are entirely non-GMO and “made with ingredients you can pronounce”. 4Legz gives back to the community by providing employment opportunities for others with disabilities.