The latest fad isn’t about what you need but rather what you don’t need. We’re talking about sustainability and the eco-conscious culture surrounding ethical companies and their reusable products.
Gone are the days of unnecessary indulgences that generate more waste than pleasure. If we want a planet to leave to our little ones we need choose green over extravagance.
From the clothing we wear to the products we use in our home, excess waste is at the forefront of most industries. To help you make more mindful decisions regarding you and your home, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite sustainable brands that maintain honorable manufacturing practices, offer multi-use merchandise and promote a healthy planet.
Contrary to their name, Who Gives A Crap in fact gives a crap, and they want you to do the same. Paper towels and bath tissue are a necessity for most (we see you eco-conscious bidet users). As with any mass produced item, excessive waste is usually inevitable. Who Gives A Crap offers an alternative to harmful paper products with their “forest friendly” toilet paper, bamboo paper towels and tissues. Each item is made with 100% recycled paper or a blend of bamboo and sugarcane with no inks, dyes or scents and promises that “no trees are harmed.”
Plastic restaurant cutlery poses another prominent waste problem. What was once a to-go convenience has now turned into 40 billion plastic utensils being wasted every year in the United States alone, according to Worldcentric.org. EarthHero wants to save the day, and the planet, with their bamboo utensil set made from sustainable bamboo. All EarthHero cutlery also comes in a small carrying case crafted from recycled plastic water bottles.
Dropps believes that anyone can make simple steps to replace everyday products that are both eco-responsible and economical – which, if multiplied across a multitude of individuals and families, can have a measurable impact on the planet. With that concept in mind, Dropps created laundry detergent pods made from a biodegradable, water soluble film made of polyvinyl alcohol for fast, easy and harmless soap-dissolving results. These earth-friendly pods are as gentle on your skin and your clothes as they are on the planet, offering unscented natural laundry detergent with no dyes, no enzymes and no chlorine.
Lush was one of the first to create the now-trending shampoo bars. Made of natural ingredients, herbs and essential oils, Lush has created a range of naked (packaging-free) hair care products. From shampoo bars to solid conditioners, Lush has the perfect, cost-efficient way to “save the planet, while looking fabulous.” Lush also proudly promotes a ban on all animal testing for every product produced.
Viral videos, like the turtle with a straw lodged in its nose, have made the public very aware of the negative environmental impact from plastic straw use. If the turtle-straw video doesn’t scare you, the stats on plastic straw pollution will. According to National Geographic, one study published earlier this year estimated as many as 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world’s beaches with an atrocious 8 million tons of plastic flowing into the ocean every year. Lucky for straw enthusiasts, companies such as SWZLE offer sleep stainless steel reusable straws that fit into your pocket for easy and accessible everyday use.
More than a billion plastic toothpaste tubes are thrown out each year with harsh chemical residues that pollute our planet and destroy wildlife. Bite sought a better alternative to plastic tubes and created toothpaste bits. Bits “took out the bad and left only the good,” and then pressed it all into small, plastic-free tablets that are 100% gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty-free—without any harsh chemicals. Plastic tube waste no more!
While beeswax paper remains a popular sustainable snack bag option, a vegan-friendly alternative is the Stasher silicone bags. Made from 100% pure, non-toxic platinum silicone, the Stasher bags are “endlessly reusable” and are a durable choice for holding everything from leftovers and fresh food to pens, passports, even your cannabis and much more. Plus, these long-lasting stash bags are dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
“Join the revolution. Reduce your plastic footprint one refill at a time.” While many brands focus on creating earth-conscious packaging, the folks behind The Refillery L.A. encourage you to bring your own and restock your shelves with their products, from shampoo and conditioner to lotion and dish soap… and much more. Bring your own container, purchase one from the refill station or borrow one from the jar library and refill as often as needed. Refills are sold by the ounce, so customers are only charged for the amount filled.
Selecting a planet-conscious clothing brand can be one of the most difficult sustainable undertakings. While brands such as Reformation, Everlane and Pact put forth their best ethical practices, from working with eco-friendly factories to using organic fabrics, the only way to guarantee sustainability with your clothing is to shop secondhand. ThredUP is the world’s largest online thrift store where you can buy and sell high-quality secondhand clothes for both men and women. Repurpose, reuse and recycle your clothing and ban fashion waste for good!