Earth-Friendly Gear You Can Feel Good About Buying
Some cut down on waste. Some funnel proceeds to environmental organizations. Some are green literally and figuratively.
Sustainability is becoming less of a buzz word and more of the norm—a greater number of companies than ever before are using organic cotton and responsible down and wool, removing harmful PFCs from their DWR finishes, and building accessories out of fabric scraps that would otherwise go to waste. All of this means there are more products for the eco-conscious customer to choose from. And with Earth Day coming up, there’s no reason not to go green.
Jaybird Earth Day Run Earphones ($180)
For Earth Day, Jaybird is releasing a limited special edition of its wireless Bluetooth Run earphones. Ten percent of proceeds from the lime-green buds will go to the Conservation Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting wild areas. (Plus, Jaybird will donate 10 percent of all of its Earth Day sales to the organization.) These earphones are ideal for long days on the go—living up to the advertised four-hour battery life—and the compact case functions as a battery pack, holding an extra eight hours of charge.
Astral Astropad Dog Bed ($170)
One brand’s trash is a dog’s treasure. The Astropad is made from fabric and foam scraps left over from Astral’s PFDs and water shoes. The top—a hemp-poly canvas used on shoes—is designed to be odor- and rot-resistant, while the bottom is a supertough 1050-denier nylon used in life vests, all of which makes for a dog bed that will hold up to even the most destructive pups.
Bee’s Wraps Lunch Pack ($21)
This Vermont company makes reusable food wrap out of organic cotton cloth coated in beeswax. The wraps lasts upwards of a year, eliminating the need for a throwaway Ziploc. They’re also compostable, so you don’t have to worry about waste when it’s time to chuck them.
BioLite Home Stove ($150)
By popular demand, BioLite has made its Home Stove available to U.S. customers for a limited time. (It typically only sells the big wood-fired cooker in India and Africa.) The brand’s smoke-reducing woodstove fits a full-size kitchen pot, helps mitigate carbon emissions from open-fire cooking, and double as a giant battery, using the fire to generate electricity that gets stored onboard and accessed via a USB outlet. Plus: BioLite reinvests a portion of all purchases to provide sustainable energy systems to people living off-grid in third-world countries. The Home Stove is available through April 18, and ships in August.
Everest Isles Swimmer Swimsuit ($185)
For its Swimmer suit, this New York City men’s swimwear company uses Econyl, a reconstituted nylon fabric made largely from used carpet and fishing nets. Everest Isles then goes one step further to reducing its environmental footprint by manufacturing its products in New York City, thus avoiding the environmental cost of shipping products from another country.
Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper ($48)
Most toilet paper is made from virgin tree pulp, containing no recycled materials. A group of friends in Australia launched this appropriately named company in an effort to change that. Their brand, Who Gives a Crap, makes its toilet paper out of bamboo, which is faster growing and more sustainable than toilet paper made of tree pulp. (Who Gives a Crap also makes TP out of recycled paper.) The company uses 50 percent of its proceeds to bring toilets to the more than 2.3 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to sanitary bathrooms.
Timberland Earthkeeper Glasses ($100)
Out of all the frames in Timberland’s new eyeware line, roughly 70 percent will be crafted from bio-based plastic that’s made with plants instead of crude oil. The eco-friendly shades are available exclusively in Timberland’s brick-and-mortar locations.
All Good Reef-Friendly Sunscreens ($16 and up)
All Good’s SPF comes from zinc oxide instead of oxybenzone, which has been shown to damage coral reefs. The company is also a 1% For the Planet member, and donates thousands annually to environmental organizations.