Most of us want to do what we can to minimize our contributions to climate change, limit our exposure to hazardous chemicals, and generate less waste, but finding products that help achieve these goals can be daunting. Here are some of our favorite products that can make a small difference in the quest to be more sustainable and support businesses that want to make the world a better place.
These candles are made from recycled coconut shells, use all-natural soy and coconut wax, cotton wick, and phthalate-free scented and essential oils. They come in over 50 scents, so it’s easy to find the one that matches your mood. The only downside is that you have to stop burning it when there’s only a quarter of the remaining wax left, which can be a bit difficult to gauge. They also make outdoor candles to keep bugs away naturally. The company donates 5% of its profits to environmental associations.
Made with organic Haitian coffee, coconut oil, fine cane sugar and shea butter, this scrub will make you glow and your skin super soft. The smell transports me to a Caribbean paradise, perfect for chasing away the Monday morning blues. Caribbrew works with farmers in Haiti to provide better access to education, strengthen communities, and create long-term, sustainable jobs that pay fair wages. The company was founded by women and is also black-owned.
Huha makes breathable underwear from tree-derived fibers from sustainably managed forests. The fiber is spun with soothing zinc oxide, which reduces odor and has antibacterial properties. I love that the line includes most sizes, ranging from 2XS to 3XL, comes in four styles and two fabric weights, and is free of synthetic materials that can cause chafing. They also plant a tree with every order.
I’m obsessed with this exfoliating foaming cleanser from Suki Skincare. It has an uplifting citrus scent, starts out as a solid scrub and builds into a luxurious lather, and is made with organic or clean ingredients. It makes my face smooth while soothing my skin with colloidal oatmeal. I have very sensitive skin and had no issues with redness while using the product. Suki’s products are designed to change skin cycles, so it’s easy to find options to work with these changes. All of their products use clean, cruelty-free ingredients, have refillable options to minimize waste, and their outer packaging is made of shredded paper, which uses organic product residue like citrus peel, cocoa, and hazelnuts to make paper.
The Drinkmate allows you to carbonate any drink. You can prepare fancy carbonated cocktails, fruit juices, teas, sodas or flavored sparkling water. It is available in multiple colors and takes up very little counter space. It helps you reduce single-use waste and control the ingredients of your favorite soft drinks. They have a ton of great recipes on their site to help you get the most out of your Drinkmate. They also have a CO2 exchange program where they will take back your empty bottles and send you a coupon for more.
Sea Witch Botanicals solid perfumes are made with minimal packaging that can be recycled and smell great! They are made from essential oils, are completely vegan, and contain no parabens or synthetic fragrances. They slip easily into a pocket or purse and won’t leak or spill on your stuff. They pride themselves on their sustainable practices and donate a portion of their profits to various charities working to protect the planet.
All The Things Cleaner truly cleans everything in your home with just five natural ingredients. It works on glass, porcelain, hardwood, granite, marble, metal and plastic surfaces, so you don’t have to switch between cleaners when cleaning your kitchen or bathroom . It uses clay to gently exfoliate surfaces without scratching them and essential oils that naturally disinfect. You don’t need to use harsh chemicals to make your home shine.
$19.99 for a pack of 9 bottles
PATH is the first certified refillable and 100% recyclable bottled water. The bottles are made of sleek aluminum and can be filled endlessly. They come in Still, Sparkling, and Alkaline varieties, are made in the USA, and really help reduce single-use plastics. I love PATH for travel because I don’t have to worry so much about losing an expensive bottle of water.
Butter & Me Butter Melt Lotion Bars are perfect for travelling. They’re sturdy, saving valuable space in your bag of liquids, and each comes in a nice cotton drawstring bag with a reusable paper box to make them easy to store in your luggage without making a mess. . They’re made with Sunflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Kokum Butter, Candelilla Wax, and essential oils to deeply hydrate skin and leave you smelling amazing. I always pack one when traveling in dry climates or when traveling to colder places.
This hoodie is worth every penny, and I don’t travel anywhere without it. It folds up into its own pocket saving valuable space in my carry on, it’s lightweight but incredibly warm, it wicks away moisture and it has a secret zipped pocket to store valuables for protection against pickpockets or if you don’t feel like dragging a bag. It’s also made with an innovative fabric that melts used coffee grounds with plastic bottles, so you’re also doing something good for the planet. The coffee grounds also make it odor resistant, so you can wear it multiple times without worrying about it smelling weird. It’s great for spring travel as the weather can be unpredictable, and it can even double as a pillow on long flights.
Adidas has teamed up with iconic Finnish design house Marimekko on a line of bold and colorful workout clothes, bags and sneakers. I love the Ultraboost 4 DNA shoes because they’re comfortable, fashionable, and made in part with Parley Ocean Plastics, plastic waste intercepted from islands, beaches, and coastal towns to keep them from polluting our oceans. Shaft yarn is 50% Parley Ocean plastic and 50% recycled polyester.