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2018 Holiday Gift Guide Featuring Ethical & Sustainable Products

2018 Holiday Gift Guide Featuring Ethical & Sustainable Products


The holiday season is creeping up, and each year it feels as though it comes a little quicker.

As I’m sure you know, Cultura’s mission is to better the world in any way that we can. This is why we have chosen to work exclusively with ethical and visionary businesses.

We know that the holiday season can sometimes weigh heavy on our chests when we are pressured to buy gifts, waste food, or take part in other unsustainable and exploitive activities.

This year, we wanted to do something different, and we want to inspire you to be different, too.


This year, we’ve decided to shop ethically and sustainably whenever we can. We can’t promise that everything we do will be sustainable because we are only human, but we will do our best to spend our pennies with conscientious businesses and brands.

The thing is, we know that shopping ethically isn’t easy.

To help solve this problem, we sourced only the best gifts from a carefully-selected group of vendors that are sustainable, ethical or fair-trade. There are even exclusive coupons and promotions included in the gift guide just for the Cultura community!

We truly believe that we can all make a difference, especially if we act as one united front. This year, let’s all do our part to reduce waste and plastic and use our purchasing power to make this Christmas a little more special for people all around the world.

Download the guide below and hit the share buttons on the left to share it with your friends and family!

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Cold & Flu Fighting Smoothie

Cold & Flu Fighting Smoothie

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Flu Season… Yep.

It’s not a super fun part of the holidays but there’s one thing I do (year round, actually) that helps keep the bugs at bay.

Read on to learn how I make sure I’m focusing on carving turkeys (or Tofurky) and sipping eggnog rather than stocking up on tissues and chicken soup!

The Secret:

OK, it’s not a mysterious family secret, passed down from generation to generation, or some magic serum that fends off germs, it’s better: Superfoods.

I drink a green smoothie that is chock-full of nutrients every morning and it has made an incredible difference in my overall health.

Here’s a quick peek at the ingredients I use, but feel free to modify it as you see fit!

  • Spinach – a well known nutritional powerhouse full of Vitamin A, B2, C, K, Magnesium, Manganese, Folate, Iron, Calcium, Potassium and tons of antibiotics.
  • Oranges – Vitamin C bomb!
  • Pineapple – Long revered for its anti-inflammatory properties, this regal fruit also contains potassium, bromalain, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, beta-carotene, thiamin, B6, and folate, as well as soluble and insoluble fibre.
  • Turmeric – Also a popular anti-inflammatory resource, turmeric is also known for it’s antioxidant and anti-cancer properties and is rich in vitamin B6, C, and minerals such as iron, calcium and potassium.
  • Ginger – This root’s active ingredient is gingerol, famous for its ability to reduce the risk of infections. Also anti-inflammatory.
  • Cayenne Pepper – Disease preventing and health promoting, this pepper is full of Vitamins A, B6, and C, and minerals such as iron and potassium, cayenne boosts immunity, attacks free radicals, and contains anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – The type that is unfiltered and still has the “mother” intact, specifically. ACV contains proteins, friendly bacteria and enzymes, allowing it to kill infectious bacteria, boost immunity, and increase energy. Sometimes I’ll do a shot of this in the morning with a bit of honey and lemon if I can’t get to a whole smoothie.
  • Lemon – High in Vitamin C, lemons are alkalizing, detoxifying and improves digestion (plus literally a ton of other things).
  • Greek Yogurt – Mainly for its probiotic properties but also for its calcium and protein as well!



  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 C water or coconut water
  • ½ C orange juice or a whole orange
  • 1 C pineapple
  • ½ t ground turmeric
  • 2t apple cider vinegar
  • 1T greek yogurt
  • ½ of a lemon
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper

Blend it all together and enjoy that supported immune system!

*Always use organic ingredients to ensure that harmful pesticides don’t ruin your hard work!


I’ll modify based off of what I have on hand but I try to keep most of these ingredients in the pantry.

Feel free to omit or add as you see fit, any combination of these superfood powerhouses will help beef up your immunity, support your other body organs and functions, and keep you hydrated and debloated (so you can eat that pumpkin pie guilt-free!).

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3 Easy Ways To Improve Your Ethical Business

3 Easy Ways To Improve Your Ethical Business

3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Ethical Business


Let’s talk about some easy ways you can improve your ethical business practices.

As business owners, we are faced with so many choices on a day to day basis — from what suppliers we use to how we run and operate our businesses.

All of these choices can be incredibly overwhelming when piled on top of all the other tasks. If you have ever found yourself rushing through a business decision because you just don’t have the time, you aren’t alone.

The problem is, if you are an ethical business, the choices you make will fundamentally affect your brand in more way than one.

To help you solve this problem, we have found three easy ways that you run a more ethical and sustainable business that helps the world flourish around you.

Leave a comment and tell us what makes you an ethical business!

01: Stick to Your Values

As a business owner and human in general, you have values.

Your personal values closely reflect your business values most times, and so before you dive into your business you need to establish your values.

One of the best ways to run an ethical business is to not only establish values but stick to them under any circumstances in your business.

You will have ups and downs as a business owner, but it’s most important that you stick to your values no matter the situation or season you go through in your business.

If you don’t stick to these values, you run the risk of damaging your brand reputation and violating your customers’ trust. If your customers see you making decisions that don’t align with your values (and theirs), they will begin to question your integrity.

To avoid this, it’s best to determine your values early-on and stick to them.

02: Give Back to Your Community

Business owners have a ton of things on their plate to begin with so the idea of adding something else may seem a little heart-wrenching.

However, giving back to your community is something that needs to be at the top of your to-do list as an ethical business owner.

The community you give back to could be the immediate physical community that you live in, or it could also be your online community if you are running a business with an online presence.

Not only does this help you to grow your business, but it truly does leave a lasting impact on the community around you.

Tip: choose a cause that is close to your heart but also one that reflects your business and ideal customers. Make sure that the cause is also aligned perfectly with your company values.

03: Make Constructive Criticism Your BFF

Sometimes hearing feedback on your services and products can be a bit tough, and some business owners take it to heart.

But one of the most ethical things that you can do as a business owner is to ask for constructive criticism and implement changes regarding the criticism that you have received.

Sometimes we think we are doing what is best for our company and community, but we may only see things through one lens.

This means that we always have room for improvement, and if we are taking advice from our customers we can build an ethical business that actually cares about the customers.

By caring about the customers, their experience and what they think, you can run an ethical business that grows a great reputation for ethics and sustainability.

Remember that a great brand serves its customers’ deepest pain points — so make sure you actually listen to your customers and always improve.

There you have it!

These are the top three things that you can do to run an ethical business that is sustainable long-term, even though there are so many other things that you can do as well.

This is just a great starting point for a business that is ready to start being more ethical as it operates on a daily basis. If you have any other tips, we would love to hear them — drop them in a comment below.

Leave a comment and tell us what makes you an ethical business!


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