8 Genius Eco-Friendly Products You Can’t Live Without
Minimize your footprint with environmentally responsible products that reduce resources, minimize trash and plastics, promote sustainable sourcing, and emphasize ethics.
Eat, wear, wash, scent, and sip your way to a more environmentally responsible life with these innovative, eco-friendly products for body, home, and more.
Around 100 million plastic utensils are used—and tossed—every day. Compostable spoons are a step up from disposable plastic versions, but a spoon you can actually eat is an even better option. IncrEDIBLE edible vegan spoons, made from a blend of grains and legumes, are a sweet or savory way to stir up any drink or meal. They’re sturdy enough for ice cream, and stand up to steamy-hot drinks or soups without falling apart. When you’re finished, munch on the spoon for a sweet or savory finale. Available in four flavors—Chocolate, Vanilla, Oregano Chili, and Black Pepper—and two sizes. Plus, when you buy these eco-friendly products, you’re supporting a variety of programs and projects dedicated to cleaning up plastics, saving the oceans, and promoting ethical business practices.
Sometimes, you just need a really great cutting board—but premium boards made from exotic woods raise ethical concerns about sustainability, habitat destruction, and the well-being of local communities. Stella Falone’s beautiful boards are made from ethically and sustainably sourced West African ebony wood, and when you buy one, you’re supporting steady jobs with fair wages and an ebony replanting initiative in the Congo Basin Rainforest. In a variety of shapes and sizes ideal for both chopping and presentation, these upscale boards are an exotic indulgence that will last for years to come.
3. Lather, rinse, repeat
When it comes to low-impact packaging, containers you can refill and reuse—again and again—are the best eco-friendly options you can find. Plaine Products shampoos and conditioners are packaged in sleek aluminum bottles that are packed in plastic-free, recycled boxes. Once your bottle’s empty, return it to the company for a refill (bonus: carbon-neutral shipping!). Also look for Plaine’s toner, face oils and creams, body washes, and lotions—all made with clean, synthetic-chemical-free ingredients.
Here’s a scary fact: some estimates say that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. Kick plastic straws and disposable cups to the curb with reusable alternatives like GoSili Ocean drinkware and straws. Made with sustainable silicon, the cups feature embedded stainless-steel rings to prevent them from collapsing under your grip, and the sturdy silicon straws won’t melt in your drink (like paper straws) or hurt your teeth (like stainless steel versions). Dishwasher-safe, and available in a variety of colors and sizes (even coffee mugs!). And when you buy one, a portion of your purchase helps support ocean cleanup and conservation.
Scented products are probably some of the worst environmental offenders in your home. Most air fresheners and room sprays are made with artificial fragrances that react with ozone to form dangerous secondary pollutants, including formaldehyde. Incense and paraffin (derived from petroleum) candles release toxic compounds like benzene and toluene—known carcinogens—into the atmosphere. And dryer sheets emit harmful chemicals and create mountains of unnecessary waste. Instead, freshen your home environment with eco-friendly scented products. Bleu Lavande room sprays, fabric scents, and candles are made with plant-based ingredients and scented with pure essential oils—no parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, toxins, or petroleum. Available in a variety of soothing and uplifting aromas for pillows, fabrics, and every room in your home.
End-of-season swimwear with sagging elastic and worn fabric ends up in landfills where it can sit for as long as 200 years. An earth-friendly alternative: Indigo Wild Clothing made from a unique, biodegradable fabric that decomposes in only 3–5 years. Once it decomposes, it’s transformed into biomass and biogas—not harmful toxins, chemicals, or microplastics, the substances that fabrics like spandex and polyester leave behind. Packed in zero-waste, sustainable packaging, Indigo Wild’s clothing is soft, durable, and available in a variety of options, from swimwear to T-shirts, tops, shorts, and even hats.
7. Soften and sooth
Many creams, moisturizers, and lotions are loaded with chemical ingredients, petroleum byproducts, and parabens. Besides being bad for your skin and body, they’re terrible for the environment, disrupting waterways and marine life. Most are packaged in plastic, and many contain ingredients that aren’t sustainably or ethically sourced. Love, Indus luxury skin care products are free from parabens, artificial colors, and synthetic fragrances. Plus, they’re made from plant-based ingredients–all sustainably and ethically sourced, without child labor or environmentally destructive practices. Packaged in glass and FSC-certified paper made with upcycled materials, Love, Indus’s eco-friendly products include a full line of moisturizers, masks, serums, and more.
Ditch your plastic-packed deodorant and opt for a planet-friendly version. Attitude Super Leaves natural deodorants come in a cardboard tube that’s fully biodegradable. Free from aluminum and synthetic chemicals, they’re made with plant- and mineral-based ingredients that absorb moisture, eliminate odors, and offer long-lasting protection–without plugging up the body’s natural temperature regulating sweat system. Available in a variety of natural scents, plus unscented and sensitive-skin versions, they’re vegan, cruelty-free, and EWG Verified.