21 Ethical Underwear That You Should Consider Now

Sustainable underwear is a great introduction to ethical clothing.

Looking to walk away from fast fashion for good and don’t know where to start?

Yes, we have zeroed in on sustainable shirts, denims, and even sustainable winter wear, but what about our undergarments?

Here’s the deal: if you look at your underwear tag and it says it’s made of a synthetic blend, chances are it didn’t come from sustainable sources.

Most ethical underwear companies create products made of a single fabric, and these are made from renewable sources like hemp, bamboo, or organic cotton. But you’ll be surprised to know about other eco-friendly alternatives like recycled nylon and recycled silk, for example.

Want to know more about what makes an underwear brand sustainable?

That’s where this list comes in.

I’ve reviewed 21 sustainable underwear brands to help you choose the right fit–in more ways than one! What I mean is, I’ve summarized each company’s mission and what makes them sustainable. This includes their packaging, materials, and of course, affordability.

Note that the prices given below are subject to change especially if the original product was converted to U.S. dollars.

Let’s look at each company in more detail.

1.   Hara The Label

In Hindi, hara means green. And this brand certainly lives up to its name. Hara’s mission is to educate the world about what needs improvement in the fashion world like chemical dumping and excessive plastic use. Founder Allie Cameron spent time in India and Indonesia communicating with farmers about sustainability and trying to find answers to fashion’s greatest problems.

Allie Cameron’s dedication to sustainability formed at a young age when she discovered the joy of second-hand clothing. This concern for the negative effects of fast fashion became Hara’s guiding principle.

As for ethical practices, all their workers are part of the Australian Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2010. This ensures fair wage and safe working conditions. Furthermore, Hara does not support child or forced labor.

Transparency is important within Hara. Since Hara sources and produces all their products in Australia, they can trace each product from all points of the process. Moreover, this lets them effectively cut down on fossil fuel use. At their work centers, they have implemented recycling systems.

  • Materials: All of Hara’s undergarments are made of bamboo fabric. This fabric comes from bamboo fiber which is derived from bamboo pulp. To get this fiber, the pulp is soaked in non-toxic chemicals which are also commonly used in organic cotton-, soap-, and food production. Their bamboo is sourced from suppliers with organic and OEKO-TEX 100 certifications. The latter certifies that they don’t use any harmful chemicals in their production process. Thus, the bamboo fabric is soft, hypo-allergenic, and odor-resistant. Additionally, Hara uses natural plant dye that they produced. These dyes include turmeric, indigo, and madder root.
  • Packaging: Hara states that their products are naturally packaged, but I could not find other specific information on their website.
  • Price: Prices range from about $28 to $33 for both bottoms and bras.

2.   PansyCo

Sourced, designed, and produced locally in California, PansyCo rightly belongs on our sustainable underwear brands list. Laura Schoorl and Rachel Corry founded Pansy in 2013 after recognizing that there were no ethical underwear brands that were also comfortable and beautiful.

Currently, their studio is located in Oakland, California. However, they ship to international stores in various countries including Japan, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, and the United Kingdom. So if you’d rather try one out in person, chances are there’s a physical store you can visit near you.

They offer a wide selection of undergarments: high rise bottoms, low rise bottoms, full bras, sports bras, and cross strap bras. Additionally, they offer shirts, shorts, pants, robes, leggings, and socks. All of their styles are minimal and natural, reflecting Pansy’s call for simple, yet beautifully-designed ethical underwear.

Bonus: they also sell coloring books featuring Pansy-inspired art from the community.

  • Materials: All of their garments are made of organic cotton from Texas, processed in North Carolina, and dyed in Novato, California. Their rubber and cotton elastics are sourced from South Carolina. Their undergarments are dyed with fiber-reactive dyes to ensure long-lasting, no-bleed colors. Choose from natural, almond, mauve, black, sunflower, rust, avocado, red, and azul.
  • Packaging: Their invoices are printed on recycled stock paper. And their products? They’re shipped in an organic cotton jersey bag fashioned from production scraps. The best part? You can reuse the bag for carrying small items like coins or buttons.
  • Price: Their products range from $39 to $62.

3.   Organic Basics

Organic Basics is a sustainable underwear brand based in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, they work with trusted factories that do not support child or forced labor. These factories go beyond and provide childcare and free meals for their workers in addition to a fair wage and safe working conditions.

This company is also defined by ground-breaking sustainable fabrics. Now get this: most companies use organic cotton and hemp, but Organic Basics? They use recycled nylon, recycled wool, TENCEL, and SilverTech fabrics. These fabrics are carefully chosen and made to last. This means less water used, less energy expended, and less carbon emitted.

In a nutshell, Organic Basics is an exemplary ethical underwear brand. They’re a certified B corporation, meaning they meet rigorous environmental and social impact standards. In 2019, they offset more than 1800 tons of carbon through their partnership with CHOOSE and a wind farm in Turkey.

Lastly, their office in Copenhagen is moving towards zero waste. They’ve begun serving vegetarian and vegan meals, cutting out plastic, and offsetting their carbon footprint.

  • Materials: Organic Basics uses recycled nylon, wool, and cashmere, and their trademarked TENCEL Lyocell, SilverTech, and Polygiene. It seems that Organic Basis is always working towards the highest standard of sustainability. If you want to see it for yourself, read their impact report here. If you’re wondering what TENCEL is, it’s a soft fabric sourced from tree pulp. It’s breathable, hypoallergenic, and most importantly, low-impact. On the other hand, SilverTech is made of recycled nylon. This makes for an antimicrobial, odor-resistance, and extremely durable underwear.
  • Packaging: Organic Basics’ new packaging is made of reusable, recycled paper. Furthermore, their cardboard shipping box is made with FSC-certified paper.
  • Price:  For women, their bottoms are available from about $40 USD to $50 USD for 2-packs. Their bras are $70 USD on average.

For men, their briefs run from about $45 USD to $65 USD. Their shirts range from $39 USD to $98 USD, which includes long-sleeve sporty undershirts.

4.   Pact

PACT is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado that champions organic cotton. Why organic cotton? It uses about 95% less water than traditional cotton. Growing and processing organic cotton doesn’t require harmful chemicals, dyes, or pesticides.

I’ll spare you all the (impressive!) statistics, but consider this: about two pounds (one kilogram) of clothing made from organic cotton saves enough drinking water to last two and a half years compared to conventional cotton! I know this might seem insignificant, but it’s actually extremely important for countries that have little water sources and farm non-organic cotton.

Basically, organic cotton kills two birds with one eco-friendly stone.

When a product requires more elasticity, Pact uses elastane. This stretchy fiber also helps make underwear more lasting. What’s more, Pact is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This organization studies companies’ textile practices such as social and environmental impact.

PACT is also fair trade certified, which ensures that their workers thrive in safe conditions. Additionally, Pact ensures that workers can contribute back to their community through social development projects. Re: Pact does not condone child labor or sweatshops.

Besides the production process, they also offer a clothes donation program to encourage reduce and reuse habits. They collect pre-loved clothes from customers and donate to nonprofits. To make it even easier for customers, they provide prepaid shipping labels.

  • Materials:  Pact uses organic cotton and elastane. Elastane is a synthetic fiber that helps extend underwear life. Equally important, they do not use dyes or pesticides in their organic cotton.
  • Packaging: Pact switched from single-use plastic packaging to biodegradable plastic. This is a tremendous discovery. A plastic-eating enzyme that eliminates wasteful packaging? Count us in!
  • Price: For women, the bottoms are $12 each. Their tops range from $20 USD to $30 USD.

For men, the briefs are $12 USD each.

For kids, they have bottoms for $6 each. For babies, the bodysuits are all $10 and below.

5.   TheVeryGoodBra

There are many sustainable underwear brands who may claim they are zero waste, but The Very Good Bra lives up to their promises. Founder Stephanie Devine wanted to create a zero waste bra that was available in a wide range of sizes. The company is based in Australia.

The Very Good Bra offers a completely biodegradable and compostable bra. They do not use polyesters, nylon, or other synthetic elastics in their product.

Get this: they left a bra in a worm farm and the little critters ate it up within 8 weeks. Why is this so important? Well, nylon, a common bra fabric, takes 30 to 40 years to break down. Compared to 8 weeks, that’s a lifetime!

Aside from materials, they work with responsible suppliers around the globe, including India, France, and Switzerland. Their manufacturing takes place in Hong Kong and China, where the owners fully recognize the important of zero waste products in today’s world.

To further reduce waste, The Very Good Bra operates in a unique way: three times a year, customers can pre-order to guarantee a size and color. This way, they don’t make excess clothing and tackle fast fashion straight from the source.

  • Materials:  The Very Good Bra is made of Tencel, which is a natural-based fabric made from tree rubber. Their elastics are made with organic cotton, as well as their labels and threads. They also use vegetable-based inks.
  • Packaging: Products are sent covered in recyclable tissue and a compostable box. This box comes from Sendle, a carbon-neutral shipper based in Australia–the first of its kind.
  • Price: Their namesake The Very Good Bra is about $55 and their briefs are around $25 each. They also offer cotton shorts and camisoles for a little more than $30 each.

6.   PROCLAIM

Proclaim is an inclusive undergarment brand specializing in nude lingerie. They’re inclusive of all sizes, but also of all skin colors. The color “nude” often overlooks a whole rainbow of skin tones, and Proclaim successfully addresses this issue.

They first started out in San Francisco, but now they are based in Los Angeles, California. All their design, assembly, and production also take place here. Furthermore, their employees are paid hourly wages compared to unfair factories that pay per apparel made.

But you know what may be the coolest thing about this company? They use recycled PET bottles to make bras! See the details below.

  • Materials: Their lingerie line is made of TENCEL, which is a wood-based fabric. Making TENCEL is extremely resource conservative because the water and solvents used are recyclable. They also use recycled polyester made of plastic water bottles. And don’t worry–they only use BPA-free bottles certified safe by the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). Basically, the bottles are broken down, reheated, then spun into yarn. If this sounds too good to be true, check out their collection for yourself; I promise you won’t be disappointed. However, it’s helpful to note that they also use Spandex in their products.
  • Packaging: They use poly mailers (a plastic), but they are reusable and recyclable. These mailers are also locally sourced in the USA and are made of recycled materials. Still not impressed? Get this: their label fasteners are made from natural hemp to replace plastic.
  • Price: Their women’s briefs are $28 each, available in three different nude shades and black. Their TENCEL bras are $59 each, available in three nude shades and black. Their recycled polyester bras are about $60 each, available in three nude shades.

7.   Boody

Boody is an Australia-based brand that solely uses bamboo in their wide range of products. When creating Boody, the founders kept sustainability and comfort in mind.

They are certified by a remarkable list of eco-friendly organizations. For starters, they’re certified by Ecocert, which analyzes companies’ agricultural and facility processes. What’s next? They’re certified by OEKO-TEX, which ensures that each Boody product is safe for customers’ skins. This includes making sure they use no harmful dyes or metals in their products.

Since they use bamboo, Boody is also certified with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) which indicates that they source bamboo from responsible suppliers that do not destroy habitats.

I was also very impressed by their International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification. Here’s a little background: ISO sets global industry standards for various sectors–anything from camping gear to bamboo underwear.

Now, Boody meets the ISO 14001 standard, which means Boody is dedicated to keeping negative environmental impacts low or nonexistent. The certification holds Boody accountable to improve the company’s positive environmental impacts, achieve environmental goals, and comply with environmental codes.

  • Materials: Boody uses organic, pesticide-free bamboo. Bamboo conserves water–it only needs rainwater to thrive. Bamboo also regenerates quickly, unlike other trees that take decades to grow. As for feel and functionality, it tops the charts. Bamboo is hypoallergenic, anti-fungal, and breathable. This keeps sweat and heat at bay. More importantly, their products offer protection from the sun.
  • Packaging: Their products are packaged in recycled paper and printed with vegetable inks.
  • Price: For the women’s line, their bottoms are about $13 to $15 each. Their bras range from a little over $15 to $40.

For the men’s collection, the bottoms are about $15 to $27 each.

Their baby onesies are about $35 each, available in three colors and two striped colors.

8.   Everlane

Everlane is known for their sustainable, chic outerwear, but guess what? They also have a line of eco-friendly underwear.

Their motto is designing clothes that last. They do so by partnering with trustworthy factories and sourcing sustainable, durable materials.

For instance, their Pima cotton from Peru is one of the best quality cottons in the world. The crop is picked by hand to ensure it isn’t damaged. This is helpful in two ways: the end product is more durable and softer.

One glaring fact you’ll realize on their website is that they care about their workers, so they carefully choose factories that treat their workers right. Furthermore, Everlane donates their yearly Black Friday sales profits to improve workers’ lives.

Everlane has also partnered with Oceana, a nonprofit that’s helping ban single-use plastic around the world. They do so by talking directly with politicians and voters. Everlane’s part is helping fund Oceana’s campaign to help them continue urgent work.

With all these social impact initiatives, it’s no wonder that Everlane is proudly advocating for what they call radical transparency, or being honest with consumers about where their products come from and how they’re made.

  • Materials: Everlane products are all high quality products. There’s no doubt about it. However, I could not find a single specific sheet containing a materials list. They do however, have a page where you can browse each factory they work with and what they produce. Note that their products still contain some synthetic materials. Additionally, they have a line of outerwear made of recycled water bottles.
  • Packaging: Everlane’s products are packaged in recyclable paper boxes.
  • Price: The women’s bottoms are priced $12 each while the bras are all about $25 each.

9.   Reformation

Reformation is going back to basics: simple shapes that highlight the feminine body. How are they making it sustainable? They’re choosing fabrics that have a combined positive social and environmental impact.

At Reformation, they’ve created their own grading system for fabrics which reviews eight important factors: water use, energy use, environmental pollution (if any), greenhouse gas emissions, human safety, availability, and affordability.

So here is the big idea: Reformation aims to use all or mostly natural fibers from plants regenerate quickly or from recycled fibers.

They’ve also launched zero waste programs in their factories through fabric recycling and refurbishing. How? By partnering with a local recycling center and coordinating with their suppliers.

In short, Reformation wants to reduce fast fashion waste before the products are even made. This mindset is more important than ever, especially when you consider that only 1% of polyester clothing (a common material) is recycled.

  • Materials: Reformation uses TENCEL which is fiber made from wood material. They also combine this fabric with recycled cotton waste to make REFIBRA. Moreover, Reformation uses viscose (rayon), linen, recycled cotton, organic cotton, Recover (recycled fabric), recycled nylon, recycled cashmere, alpaca wool, and deadstock fabrics. This last one caught my eye. So deadstock fabric is basically unused fabric from other brands or warehouses. Instead of throwing these into landfills, companies like Reformation are swooping in to transform them into sustainable clothing. Almost 5% of Reformation’s product list is made of vintage clothing. This saves almost 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year per person!
  • Packaging: Reformation’s bags are biodegradable and are made of recycled materials.
  • Price: The bottoms are about $15 to $35. Their bras range from about $32 to $85.

10. Warp + Weft

Warp and Weft is a family-owned business that started out with denim. They’ve achieved remarkable feats through their efficient production systems and machinery. For instance, they boast using less than 10 gallons of water per pair of jeans compared to 1,500 for a traditional pair.

And another important thing is they reuse this water after treating it. Instead of using bleach to wash their jeans, they use Dry Ozone technology to avoid water contamination.

Beyond that, they sponsored a clean water project in Malawi to provide safe water for more than 3,000 people. If you want to make a contribution, you can: they match donations you provide to charity:water.

What’s more, their products are truly affordable, which is sometimes untrue for many brands who claim to be sustainable. Because they can trace their products from raw materials to sale, they avoid middlemen markups.

What does this mean for consumers? This means high quality products at an affordable price, making eco-friendly clothing available to all.

Another defining feature for Warp and Weft is their inclusive clothing line. Founder Sarah Ahmed believes in inclusivity and as one of the few women in the denim industry, she knows just how important representation is.

  • Materials: Their women’s undergarments are made of tencel, spandex, and cotton. Warp and Weft also uses cotton, Lycra, and Tencel from the United States. Their dyes are sourced from Europe.
  • Packaging: Unfortunately, I could not find information on Warp and Weft’s packaging, but I will update this list if anything changes on their end.
  • Price: Their women’s bottoms are $12 each, available in four shades of nude, and in black and white. The men’s briefs are $25 each, available in two-tone white and red and black and white.

11.   People Tree

People Tree started back in 1991 when sustainable underwear brands weren’t even on the  public agenda. Safia Minney founded People Tree based on respectable ethics, high environmental standards, and versatile designs and prints on top quality materials.

Their products are crafted using traditional expertise like hand weaving, hand knitting, embroidery, and block printing. It’s no surprise that they were the first fashion brand to receive the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) product label.

From the beginning until now, People Tree has always been devoted to providing fair wages, ensuring safe working conditions, and promoting positive environmental impacts.

What’s more, People Tree is helping connect traditional producers with modern technology. What’s the big idea? This helps their partners achieve control over their own products and processes while helping their business grow.

While technology helps scale production, traditional techniques like hand embroidery provides economic opportunity for countless families in various countries. Handwork also eliminates carbon dioxide emission from unnecessary machines.

Additionally, People Tree is certified by the GLobal Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Soil Association, Fairtrade International, WFTO, and the PETA-approved vegan certification. Together, the standards from these certifications holds People Tree accountable for their goals and effects whether positive or negative.

  • Materials: People Tree uses TENCEL Lyocell, responsibly-sourced wool, and organic cotton. Their clothes are dyed with low-impact, chemical-free dyes.
  • Packaging: Their reusable box is not only eco-friendly, it helps people in need. Customers can reuse their product box to donate gently used clothes or household items through the charity Give Back Box. Customers can send in anything from DVDS to jewelry to shirts.
  • Price: The women’s bottoms are $15 each. Their bras range from about $30 to $35. They also offer camisoles at $38 each.

12.   Knickey

Knickey pledges to use only organic cotton and a more eco-friendly production process. The result? Zero pesticides, less water use, no greenhouse gases released, and no chemical pollution.

What’s lesser known about the benefits of organic cotton is it reduces use of crude oil and fossil fuels. This directly affects how much carbon dioxide emissions go up into our atmosphere. Just think: about 340 million barrels of oil is used annually to make synthetic clothing. This is especially true for polyester and polyester-like fabrics.

Knickey also supports recycling by something surprising: upcycling older underwear into various purposes. Some great products are rug pads, rugs, and even insulation material. They’ve partnered with a New York non-profit to prevent recyclable clothing from ending up in landfills. As if doing a good deed isn’t enough, Knickey is also throwing in a free pair of underwear for each box you send in!

Note that their recycling program is only available in the United States.

  • Materials: Knickey uses strictly organic cotton only with non-GMO seeds, zero pesticides, and organic fertilizers. This makes for a soft, breathable fabric free from toxins.
  • Packaging: Their plastic-free packaging is made of (almost all) recycled materials. Knickey’s box materials are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, sourced from sustainably harvested trees. Their inks are safe and their adhesives are reusable.
  • Price: Their bottoms are $13 each, available in seven different colors and three styles.

13.  Cuup

Cuup is fully committed to making comfortable bras that fits all shapes and sizes. Two of the founders were baffled when they found out they had been wearing the wrong bra size their whole life. So Lauran Cohan and Abby Morgan wanted to make sure women had access to comfy bras available in various sizes.

Instead of following the bra industry’s template when it came to bras, Cuup called up women of all silhouettes and created a line of undergarments that would fit the wearer and not the other way around.

They offer cup sizes from A to H. They also provide a wide range of model photographs online to help consumers shop for the perfect fit.

  • Materials: Cuup’s classic sheer mesh bras are with nylon and spandex. Their microfiber bras are made with polyamide and elastane. Certain bras also contain thin underwires for more support. For optimal comfort, the cups are sewn, not made by molds. Their undies are made with cellulose fiber called Modal and elastane.
  • Packaging: Sadly, I could not find explicit information on CUUP’s packaging, but rest assured, I will update this list as needed.
  • Price: Their bottoms are $18 each, available in four styles and nude, black, and green. Their bras are $68 each, available in five different styles and various colors including nude, green, and black.

14.  Brook There

Brook There is a US-based brand that makes comfortable underwear that promotes personal confidence. Besides personal confidence, Brook There also inspires industry confidence through their low-impact distribution and production process.

Their fabrics come from South Carolina or California and brought to Pennsylvania for dying, and then to Massachusetts for assembly. Then it is shipped to customers. This short distance between production and distribution cuts down on transportation costs–both financially and environmentally.

And because their products don’t have to travel great distances, they don’t use plastic bags to protect items during transport or storage.

Aside from the products, Brook There chooses organic cotton to protect workers and the environment from harmful insecticides. Unfortunately, traditional cotton farming uses chemicals that puts workers at risk for cancers, skin diseases, and respiratory problems.

Insecticides also live on in water sources, in the ground, and in the air, polluting every part of our physical environment.

  • Materials: Brook There uses organic GOTS-certified cotton and genuine silk. Their elastic trims, laces, and silk are sourced from USA buyers who import internationally. They currently do not have bras with underwires, nor are they planning to make any. Note that their silk products are not vegan.
  • Fact: mainstream bra cups and pads are made with harmful chemicals that often stay on the finished product. This is why Brook There’s bras are padding and foam-free. Frankly, they have not found a sustainable source that lives up to the company’s standards.
  • Packaging: Brook There uses recycled poly bags and recycled tissue paper from a company called EcoEnclose. Moreover, larger orders come in a recyclable cardboard box.
  • Price: Brook There’s organic cotton undies are $22 to $64. Their cotton bras range from $48 to $88.

On the other hand, their silk bottoms are $36 to $64. Their silk bras are $56 to $88.

15.  Naja

Naja is a sustainable underwear brand empowering women on both sides of the market. Their workforce is mostly made up of single mothers and head of households. Being a single mother is tough enough, and when employers don’t understand the unpredictable nature of parenthood, their lives are made harder.

Good news: at Naja, employees have a fair balance between work and childcare. Additionally, employees’ children are gifted school supplies like uniforms, books, and meals.

Other social impact programs include their Underwear for Hope program, which provides economic opportunity for Colombian women. A percentage of Naja’s profits also go to local charities that provide educational opportunities for these same workers.

In terms of positive environmental practices, Naja uses digital technologies to print their garments. This saves water waste on a huge scale.

Furthermore, Naja is gradually incorporating recycled plastic fabric into their clothing lines. Aside from materials, their craftsmanship is what makes Naja stand out. Handmade products make for high quality underwear you’re proud to own.

  • Materials: Their bras are made of various materials: organic cotton, elastane, nylon, Spandex, memory foam, recycled plastic, polyester. Their bottoms are made of similar material minus the memory foam cups. Their prints are made with digital machines to avoid water waste. Note that they have an eco-friendly section for both bottoms and bras.
  • Packaging: Unfortunately, I did not find any information about Naja’s packaging practices.
  • Price: Their bottoms are available from $20 to $30. Their bras are $36 to $65.

16.  Botanica Workshop

If you’re looking for an artist-lounging-lazily-on-a-day-bed-in-underwear aesthetic, Botanica Workshop is your answer. Their name refers to their eco-friendly approach and their craftsmanship, respectively.

They began in 2014 when the founders wanted to create designer-feel and luxury quality underwear.

They then partnered with local artists and craftspeople to create a variety of high quality garments. This group of creatives meets several times in Los Angeles, California. At the heart of Botanica Workshop is the importance of local sourcing and manufacturing. The company invests in local talent and businesses to foster a thriving community.

Sustainability is also a distinct lifestyle within the brand: most employees walk or take public transportation. At their studio, they practice composting, recycling, and utilizing second hand tools.

  • Materials: Botanica Workshop uses organic cotton, silk, and recycled nylon. Their organic cotton is GOTS certified and knit in the USA, though there are some instances where the cotton is not locally-sourced. Botanica Workshop’s recycled nylon is OEKO-TEX certified, making it skin-safe by strict European standards. Their clothing trims are made from both natural and synthetic materials. Lastly, their dyes are made from low-impact synthetic dyes. Note that their silk underwear is combined with Spandex for elasticity and a stronger product.
  • Packaging: For Botanica Workshop’s packaging, I could not find explicit information about their recyclability or biodegradability. As always, I will update this page if and when new information comes to light.
  • Price: Botanica Workshop’s organic cotton bottoms are $65 to $82 each. On the other hand, their stretch silk briefs are $92 to $120 each.

Their organic cotton bralettes are $78 apiece, available in fifteen different colors/patterns. Their silk bralettes are $138 to $202 each.

17.    The Nude Label

The Nude Label is based in Valencia, Spain where the city is nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the wondrous mountains. This calm aesthetic and natural feel comes through in their products.

Furthermore, their family-run factory is located in the same city, so the founders have greater control over the production process. More importantly, they’re able to ensure firsthand that working conditions are up to code.

Instead of machine-produced products, The Nude Label utilizes skilled workers in every step of the undergarment’s construction. Each piece is assembled by a different person, which speaks to the product’s high quality.

  • Materials: The Nude Label’s undergarments are made with organic cotton and elastane sourced from Portugal. The supplier is GOTS-certified and meets the OEKO-TEX 100 Standard. Moreover, they’re part of the Better Cotton Initiative, which is an international nonprofit that champions cotton farmers and the environment. The Nude Label also uses recycled polyamide or recycled nylon. This fabric resists pilling, which makes it long lasting. And where does the material come from? The Nude Labels saves fishing nets, clothing scraps, leftover carpeting, and landfill plastic, among other sources. Recycled nylon also provides UV protection and dries easily. 
  • Packaging: I was unable to find information on the Nude Label’s packaging, but we will keep an eye out for updates!
  • Price: The bottoms are about $15 to about $25. Their bras are a little more than $35 to about $50. Each product is available in at least nine warm, gentle colors like pumpkin, rust, and soft lilac.

18.    Azura Bay

Azura Bay’s motto is cute, comfy, and conscious. But the company’s mission to empower women doesn’t stop at making comfortable, eco-conscious clothes. What’s different about Azura Bay is it’s a one-stop-shop for ethical lingerie brands.

Founder Ashley McIntosh wanted customers to easily find environmentally-friendly undergarments that were also stylish and high quality. She took the work out of sifting through countless brands and created Azura Bay.

These brands embody sustainability through ethical practices, Fair Trade materials, and environmentally-friendly processes. Brands include New-York based Only Hearts, Miami-headquartered Cosabella, Quebec-based Sokoloff, England-sourced Iris London, and Copenhagen-based Underprotection.

  • Materials: The materials vary by company, but these include: hemp, organic cotton, Spandex, cotton, polyamide, elastane, supima cotton, TENCEL lyocell, and recycled lace. Their dyes include vegan, vegetable dyes.
  • Packaging: Azura Boxes ships products in recycled boxes and recycled tissue paper made in the USA. They also use compostable mailers using Better Packaging Co, which is headquartered in New Zealand but have centers in the US.
  • Price: Their undies are about $25 to $60.

Their bras range from $30 to about $110 for a nursing bralette.

19.   Wama

Wama proudly uses hemp for their products. Partnering with organic farms, Wama wants to make hemp a substantial contender in the sustainable underwear world.

They manufacture all their products in China-based textiles, where factories work with employees under safe working conditions and fair wages. Furthermore, they’re certified as a Green America Certified Business, which means they meet rigorous standards for social and environmental impacts.

All of their products are also PETA Approved Vegan, which means no animal products or byproducts are ever used in any of their collections.

So why hemp? For starters, to date, they have saved enough water to last more than 650,000 days. As a clothing material, hemp has various benefits. It is naturally anti-bacterial and thus resists odor. A great feature to have for undergarments, right?

Moreover, hemp is best washed with cold water and hung dry. So this saves energy from avoiding hot water and the dryer. It’s a win-win!

  • Materials: Wama uses hemp, which is soft, organic, and breathable. For dye, they use safe fabric-reactive dyes.
  • Packaging: Wama ships a majority of their orders with recycled poly mailers, which are designed to be reused or recycled. Their tissue paper is made from recycled materials and is biodegradable. Additionally, their promo materials like stickers come from recycled paper. For larger orders, Wama ships products using custom-made recycled boxes that are also biodegradable.
  • Price: For men, the briefs are $24. For women, the undies are $20 each, available in four styles: hipsters, bikinis, thongs, and boy shorts.

20.  Patagonia

Patagonia is one of the more well-known brands on our list, but they’re usually known for outdoor or active gear. Did you know they also have a collection of eco-friendly underwear?

They have  established environmental and social initiatives. For instance, more than 70% of their clothing line in 2020 is made from recycled materials like recycled cotton, recycled polyester, recycled nylon, hemp, and more. For new, raw materials, they use eco-friendly options like organic cotton and lyocell.

Since they’re such a big company, it’s no wonder they’re able to impact thousands of lives. Through their Fair Trade program, more than 65,000 workers have economic power.

Moreover, Patagonia is actually a founding member of the Fair Labor Association (FLA) which is based in Washington, D.C. This group does important work in the fashion industry: they hold companies accountable for their labor practices. An accreditation from FLA means workers receive fair wages and protected working conditions.

  • Materials: The bottoms are made of recycled nylon, spandex jersey, polyester, and spandex mesh. Their bras are made of a nylon and spandex blend, mesh, and polyester. Their undergarments are treated with HeiQ® Fresh for odor control.
  • Packaging: Patagonia uses a polybag for each product, but they are currently working on more eco-friendly solutions. They haven’t discovered an alternative to poly bags, but they are implementing practices like making the poly bag sizes smaller, cutting out paper mailers, and recycling collected poly bags.
  • Price: Patagonia’s bottoms are $18 to $24. Their bras are $45 to $65.

21.    SheThinx

SheThinx is more than a sustainable underwear brand. They’re making period talk less taboo, so girls and women don’t miss out on life just because they are experiencing something natural.

This brand makes underwear that absorbs your period. Yes, it’s that simple. They make custom-made undies that keep period products out of landfills while keeping you safe and comfortable.

Of course, this depends on how heavy your flow is, so you might need some adjustment period. Needless to say, you might want to undergo this adjustment period at home until you know what works for you.

Besides great products, SheThinx provides help for disadvantaged communities. They’ve implemented a GiveRise program, which advocates for better puberty education and supports activism. This activism helps fight discrimination in the school and work place and helps provide menstrual products to students.

So for each purchase you make with SheThinx, you’re actually supporting millions of young students across the USA.

  • Materials: They use organic cotton, elastane, polyester, nylon, Spandex, and polyamide. Furthermore, they use OEKO-TEX certified fabric treatments to control odor and moisture.
  • Packaging:  Their packaging is completely biodegradable.
  • Price: Their undies are about $25 to $45.

What is your favorite sustainable underwear brand?

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 

THE JONES BRIEFS – Black/Grey

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.

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

SILVER AZURITE PENDANT (110$)

  • 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.

BISBEE BELLA VITA RING SIZE 6 (528$)

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

BORN TO ROAM RING GOLD (89$)

  • 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.

ECO WARRIOR + SUSTAINABLE SOUL GIFT BUNDLE – GOLD (209$)

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

MOONSTONE NECKLACE – SPIRIT KEEPER (89$)

  • 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.

MOONSTONE RING – HARLOW & RING – SOVEREIGN BAND (89$)

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

SILVER ELONGATED SQUIGGLE EARRINGS (260$)

  • 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.

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. Destin Satchel by Sole Society x StyleSaint – $

Vegan Studded Whipstich Satchel (69.95$)

The Company: These are affordable eco friendly and fair trade purses. Designer Allison Beal with StyleSaint promises a line of essentials that are consciously produced. They like cutting out the middleman. By participating in a direct to consumer model, they cut distribution costs. This guarantees a nice price for customers. All products for this line are manufactured in Los Angeles.

Sustainability and Ethics: They track three measures of responsibility for their goods – gallons of water saved, yards of sustainable fabric created, and hours of ethical work paid.

The Bag: The Destin Satchel is a vegan shoulder bag that can convert to a hand held purse.

2.  Triple Compartment Tote by PINKSTIX – $

PERFORATED TRIPLE COMPARTMENT TOTE (65$)

The Company: A Canadian brand that provides quality fashion items at accessible price points. They display a commendable social agenda. Supporting agencies that empower women is a top priority. Among many charitable projects, they make stylish PINKSTIX diaper bags for mothers of premature babies.

Sustainability and Ethics: Their eco bags are made with a 100% PETA-approved, vegan polyurethane (PU) leather. The factories they partner with are reviewed several times a year. Factory workers have an open line of communication that promotes long, loyal relationships.

The Bag: This tote will get you through the long day. It has multi use compartments to store everything you need. Not only is it sustainable, it won’t crack in cold winters. Plus it can be cleaned easily with a damp cloth.

3. Black A Clutch by grünBag – $-$$

Black A-Clutch (45$)

*Please note: this is the only brand on the list using new animal leather; it is one of three brands using recycled animal leather.

The Company: Their main purpose is to make quality eco bags. Their mission is to reuse scraps in creative ways. All of this is to prevent waste.

Sustainability and Ethics: 90% of all of the materials are reused or sustainably sourced materials. They use: tarpaulin; VIKING life bags; seat belts; advertising banners; recycled nylon; material made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles (aka PET); recycled leather; vegan leather; a limited amount of sustainable animal leather. The animal leather they do use is tanned with vegetable dyes in factories with the highest grade working conditions. Their goal is to eventually cut out animal leather altogether. Any of their bags can be made with a vegan alternative. The eco bags are made in factories in Denmark and Poland. All factory workers get paid fair wages, and work in safe conditions.

The Bag: This is a small elegant clutch. Perfect to carry the bare essentials. It is made out of tarpaulin but has a matte finish.

4. Dover Shoulder Bag by Matt & Nat – $$

OVER Shoulder Bag – Veil (150$)

The Company: Committed to never using leather or any other animal-based materials. Matt & Nat have been endorsed by the likes of Natalie Portman, Olivia Wilde, Charlize Theron, Emily Deschanel, Toby Maguire, and the list goes on.

Sustainability and Ethics: These fair trade purses are crafted from recycled nylon, cardboard, rubber, and cork. The linings are made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles. Most exciting, is the new addition of recycled bike tires to their collection.

The Bag: Sleek design on the outside. A thoughtful smartphone pocket on the inside! The adjustable strap allows for comfort in any situation.

5. Cher Mini by Angela Roi – $$   

CHER MINI – BLACK (225$)

The Company: They believe personal style should not come at the expense of personal values. These are bags made from non-animal materials. Each is meant to achieve a timeless look that reflects a conscious mindset.

Sustainability and Ethics: These purses are designed with EPUL (Exquisite Polyurethane Leather). The process results in a smooth texture, luxury look and feel. Artisans earn fair wages in clean, comfortable factories. The company does not align with the use of sweatshops and child labor. Quarterly visits ensure the factories are up to code.

The Bag: Going vegan never felt so luxurious. The material appears like real leather. This is a stylish addition to the workday.

6. Cross Body Purse by Corkor – $$

CORK CROSSBODY PURSE (155$)

The Company: A lovely couple began this company at a young age, messing with cork in their backyard. A fun hobby turned into a thriving company.

Sustainability and Ethics: They use sustainable and natural material to minimize the use of polyurethane plastic. All materials are sourced and manufactured locally in Portugal.  They use non-toxic and water-based inks. Bags are made in small batches by hand. Shipping is done in bulk to logistics warehouses, reducing carbon emissions. All of their cork leather is FSC certified–a marker for the protection of the cork oak forest.

The Bag: This purse has a completely different look. Very natural, has a smooth feel, and a flat base with metal feet for stability.

7. Vie Limited Edition 1 by Mariclaro – $$

MARICLARO VIE LIMITED EDITION 1 (139$)

*Please note: this is one of three brands on the list using recycled animal leather.

The Company: They have been mastering the art of upcycle since 2008. Located in Canada, this brand creates luxury fashion out of repurposed materials. To them, recycled materials are rich with stories and character. They are winners of the 2011 Globe Award for the best green Canadian product.

Sustainability and Ethics: Materials like leather come from car interiors in wrecking yards and airline seats. Plus they use seat belts, tires, fire overalls, etc. They use it all! Due to the nature of sourcing, all products are made in small batches. Each, is one of a kind and unique.

The Bag: It is a limited edition bag, with only 10 others made in this color combination. It has a striking blend of Italian leather and patterned upholstery fabric off-cuts. I’ve ever seen anything like it.

8. Cottontail by Gunas – $$

COTTONTAIL (189$)

The Company: They advocate conscious consumerism over fast fashion. Their belief is clear; Leather is not just a by-product of the meat industry; animals are not a property of humans; animals should not be bullied or dominated.

Sustainability and Ethics: They are a PETA-approved brand. All products are 100% vegan and cruelty free. They adamantly refuse exploitation in the manufacturing of their products. Gunas supports an incredibly long list of animal rights charities.

The Bag: This bag was featured in Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events. It has a wild color and a floppy bow. If this bag doesn’t scream luxury I don’t know what does.

9. Nila 40 by BLK Sheep – $$

Nila 40 White (150$)

*Please note: BLK Sheep is the only brand found on this list that uses PVC as their vegan material.

The Company: A glamorous collection of vegan handbags and accessories. BLK Sheep designs for the modern fashion lover. These are timeless pieces that don’t sacrifice morals.

Sustainability and Ethics: These bags are made out of PVC. While PVC is better for the environment than animal leather, Polyurethane (PU) material is far less toxic. The material does provide certain features not found in other vegan bags. They are completely waterproof, weather resistant, and easy to clean.

The Bag: In search of an eco friendly purse or bag that you can get rough with, look no farther. This is a great option for the beach, kids, gym, etc.

10. Large Post Bag by Elvis & Kresse – $$

FIRE & HIDE POST BAG (241.34$)

Please note: this is one of three brands on the list that uses recycled animal leather.

The Company: Since 2005 this UK brand has been rescuing raw materials and repurposing them into luxury accessories. They got things going when they reclaimed decommissioned fire hoses from the London Fire Brigade. They donate a whopping 50% of their profits to charities!

Sustainability and Ethics: Beyond fire hoses, they incorporate parachute silk, old printing blankets from newspaper printers, coffee sacks, and auction banners into their bags. In 2017 they partnered with Burberry to tackle 35,000 tons of leather waste. This duo gets pretty creative with their packaging too. They make packaging materials in house from recycled shoe boxes and tea sacks.

The Bag: It is made out of fire hoses, parachutes, and recycled Burberry leather. Enough said.

11. Gigi Pyrite Clutch by HFS – $$$

GIGI PYRITE CLUTCH IN GOLD PIÑATEX (316$)

The Company: Sustainability is the backbone of the company. Their eco friendly purses are produced locally and ethically. Regarding their materials, HFS maintains extreme transparency on their website. Their products fall under four categories: recycled, upcycled, deadstock or low impact.

Sustainability and Ethics: They utilize recycled fabrics, and deadstock fabrics often thrown out from major companies. Their low impact materials are sourced from hemp, cork, and organic cotton. Pinatax, a pineapple leaf leather and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 polyurethane leather, are used for their bags.

The Bag: This clutch has a stunning look and finish. Included is a gold chain to really set this piece off. The inner lining is made of pineapple suede!

12. Soft Crossbody Bag by KWONN – $$$

KWONN SOFT CROSSBODY BAG – BLUE (535$)

The Company: This is your source for luxury eco friendly purses. The story goes like this: Nicole Kwon was a fashion designer running her own concept store. She had a turning point when she realized luxury leather goods were imposing problems on the environment. KWONN was born.

Sustainability and Ethics: All bags are cruelty-free, PVC-free, and toxin free. Each one is crafted in NYC with vegan suede from Japan. The eco bags are made with care in small batches. They are easily washable with a damp cloth and water.

The Bag: It has a minimal design but packs a punch. The bright blue color really adds a pop to the wardrobe. This vegan purse is ultra light.

13. Falabella Mini Tote by Stella McCartney – $$$

Falabella Mini Tote (930$)

The Company: They commit to operating a modern and responsible business. Since their opening in 2001, they have had a strong stance as a vegetarian brand and remain cruelty-free and ethical.

Sustainability and Ethics: They never use leather, skin, fur, or feathers. They also utilize “fur-free-fur” made out of acrylic, polyester, wool and mohair. By using recycled polyester their products are 24x less harmful than products made out of leather.

The Bag: Their style is unheard of. Talk about a collector’s piece. This mini tote would be beautiful for use or display.

Just One

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.

15 Sustainable Backpacks For Every Budget

Sustainable backpacks for every budgets!

So you are an environmentalist and need to carry stuff around? Maybe your backpack broke. Maybe it just isn’t cutting it for you anymore. You need a new one.

But you recognize that the fashion industry is one of the most wasteful in the world. And that many companies who promise to be sustainable and environmentally-friendly are just greenwashing.

Oh no, you think, if only someone had an easy to read list of all of the best and most sustainable companies to buy backpacks from!

Is very important for me to find a sustainable backpack brand that is ethically made, a product that creates less waste, and treats the workers and the environment right.

Fret not, your sustainable-prayers have been answered!

Look no farther than this list with all the BEST sustainable backpack options. I really have it all-affordable bags, expensive bags, sleek bags, bulky bags, bags made from bottles, and even bags made from bananas.

Peruse and then choose!

1. Tentree

Brooklyn Backpack (68$)
  • Price: $$
  • Material: REPREVE recycled polyester, BLOOM foam padding
  • Bonus: B-Corp certified, plants ten trees for each bag purchased, transparent production process

Tentree’s backpacks are simple in their design, and simply sustainable- they not only use REPREVE recycled polyester to make them, they also use BLOOM foam padding.

BLOOM foam padding is a HUGE deal; it is the first plant-based foam.

And it gets better.

Not only is BLOOM plant-based, it is made from surplus algae that is harming the ecosystems they grow in, threatening them with deadly algae blooms.

Tentree not only clears murky water to create its foam, it also strives for clarity in regard to its production process.

Tentree is COMPLETELY transparent about  what is used in the creation of its products. Each product that Tentree creates has an eco-log, which records how much water was used to create the product, how much waste was created by the product, and how much CO2 was emitted in the creation of the product.

Even more impressive, Tentree is B-Corp certified! To be a B-Corp is a huge honor, only the businesses with the highest standards in regard to how they treat the environment, society, and their employees can become certified.

The best part of Tentree’s products though is that for each one you purchase, they will plant ten trees!

The name makes a little more sense now, doesn’t it?

Their goal is to plant 1 billion trees by 2030.

These eco friendly backpacks range in price from $65 to $118, depending on what model you are interested in. The Brooklyn and Motion backpacks are better suited for school, while the Mobius is more geared towards hiking.

2. Rewilder

AIRBAG BACKPACK WHITE (118$)
  • Price: $$
  • Material: Upcycled industrial trash
  • Bonus: Unique look, strong return policy

Rewilder’s bags are truly unique!

Rewilder is a small, American business, who handcrafts all of their bags in Los Angeles.

All of the bags are completely, 100% made out of upcycled industrial trash.

What kind of trash you wonder?

Well, one example is beer filters. Yes, you read that right. Rewilder came up with the genius idea to take beer filters from American beer manufacturing plants and turn them into a lightweight cloth for their backpacks. The idea is all the more genius when you consider that beer manufacturing plants go through 100,000 tons of filters every year.

That is a TON of waste.

Other materials that Rewilder repurposes include: car cover fabric used by the container shipping industry, airbag material from the end of rolls that factories normally throw out, and backdrops for entertainment events.

In other words, odds and ends, that create far too much unnecessary waste.

All of Rewilder’s bags are less than $120.

That isn’t because they skimp on quality.

To prove it, Rewilder has a 30 day return policy with no questions asked. If a bag you have had for a while is damaged or experienced wear and tear, Rewilder will take it back from you and repair it, or upcycle it into a new bag. If you want the new bag, they will give it to you at a 35% discount to thank you for recycling the bag.

3. Stubble & Co

The Backpack (110$)
  • Price: $$$
  • Material: Recycled plastic
  • Bonus: Water-resistant, multi-use

Stubble & Co is an internationally recognized brand, whose Adventure Bag is a phenomenon, receiving rave reviews from all who own it.

The bag is made mostly from recycled plastic and is HIGHLY functional. You can take it traveling, on adventures into nature, to school, or to work. It is weatherproof, sturdy, has a ton of room, and lots of compartments for you to organize your belongings in.  

Not only is it functional and sustainable, it is also built to last!

Not all of the bag is made of recycled plastic. This is because in some parts of the bag, using the recycled plastic fabric would have compromised its durability. Stubble & Co wants you to have this bag for life, so they valued the bag’s long-term ability to perform over using recycled elements for those parts.

Back this project on Kickstarter!

 As of now, the bag is $110.

4. thredUP

thredUP Second-Hand Backpack
  • Price: $
  • Material: Range of materials
  • Bonus: Second-hand bags

Out with the new, and in with the old!

A great sustainable backpack choice is a second-hand backpack. The online second-hand store thredUp has some incredible options. They have a huge amount of backpacks to choose from, that could appeal to anyone, of any age, gender, or style.

The prices are incredible, and range from $13.99 to as high as $50. These incredible prices aren’t because the bags are falling apart or poor quality. On the contrary all of the bags are all merely gently-used and come from great brands.

Thredup’s mission is to make people think of second hand, first.

The fashion industry is incredibly wasteful, and that is because they keep on pumping out new products, and we keep buying them.

It is unbelievable!

Every year, consumers, on average throw away 70 pounds of clothes and shoes, per a person!

Even if you are not interested in a thredUp backpack for yourself, consider donating to second-hand stores the next time you want to throw out clothes, shoes, or accessories!

5. Fjällräven

KÅNKEN Backpack (80$)
  • Price: $$
  • Material: Recycled plastic bottles
  • Bonus: Trendy, lots of color options

You are definitely going to recognize this brand.

Fjällräven’s backpacks are everywhere! Most people don’t even know that these quirky-yet-fashionable bags are sustainable. Their most popular bag, the Re-Kånken backpack is made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles.

This is because Fjällräven doesn’t just want you to appreciate nature, but also support it.

Not only is the fabric sustainable, so is the dye!

Fjällräven uses SpinDye technology on the Re-Kånken so it takes less water, energy, and chemicals to create.

Awesome!

And not only are the bags sustainable, the company is also humane. They based their code of conduct on the Fair Labor Association’s Workplace Code of Conduct. This code emphasizes the importance of sustainability, human rights, and environmental protection.

Fjällräven is a progressive company, and they hope to continue to make progress in regard to sustainability, hoping to go carbon neutral by 2025.

These eco friendly backpacks prices range from $55 to $225.  

6. Patagonia

Women’s Tamangito Backpack 20L (79$)
  • Price: $$$
  • Material: Recycled nylon, recycled water bottles
  • Bonus: Water-repellant, Fair Trade certified, they donate 10% of profits to environmental groups

Patagonia has always prioritized the planet and people.

They are a company that was a sustainability leader since before it was trendy to be one.

They are known for having incredible quality products.

This goes as far as them wanting people to buy LESS from them.

That’s right, a business who wants you to buy LESS.

They want their products to last your entire life. The Ironclad Guarantee promises to repair or even replace any product that you’re not satisfied with

They aren’t perfect, no company is.

But, they are transparent about their faults, and areas of production that are not sustainable, because they believe in accountability. 

Their bags are made out of recycled materials- from recycled water bottles to recycled nylon. They are dyed with a solution that saves half a gallon of water per bag and uses 96% less CO2 than normal dyes. The packs can withstand any weather. They are incredibly versatile in what they can be used for. They are meant to meet all your needs, to carry whatever you have to, but not to be sturdy to the point of clunky.

The bags can be expensive, starting at $79, however they will be your bag for life. Also, 10% of pre-tax profits go to environmental groups. So when you buy, you will also be donating to great causes.

7. STATE

STATE Bags Bedford Backpack (175$)
  • Price: $$
  • Material: Canva
  • Bonus:  When you buy a bag another is given to an at-risk youth

Can you be stylish AND sustainable?

STATE says yes, with their sleek line of vegan-friendly, earth-friendly bags.

The price of these bags ranges from $55–$140. However, you are not just buying one bag, but rather two. For every bag that you buy, STATE fills another with school supplies and hand delivers it to students in need in Brooklyn.

So not only are you giving back to the planet, but also children in need.

They have incredibly useful features like water bottle holder, numerous compartments of different sizes, and soft padded easily adjustable straps. Because of this, and the bags elegant and simple design, they are perfect for going to school.

The only downside of these bags is that only some of them are sustainable.

Some are made with 100% Recycled Polyester while others are not. Make sure to check before you buy.

8. Lo & Sons

The Prospect Backpack (495$)
  • Price: $$$
  • Material: Recycled plastic bottles, organic cotton
  • Bonus: Sleek, multi-functional

Lo & Sons prides itself on its “thoughtfully designed” backpacks.

The thoughtfulness comes into play in two components of their sustainable backpacks.

The first is the backpack’s sleek, elegant design. They look sophisticated, but are fully functional, with lots of different sized pockets and compartments within them. They are perfect for work, school, or travel and many of them even have two functions in one, with one changing from a backpack into a suitcase, and another changing from a backpack into a tote.

The second component is how sustainable the backpacks are. Lo & Sons is striving to use more sustainable materials in their bags, with one collection that features fabric made from recycled plastic bottles, and another that features canvas that was made from cotton that was grown without pesticides or chemicals.

Lo & Sons is striving to start packing products in biodegradable poly bags. These bags will break down in landfills instead of filling them up. They are also starting to design products that will be made from plant based fibers.

Lo & Sons isn’t just striving to not do harm.

They also want to work reverse environmental damage.

They are part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and they have partnered with The Renewal Workshop.

While these bags won’t hurt the environment, they will hurt your wallet, with prices ranging from $118–$428.

9. Millican Roll Pack

Smith The Roll Pack 25L (190$)
  • Price: $$$
  • Material: Bionic Canvas, Bionic Yarn, Organic Cotton
  • Bonus: Cutting-edge environmentally-friendly fabric

Millican is an INCREDIBLY innovative company.

They pioneered the use of Bionic Yarn and Bionic Canvas.

Which are great names, for a simply sustainable product.

Millican recovers plastic from shorelines and waterways. They then turn that plastic into Bionic Yarn. The yarn ends up being made from the plastic, natural fibers and recycled polyester. They recently engineered Bionic Canvas, which is made of 65% recycled content. They also use 100% organic cotton to make their bags. When weaving the fabric they try to create as little waste as possible.

The fabric is not only environmentally-friendly, it also includes the features of being abrasion-resistant and weatherproof!

They make a range of backpacks for a range of purposes-school, work, travel, adventures, you name it!

These backpacks are minimalist, and perhaps not the most stylish option on this list, but definitely one of the more sustainable ones.

They bags aren’t just planet-friendly, they are also people-friendly. They are ethically made in by Millican’s garment specialist in Vietnam and the UK.

Prices for these vegan backpacks start at about $147.

10. United By Blue

25L Transit Pack (88$)
  • Price: $$
  • Material: Organic cotton, recycled polyester, vegetable tanned leather
  • Bonus: B-Corp certified, remove a pound of trash from the ocean

Not only are you paying for a backpack when you buy from United By Blue, you are also paying for a pound of trash to be removed from the ocean! They have removed 1,638,501 pounds of trash so far!

They aren’t just saving fish, but also animals.

United By Blue uses vegetable tanned leather in their bags, which is a vegan substitute for leather. They also use organic cotton and recycled polyester.

This backpack is perfect for adventures, so after you are busy saving nature by buying it, go experience it.

The price of the backpacks ranges from $78–$168. Some of the functions the backpacks have include water bottle pockets, laptop sleeves, different sized compartments, and water repellent material.

These bags are a commitment for life-they have a lifetime guarantee.

United by Blue is a certified B Corp. This means they are the best of the best, that they are not just a business, but also kind to people and the planet. This honor is only bestowed upon the most ethical socially and environmentally conscious businesses.

11. QWSTION

ROLL PACK / BANANATEX (340$)
  • Price: $$$
  • Material: Bannatex, cotton canvas, vegan leather
  • Bonus: Bag made from bananas

This bag will absolutely be a-PEEL-ing to you.

Because it is made from banana fibers!

All of QWSTION’s bags are made from banana fibers from the Abacá plant.

This material is called Bannatex. It is durable, waterproof, and biodegradable, and is the first fabric in the world to be made out of a banana plant. The bags also use high-density cotton canvas and leather. However, the leather is made using an eco-friendly vegetable tanning method.

It is BANANA’s how sustainable these backpacks are! (Last banana joke I promise)

Like a banana, these bags are sleek! They have a minimalist aesthetic that is perfect for work, school, or travel and come in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors. They put a water repellant coating on the bags, so don’t be afraid to travel with them.

The company is based in Zurich, Switzerland. They use ethical manufacturing, and are monitored by the Business and Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), which makes sure European manufacturing standards are used in companies outside Europe, since many of the bags are made in China.

The only downside is that these bags are expensive, starting at $260.

12. GOT Bag

ROLLTOP BACKPACK (139$)
  • Price: $$
  • Material: Recycled ocean plastic
  • Bonus: Made from 3.5 kg of ocean plastic

The GOT bags are 100% made out of recycled plastic from the ocean.

They not only come from the water, they are also resistant to it, with cutting-edge water proof technology, a BIO-PU coating.

This bag is versatile, and multi-purpose, suiting school, work, travel, or adventures. It’s versatility is rooted in its excellent features, like a removeable laptop bags, a flexible roll top, and tons of space for your belongings.

These features were concocted during the two years it took the GOT owners to design the bag. The owners wanted them to be as high-quality and sustainable as possible.

GOT uses its connections with SEAQUAL and a network of 1,500 fishermen who remove plastic from the water they fish in to collect plastic to make the bags. Each backpack is made from 3.5 kg of plastic that was removed from the ocean.

The bags start at $100, and are meant to last, with a two-year warranty.

13. MAFIA

W-PACK NAVY (149$)

Price: $$$

Material: Recycled Sails

Bonus: B-Corp certified, one-of-a-kind bags

These bags are on sale! I mean, MADE from sails.

How cool is that?

MAFIA uses recycled kitesurfing, windsurfing, and sailboat sails to make their bags. 80% of the bags are made from the recycled sails, and the rest of the material is sourced from suppliers in the USA, near the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.

Browse their bags on their website, it will show what they are currently offering! Each bag lists out the materials that were used in its creation, so you will know where the rope and fabric actually came from that made the bag. They have a few pack options, all of which are stylish, with pops of color. Unlike some of the other bags on this list, you can definitely tell they were upcycled, but that works in their favor.

Also, MAFIA is also a certified B-Corp, so you know that they are putting as much good into the world as they claim to be!

Their price ranges from $149–$195 but these bags have a lifetime guarantee. If you have an old sail and donate it to them, they will even make you a bag, free of charge.

Wait until everyone catches WIND of these!

14. Solgaard

Shore-Tex™ Daypack (95$)
  • Price: $$
  • Material: Recycled ocean plastic
  • Bonus: Sleek urban look, removes five pounds of plastic from the ocean with each purchase

These bags are perfect for walking in the city, or walking in the woods, with a demure style, and incredible features!

For example, their bags have a solar-powered charger for your phone, smaller compartments for valuables, and anti-theft lock.

These are also eco friendly backpacks.

They all use recycled ocean plastic!

Even better, for every backpack purchased, Solgaard removes five pounds of plastic from the ocean through their partnership with The Plastic Bank.

Solgaard is trying to improve as a company, and is currently in the process of removing all single-used plastics from their production and shipping process.

The bags start at a very affordable $95.

15. Kathmandu Eco-Friendly Backpacks

Federate Adapt Women’s Pack (160$)
  • Price: $$$
  • Material: REPREVE, recycled polyester
  • Bonus: This bag is made of, can you guess? I will give you a hint, it has been featured on this list approximately a thousand times. DING DING DING. RECYCLED PLASTIC!

We have a winner.

Kathmandu uses REPREVE to make its bags, an eco-friendly fabric that is made from recycled plastic. They also use recycled polyester, and in some spots, normal polyester, in their bags. 

Kathmandu is a widely trusted, sustainable brand. Their range of backpacks range in purpose, some are better suited for school and work, while others are better for adventures and hiking.

They have great features, like lots of pockets and zippers, detachable shoulder straps, eyelet locking docks, and removable packing cells.

The bags start at $178, but are so functional and durable, that price is a steal!

What was your favorite sustainable backpack from the list?

Pela Case: 3 Things You Should Know Before You Try It

Pela Case – in this article you will find out more about this plastic-free cell phone cases brand.

You know what’s unusual but is very ingenious? Biodegradable phone cases.

Think about it. Most phone cases are made of disposable plastic. And since most people upgrade their phones regularly, they also shop for new cases pretty frequently.

What happens to all this plastic? It adds up. We either hoard them or throw them away in the trash without properly recycling them. In most cases, they can’t be recycled, which is unfortunate but it is reality.

Nevertheless, there is always a silver lining to any grave situation. The great news is resourceful citizens invent new ways to reduce waste everyday. This includes people like  Jeremy Lang, inventor of Pela case–a biodegradable phone case.

Yes, you heard that right. Biodegradable phone case.

I’ll explain.

3 things to know about the Pela Case

1. The Pela Case company is focused on family and the planet

Like many environmental activists, Jeremy Lang’s mission is personal. At a beach in Hawaii, his young son unearthed plastic, and Jeremy was moved to explore how he could decrease plastic production and pollution. At its core, Pela case is focused on providing a safe and healthy planet for current and future generations.

Moreover, Jeremy emphasizes the importance of community, creativity, consciousness, and courage. I won’t get into the details, but these are respectable values that I admire and share. I also believe in seeking new ways of thinking and living to make real change.

As for the product itself, it is guaranteed safe even for young children. What this means it that the case does not contain BPA, phthalates, cadmium or lead.

So what? Even if your child gets ahold of your phone, rest assured that at least the case meets children’s safety standards in the U.S., Canada, and most countries.

On the other hand, traditional phone cases are mass produced in factories using materials like polyurethane (plastic), silicone, metal, or any combination of these three. These are usually non-recyclable (or difficult to recycle) and certainly not compostable, but Pela changes the game.

What’s more, Pela does not package their products they use recycled and recyclable (or compostable) paper to help prevent even more plastic waste.

2. The Pela Case is made of 100% compostable bioplastics

Here’s the deal.

There’s regular unrecyclable plastic and then there’s bioplastic.

The Pela Case is made of 35 to 40% renewable materials like natural plant fibers. Additionally, they add in flax shive–which is traditionally an unused waste from harvesting flax seed oil.

Sky Blue (Turtle Edition) Eco-Friendly iPhone XS Case (42.94$)

Although the rest of the phone is made of nonrenewable resources, the case is still biodegradable. (They’re working hard to reach 100% renewable status!).

To recycle the Pela Case, simply toss it in your personal compost bin or in your municipal compost bin if your city accepts bioplastics.

Alternatively, you can send in your old case back to Pela to be reborn as another one of their products. In return, you’ll score 20% off of your next purchase. Saving money and the planet? Count me in!

Now I know when you hear bioplastics or plant-based materials, you might think it isn’t sturdy or durable. At least not for a phone case. In this case, you’d be wrong. The Pela Case is made to absorb shock, so your phone will live through most accidental drops.

Moreover, it isn’t bulky like a lot of protective cases. It’s thin and minimal–but its impact is remarkable. Are you ready for this astonishing statistic? Pela has prevented more than 290,461 pounds of plastic from being made. And that’s just from their phone cases, not to mention their other products. But more on that later.

3. They Pela case is available for both iPhone and Android owners

Maybe the most important question you have about the case is whether it will fit your phone. If you’re a Samsung, iPhone, Huawei, or Google Pixel owner the answer is yes. For iPhone users, Pela offers cases from iPhone model 5 and 5S all the way up to the latest model, the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Honey (Bee Edition) Eco-Friendly iPhone 11 Pro Max Case (49.95$)

For Samsung users, Pela has cases from model Galaxy S7 through Galaxy A50 and Samsung Galaxy S10. Additionally, the company makes cases for Google, from models Google Pixel 2 to Google Pixel 4 and 4L.

Honey (Bee Edition) Samsung S10 Eco-Friendly Phone Case (49.95$)

The last brand they cover is Huawei, a popular electronics company based in China. Pela offers cases for the Huawei P20 Lite, Huawei P30, and Huawei P30 Pro.

Sea Shell Huawei P20 Lite Eco-Friendly Phone Case (39.95$)

Pela is a Canadian-US company, and you can easily order the products online. However, if you need a phone case now (or really want to try one after being inspired by this article!) then you can head to most major phone stores or department stores like Target. Click here to see if there are any stores available near you.

If you’re particular about color and design, don’t worry. Pela offers a line of colors from classic black to pastel lavender. They also have limited edition cases like their Bee edition cases and Ripple Effect whose profits will help provide clean water to Kenyan residents.

A brief history of smartphone cases

Although the first touchscreen smartphone was invented by Nokia way back in 2000, phone cases were not a thing until Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007. Suddenly, we needed a market for cases and screen protectors.

Phone cases do more than save your phone from scratches and dings. When a new phone costs around one thousand dollars, it’s only natural to want to protect it. After all, a simple slip out of your hand could shatter your screen and hurt your wallet.

With that said, phone cases are just another form of self expression for most people. Different designs, colors, and materials allow the user to showcase their fancy new phone and their personality. What’s more, there are other imaginative cases like those brown leather phone cases that double as a wallet.

Another popular phone case is one with an external battery attached to the back. These are useful for people who might be out for day events or folks who work longer hours and need their phone to last.

Whatever your reason for purchasing a smartphone case, it is no secret that the industry can be more eco-friendly.

So why should you consider Pela and other sustainable phone cases?

Pela’s impact and other products to try

Beyond converting over 520,000 people to a biodegradable phone case, Pela is also committed to other environmental causes. Like EcoRoots, Patagonia, and other eco-friendly businesses, they’re part of 1% for the Planet, which is a global organization where companies pledge to donate at least 1% of annual profits to environmental causes each year.

This means donating to nonprofits who are committed to helping the planet. They’ve contributed to organizations like Water.org, Surfrider Foundation, and Save The Waves Coalition.

Aside from phone cases, Pela also offers zero waste liquid screen protectors. Pela’s zero waste screen protectors comes in a liquid form that will harden on your screen–amazing! Other plastic screen protectors are usually wrapped and packaged in plastic. More importantly, they’re not recycled. They’re thrown away.

Lastly, here is another important issue Pela is addressing. What to do with old phone cases? If you’re not sure about your phone case company’s recycling policies, here are great ideas to help you declutter your home without making more waste.

If you want to avoid plastic cases altogether (bio or not), you can try wooden or plant fiber products. Bamboo is a classic choice for its durability and flexibility. Other surprising options include woven palm leaves, cork, or repurposed fabrics.

Lastly, you can try recycled plastic bottle cases, which kills two birds with one stone. You’re preventing production of new plastic and helping clean up oceans and landfills.

What’s the big idea? There are tons of great inventions out there that address waste pollution and excess. One of the biggest barriers to eco-friendly living is lack of information, so you can take this opportunity to share one life-changing tip to your friends and family today.

Beyond renewable phone cases

So we’ve established that disposable smartphone cases are not sustainable. But you know what’s even worse? Pollution from our electronics-obsessed culture.

The simple truth is, marketing makes us think we need a newer product even though we already have that same product with nearly the same exact features. Sure, a new smartphone might be slimmer or have a slightly better camera, but that’s it. This marketing scheme is called perceived obsolescence and it results in so many negative consequences for our planet.

When companies mine for metals and other materials for phones, they use resources and energy to do so. Moreover, customers are eager to buy whatever companies make at frequent intervals. Every year, over 65 million metric tons of e-waste are produced every year, ending up in landfills, polluting the earth, water sources, and harming e-waste recyclers with chemicals.

My point is this. The smartphone business is far from being environmentally-friendly. This is why companies like Pela are so valuable, because we are now only starting to notice our lack of compassion for the planet.

I’ll leave you with this thought: Next time a new phone or other electronic is released, ask yourself whether you need or want it for superficial reasons. There’s no shame in owning an older model of anything–especially if it still works!

Pela Case 100% Compostable – Eco-Friendly (39.95$)

If you simply must have a new gadget either for work or any outstanding reason, it’s best to recycle your old machine. Consider donating it to an organization or a friend.  If anything else, make sure it’s recycled properly because, as Pela’s Jeremy Lang advocates, even the smallest actions are impactful.

3 Things I Love About Urban Oreganics

Urban Oreganics – simple and eco-friendly wellness store.

I am always on the look out for shops that share my values. Simple products, sustainable production practices, and zero or low waste packaging. This isn’t always an easy combination to find.

Here’s why:

Natural product companies are often more concerned about what’s in their products than what they put their products in.

When I find companies that do both it is always exciting that’s why today we are looking at Urban Oreganics.

No, that wasn’t a typo.

Urban Oreganics is a small company run by a husband and wife duo out of Portland, Oregon. Get it now?

Organics + Oregon=Oreganics!

Whether they’ve already won you over, or set your teeth on edge, with that pun stick around because there is so much more to learn about this growing company.

I’ve put together the three biggest things that keep bringing me back to this store and the people who run it, so without further ado, let’s get into it!

One: Humble Beginnings

Cory & Emily’s journey to starting UO began when Emily was pregnant with their first child. Like many new mom’s Emily started taking a closer look at her lifestyle.

It was the knowledge that she was sharing her body with another life that made her wonder about the things she was putting on her skin. This may seem a little paranoid to the more skeptical reader.

But consider this:

Many of the things we put on our skin can be absorbed into our bloodstreams.

In fact, this is how medications like those for motion sickness, nicotine addiction, and even birth control can be applied in patches. The patches deliver the medicine through the skins ability to absorb.

Stay with me, now!

While we can’t know the exact rate at which every potentially harmful chemical applied to the skin may absorb at, we do know that some may absorb in a matter of seconds.

The longer your exposure to any topical, the more danger there is of potentially unwanted things getting into your bloodstream.

Yikes!

This is what was on Emily’s mind when she started UO.

At first, Emily was making these products for personal use, to protect her health and the health of the child sharing her blood.

Luckily for us,

She decided to share the love via her online store. Not only did this business opportunity allow the couple to make products they were proud to call their own, it has also allowed the two of them to put their family first.

This passion can is obvious in their line of Mama/Little products with the gentle baby shampoo and wash bar, the moisturizing baby oil, and baby butter. This is a company that wouldn’t sell anything they wouldn’t use themselves or recommend to their loved ones.

Urban Oreganic’s products are all handmade and never tested on animals and that is something that they never plan to change.

Both Cory and Emily now work full time creating products they love and collaborating with brands that share their passion for healthier people and planet.

If that’s not the dream I’m not sure what is!

Two: Guilt Free Luxuries

Think back to when you first started looking closer at the products in your life. Whether that was last week or ten years ago, from food to fashion, to cleaning, and cosmetics:

There were somethings you’d have to give up entirely to stick to your guns.

At least that’s what I thought. This is why it’s so exciting to find stores that stock ——natural and sustainable versions of products you thought you’d have to live without.

It’s liberating.

While a lot of natural brands focus solely on utility, Urban Oreganics is there for you when you just need some me time as well.

On top of that, you can count on them to make sure that every item you purchase from their shop is made of the highest quality, vegan, cruelty free, and natural ingredients.

From deliciously scented cleansing bars—that are sure to make for a lovely bath—to the indulgent face masks and body scrubs, UO has everything you need to help you look good and feel good without harming your body or the planet.

First let’s talk about the face wash that started it all…

Cleansing Grains:

CLEANSING GRAINS: BARE (22$)

Urban Oreganic’s dry formula facial cleanser may seem a bit strange at first, but no water means that this wash is shelf stable without all the preservatives that traditional products use.

It also lets you control the consistency by customizing your ratio of product to water.

As the name suggests, this formula uses natural grains—along with matcha and French green clay—to soothe and refresh your skin.  

This was the first product that Emily sold online when starting UO and it’s still a popular one among customers today!

Next up, a little something for the gentlemen…

Beard Tonic:

BEARD TONIC (20$)

This woodsy smelling, moisturizing, and itch fighting tonic will help you tame anything from the budding beard to the well-established facial forest!

In a sleek black-glass bottle, this tonic will serve your stubble well with the moisturizing power of avocado and camellia seed oil.

Regular application should help with dryness and—with time—help your beard become less coarse and wiry.

With bright uplifting notes from lavender and lime as well as the rustic scents of cedarwood and vetiver oils, you’ll smell as good as you look.

Last, but not least something for a relaxing soak…

Vanilla+Rose Bath Salts:

BATH SALTS: VANILLA + ROSE (32$)

Made with Himalayan pink salt, rose petals, and soothing essential oils these Bath salts will transport you to your own personal spa day!

You can trust that all of Urban Oreganic’s products come with all of the quality without the compromise.

Remember, when you use any of these products, they didn’t come off an industrial factory line, they were made with love. And with ingredients that are not only good for your body, but also responsible choices for our environment.

After all, taking care of our home here on earth may be the best kind of self-care.

Three: Practically Plastic Free

While the occasional product in the shop may have a plastic lid, sprayer head, or dropper, all of these are reusable, and many are recyclable.

Urban Organics has worked hard to eliminate plastic from as many of their products as they can, with many serving as alternatives to plastic products.

On top of that:

They pack all of their items without the use of things like bubble wrap or styrofoam and are protect them with things like recyclable shredded paper instead.

When I was first introduced to Urban Organics site, I found a number of items for sale that I didn’t even know existed so let me share a couple of those with you!

First up, the LastSwab:

Whether you are used to using disposable cotton swabs for make up applications or personal grooming there is a reusable zero-waste option for you, and you can find it right here at UO.

The sticks of cotton swabs are often made of plastic, couple this with the mass-produced cotton used in the buds and you have a less than ideal product.

With two kinds, one perfect for getting that annoying bit of moisture out of the arch of your ear after a shower, the other tapered for perfect application why not make this swab your LastSwab?

Next, up eco-friendly cosmetics!

UO carries several cosmetics that come in sustainable packaging including a bronzing serum, brow balm, liquid eyeliner, and lipsticks, not to mention adorable pouches to carry them all in!

Finally, the DIY Repurposing Kit:

At Urban Oreganics, they recognize that before turning to recycling to handle out waste products, we should always consider repurposing first!

That’s why they offer a couple of different options on their shop for reusing their glass jars.

Want a cute little candle?

Done! With the candle kit you will get everything you need to turn your old UO jar into a lavender, soy-wax candle.

Want an easy way to label your old jars?

Done! Get a pack of chalkboard labels and the chalk pen for the many future lives of your jar.

Final thoughts:

If it isn’t easy to see why I am loving this shop so much, it may be time for you to take a look for yourself!

There are so many awesome products that I didn’t have time to include in this feature—that I guarantee you will fall in love with—over at Urban Oreganics. There is definitely something for everyone with the wide range hair, body, grooming, personal hygiene, and self-care items.

But my admiration for UO goes further than just that

I can’t tell you how much I love seeing companies strive to make awesome stuff without plastic. It has always been my belief that our creativity as people, to find new ways to do things, was the best way forward regarding the problem of plastic waste.

The reality is that we have created so many of these problems for ourselves as humans.

Many of the products that use plastics, that use artificial ingredients, are products we never needed in the past. It isn’t realistic to ask everyone to give up using the things they love in their everyday lives.

That’s where companies like Urban Oreganics come in!

By reverse engineering, safer, more sustainable, higher quality, versions of the things we know and love, they are helping to shift the tide.

To not only be looking out for the health of their customers, but also the health of the planet, is something we should all admire.

Sustainable Toothbrush [Find Out My Favorite One]

Sustainable toothbrush – check out this article to find out my favorite one!

Brushing your teeth is a small, but important part of your daily routine. It removes plaque, fights gingivitis, and freshens your breath.

zero waste oral hygene

What if I told you that you that it could also combat climate change?

Okay, it may seem like a stretch, but trust me. The choice of what kind of products you use to take care of your dental health contributes to your environmental footprint.

Everything we consume has some sort of larger implication.

Get this:

Around one billion toothbrushes are sent to landfill each year in the United States of America.

plastic toothbrush

Most of these toothbrushes, if not all, are currently made from plastic. The production of plastic releases harmful toxins into our air and waterways. Plastic is generally a polluting material that takes forever to break down.

There is more:

You may be justifying your plastic toothbrush by saying, “Hey! It is recyclable.” Well, I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but more often times than not, your toothbrush actually can not be recycled. Here is why:

Many toothbrushes are designed with the human hand in mind. This means that they are ergonomic and have soft plastics where you hold it and hard plastic where you do not. This also means that it is composed of many different plastics that the recycling facility can not separate.

Do not worry:

sustainable toothbrush
EcoRoots Bamboo Toothbrush (14.90$)

Luckily, there are sustainable toothbrushes out there. By simply swapping out your plastic toothbrush for an alternative made from sustainable materials, you can do your part in fighting climate change.

It may seem too good to be true, but it really is that simple. Join me and check out these amazing sustainable products:

My Favorite Sustainable Toothbrush

Okay, my favorite toothbrush by far has to be Eco Roots Natural Toothbrush Set. With a bamboo handle and a minimalist design, this toothbrush has quickly become one of my favorites.

sustainable toothbrush
EcoRoots Bamboo Toothbrush Set of 4 (14.90$)

Here is why:

First off, I love the functionality of this zero waste toothbrush.

The bristles are so soft and it always does a great job at cleaning my teeth everyday. The handle is also very light and easy to hold. It works just as good, if not better than my old plastic toothbrush!

I love that it is made of bamboo. Bamboo is a great sustainable material. It is quickly regenerative, meaning it grows super fast. The production of bamboo also does not require a lot of irrigation or any pesticides.

There is more:

This renewing resource is also anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. It makes perfect sense to have this as a toothbrush material because it will stay fresh and clean. It also biodegrades!

Listen to this:

Once your toothbrush become old and worn, do not throw it into the trash! Instead, remove the nylon bristles by cutting them off and throw the handle into your compost bin. It will biodegrade within just a few months.

biodegradable toothbrush

Think about it:

Compare this breakdown time to the centuries a plastic toothbrush will take to break down in the landfill! It is so much faster!

Remember:

The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months, and this toothbrush is no exception. We are all for reusing things, but a toothbrush is one of those things that just has to be replaced every now and then.

sustainable toothbrush
EcoRoots Bamboo Toothbrush (14.90$)

It gets better:

Not only are the materials of this toothbrush sustainable, they are also ethically sourced. This sustainable toothbrush is also vegan, plastic-free, BPA-free, and non-toxic. I love it!

The toothbrushes are packaged in a cardboard box which can either be recycled or composted. This is a true zero waste toothbrush!

No sneaky plastic packaging here.

I really love that this product is sold in a pack of four. If you are buying it for yourself, you are basically set for a year. It also is great for an entire household, so you and your family can make the sustainable toothbrush switch together.

zero waste packaging
EcoRoots Bamboo Toothbrush Set of 4 (14.90)

By being a bulk set, it ends up being so affordable! Each toothbrush comes out to be a little less than $4, which really is not that bad. This price is comparable to the toothbrushes you would find in your local convenience store.

There’s more:

I also think that buying repeat buys in bulk help saves on transportation emissions.

Think about it:

If you try this toothbrush and love it, you will keep ordering it. Instead of using the resources and energy to send you one each time, you can bulk up with a set of four. It just makes more sense in my head.

While we are on the topic of transportation, let me talk a little about Eco Root’s amazing shipping promises.

Let’s get into it:

Eco Roots will not use any plastic while shipping your order. All shipping materials are recyclable or compostable. This includes using cardboard boxes, craft paper tape, and recycled paper.

Once you open your order, be sure to properly sort and dispose of your packing materials. Please do not send anything to the landfill!

sustainable toothbrush
Zero Waste Toothbrush (14.90$)

This sustainable toothbrush is such an easy swap. I always recommend it to anyone who is just hopping on to the zero waste train or simply wants to live more sustainable. It is such a zero waste staple.

Since there is no color or anything that is very stylistic about this toothbrush, it is really universal. I think everyone would love it no matter who they are! It’s minimal, classic design really speaks for itself.

The bamboo toothbrush also makes a great gift. If you want your family or friends to adopt more sustainable living practices, this would be a great starting point for them. I think the bamboo toothbrush craze is just beginning. We need to spread the word!

All in all, I love this sustainable toothbrush because it is eco-friendly, ergonomic, affordable, and stylish. This is one of my staples in my zero waste daily kit. Try it out for yourself!

A sustainable toothbrush is just the start when it comes to your zero waste dental care. There are various sustainable flosses, mouthwashes, and toothpastes, too!

Zero Waste Floss Alternative

We have already established that brushing your teeth is integral, but do not forget to floss either! Majority of the flosses on the market are made from plastic and have plastic packaging. That is a thing from the past!

Check this out:

Eco Roots carries the most awesome zero waste floss out there. Here is the deal:

zero waste floss
Vegan Floss (9.99$)

This floss is made from biodegradable bamboo fiber! That means that after use, the strands of floss can go straight into your compost bin or be buried into the soil. It will break down within 60-90 days.

zero waste floss

Isn’t that cool?

Unlike some other sustainable flosses that I have seen out there that are made from silk, this one is plant-fiber based, so it is vegan and cruelty-free. The bamboo fibers that are used are certified organic and infused with activated charcoal.

It gets better:

The packaging is also plastic-free. The floss is housed in a glass container with a metal lid. This packaging can be recycled, but there’s an even better option out there: it is reusable!

Eco Roots also carries refill packs so you can easily pop a new floss into the container. This completely eliminates the need for single-use plastic packaging. It is great!

zero waste floss

The glass container of floss comes packaged in a recycled cardboard box. It can either be recycled or composted. See? Zero waste flossing made easy!

There also are no preservatives or colorings added to this floss. Tea Tree and Peppermint oils are added to make the product antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. It works so great on my teeth and I’m sure you will love it, too!

You use it just like any other floss. Wrap it around your fingers and floss it in between your teeth in order to remove plaque.

I hope you think about trying this lovely zero waste floss!

Coming Together to Stop the Plastic Crisis

If everyone in this country swapped their plastic toothbrush with a compostable one, we would save 50 million pounds of plastic waste from going to landfill annually. That is extremely significant!

Landfill waste has a direct correlation to climate change. Decomposing waste in a landfill creates greenhouse gases since it is not the right environment for matter to break down. These gases are responsible for melting the ice caps, causing extreme weather events, and mass extinctions.

If you care about the future of this planet for generations to come, I urge you to take action. By making conscious decisions about our consumption habits, we all can be stewards of the Earth and make a difference.

sustainable toothbrush

A toothbrush may seem like an insignificant, cheap product, but when you really think about it, they are ubiquitous. It is such an easy thing that we can change that can have a large positive impact on fighting waste.

I urge you to try this amazing product and if you like it, tell others! We need everyone we can get to spread awareness around these issues. Maybe a sustainable toothbrush is just the start of the journey.

Next it could be zero waste floss, mouthwash, or toothpaste! Once you have your dental care down, you can move onto shampoo bars.

The list of swaps to make and work to do is endless, but obtainable.

sustainable toothbrush

We will move towards a zero waste society by coming together and taking small actions. These actions will domino effect each other and sooner or later, we will all be living sustainably!

Let’s do it!

Everlane Jeans Review & Info About This Brand

Everlane Jeans Review and everything you need to know about this brand.

After watching The True Cost, a fashion documentary my lifestyle was turned upside down.

The movie was a brilliant exposé on how the fashion industry is wreaking havoc on earth. Since I awoke to the horrors of the fast fashion, I altered my mentality about shopping. No longer do I feel the need to keep up with the latest trends.

With this change of mind, I am a conscious consumer.

In my quest for sustainable apparel I found Everlane! They are a slow fashion brand that makes my purchase easy and ethical.

I stumbled upon some great finds that I simply must share in my Everlane Jeans Review below. 

Fast Fashion Waste

I’ll be the first to admit that fast fashion brands like Zara, H&M, and Target were a simple solution for my personal style. They offered a robust inventory of up-to-the-minute items I had to have.

Cheap too—that is how they reel you in. Big brands like these fail at sustainability in so many ways.

A report states the fashion industry is the 1/6th largest contributor to climate change. The factory workers suffer because of a massive increase in the amount of clothes being purchase and quickly tossed.

Read this to know more about fast fashion!

Water, the elixir of…fashion?

20% of global water goes down the drain from clothing manufacturing.

Water is used to make jeans and dye textiles. Pollution is rampant from toxic dyes and the clothing fibers that permeate into the water system.

The amount of water wasted could service entire populations. In many cases drinking water is diverted from communities to serve factories.

Textile Destruction

Plants are grown in the agricultural sector to make fabric.

Genetically modified seeds are favored due to high yields and a resistance to pests.

High yields contribute to over farming soil of vital nutrients, leading to unusable land. Pest resistant seed forces something unnatural to grow in our world.

Pests form intolerance to the plants and become super bugs, having a long-term effect on farming.

These plants are then harvested and shipped off to textile manufacturing companies who weave it into clothing fiber, adding synthetic plastic fibers for durability.

Artificial fibers are petroleum-based.

The end game is an article of clothing raping the ecosystem and is near impossible to recycle.

The Human Factor

Aside from the environmental factors, labor is an issue. The bottom line is pressured to make clothing at an alarmingly high rate. This is to feed incessant fashion seasons and new collections.

Major fast fashion chains sell clothing at a low cost to the consumer while expecting high company profits. They often pay mere pennies to the people making clothes. In order to make this business model work, fast fashion brands outsource to third world countries.

Buildings are unsuitable, hours are long, and pay is low. The practice is just shy of being slave labor

My Everlane Jeans Review

Empowerment comes from having a personal style that is eco-friendly.

No more guilt, just appreciation for everything I own.

I delight in finding closet staples that tell a story before they reach my hands. Better than having blood on my hands. I like to follow a couple self-guidelines.

I ask myself these three questions when shopping:

Is it sustainable and ethical? Who made it? How long will it last?

Everlane hit the mark on all of them.

Everlane Pants

Read on to see my top three pairs of Everlane pants.

Ethical Clothing Brand – The Myth, Magic, and Legend

Everlane is changing the fashion world.

Their mission is simple: ethical clothing, made from premium materials, and radical transparency.

What does this mean?

Customers can rest at night knowing their fashion choices are made in vetted factories. Each item in their store lists a factory of origin.

The clothing is meant to last, decades in fact. They want to curb customers from fast fashion. Each item comes with a cost/profit breakdown for shoppers.

The Factory

Ethical factories really get all the shine at Everlane.

They perform stringent audits and require factories to score 90+ to be part of the family. Accountability is the main priority.

The brand is sure that each factory provides fair wages, reasonable hours, and good working conditions. These are basic labor rights the U.S. passed dating back to the 1930’s. Why wouldn’t we expect the same rights for the people who make our clothes?

For Example

Since this is an Everlane jeans review, I wanted to dig up some dirt on the production line.

The bad news, no dirt, the great news, this brand has some amazing partnerships.

I was able to go directly to the denim source.

Their jeans are made at Saitex International in Bien Ho Vietnam. This factory is leading the way for sustainable apparel manufacturing.

How they reduce, reuse, and recycle water during their entire process is revolutionary.

By collecting rainwater they are able to get water with limited impact on neighboring waterways. The machines they use to wash the jeans are atypical in the industry. It is normal to see “Belly” machines in the denim industry that waste 1500 liters per pair of jeans.

Saitex machines are a closed water system where only .4 liters of water are lost.

After use, they filter out jean fiber sludge and any other pollutants. The clean water is sent back into the community. The jean sludge is given to a nearby brick company used to construct homes. This is just one example of the Everlane sponsored factories.

If you want to learn about each factory in their registrar go here.

There is more

Everlane is people-centric. Here is why I made this Everlane Jeans Review.

Sizing is inclusive and made to fit every body.

Everlane Pants

The models are all shapes, sizes, colors, genders, etc.

Currently, they are working towards greater web accessibility. They want to ensure that all people can search and find their products. By 2020 the site will be available to those with disabilities, so everyone can join the fashion party.

Much much more

Everlane is encouraging slow fashion and high morale. Black Friday is a day that fast fashion brands thrive on. On one side of the spectrum slow fashion companies are banning Black Friday sales, opting for a closed store. Everlane decided there is a lot of money to be made here.

Why not put it to good use?

They donate ALL profits from Black Friday directly to factory workers. They initiated the Black Friday Fund to improve the lives of the people that make this company so great.

My Top Three Pairs of Pants

  1. Corderoy Straight Leg – White

These are my go-to cords when the seasons change.

I was in need of something thicker than jeans. Rocky mountain winters can freeze a girl. So when the weatherman calls for bone chilling winds, I shimmy these on.

They are high-rise and cropped. I feel like I popped out of a movie with Audrey Hepburn. I like to pair them with flats, or tennis, and a sweater for a casual look. Or I can dress them up with ankle boots and a button up top. They are so soft in feel and color.

Oh my! The neutral white allows me to mix and match light or rich hues. The coolest feature, their transparent pricing.

These corduroys cost $25 to make. Customer pricing is set at $78.

I feel satisfied knowing that the people making the pants aren’t getting a raw deal.

2. The High Rise Skinny Jean – White

I love these jeans. I just bought them in white.

Be aware they are a slim fit, but my booty looks so good.

For $68 these jeans contour my lumps and bumps. I feel glorious in white. I break the rules and wear them year round. I bring these jeans with me when I travel because they are so versatile.

They can be dressed up or down. A little game I like to play with myself (and I always win) is transitioning these jeans from coffee to cocktails. With quick changes during the day, I create stress-free outfits.

The denim has a quality thickness to it. I am so excited to have these in my closet for the years to come.

3. Wide Leg Crop Pant – Black

Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pant – Black (68$)

This brings me to my third purchase. I went out on a whim and bought a style I do not normally go for. Wide leg crop pants.

I was worried they would be unflattering. Not at all the case. The pants are just the right touch for meetings.

They give off an effortless yet sophisticated vibe in the office. I glide through the day, something that is needed for stressful deadlines. These pants remind me to let loose, and go with the flow. Every girl has a little sailor in her.

Everlane for life

They set the bar when it comes to ethical factories.

They are a slow fashion brand focused on clothing meant to last. Their radical transparency method tells their truth.

I love that what I am buying will live in my closet for the long haul, not just a season. I side with brands that care about the world, and this one does.

Vapour Organic Beauty: My Review

Vapour Organic Beauty – my full review on this brand!

Have you ever thought about the sustainability of your beauty regime?

Ever looked at the powder you are ready to dust on your face and asked, “What is this?” If you have great! If not, don’t be down about it. Ideally, cosmetics should not have to be something we question.

However the beauty industry has some really nasty habits beneath the glam. Fortunately there are many clean beauty companies coming into view.

Vapour Organic Beauty is the one I am buzzing about. They turned my world green, with an all-natural, organic beauty line. The products are top notch.

vapour organic beauty
Vapour Organic Beauty (25$)

I feel good, I look good, and mother earth is happy too.

Dirty Secrets

The beauty industry rakes in about $500 billion per year globally.

Ads market products through visuals of striking models, in elegant poses, leading luxury lifestyles.

This lucid dream disappears once you break the seal. From conception to sales counter, products plague the environment.

Plastic is used reprehensibly; water sources are drained; ingredients are synthetic, cause horrible health effects, are tested on animals, and lethal to the ecosystem.

Read more about the beauty industry’s dirty laundry here.

Beauty Industry Plastic Waste

120 billion—with a Bunits of packaging are created in the cosmetic industry each year.

A third of the plastic in the landfill is credited to the beauty industry!

beauty industry

Why? Package design holds one clue. Intriguing branding has a role in cosmetic sales.

Consumers often make purchases based on the outside vs. the inside.

Not to mention, mechanics are a factor. Many products are portioned into tiny devices.

Single-use plastics or mixed component containers are usually the go-to.

A large majority, are not recycled.

There is plastic in products as well, micro beads and glitter dominate the beauty industry. Often these tiny pieces infiltrate our water systems and sadly the ocean.

Thankfully legislation to ban their use is gaining speed.

Read here to know more about plastic waste in the beauty industry.

The Big Blue

There is a problem of water. Water is the number one ingredient in products.

After World War II, products were designed to be drain friendly. Water is used throughout the entire process of production from harnessing ingredients to texture purposes.

The demand for water could soon outweigh the supply.

This is especially true in drought prone nations where many ingredients are sourced.

More Issues

In case you are not aware, the beauty industry likes to scent products artificially. Perfume ingredients are highly toxic and have been known to be the underlying cause for a variety of diseases.

vapour organic beauty

It is nice to smell good, but do not kill yourself for it. Scented products pollute our air with toxic VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds).

A recent study discovered chemicals used for fragrance, are just as detrimental to air quality as car emissions.

Skin Deep

Beauty products are used on our bodies, absorbed into our system. It is startling to know that some of the most popular ingredients are toxic. To name a few: phthalates, lead, parabens, peg compounds, butylated compounds, carbon black, siloxanes, etc.

Do you know what they do?

vapour organic beauty

These ingredients take no issue in penetrating your skin and wreaking havoc. Many mess with hormones, cause allergies and affect organ development.

Here is more about the damaging effects of these ingredients.

Safety first, last, and always with organic beauty

Need help finding safe beauty products, but don’t have time to research? Curious about what exactly is swimming around in those bottles?

Get the Think Dirty app.

You can scan barcodes on products at the store, to see what is beneath the veil.

They have a rating system from 0-10 (safe to dangerous) for all products in their library. They list the ingredients, side effects, and have articles and studies to back up the ratings.

You can add new products too, their archives are always expanding. Keep track of your favorite clean beauty products in your “bathroom.”

Bonus you can go social and spy on other bathrooms.

I try to keep my bathroom rating at a 3. One day I will get to 0.

Clean with Vapour Oragnic Beauty

Sustainability measures the impact of the end-to-end process of a product. Co-Founders Krysia Boinis and Kristine Keheley get this right with Vapour Organic Beauty.

vapour organic beauty

They came together, to reveal natural beauty within and around us. The company hails from Taos, New Mexico. The high desert valley inspires a wild nature to their line.

This cosmetic company has built a reputation for clean beauty products.

They are taking the industry by storm with honorable mentions from Elle and Allure. But beyond the chatter, the products are good.

They take business transparency seriously. As a customer visiting their site, I always feel clear about what I am buying.

The brand upholds integrity in the supply chain with ingredient purity. Most of all they have set a high standard of health and sustainability for the environment.

Values and morals are everything

  • Ingredient Purity

Vapour is selective when it comes to ingredients.

They retain “Champion Safety Status” from the Environmental Working Group and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

The entire lifecycle of an ingredient is scrutinized. This ensures it is supportive in the ecosystem.

Everything is natural and organic. The company is no friend to pesticides and agricultural woes suffered by such use. Farming these ingredients needs to be nurturing for local wildlife.

And of course, farmers should be healthy cultivating the ingredients.

What’s not in these products?!

There are NO artificial fragrances.

Vapour Organic Beauty gets those olfactory senses going with pure essential oils and natural fruit flavors.

Next, these products do NOT contain synthetic FD&C and Lake colorants. These are petroleum-based pigments that may contain coal, tar or heavy metals.

They have been known to contribute to cancer. NO carcinogens here! Vapour has opted to use mineral pigments and carmine for radiant hues.

  • Performance  

When clean beauty lines came into the game, products could not stand next to conventional make-up. Often products would fade fast. Colors were not as vibrant.

Your make-up would not last a full day. Reapplication was vital. Products had a tendency to dry skin out.

vapour organic beauty

Vapour Organic Beauty is revolutionizing clean beauty because they are steadfast about performance.

The make-up is lightweight, and the colors flawless.

Due to purity of the ingredients you are not just putting a make-up on. It is beneficial for the skin, nourishing from the inside out.  

  • Transparency

Do not let the beauty industry fool you. As discussed earlier some of the prettiest things are the ugliest.

This company does not hide anything. They have achieved a high quality product, from pure ingredients that they dare to show off. Hop over to the website to see this handy dandy ingredient glossary.

  • Environmental Respect

Currently they are set at 50% renewable energy.

Soon, by 2022 it will be 100%.

If that is not enough, this company is close to waterless.

97% of their products are made WITHOUT water.

Since so much inspiration is derived from the stunning desert landscape, Vapour has no intention of tainting it.

  • Recycling

They tout a wonderful recycling program.

vapour organic beauty

Vapour Organic Beauty has partnered with Terra-Cycle a company that accepts ALL types of used plastic containers to re-purpose. Send back your empties to Vapour.

They are happy to give you a $15 credit for their store.

  • Cruelty-Free

These products are never tested on animals. They do not sell to countries that require animal testing.

vapour organic beauty

They are classified as a Leaping Bunny, or rather a certified cruelty-free brand.

  • Giving Back

Both founders have been affected by cancer. So, product donations, to cancer patients undergoing treatment, bring light in such a dark hour.

This year they have picked up a few more charities.  

Products go to breast cancer survivors of the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation and the Lipstick Angels a group that provides bedside beauty services to seriously ill cancer patients.

  • Packaging Journey

Vapour Organic Beauty is the first to admit they have a packaging dilemma. They are always open to improvement.

organic beauty

Any ideas? The founders have traveled around the world and experimented with different methods of packaging, landing with no clear answer. In the mean time they encourage recycling with Terra-Cycle.

My Top Vapour Organic Beauty Products

  1. Velvet Glow Foundation
vapour organic beauty
Vapour Organic Beauty Velvet Glow Foundation (48$)

I go out the door with this one. In the event that I wake up late, with no time to put my face on, this foundation is a life-saver.

It makes my skin feel soft, like a babies bum.

Probably because of the array of oils: Desert Date, Macadamia, Sweet Almond, and Jojoba. I swear it is not oily!

Some magic happens during application because it is a matte finish. A little goes a long way.

My beauty regime requires some layering and Velvet Glow is buildable without feeling cakey. The line has inclusive skin tones for all beauties. The website has high quality pictures, to find the right match.

The mineral pigments highlight my natural undertones. I never feel like I am wearing a mask, it is all me.

2. Highlight Stick

vapour organic beauty
Vapour Organic Beauty Illusionist Concealer (25$)

This stick makes me shine so bright. Conditioning with avocado and jojoba oils. Orange peel wax makes it last all day.

Which is good because I like to highlight like I am fresh out of a moon bath. I bet that is why they named it Moonlight. It is a nice light gold with the perfect iridescence that says, “pardon me, forest tree nymph dancing through.” Best part, NO GLITTER!

3. High-Voltage Lipstick

vapour organic beauty
Vapour Organic Beauty Lipstick (25$)

It is startling to think there are so many artificial colors in lipstick. Once I realized everything I was putting on my mouth, I started to think less of myself.

Those intense pigments can be addicting, but I refuse to put my health at risk for lip shade. For my vogue statements during the week, I decided to give these eco-friendly lipsticks a try. Blaze is the perfect desert red.

vapour organic beauty

A poppy color, with a matte finish. It conveys all the punch with no added muck.

Beauty that makes you truly feel good

The beauty industry is part of the environmental crises. They are at a crossroads and a drastic change is needed.

We as the consumer need to be part of that conversation. You, me, us can dictate which way the market goes.

Every purchase holds power.

vapour organic beauty

Awareness and integration of better living practices have a grand effect on the current state of affairs.

Kristine Keheley from Vapour put it wonderfully “…if each of us finds our own small way to contribute to making the world a little cleaner and more conscious, then all of those small acts move the needle and the world is made better.”

With Vapour Organic Beauty I know that what I am using is made from the earth. When I wash it off, it is going back without any injury.

Ready to give clean beauty a go?