Searching on Etsy can be overwhelming, but within the thousands of sellers there are some real artists admidst the resellers from China. You just gotta know the right keywords….
These adorable clutches designed by Sea Oats are made from scratch with reclaimed and scrap fabrics. All the screen prints are made with water-based and environmentally safe inks.
This ring is just stunning from Etsy seller Saedis Bauer Halldorsdottir from Iceland. She uses recycled precious metals and fair trade gemstones in her designs.
Need some relief from the sunshine? These bamboo sunglasses are just what you need. Made by Wood Wear Sunglasses
Here is a great idea…recycled bike tire belt! Made by Julien Jaborska
Another great use of recycled leather is this pretty cuff by Rainwheel
And lastly an usual cocktail hat made from recycled fabrics by Millinerium whose designs have an emphasis on sustainability. J’adore!
It’s not always easy looking for gifts on Etsy, but I try to find sellers who have the same ideals and beliefs about the environment and try to find unique and one-of-a-kind items. As Etsy continues to grow and is unable to really govern and vet the people selling “handmade” its important to have conversations with the sellers to determine what their practice is, where they source their materials, and if they are truly making it themselves as opposed to having their designs produced by someone else. Until the next handmade marketplace comes in and succeeds in really offering only the best to its customers, Etsy will just have to do.