Making eco-friendly buying decisions is a matter of survival these days. Yet, as a 21st-century woman, it’s can be difficult to find the time to check that your daily choices are the right ones.
Now you don’t have to. We’ve done the research for you and found a selection of eco-conscious fashion and beauty choices that will have your friends and colleagues going green with envy.
Here’s your shortcut to looking stylish from head to toe with eco-friendly products.
1. Eco-Friendly Products for Your Face and Body
Get your day off to an eco-friendly start with environment-friendly cosmetics. Lush Cosmetics produces an incredible range of hand-made beauty basics crafted with the planet in mind.
Packaging is down to a bare minimum on their range of shampoos, bath bombs, massage bars, and fragrances. If you buy earth-friendly products from them and it does have packaging, you get free stuff when you bring the package back.
It’s a wonderful win-win opportunity for you and Mother Nature.
2. Putting On the Glitz
Every working woman knows that lipstick equals power.
One of the most environmentally friendly products on the market today is the range of lipsticks by Axiology. These little power packs are organic, non-toxic and cruelty-free.
Thanks to the goodness of avocado and coconut oil, they glide on a treat and are the ultimate pick-me-up for your look. Keep a lookout for more products from this fashion-forward brand.
3. An Eco-Friendly Fix
If you need a cup of the finest Java to look and feel your best, head for your nearest Keurig outlet.
Despite a shaky start, Keurig now leads the pack when it comes to green coffee culture.
Keurig is fast on track to their target of harvesting 100% sustainable coffee and deeply involved in improving the lives of coffee growers all over the world.
By the end of 2018, every single K-cup pod will be 100% recyclable, they’ve already reduced their waste-to-landfill percentage to 2%, and are able to restore all of the water used in their operations.
As 2020 rolls around, Keurig expects to be a 100% environmentally friendly brand, and they’re almost there already.
4. Fashionably Green
Dressing responsibly doesn’t mean you need to walk around in a paper bag.
There are a surprising amount of fashion houses obsessed with producing environmentally sustainable merchandise.
Over 80% of the vintage-inspired garments produced by Alternative Apparel are sustainably manufactured.
Low-impact dyes, water-conserving washes and organic, recycled materials are what it’s all about.
Armour Vert prides itself on a zero-waste philosophy and the use of sustainable fabrics and non-toxic dyes.
This clothing brand focusses on classic staples, power dresses, and knits to suit every working woman.
H&M keeps coming up with new ideas to reuse waste for its Conscious Collection.
Their latest innovation involves using recycled metal to create silver accents in its fabrics as well as the use of ECONYL(R) made from 100% nylon waste.
DL 1961 has fine-tuned its denim production by using socially responsible suppliers and raw materials to decrease pollution. They are able to produce denim using half the water, energy and dye used in conventional methods.
The prAna range of clothing features all the latest sportswear trends and inspires an active, healthy lifestyle and bases all their production methods on green practices.
Materials are organic, recycled and sourced from traceable sustainable forests. They have also implemented polybag reduction processes and stringent fair trade policies.
Threads 4 Thought
Threads 4 Thought is one of the world’s most sustainable clothing brands and relies heavily on sustainably resourced materials.
Their Remade collection is specifically designed to reduce waste. The Buyback Guarantee on these items means you can return them for resale when you’re done with them.
5. Looking Great During Your Down Time
Patagonia is well-known as one of the world’s most sustainable companies.
While they may not 100% environmentally friendly yet, you’ve got to admire their efforts. You’ve got to admire their stylish range of outdoor gear too.
Patagonia is working hard to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in producing shells for their coats.
They also have a repair before you replace policy. Their repair centers are helping to reduce the carbon emissions caused by manufacturing new items.
To offset their less than 100% record in the meantime, Patagonia also makes huge financial contributions to those organizations working towards a greener planet.
6. Sustainable Socks
EcoSox is the perfect antidote for those days when global warming seems more like the return of the Ice Age. They’re perfect for keeping your toes warm on chilly winter days or for stepping out in nature on hikes and walks.
This innovative hosiery is woven from bamboo viscose fibers, to create a fabric that’s perfect for socks. It’s absorbent, durable and super comfortable.
Bamboo is 100% sustainable, grows fast and easily, and produces oxygen at a rate of knots.
7. Eco-Friendly Footwear
When you’re looking for earth-friendly products to put your funkily-outfitted feet into, there’s TOMS.
This footwear brand was born to be eco-friendly. It was set up by an entrepreneur hoping to make a difference in the lives of impoverished communities.
When Blake Mycoskie visited Argentina in 2006, he was shocked at the number of children whose families could not afford shoes for them.
While barefoot is a luxury we all enjoy, it’s less desirable in the heart of winter or while walking over rough terrain for miles at a time.
Since day one, every time a customer buys a pair of TOMS shoes, the company donates another pair to a needy child. So far, 60 million shoes have made their way to deserving little feet around the world.
What’s more, every single shoe and shoe box made by this company originates from totally sustainable and recyclable vegan-friendly materials. They look great too and come in ranges to suit every occasion for men, women, and children.
Today, TOMS has extended its charitable works to include eye services, clean drinking water, and safe birth kits.
The Bottom Line
Be like Blake.
Every little thing counts. Take small steps to make a big difference by sticking to eco-friendly products wherever you can.
Keep reading our blog for tips on how to live a healthier, happier and more responsible life.