Zero Waste Kitchen: 11 Habits To Reduce Your Impac

Zero waste kitchen: check out these easy 11 habits to lower your impact on the planet.

Few things will confront you more directly with the amount of waste you and your family produce than opening your kitchen trashcan and staring into the giant mound of banana peels, oatmeal, bits of pasta, wrappers and coffee grounds that you’ve somehow managed to accumulate in less than three days. The scary part is that you’ll find that same mound of trash replicated in nearly every other home around the world. It is precisely because of this that most of what ends up in landfills is food.

In fact, in the United States, 20% of the waste in municipal dumps is comprised of food and nearly 40% of the produce that we grow winds up as garbage. This is unacceptable and it needs to change if we want a better future for ourselves and our planet.

Since so much of the waste in our homes comes out of the kitchen and so many of the worst offenders for pollution in your home can be found there, your kitchen is one of the best places to start your journey into less wasteful life. The phrase “zero waste kitchen” sounds like a complicated feat best left to overzealous hippies but we promise that it is not difficult at all and that it will quickly become one of the biggest money savers in your life.

A zero waste kitchen simply means that you’re making sure that what you bring into it is already set up to not come out as waste because you are buying your foods and products consciously and mindfully, making sure to get the most out every item in your kitchen and using materials with low environmental impact that are meant to last or be easily recycled.

Most of us already have some degree of waste-controlling measures in place because we’ve realized that, for example, having a cloth that we can wash and reuse for our countertops is cheaper than constantly buying paper towels or that take-out containers make for excellent food storage.

Still, there are many areas where we could all be doing better and that do not even cross our mind for consideration because we’re so used to things being a certain way and have been living inside the bubble that our wasteful, linear economy has created around us. Because of that, we’ve compiled this list of plastic free and waste free alternatives to many of the products that you have around your kitchen plus a couple of good habits that will contribute to the goal of having a zero waste kitchen and a less wasteful life.

Scroll down so that you can learn about our picks for eco friendly kitchen routines and wares below:

  1. Switch to reusable produce bags:

Whenever we’re discussing things such as plastic bag bans or the problems surrounding single use plastics, the first thing that usually comes to mind are the classic t-shirt bags we get when we do a grocery run and we tend to often forget an even worse offender: produce bags. These bags are made out of thin, flimsy plastic that is difficult to recycle – let alone reuse- and shoppers regularly use way more than a couple of them on every visit to their grocery store. Just think of you and all the people circling around you in the fresh produce section taking one little bag for their broccoli, another for the cilantro, two more for two different kinds of tomatoes and another one for a couple of onions. You then bring these bags home and throw them out once you wash your fruits and vegetables or maybe keep them for the time that those food items will live in your fridge before throwing putting them with the rest of your trash. 

After reading this some of you may start thinking it’s best to just skip the produce bags since it’s all going to go into another bag at checkout anyway but there’s one big question you need to ask yourselves: do you really want your food directly on the cash register’s conveyor belt? Supermarkets are not as clean as we would like to think they are and their conveyor belts and weight scales are one of their worst offenders. Trust us, you want a barrier in between your food and that germ wonderland and your best option for that while still maintaining a plastic free kitchen is by using reusable produce bags.

Reusable produce bags come are made from a variety of natural and artificial materials such as cotton, linen or polyester and in different sizes and weaves: bags made from a more tightly woven material that will hold items such as beans, rice and flour and mesh bags with larger holes are good for larger fruits and vegetables. You wash them in between uses or when they become visibly soiled and can compost them once they reach the end of their useful life. Ours come in an array of sizes and styles, are made from certified organic cotton and have tags displaying their tare weight that will make your transition to a plastic free kitchen simple and easy.

Most of us will carefully choose that one dish soap that is twice as expensive as the rest because it claims to have better ingredients and to be nicer for us and for the environment and then proceed to spurt it on a plastic fiber sponge that will live on for hundreds of years in a landfill once it runs its course and we toss in the garbage. The same thing happens with other cleaning tools we use in the kitchen such as scrub brushes and dish brushes: they are completely made out of plastic with both plastic handles and plastic fibers, have very short lifespans and are meant to be disposable.

There are plenty of alternatives for the plastic free kitchen to all of these tools that are made from bamboo wood and other natural fibers, many of them requiring no additional processing beyond drying such as is the case with loofah sponges. Loofahs are made by drying a type of gourd that closely resembles a cucumber and then removing their skin to reveal the dried fibers inside. These fibers are stiff and very sturdy and can be used as scrubbing sponges for dishes and surfaces around the home and for exfoliating skin. Since they’re just dried fruit fibers, loofahs are 100% natural, biodegradable, compostable and generate no waste. Ours have the additional benefit of being package-free and therefore plastic free.

For jobs that may be too much to tackle with a loofah and elbow grease, we recommend wooden brushes as an alternative to traditional plastic brushes. Eco Roots offers options made out of sustainable woods and with bristles made from vegetable sources. Our dish scrubber, with it’s wooden handle and sisal fibers is a 100% vegan, compostable and waste-free product. If you prefer a brush with a handle, this wooden dish brush features a design that allows for replacing the head once it’s worn. Since it’s also 100% vegan and made from organic materials, the head can be composted once it reaches the end of its useful life.

  • Consider a plastic free dish soap bar:

So you got a loofah sponge and a wooden dish brush to go with that nice, eco-friendly dish soap and you loved it and used it all to the last drop and now you’re left with an empty plastic bottle wondering why they couldn’t also figure out a way to make better packaging for this supposedly better soap. Well, there is no law anywhere that states that dish soap must be liquid and contained in an easy-to-squeeze bottle. The same way that there is solid bar soap for you, there’s is also solid bar soap for your dishes and it’s just as effective and much more planet friendly than the liquid variety.

Just as that expensive brand, our dish soap bar is biodegradable, free of parabens and has not been tested on animals. What sets is apart is that, instead of a plastic bottle, ours comes wrapped in compostable, zero waste and plastic free packaging and we used all vegan ingredients for it and added no unnecessary fragrances. Since a little bit will go a long way, it will last you for quite some time: one person can stretch this bar for nearly 6 months!

  • Learn some DIY cleaning recipes:

Speaking eco-friendly cleaning products: boy, are they expensive. It seems that every company in the home cleaning section of your store is now trying to sell you a more expensive – and oftentimes much less effective – “green” version of their cleaning products with their selection of flowers and/or leaves around the brand name in order to send you those “green” vibes loud and clear.

Save yourself the money and the extra plastic bottle and instead spend a little bit of time concocting any of the cheaper and more effective DIY alternatives to these expensive cleaners that you may or may have not learned from your grandmother or which you can find readily available online. And, while you may be familiar with the classic vinegar and lemon juice mix that people commonly use to clean kitchens and degrease stoves, there are hundreds of other recipes available online for every part and surface of your home: glass, toilets, showers, dishes and even furniture polish using easy-to-find ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar and essential oils.

  • Reach for reusable cloths to reduce paper waste:

Those tv ads sure make it look easy to rip one paper towel sheet from the roll every time we encounter the smallest mess or spill in order to put a stop to it as quick as possible. This is convenient and – we’ll admit it – very satisfying but it is also extremely wasteful. The most eco friendly way to replace paper towels and contribute to the goal of having a zero waste kitchen is by turning textiles from other areas of your house, such as old shirts or old bedsheets, into rags. However that’s not always feasible and you may find yourself short on rags to clean your kitchen or around your house. Fight the temptation to reach for a paper towel by keeping reusable towels around. Ours are made from a super absorbent fabric that will stand up to the largest spills and wettest messes a million times better than any of those cheap, thin paper towels.

  • Use beeswax wrappers, reusable jars and stainless steel containers for keeping leftover food and bulk shopping:

Bulk shopping – the o.g. grocery shopping style that your great grandparents used where you go fill your own bags and containers with food and household products at a shop where they are sold by weight – is now back in style. Depending on what you’re buying and where you’re buying it, bulk shopping may or may not be cheaper than purchasing a commercially-packaged product but we can guarantee that it will always be greener as it eliminates demand for packaging and doesn’t generate any additional waste from it.

The key for making bulk shopping work is good storage: these items won’t come in their own boxes, bags or containers and so you need to make sure that the ones you have will do a good job at keeping them fresh. Before rushing to replace all those old Tupperware containers you inherited from your mom, don’t forget that a big part of having a zero waste kitchen is purchasing new items only when you really need them. You should use what you already own until it has reached the end of its useful life and reuse commercial food packaging such as glass jars and plastic containers for as long as possible before recycling them.

Most commercial food packaging that you can reuse will work well for short-term storage but we do recommend that you invest in a good set of containers with airtight seals to ensure that food items such as pasta, rice, beans and flour survive long-term storage. The best plastic free options for this are classic airtight glass jars and stainless steel containers. We’ve been singing the praises of glass containers for years – they’re durable, non-absorbent and recyclable – and in the meantime have overlooked the virtues of the less cosmetically pleasing stainless steel. Stainless steel is one of the best materials out there for food storage and kitchen equipment thanks to its resistance to corrosion and oxidation, its non-absorbent and anti-bacterial properties and its long lifetime. It will also never crack or break, which makes it a more durable option than glass that is especially useful to store food items that may be sensitive to light and for on-the-go eating.

Stainless Steel Snack Containers – Set of 3                      – EcoRoots

For smaller food items such as that half onion that’s hanging out in your fridge since you used part of it last night to make some guacamole, beeswax wrappers are an excellent option for the plastic free kitchen. These sheets are made out of cotton covered in a thick layer of beeswax that makes them pliable and helps them stick to themselves to create a seal that keep air and debris out. They’re especially useful for covering bowls and plates, keeping cheese and wrapping food to go. They will last for around one year with regular use and proper care and are fully biodegradable as they are made from 100% organic materials.

  • Reduce your food waste:

Reducing food waste is one of the most important parts of having a zero waste kitchen and if you’re not taking measures to plan your meals and properly store your food items then you are wasting money and – more than anything – valuable resources.

The first line of defense against food waste is knowing your eating habits, cooking abilities and the equipment your have available. If you don’t like cooking complicated meals that take a lot of time to prepare and you don’t have lots of kitchen equipment, then avoid purchasing food items that require labor-intensive processes or complicated gadgets.

Once you’ve established what you can do and also what you are willing to do, then comes the planning part. Planning your meals for the period you will be doing grocery shopping for, making a list of the items you will need in order to prepare them and actually sticking to that list once you’re at the supermarket is key to avoiding buying excess food that you will have no way or time to consume or realizing that you forgot two of the most important ingredients for your squash soup by the time you already started making it.

Finally: learn to store your food items properly. Learning basic methods of food storage and having the correct equipment to do so will not only help your food last longer, it will also keep it tasting just as delicious as when you purchased it and ensure that you are obtaining all of its nutritional value.

  • Learn how to properly recycle packaging:

The crazy variety of materials manufacturers have come up with to wrap their products in has made recycling a lot more complicated than the basics of separating paper, glass and plastic we were taught in elementary school.  Questions such as: where does the container for the rotisserie chicken you got last weekend go? can you mix your plastic bags with your other plastics since they are all technically made from the same material? and, is this organic tortilla chip bag really recyclable? have gotten quite complicated to answer lately.

Educating ourselves on how to recycle the different types of materials that we’re likely to encounter in our kitchens will go a long way in eliminating our consumption of items that are simply not recyclable and reducing the amount otherwise recyclable items that wind up in landfills because people don’t know how to properly dispose of them. Whenever you’re in doubt about a specific material, do a quick search on instructions on what to do with it and remember that the best way to reduce our waste problem and having more ecofriendly kitchens is by eliminating single-use items from our lives.

  • Compost your food scraps:

Organic waste comprises a whopping 70% of all of our household waste. It’s also one of the safest and most effective fertilizers available to us. That means that we’re sending a lot of stuff to landfills that could be serving much better and important purposes elsewhere. While many of us think that organic waste is ok to send to a landfill because it will eventually decompose, the issue is a lot more complicated than that. Organic waste decomposes differently in a landfill because it’s in an oxygen-deprived environment. This low oxygen decomposing process – known as anaerobic decomposition – is responsible for generating methane, which is one of the most potent greenhouse gases that exist. In contrast, when compost, we create the perfect conditions for organic waste to decompose the way it was meant to do so to become hummus: a nutrient-rich mixture of decomposed organic materials that is essential for plant growth.

Since so much of the waste coming from our kitchens is food, composting is one of the easiest and most effective ways to contribute to a zero waste kitchen. Composting can seem difficult if you don’t have a backyard or an immediate use for the resulting product such as using it as fertilizer for your plants or your garden, however this doesn’t mean that it’s a complicated thing to do and that what you produce from it won’t be of good use to others. There are plenty of indoor compost bins for apartments and homes that look quite similar to regular trashcans to help you with properly storing and airing your organic waste and many places such as farmer’s markets, community gardens and farms collect compost from patrons to use as fertilizer for their plants. If you’re worried about smells: don’t be. The reason that your trashcan smells of rotting food when you open the lid is because in it you are mixing organic waste with non-organic products and are keeping them in an oxygen deprived environment. Composts, if anything, have a smell that’s closer to the smell of earth because you are, in fact, making earth in them.

  1. Plant your own herbs:

Having your own herbs at home is a no-brainer: cut herbs are usually overpriced at supermarkets and many of them just don’t last for long, even if you store them very well. In addition, they tend to lose their flavor quickly and will easily develop an unappetizing wilted or bruised appearance in your fridge. Potted herbs save money – the cost for a potted plant can sometimes be nearly the same or just a little bit more than the cost for the same amount cut herbs – grocery store trips, plastic that would’ve otherwise been used in a produce bag to store them and resources spent in transporting those products to supermarkets. Asides from providing you with nice, flavorful toppings to finish your food, potted herbs double as decoration. We’re not making any promises that your place will look Instagram-worthy with a couple of small plants but it will definitely make a difference for you and will be a good start towards an eco friendly kitchen.

  1. Keep it simple & minimal:

Take a look around your cabinets and drawers and you’re likely to find their spaces filled with a staggering amount of unused or single-use items. When was the last time you really used that clunky juicer? Have you really used that expensive stand-up mixer only twice? Does the thought of having to clean your food processor make you never ever want to use it? The excess of food-related content available on the internet has convinced many of us that we do indeed need lots of fancy things in our kitchens but the fact of the matter is that, unless you are an avid home cook, the average person can get away with having a minimal amount of basic equipment in their kitchen.

When we purchase single-use gadgets such as apple slicers or things that we never use such as that slow cooker that you got for Christmas and have never even unboxed, we create demand for companies to extract more resources in order to create more of these products. Keeping things simple and minimal will ensure that you get the most out of your investment in them, reduce your use of non-renewable resources and go a long way in ensuring you have an eco friendly kitchen. There are plenty of sources online – including interviews with famous chefs – detailing the items that are essential for a well-equipped kitchen and they’re lists usually comprised of just a couple of high quality basics that combined with simple techniques and good ingredients will yield spectacular results.

Having a zero waste kitchen is easy when we’re being mindful of what we bring into it, how we store those items and how we dispose of their leftovers.

There are more alternative products than ever to the plastic wares that we’ve grown accustomed to but don’t forget that the best way to reduce the amount of waste that we generate is by cultivating mindful habits: reducing our consumption of materials that cannot be recycled or reused, finding ingenious ways to give new life to the items that are already around us and taking good care of our food and kitchen equipment to avoid frequent replacement and excess waste.

A zero waste kitchen may not be an easy job at first but we assure you that the rewards that you stand to gain from doing so and the contributions you’ll be making to keeping our planet clean are completely worth the effort.

15 Sustainable Swimwear to Fall in Love With

Sustainable swimwear for every eco-consciousness babes out there who love the ocean. When buying regular clothes, making the Earth-friendly choices is easy:   just buy vintage or second-hand. You can fill up a whole closet with almost every piece of clothing you’ll need for work and play without any of them being new. There is, however, one place where making the greenest choice can often be a difficult thing and that is in the realm of swimwear and intimates.  

This presents us, planet-minded consumers, with a problem: we know we need to buy these items new but we are also very much aware of the fact that the artificial knits used in swimwear are made out of petrochemicals and use up immense amounts of water and energy during their manufacturing processes.

Lucky for us, swimwear has become one of the easiest garments to produce responsibly thanks both to the wave of environmental conscience that has washed over the fashion industry in the past decade and to the availability of better-recycled knits from which to make sustainable swimwear from such as Econyl. Since it’s introduction more than a decade ago, this knit made from recycled plastic waste went from being a novelty to one of the most sought-after materials by companies looking to satisfy customer demand for sustainable products.

Let’s talk a little bit more about Econyl, since you’ll encounter the name so often on this list: the process for making this knit takes materials such as fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring, industrial plastic, etc. and chemically breaks them down to reassemble them into nylon. Econyl is essentially trash that has been turned into high-quality fabric that is nearly indistinguishable from newly-made nylon. This reduces demand for petrochemicals, uses less water and less energy all while removing plastic waste from the environment.

The brands that made our list all use recycled materials such as Econyl for their garments and take steps to ensure that every other part of their production process, shipping and retailing is also done responsibly. Many of these companies are small, independent labels that produce styles in small batches to avoid excess waste and hire local seamstresses to cut and sew their pieces in an effort to contribute to local economies. They all eschew the use of toxic dyes, follow fair trade labor practices and take steps to reduce their environmental footprints by using compostable packaging, renewable energy, local production, among other environmentally and socially-responsible practices.

Check out my list below with sustainable swimwear brands:

1. Nu Swim

Nu Swim – Lora One Piece ( 61.43 $ )

Best for: Swimwear that feels like a second skin

Leave it to someone who’s been wearing a swimsuit every day of her life to design some the most comfortable swimwear around. Nu’s collection is made up of simple, sporty pieces that are designed to move with you.

Their swimsuits fit comfortably – like a second skin – and are meant to be worn both in and out of the water, either underneath clothing or as pieces of actual clothing. The label is designed and manufactured in between California and New York by Gina Esposito, a lifelong swimmer who set to make her dream of designing swimwear a reality, supported by an all-female staff. Nu’s pieces are made using exclusively Econyl recycled knits plus recycled threads and feature simple, minimalistic designs that are meant to last you for many seasons

2. Reformation

Reformation (68$-78$)

Best for: Trendy

Before Reformation, Earth-friendly clothing was the stuff of specialty brands and crunchy, gypsy types. Nearly 10 years after their founder decided to start a sustainable fashion brand with mass appeal, the LA label’s responsibly-made designs have amassed a loyal cult following both amongst celebrities and mere mortals alike and their clothes have become objects of desire for thousands of women.

Reformation aims to be a greener alternative to fast fashion that can actually keep up with the industry’s notoriously short turn-around times by designing, cutting, sewing, photographing and shipping all of its garments from the same site. This system on cuts emissions and water use and ensures smaller-scale production that generates less waste – information that they proudly display on a “RefScale” label in the info section of every one of their products.

The company has a transparency policy regarding the materials used to manufacture its clothes and has developed a grading system that goes from A to E taking into account elements such as water and energy usage, toxicity and microfiber shedding. You’ll be happy to know that they count the Econyl that they use to make their swimwear amongst their favorite fabrics to use for the opportunity that it offers to turn plastic waste into raw materials and its Oeko-Tex guarantee of no harmful chemicals being used to dye the knits.

Reformations ethical swimwear collection features the same vintage-inspired cuts, fabrics and daring LA vibes that the label has become famous for. 

3. Cos

COS – Recycled Nylon (25$-39$)

Best for: The design-minded

H&M’s artsier, more cultured and environmentally conscious sister runs under the motto of “Buy better, keep forever”. Their high quality, minimalist designs are inspired in art, architecture and design and aim to be the type of clothes that you reach for over and over again.

As part of their commitment to sustainability, COS’s pieces meet the quota of containing at least 50% recycled or repurposed fabrics and use only 100% organic cotton. Their recently-launched Recycled Nylon Collection of sustainable swimwear is made up of beautifully cut pieces in a variety of bright patterns and colors and contains – as promised – at least 85% fabric made from recycled post-consumer materials.

4. Love Street

Love Street (12$-24$)

Best for: Swimwear made in the USA

This Salt Lake City-based online apparel store named after a song from The Doors started out as a small Etsy shop. They offer a hand-picked collection of vintage, upcycled, hand made and independently-designed items and beauty products. The swimwear section is filled with a variety of options that go from heavily detailed to classic basics that are all made to last from sturdy materials in the USA.

5. The Saltwater Collective

Salt Water (78$)

Best for: Plus size eco-conscious shoppers

The Saltwater Collective has a commitment, not only to the environment, but also to towards people. Upon taking charge of the company, Camilla James realized that she had a golden opportunity in her hands to create a space where diversity and inclusion were celebrated – something nearly unheard of in the swimwear industry. Their website, look books and Instagram feed are populated by an astoundingly diverse group of women that are far from the cold-faced, cookie-cutter looks most brands go for and they have a policy of not retouching any of their photos.

The Saltwater look is comprised of well-constructed, hardware-free basics in bright and neutral hues made with a blend of Econyl and Lycra Xtralife knits. As part of its efforts to support the Canadian economy, Saltwater commissions a team of independent seamstresses in its Toronto hometown to sew its pieces.

6. Mara Hoffman 

Mara Hoffman – Gamela One Piece (290$)

Best for: High fashion swimwear that does no harm

In 2015 Mara Hoffman took a big decision: “Change or die”. After more than a decade working in the fashion industry and witnessing first-hand just how damaging every aspect of it was for the environment, she’d had enough. None of it aligned with her personal ethos of doing no harm to anyone or anything and so she upended her very successful company and turned it into a sustainable and responsible business that took into account the impact of every single aspect of her brand’s design, sourcing and production processes.

By using better fabrics for her garments, such as Econyl for her swimwear, and investing in digital printing and dyes certified to be non-toxic, Hoffman was able to continue making the colorful and pattern-heavy designs she became known for sustainably without having to compromise artistic vision.

7. Vitamin A 

Vitamin A (90$-110$)

Best for: Luxury swimwear you can feel good about

Vitamin A is straight up vintage SoCal beach glam with plenty of ribbed fabrics, metal hoops, rusty colors and teeny bikinis. Their pieces are everything but basic and feature an interesting variety of colors, prints and textures. All other brands on this list can thank its founder, Amhalia Stevens, for coming up with the idea of using sustainable fabrics in swimwear 20 years ago. She was inspired to start using knits made from recycled materials for her swimsuits after a stint at Patagonia, which had been turning plastic bottles into fabric for their signature fleece jackets since the early 90’s. After realizing that there were no recycled knits that would be appropriate for swimwear, Amhalia worked with manufacturers across three different countries to develop EcoLux, a soft and luxurious jersey that is exclusive to Vitamin A and used in most of their pieces. Both Vitamin A’s swimsuits and almost all of their fabrics are made in California.

The company hasn’t stopped innovating in the textiles department and recently launched two new exclusive knits that have further allowed them to offer a variety of textures in their pieces named EcoRib, for ribbed pieces, and EcoTex, for textured pieces.

8. Madewell 

Madewell (39$-45$)

Best for: Affordable pieces with a conscience 

Did you know that your go-to for perfectly-fitting jeans and laid-back tees is making strides in becoming a socially and environmentally responsible company? Madewell’s Do Well Initiative tackles everything from the materials and chemicals used during manufacturing and the rights of the people making their clothes to the use of low-waste packaging, making their offices and stores more energy efficient and recycling their fabrics. Their Second Wave swimwear collection aims to give plastic waste a second life by using fabrics made from recycled plastic to make affordable, easy-to-wear pieces with Madewell’s signature bohemian spirit.

9. Stidston Studio 

Stidston Studio

Best for: Hand-made swimwear

Thanks to it’s rep for cloudy skies and bad weather, most people forget that the U.K. is a collection of islands with plenty of coasts and water for swimming – when the weather decides to cooperate, that’s it. Stidston Studio was started by a Devon native who’s spent her whole life doing exactly just that. Most this label’s beautifully cut and tailored pieces use Econyl knits and are all expertly made in the UK.

The company’s made-to-order style of production guarantees, not only that there will be minimum waste from extra fabric and unsold products, but that you will also receive a very special piece that has been hand-cut, hand-made and hand-finished just for you.

10. Boden 

Boden (38$-42$)

Best for: Children’s eco-friendly swimwear

While you were busy ignoring it, this old-school casual-wear mainstay decided to clean up its act and start being more responsible towards the planet and the people it employed.

Boden company has become especially committed to reducing its environmental impact the improvement of the lives and the rights of the people that work in their supply chains with and emphasis in ending modern slavery. A big part of their plan to reduce the company’s environmental impact is making a shift towards sustainably sourced and recycled textiles. Their recently-launched capsule line of planet-friendly & ethical swimwear is made using Econyl knits and includes options for children and babies plus four styles for women inspired by hot summers in the Greek islands.

11. Galamaar 

Galamaar – ALL THINGS CACAO (125$-157$)

Best for: Pieces that you can wear as outerwear

If you’re tired of flimsy swimsuits that are see through and won’t stay put, Galamaar is the place for you. Their ultra sexy swimwear collection features construction and tailoring reminiscent of vintage lingerie and a structured fit that adds support and just enough coverage.

The company believes that polluting nature, especially in order to create garments meant to be worn in it, is just plain wrong. To avoid this, they rely on a combination of practices that include the use of Econyl knits and recycled hardware and hangtags, use local manufacturing in their LA hometown and make creating well-made, long-lasting pieces their number one priority.

12. AlynedTogheter 

AlynedTogheter (30$-35$)

Best for: Vintage pattern lovers

Alyned’s retro-inspired pieces will make you want to hop on the next flight available to somewhere sunny where you can sip Mai-Tais by the ocean. Their all-female design team is focused on offering an alternative to the tired basic and plain choices most sustainable swimwear companies have by using bright, colorful prints and stitched and pleated details on their pieces. Designs are made with sustainability and inclusivity in mind: all garments are made with recycled polyester and their super flattering styles go up to a size 3X.

Alyned also offers a line of eco-friendly men’s swimming trunks made out of recycled polyester and featuring more masculine versions of their summery tiki-inspired patterns.

13. Amara 

Amara – All Of The Ways One Piece (190$)

Best for: Bohemian luxury

Amara’s daring pieces are the true embodiment of Tulum’s bohemian and artistic spirit. Their effortless designs are exquisitely cut using soft curved lines that lay beautifully on the body for a flattering fit. The label was started by Lisa Jackson, a Canadian expat and former New Yorker who first visited Tulum on vacation and simply never came back. Her brand’s sustainable ethos was born after she had the misfortune to directly witness the environmental destruction going on in Tulum – a lot of it being done by businesses that claimed to be “green” and “eco-friendly”.

Amara is on a mission to help people get more out of its products by making all of their styles reversible in mix-and-match colors and patterns and using a blend of Econyl and Lycra Xtralife knits to ensure sustainability and durability. In addition, the company is committed to giving back to it’s adopted hometown by helping the local economy with local production and job creation and making sure that Tulum remains a paradise by organizing to beach cleanups, using clean energy and managing their waste responsibly.

14. Davy J 


Best for: Watersports lovers

Davy J’s swim suits are not for lazy beach bunnies looking for Instagram-ready styles. The label describes it’s garments as “designed to survive a dive, pull off a cliff jump or handle a waterfall” and it’s made for women who need swimwear that can handle their active lifestyles. Forget tiny bikinis made up of three pieces of fabric held up by four strings: Davy J’s swimsuits have thick straps that will stay in place during a long swim, a double lining for structure and worry-free coverage and rubber edging that eliminates all the pulling and re-arranging we’re so used to doing whenever we’re in a swimsuit. Unlike most brands, Davy J’s website embraces its native UK’s often gloomy weather with images of women of all ages and sizes daring rough seas and stormy conditions in their pieces.

The company not only aims to create sustainable swimwear but also to create a closed loop system in which they commit to being responsible for all the pieces they create, starting wit the design and manufacturing process all the way down to their disposal, by encouraging their customers to return their worn items for recycling.

15. Ohoy Swim 

Ohoy Swim (61.43$)

Best for: Catching waves

OHOY’s swimsuits are tried and tested to comfortably stay in place through swimming, surfing and any other water adventures you heart wishes to undertake. The brand was created by a duo of Swedish surfers who had grown tired of having to choose between unpractical swimwear that wouldn’t hold up to the normal wear-and-tear of an active lifestyle and the uninspired styles of traditional sports swimwear. True to its Scandinavian roots, OHOY offers simple and functional designs made sustainably in Econyl fabrics that are chlorine, oil and suncream resistant and provide 50+ UV protection. If Scandi minimalism is not your thing, OHOY’s Maryam capsule collection features more elaborate pieces in classic styles that will have you channeling 90’s supermodel vibes in high-cut, vintage-inspired silhouettes. 

Make sure to couple that new sustainable piece with appropriate care by always hand-washing it in cold water and hanging it to dry. This will extend its life, help it keep it’s original shape and avoid the release of polluting microfibers into the water. Don’t forget to dispose properly of your old swimwear by bringing it to a textile collecting center near you where they will either be reused or recycled into new materials.

Is CeraVe Cruelty Free?

Is CeraVe cruelty-free? And the simple answer is: no. Unfortunately, CeraVe is not a cruelty-free brand.

Today, more than ever, consumers care about buying cruelty-free products from socially conscious and responsible companies.

But we’re not through with them just yet – the longer answer is that CeraVe, the branch of the cosmetics giant Loreal, does not directly test its ingredients or products on animals for products sold within the United States and other countries, but they do also sell them in other areas with unethical animal testing laws.

This means that they may claim to be cruelty-free because they don’t directly test their products on animals in this market, but they continue to sell them in countries like China that do test their products on animals; all of the profit, but none of the blame.

Yes, you read that right: health laws in China require that animal testing is performed for certain products, so anything CeraVe sells in China may be tested on animals. Their website makes claims that they’re working on driving toward an entirely cruelty-free product line, even for what’s sold in countries with mandatory animal testing, but we’ll wait to see the proof for now.

In the meantime, we’ll give you some happy, healthy, alternative companies that are truly cruelty-free that you can choose to purchase from. But first, let’s do a quick recap of what it really means to be cruelty-free:

In order to really be cruelty-free, a company can’t test ingredients or finished products on animals. We know what you’re thinking: that one’s pretty obvious. But here are some other requirements that aren’t as obvious, at least not right away:

  • The suppliers, in addition to the brand, can’t test ingredients or finished products on animals, either
  • A third-party company can’t test ingredients or finished products on animals for the brand (this is how many companies will try to trick consumers into thinking they’re cruelty-free when they’re not)
  • There can’t even be any animal testing in places where it’s required by law, which means that the brand’s products can’t be sold by retailers in mainland China

Now, let’s get to the good stuff. Here are some of the most popular cruelty-free brand alternatives if you want to stop shopping CeraVe products until they make some positive changes:

These brands range from super affordable drugstore brands like ELF to mid-level beauty brands like Urban Decay to high-end cosmetics companies like Tata Harper or Vapour. So, no matter what your budget or your product needs are, there’s something on the list for everyone!

It gets better: in addition to the ones listed above, there are now hundreds of companies that have either already made the switch, or they’re in the process of doing so, and the list is growing every day. Individual Earth warriors and socially conscious businesses like Tata Harper are fighting for change in some pretty major ways, and we’re all about it. 

They understand that we hunt for the words “cruelty-free”, or the small depiction of an adorable bunny that shows us that a product isn’t tested on animals. Millennials and other up-and-coming generations, in particular, are driving change. We’re eco-warriors and Earth lovers, promoting the health of our planet, ourselves, and our animals.

Personally, we’re beyond inspired by all of the companies that are paying attention to what consumers care about. In addition to the peace of mind we get from choosing products that aren’t tested on lab rats, rabbits, cats, or dogs, there is a wide range of other benefits that make the decision even easier to make.

Cruelty-free products are typically also much healthier than their non-cruelty-free alternatives. This means that you’ll be investing in products that you can feel good about, that are also better for your body and skin. With fewer chemicals and synthetic dyes, these cleaner options are made with ingredients that are less likely to cause allergic reactions, breakouts, or other skin irritations, so it’s a win-win.

As if that isn’t enough, most cruelty-free companies are also creating products that are budget-friendly. Despite what many people think, many of these products are incredibly affordable. After all, these companies want you to make the switch, so offering extra incentives makes perfect sense.

But wait, there’s more: in addition to saving the animals, choosing products that are better for you and your skin, and buying on a budget, your cruelty-free choices have a few other benefits. When your narrow down your product stash to only what is cruelty-free, it helps you make mindful choices, and clear the clutter out of your bathroom or bedroom. But the biggest benefit is the peace of mind you’ll achieve.

Animal testing is just not necessary anymore, and consumers now have the power to create change.

When you choose cruelty-free products, you’re choosing to protect creatures in the world that don’t have the voice or the means to protect themselves. You’re choosing to take a stand and encourage big companies to change their old, outdated practices. You’re choosing products that are better for you, affordable, mindful, healthy, and powerful. And what could possibly be better than that?  

9 Ethical Jewelry Brands That I Love

Ethical jewelry brands and sustainable jewelry do more than bring you high-quality and beautiful designs. They avoid destructive processes like traditional diamond mining and gold mining. Moreover, ethical jewelry brands create positive social impacts starting with their own work force.

Sadly, metal and gemstone mining regularly puts millions of workers in danger. For instance, it’s very common to work in chemical-heavy conditions without protective gear like respirators. This is true for both industrial mining and artisanal mining.

Let me clarify. Artisanal mining is when individuals (or small operations) illegally mine and sell minerals at a smaller scale than industrial mining. It may be relatively smaller in scale, but 100 million people around the world are involved in this activity–including children. So if it helps workers put food on the table and provide 12% of global gold production, then what’s so bad about it?

One of the greatest controversies associated with the jewelry business is its environmental impact. The artisanal miners I mentioned above and their industrial counterparts use toxic chemicals like cyanide and arsenic to mine more gold than ever. In a nutshell, miners use liquid cyanide to spray or soak large quantities of ore which contains gold. Their end goal is extracting this gold from the ore in the most efficient way possible and mixing cyanide with these ore deposits helps coax out the gold easily.

Regrettably, much of the resulting waste is dumped onto nearby bodies of water or stored in unprotected containers.

Additionally, mining destroys landscapes.

Think about it: miners dig monstrous holes in the ground in the name of precious minerals. This takes a toll on wildlife, human populations, and their physical environment.

Unfortunately, mineral mining is a complicated issue. Yes, millions of people depend on the meager income it provides. Yes, fine jewelry brings joy to all corners of the world, but this comes at a cost.

As eco-friendly consumers, what can we do? One lasting way you can make a positive impact is by staying informed. When you’re considering purchasing jewelry either from a boutique or a well-known brand, consider these criteria that might help you determine if it’s considered sustainable jewelry or not:

  • Responsibly-sourced: These ethical jewelry brands came from suppliers that meet environmentally-friendly and socially-progressive standards.
  • Secondhand jewelry/gems: Reusing gems like diamonds is becoming more popular because it avoids the negative environmental impacts of mining.
  • Recycled metal: Recycling gold, in particular, is favorable for the same reasons why secondhand jewelry is catching on.
  • Fair trade: Certified companies provide safe working conditions, fair pay, and overall sustainable practices for their partners and employees.

Let’s take a very close look at 9 ethical jewelry brands and why you should consider buying your next gemstone ring from them instead of mainstream jewelry companies. Trust me, you’ll wish you had discovered these ethical jewelry brands these sooner. From custom-made heirloom pieces to recycled metal rings–they’ve got it all.

9 Ethical Jewelry Brands

1. Mejuri

Tarot Star Necklace (80$)


  • Iconic Products: Long-lasting pieces
  • Sustainable practices: Ethically sourced diamonds, Conflict-free diamond suppliers

Mejuri’s motto is quality over quantity. This philosophy is apparent throughout their sourcing, production, and distribution process. Mejuri works with expert jewelry makers throughout the globe from their headquarters in Canada to manufacturers in Thailand. For instance, their Italian manufacturer is certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council.

To address waste in the jewelry business, they source only the highest quality materials to ensure that their products will not succumb to the elements and therefore need replacing. Solid 14-karat gold, 925 Sterling Silver, gold vermeil, superior quality diamonds, legitimate gemstones, and farmed pearls complete their jewelry mineral lineup. Each material is made of exceptional quality to create a ring, bracelet, or necklace that lasts a lifeteime.

Another unique part about their business model is their fair pricing. While large companies drive prices up throughout the sales process, Mejuri has no middlemen that increase cost. The direct sale from Mejuri to clients means you get the same high quality ethical jewelry at a fair price.

Mejuri offers new products every Monday throughout the year. In addition, they offer standard categories like earrings, necklaces, and rings. More specialized categories include engagement rings and wedding bands.

Single Colored Mini Hoop  (60$)

One of their most popular products is this single colored mini hoop earring featuring a 14-karat gold ring with an option of a white sapphire, tsavorite, ruby, or blue sapphire gemstone. A great thing about their 14-karat gold is it resists wear and tear. While other gold products might change color, Mejuri guarantees a hardy, brilliant gold ring.

2. Young In The Mountains



  • Iconic Products: Made-to-order rings, bands, necklaces, and earrings
  • Sustainable practices: Responsibly-sourced materials, Durable handmade products, Recycled gold, Conflict-free diamonds, American-mined stones

Young In The Mountains (YITM)  is an American-based jewelry company founded by Mariele Ivy. Her creations reflect her upbringing which was heavily influenced by nature exploration in the mountains of Montana. So it’s no surprise that her brand YITM explores the relationship between man and nature. More importantly, the brand aims to explore how we can create timeless, sustainable jewelry from materials that are as unprocessed as possible.

At YITM, craftsmanship and handmade creations are the guiding principles of their business ethics. Hand selected stones from responsible American miners are incorporated into recycled gold bases to create jewelry that feels organic. Ivy is not a typical founder–she’s hands-on. She carefully picks each stone and lays it into a bracelet, ring, or band to showcase the potential of human craftsmanship.

Besides extreme attention to detail, YITM demonstrates professional skills as smiths. Each product is made by hand using traditional torch methods, which you can see for yourself here.

To give you an idea of how committed they are to making sustainable jewelry, get this: They’re part of Ethical Metalsmiths, which is an organization dedicated to educating, promoting, and practicing sustainable jewelry-making ethics. This group includes eco-conscious clients, jewelry brands, suppliers, and designers. One of their key initiatives has been the Radical Jewelry Makeover, which helps develop recycled metals and stones. This is extremely valuable in reducing waste in the jewelry business.


The YITM site offers a wide range of products, but this wild turquoise ring caught my eye. The oval turquoise ring is cased in recycled 14-karat gold with a crown of white diamond and sterling silver. At first glance, it almost looks like our precious Blue Marble.

3. Luna & Rose



  • Iconic Products: Patron Saint of  Animals & The Environment and Patron Saint of Miracles necklaces, Recycled silver products
  • Sustainable practices: Business transparency, Zero waste production, Charitable giving

Luna & Rose is unique–it’s a zero waste jewelry company that somehow still produces stunning and affordable products. Founder and designer Rosie highlights the importance of transparency from businesses especially when it comes to disclosing production processes. Well, it’s not a difficult decision for Luna & Rose. The company follows various ethical practices that also make it a zero waste company.

For starters, they create their designs from 99% recycled silver. So their products are not only made from old jewelry, they’re helping reduce excess waste by reusing metal scraps from old electronics. They’re also planning to implement a buy-back program soon so customers can donate pieces to be recycled.

What else in their production process helps them stay zero waste? Biodegradable packaging. Online jewelry orders are shipped in a biodegradable package while clothing items are shipped in compostable poly bags. Both containers decompose within several weeks to months.

Lastly, Luna & Rose gives back to the community by donating to TAKE 3 FOR THE SEA, a nonprofit that helps keep coastlines clean. They’re also partnered with Sustainable Coastlines through 1% For The Planet, which means they donate 1% of their annual income to these two charities.


Their collections are targeted for daily wear, and I thought this adorable Eco Warrior & Sustainable Soul gift bundle was a great way to treat someone (or yourself!) to something shiny but sustainable. One bundle comes with your choice of necklace from a provided list, an organic dyed tote bag, and an organic cotton tee from their partner charity TAKE 3 FOR THE SEA.

4. Moon Magic



  • Iconic Products: Moonstone jewelry, 14-karat rose gold
  • Sustainable practices: Fair pricing, Natural unprocessed stones, Charitable giving

Moon Magic is a fitting name for this company committed to highlighting the natural aesthetic and spiritual properties of moonstones. In addition to utilizing handpicked stones, Moon Magic only deals with conflict-free diamonds. The founders are dedicated to making fine jewelry accessible to all and not just a select few, which is why fair pricing is at the top of their priority list.

Besides sustainable jewelry, they’re concerned with contributing to the environment in other positive ways. Their partnership with Trees for The Future has led to more than 200,000 trees planted in the ground. And this partnership includes customers who unknowingly donate one tree with every product bought.

Note that although their diamonds are conflict-free, I could not find any information about other materials in their products like gold, silver, or copper.

Their product catalogue highlights the moonstone which is a mineral admired for its cat’s eye glimmer. The enchanting rainbow glow on a moonstone’s white, cloudy surface also reflects its spiritual value in various civilizations like Rome and China. It’s also revered for its healing properties, status as a symbol of love, perceived talisman properties, and enlightening ability.


If you know a mystic or spiritual soul in your life, one of Magic Moon’s spirit bundles is a perfect gift. This bundle includes a moonstone ring flanked by white topaz, and a crown-shaped white-topaz inlaid ring. Both are set in lovely 14-karat rose gold vermeil.

5. Aurate

Simple Pearl Necklace (220$)


  • Iconic Products: Sustainably-sourced Japanese pearls, Bold NYC-inspired jewelry
  • Sustainable practices: Business transparency, Recycled gold, Responsibly-sourced gems, Fairtrade, Charitable giving

Aurate was founded by Sophie Kahn and Bouchra Ezzahraoui with high-quality, fair-priced jewelry in mind. Designer Kahn seeks inspiration from daily life in New York, where the company is headquartered.

Using only recycled 14-karat and 18-karat gold, Aurate cuts down on gold mining waste. They also coat their vermeil (a silver item plated with gold) with thicker gold than average to ensure durability. While larger companies cannot (or do not) source diamonds responsibly from mining to sale, Aurate keeps track of their stones along every step of the process.

Moreover, they ensure respectable working conditions and pay employees fair wages. Just as important, they only engage in businesses that do not disturb local communities who are often victims of environmental atrocities like chemical dumping. In addition to sustainable metal and stones, they source their pearls from small-scale oyster farms.

At the heart of Aurate’s production process are families who have been in the jewelry business for generations in New York. And guess what? This impeccable craftsmanship is evident in their products. Just take a look at this intricate Infinity Heart Ring available in yellow, rose, or white vermeil. It makes for a sweet just-because-I-love-you gift.

Infinity Heart Ring (80$)

On the other hand (I couldn’t resist), try this Deco Fan Pearl Ring. This unique ring features a golden plume sprouting from a dazzlingly white pearl.

6. Soko

Jani Open Ring (88$)


  • Iconic Products: Locally-sourced recycled brass, Reclaimed horn and bone, wood, and silver
  • Sustainable practices: Certified B Corp, Locally-sourced materials, Social and economic justice

Soko may be as close as it gets to a truly sustainable  jewelry brand. Their business model connects international customers with Kenyan-based designers and creators. Inspired by traditional techniques, Soko’s products are made with local and environmentally-friendly materials. This includes brass, upcycled cow horn and bone, and unused wood. This exchange helps give the power back to the makers, and not the distributors. More importantly, this business model allows local communities to thrive in the long-term.

Soko is a certified B corp which means their mission is not just focused on business but a combination of purpose and profit. Companies under this certification must work closely with the environment. This large community includes big businesses like Danone to smaller independent companies like Soko.

Thus, their products emphasize the importance of repurposing, recycling, and reclaiming. Soko relies on brass because it is one of the most recyclable metals. Furthermore, Soko’s brass is sourced from local suppliers.

A rarely-used material in the mainstream jewelry world is cow horn and bone. Soko’s jewelry features Ankole Longhorn cattle horn and bone, which can be found in East Africa. The horns and bones would otherwise go to waste as a result of the meat industry from African tribes.

When Soko uses wood, they repurpose off-cuts that would also be thrown away otherwise. They also partner with an organization that ensures sustainable tree harvests. Lastly, their chrome-plated brass successfully imitates silver in a glossy finish.

Capped Pia Earrings (58$)

Soko’s Capped Pia earrings perfectly demonstrate the balance between traditional techniques and modern designs. It’s available in three different cow horn two-tone options: brass and black, brass and white, and silver and black.

7. Bario Neal

Arc Apricot Sapphire Halo Ring with Sun Crush Enamel (876$)


  • Iconic Products: Custom and heirloom jewelry, Personalized designs
  • Sustainable practices: Fairmined gold, Reclaimed metal, Responsibly-sourced stones, Fair working conditions, LGBTQ rights activism

Bario Neal does not disappoint when it claims to be an ethical jewelry company. Founders Anna Bario and Page Neal sought to tell unique stories through jewelry without causing negative environmental impacts. This story is centered around the right to marry whoever you want in whatever manner you choose to. Consequently, they founded a brand that dedicates itself to ethically-sourced gemstones and products that last.

They’re based in Philadelphia, working with genuine craftsmen in the famed Jeweler’s Row. For materials, they use fairmined metal from small-scale miners and recycled metals sourced from around the U.S. The fairmined certification requires strict standards like demonstrated protection of water supplies and promotion of community wellbeing.

Bario Neal also leads the way in traceable diamonds, being the first to fully provide traceable pave diamonds and colored gems. You’ll be glad to know that the many of their gemstones are actually recycled from their own previous jewelry collections.

Perhaps Bario Neal’s most noteworthy impact is their overall influence in the sustainable jewelry industry. Both Bario and Neal are founding members of the Ethical Metalsmiths Jewelers Directory and the Ethical Sourcing Consortium.

Keepsake Baby Bangle (83$)

One product that stood out to me was their Keepsake Baby Bangle, which you can engrave. It’s available in sterling silver and 14-karat gold. It’s completely adorable and would be a great accessory for a baby’s first photo shoot.

8. Melissa Joy Manning

Horizontal Set Australian Opal Ring (960$)


  • Iconic Products:
  • Sustainable practices: Recycled metals, Charitable giving

Melissa Joy Manning believes in crafting products that avoid machine-generated waste and consumer waste. They address fast fashion or rather fast jewelry by making unique pieces that caters to each client’s “individuality and spirit.” The company is based in California where they handcraft each product in a green-certified studio.

Much of the company’s success is, unsurprisingly, due to founder Melissa Joy Manning. She is the founding co-chair of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) Sustainability Committee, which educates fashion designers about fashion ethics. Moreover, all the metals used in their production are 100% recycled. This avoids production of new materials and repurposes existing metal. As for their stones, these are either sourced from vetted suppliers or reclaimed.

Their packaging is made of recycled packaging materials to lower the company’s carbon footprint generated by deliveries. What’s more, their studio is ever-evolving and updating with the newest green standards. One way they’re paving a greener way forward is opting for completely renewable energy in their studio and switching to a low-drip irrigation system to cut water use.

Other than eco-friendly jewelry, Melissa Joy Manning supports numerous nonprofits and organizations including the ACLU, Feeding America, and Emily’s List. One of their many contributions is being able to donate more than 12,562 meals throughout the United States in 2019 alone.

Tiny Hoop Earrings With Citrine Drops (390$)

Their heirloom products list features one-of-a-kind pieces that are intended to be heirlooms. If you want to invest in a high-quality and rare piece, this page is worth checking out.

9. Holly Ryan



  • Iconic Products: Made-to-order pieces, Bespoke designs, Art-inspired jewelry
  • Sustainable practices: Supporting local economies, Low to zero-waste production

Last but not the least, Holly Ryan is also a noteworthy eco-friendly jewelry brand. Based in Australia, the designer of the same name focuses on protecting the physical environment and preserving traditional techniques. Holly Ryan’s bespoke pieces are inspired by the designer’s sculpting background, focusing on feminine forms and wabi sabi, or the practice of appreciating imperfect forms.

The influence of art in Holly Ryan’s pieces is displayed in their timeless designs that are meant to endure trends and prevent consumer waste. They further avoid environmental damage by using all-recycled metals in their designs from both outside sources and within their collections.

Similarly, their stones are obtained through fair trade suppliers from India or within their community. Sourcing from Australian suppliers is one way Holly Ryan is helping spur and sustain local economies.

Holly Ryan also advocates for closed loop life cycles and does so through their Recycling Initiative. They simply ask customers to bring in secondhand pieces and in return, customers receive store credit or a jewelry makeover from Holly herself.

Holly Ryan’s creations are an interesting mix of modern and traditional, like this Amber choker held together by sterling silver and featuring a keshi pearl. The imperfect keshi pearl lends itself to the Japanese wabi sabi philosophy of celebrating imperfections.

Alternatively, check out these Silver Elongated Squiggle earrings for a more modern feel. The unusual shape and size are sure to spark a conversation whereby you can advocate for sustainable jewelry.

I know that sustainable jewelry might seem like a pipe dream, but it’s here! It isn’t perfect yet and perhaps calling it sustainable jewelry is, in some instances, overly generous but we are making progress.

These ethical jewelry brands are living proof of that progress.

As consumers, we need to push the industry to change, so today I challenge you to contact your local jewelry store and determine the truth about their production process; the future of sustainability depends on our continued collective push for ethical practices.

Is Clinique Cruelty Free?

Is Clinique Cruelty Free? Clinique is not cruelty-free. While they don’t conduct their own animal testing or permit third parties to do it for them, their policy clearly states that there is one exception: “except when required by law.”

When they’re in control, they test their products in clinical tests, taking advantage of volunteer panels that step up to keep the animals safe. But in other markets where animal testing is required by law, like mainland China, they’ve signed off on the use of animal testing.

Simply put, a company can’t ever be called cruelty-free if they sell in places where animal testing is required by law. Clinique is owned by Estee Lauder, which overall takes the stance that they support alternatives to animal testing whenever they can, just not to the point of pulling their products from places where animal testing is legally mandatory.

One of their most popular products is their foundation. It comes as just a solo foundation, foundation plus concealer, or foundation with SPF in it. Two of their other more popular products are the eye cream and the chubby sticks.

But never fear, Clinique is not the only place to get these high-quality and versatile makeup options! Too Faced and Smashbox put out similar options to their foundations that seem to be just as popular and are completely cruelty-free. The Born This Way foundation and Skin Hydrating foundation are excellent alternatives if you’re a fan of the ones put out by Clinique.

Smashbox Studio Skin Hydrating Foundation (29.26$)

If you’re looking for eye cream, try out the Maracuja C-brighter eye treatment from Tarte; and if you’re looking for chubby sticks that are just as good but aren’t tested on animals, try Tarte’s LipSurgence Skintuitive lip tint. When you’re looking at cruelty-free cosmetics as alternatives to traditional cosmetics, you can’t go wrong with companies like Too Faced, Smashbox, and Tarte.

Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment (42$)

Here are some other excellent alternatives for anyone who is looking to make the switch from traditional beauty and cosmetics products to cruelty-free ones, but isn’t sure where to start:

With more and more consumers increasing the demand for cruelty-free products, big beauty companies are getting sneaky with their labels. Cruelty-free claims or packages including phrases like “not tested on animals” aren’t regulated by any major organization.

What does this mean for you? Unfortunately, it means that your favorite beauty, bath, and cosmetics companies that claim to be cruelty-free on their packaging may not really be cruelty-free, after all. Companies can put these claims on their packages even if the products or the component ingredients were tested on animals.

But wait, before you start panic-checking everything in your bathroom drawer, let me tell you something: it’s incredibly easy to find out if something is cruelty-free, or if the company is just unethical. First, search for the company on or The Leaping Bunny’s cruelty-free company list to get more information.

If you don’t see them on either list, don’t panic yet. Google search the company and their cruelty-free status. For example, before reading this article, if you wanted to know if Clinique was cruelty-free, you’d search “is Clinique cruelty-free?” and see what comes up. There are a few legitimate reasons they may not be Leaping Bunny or Peta’s list yet, like very recently making the switch to cruelty-free policies.

When all else fails, you know you can count on any of the cruelty-free companies listed in this article, as they are confirmed to be completely cruelty-free already. Along with hundreds of other forward-thinking companies, these cruelty-free brands understand what we’re looking for and they’re making it easier for us to get it.

As if that’s not enough, research in this area has also shown that cruelty-free products are typically better for consumers, too. Companies that care about creating cruelty-free products are much more likely to care about the people that are using them and as a result, they’re much more careful about the ingredients that go into the products.

Simply put, cruelty-free products are almost always made with fewer chemicals, dyes, and synthetics, and more wholesome ingredients. These swaps can include ingredients like plant-based ones that are overflowing with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that your body not only enjoys but also needs.

This makes them better for you and your skin, especially if you have particularly sensitive skin. While you’re using your products that you know haven’t been tested on innocent animals, you can also feel good about the fact that they’re far less likely to cause you to break out, lead to an allergic reaction, or get rashy, flaky, or itchy.

Turns out, cruelty-free products are the better choice for a whole bunch of different reasons. For one, we know that animal testing isn’t necessary anymore, so why are we allowing some companies to get away with it? If we stop buying their products, they’ll have to make the switch to keep from becoming irrelevant.

But for numbers two, three, and four: cruelty-free products are better for your health and skin, they’re much more budget-friendly than most people believe, and they help us make more mindful shopping choices. We have the right, and some would say the obligation, to challenge major corporations when they’re making decisions that we don’t feel comfortable supporting.


With nothing to lose and countless benefits to gain, switching to cruelty-free products just makes sense. Now is the time to be conscious of the choices we’re making and how these choices affect the innocent creatures of the world that can’t speak for themselves. Decide what you want in this life and accept nothing less.

We hope you learned everything you needed to make more informed decisions and become happy, cruelty-free shoppers with us! We’re proud of how far we’ve all come and we’re excited to see what the future holds. One day, all beauty and cosmetics companies will be completely cruelty-free, and we’ll be proud to say that we were a part of this beautiful movement; we did this together.

15 Non toxic & Organic Rugs For A Sustainable Home

Organic Rugs – check out these non toxic rugs for a sustainable home. Nobody really thinks about their rugs unless they’re busting out a bottle of red wine or their kids have decided that it’s time to finger-paint so why do you need to worry about something that’s on the floor and you’re not eating or putting on your face?

Well, to start with: just think about all the rolling around your kids and pets do on your rugs and all the walking that you do barefoot on them and you’ll quickly realize just how much direct contact these surfaces actually have with you and your family.

The problem with carpets and rugs is that they are laden with a worryingly large variety of dangerous chemicals.

That nice new carpet smell? It comes from gases known as volatile organic compounds or VOCs that accumulate in the air inside your home and can lead to nausea, headaches and irritation to skin and eyes.

Those convenient stain-repellant, anti-molding and hypoallergenic specs that the salesperson described to you at the store? They are usually achieved with the use of PFAs, whose ability to never degrade and accumulate in human bodies and the environment has earned them the nickname “forever chemicals” and which have been shown to cause everything from high cholesterol and tumors to problems with reproductive and developmental systems.


To find safer alternatives for you we focused this list on brands offering artisan-made rugs using traditional methods and materials. When they are made this way, our rugs have a better chance at including safer materials and of being of a higher quality than their commercial counterparts. Using artisanal methods of production ensures that the products will contain no VOC’s, PFA’s or any of the dangerous industrial chemicals commonly used in western products. 

The materials that make up most of these rugs – sisal, bamboo, cotton, jute, and seagrass or the wool of local sheep and llamas – are renewable and colored with natural dyes. In addition, all of these companies share fair trade philosophies, meaning that their products are not only safe for you and the environment but that they were produced humanely and responsibly.

Take a look at our picks below:

1. Organic Weave

Great for: Certified organic and non-toxic rugs and children’s organic rugs

A third-generation rug manufacturing business owner, Linda Alexinian, started Organic Weave after witnessing the uncomfortable amount of children that were working in rug factories in India. The result was a socially and environmentally responsible business that became the first rug company in the world to be certified as organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

Organic Weave offers a line of pre-made and custom-made flat-woven, hand-knotted and tufted organic rugs featuring abstract and geometric designs that are handcrafted in India using only certified organic wool and cotton and 100% natural dyes. In addition, the brand offers a dedicated children’s organic rug collection which was created with the amount of time little ones spend rolling around in carpets and rugs in mind.

2. Revival rugsAuthentic, Handmade & Vintage Rugs


Great for: Pieces with a history

Few manufactures will offer you such insight into their manufacturing process the way that Revival does. The company offers both vintage and new, Revival-made rugs through a website filled with beautifully shot videos showcasing every part of both their manufacturing and salvaging processes.

Pieces are made mostly in wool and jute and are created or salvaged in Turkey, India and Morocco using traditional techniques, earth friendly ingredients and small-batch production to ensure that every rug produced is a one-of-a-kind treasure.

3. Merida

 Great for: Design nerds

Merida’s creative director is an artist and self-taught weaver raised in between West Africa and France who uses everything from history and archeology to the natural world as inspiration to create sublime pieces that are now part of homes, hotels and boutiques around the world.

The company prizes design, craftsmanship and creativity and bills itself as place where designers and craftsmen are free to collaborate and experiment. Merida uses nothing but the highest quality 100% natural and organic materials – some of which are quite rare in rugs such as linen, abaca and mohair – and embraces the irregularities that using those natural materials and dyes impart to its designs. The artfully-crafted pieces are made not only to be admired from afar but also from up close where you’ll be able to relish in their exquisite weaving techniques. 

4. Earth Weave

Great for: Zero waste devotees

If you’re searching for the type of rug that will last you a lifetime, look no further than Earth Weave. This company is one of the first – and definitely one of the few – manufacturers offering organic and non toxic wall-to-wall carpeting. Their organic rugs and carpets are made of either raw wool or wool that has been colored with organic dyes and contains no VOC’s or PFA’s as they are not treated with any insecticides, fire retardants or stain-repellants.

Earth Weave claims that their non-toxic area rugs and carpets have a lifespan of nearly 25 years and that, once the time comes to dispose of them, they are 100% biodegradable.

5. Oh Happy HomeRugs Made For Family In Mind

Great for: Happy families

Have images of your kids spilling juice or your dog walking around with muddy paws made you all but give up on your dreams of having soft, gorgeous rugs at home?

Oh Happy Home is here for you! This Aussie company was started by a textiles expert, art teacher and mom of three boys who saw a need for rugs made for families who were not afraid to live happy and make a mess while doing it – just like hers. Designs are fun and colorful – many of them inspired by drawings made by her own children – and she even has a line of washable cotton rugs you can feel comfortable to have around your kids and pets. 

6. IkeaHandmade Rugs

Great for: Budget-conscious environmentalists

Jokes about disposable-quality furniture aside: IKEA is, for real, one of the best places to shop for safe and sustainably-made rugs and furniture. The Swedish giant has been a long-time pioneer in removing dangerous chemicals from it’s items: it started phasing out the use PFC’s in 2009 and, since 2016, none of their textiles contain any of these dangerous compounds.

A big part of their commitment to better business practices during the last decade was revising the way that their textiles were produced, especially their rugs. In an effort to improve working and living conditions for the workers in these factories, IKEA opened it’s own weaving centers in India and Bangladesh and addressed a number of problems affecting the lives and communities of their employees. The results are responsibly made, non-toxic area rugs in natural materials such as wool and cotton that are, not only super affordable, but free of any dangerous chemicals.

7. Haiku Designs

Great for: Nature lovers

Still worried about having to deal with stains in your carpet? Try a bamboo rug. They’re non-absorbent, easy to clean and made from the most renewable wood of them all. Haiku’s organic rugs are made out of a type of bamboo known as Moso which shares the unique qualities of being one of the sturdiest varieties of bamboo available and of having a short regeneration time that makes it one of the most renewable and carbon neutral plants on Earth.

8. Natural Area Rugs Natural Fiber Rugs

Great for: American-made products

This California company has over 50 years of experience selling natural fiber carpets, many of which are made in the USA. They use earth friendly materials such as sisal, grass, jute, wool or cotton, include no VOC’s in their manufacturing process and ensure that their contractors do not employ child or forced labor.

Unlike many vendors offering non-toxic area rugs, prices at Natural Area Rugs are surprisingly affordable for the quality – especially in models made from natural vegetable fibers.

9. Jonathan Adler Peruvian Rug Collection

Great for: Modern glamour

New York’s king of eclecticism fell in love with Peru during his first trip to the Andean nation back in the mid-90’s and has been including textiles and pottery made by local craftsmen in his collections ever since. His colorful Peruvian Rug Collection is hand-loomed by artisans using traditional methods and ultra soft, hand-dyed Peruvian llama wool.

The rugs feature bold geometric patters that are sure to become centerpieces in your home and, if the case is that you are looking for something a bit more special and unique, they offer an option for custom-made orders.

10. Unicef MarketHome Decor Area Rugs

Great for: The ultimate feel-good purchase

You simply won’t be able to find another place that makes you feel better about your purchases than UNICEF Market. To create their Market, UNICEF partnered with NOVICA, a non-profit that empowers artisans by removing middlemen, ensuring fair trade practices and providing them with the opportunities for their work to reach global audiences. Proceeds from sales help to keep these craftsmen and craftswomen employed and receiving fair wages and contribute to UNICEF’s mission of providing food, healthcare and education for vulnerable children around the world. 

11. The CitizenryArtisan Made Rugs

Great for: Aspiring gypsets

This female-owned startup founded by two traveler friends partners with artisans from all corners of the globe to curate a home décor collection straight out of a modern nomad’s dreams.

The Citizenry aims to bring into your home sustainably-made products filled with the stories of the people who made them and the places where they came from. Their rug collection features contemporary designs produced by their artisan partners in Oaxaca and India using traditional methods and locally-sourced materials such as cotton, sheep’s wool and llama’s wool colored with all-natural dyes. All rugs are available in a variety of sizes and most of them are gorgeous enough that the website offers you the option to convert them into wall hangings.

12. PampaHand woven earthy rugs

Great for: Bohemian luxury

Pampa was founded in Byron Bay, Australia by an Argentinian expat seeking to share and preserve the weaving traditions of her native South American country.

Their texture-rich rugs feature designs inspired by cultures from around the globe and are handwoven by artisans in the Argentinian Pampa using traditional techniques and locally-sourced wools and vegetable dyes. As a means to preserve these artisans’ weaving traditions and their way of life, Pampa pays them fair wages to help them stay in their communities instead of emigrating to cities in search of low-wage work. 

13. Armardillo & Co.


Great for: Understated luxury

Armardillo & Co exists in between Los Angeles, where its founder now lives, and Adelaide, where it originated. Their non toxic rugs’ simple designs, rustic materials and sun-washed palettes are not meant to take center stage but rather integrate with their surroundings, making them smart investments that will adapt to changing trends and surroundings for years to come.

Their environmentally responsible and fair trade practices allow Armardillo & Co. to proudly claim that all its rugs “lie lightly on this earth”.

14. TufenkianModern Area Rugs

Great for: Sleek and elegant rugs 

Tufenkian claims that over 1,500 hours of handwork go into each one of their hand-knotted rugs. They pride themselves in using only hand-spun and hand-dyed wool from free-range sheep living in the mountains of Central Asia, which produce a softer, lanolin-rich wool.

As a contrast to these rustic production techniques, Tufenkian’s rugs feature ultra sleek and modern designs that will look right at home in a multitude of settings.

15. Goodweave Ending Child Labor in Global Supply Chain


Great for: Fair-trade rugs

Over the past two decades, this non-profit has managed to convince both small and large manufacturers – such as retail giants Target and Macy’s – to create safer and more responsible supply chains in the rug and textile industries by ensuring slave labor and child labor-free manufacturing.

Their website features a search engine where you can find rug and textile manufacturers that have been awarded the Goodweave label because of their adherence to strict rules of transparency, humane working conditions, fair wages and minimization of environmental impact.  A big part of Goodweave’s work is reducing the exposure to dangerous chemicals of the people working in the textile industry, which is why you can rest assured that products with the Goodweave label do not contain any hazardous dyes or components.

As you can see, there are plenty of options for finding better rugs for your home, regardless of your budget.

Before bringing any of these beautiful pieces into your home, don’t forget to dispose of your old rugs responsibly. Carpet America Recovery Effort’s website has a very useful map showing rug and carpet collection centers near you where you can drop off your old rugs for them to recycle and reuse into other items or new rugs.

15 Trash Can Cabinets to Adorn Your Home

Trash can cabinets house your recycling and/or general trash behind wooden or steel doors. They make cleaning quicker and more visually appealing. Some also provide other functions like acting as a coffeemaker stand or displaying cooked dishes during dinner parties. Instead of displaying trash bins bare in your kitchen, invest in a cabinet to save space and provide extra surface area for other purposes.

But before you decide on a trash can cabinet for your home, ask yourself what features are the most important to you.

Do you want hardwood to match your existing cabinets, or do you prefer steel to mesh with the dishwasher? Are you looking for something larger with lots of extra storage space on top or something petite to tuck under your floating island?

What color would work in your kitchen—neutral white, or something dazzling like a golden orange? Finally, think about the finish—coated or plain? Chrome or steel? There is not a huge market for made-to-order cabinets with special inscriptions, specific handles, colors, and so on, so take advantage of where you can customize it.

Moreover, think about size. Do you have a large family that produces a lot of trash or recyclables daily? Is there actually enough room in the kitchen? Are you placing the cabinet in the kitchen or less busy areas like the study or foyer?

As you can see, there is a lot to consider when planning to buy a trash cabinet.

Yes, surprisingly, there is a large selection of beautiful, functional trash can cabinets online. From large commercial bins to compact cabinets, it’s important to know what makes a great cabinet the one.

What types of cabinets are there?

A trash can cabinet will either be tilt out, pull out, or free standing. Let’s break it down. A tilt out trash bin cabinet, as its name suggests, leans out when the cabinet is opened, using a handle or knob. Now, the bin is usually attached to the cabinet door via a wire receptacle. This makes for easy access and is great for tight spaces.

On the other hand, you are most likely more familiar with a pull-out trash can cabinet. It requires some installation, but nothing too difficult. The system must be attached either to the door or side of a cabinet or on the floor of a cabinet, usually under the kitchen sink. It pulls out fully so you can sort garbage with ease.

Granted, this type of cabinet is ideal for more spacious kitchens. That’s because they are usually designed for at least two bins. However, they can hold bigger trash bins than other types of cabinets, so if you have a high trash output home, this system would be more fitting. Note that you can often purchase a pull out system on its own or buy a cabinet with this type of trash bin storage.

Lastly, a free standing trash can cabinet does not tilt or pull out. It is simply a receptable with an opening on top for trash. Think cafeterias and restaurants with the bin hiding underneath to catch trash. However, there is sometimes a hinged top lid with a handle in addition to the front door to access the bin.

Most free standing cabinets are compatible with large trash cans but by design, they usually only have space for one bin. Unless you purchase a large commercial bin with dual spots for your home, stick to more traditional cabinets. These commercial bins are ideal for outdoor kitchens or if you constantly host large social gatherings, like barbecues.

One last thing to consider about trash can cabinets in general is that many of them can only hold one bin. This is especially true for smaller models, so if you’re looking for something that holds both recycling and trash, consider purchasing matching cabinets if feasible.

So what trash can cabinet is the right one for you? It really depends on your taste, available space in your home, and preference for specific functions. But here is some good news. To save you time and help you decide on the best trash bin cabinet specifically for your home, we did all the work and researched the best ones online. Check out this carefully curated list before you make your big purchase!

Let’s get started.

15 Best Trash Can Cabinets

1. Basic pull out sans cabinet:

35-Quart Sliding Pull Out Kitchen Cabinet Waste Bin Container, Gray (59/99$)

Let’s start with the basics. If you need a trash can holding system without the cabinet, it’s worth looking into Rev-A-Shelf’s Double 35 Quart Sliding Pull Out Kitchen Cabinet Waste Bin Container in industrial gray. It attaches to your cabinet floor or door (in a separate purchase) easily—just mount four screws. If you’re worried about durability, don’t waste another thought.

The chrome-plated wires can support up to 100 pounds of trash. The handle is removable just in case your cabinet is tight on space. The best part about this setup? It’s relatively low cost and easy to install and uninstall.

If you’re looking for a pull out trash storage system and aren’t ready to commit to a cabinet yet, Rev-A-Shelf’s product is the most sensible choice.

Two 35-quart bins are included.

  • Material: Stainless Steel, 304 Grade
  • Measurements 23.9 x 15.6 x 14.5 inches, 15.81 pounds
  • Single or Double? Double
  • Assembly required? Yes

2. Commercial grade stainless steel:

Kingston Series 20-Inch Tilt-Out Stainless Steel Trash Bin (346.49$)

This BBQGUYS Kingston Series 20-Inch Tilt-Out Stainless Steel Trash Bin is an industrial-strength and high quality cabinet. What makes it so durable? The body is made of 304 grade stainless steel, the most expensive type of commercial grade steel. This means it resists rusting and corrosion.

Think about it: kitchens are prone to moisture, heat, liquid splashes, and more, not to mention accidental banging and scratching. Rest assured that this cabinet will hold up in any situation.

If you’re going to put in money into a considerable purchase, make it worth it. This trash bin cabinet is ideal for kitchens with matching stainless steel appliances and high-traffic kitchens.

The 28-quart bin is not included.

  • Material: Stainless Steel, 304 Grade
  • Measurements 19.4 x 26.4 inches, 22 pounds
  • Single or Double? Single
  • Assembly required? Yes, for mounting

3. Rustic, but modern:

Sunny Designs Sedona Trash Box, Rustic Oak Finish

Sunny Designs produced this free standing Sedona Trash Box with a Rustic Oak Finish. Granted, there isn’t much room for customizability in trash can cabinets, but Sunny Designs helps right this shortcoming.

It’s helpful to know that this cabinet comes with a knob or a ring handle, whichever is most preferable to you or whichever matches your kitchen best. For ease of use, the lid lifts up to reveal the trash can underneath. As for look, the solid oak material offers a natural, well-made addition to fit any kitchen.

There you have it. If you want a standard cabinet with a rustic feel, this cabinet is on the top of our list.

The 13 gallon trash bin is not included.

  • Material: Wood, birch and oak
    • Measurements 16 x 13 x 33.5 inches, 38 pounds
    • Single or Double? Option for both
    • Assembly required? No

4. Skillful Amish craftsmanship, high quality:

Peaceful Classics Amish Handcrafted Tilt Out Trash Cabinet, Golden Finish (249$)

Have you ever wanted a unique, handcrafted item from well-known makers? Look no further. Peaceful Classics produces the Amish Handcrafted Tilt Out Trash Cabinet in an earthy Harvest tone. A golden finish on the oak wood gives this cabinet its pleasing tone.

Created with traditional Amish woodworking techniques, this cabinet is hardy and long lasting with a modest, yet professionally made look. This cabinet will fit in with slighty darker toned furniture sets, but is still versatile enough otherwise. Furthermore, it’s compact enough to be moved around. Not satisfied with it in the kitchen corner? You can easily transport it to the laundry room or the guest bedroom.

Peaceful Classics’ cabinet is best for anyone wanting to furnish a smaller kitchen with a high quality, prized Amish cabinet.

The 36-quart bin is included with your purchase.

  • Material: Wood, solid oak
    • Measurements 19 x 14 x 27 inches, weight unknown
    • Single or Double?
    • Assembly required? No

5. No-frill, sturdy pine cabinet:

Kenzie’s Kreations Handcrafted Wooden Trash Can

Searching for an old-school, artisanal piece to complete your household furniture set? There are a few on this list, but here is one to consider. Kenzie’s Kreations is a fitting name for this shop, which offers the tilt-out Handcrafted Wooden Trash Can. Solid pine wood gives this hefty cabinet its solid frame and build, giving you a superior quality product that won’t topple. Let’s get this straight. Kenzie’s Kreations’ trash cabinet won’t look like a shiny, factory-made cabinet. And that’s a good thing!

You can, however, opt for a stained or plain finish–whichever trash can cabinet style fits your home best. Kenzie’s Kreation’s pine cabinet is best for homes who want a no-frill, great product that just can’t be found in mainstream furniture stores.

The 13-gallon trash can or bag are is not included.

  • Material: Wood, pine
    • Measurements: 23 x 12 31.5 inches, 64 pounds
    • Single or Double? Single
    • Assembly required? No.

6. Vintage-inspired, one-of-a-kind cabinet:

Sawdust City Microwave Stand with Tilt-Out Trash Bin, Old Cottage White (259.99$)

Sawdust City’s Microwave Stand with Tilt-Out Trash Bin is on trend without being cheap—it is bucolic yet elegant. Each unique cabinet is made from unprocessed wood. You can see the unique element in each piece in the charismatic blemishes such us knots and marks. Moreover, you can opt for the “solid” style of coat for a more modern and finished look. By contrast, the “old” paint style option makes the final product seem vintage, but make no mistake. The solid wood means this cabinet can hold small appliances like microwaves or even petite fax machines. Sawdust City guarantees its cabinet’s strengths with the genuine, real wood and screws, not air nails, which is common in other cabinets.

Admittedly, it is on the smaller side, but if you need a rustic, reliable piece to complement your home without paying the price for a vintage cabinet, Sawdust City is more than an equal alternative.

  • Material: Wood, pine
    • Measurements 20 x 12.5 x 30.2 inches, 22 pounds
    • Single or Double? Single
    • Assembly required? No

7. Multipurpose cutting board, cabinet, drawer:

SpaceMaster Freestanding Cart, White (199.80$)

SpaceMaster crafted the Freestanding Microwave Kitchen Cart with Trash Can Holder and Bamboo Cutting Board, available in white. How is it different from other cabinets? The ultimate multipurpose cabinet, it offers three key uses. There is a removable bamboo cutting board on top, a slide-out drawer for storage, and a tilt out trash bin holder below. Simple living and minimalism has never been easier.

When considering visual aesthetic, it also does not disappoint. The neutral medium tone wood and white paint complements all household furniture. Tie your kitchen and dining room together with SpaceMaster’s cabinet, especially if you’re a fan of multifunctional, yet visually-pleasing furniture.

It is compatible with 15.2 x 11 x 19.9 inches trash can, which is not included.

  • Material: Wood
    • Measurements 16.5 x 20.3 x 40 inches, 62 pounds
    • Single or Double? Single
    • Assembly required? Yes.

8. Narrow with extra shelf space:

Storage Cabinet w/ Recycle Bin / Trash Can Holder (238.67$)

Sauder’s tilt out Narrow Storage Cabinet with Recycle Bin is indeed narrow, but makes for it in height. You’ll get three extra shelves on top for storing food, books, utensils, and other knickknacks. Other ideas? Store your microwave, toaster (after use!), coffeemaker, and other small appliances inside. Match dark toned furniture with this espresso cabinet, or opt for two cabinets to hold both recycling and garbage.

Alternatively, you can use the cabinet as a laundry hamper if you’d prefer to update another part of your home. If you want to make use of vertical space and combine shelf storage with trash bin compatibility, Sauder’s tall cabinet is a great choice.

The 13.3 gallon trash bin is not included.

  • Material: Wood
    • Measurements: 17 ¼ x 18 7/8 x 71 1/8 inches
    • Single or Double? Single
    • Assembly required? Yes.

9. Stainless steel and outdoor kitchen cabinet:

Blaze Outdoor Products, Narrow Roll Out Bin, Stainless Steel (329.99$)

There are plenty of indoor trash cabinets, but Blaze Outdoor Products provides a solution for outdoor kitchens—the pull out Blaze Narrow Roll Out Trash Bin. The 304 grade stainless steel offers durability to combat the elements, and the double-lined design makes it extra sturdy. In other words, the small size doesn’t mean it’s fragile. USA-made steel makes sure the cabinet will stand the test of time and use.

Not a fan of slamming doors? This cabinet has a soft close, so even if you get a lot of use out of it, it always closes with a hush, not a crash. Additionally, the polished finish and similarly-colored handle creates a clean look, helping it mesh with other kitchen furniture. With all this said, Blaze Outdoor’s trash bin is best suited for someone searching for a compact outdoor cabinet to complement a steel grill.

The 42 quart bin is included.

  • Material: Stainless Steel, 304 Grade
    • Measurements: 19.6 x 26.4 x 13.9 inches, 35.8 pounds
    • Single or Double? Single
    • Assembly required? Only for mounting

10. Portable, wheeled trash island cabinet:

Catskill Pull Out Trash Island, Brown

Catskill’s Pull Out Recycling Trash Island in brown is a portable, dual trash bin cabinet with a top pull out drawer to match. Most importantly, the hardwood is obtained from sustainable resources. So what? Well, now we have a superior cabinet at no environmental cost, which is the case for other poorly made and mass manufactured cabinets.

The hardwood sides and back prevent warping, so expect the product to last even in unfavorable conditions. Tired of stationary cabinets with short legs that make it difficult to clean under? This cabinet’s wheeled legs let you clean underneath quickly and easily, and allow you to move the cabinet around your home or outside. Don’t worry—the wheels lock for an added safety feature.

One last thing: the tabletop can be used as a serving surface or place for your small appliances like microwaves. So if you’re looking for a multifunctional and portable cabinet, Catskill’s wheeled cabinet is the most sensible choice.

The 36 quart trash cans are not included.

  • Material: Hardwood
    • Measurements 17 x 38 x 34.5 inches, 58 pounds
    • Single or Double? Double
    • Assembly required? Yes, but there is an option for assembly with a separate charge.

11. Compact, handmade Eastern white pine cabinet:

Compact Pine Bin with Early American Stain (199.99$)

BuffaloWood Shop offers the free standing Wooden Trash Bin Kitchen Garbage Can made of rustic pine and a metal handle. The metal handle on top opens a hinged door, making for easy trash disposal. If you’re somewhat of a woodworking connoisseur, the 13-gallon cabinet is finished off with an Early American stain—both in and out of the cabinet–and an extra three coats to protect the cabinet from damage.

 What makes this item even more special is it is handmade by the shop owner. Moreover, each fragment of wood that makes up the cabinet will have different marks and speckles, truly making each Buffalowood Shop trash can cabinet one-of-a-kind.

It’s small enough to tuck into the corner and compact enough to carry around if you tend to move between homes frequently. If you want to invest in a quality, handmade cabinet, this pine cabinet is one that will last for years and years. Note that it is meant to hold a trash bag, not a can because of its unique size.

The 13 gallon trash bag is not included.

  • Material: Wood, Eastern white pine
    • Measurements: 27 x 17 x 11 inches, 71 pounds
    • Single or Double? Single
    • Assembly required? No.

12. Rustic chic cabinet with butcher’s block:

Monica Kitchen Cabinet, Dark Grey (143.38$)

If your kitchen screams rustic chic cottage meets seaside vacation home, Baxton Studio’s Monica Kitchen Cabinet, available in dark grey and oak brown, might be the best trash can cabinet for you. As if a tilt-out trash bin and pull-out drawer weren’t enough, the top is finished with a thick-cut butcher’s block. Why is this special? You now have more space for prepping food, placing cooked dishes, or holding small kitchen gadgets.

Additionally, the lined panels contribute to the charming cottage feel, while the chrome knob and handles keep it modern. Baxton Studio’s wooden cabinet is your chance to achieve your dream Pinterest-inspired rustic kitchen.

The 13 gallon trash can is not included.

  • Material: Wood and chrome metalwork
    • Measurements 20 x 16.5 x 40 inches, 70.5 pounds
    • Single or Double? Single
    • Assembly required? No

Unconventional trash cabinets

13. Double laundry hamper to double recycling and trash cabinet:

Crosley Furniture, Dual Hamper (159.77$)

Crosley Furniture, Dual Hamper

Crosley Furniture’s Linen Hamper, in White or Black is a double laundry hamper cabinet that also acts as a trash can cabinet. Sort garbage and recycling, or different types of recycling easily with the dual compartments. Although it comes with cloth bags, you can easily detach them and place garbage bags in their place (sold separately).

And you know what? The elegant shuttered doors and metal half-moon handles convey a sense of sophistication and good taste—which is more than we expect from a trash can cabinet! The cabinet itself is sturdy enough so the top shelf can hold moderately-sized items like heavy glassware and other décor. Imagine this cabinet housing your handmade ceramic pottery or most cherished family tableware. Imagine not worrying whether or not it’s sturdy enough—it is.

If you’re looking for a graceful addition to your household without breaking the bank, Crosley Furniture’s cabinet is a great option.

The bins are not included.

  • Material: Solid hardwood with metal hardware
    • Measurements 31 x 14.2 x 29 inches, 60 pounds
    • Single or Double? Double
    • Assembly required? Yes.

14. Simple and petite laundry hamper turned trash can cabinet:

HomCom Free Standing Tilt Out Hamper (257.78$)

HomCom’s Modern Country Free Standing Bathroom Tilt Out Laundry Hamper doubles as a laundry bin cabinet to save space and keep any room organized without committing to a full cabinet set. The cabinet comes in white and has a matte finish—a suitable addition to any themed décor. More importantly, the paint is water resistant and fights wear and tear. Why is this important? Even a busy kitchen is no match for this hardy cabinet. It also holds up to 66 pounds of weight, allowing you to store a moderate amount of household items on top and recyclables below.

Furthermore, the top shelf is helpful displaying and holding small items like a stack of books, a key bowl, mail, or potted plants. This simple, but functional laundry hamper transforms into a trash can cabinet that is a little narrower than most. Nevertheless, there are still trash bins available that will fit. Alternatively, you can clip a trash bag over it instead for easier disposal.

HomCom’s cabinet is most beneficial for homes with a small trash output. On the other hand, you can use it as a corner trash bin. If you don’t mind regularly emptying out the trash, then this compact trash bin is the perfect match for your home.

Because it’s a hamper, a trash bin is not included.

  • Material: Wood
    • Measurements 15.7 x 18.1 x 31.1 inches, 29.9 pounds
    • Single or Double? Single
    • Assembly required? Yes

15. Quirky commercial trash can cabinet:

Display2go Trash Bin, Black Finish (176.99$)

Display2go’s Commercial Trash Bin with Black Finish is similar to most cabinets found in mainstream cafes, restaurants, and food halls. Believe it or not, you can install it in your home, especially if you prefer unique pieces over conventional products.

How does it fare on cleanliness and ease of use compared to traditional cabinets? Unsurprisingly, it’s easy to use and clean even in households. There is a circle opening on top (width is 7.9 inches) and a door in front for easy disposal and retrieval. On the top shelf, you can store smaller items like water pitchers or condiments to save space in your pantry and refrigerator. It can keeps trays and other items on an upper shelf. In eateries, you’ll find trays, coffee creamers, and utensils on this top shelf.

Although this trash bin cabinet is typically found in commercial settings, it makes for a funky addition to a stylish loft or an outdoor patio, especially for summer evening get-togethers.

The compatible 36 gallon trash bin is not included.

  • Material: Medium-density fiberboard,
    • Measurements 23.5 x 22.5x 34 inches, 79 pounds
    • Single or Double? Single
    • Assembly required? Yes.

So there you have it. We’ve carefully reviewed our list of the best 15 trash can cabinets. When perusing other options, remember to look for important features.

  • Measurements
  • Material
  • Color or finish
  • Whether or not the bin is included
  • Whether or not the product comes fully assembled

The products featured above are available on Amazon, but there are plenty of other options in stores, wood shops, furniture stores, and even estate sales if you prefer pre-loved items.

Cruelty Free Toothpaste: 15 Brands That I Tested

Cruelty free toothpaste: check out these 15 brands that I tried.

We’ve all been there. You’ve followed the news reports, and you’re in tune with climate change, maybe you’re on a plant-based diet, or at the very least you’re aware of the big corporations to avoid. At the minimum you’re suspicious at the faintest hint of green washing in some of these wannabe eco-friendly companies out there.

You’ve gotten the reusable totes, the metal straws, and swapped Forever 21 for your local thrift store, and if not that your favorite Depop seller. Maybe you’ve even cut down on your single use plastic, invested in a safety razor, shampoo bars, and ditched your plastic-on-plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one.

Have you gotten this far, and don’t know where to turn next? Are you ready to go to the next level of low waste living, something that you haven’t seen before?

Well,  today I present you with a common household item you might not have thought about too much before, but is nevertheless equally important as any other zero waste alternative seen popularized by influencers and social media. 

I’m talking about toothpaste. No, it’s not the most glamorous – it’s not a shiney new Hydroflask, or a luxe refillable lipstick, but it’s not to be underestimated.

We brush our teeth every morning, and every night.

Or, think about it this way: we begin and end every single day with this little hygienic habit. Shouldn’t we treat brushing our teeth as an important self-care ritual as any other we read about on our favorite beauty and lifestyle blogs? Shouldn’t we consider the unethical, unsustainable practices that go into creating this product, just like we’ve cast out plastic bottles and paper towels?

It’s definitely no less a sensory experience as a meticulously crafted bowl of fragrant oatmeal, garnished with cinnamon, sliced fruit and almond slivers. Think about the icy chill on your tongue after you brush your teeth, how the sensation seems to splash you awake faster than a cup of coffee first thing in the morning?  What about your carefully chosen face wash, toners and lotions you apply nightly, with their light fragrances and soothing coolness against your skin? Think about how fresh and thoroughly cleaned you feel after also finishing off with your dental hygiene. Toothpaste can be such an under appreciated and, dare I say, unloved part of these routines we live by.

And just the same as we keep an eye out for sustainably sourced and cruelty free cosmetics and culinary goods, we should keep a look out for toothpastes that do the same.

Think about it. This is a product you use every day of your life, and yet we devote relatively little time thinking or talking about the way we consume it. I don’t think I’m the only one who’s neglected to devote much time pondering toothpaste, but the fact is we can ignore this twice daily habit no longer.  More than make-up and beauty products, toothpaste may be even more essential to put a magnifying glass to where animal cruelty and sustainability practices are concerned, considering this is a product we use across gender, racial, age, and class divides. That adds up to 400 million tubes of toothpaste that go to landfills annually, in the United States alone. Think about the millions of animals used to test these toothpastes, internationally. 

Today we’ll go over our fifteen very favorite vegan toothpaste options. If you’re anything like me when I first started this challenge to myself, you’ll be surprised just how many options there are, since these 15 toothpastes are really just the tip of the iceberg.

These 15 toothpastes prove that effective, high quality dental care can be found without animal testing or biproducts. I’d argue that many of these are even more effective than your mainstream toothpaste options.

By the end of this list you’ll be equally convinced sustainable, cruelty-free dental hygiene is the wave to catch in 2020.

Here is my list of 15 cruelty free toothpastes

1. David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste

Davids Plastic Free Toothpaste (9.99$)
  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable?:  Yes, all the packaging, tubes and caps included, is recyclable.

Just looking at this packaging fills me with tranquility. I know I can’t be the only one who looks at that dove gray and white tube, with it’s san-serif lettering and sleek Danish design, and is immediately transported into a cool, white tiled spa, with the damply fragrant mist of a diffuser undulating over my face. Something with lavender and tea tree oil. There’s definitely a tasteful floral arrangement somewhere in there, or the leafy overhang of a Monstera or fig tree. Figuratively, I’m wearing a white terrycloth robe, clay mask, cucumber slices, and freshly painted toe nails.
This is the toothpaste for the aspiring influencer, to match your sleekly minimalist aesthetic, all while supporting a totally vegan, cruelty free and ethically produced company. David’s philosophy also partially entails keeping materials and production in the United States, which further helps sustain our job market

I’m a big fan of charcoal in my tooth products, due to its detoxifying properties, and this one is no exception. This also comes in a completely metal tube, so it’s easy to recycle – especially easy because each toothpaste tube comes with a key used to help dispense every last drop of product.

2. Hello Activated Charcoal Toothpaste

Hello Oral Care Activated Charcoal Toothpaste (4.82$)
  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable?: The cardboard box the toothpaste comes in is recyclable, however the toothpaste tube itself is made from a standard plastic laminate that isn’t easy to recycle.

This is one of the first brands I tried before I ever concerned myself with sustainable and cruelty free options at home since you can get this brand just about anywhere you can buy toothpaste these days – Target, your local grocery chain, or Amazon (as we’ve linked above). Hello’s toothpaste is an obvious choice if you’re looking for something accessible.

More than that however, hello toothpaste seriously works, using the powerful, botanical cleansing properties of coconut oil and charcoal. If you’ve never tried a toothpaste free of detergents and foaming agents, I suggest you start here. This is a great place to start with organic ingredients in your oral hygiene.

You can get hello toothpastes in acai berry and dragon fruit flavors, in addition to my personal favorite, fresh mint.

Hello is one radically transparent company to boot. Seriously, if you have any doubts, take it up directly with company founder, Craig Dubinsky: you can find a link to his Skype right on their website.

3. Marvis Toothpaste

Marvis Ginger Mint Toothpaste (10.34$)
  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable?:The cardboard box the toothpaste comes in is recyclable, however the toothpaste tube itself is made from a standard metal and plastic laminate that isn’t easy to recycle.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: “But what about my aspirations of having the chicest, most intentionally-designed, Architectural-Digest masterpiece of a bathroom? Packaging matters!” And I hear you, and I feel you.. You are valid. Without compromising on cruelty free ethics, Marvis proves that even brushing your teeth can be a luxurious experience. This Italian cult favorite is absolutely worth the hype and then some, with an array of boutique-worthy flavors, and rich texture. Let’s not forget either, than this brand is 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Aside from that, however, we can’t ignore the package design. To start with the label and entire product design is a interior decorator’s dream come true – a mix of retro and modern, minimalism and flourishing artwork and lettering. This little product is sure to spruce up the grimiest of sink counters. Seriously though, check out their website for a full gallery of art inspired by their eye-catching branding.

One of my favorite things about this brand is the array of unique flavors available, from jasmine to classic mint. My personal recommendation has to go to  Ginger Mint.

4. Tom’s of Maine

Tom’s of Maine Whitening Toothpaste Peppermint  (4.99$)
  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable?:Yes, the tube and paper carton are recyclable.

If you’re making your first foray into cruelty free and sustainable health and wellness brands, this is one you’ve definitely seen before, but maybe not tried just yet. This is an excellent toothpaste to start with for the complete novice, with a super strong, super minty flavor, and the smooth texture we all know and love from your Crest’s and Colgate’s. Despite the fact you can find it anywhere you get your other drugstore essentials and household items, this is a company that holds its ethics front and center: you’ll find that 10% of their product sales goes to nonprofit organizations that support health, education, and protecting the planet. You can feel safe in supporting this legendary eco-conscious brand with that glowing B Corp Certification we should all look out for.

Or if you’re like me, and you’ve picked it up at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods when you’re in a pinch, but without real intention – consider revisiting this gem. This is such a commonly found vegan and cruelty free toothpaste option for a reason: it gives your teeth a serious cleaning.

5. Dr. Bronner’s All-One Toothpaste

Dr. Bronner’s – All-One Toothpaste Peppermint (6.49$)
  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable?:Yes, the tube, cap, and carton are all made from sugar-cane based bioplastics.

Imagine what it would be like if Dr. Bronner’s could just make a product for every humanly possible need? They already make everyone’s favorite all purpose castile soap, chapstick, hand sanitizer, and bar soap. Why not everything else?

Well, now you can also own their toothpaste, which is indeed vegan and cruelty free. This toothpaste is what you dream about when you dream about a sustainable product for your health – simple and clean ingredients, with a company dedicated to fair labor and ecology practices. There’s no way to go wrong if you pick this toothpaste.

Also, you may notice a theme in this list, and that is packaging. But who doesn’t love Dr. Bronner’s labels, the bold blue backdrop and about a mile of rhapsodizing on cleanliness, Mother Earth, and collective action?  They’ve smartly carried this theme over to their toothpaste.

 I love how intensely minty their peppermint toothpaste is, leaving my mouth feeling cleaner than your standard toothpaste options. Like a number of these other toothpastes, Dr. Bronner’s is great for sensitive teeth, since its ingredients are incredibly gentle yet incredibly effective. Additionally it has a thick texture, which I personally prefer over some other organic toothpastes, that have a looser texture. This toothpaste also comes in Clove and Cinnamon flavors, if you’re feeling spicy.

Their sugarcane bioplastic packaging is also not to be taken lightly. Toothpaste tubes are typically a major source of waste, and Dr. Bronner’s has supplied a major innovation to the plastic crisis with this offering.

6. Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste

Desert Essence Toothpaste – Mint (5.03$)
  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable?: Yes, all the packaging, tubes and caps included, is recyclable.

If you’ve ever shopped at Whole Foods then you should be familiar with Desert Essence. However you might only know them for their oils and skincare products. Not only is this eco-conscious company as a whole vegan and cruelty free, this toothpaste is also B Corp certified, Non GMO and Gluten free! This toothpaste is what Zero Waste  dreams are made of.

 I love this toothpaste, there’s no two ways about it. It has a wonderful creamy texture, and a refreshing minty taste that is bracing but not at all harsh. Despite the fact that this toothpaste contains neither fluoride or SLS, it still foams subtly while you brush – which is great when you feel nostalgic for those synthetic foaming agents you find in non-sustainable toothpaste brands.

Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial properties, and makes the ideal base for toothpaste because of this. I’m also a huge fan of the slightly unusual mint flavor that tea tree offers as a natural additive, aside from its potent health benefits.

7. Nature’s Gate Natural Toothpaste

Natures Gate Toothpaste (6.79$)
  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable?: Yes, all the packaging, tubes and caps included, is recyclable.

This is another brand that is maybe best known for their body lotions and shampoos, but should be on the map in equal part due to their very smile-inducing toothpaste. Nature’s Gate proves you don’t have to sacrifice quality or big bucks if you want to support an ethical and cruelty free company, at around five bucks a pop. This is a company you know you can trust, for any skeptics out there, reading this article. Not only is Nature’s Gate legitimately Carbon Neutral Certified (!!!) but they also have made significant contributions to fight water poverty, as an ode to their original product inspiration: rainwater.

Nature’s Gate produces two flavors, mint and anise. I have to urge you to pick anise, even though I know most of you will reach for the mint.  I promise the delicate, sweetness of Anise is sure to make brushing your teeth the best part of your day, and an altogether sensorially lavish experience.

8. Jason Simply Coconut Refreshing Toothpaste

JASON Refreshing Toothpaste Coconut Eucalyptus (4.19$)
  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable?: The cardboard box the toothpaste comes in is recyclable, however the toothpaste tube itself is made from a standard metal and plastic laminate that isn’t easy to recycle.

I knew when I saw Jason made a cruelty-free toothpaste that wouldn’t be disappointed and I was certainly right to guess as much. Jason is a great company to keep on your radar, with a commitment to gentle and organic products, as well as ongoing non-profit work to provide education to girls on an international level. 

 If you’re familiar with the coconut oil pulling method for keeping your teeth squeaky clean then you’ll know why coconut is the ideal base for any teeth cleaning products. If you’re not familiar, coconut oil helps pull bacteria and plaque from your teeth, which is exactly what you want your toothpaste to do. A pretty genius move on Jason’s part!

 Combined with Eucalyptus and tea tree oil, your pearly whites are left, well… pearly white! The blend of minty herbs also makes for a fresh and original flavor profile that I’m honestly obsessed with.

9. Burt’s Bees Purely White Toothpaste

BURTS BEES Toothpaste (4.76$)
  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable?:  Yes, all the packaging, tubes and caps included, is recyclable.

Where would we be today without Burt’s Bees? Nevermind, I don’t want to imagine what kind of dystopian reality that would entail – yikes.  Burt’s Bees is a cornerstone in the organic beauty and health industry, and for good reason. You’ve sampled their chapsticks and balms, but what about their toothpaste? After trying it out, this goes in my top five of all their products I’ve tried, with its A+ flavor and texture.  Even better, their packaging is completely recyclable, cap, tube, and all – that’s right, you can drop your empty packaging into the mail, and they take care of it for you via their terracycling program.

Their company website is also one of the most transparent in green health and beauty, with detailed information on sourcing ingredients, how to responsibly recycle packaging, company history, and how Burt’s Bees makes philanthropic contributions (check out their many charitable partnerships listed on their site!). It really makes you realize why this is such a beloved organic beauty and wellness company.

10. Weleda Natural Salt Toothpaste

Weleda Natural Salt Toothpaste (11.08$)
  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable?: Yes, their packaging is entirely recyclable.

Do you also struggle with sensitive teeth and gums? Because this is the one for you. Without the use of harsh chemicals, or the nastiness of animal testing, actually helps sores and inflammation heal with soothing blackthorn flower and myrrh extracts.This toothpaste is seriously divine on sore gums and aching teeth – trust me, try it now, and you’ll thank me later.

 You might be a little bit more familiar with Weleda’s iconic dry skin-saving and wintertime essential, Skin Food, but now it’s time they earned some recognition for a completely different product. This is the perfect dental-health counterpart to their deeply soothing moisturizers.

Check out their terracycle program to see how you can recycle their plastic and aluminum packaging alike here. This company doesn’t mess around when it comes to reducing their footprint and transparency with their labor practices, besides their vegan formulations. For those reasons alone, this toothpaste deserves your interest.

11. Kiss My Face Triple Action Gel Toothpaste

Kiss My Face Triple Action Gel Toothpaste (5.59$)
  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: Maybe
  • Is the packaging recyclable?: The cardboard box the toothpaste comes in is recyclable, however the toothpaste tube itself is made from a standard metal and plastic laminate that isn’t easy to recycle.

If you’ve been following sustainable health and beauty but are unfamiliar with Kiss My Face, you just might have been living under a rock. These guys have been making 100% cruelty free products for over 35 years – as in, they’ve been doing it way before it was cool.  If you’ve never tried their products, this is the one you can’t pass up.

This Triple Action Gel is based in Aloe Vera, known best for its post-sun burn application. But did you know Aloe Vera also contains antioxidant properties? These properties can really help in fighting tooth decay and bacteria. If you think Aloe Vera feels good on fried pink cheeks, imagine how good it feels on your aching gums. Ahh! I feel nice and cool just thinking about it.

Furthermore, you might be happy to know that all of their products come packaged in totally post-consumer recycled material, paper and plastic alike.

12. Dr. Sheffield’s Certified Natural Toothpaste

Dr. Sheffield’s Certified Natural Toothpaste (12.99$)
  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable: Yes, the packaging is made from 100% aluminum.

Are you ready for a little lesson in toothpaste history? Then keep reading: Dr. Washington W. Sheffield, a respected dental surgeon, developed the very first toothpaste in 1870. Later on his son, Dr. Lucius T. Sheffield patented the very first tube for toothpaste. Fast forward over 100 years, all the way to 2015 when his original recipe book was rediscovered as a priceless artifact of historical, organic dental care. After two years of research, development, and adjustments made to modernize the recipe, in 2017 Dr. Sheffield’s Certified Natural Toothpaste was released once more.

This toothpaste lives up to its long  legacy, giving a deep clean that still adheres its NPA certification – meaning even though it uses completely natural, biodegradable ingredients, without the use of harmful chemicals or animal testing. Needless to say, Dr. Sheffield’s is a dentist to be trusted. Plus, who can say no to that super cute packaging? Definitely not me!

13. SprinJene Natural Toothpaste

Fluoride Free Toothpaste (11.98$)
  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable: The cardboard box the toothpaste comes in is recyclable, however the toothpaste tube itself is made from a standard metal and plastic laminate that isn’t easy to recycle.

SprinJene has one of the most unique formulations on this list, and it’s hard to beat, with the addition of one powerful ingredient: black seed oil. This little natural wonder has been closely researched in recent years, showing that it’s packed with cancer-fighting compounds and helped cell regeneration. Meaning, it’s great for oral hygiene. More than that, black seed oil has been seen to aid with heart health, asthma, and allergies. Not many toothpastes come with this potent supplement, but SprinJene makes me think they should. 

If that’s not impressive enough, SprinJene has one of my favorite mint flavors on this list, one that’s invigorating without blasting your tastebuds to smithereens – that’s a tricky balance to strike with toothpaste, as I’m sure you can agree.

Furthermore, this toothpaste also compliments Halal and Kosher diet practices, on top of being cruelty free and vegan, so no matter your diet, you have a cruelty free toothpaste that has your back.

14. Cali White Toothpaste

  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: Yes
  • Is the packaging recyclable: The cardboard box the toothpaste comes in is recyclable, however the toothpaste tube itself is made from a standard metal and plastic laminate that isn’t easy to recycle.

If you have any doubts that a vegan and cruelty-free product exists that can also white your teeth, look no further on this list. This is the #1 Best Seller in Teeth Whitening Products on Amazon, and it achieves that without harsh detergents, bleaches, or even fluoride. This beats out bigger, household name brands, which just goes to show this brand is more than worth a try, even if you’re not vegan or living a sustainable lifestyle (which maybe you should be, if you’ve read this far!). Take a look at the glowing reviews on amazon if you don’t believe me.

This is the silk pillow of teeth whitening toothpaste, with a serene, cool flavor, and a smooth satiny texture. Cali White is a great alternative to harsh whitening products, using the combined powers of coconut oil and charcoal. This is a union that has proven time and again to be incredibly compelling; this isn’t my first charcoal and coconut toothpaste I’ve tried, but it may be my last.

15. Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste

Himalaya Complete Care Toothpaste (5.99$)
  • Cruelty free: Yes
  • Organic: Yes
  • Palm oil free: No
  • Is the packaging recyclable: The cardboard box the toothpaste comes in is recyclable, however the toothpaste tube itself is made from a standard metal and plastic laminate that isn’t easy to recycle.

Last but certainly not least is Himalaya Botanique’s Complete Care, a brand you may not be aware of already. This is also another formula with quite a history.  In fact, you could say ancient history. Using the power of Ayurvedic medicine, through a special herb blend, called triphala, Himalaya Botanique fights inflammation and infection. Triphala, a triplet of fruit seeds, is a formula developed over thousands of years, through millennia of medicinal application. If you’re skeptical about newer formulations, this one should quell any nonbelievers; it’s nothing if not thoroughly, and completely tested.

With the added teeth-whitening benefit of pomegranate, the herbal blend and peppermint flavoring makes brushing your teeth a surprisingly sensual affair. Aside from the other benefits, this may be one of my favorite flavor compositions of the toothpastes I tried.


All right, let’s do a  quick recap: not only do sustainable and cruelty free options for toothpaste exist, but there are a lot of benefits you won’t find in traditional dental products. Picking a sustainable, vegan toothpaste shouldn’t mean a choice between ethics and tooth health – and guess what? Now we all know it’s not.

In fact, now that I’ve tried countless (trust me there were quite a few that didn’t make the cut! You think fifteen toothpastes is a lot…) cruelty free toothpaste options, I’m never going back. Why would anyone? I mean, really, consider the amount of detergents, dyes, synthetic fragrances, inhumane animal testing, cruel labor conditions and that horrible plastic laminate packaging – all of that goes into just a single tube of your mainstream toothpaste option! No, I think I’ll stick one of these toothpaste’s that has committed to cruelty free manufacturing, thank you very much. 

Besides all that, these oral hygiene options honestly were all much more enjoyable to use than any others. These had the most pleasant flavor compositions, textures, and – you guys – the packaging. Seriously, Crest isn’t putting nearly as much intention behind their toothpaste tubes and cartons as any one of these brands. Call me superficial, but you can’t deny the truth.

If you’ve made it this far, I challenge you to join us in giving the peace sign to non-recyclable packaging and yucky chemicals, bleaches and agents. Instead, let’s embrace some dental hygiene that also embraces the planet – as well as our furry friends. Don’t let these non-sustainable products weigh on your mind or wallet any longer. And besides,  Animal Cruelty and unethical corporate practices are so 2019.

Have you tried any of these vegan and cruelty free toothpastes? Have any that we didn’t mention, that you’d like to shout out? Comment with your favorite below!

13 Eco Friendly Purses Ethically Made

13 Eco friendly purses for every budget.

Sadly, luxury accessories are not made with the environment in mind. We are going to explore this lack of moral code.

Find your new favorite accessory on the list of 13 eco friendly purses below.

Hot Couture Right Now

Six major conglomerates own forty of the top luxury fashion brands. The amount of influence these companies have is monopolizing. They decide the money moves. They allow animals and people to be tortured for profit. Allocating funds to sustainable materials, paying fair wages, and innovating fashion technology are all in their realm of capabilities. Are they acting? No. That type of paradigm shift has too much risk.

Subliminal Advertising

Starting with advertising, fashion corporations thrive on it. They spread their seed via expensive conventional and digital ads: billboards, buses, banners, radio, television, videos, search engines, email, etc. Meanwhile purchasing body space on some notable figures: musicians, actors, athletes, etc. Teeming with money the fashion industry subliminally forces product into our lives. They tell us these names—Versace, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, and more—define “luxury.” It works. We validate this ideal by buying their purses and other goods. This enables them to exploit the earth.

Leather – the bad, the ugly

Many high-end purses use leather. Leather rapes society in an awful way, and a handful of people profit. Fans of animal leather claim that is better to use the entire cow, versus let it go to waste. They are right. That is something we learned from Native Americans. Example: the buffalo. It was hunted and used to the fullest extent. In an ideal world this would be great. That is not the world we live in. The industry makes more money when more animals are killed. Even when there is little demand for meat, there is demand for hide.

And this..

The agriculture industry requires land. Land has to be cleared. Established ecosystems are cut away. Co2 is released into the air. Greenhouse gases increase. This is a huge problem in the Amazon Rainforest where deforestation is rampant. With that farming commences. Mass scale farming operations opt for extreme confinement. Animals are kept in close quarters with horrible living conditions. They are stuffed with self-feeders until they are bursting at the seams.

..there is more

At a certain stage cattle are crammed into trucks and transported to a slaughterhouse. The journey is tough: no food, no water, in heat or cold. They are poked and prodded off the truck. Then they go through the slaughter chute. Each cow is supposed to be shot with a captive bolt gun. This renders a painless death. But the line is never stopped for a missed animal, that is still alive. So many cows are chopped limb from limb while they are conscious.

Even More

Tanning cowhide is the next step. 80% of animal leather in the world is tanned using chromium, a highly toxic chemical. It results in 800,000 pounds of toxic waste runoff into our landfills and waterways. This is common in countries with poor environmental regulations like China, India, and Bangladesh. People die from working in tanneries. How do they die? By being boiled alive, drowning or buried in chemicals. People in contact with the chemicals or polluted water runoff suffer from severe illnesses. Cancer, respiratory, endocrine, and genetic maladies are just a few inflictions.

Not done yet

Moving on to the labor factories. Major brands pay workers very little. They all claim to be houses of quality and exclusivity. Yet many products are manufactured in the same factories, some in Italy and some in China. Labor costs are always being squeezed. In factories you find poor working conditions, long hours and low wages. Illegal immigrants are a source of cheap labor. Often workers get little training, and are put to work with dangerous equipment. While these factory owners like to boast zero medical incidents, workers report otherwise. With no medical insurance, they are cut out of jobs and left with life-altering injuries.

No More Leather

We do not need to settle for killing animals, people and the planet. If we are talking eco friendly purses then the best made without leather. There are plenty of new advances lighting a fire into fashion. Ingenuity comes in the form of reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Did you know?

Faux leathers made out of plastics are on the rise. They have the same look, feel, and durability. Plus they account for a fraction of the petroleum used for animal leather. More eco-friendly materials like fruit waste, canvas, cork, and linen also create unique textures. A few accessory brands have taken on the challenge of repurposing materials. Old tires, seat belts, or car interiors are just a few leather alternatives.

13 Eco-Friendly Purses:

1. Sakroots Women’s Eco-Twill Metro Tote – $78.99


The Company: Sakroots makes affordable, eco-friendly, and consciously crafted products. They develop thoughtful products built on handcrafted details and environmentally responsible practices. And their prints support Oceana, whose mission is to protect and restore the world’s oceans.

Sustainability and Ethics: Sakroots supports environmental organizations that help make the world a better place. And all of their products are 100% PETA approved and vegan certified. They have recycled 1.7 million plastic bottles and counting.

The Bag: 100% eco-twill made from REPREVE material from recycled water bottles, this stylish and durable tote comes in five print options.

2. Haiku Jaunt Eco-Friendly RFID Blocking Travel Crossbody – $70

The Company: Haiku builds bags with a purpose. By using recycled materials, they reduce their (and our) impact on the environment and keep plastic out of our oceans. All of their bags are made from recycled fabrics, repurposing hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles each year. Additionally, they use recycled polyester instead of virgin materials to conserve other resources like water and oil.

Sustainability and Ethics: They track their process and impact on their website with regular updates. As of this date, they have saved 1.9 million+ bottles from landfills, conserved 1.3 million+ gallons of water, conserved nearly 8 thousand gallons of oil and reduced 124 tons of CO2 emissions.

The Bag: Made from a durable polyester fabric made from post-consumer beverage bottles, this bag saves 12+ bottles from spending the next several hundred years in a landfill. And with secure closures, several pockets, an ID holder, and a secure card pocket that prevents scanning by strangers, this crossbody bag is perfect for travelers and explorers.

3. JW PEI Women’s Top-Handle Crossbody Bag – $64.99

The Company: JW PEI’s motto is, “accessible, effortless, empowering.” Based out of Los Angeles, this brand was founded by a husband and wife who care about minimalist design and sustainable, vegan materials.

Sustainability and Ethics: All JW PEI products use sustainable materials, including vegan leather and certified fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles.

The Bag: Made from 100% vegan leather and recycled plastic lining, this crossbody bag with a removable top-handle shoulder strap is both animal and eco-friendly. It comes in beige and black for options that go with any outfit.

4. Natalie Therese Cork Hip Bag / Small Cross Body – $52


The Company: Natalie Therese products are proudly handmade in the United States using simple and sustainable, clean, and earth-conscious materials, including 100% natural cork. Cork is a natural fiber harvested from trees in Portugal. Lightweight, waterproof, stain-resistant, and antimicrobial, cork is an excellent material for eco-friendly products.

Sustainability and Ethics: The cork used in Natalie Therese products is harvested without harming the trees it comes from. The bark regenerates naturally, making cork a renewable resource. The brand also uses faux leather, a greener alternative to vinyl and animal leathers, and 100% organic certified cotton, which has a low environmental impact.

The Bag: This 100% genuine and sustainably harvested cork bag can be worn two ways: crossbody or at the hip. It is durable, stain-resistant, waterproof, and the perfect size for a night out.

5. Dasein Top-Handle Shoulder Bag with Matching Clutch – $49.99


The Company: Dasein makes bags that are built better.  

Sustainability and Ethics: Their bags are eco-friendly and vegan, so our planet and animals go unharmed. They are primarily made with vegan leather, which is not only eco-friendlier, but also anti-scratch and tear-resistant, and it holds its shape well.  

The Bag: As an eco-friendly set that comes in 23 different color options with adjustable and removable shoulder straps, this one is ideal for all occasions that require a little extra purse space.

6. Baggallini Eco Go Bag – $35.25


The Company: Baggallini is all about looking good, feeling good, minimizing clutter, and using eco-friendly materials to create chic and versatile products.

Sustainability and Ethics: This brand’s bags are made from eco-friendly alternatives, including recycled water bottles, for a more planet-friendly experience.

The Bag: Practical, stylish, and planet-friendly, the Eco Go bag comes in three cute colors, has multifunctional pockets, and contains a removable wristlet that blocks passing card scanners so scammers can’t steal your information when you’re on the go.

7. Ahtine Handwoven Round Bag with Crossbody Strap – $27.55

The Company: Ahtine is an Australian brand that makes eco-friendly handbags and accessories. They are lightweight, durable, and environmentally friendly; good for the environment, unique for you.

Sustainability and Ethics: Ahtine rattan bags are handmade from 100% natural rattan and other eco-friendly and plant-based materials.

The Bag: Available in white, tan, and black, this small and natural crossbody bag effortlessly matches every outfit and situation. And they hold more than you would think, which makes them perfect for beach trips, date nights, and other outings.

8. Lam Gallery Vegan Cork Clutch Bag – $22.99

The Company: Lam Gallery makes colorful and natural eco-friendly products that hold us to a higher standard. No animals harmed and no harsh chemicals used – just sustainable fashion.

Sustainability and Ethics: Lam Gallery’s cork clutch bags are sustainable, vegan, and eco-friendly. As we mentioned earlier, cork is a naturally occurring resource that can be harvested from trees in Portugal without harming the source. It is also recyclable and biodegradable.

The Bag: Large enough to cold cash, cards, phone, and keys, this colorful vegan cork clutch bag is the perfect accessory when you only need to carry a few things with you, or you don’t want to dig through dozens of items in a larger purse to find your lipstick.  

9. Scarleton Satchel Handbag – $35.99

The Company: Scarleton was founded in 2011 in Los Angeles by a passionate mother-daughter duo. They’ve sold millions of bags of all different kinds, crafted with vegan and cruelty-free fabrics. Unique fashion and affordable prices meet better-for-the-planet materials.

Sustainability and Ethics: Vegan and cruelty-free, Scarleton’s purses, crossbody bags, backpacks, and diaper bags are made better for a planet-friendly fashion experience.

The Bag: These satchels come in 11 color options and two ways to wear: shoulder purse or crossbody bag. There are several compartments and pockets for big and small items.

10. Tribe Azure Hobo Handbag – $22.99

The Company: Tribe Azure makes high-quality, handmade, unique, and fair-trade products. 

Sustainability and Ethics: Fairtrade is the most recognized and trusted sustainability label in the world. Fairtrade items are known to be made with sustainability in mind, from the materials used to the ways that the finished products are made. They also tend to come from companies that choose fairer and safer working conditions for their employees.

The Bag: Tribe Azure’s adorable hobo bag is large and roomy, hand-woven, and carried on wide, comfortable shoulder straps.

11. LOVEVOOK Mini Clutch – $15.98


The Company: LOVEVOOK was established in 2014 and continues to be a brand that cares about creative, planet-friendly products, social responsibility, and a healthy, tasteful lifestyle. They make handbags, backpacks, and messenger bags.

Sustainability and Ethics: Made with eco-friendly materials, including smooth vegan leather, LOVEVOOK products are better for the environment.

The Bag: This eco-friendly clutch comes in three conveniently matchable colors. It is large enough to hold everyday essentials and comes with a detachable strap, which makes it more versatile.

12. Orchid Bay Cork Clutch Wallet – $12.98

The Company: Orchid Bay strives to source eco-friendly, ethical, and sustainable products through its line of natural cork products. They are simple but chic, lightweight, stylish, practical, and trendy.  

Sustainability and Ethics: Their line of natural cork products is sustainable, renewable, and incredibly environmentally friendly.

The Bag: This innovative natural cork wallet is unique, soft, and sustainable. There’s enough room for all the things you normally stow in your wallet when you leave the house, including cards, coins, keys, and your phone.

13. Karen’s Line Evil Eye Handmade Clutch Purse – $26.99


The Company: Karen’s Line makes eco-friendly gifts and handmade planet-friendly accessories, including clothing, shoes, handbags, and shoulder bags. Their website states that their brand is where sustainability meets style. They aim to combine fashion and function, using their handmade bags to honor traditions and protect the environment.

Sustainability and Ethics: Made with natural burlap and other eco-friendly materials, their products are better for the Earth, sustainable, and unique.

The Bag: This handmade crocheted clutch purse has a fun, funky design, a water-resistant interior for easy cleaning, and is the perfect size to hold in your hand or carry under your arm.

The fashion industry is going through a renovation. Lucky us! We are witnesses to the magic. Consumers are raising the bar. Brands cannot snub the earth for profit. Thanks to technology, information is readily available. It is easier for us to discover the truth about materials and labor. Let’s welcome brands making an effort to change. We have to fail in order to succeed. Past failures are sparking change. Change in mindsets and skillsets.

As we move away from unsustainable practices we will be reducing our footprint. A much needed relief for the planet. With scientists warning us about the dangers of climate change. One eco friendly purse or a sustainable backpack can make a difference. Let people live in peace. Let animals know peace.

Is Burt’s Bees Cruelty Free?

To the relief of many Burt’s Bees lip balm lovers, the answer is yes, Burt’s Bees is cruelty-free. Despite recent controversial claims about Burt’s Bees selling products in areas that have mandatory animal testing, their cruelty-free status has been saved.

Burt’s Bees has been Leaping Bunny certified and added to PETA’s list of caring consumers. They don’t test their ingredients or products on animals, and they have pulled their products from being sold in mainland China after a relatively brief trial period.

For a while, things got a bit dicey with Burt’s Bees. They’ve always been known as a cruelty-free, earth-friendly, and eco-conscious brand, but when they entered into the Chinese market in 2017, their status went a bit south in the eyes of consumers.

They maintained that they continued not to test their products on animals or allow third parties to do so for them and they claimed that they’d found a loophole that allowed them exemption from China’s animal testing laws. Because they were selling “non-special use” cosmetics, they believed (or claimed to believe) that the products they were selling in China wouldn’t be subject to those outdated laws.

There’s more to the story, though. Each brand that sells cosmetics or beauty care products in mainland China has to agree to the potential for animal testing on the products they’re selling. This applies to both pre-market and post-market phases. We’ve found no loophole that allows companies to bypass China’s laws, no matter how creatively described they are.

But wait – there’s even more. just as we were about to give up on them, Burt’s Bees made a crucial change to their policy. The products that they sell in mainland China went from being produced there and sold in stores to strictly being sold online, so no animal testing is required.

After only a brief stumble, Burt’s Bees is returned to cruelty-free status, where they lived for over 32 years, and hopefully, where they’ll remain for the remainder of their existence. We respect their desire to widen their reach, sell to more people, and make a greater profit, but what we admire even more is that they changed their policies pretty quickly after they realized how hard their loyal customers were taking the change.

Yes, you read that right. Burt’s Bees listened and made a positive change. Many other companies could learn a thing or two about the way this situation was handled. They made a few questionable choices, but it seems that they’ve really redeemed themselves since then. And who doesn’t make a mistake or two now and then?

Burt’s Bees is pretty well known for their addictive lip balms, but they offer a pretty wide variety of other products, too.


On top of the popular lip balms, versatile foundations, and lips shimmers, here are a few of their other best-selling products:

Burt’s Bees also offers night creams, blushes, eye shadows, firming serums, tinted moisturizers, eyeliners, lip and cheek sticks, and so much more. Their carefully and thoughtfully curated gift sets are affordable and versatile, too. They make the perfect gift for the office gift swap, a family member, or a stocking stuffer/bonus birthday gift for your significant other.

If you’re looking for alternatives or products that you can’t find on the Burt’s Bees website, here are some other popular companies that are following in their cruelty-free footsteps:

Burt’s Bees is a versatile company with a product line that you can be proud of and feel good about. The same is true for each of the alternative companies listed above, too. They range from very budget-friendly (ELF and BareMineral) to a bit pricy (Tarte and Urban Decay), so you have options at every level.

When you shop cruelty-free, you’re protecting creatures that can’t speak for themselves.

As if that’s not enough to make the decision a no-brainer, cruelty-free companies typically also pay more attention to what they’re putting into their products. That means that you can enjoy products with fewer harsh ingredients, so they’re less likely to irritate your skin.

The companies listed above are just a few out of hundreds that have already made the switch to cruelty-free products or are working on doing that as we speak. The list continues to grow every day, and we can help it grow faster by showing our support and joining the movement.

Now is the perfect time to clear the clutter out of our medicine cabinets, bathroom drawers, and dresser tops, and replace these chemical-laden products of the past with versatile, mindful, cruelty-free alternatives. As yet another added bonus, because they tend to work so well and serve a variety of purposes, you may find that you need fewer products once you make the switch, too.

Better for the animals, better for you, and better for your budget; what could be better than that? Whether you’re buying for yourself, a friend, or someone else you care about, these are products that won’t give you buyers’ remorse.

Happy cruelty-free shopping, everyone!