In celebration of Earth Day and Earth Month, we’re making the switch to eco-friendly products in all areas of our lives, and you should, too! Thanks to some amazing responsible companies and advanced technology, eco-friendly gear can now also be stylish, functional, affordable and durable, so there’s really no reason not to make purchases in a more environmentally-conscious way. By protecting the global and local ecosystems around us, our species and all others will benefit with improved health and wellness for generations to come.
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Not only are Paperblanks products made from sustainable paper and recycled materials, the company has a strong social responsibility program that donates to many great causes. Check out their beautiful lined journals to memorialize your next travel adventure.
All of Eagle Creek’s travel gear is made with the environment and product longevity in mind. See their luggage, organizers and travel accessories.
Osprey’s products are made with environmental integrity in all dimensions: product materials and durability, recyclable or recycled packaging, and corporate responsibility. Check out their extensive line of comfortable and durable hiking and travel luggage.
ChicoBag’s mission is to eliminate single-use products, especially plastic bags, and makes reusable bags to combat the problem. Their rePETe products even remove plastic waste by recycling it into certified reprieve fabric used in their products like the rePETe travel bag and shopping tote.
Timbuk 2’s best feature is also what makes it ecofriendly: durability. Alexa has loved her Timbuk2 messenger bag for a decade, and it still looks and functions as if it’s brand new. And once you’re ready for a new bag, the company has a bag recycling program to revitalize your used gear into a new product for someone else. Check out their Full-Cycle line for gear made from 100% recycled materials.
In one of the most unique upcycling ventures we’ve heard of, RAREFORM turns old billboards into surf and paddle board cases, bags, laptop sleeves and more. What’s more, RAREFORM also donates 1% of revenue to environmental protection.
Big Agnes Tents, Pads, and Bags
Big Agnes is an outdoor products company working to minimize their footprint in many key areas: energy use, transportation, materials and more. Their Re-Routt Collection in particular uses 100% recycled materials, like this insulated air core sleeping pad.
Matt & Nat’s bags, sleeves, wallets and other accessories are 100% vegan with 100% recycled plastic fabric linings and other recycled material pieces.
GreenSmart’s bags and sleeves are made out of 100% recycled plastic fabrics and designed for practicality, durability and device protection–with plenty of style.
Nuo’s notebook sleeve is designed for both the style-conscious and eco-friendly, made with cotton canvas, AZO-free dyes and no PVC.
The House of Marley’s audio products and accessories are made from earth-friendly materials like their REWIND™ fabric, cotton and canvas, recycled plastics, recyclable metals, bamboo and sustainable woods.
Bedol’s water-powered alarm clocks run only on just that: water. And you won’t need to refill it for another 6 months.
Solio’s products, like the Bolt Solar Charger, harness the power of the sun to charge your devices.
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
Yala clothing, home and travel products are all made and delivered with a consciousness for conservation, shipping, solar energy and environmental education. Their BambooDreams collection is made from Oeko-Tex Certified textiles.
All of teeki’s athletic wear is made from fabric recycled from plastic water bottles and produced using only environmentally friendly methods. The eco- and style-friendly designs come in fun prints in yoga pants, tanks, tees and more.
Toad & Co. (formerly Horny Toad)
Toad & Co. demonstrates sustainability in every business dimension from office culture to eco-friendly fabrics. Check out their casual and activewear for men and women.
Nau’s clothing and accessories are sustainably luxurious pieces for urban adventures, wild exploration and everything in between.
Everyone knows TOMS’ One for One model that provides shoes to children in need for every pair purchased, but did you know many of their shoes and all of their signature blue boxes are environmentally friendly?
Zeal Optics’ sunglasses and glasses frames are made with 100% plant-based materials and all prescription glasses are made in their zero-waste lab.
ColdPruf is keeping customers warm and the planet cool by donating 1% of sales of its base layer products to environmental protection organizations and taking action within the company to minimize its footprint, like recycling, conserving energy and producing the ECO line of clothing from recycled plastic fabrics.
COOKING, NUTRITION & HYDRATION
Life Without Plastic curates eco-conscious non-plastic products for home, work and travel, such as stainless steel lunch containers and utensils.
Bobble’s filtered water bottles allow you to refill your bottle anywhere and have fresh, safe and clean drinking water without using disposable plastic bottles.
Harmony House makes nutritious dehydrated food packets for hikers, backpackers, families and else who wants a ready-to-cook meal. All products come in resealable and reusable packaging, and the bulk box can make a great emergency preparedness kit.
Klean Kanteen’s reusable water bottles replace the single-use plastic variety with durable and sustainably made stainless steel versions in all sizes for every need.
The organic breakfast foods from Nature’s Path don’t just pack a ton of nutrition into the first meal of the day, each product is also made with sustainably and organically grown ingredients, diverts 92% of waste from landfills, reduces energy and material use, helps keep the soil clean and supports food banks in need.
The cereals, baking ingredients, dried fruits and other products from SunRidge Farms are all natural and organic, and the company embodies a green mission from company culture to using its own solar farm.
humangear’s line of goToobs, goTubbs, utensils, collapsible cups and other products are all made of silicone or recyclable plastic for durable, multi-use travel and daily needs.
To-Go Ware’s mission is to eliminate throw-away utensils and other food items by providing eco-friendly bamboo utensils and containers made of stainless steel and silicone.
Wrap-N-Mat’s foldable wraps and pouches serve as food-safe reusable packaging for sandwiches, snacks and other foods, then open up to a picnic-perfect placemat while eating.
The maker of the lifesaving water filtration straw now has a reusable water bottle to fill from any water source for clean water anywhere.
SKIN CARE & HYGIENE
Sierra Dawn’s Campsuds are a safe, biodegradable soap that’s perfect for bathing in the wild or anywhere you can find a spigot.
Dr. Bronner’s Castile soaps, bars, and other personal products follow the All-One principle: Making socially and environmentally responsible products of high quality and donating profits to help make a better world.
One of the better known companies on this list, Tom’s of Maine makes natural and eco-friendly toothpastes, personal care products and other items that follow their philosophy that people and nature deserve respect.
Get Giddy’s athletic clothing, climbing hand balm and other skincare products are all made from sustainable, eco-friendly materials that embody their love of the outdoors.
Ladies, your periods just got a little less miserable with the rise of The DivaCup and other such menstrual devices. These reusable silicone cups can be easily emptied and washed, saving you the cost, hassle, toxins and waste of tampons and pads.
LUSH puts a lot of care into the responsibility of their products across ingredients, sourcing, packaging, social initiatives and company culture, making their fresh handmade cosmetics and personal care products good for you and good for the world.
Many have seen Burt’s Bees lip balms in stores, but many don’t know that the company was founded in Carrboro, NC, our backyard. Much like the town it was created in, the company exhibits sustainable practices in operations, products and packaging, sourcing and community partnerships.
EarthSmart’s Zero Trees line of toilet paper, tableware and soft paper products use just that: zero trees. Made with a sugar byproduct, all of their products are biodegradable for when you need larger quantities of such items and reusable versions aren’t an option.
All Terrain makes safe, all-natural products like insect repellents, sunscreens and lip balms for the whole family–including our furry companions! Check out their Pet Herbal Armor Insect Repellent Spray.
Earthbath has natural shampoos, grooming foams and wipes for dogs, cats and horses. Treat your dog to an oatmeal and aloe bath next time he needs a scrub.
This eco-friendly online dog boutique sells all sorts of dog- and earth-friendly products like beds, harnesses, bathing needs, and even travel gear just for pups.
Paww’s leashes, collars, ThrowBowls, containers and other products, plus their new line of smart fetch treat toys currently being funded by a Kickstarter campaign, are all made from sustainable or recyclable materials and help keep your dog active and engaged.
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