Want to know what companies are actually green? Here’s my list of top brands that are making a difference:
CLOTHING – Eileen Fisher or Reformation are great choices for eco-friendly clothing if you aren’t into second hand shopping. At Eileen Fischer not only are the clothes sustain-ably manufactured and fair trade certified – but they also have the “green Eileen” program where the brand will buy back lightly used Eileen Fisher goods and sell them in special “Green Eileen” stores. Reformation doesn’t resell their clothes but they are committed to a sustainable manufacturing model, they even track the impact each of their garments has on the environment.
If you love brand names, but don’t need new clothing, check out thredUp – where you can buy secondhand goods at a fraction of the price. Why is buying secondhand green? Because it cuts down on manufacturing demands and keeps items from entering a landfill.
SPORTSWEAR – As an avid traveler & adventurer I buy a good amount of sportswear & gear, and I shop almost exclusively at Patagonia. Not only do I trust their clothes to be of superior quality, so I won’t have to buy a new down jacket every few seasons (or ever if I treat it well enough), I also feel confident that they take their commitment to sustainable manufacturing principles seriously.
CLEANING – Both Seventh Generation and Method make their products using natural ingredients that are biodegradable. Their products are safe for you, your pets, and your family & better for the planet than the majority of their competitors.
BEAUTY – Lush, I’ve said it before, and I’ll continue to say it, I LOVE lush. Their products are made from ethically sourced natural ingredients, all their products are handmade, and most of them are sold “naked” (without packaging), and most products that are packaged are packaged with 100% recycled plastic. Plus their products are 100% vegetarian & 80% are vegan!
BREW – For me, there’s nothing like a nice beer at the end of the long week, and there are a few good options when it comes to eco-friendly brews, just remember – to buy your beer in glass bottles or even better, from a bar, because a keg is a great option for an eco-friendly beer. New Belgium Brewery was the first brewery in the US to use wind-powered electricity and one of the first breweries to use methane produced by water treatment processes to “fuel a combined heat and power engine—or co-gen—which creates electricity and heat for the brewery.” New Belgium also turns its byproducts such as hops into cattle feed.
You can always check out B Corporation for a list of companies that have made a continued commitment to the well being of our planet and those that live on it.
Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com