As we head into 2018, we are recognizing fellow small, ethical, Caribbean-owned businesses that we just love. We have carefully selected brands that, based on their mission and values, we deem as "good for the Caribbean" and the world! We’ve curated a list ranging from chocolate to skincare to music so you can find at least one thing that you love.
Gifting thoughtful gifts can be a regular practice all year ‘round for 2018!
We hope you pick up a piece from one of these fabulous brands!
Green Line Collection
"There's no such thing as away. Everything is Connected."
The Green Line collection is a sustainable project that has a range of upcycled products designed to reduce waste, repurpose material, and protect the landfill. Each time you purchase a product from the collection, you are contributing to the ideals of Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle.
Find GLC in Trinidad and Tobago
At Up Market in Trinidad
Items from Green Line are also available at:
A Good Thing (Home Decor & Gift Shop) - Gordon Street St. Augustine 724-9250.
Pool Side Boutique - Centre of Excellence poolside.
SewLisa is a line of women’s and children’s clothing designed by Lisa Gittens, and produced in Trinidad and Tobago. The line reflects Lisa’s various influences: her formal training in Europe combined with her love of the easy going and vibrant Caribbean spirit. Lisa has a heart of gold and is amazing to collaborate with. We have partnered with Lisa to make our ends into her beautiful rori belts for the Bene Caribe Paradise Collection, and all of her pieces are amazing.
Check Sew Lisa out!
Find SewLisa in Trinidad and Tobago at:
6 Carlos St.
Designer Esther Lussan is based in Barbados and her love of her home country, shows though in her handbag line Island Bags. Island Bags predominantly feature Esther's exclusive photographs, along with typical Bajan slang, or other text, all of which she hand presses on to fabric. From her hand pressed fabric, each bag is manufactured 100% locally in Barbados, which enables other locals to benefit from her business.
Find Island Bag here:
Tabiijust clothing is beautiful, ethically made, and zero waste! Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, the founder of Tabiijust moved from Trinidad to NYC at 18 and years later enrolled in and studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2012 with a beginner’s knowledge of responsible living, she pledged to become a lifelong student of conscientious living and surround herself with women who rock the world with each step. She often contributes to panel discussions about zero waste, responsibility in consumption and local production and was one of the leaders of the women’s march in Washington DC!
Check out TabiiJust Here
Also check out the recently launched Livari Clothing, a zero waste womenswear label designed by Claudine DeSola, Alysia Reiner & Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs
Named after the Turtle Village of Matura and the leatherback turtle, one of the most critically endangered species, Turtle Warrior, makes jewelry out of discarded glass bottles from the turtle nesting beach. Each Turtle Warrior bracelet is hand-crafted in their workshop by skilled people from the community and completed with a hand-carved coconut turtle charm. All the money raised through the sale of Turtle Warrior Bracelets goes directly back into the projects and towards their sea turtle conservation efforts! Check out turtle Warriors pieces in Trinidad at UpMarket, at The Shop at the Normandie or in Washington, DC with Bene Caribe.
Conflict Women Ltd. financially empowers survivors of domestic and sexual abuse by providing them with
free training in jewelry making, business and conflict transformation and a monthly income for their products. Conflict Women was founded by Asiya S. Mohammed who worked around the world in human rights, gender and youth policies, and conflict transformation.
Sun Eaters Organics
Sun Eaters Organics is a delicious ethical gourmet chocolate bar company. Their farm-to-bar pipeline makes for more ethical, sustainable production in an industry with a long history of exploitation. They pay at least a 60% higher than market price for their organic cacao beans to encourage organic farming. Fighting for the future of food, Sun Eaters' understanding of the linkages of climate change with food security, agricultural development and rural development makes them unique activists dealing with the contemporary struggle and social movement in agro-business and sustainable product development.
Eco Truffles lives up to their name with their all natural products and by encouraging their customers to reuse their plastic containers. Eco Truffles’s treats (tea, haircare, bodycare, and oils) help replenish your body's all-natural glamour with their all-natural product collections. Their themes, fragrances and products are inspired by the Caribbean and all designed to give you a tropical experience as you unwind. Eco-Truffles Lavish Body Treats will help you relax as they soften your skin, restore your texture, strengthen and grow your hair, and enhance your natural glamour and charming features.
Cher Mere is a woman-owned natural skincare company out of Trinidad and Tobago. Founder, Cheryl Bowles,was the first woman to take on many leadership roles at Nestle in Trinidad and Tobago, yet she left to pursue her own spa and skincare line starting with her knowledge of her own family’s skincare secrets. She remembered the natural herbs and botanica that her grandmother would use and from there CherMere was born. ChereMere’s vision is to share universally the essence of Caribbean beauty and exotica through solution solution-based products and services that capture the Caribbean Aura. They are dedicated to being eco-conscious in the ingredients, packaging and processes that they use in keeping with our commitment to move towards a greener self and earth. Check out the spa in Trinidad or their day spa in Ontario, Canada.
Trinidad and Tobago Website
Immortelle Beauty represents Trinidad and Tobago in every way. Cosmetic chemist, Kathryn Nurse started the company with the aim of creating “Little Local Luxuries.” She has done so by making all cosmetics in Trinidad and Tobago and also by developing, manufacturing, and bottling an aspirational Caribbean lifestyle for all women who want to feel the warmth of an authentic Caribbean experience while empowering themselves through beauty. With their local product and international presentation, they are truly bringing the concept of affordable local luxury to the Caribbean!
Shea Yeleen may not be a Caribbean brand but as a black woman owned social enterprise, they are doing a lot of good. Shea Yeleen is fair trade shea butter organization that pays fair wages to women cooperatives in Ghana. Not only is the company ethical, but the shea butter is organic, all natural and amazing for skin.
Still in his thirties, Etienne Charles has accomplished so much as a recording artist, composer, arranger, and professor at Michigan University. Because of his Trinidadian roots, his authentic jazz style has afro-caribbean influences which plumbs the musical depths of the islands, from calypso to Haitian voodoo music. Also in his jazz mix are rock steady, reggae, belair, kongo and rock as well as the influence of Motown and R&B music Charles listened to on his parents' record player when he was growing up. Check out his albums as a great Caribbean gift!
CDs available here:
Empowering Organizations for Women
This is Me Global
This is Me Global is the outreach program of Caribbean InTransit, a non-profit arts education organization registered in Trinidad and Tobago. Founder, Marielle Barrow, worked closely with the staff at the Inter-American Development Bank to develop a scaled version of the program that could offer technical training and certification as well as life skills and business support for entrepreneurs in the local fashion sector. In this fifth edition, This is Me Global’s workshops, lessons, efforts, and research conducted have been vital in helping women hone a skill that they’re interested in pursuing. Fun fact: we work with This is Me Global to make our necklaces and bags! Your purchases support this fantastic program.