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Help Businesses that Do Good to Do Well this Holiday Season!

Share your Pinchot Pride with everyone on your holiday shopping list this year!

From apparel to tech gadgets to food favorites, our alumni and their businesses are striving to do well by doing good. Let us help you help them and check an item off of your to-do list!

We present to you the 2015 Pinchot Holiday Shopping Guide! Find links to your favorite student and alumni businesses, ranging from small startups to cooperatives to major corporations. And as an added bonus, join your friends and family in celebration of the work that your community is doing to use business as a tool to make our world happier, healthier, more just, and sustainable.

Goods and Apparel:

827195181Alchemy Goods – Up-cycled seat belts, bike tubes, and banners become stylish and sustainable bags, belts, wallets, and more. Trash to treasure!

Ibex – Join the wool revolution with warm and stylish apparel for your walk in the woods, or your stroll in the city! At the end of its life, send your wool back to Ibex to be up-cycled!

Ex-Officio – Travel in style and comfort and all the while know that you’re doing a world of good by supporting a company that works hard to ensure the health and safety of ALL of it’s stakeholders.

Nearby – Looking for the perfect indie gift for favorite local friend? Nearby helps shoppers in Washington state and New Hampshire shop closer to home.

REIREI – Going outside? REI has your back with endless apparel, a passion for sustainability, and the tools you need for your next outdoor adventure. And be sure to Opt Outside with REI on Black Friday! …and while you’re at it, help us spread the word about our new Certificate in Co-operative Management!

Sustainable Apparel Coalition – Shop brand like Levi Strauss and know that the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is that little voice in their heads that says: transform the apparel industry for people, for planet, and for profit.

Wileyware – Add some pizzaz to your friend’s boring cookie-cutter apartment with this beautiful and subtly colorful glassware. Each piece is hand-blown and unique!

Wrapped – Everyone has space in their winter wardrobe for a fuzzy new scarf. Can’t knit, felt or crochet? Risa Wolfe can have you wrapped in warmth and beauty with her felted creations! Her scarves come highly recommended by our own John Chiles.


Tech & Music:

Photo: Fabio Penna

Photo: Fabio Penna

Liz Smith – Systems thinker, food do-gooder, and LP queen! Contact Liz to check the picky musician off of your list with the perfect used vinyl record, and probably have a good chat about vegetables.

Tango Card – Treat your employees for a year of hard work and success! Tango Card is your go-to partner for instant E-gift cards.


Food & Drink:

Cambridge Naturals – Serious about community and natural health since 1974, a certified B-corp since 2014, Cambridge Naturals supports local, ethical, and organic products – support them for the holidays!

Hedlin Family Farms – Know someone who is always finishing off the vegetable dish? Get them a CSA share! This Mt. Vernon farm is certified organic and spray free for health and sustainable happiness.

InFerment – Have a tootie loved-one who could use a pro-biotic boost? These hand-thrown ceramic fermentation crocs plus a how-to class could be just the solution! Soon you can breathe a good-smelling sigh of relief.

LINC Foods – Foodies of Western Washington: fill your platters with locally sourced meats and produce. Bonus points for gifting treats from Lazy R Ranch to the person on your list who is serious about their meat!


Maven Meals – Sick of spending time in the kitchen? It’s ok, you can admit it. Let a Pinchot alum do it for you! This team has you covered with seasonal meals that you’re sure to love at least as much as your family favorites.

OlyKraut – Local (to Seattle). Fermented. Delicious. Have it as a side, or share it in your new favorite cocktail – Spicy Garlic Bloody Mary!

Saul Good Gift Co. – Sharing these holiday gift baskets with your co-workers will make you the most popular person in the office. At least until the treats run out! With the 2nd highest B-Corp ranking in Canada, you can be sure that this gift benefits all stakeholders involved.

Stockbox Grocers – Seattlites: break out of your First Hill food desert and stock up for all of your favorite meals! Need more inspiration? Check out their blog for recipes to boot!

Seattle Tilth – Learn, grow, and eat with Seattle’s local food system. Their Maritime Northwest Garden Guide is perfect for your green-thumbed friend that’s new to PNW growing seasons!

Shoreline Farmers Market – Winter blues got your north-Seattle friend down? Give them the gift of (almost) summer with a gift card to the Shoreline Farmers Market – the fun starts again in June 2016!


Soup Cycle – It’s a cold and dreary Portland day, and the guests are already on their way. However will you warm their hearts? Have the food come to you with this bike-powered soup delivery service, and know that you’re helping to keep Portland weird.

Starvation Alley Farms – Washington’s first organic cranberry farm serves up the best darn cup of cranberry juice you ever did taste. The perfect local-to-Seattle accent to your holiday cheer!

Taylor Shellfish – Looking for a twist on the traditional holiday meal? Give oysters a chance! Sustainably sourced, local to Seattle, and delicious to the last bite. We promise you won’t regret it!

That Brown Girl Cooks – In search of the perfect holiday spread? Curious to test-drive a wild new flavor? This Black Eyed Pea hummus is sure to have all of your guests coming back for more!

True & Essential Meats – Spending the holidays in Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, or Washington, D.C? Look for meat brands processed by T&E – one of the few remaining independent, USDA-inspected meat processing plants in the Mid-Atlantic.

ÜbrLocal – A social marketplace for everything urban food. Keep your guest smiling with full tummies and know that you’re supporting the local food economy at every level from farmer to dinner table.

Yellow Seed – Shopping for 25 metric tons of quality, sustainably sourced Cacao? Or maybe your best bud is a chocolatier in search of the next secret ingredient? Support local and sustainable farming and give Yellow Seed a chance!



Broken Compass BreweryBroken Compass Brewing – Hitting the slopes in Breckenridge this winter? Coconut Porter, Chocolate Coffee Stout or Chili Pepper Pale Ale may be just become the heart-warming highlight of your trip. Broken Compass Brewing for the win!

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery – Cheers all around in Phinney Ridge, Seattle! Ok, our alums are just member-owners – but we’ll drink to a sustainably brewed beer and a new Seattle co-op any day!

Suerte Tequila – Rumor has it that rabbits discovered Tequila, why should they have all the luck? From blanco to EXTRA añejo, Suerte Tequila is the hand crafted brand that you’ve probably never heard of, and is likely to become your new favorite.



Photo: McKay Savage

Photo: McKay Savage

Convoy Coffee – They may not be Pinchot alumni, but the team at Convoy Coffee works tirelessly to keep Pinchot and the Impact HUB happily caffeinated. Grab a cup of joe on your next visit to Pinchot!

Peace Coffee – Warm up your friends and relatives in the Minneapolis, MN with a cup of local coffee. Peace Coffee is striving to change the world one cup at a time. What could be better than introducing your grandpa or your college bff to a new local favorite?



BudBuds – This Seattle-based startup wants to help you buy bud better. Ok, they’re not selling product yet. But you can you can offer up a holiday favor and help them get there by testing their beta!

Dockside Cannabis – Seattle is alight with I-502 and legal cannabis! You may already know your favorite strain, but you may not have thought of your favorite wine pairing!smuggle portland

Smuggle Portland – Indulge in cannabis outside of Washington state starting in 2016! In typical Portland style, they’ll have a strain or an edible to accommodate everyone from gluten free eaters to locavores. 



Seattle BikeWorks – Wipe the dust off of that old 2-wheeled friend and give it a tune-up! You might love it so much you’ll ditch your gym membership!

Community Sourced Capital – Invest in friends and family by investing in their communities! CSC is selling squares for projects in Seattle, Portland and everywhere in between.

Cross-Cultural Journeys – Know someone who needs to get out more? Send them to Cuba or Guatemala! With 25 global destinations to choose from, this trusted and sustainable tour company will quench the travel thirst they never knew they had. Ole!MarchToMay

Eli West – Dating a classically trained guitar player who sips scotch with a pinky in the air? Impress every musical bone in their body with the beautiful tunes of Eli West. Bonus points for Vermonters, he’ll be there on tour through mid December!

March to May – Concert tickets are the perfect gift for the person on your list who just doesn’t want any more stuff. And with concerts around greater Seattle, March to May is the perfect band to share. Their next Seattle show is January 22 at Columbia City Theatre.

Moxy Money – Ready to go big this year? Buy a new house with Mona Das and hear team! Already own a home that you love? Stay where you are and refinance your home; it could help you fill your purse with extra cash for the holidays.

Nature-Rx – Just in need of a good laugh? This prescription drug commercial spoof will have you rolling around in a pile of leaves.

NW Home Comfort – Born out of a channel post, this home energy audit may be the perfect gift for your Seattle friend whose home is so drafty you

Photo: Marcus R. Donner

Photo: Marcus R. Donner

 bring 3 extra sweaters for every visit. They serve PSE and SCL customers in Seattle, Shoreline, Lake Forrest Park, and Mercer Island.

Para-gliding Ride – Heard your friend ranting about dreams of flying? Make them come true with a flight from Tiger Mountain with recent alum Evan Bouchier.

Pronto! Cycle Share – Give the gift of health and transit this holiday season! The cyclist rush-hour parade continues to grow in Seattle, and Pronto! is a great way for new or occasional cyclists to join in!

Right Livelihood Quest – If you’re aiming to give a purposeful and life-altering experience, consider an adventure into right livelihood.

Seattle Farm School – Help your friends and family get in touch with their urban homesteading alter-ego with classes on everything from permaculture to knitting to jam making! A home-made home is a happy home.

Sustainable Travel International – Getting sick of a roommate or sibling that’s living on your couch? Give the gift of adventure and make their experience positive and impactful.

Viva Farms – Give the gift of acquaintance with our earth and the resources it produces with sustainable farming classes. If it goes well, you could end up with a lifetime supply of sustenance. 



Truepanion Pet Insurance – Don’t forget about your furry friends! Buy the gift of sanity and pet safety with insurance for cats and dogs who like to live wild and free.

WonderTreats – Everyone needs to eat their fruits and veggies, including your dog! These treats are made from juicing waste, and are LOVED by K9s big and small. Keep them smiling year round with a subscription to healthy and delicious treats!



Good Reads:

The Business Guide to Sustainability – In this practical introduction to implementing sustainability, authors Darcy Hitchcock and Marsha Willard make sustainability improvements practical in any organization. And in true Pinchot fashion, chances are one of your classmates is a co-author!

Conscious Company Issue 3 CoverConscious Company Magazine – Give the gift that keeps on giving with a subscription to Conscious Company Magazine. Call us biased, but we think they’re the best magazine on the shelf for stories of sustainability in business.

Dope Magazine – Keep your cannabis loving friends informed with a subscription to Dope Magazine. They’ll see stories, news updates, info on the latest strains, and more!

Driven by Demand: How Energy Gets Its Power – Energy plays a central role in our society, and there is probably someone on your guest list constantly reminding you of it. Fuel their solar-powered fire with this read by Professor Jimmy Jia.

The Hollywood Parents Guide: Your Roadmap to Pursuing Your Child’s Dream – Best friends with a kid who is a shower singing super star? This guide to Hollywood parenting will have them rising to the top in no time flat. Author Bonnie J. Wallace is the mother of Disney star Dov Cameron!

The Next Step – Turn your neighbor with an answer for everything into an entrepreneur! The next time they taste your Caprese and reply with, “Well why don’t you just grow your own tomatoes?” you can smile and say, “Why don’t you start a business!” Double win!

Return on Sustainability – Have a crazy uncle with a multi-million dollar business in the pollution industry? Help them rake in the big bucks without killing the fishes by sharing this book on the business case for sustainability.

Storytelling for Sustainability – Even adults need bedtime stories sometimes. Master the ancient art with this read focused on telling the story of sustainability for your business.  

The Pinchot Persuader – What could be better than an onion-style newspaper published 5.33 times per year featuring all of your favorite and wacky Pinchot traditions? Get back in touch with old classmates and gift them a subscription!

William Hertling Novels – Everyone knows someone with an irrational addiction to sci-fi. Keep them on their toes with these near-term reads – The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears!


Can’t find anything here?  You can support our alumni in these major corporations!

Amazon – You name it, they’ve got it – delivered to your door. In addition to feeling good about Amazon’s commitment to the planet, shop Amazon Smile to support your favorite charities too! Make your gift go further & choose Pinchot as your nonprofit to support!

Costco – Feeding a big crowd? Need a last minute gift on the side? Shop wholesale at Costco and know that your dollars support your family, friends and a poster-child for progress in sustainable business.

Columbia Sportswear – Rejoice in the beauty of the outdoors with your friends and family – be proud of the products you wear, and the manner in which they were created.

Nike – Shop with Nike and share in their goal of innovating our way to a world that benefits athletes, the bottom line, and the world.

Nordstrom – From a small shoe shop in Seattle to a world-renowned fashion retailer, Nordstrom is a brand of optimism, diversity, freshness, and fashion – all while taking care of their community.

North Face – Share your passion for the outdoors by supporting brands that do too! The North Face has your back and your planet’s.

Starbucks – Share your Seattle-ite coffee addiction with friends and family around the world! We’re guessing they may already know and love this local favorite.

T-Mobile – Stay in the loop and move towards digital freedom with T-Mobile’s Un-carrier services.


Happy Holidays from Pinchot University!

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