April 22 is the day to celebrate our home, which is of course, our beloved planet earth! It nurtures us, houses us, and keeps us alive. Earth Day is widely recognized and celebrated around the globe as a day to raise awareness for climate-related causes, such as pollution, overconsumption, and climate change.
This is the perfect opportunity to reflect on things we can do as consumers to help alleviate these issues that affect all of us. Today we want to share with you a list of small businesses that have made sustainability part of their principles and strive to leave the world a better place.
Fashion & Accessories
Mestiza New York
Mestiza was founded by two friends with shared ties to the Philippines. They focus on slow fashion, crafting high-quality luxurygarmentsthat stand the test of time, adding polish and a bit of magic to your look, no matter the occasion. They encourage customers to covet each piece they purchase, wear it often and pass them down as heirlooms for years to come.
One big rule of sustainable fashion is to try to stay clear from the new ultra-fast trend cycles and focus on buying things that last a long time. BackBeat is an incredible option for people looking to shop trends but still want to avoid fast fashion companies. They use “Low Impact” Fabrics, which are either recycled or sustainably farmed.
Don’t forget about yours truly! MAIKA bags are sustainably made with recycled canvas and thoughtfully designed with features that fit seamlessly into our busy lifestyles. The best part is that our bags are designed with love in Oakland, CA, and each quarter, a portion of the proceeds is dedicated to charitable organizations that speak to our hearts.
Looking for your next extra comfy set for lounging at home?Miakodais an eco-friendly and ethically made comfy clothing company that uses exclusively plant-based materials. They pride themselves on making clothing that is super soft, super cozy, and super comfortable due to the use of fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo, and soy.
Femly is an ethical and sustainable brand that sells period products that are made from 100% certified organic cotton and other materials that are free from harsh toxins. They have changed the lives of over 25,000 people and also stock restrooms with free period care at locations around the country.
ADORAtherapy was founded upon the belief that Mother Earth’s abundant resources offer the ability to transform the human experience. They offer essential oil fragrances that are handmade, organic, vegan and cruelty-free!
Terra Beauty Products was founded by 3 LatinX sisters and their mother in Boca Raton, Florida. Inspired by their family’s generational farm-living in Brazil, entrepreneurial grit, and love for plant-based beauty products, they formulate and manufacture skin and nail products that blend wellness, efficacy, simplicity, innovation, and clean formulas.
Healthy snacks are a great idea for incorporating healthier foods into everyday life, but not all healthy or natural snacks are as delicious as their counterparts. NUMA is a healthy snacks brand run by a mother-daughter duo that creates snack alternatives. They reuse two of the world's largest sources of food waste - broken grains and dairy powders, making yummysnacks that are inspired by traditional Asian recipes.
Sun & Swell
Sun & Swell started from a desire to make it easier for people to eat more whole, real foods. They provide delicious, healthy, plant-based foods that are free from heavy processing and harmful ingredients and are beautifully packaged in 100% compostable packaging!
Fab Habitat produces durable and stylish home accessories made from recycled plastic. Each product is designed to put up with the wear and tear of children, pets, shoes, and everyday life so it can last a lifetime. A great place to shop if you are thinking of taking your home decor up a notch in an eco-friendly way!
Nature Bee provides a simple alternative to plastic wrap with their beeswax wraps, encouraging others to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics. They are passionate about making durable, convenient, and fun wraps that will bring color to your kitchen and help reduce plastic waste from entering landfills and oceans.
Made Trade makes it simple to shop for ethical and sustainable home decor, furniture, and many other things. They carefully hand select every item to ensure it meets their standards for equity and sustainability, looking for things such as quality craftsmanship, sustainable materials, and transparency as opposed to mass production and mindless consumption.
Who Gives a Crap
Have you ever thought about the amount of paper that is used to produce toilet paper for 7 billion people? Well, actually more like 5 billion since around 2 billion people don't have access to TP. Something so mundane can have such a big impact if we put some effort into it. Who Gives a Crap is an Australian brand that sells 100% recycled and 100% bamboo toilet paper and donates 50% of our profits to ensure everyone has access to clean water and toilets.
Another item that you are bound to run into if you are looking to create a more sustainable kitchen is a Swedish dishcloth. Each one can replace up to 17 rolls of paper towels and doesn’t fall apart when faced with vigorous scrubbing. There are many options out there but for a festive alternative, check out Three Bluebirds.
Do you shop from sustainable businesses?
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