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Supporting small, local, and sustainable businesses means you kill three birds with one stone. Shop with impact from these 24 Sustainable San Diego Businesses.

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Support Local & Sustainable

The phrase “shop local, shop small” has never been more important than now. Millions of small and local businesses are suffering from shutdowns or reduced hours due to COVID-19, making small businesses financially fragile. We need to collectively support our local businesses. At Hey Social Good, we love showing off businesses who go above and beyond to adopt sustainable and ethical practices…even during these challenging times. Dig into your social good this season by choosing from 24 best sustainable gifts from San Diego businesses.

Resilience & Innovation

When businesses with more than $10,000 in monthly expenses only maintained two weeks of cash on hand, it’s not surprising that many mom and pop (and big) stores shut down. Times are not great, but resilience and innovation drives all successful businesses. A few of our favorite innovation stories include restaurants converting their storefronts into small grocery markets, others expanding their takeout menu to stay open to maintain cashflow and quite a few providing free meals to first responders.

In San Diego County, when over 95% of businesses are small (and employ less than 50 people), it means many of us know someone who works or owns a local business, and thus, why supporting local (and small) businesses is such a big deal. We’re making it super easy this holiday season. We curated a marvelous collection of 24 Best Sustainable Gifts from the San Diego region.

Socially Good Restaurants

It’s hard enough to run a restaurant. Now, imagine trying to make a profit and incorporating super sustainable practices? The following do just that: the all organic restaurant GOODONYA; the first zero-waste vegan restaurant, The Plot; and fighting for fair wages policy restaurant group, Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant. Consider getting a gift card from these sustainable and ethical restaurants.

Growing Sustainable Fashion

Not surprisingly, San Diego is a growing hub of sustainable fashion designers, such as Sensi Graves Swim, who use recycled fabrics to eliminate landfill waste; Hakuna Wear, who makes neoprene surf suits harvested from natural rubber trees; Bair Co. who offer long-lasting beach chairs made from recycled water bottles; and Mavis by Herrera, who make stylish sustainable hand bags (each one is made from 57 plastic water bottles).

The best thing about a local sustainable guide is that it’ll be a cinch to find a lovely gift for your special someone, and imagine how wonderful they’ll feel when you share how these businesses are creating a positive sustainable footprint. So, don’t stop here. Dig deeper and discover this year’s 24 Best Sustainable Gifts from San Diego businesses. By the way, if you live outside of San Diego, you can order these gifts online!


24 Best Sustainable Gifts from San Diego Businesses

GOODONYA Electrolyte Mineral Powder $29 (Or a gift card to their restaurant!)
Silver Give Back Medal
Nomad Donuts – Gift Card
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Perspective Fitwear – High Waisted Leggings with Back Pocket $78
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Bair Co Chairs highlighted in Hey Social Good's San Diego Guide
Bair Chairs – Recycled Plastic Bottle Beach Chair $70
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Uplevel Athletics – Grip Pant $129
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Green Art Labs – Sewing Box Kit $25
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Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean Book highlighted in Hey Social Good's San Diego Guide
Shore Buddies – Shore Buddies & the Plastic Ocean Book $11.99
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The Plot – Plant Based Restaurant E-Gift Card
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Fruitcraft – Tasting Room Gift Card
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Karemi Cosmetics – Shimmer Cremes $16.50
Meets Hey Social Good Basic Assessment
Smiles & Rainbows – Art Print (Starts at $99)
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Art of Giving Art – Necklace $89
Meets Hey Social Good Basic Assessment
Canvas planter offered by ThreadSpun
Thread Spun – Canvas Plantar $28
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Albedo – Before & After Sun Protection Kit $25
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Vivacity Sportswear – Women’s Vest $110
Gold Give Back Medal
Cafe Gratitude – Cookie Decorating Kit $25
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Hakuna Wear – Surf Suit $149
Meets Hey Social Good Basic Assessment

Mavis by Herrera – Handbag $136
Meets Hey Social Good Basic Assessment
Sensi Graves Swimsuit in Hey Social Good's San Diego Guide
Sensi Graves Swim – Sofi Eco-Friendly Reversible High Neck Top $59
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Pura Vida – Bracelet Stack $27
Platinum Give Back Medal

Maya Moon Co. – Chakra Chocolate Truffle Gift Box $25
Meets Hey Social Good Basic Assessment
Churros from Ponce's Restaurant highlighted in Hey Social Good San Diego Guide
Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant – Gift Card
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Super Cocina – Gift Card to Restaurant
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Backtrack – Vintage Tee’s ($18 – $26)
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