With Earth Day fast approaching, many of us are trying to find ways to use more earth-friendly items to help us, help the planet. Many companies are now doing their part and are offering products that use sustainable manufacturing processes, organic ingredients and recycled packaging. You can now find these green products in unexpected categories, ranging from furniture to socks to gummies. Below are some of my favorites.
Thuma has created furniture that is beautifully designed and incredibly easy to assemble. The Thuma bed can be put together in minutes and looks incredibly stylish once assembled. Even better, the Thuma bed is officially GREENGUARD Gold certified, meaning that all of the materials used meet some of the world’s most rigorous third party emissions standards, making the bed both good for the environment and the consumer. These sleek beds are made from upcycled rubberwood with a lifetime warranty and packaged in recycled cardboard. In addition, Thuma donates one tree for every bed sold and to date the company has planted over 150,000 trees.
Grove Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning products can be notoriously toxic. Grove has created the ultimate online shopping experience for just about everything you need to clean your home in the most eco-conscious way. The company has its own brand, but also curates over 100 sustainable, high-performing brands that meet its four-point standard: uncompromisingly healthy, beautifully effective, ethically produced, and cruelty-free. Every order is plastic neutral; every shipment is carbon neutral and Grove has committed to being 100% plastic-free by 2025. Favorite products include their essential cleaner set and glass spray bottles and their laundry detergent sheets.
Unbound Merino Clothing
The clothing industry is responsible for a surprisingly large amount of environmental damage. Unbound Merino’s clothing features merino wool pieces that are incredibly practical, comfortable and sustainable. These essential pieces don’t wrinkle, naturally keep you cool, are odor-free and make ideal travel pieces. The company’s garments are made from Woolmark certified Australian Merino, regarded as the world’s finest and softest wool. Inherently natural, biodegradable and renewable, their wool is sustainably farmed on Australia’s grassland terrain. Woolmark® certified Merino, adheres to the highest standards related to fiber content, performance, color fastness and dimensional stability.
Our Place Cookware
Cookware is something we use almost every day. Our Place is known for creating beautifully crafted, colorful kitchen tools that are also highly functional and easy to use. Their products are also manufactured using thoughtful and responsible materials. Glassware is made, in part, from recycled glass and natural sand, and is naturally dyed. The ever-popular “Always Pan” is made from a portion of recycled materials as well. Items are shipped in packaging that is 100% plastic-free and recyclable and biodegradable. In addition, Our Place cookware is manufactured in factories with safe and ethical working conditions that pay above a living wage.
Honest Baby Products
Parents are understandably very concerned about what products they are using with their babies and young children. The Honest Company has curated a group of products for babies that are designed to keep babies safe and happy and to minimize any negative impact on the environment. The company has created a NO List™ — a list of over 3,500 chemicals/materials that it will not include in its products. Favorites, such as the Baby Arrival Gift Set, contains diapers made of chlorine-free wood pulp from sustainably managed forests, wipes made without genetically engineered ingredients and organic, all-purpose balm.
Raw Garden Gummies and Joints
Raw Garden has taken a sustainable approach to its THC products. The company’s newest gummies are 100% natural and vegan and come in fun flavors such as white peach and meyer lemon. Last year, Raw Garden expanded into a new product category with its cannabis-infused joints that are grown and rolled in-house with no trim, additives, or artificial flavoring. All THC products are grown in their Santa Barbara-based farm and all crops are grown outdoors, using organic nutrients, beneficial insects, and crop rotation to ensure the soil is not depleted. Raw Garden regularly removes all old cannabis hoops and irrigation equipment to plant native California plants such as mustard, legumes, peas, green beans, and clover species to return vital nutrients back to the soil. Water is reduced by utilizing a film and drip irrigation system and preparing a blend of both dry and liquid fertilizers for each specific field.
Everyone wants to snuggle up in bedding that feels luxurious and is also good for the environment. Parachute has created multiple home goods that are both sustainable and of the highest quality. Their organic sheets are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified. This certification guarantees that the entire supply chain–from cotton production to the finished product–meets stringent ecological and social criteria and that harmful chemicals are never used. Parachute’s down comforters are made from materials sourced from an RDS-certified supplier, meaning that the down comes from humanely treated ducks that are sustainably sourced.
Reel Toilet Paper
Toilet paper is made from paper, which is made from trees, which results in deforestation and global warming. Your current brand may also use plastic packaging. Reel takes an entirely different approach to its paper products. Reel makes its toilet paper and paper towels using bamboo, one of the fastest-growing plants on earth. So instead of cutting down 100 year old trees to make paper, the company uses a plant which grows back in 3-5 years. Bamboo also grows back from the same root once harvested, so it causes less damage and erosion to the ecosystem, making sustainable forestry a possibility. Even better, paper products made from bamboo are soft and strong.