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Holiday Gift Guide For Him

Posted by Brianna Kilcullen on

We’ve compiled a list of amazing sustainable and eco-friendly gifts, some that are stocking stuffers and others that are larger gifts. 

We focused on brands that are artisanal or handmade and that focus on sustainability and eco-friendly business practices. These items are handcrafted from all over the world. 

  1. Man Care Gift Box: This is the ultimate care box - and all the products are 100% handmade, natural and vegan. All of the ingredients are locally sourced in the Sunshine Coast, Australia. The gift box includes: activated charcoal & tea tree soap bar, a sandalwood skin purifier soap board,  a beard and face hydrator, and a beard & hair comb. The products have a wonderful earthy smell and are carefully crafted and presented in beautiful gift packaging. 

  2. Personalized Canvas Log Carrier: This beautiful custom canvas log carrier can be customized with a monogram and is a wonderful piece of decor as well as a super functional item for those who love to have warm fires in the winter time. The log carrier uses high quality cotton canvas and vegetable tanned leather - each log carrier is sewn and assembled with care in the USA. 

  3. Fire Starter: If you’re shopping for a loved one who loves to go camping this fire starter is the perfect stocking stuffer. This fire starter doesn’t require any matches and can start a fire in any weather - rain, wind, or snow. This fire starter is handmade and even has a compass integrated in the handle. 

  4. 11:11 Hanky: This is an amazing stocking stuffer and super practical and sustainable multipurpose hankie. A hankie is a super practical piece of cloth that can be easily stored in backpacks, pockets or even handbags. Instead of using single use tissues or napkins this organic cotton hankie can be an eco-friendly solution while cleaning up spills and messes. This hankie is grown, milled and sewn in the USA.

  5. Safety Razor + 5 Blades: This is a wonderful sustainable and eco-friendly gift made from high quality matte zinc alloy and bamboo. This reusable safety razor will ensure a close shave every time - without the immense amount of plastic waste. This gift comes with a packet of 5 stainless steel wilkinson style blades whenever you need a refill. The razor is also designed to be double sided which allows the blades their full use. This product is designed and crafted in the UK. 

  6. Anact Bath Towel Set: This bath towel set is created with our proprietary hemp + organic cotton blend that ensures that it is not only eco-friendly and sustainable but also durable and soft. This specific blend of fabric is biostatic (goodbye smelly towels!), fast-drying, ultra absorbent and sustainable. This blend also gets softer with each wash which guarantees a durable and long lasting comfortable towel. With each purchase - you can save over 500 days of clean drinking water. 

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Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide For Surfers

Posted by Brianna Kilcullen on

The holidays are quickly approaching - and finding holiday gifts for our loved ones can be really fun but a little stressful. That’s why we’ve created this gift guide for those looking for the perfect gift for their loved one who prioritize sustainability and love to surf. 

We’ve created two main categories in our guide - one for larger gifts and the other for stocking stuffers. We focused on showcasing artisan brands and smaller businesses that prioritize ethical sourcing and business practices that are not only environmentally sustainable but aim to make the world a better place for their employees and communities. 

Large Gifts:

  1. Silver Sea Glass Ring: Each ring is one of a kind, made with glass that is found along the beaches of Wales. This sea glass ring is made with 935 sterling silver which makes this necklace super durable. This is a great gift for a friend or loved one who loves the ocean. 

  2. Anact Bath Towel Set:  One of the best gifts you can give your surf enthusiast loved ones is a sustainable and durable towel. Our bath towel set comes with three biostatic, fast-drying, ultra absorbent and sustainable towels that will help them quickly dry off after a morning of surfing. Each towel is made with sustainability in mind and with our proprietary blend of hemp and organic cotton fibers. Say goodbye to smelly rough towels! 

  3. She Adjusted Her Sails Sea Glass Necklace: This motivational necklace has “She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way she adjusted her sails” inscripted on a sterling silver pendant along with a soft shard of authentic sea glass. Sea glass are pieces of glass that have been polished by the waves and sand of the ocean. This is a wonderful inspirational gift. This necklace is handcrafted in Oceanside, New York. 

  4. Anato Zero Waste Skincare Kit:  Anato skincare focuses on creating a zero waste skincare line that is made with natural ingredients and with sustainability in mind. This kit includes a serum, sunblock, facemask, tree balm, a sample of a regenerative elixir and a cotton travel pouch. This brand’s HQ is in Santa Cruz, CA and each of their products is made with love and care. 

  5. At The Beach Sterling Silver Band Ring: This beautifully crafted sterling silver ring was inspired by the relaxing waves at Florida beaches. This ring is unisex - and truly a beautiful work of art. This is a wonderful everyday ring or a statement ring for those who have a love for the ocean. This ring is made with 100% recycled precious metal content- and is certified by SCS Global. It is also available in 14 or 18 karat yellow, white or rose gold. Each piece is handmade in  Lacey WA, and comes in a gift box. 

  6. Save A Surf - Cold Water Kit: This kit contains everything you need - except for the surfboard. This kit is designed for all of your surf needs when surfing in cold waters. For those of you with loved ones surfing in central California, Washington or anywhere else in cold climes, this eco-friendly kit is the perfect gift for them. This kit includes: Rob Machado’s eco-friendly Cold Water Wax, Sunscreen, earplugs, fin screws and surf leash and it all fits in an 8 inch pouch that can be used in emergency situations. It even fits in the glove box! This kit is created in the sleepy beach town of Cardiff By The Sea, CA. 

Stocking Stuffers: 

  1. Honeybear Beeswax Surf Wax: This all natural and organic surf wax is hand made in Tuolumne California, by a family owned beekeeping operation in the mountains near Yosemite. This is a wonderful stocking stuffer - especially for the avid surfers in our life. 

  2. Biodegradable Phone Case:  This Surfer Girl biodegradable phone case is made with absolutely NO plastic in California. The case is made from a combination of bamboo and plant polymer and once discarded becomes biodegradable in just 160 days. The phone case is designed to be slim in form, lightweight, supports wireless charging and comes with gift wrapping! You can choose which phone case size fits best for your needs. 

  3. Limited Edition Black Lives Matter Tote Bag: This hemp + organic cotton tote is designed with the photo of GiGi Lucas, the founder of SurfearNegra and was shot by Malcom Jackson on American beach - which was one of the only beaches in the South that African Americans could swim at during the Jim Crow era. On the back of the tote is a special poem written by GiGi. This iconic photograph - pictures GiGi posing with her surfboard reminding us all of the universality of the ocean and surfing. Regardless of race, gender, or sexuality the ocean is a place where we can all marvel at the wonders of nature. This tote bag is wonderful to carry your essentials, groceries and more. 

  4. XS Reusable Surf Fabric Gift Bags:  These cute reusable gift bags can be used for gift bags and double as a small pouch to put in your handbag, tote or backpack. The XS size is perfect for jewelry, cards, cosmetics and more! The super cute surf motive design is perfect for those surf enthusiasts in your life. These bags are pet friendly and handmade in Santa Barbara, CA. 

Handmade Hardwood Surf Wax Comb:  This handmade hardwood surf wax comb is designed to be sustainable and easy to use. The beautiful rich wood is handcrafted to be a surf wax comb and has a handy hemp lanyard and natural oil finish. This surf wax comb is handmade in Sonora, California and made by an Etsy shop that specializes in creating sustainable surf products made from locally sourced woods and beeswax crafted in the family farm. This is a great stocking stuffer for loved one’s who are regular surfers or getting into surfing.

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Outdoor Lover

Posted by Brianna Kilcullen on

The holiday season is finally upon us! If you’re shopping for gifts for those adventurous loved ones in our lives you’ve come to the right place! We’ve compiled a list of potential stocking stuffers and gifts for people who love all things outdoors. We focused on artisanal brands that hand make their products and prioritize sustainable and eco-friendly products and business practices. 

Gifts for Adventurers:

  1. Vegan Bamboo Floss: When you’re on a hiking expedition - there’s no reason to have to ignore your dental hygiene. This handy and compact vegan bamboo floss container makes it super easy for anyone to remember to floss - even on an adventure. This case is reusable so that you won’t have to throw it away after you run out of floss. This floss is made from charcoal - to enhance gum health and improve whitening for your teeth. This item is made in Saint Paul, MN and ships worldwide. 

  2. 24 Piece BlueTensils Biodegradable Compostable Bamboo utensils: These compostable bamboo utensils are designed to be biodegradable which is great for when you’re planning a BBQ or when you go camping. If you don’t have to want to worry about washing lots of dishes while on an adventure these utensils may be the perfect solution. These are great for those who often like to plan long hikes or go camping.

  3. State Hiker Ornament from Recycled Raw Steel: This hiker ornament can be purchased for any state - and is an amazing stocking stuffer gift for any hiking enthusiast. The ornaments are made with raw recycled industrial steel which is the most recycled material in the world. Each ornament is unique - since it has different colors and shades due to the raw material. These ornaments are made in Adairsville, GA. 

  4. Wind Turbine Enamel Camping Mug: This beautiful enamel cup is perfect for camping - or just daily life adventures. The wind turbine design is from design house, Chew on Bamboo, and is a handmade graphic illustration that is designed to spread environmental awareness through illustrations. Each purchase will help raise money and donate to several organizations and charities focused on current environmental problems. This mug is handmade in Schenectady, NY. 

  5. National Park Log Book: This is an amazing way to document adventures in National Parks in the United States. The log book is small and compact so that you can easily throw it in your backpack or shirt pocket. This National Park Log book is FSC and Green Seal Certified, processed chlorine-free and made with 100% renewable electricity. Each notebook is printed and bound in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

Anact Wash Towel: Our Anact wash towel is an amazing addition to any hiking or adventure pack. Our wash towels are also made with our proprietary blend of hemp and organic cotton which is biostatic, fast-drying, ultra absorbent and sustainable. If you need a wash towel that is compact and super useful this is an amazing choice! 

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Holiday Gift Guide to Bring the Spa to your Home

Posted by Brianna Kilcullen on

Going to the spa is a super relaxing experience - and now you can gift the spa lovers in your life amazing sustainable and eco-friendly products that can recreate the same relaxing experience at home! 

All of these products are artisanal and from Etsy shops and are designed to be eco-friendly and sustainable. We’ve compiled a few different gift ideas below:

  1. Vegan Spa Gift Set: This spa set is already prepared as a gift and includes wonderful all natural and sustainable products that are handmade in New Market, Maryland. This spa kit includes 4 oz Body butter made from shea butter, cupuacu butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil. The kit also includes sugar scrub, handmade soap, 2 bamboo spoons for your scrub and butter and a personalized handwritten note.  You can choose from a few scents such as: Vanilla & Coffee, Lavender Woods & Honey, Raspberry Rose, Island Grapefruit. 

  2.  Eco-Friendly 15 Piece Sustainable Self Care Kit Gift Box: This zero waste kit is designed to have all of the necessary ingredients to a relaxing at home spa day. It’s also a great gift for new homeowners as it comes with the necessary bath items. This sustainable kit includes: bamboo toothbrushes, reusable facial rounds, silicone swabs, and handmade goat milk soap bar. The box that the kit comes in is 100% plastic free, biodegradable and compostable. 

  3. Natural Aromatherapy Bath Melts: These natural handmade bath melts are the perfect stocking stuffer for the spa lovers in your life. These bath melts come in four scents: Lavender, Jasmine & Lemongrass, Grapefruit & Citrus, and Eucalyptus & Peppermint. You can purchase them in a set of 4 or 6. These bathmelts are handmade in Somerville NJ, and a wonderful way to incorporate aromatherapy into your bath. 

  4. Sustainable Letterbox Spa Kit: This hand crafted spa box is made in the UK and comes in four different variations: A skincare set, an anti-aging set, a combo set ( which includes masks, makeup remover, lip balm and soap), a face mask + soap set, and a clay mask set. You can also include a cute personalized card! Every item in the box comes in sustainable packaging to ensure that most of the gift set is reusable. 

  5. Vegan Pamper Hamper: Handcrafted in the UK, this “happiness in a box” contains nourishing Himalayan pink bath salts, 2 handmade bath bombs, vegan hand, face and body soap bar, self heating eye masks, Anyah Eco body cream bouch, Pukka Tea bags, a divine dark cocoa chocolate bar and a lovely personalized note. This is a great gift that has everything from spa items and even a delicious dessert. 

  6. Reusable Facial Sheet Mask: This organic cotton reusable facial sheet mask is a perfect stocking stuffer for those loved ones in our lives that love to unwind with a nice sheet mask. This facial sheet is made from 100% organic cotton fabric and is used with different serums you already have. You can easily wash this facial sheet after use and it will still stay soft. This organic cotton facial sheet mask is handmade in Sandwich, IL. 

  7. Anact Bath Towel Set: There's truly nothing worse than getting out of a relaxing and warm bath and having to dry off with a rough smelly towel. At Anact, we created a proprietary fabric blend with hemp and organic cotton that is sustainable, biostatic (goodbye smelly towels!) fast-drying, and ultra absorbent. The best part is that with a single towel purchase - you save over 500 days of clean drinking water. Our towels only get softer with use, and is the perfect way to end an at home spa day. 

  8. Terralite Candles in White Pumpkin: This coconut wax candle is carefully handcrafted in Oceanside California. Terralite’s white pumpkin candle scent is truly an ode to autumn. White pumpkin has notes of ginger root, cinnamon bark, allspice and organic vanilla oil. All Terralite candles are made with ethically sourced ingredients and are packaged in reusable glass jars. 

These items would make amazing holiday gifts for your friends and loved ones that love going to the spa. Some of these items are amazing stocking stuffers or gifts. 

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What Makes Textiles Eco-Friendly?

Posted by Brianna Kilcullen on

So you’re wanting to make more eco-friendly and sustainable purchases, and a good area to start is through home goods. You hop onto Google to see what your options are in terms of towels, and you’re inundated with articles about different eco-friendly fabrics. But what makes a fabric or textile eco friendly and why should textiles be eco-friendly?

There are many amazing documentaries about the textile industry, we suggest “The True Cost” to wet your palette. Many people don’t know that the textile industry is one of the largest contributors to the climate crisis. By supporting sustainable home goods brands and fashion brands and voting with your dollar - you can be part of the change!

We digress. Back to textiles - what makes them eco-friendly? The main requirements are: 

  1. They’re sustainable to grow

  2. Available in nature

  3. The raw materials do not use a large amount of chemicals or toxins in the form of pesticides to cultivate. 

  4. The manufacturing process can be both sustainable and eco-friendly. 


For example, when synthetic fibers are made, typically there’s a plethora of different chemicals used and emitted into the environment due to the fact that they need to be treated in several stages to create fabric for clothing, towels etc. 
There are a variety of newer fabric blends being made that are designed with end of life in mind, which makes them more sustainable and close the manufacturing and production loop in the long run. These include hemp, wool, organic cotton, soy silk, bamboo fabric (careful this one comes with a few exceptions check out our blog article on this here. ), jute, and corn fiber. The most popular that are associated with being environmentally friendly and often found in the mass market are bamboo, organic cotton and some hemp blends. 


Bamboo is an amazing plant, but consumers need to be mindful of the type of bamboo fabric they’re contemplating on buying, especially if they are trying to make a sustainable and environmentally friendly purchase. Most bamboo fabrics are really made out of rayon, which requires a lot of different chemical treatments and loses many  of its natural components by the time it’s ready  for consumption. Also, these different chemical treatments can be  emitted into the air and water which are huge contaminants. It’s very important to make sure that the bamboo fabric you’re about to purchase was naturally treated and ethically sourced. 


At Anact, we decided to use a unique blend of hemp and organic cotton, because through our research we found that this blend was the most ethically sourced, cultivated, durable and sustainably made. The research that we based this off of is the Higg Material Sustainability Index (MSI) which was started by Nike and later adopted by the Outdoor Industry Association. 


The use of both hemp and organic cotton ensures your towels will stay soft, last forever and still have hemp’s natural biostatic properties which makes them cleaner and less prone to bacteria growth.

We truly believe that hemp is the future of sustainability not just in the textile industry.


If you’re interested in learning more about hemp fabrics, check out our blog article here. 

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