There’s nothing quite like that feeling you get when you stumble across a brand-new, good-for-you product that you love. Except, of course, for when you discover that the can’t-live-without item is equally good for the planet!
Following are eight amazing eco-friendly products you can feel good about adding to your shopping list:
These rich, chocolatey bars contain moringa, which provides all nine essential amino acids (and is more nutrients than kale!). But what’s even better is that Kuli Kuli has provided over $1.5 million to “women-led farming cooperatives, nonprofits and family farmers” to date. The company, which has planted in excess of 1,000,000 moringa trees, aims “to improve nutrition and livelihoods worldwide” by creating an international market for moringa and a sustainable livelihood for their farmers.
The folks at Alter Eco sure know how to make one heck of a tasty chocolate bar—and a difference in the world. They work directly with the small-scale farmers who grow their ingredients and help them institute organic and Fair Trade practices. In short, they’re helping the farmers improve the quality of their food and lives by implementing “a system that benefits everyone involved.” As if that isn’t impressive enough, Alter Eco is a GHG Protocol 3 Carbon Zero business, which means they offset more carbon than they emit. A win for your taste buds and Mother Earth!
Nature’s Path is well known for its belief that everyone “has the right to quality organic food.” That’s why the company goes above and beyond, supporting urban gardening projects and donating $2 million in food to those in need annually. In addition, Nature’s Path aids organizations that protect endangered species and their habitats. Plus, the gluten-free, wheat-free, lightly sweetened corn and rice cereal is truly a satisfying way to start your day!
Sure, there are many products designed to rid your makeup brushes of caked-on cosmetics, oil and impurities. But this hypoallergenic brush shampoo not only gets a big thumbs up from dermatologists, it can help “give you a smoother makeup application.” And the company behind it, Eco Tools, sources recycled materials and renewable bamboo. Better still, it’s pledged to donate $100,000 to Glamour’s The Girl Project via its #MyTrueBeauty campaign, which “supports women’s empowerment and encourages women to become the best version of themselves.” Now that’s a cause you can get behind!
Cheers to helping eliminate the harmful effects of plastics “on nature and its ecosystems!” These stylish, biodegradable goblets are heat resistant, dishwasher safe and BPA free. And EcoSoulLife is a company worth supporting. It helps farmers “repurpose agricultural waste,” researches improved manufacturing methods and materials to reduce its environmental footprint and works to “protect our ecosystems from poisonous debris, our landfills from harmful waste and to help keep our families away from toxic contaminants.”
Not all floor cleaners are created equal. Case in point, this powerful one contains “family safe, Earth-friendly ingredients,” like natural plant extracts, and a pleasant citrus scent your entire household will love. Another reason to choose Eco-Me products: The company repurposes its drums “throughout the community as rain capture and compost containers” and gives to an array of worthwhile causes, including the Breast Cancer Fund and The Humane Society, among others.
Chances are, you’ve heard of Mrs. Meyer’s “fresh and clean approach” to household products. This all-natural, cruelty-free liquid hand soap boasts a biodegradable container and a tart, sweet fragrance that “makes chores as easy as pie!” The company is heralded for its passion for the environment and “commitment to improving the earth one flower, plant and tree at a time” through its various partnerships, campaigns, volunteer efforts and donations.
Say so long to dryer sheets and hello to wool dryer balls from happy, healthy, well-cared for sheep from New Zealand! Not only is the team at Eco Nuts known for its “nontoxic organic cleaners in sustainable packaging,” they create jobs for the people of Nepal, including many women, and pride themselves on their “strong business relationship with Nepal, as it contributes to restoring their infrastructure and rebuilding after their devastating earthquake in April 2015.” Not baaaaad at all!