Today is Earth Day, so I figured I’d do a special post to mark the occasion. With Mother’s Day slowly getting closer, day-by-day, hopefully these websites give you some ideas for gifts for the special people in your life you want to honor with gifts.
I always feel best when I make purchases that reflect my values. I want to support companies who are making an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle… in that order! So let’s talk about some of my favorite eco-friendly brands.
Did you know that the fashion industry is responsible for twenty-percent of all water pollution in rivers & lakes? Did you know that, to make one sports bra, more than thirty gallons of drinking water are used in the dying process? (That’s more than enough drinking water for an entire month.) Did you know that to grow cotton for just one t-shirt, four-hundred gallons of water are required? Some say that the fashion industry should be renamed the thirsty industry.
Meet Naja, a company that changes that by not using dyed textiles, but by digitally printing patterns on active-wear, swimwear, and lingerie. Whenever possible, Naja also incorporates fabrics made from recycled plastic water bottles to help reduce plastic waste.
Naja employs at-risk women–single mothers and female heads of household–and pays them an above-market wage to help them support their families. Not only is shopping at Naja good for the environment, it’s good for women everywhere.
Use my link to place your first order and I’ll earn points and you will, too!
H & M
Did you know that you can take your used clothes to H & M and they will recycle your unwanted textiles and clothing? H & M accepts jeans, t-shirts, fabrics, etc., and it doesn’t have to have originated from their store. In thanks to you for helping them close the loop on fast-fashion and make the fashion industry more stable, H & M will give you a 15% off coupon to use for your next order. Make sure to check out H & M’s Conscious line of clothing. They have jeans, t-shirts, blouses, jackets, dresses, shorts, overalls, cardigans, panties, shoes, bras, sweaters, hoodies… you name it, they have it! Check out the women’s line here. Their men’s line also includes polos, boxers, undershirts, ribbed tanks, athletic sports shirts, Oxford button-ups, suit pants, and scarves. Check it out here.
Lily Bloom makes hand bags, purses, cosmetic pouches, hobo bags, wallets, and luggage pieces of all shapes and sizes with fabric woven from recycled plastic water bottle fibers. They make recycling look cute! You can find Lily Bloom online at Amazon, or you can find them in stores such as Belk, Sears, Marshalls, T J Maxx, and I’ve even seen some purses at Meijer.
I have seen quite a few comments online complaining about Lily Bloom’s quality. I have not had any issues with my bag, and it has travelled with me on road trips (mostly back and forth between Michigan and Pennsylvania) but also through two air travel excursions, one domestic to Florida and one international to Korea. There are no tears, rips, non-working zippers, or any other problems described by other reviewers.
Next in my line-up of favorite eco-brands is Rothy’s. Rothy’s are women’s shoes made from… plastic water bottles! Rothy’s has (to date) reused over nine million plastic water bottles. The plastic water bottles are put into machines and the plastic is turned into a fibrous thread, which is then wound into spools and 3D knit into the shoe’s upper and lining pieces. A light-weight rubber sole is attached. Trust me: you’ll be as comfortable as if you were bare-foot.
Rothy’s are light-weight, great for summer, breathable, and 100% Mother-Nature approved. Oh, and easy to wash!! I have always struggled with perpetually sweaty feet. The wonderful thing about Rothy’s is I can spray them with water or a deodorizer as often as I need to.
Rothy’s come in ballet flats with rounded or pointed toe flats. They have loads of colors and patterns to chose from: everything from solid black to camo to stripes to leopard print. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find them also made in a loafer style. These are limited release. Loafers were recently released but sold out quickly.
If you’re sold, feel free to use my referral link! You’ll get $20.00 off your first purchase, and I’ll get $20.00 of my next one!
Mill Creek Botanicals
Several years ago, I developed a sudden intolerance to shampoo products I had been using for years. My scalp was oily and big, flaky, gross patches of dandruff constantly littered my shoulders. I tried all sorts of things. I tried going no-‘poo. I tried castile soap. I tried conditioner only. I tried switching to a few other brands. And then, one day, out of desperation, when placing an order for vitamins, I decided to just add a bottle of Mill Creek Botanicals to my cart to give it a try.
Gone was the dandruff. Gone was the painful, itchy, burning scalp. I have been a convert ever since.
Now, here’s the caveat. Everyone’s hair and skin are different.
What worked for me might not work for you.
To me, the benefits are not only healthier hair, scalp, and using an organic brand, but I also only have to wash my hair about once a week (usually once every six days is better for me than once every seven).
You can find Mill Creek Botanicals for sale at GNC and The Vitamin Shoppe, or online at Vitacost.com. They have a variety of scents and blends. I usually go for the Biotin formula. It has a very light peppermint fragrance that helps invigorate me in the morning.
I hope you enjoyed this special post! Please leave me a comment with your favorite brands who are leading the way in the green movement, too!