This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We're using it as a jumping-off point to reduce our carbon footprint and to look into great green brands that'll change our lives not only for one day, but 365 days a year. Just look at what we've found.
Items for the Home
Add some great new scents to your environment—and help the environment—with Siblings' fun and easy DIY candle kits. The wax is made from a coconut blend, the most eco-friendly on earth, and the plant-based packing is biodegradable. Just microwave the wax, pour into a repurposed vessel, let it set, then trim the wick. Available in eight natural, delightful scents.
Stay hydrated and save energy simply by plugging the Hey Dewy portable humidifier into any USB port. Its high-frequency technology emits a cool, clean mist that results in radiant, healthy skin and hair. Plus, 10 percent of every purchase is dedicated to initiatives that make an impact through water.
You've heard about silicone, paper and metal straws, but what about wheat and cane straws? These natural products can be had at Yes Straws, in long and short sizes. They add no extra flavor to your beverages and do not become sodden, decomposing in about three months time.
Health & Beauty Products
Jane Iredale Tantasia
For 25 years, Jane Iredale has been known as a leader in clean beauty, creating gorgeous and nourishing colors for the skin. It uses only natural ingredients and is also cruelty free. Give your face a luminous glow with the Tantasia 2-in-1 self tanner and bronzer.
John Masters Organics
John Masters began working with natural products in 1994, looking for a better way to care for hair; soon after, he created the first "clean air" salon that used no damaging colorants and no chemical treatments. We love how refreshed our hair feels after a treatment of the Repair Hair Mask for Damaged Hair with Honey & Hibiscus, made with organic honey and organic hibiscus.
Non Gender Specific Flooid
Atlanta-based Non Gender Specific's Flooid is a fresh fragrance for all genders. Its box will literally help you plant a flower garden—the treeless paper is filled with non-invasive wildflower seeds, produced with 100 percent wind energy. Just drop it in the ground, water it and watch the flowers grow.
Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle
From a walk down the street to a future trip to your favorite destination, Nomader's Collapsible Water Bottle can fit into the smallest of spaces. Made of shatterproof silicone, the versatile bottle is leakproof and hygenic: between sips, the cap doubles as a spout cover so no germs get on the mouthpiece.
Miniware's Sip & Snack
The kids' snacks will always be ready to go with the ultra-convenient Sip & Snack kit from Miniware. It snaps together and keeps everything self-contained, and the bowl and cup are made from plant-based, biodegradable and petroleum-free plastic; the suction foot, lid, and straw are made from 100 percent food-grade silicone.
In order to reaffirm its sustainability goals, the brand launched its Better Republic campaign just in time for Earth Day. This new selection of sustainable products include but is not limited to the Washwell collection, denim from the water-saving initiative that has saved millions of liters of water since 2016, the Dry Indigo collection, men’s denim crafted from dyeing techniques that use 99 percent less water and 89 percent less chemicals than traditional methods, organic cotton and recycled fabrics.
High-quality and sustainably-sourced Exfina cotton is what makes YJack's luxury tees feel great to the touch and for the soul. Products are available for men and women, and come in packaging that can be repurposed to store your belongings or as a coaster for beverages.
Marine Layer's Re-Spun Collection
The super-soft T-shirts in Marine Layer's Re-spun Collection are the perfect example of recyling done right. When people donate tees, they're sorted by color, broken down to the fiber level and then the brand adds recycled plastic and TENCEL Lyocell to create yarn for a new T-shirt. See the gorgeous styles in the collection here.
Those who need to stay active will love Carve Designs' Aqua Terra collection, created with water and land sports in mind and made from a compression fabric that keeps muscles warm and dries quickly. The fabric contains recycled polyester made from repurposed plastic bottles.
Reduce your carbon footprint, literally, with Allbirds shoes—the brand's footwear releases 5 kg less carbon into the atmosphere than the average sneaker. Made from super-fine Merino wool, recycled bottles, recycled cardboard and castor bean oil, they may be the most comfortable pair of shoes you ever put on.
Made from 91 percent recycled plastic, Swaggr socks are moisture resistant and have a ventilation weave to keep your feet dry and comfortable. The brand aims to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean, and come in many great styles and colors, including those with environmental statements on them, such as "Save the Turtles" and "My Ocean Is Not Your Trash Can."
A New Essential
in2green Green Mask Project
Lori Slater and Stefanie Zeldin, owners of in2green, know what it's like on the frontlines—they're married to physicians. So they've launched the Green Mask Project, creating non-medical, reusable masks made with sustainable materials, including recycled cotton and polyester yarn. For each mask purchased, in2green will donate a mask to a family in need.