The holiday season is upon us, which means many of us will be buying more than we do the rest of the year. Gathering for family meals and exchanging gifts is an important part of our lives, but not all purchases are created equal. This season, MiiR would like to invite you to make a difference with your dollar and focus on giving “gifts for good,” by shopping at certified B Corps.
Here are some of our best sustainable gift ideas for this holiday season.
Why Shop B Corp?
Most MiiR customers know that we have giving in our DNA, and some are probably aware that we are a B Corp, but what exactly does mean to be a B Corporation? Since we’re approaching the season of giving, we thought we’d give you a little background on the certification and why we believe, no matter what you’re looking for, “shopping B Corp” is a great way to create a positive impact with your dollar.
What are B Corps?
Before you dive into the sustainable holiday gift guide, you might have a few questions about B Corps. What is a B Corp? Why would a company become a B Corp?
A B Corp (short for Beneficial Corporation) is a business that strives to make a positive impact through sustainable manufacturing and a targeted social and environmental impact. To become a certified B Corp, mission-driven companies must offset the impact of their business and donate 1% of sales to social, environmental, and community development.
The beloved outdoors company Patagonia is a B Corp, and of course, so are we.
What Are You Supporting When You Shop B Corp?
When you spend your hard-earned money with a B Corp, you're contributing funds to the positive impact that company promises through their beneficial business model. Purchasing products from a B Corp helps businesses:
Support their local communities
Place emphasis on environmentally sustainability
Engage customers and employees in philanthropy
Promote equitable hiring practices
Work together in partnership to drive change
Are transparent and authentic in their pursuit of improvement
As for what this means for how we do business, MiiR uses sustainable materials to promote reusability and a positive environmental impact. We also support community initiatives around the world, from Rwanda to our backyard in Washington.
B Corp status is a certification managed by an independent, third-party called B Lab. B lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to measuring and amplifying the social and environmental impact of businesses around the world. In fact, the B Corp certification is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance.
In order to measure this performance, B Lab employs the B Impact Assessment (BIA). Used by over 50,000 businesses, the (BIA) is a free, online platform that evaluates how a company interacts with it’s workers, customers, community, and environment. From supply chain and input materials to charitable giving and employee benefits, B Corp Certification proves a business is meeting the highest standards of verified performance.
Sustainable Gift Guide: Our Favorite B-eautiful Gifts
Now that you know what it takes to join the ranks of B-Corp Certified B Corporations and why you should support them, here are a few perfect gifts for a sustainable holiday season.
Looking to outfit the family for the Winter? Patagonia, one of the highest profile B Corps, is committed to “using business as a force for good,” continually challenging industry standards by sourcing their products using highly sustainable methods and driving environmental and social advocacy.
Nossa Familia Coffee
Now that it’s getting dark earlier we find we need a little extra caffeine to keep on the grind. Nossa Familia Coffee as an excellent array of products and is an awesome option if you are looking for delicious, sustainable and ethically sourced coffee for yourself, or a sleepy loved one.
World Centric Zero-Waste Dishes
No matter what you are up to in the next couple of months, chances are you’ll be gathering with friends and family for a meal at some point. Say goodbye to single use plastics and hello to the perfect gifts to kick off a zero-waste lifestyle. World Centric makes it easy on you with eco-friendly, 100% compostable plates, cups, flatware and more made of natural materials. Throw in their robust nonprofit grant-making program and it’s a simple choice.
New Belgium Brewing Beer
Another heavyweight in the B Corp space, New Belgium Brewing has donated over $9 million to nonprofit organizations since 1995. Focusing on supporting communities and environmental sustainability, they understand that in order to enjoy the things we love we have to consume responsibly. No holiday gift tie-in here, we just love beer, and so will you.
Don't forget to grab a MiiR stainless steel growler to keep your favorite brew cold.
Awesome Products from MiiR
Our sustainable holiday gift guide would be incomplete with a plug of our own products. MiiR has everything from airtight food canisters to store your soup to water bottles for kids.
Ready to join the B Movement? Find a Director of B Corps for Holiday Shopping