EQOU makes 100 percent plastic-free straws, utensils, bags and more. (©EQOU)
By Jennifer McKee
There are many great sustainable products being produced today, which makes it easy for each and every one of us to reduce our carbon footprints. From tableware to health and beauty products to towels, shoes and Champagne, these are some of our favorites.
50 percent of all plastic produced is used only once, for an average of less than 20 minutes. EQOU‘s mission is to rid the world of single-use plastic. It harnesses the power of Mother Nature to replace these items in its products made from coffee, coconut, grass, rice and sugarcane. Its materials are sourced from regions that support local farming initiatives and communities.
Osmo Evaporative Refrigerator
We love this product that came out of the International Houseware Association’s student design competition. Western Washington University junior Rose Kirby won the Global Innovation Award for the Osmo Evaporative Refrigerator, which allows people to store produce on the countertop so it’s not lost and forgotten in the fridge. The sustainable product passively evaporates water through the porous surface of the ceramic container, reducing food spoilage.
This Earth-friendly brand’s high-performance towels are perfect for any adventure. Each towel is made using recycled plastic, then printed instead of using harmful dyes. Pet hair and sand resistant, they’re perfect for camping, yoga, the beach and more. Check out the stunning designs of the National Parks Collection; a portion of sales are donated to land conservation. National Park Week is April 16-24, and you can visit your favorite for free on April 16.
Empty Provisions Footwear
Take a step towards a more sustainable wardrobe with Empty Provisions, a line of footwear built out of love for the environment, love for the community and the love of minimalist style. Sandals are handcrafted by local artisans in Maine and use vegetable-tanned premium leather to fashion bold and basic colors.
An award-winning sunscreen brand known for being kind to coral reefs, OLITA‘s mineral products are certified by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and chosen as Parent Magazine’s safest sunscreens for kids in 2021. All products use clean ingredients—no chemicals here—and are cruelty free. All sales support ocean conservation.
Theo Chocolate is dedicated to ethical and sustainable sourcing—and its snacks taste great! But don’t take just our word for it: Theo’s Double Chocolate and Mint Cookie Bites received 2022 Good Food Awards, which celebrates companies that uphold responsible practices and products with great tastes. So these fair-trade treats are good for you and the earth. Go ahead, indulge.
Make traversing the airport a breeze with the help of Cincha: its high-fashion travel belts will instantly secure your carry-on to your roller bag, and there’ll be no worrying about it slipping off as you make your way from Point A to Point B. Made with vegan leather, the belts can be personalized with your initials, making it easy to show off your style. Spring designs are available now.
Sea Witch Botanicals
One of the easiest ways to cross over to using sustainable goods is in your health & beauty care routine. Discover intoxicating artisan soaps, body washes, incense and candles from Sea Witch Botanicals; the goods are all sent your way in compostable and recyclable packaging and paper shipping tape. The brand aims to keep the world’s water healthy by providing natural home and body products that are good for you and the environment.
The mission to provide consumers effective, vegan, cruelty-free. EWG-verified products for the home and body is the philosophy at ATTITUDE Living. From shower gel to natural deodorant, all-purpose cleaner and baby products, ATTITUDE’s clean ingredients harness the power of nature and help keep plastics out of the landfill, and smell great while doing so. Be sure to purchase eco-refills to further minimize plastic waste.
Who doesn’t need a good soak to melt stressors away? Now, Pursoma, the line adored by celebrities, has launched an exclusive line made with French Grey Sea Salt, the natural version of Epsom salt, that’s non-toxic, non-GMO, vegan, cruelty and SLS-sulfate-paraben free. The bath products use 100 percent natural, nutrient-rich ingredients, which are all harvested from natural salt beds.
Elementa Revolutionary Oral Care
Let’s not neglect those choppers! Elementa Revolutionary Oral Care is formulated by a team of dentists, uses patent-pending Nano silver technology and xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol that helps prevent cavities. Its dental solutions, which include mouth rinses and tooth gels, are also alcohol- and fluoride-free and whiten teeth, kill bad bacteria and leave your mouth fresh and clean. Available for adults, kids and pets.
Using a concentrated shampoo and bath bar is a great way to cut down on plastic bottles that end up on landfills, and plastic-free beauty brand Unwrapped Life is on a mission to prevent more than 2.5 million plastic bottles from entering our oceans. Just in time for Earth Day, it’s released the limited-edition Hydrate Me body and shave bar to give dull, dry skin a hydrating pick-me-up—it’s packed with vitamin B-rich colloidal oatmeal and vitamin C-rich Amla oil.
Maggie Valley Collective
Maggie Valley Collective‘s candles are hand-poured in eco-friendly, recycled glass jars and foster reflection and creativity. The brand gets its inspiration from nature’s valleys, which ebb and flow similar to the phases of our lives. Its blend of coconut, apricot and soy waxes, combined with clean-burning wooden wicks, make the candles truly natural.
Always a proponent of environmentally-conscious fabrics, Tommy Bahama nods to Earth Day 2022 with its first fully sustainable collection of women’s swimwear. Palm Modern‘s sleek silhouettes and sculptural details are complemented by innovative recycled fabrics with four-way stretch and a soft touch. Tommy Bahama also helps to reduce its carbon footprint by investing in sustainable cotton farming practices through Better Cotton, which in 2021 alone saved an estimated 55 million gallons of water.
Código 1530 x Lucky Brand Spring 2022 Collection
Two of your favorite brands have teamed up for a spring capsule full of men’s and women’s tees, fleece and accessories. Award-winning tequila and mezcal producer Código 1530 and Lucky Brand’s second collaboration uses Eco Yarn by FAXEL, a recycled cotton fiber produced by spinning leftover fabric with virgin cotton fiber. The pieces are available online only—get them while you can!
We end our Earth Day round-up with a product from the vine: Champagne Telmont. This sustainable Champagne house recently welcomed Leonardo Di Caprio as an equity investor in its quest to becoming a completely sustainable vineyard by 2025. Raise a glass to that!