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Best Sustainable Clothing Brands For Men


Affordable Eco-Friendly Clothing Brands For Eco-Conscious Men

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Consumers are becoming more conscious about brand selection. They’re starting to question where their clothing is made, who’s making it, and what it’s made of. And chances are, you are too.


So whether you’re a man shopping for yourself or the significant other shopping for the eco-conscious man in your life, it’s great that you’re considering an alternative to “fast-fashion” brands. And there are some really great eco-friendly clothing brands that make great quality, stylish and functional clothing for men.

Why should you should sustainable and ethical brands over mainstream “fast fashion” brands?

Your typical “fast-fashion” brand typically sources production in other countries that are void of any ethical standards—and where child labor is utilized to achieve high production. The work conditions are horrible, and so is the pay. It’s just wrong and unethical.

When you support an eco-friendly, ethical fashion brand, you’re most likely getting clothing that’s made right here in the USA, or within worldwide manufacturing facilities that are held to strict ethical standards.

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Below are several of our favorite eco-friendly clothing brands that are not only practical, outdoor friendly and stylish, but do their part in contributing to non-profit organizations—such as 1% for the planet.

When you buy a product made by these eco-conscious brands, you’re literally helping to plant trees, clean up trash and help battle poverty.

Big Boy Bamboo

Big Boy Bamboo

I am really excited to share this specific sustainable fashion brand with you because they have what many other eco-friendly clothing brands do not—BIG SIZES.

Big Boy Bamboo currently makes t-shirts, face masks and boxer shorts made out of sustainable bamboo fiber which feels like silk. Some reviewers haven gone on to state that the fabric fees as luxurious as a $100 shirt.

“We’re an unapologetic, down-to-earth bamboo clothing brand for plus size men – specifically Big Guys who wear 3XL-8XL and Big & Tall guys who wear 1XLT-4XLT”—Big Boy Bamboo

The Classic T-Shirt Company

The Classic T-Shirt Company designs and ethically manufactures organic cotton t-shirts which have a great feel to them, are environmentally friendly, and are a must-have ”classic” closet staple.


“Our t-shirts are handcrafted in the USA using fair trade and sustainable practices. Our premium organic cotton uses 70% less water than conventional cotton. Our workers receive fair wages and excellent treatment”—The Classic T-Shirt Company

The Classic T-Shirt Company gives back by cleaning up our oceans, helping provide safe drinking water and plants trees.

ONNO Hemp + Organic Shirts

ONNO is a sustainable clothing brand based in Boulder, CO that makes t-shirts and long sleeve shirts out of several eco-friendly material: hemp, bamboo, organic cotton and pima cotton.

ONNO t-shirts are ethically manufactured at two small family owned factories overseas who provide fair wages and treatment to their workers. And to offset the carbon dioxide produced by moving the t-shirts from one country to another, ONNO purchases carbon offsets.

“To balance the harm we’re doing by moving materials from here to there, we purchase carbon offsets from http://www.carbonfund.org. We chose CarbonFund because they are a non-profit, and they are third party audited. CarbonFund can offset one metric ton of carbon dioxide for $10.00.” —ONNO

Seek Dry Goods

Seek Dry Goods is a really cool eco-friendly clothing brand that creates their clothing from responsibly sourced material. And their t-shirt graphics bring awareness to famous North American hiking trails and promote outdoor recreation.

Seek Dry Goods makes their t-shirts from organic cotton and recycled polyester, along with water-based ink for their graphics. These clothes are made right here in the USA.

Seek Dry Goods is a member of 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of sales to high-impact environmental non-profits across the globe.

TenTree

TenTree has a very diverse line of sustainable clothing—from t-shirts to button down shirts and comfy bottoms.

TenTree ethically manufactures their clothing using organic cotton, recycled polyester and TENCEL™ Lyocell (which is a man-made fiber that’s made from the wood pulp of sustainable trees).

TenTree is a proud Plant-A-Tree partner with Trees For The Future. For every item purchased, 10 trees are planted.

Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi is a sustainable outdoor fashion brand founded by Davis Smith—an outdoor enthusiast who spent a lot of time at the Cotopaxi National Park during his childhood.

Cotopaxi’s backpacks, dopp kits, duffel bags, and other outdoor gear is made sustainably using recycled remnant materials which provide work to disadvantaged communities in countries such as the Philippines, India, Bolivia, Cambodia, and China. 

Cotopaxi is a member of 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of sales to high-impact environmental non-profits across the globe.

5 Zero Waste Tips For Men


5 Simple beginner plastic swaps that men can make today to lower their carbon footprint

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The zero waste lifestyle is very inclusive—Mother Nature doesn’t discriminate who can practice an eco-friendly lifestyle and who can’t. It’s equally important for both genders to do their part and make a collective effort to lower humanity’s carbon footprint.

The reason that more men don’t make as much of an effort when it comes to green living is because the zero-waste industry doesn’t focus on the male gender as much as it does on women. There are barely any advertisements of men holding these products—it’s all women. I mean, do you know that there are zero-waste products made specifically for men? There are shampoo bars, natural deodorants, grooming kits, and even zero waste cologne bars that you probably don’t even know exist.

I’m hoping to bring awareness to this issue. That’s why I’ve included product recommendations in this article to show that not all zero-waste products are feminine. Zero-waste living, in general, is not feminine. It’s about doing what’s right as a human being to take care of this planet, and your body. Because zero-waste living is also healthy living. Plastic alternatives lead to less waste and cleaner air.

So let’s start today. It’s relatively easy to begin a zero waste lifestyle. And you probably already own some of these eco-friendly items, which shows that you’re already on the right path. And if not, you can gradually add them and apply them in everyday life.


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  1. Switch To A Reusable Water Bottle

Single-use plastic water bottles are horrible for both the environment and your health. When you switch to a reusable water bottle, you’re saving many single-use plastic water bottles from becoming a burden in landfills and our oceans. And even if landfill facilities have the capability to incinerate a good chunk of plastic bottles, it still doesn’t help our environment because incineration releases toxins into our air.

Another reason to switch to reusable water bottles and avoid single-use plastic bottles is your health. Plastic bottles leach hormone disrupting chemicals into the water and lead to health problems in the long run.

If you already have a favorite reusable water bottle or two, that’s great! Keep on using them! If you don’t and would like a recommendation, then consider TheCrazyCap2, which is an insulated, stainless steel water bottle with a pretty cool UV light gadget attached to the cap that sterilizes and purifies your water. It’s literally a self-cleaning plus purification system in one, and it’s pretty cool.

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2. Get A Reusable Straw

Single-use plastic straws are one of the most hated items in the world. Not only are they a burden on our landfills, they also pose a threat to our marine life. They end up in the nostrils of sea turtles or are ingested by sea creatures. You see, like other plastic items, plastic straws don’t biodegrade. They merely breakdown into smaller pieces—turning into micro plastics that fish and other sea creatures ingest.

Owning a reusable straw is the best zero-waste solution to this world-wide dilemma. But, if you’re a guy, you may have avoided getting one because a majority of them are too “pretty”—and that’s true. A lot of reusable straws are marketed towards women. They’re colorful, feminine and even a majority of advertisements contain only women using them. How is a man suppose to be motivated to purchase one?

But, rest assured that there are actually a lot of reusable straws that are very masculine. Take this collapsible straw by FinalStraw, for example. It’s dark, it’s compact and you can attach the case to your keychain or belt loop. No one will even suspect that a reusable straw is in there. It’s the perfect on-the-go straw for men who like simplicity.

FinalStraw


3. Switch To A Shampoo Bar

I can’t emphasize enough how great zero-waste shampoo bars truly are—especially for men. Traditional shampoo is packaged in plastic, which is bulky, takes up space, and made from harsh chemicals and ingredients that strip your hair of natural oils and can actually irritate the scalp. And if you suffer from dandruff or psoriasis, traditional shampoo can worsen your symptoms.

Shampoo bars, on the other hand, are biodegradable and made from nontoxic, all-natural and organic ingredients that get rid of grime and debris while soothing your skin and scalp. They’re great on beards and perfect for travel as well as camping—you never have to worry about it spilling all over your clothing.

There are a lot of really great shampoo bars for men, and Bossman shampoo bar is a great one to try. It’s a four-in-one cleansing bar that can be used on the hair, face, beard and body—which saves you money and there is no plastic packaging involved.

BossMan Shampoo Bar

4. USE A REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG

There are a ton of single-use plastic bags that fill up landfills and float around in oceans—and there is such an easy solution for this problem, yet people still choose to bag their groceries with plastic at the check out lanes. The reason? Convenience. Not everyone wants to purchase a reusable grocery bag, and those that do, usually end up forgetting them in their car.

Reusable bags don’t have to be an inconvenience. And no, they’re not feminine. In fact, some are really masculine and compact, like the ChicoBag. When it’s all folded up, you can’t even tell that it’s a bag. It even comes with a carabiner for easy carry into the store, and transforms into a large capacity shopping bag at the check out. The design itself is very outdoorsy and masculine and makes the perfect zero-waste shopping bag for men.

ChicoBag

5. USE TRAVEL UTENSILS

Reusable travel utensils are a great zero-waste product to own and come in handy when you’re traveling, camping and eating out. When you switch to reusable travel utensils, you’re able to avoid plastic cutlery which is sometimes wrapped in even more plastic.

And in addition to being a good steward of the Earth, you’re also keeping yourself germ-free. You see, restaurant utensils may not be as clean as you’d expect them to be. Plus, can you imagine how many people’s mouths one fork has visited? Thousands. This is the very reason that I, myself, have purchased a travel utensil kit.

Now, I get it—you’re a guy. You don’t want to be carrying around a “kit”. No worries. Because the same good people at FinalStraw, have invented FinalSpork. And it’s everything a minimalist’s heart desires: it’s a stainless steel spork that’s compact, disassembles, folds up, and you can attach it to your keychain or belt loop. Pretty cool, right? It’s the perfect on-the-go zero-waste utensil that would make McGyver proud.

FinalSpork

What swaps could you see yourself making?

10 Zero-Waste Handbag Essentials

10 Sustainable And Eco-Friendly Must-Have Items For Your Purse!


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Are you looking to extend your zero-waste lifestyle beyond your home? Would you like to make your travel and outings more sustainable and eco-friendly? Well, it’s actually quite easy—especially if you have a handbag! And in this article, I’m going to show you all of the best zero-waste items that you can keep in your handbag, and utilize on your outings while reducing your carbon footprint.

Keep in mind that you do not need all of the items that I’m going to recommend. They are simply what is inside of my zero-waste purse. I personally love really large purses because I have kids and I need to store some items for them as well from time to time—so having a big shoulder bag is really handy for me. And for that reason I enjoy bags that are made of a linen/cotton blend because they stretch and are perfect for outings like the beach and road trips.

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However, there are times when I prefer to be more of a minimalist and choose a smaller purse with less items—like when I’m shopping alone or doing a lot of walking. But, no matter how I choose to accessorize, I always have to have two main zero-waste items with me at all times: a reusable water bottle and reusable straw. I live in Florida where the heat is insane during the summer months, so those are two must-have items.

I hope the zero-waste travel items below inspire you to create your own zero-waste handbag kit! I myself am always looking for new products to add that can help me become more sustainable outside of my home.

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Zero Waste Handbag Essentials

  1. Reusable Water Bottle

I have several reusable water bottles that I use depending on where I go and what I am doing. I have one that specifically fits my jogging stroller, a large one for the gym, and a pretty teal one by Hydrapeak that I take with me when I am running errands—that’s the one that’s constantly in my purse. It’s made of stainless steel and it’s insulated, so it does a great job of keeping my water cold—especially during the hot summer months. So when choosing a reusable water bottle for your hand bag, go for anything that’s zero-waste like stainless steel, titanium, copper, silicone or glass.

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2. REUSABLE COLLAPSIBLE COFFEE CUP

If you’re a coffee lover like me, then you probably own a reusable tumbler, and use it on your commutes (most likely in the mornings). And again, if you’re like me, you probably accidentally leave it in your cup holder where the remaining remnants spoil over night. We’ve all been there. That’s why I love these new collapsible silicone coffee mugs that have recently become popular. Once you’re done drinking out of it, you can squash it and throw it into your handbag right away so you don’t forget about it. Some even come with reusable straws, and are much more convenient for park outings or camping trips than bulky tumblers.

TripsGeo

3. Reusable Straw

I added a reusable straw to my zero-waste handbag kit about two years ago. In fact, switching to reusable straws was my very first step to a greener lifestyle, and it progressed from there. I remember that video of a helpless sea turtle with a plastic straw in his nose and that was it for me.

FinalStraw

With that said I tried a lot of reusable straws (stainless steel, silicone, glass and bamboo), and each one has a unique aftertaste—and I prefer to drink out of stainless steel straws with silicone tips (because accidentally hitting your front teeth with a metal straw hurts A LOT). If you’re not sure what kind of straw is best for you, check out my article on the best reusable straws of 2021. Having these in your handbag allows you to avoid plastic straws whenever you eat out and it’s certainly a great feeling to know that you didn’t contribute any single-use plastic to the landfill.

4. Reusable Travel Utensils

Yes, I carry around reusable cutlery in my handbag for two very important reasons. The first and obvious one is that if I am eating out or traveling, I don’t have to rely on plastic utensils which are sometimes wrapped in even more plastic. The second reason is germs. I don’t care how sanitized restaurant utensils are—I refuse to put something in my mouth that thousands of other people have put into their mouth. It’s just not happening.

Topbooc

So because of these reasons, I purchased a stainless steel travel utensil kit. And depending on your preference, you can buy one as well—they have kits made of stainless steel, bamboo, wheatgrass, rice husks and titanium. You can check out my article on best travel utensils if you’re interested in adding this to your zero-waste handbag!

5. REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS

In order to be an eco-conscious and mindful shopper, I use reusable shopping bags. This helps me avoid the need to use plastic bags, and reusable bags are more durable (plus you can fit more items inside). A lot of people like the idea of using reusable shopping bags, but most (especially men) don’t actually put this idea to use. That’s because they think that reusable bags are too “bulky”, but what they don’t realize is that many reusable bags come in foldable compact designs that can fit into your back pocket, and then unfold into large capacity bags that can hold up to 40-50 pounds. I use LuckyTreyvon bags (pictured below) and they are incredibly, incredibly awesome! Not to mention have the cutest designs. I got these in a pack of 6 and they easily fit in my handbag.

LuckyTreyvon

6. Reusable Tissues

One of the newest additions to my zero waste handbag is a reusable tissue kit. I was given a LastTissue kit for Christmas last year and it’s the coolest and cutest product ever. It consists of 6 organic cotton tissues that are housed in a dishwasher safe silicone container. The tissues can be re-washed up to over 400 times and they’re completely non-toxic. They feel a little stiff at first, but after a few washes, they soften up. It’s a great way to save trees and money. You can also purchase cloth handkerchiefs and store them in a small coin purse or used mint tin.

LastTissue

7. ZERO WASTE DEODORANT BAR

One of my ‘must-have’ hygiene items is a spare zero waste, natural deodorant. If you’re like me and use natural deodorant, you know that a major side effect of switching from traditional deodorant is sweat and body odor—so having a travel size deodorant in your handbag is very useful. Many people carry around disposable deodorant wipes, but those (even if they are labeled biodegradable) are not zero waste. They may be eco-friendly because they eventually breakdown, but they’re not zero waste—and that’s our goal for this zero-waste handbag kit.

Ethique

8. WOODEN SUNGLASSES

Polarized sunglasses are a must-have item—especially for driving. I have a pair in my purse at all times, and one extra pair in my glove compartment. And lately I’ve been really liking wooden [bamboo] sunglass frames. I don’t know about you, but in the past I’ve gone through a bunch of sunglasses because I’d either break them or lose them—they’re like socks, they just disappear. And they were all cheap plastic. That’s why wooden sunglasses are so much better to own—especially sustainable ones made from bamboo. If you loose them or they happen to break, just compost the frames!

Cloudfield

9. REUSABLE PERIOD PADS

We’ve all been there—running errands or at work and Mother Nature decides to crash the party earlier than expected. And of course we realize that we forgot to pack some period protection. Well, if you haven’t given reusable period pads a try yet, you really should consider it! When it comes to landfill waste, menstrual products as just as bad as baby diapers and single-use plastic water bottles that never biodegrade.

Teamoy

And the majority of reusable period pads contain charcoal bamboo layers which absorb twice as much as traditional menstrual pads—without the harsh and toxic ingredients. And if you’d like to know more about zero-waste period products check out my article on best zero-waste period starter kits! These reusable period pads are so great to have in your handbag and they come with a super cute storage pouch.

10. REUSABLE MINI BENTO BOX

There are times when I am eating out and don’t quite finish my meal—and the same goes with my kids. And in those situations, we used to take our food home in styrofoam to-go boxes provided free of charge by the restaurant. And now I realize just how unnecessary and wasteful it was to use those single-use containers. So when bento boxes started becoming popular a couple of years ago, the idea of using one as a to-go box really appealed to me. And the good news is that bento boxes come in all kinds of sizes, so you can get a very small one that fits right in your handbag and is incredibly light weight. They also make perfect on-the go snack containers for you or your kids (and they contain dividers which is awesome!).

LunchBots

Do you have any of these items in your handbag? What zero-waste items would you add?

Eco Friendly Shipping Material

Best Compostable Shipping Bags For Your E-commerce Business

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If you own an e-commerce store, you know that shipping material is a must-have Jo go, and that you use a lot of it. But as online consumers are becoming more eco-conscious, many online businesses are feeling the pressure to switch to zero-waste packaging. And that’s not such a bad thing. In fact, it’s very necessary.

The pandemic, which began in early 2020, led to an increase in online shopping. And unlike the grocery store which allows us to bring a reusable bag, online shopping doesn’t allow us to choose what our products get shipped in. And many times, we receive our items in plastic poly mailers, or cardboard boxes filled with bubble wrap. And unless you reuse those shipping supplies, those items end up in the landfill and do not biodegrade as fast as we would like them to. Some don’t biodegrade at all.

Currently, around 35% of landfill junk is composed of non-compostable and non biodegradable shipping materials.

Luckily, plant-based, compostable packaging is on the rise. And if you’re an Entrepreneur with your own Etsy shop, or even a larger online business, you should take part in this movement, which will greatly reduce your carbon footprint.

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Not only are alternatives to plastic poly mailers great for the environment, they’re also very durable and fashionable—which makes your business look great because it leaves a lasting impression. It creates returning customers.

It’s also not that hard to transition to compostable packaging—there are a lot of cool options right now. Many compostable mailers are made from cornstarch which breaks down very easily in both landfills and composts. They also produce less CO2 than traditional plastic packaging, and they don’t leave behind any toxic or harmful residues.

As a consumer, I myself appreciate eco-friendly and good looking packaging. It makes me say “wow, this company put a lot of thought into the presentation, they show that they care about the environment, and I appreciate that”. It makes me want to return and purchase from them again.

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Below are some really awesome compostable shipping bags that are high quality, fashionable and affordable. Because they’re all made from cornstarch and polybutylene adipate terephthalate (BPAT) which is a random co-polymer, these bags all compost within 3-6 months. They feel soft and stretchy yet they’re durable and will not puncture. They’re also all water resistant and self-sealing.

CRADLE & DEW

Cradle & Dew @Amazon

This eco-friendly mailer by Cradle & Drew is 100% biodegradable, compostable and non-toxic. I specifically love the color combination—very eye catching and also very gender neutral. It takes 3-4 months for it to break down in a compost, and 15-18 months for it to biodegrade in a landfill. And that’s because it’s made of 100% corn and colored with certified non-toxic ink. You’ll also love the fact that it’s tough yet stretchy (so it won’t tear like most other mailers), and it’s writable, printable and waterproof. These bags are 10 x 13 inches and come in a pack of 50.

TheColorBlush

I love the color of this shipping bag by TheColorBlush. It’s very feminine and fashionable (almost has a Victoria’s Secret look to it) and totally appropriate for an e-commerce business that sells women’s products. I also really love the phrase—it makes the consumer feel like they chose well when they made the purchase. And on the back they state “Hey! I’m a 100% compostable mailer!” These bags are tear resistant, waterproof and made out of cornstarch and BPAT. Each mailer is 10 x 13 inches, and contains a self-adhesive and a built in handle. They are available in packs of 50.

ECOPACKABLES

EcoPackables @Amazon

These compostable and biodegradable shipping bags by EcoPackables are made from modified cornstarch. I love the overall design and printed message on the front. They decompose in 90-180 days and do not leave behind any harmful residue. They are 10 x 13 inches and I really love the color combination (it’s also available in navy). This brand is really awesome because a tree is planted for every package, and this kit comes in a pack of 50. So, by purchasing these compostable mailers, you are helping plant 50 trees, which is very cool.

YWDUOYING

YWDUOYING @Amazon

These compostable shipping bags by YWDUOYING are made from cornstarch and PBAT, which is a biodegradable copolymer. These bags are 10 x 13 inches and are available in a pack of 50 in 3 different colors: pink, black and blue. I really like the printed message on the front which tells the consumer that it is 100% compostable. They can be filled with multiple items and won’t puncture or tear.


KTOB

KTOB @Amazon

If you’re looking for shipping bags that are low profile and primarily all black, then these compostable mailers by KTOB are perfect for your E-commerce site. These are also a little bigger in size (12 x 15.5 inches) than the previous bags mentioned above. They’re very gender neutral and perfect for both men’s and women’s products. They come in a pack of 50 and are tear resistant and waterproof.

So as you can see, eco friendly shipping bags are really pretty awesome. The only downside is that you get less for the price than you would with traditional plastic bags. Plastic shipping mailers sell for around $15.00 or less and you get a pack of 100. Compostable mailers come in packs of 50 for around $20.00. But is it worth it? Absolutely—from both an environmental and marketing perspective.


Do you believe that more online businesses should transition to compostable packaging? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

Best Biodegradable Dinnerware Sets For Kids

Plant-based and eco-friendly dinnerware sets that are super cute and make mealtime more enjoyable!


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Kids outgrow everything quickly—clothing, shoes, toys and even dinnerware. Which means that eventually the Paw Patrol themed plastic bowl you bought for them a year ago will eventually get lost somewhere in the car, lose their interest, or crack and end up in the trash.

Kids are also picky eaters. They literally have a preference for one item, and one item only—and gag at the thought of introducing anything new to their taste buds. And I hate to say it, but dinnerware (at least in my house) makes a huge difference with my little ones’ eating habits.


Kids are little for only a short period of time, so why not let them have a little fun at the dinner table, which will encourage eating and trying new food(s). I mean, wouldn’t that be a pleasant change? And wouldn’t it be even more awesome if the plates, cups and utensils were made from nontoxic and sustainable raw materials that were biodegradable? Well, they exist, and they are stinkin’ cute!

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What Is Biodegradable Dinnerware Made Of?

Biodegradable dinnerware is made from natural ingredients that are capable of biodegrading (unlike plastic). And there are three types of natural material that are most commonly used when it comes to kids’ dinnerware:

• Rice Husks

• Wheat Straw

• Bamboo Fiber

Why Should You Choose Biodegradable Dinnerware?

Aside from the fact that biodegradable dinnerware is eco-friendly and great for the environment, as well as your child’s health, dinnerware made from raw and organic sustainable material is durable, lightweight and can withstand high heat (it can be placed in the dishwasher). They are even stain resistant.

So if you’re wondering if making the switch to sustainable and biodegradable dinnerware for your child is worth it, the answer is absolutely yes.

The brands that I have chosen are eco-friendly, and have some of the cutest designs I have ever seen! These can even be used as gift ideas for friends and loved ones who are expecting or having a birthday.

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RALA

Rala

It’s always good to have more than one dinnerware set on hand just in case the others are in the dishwasher. With that said, these divided wheat straw dinner plates by Rala come in a set of 4 and utensils are included.

SPARKJOY

SparkJoy

SparkJoy is one of my absolute favorite eco-friendly brands because their biodegradable products are super creative. This 6-piece divided dinnerware set is made from wheat straw and includes a divided plate, two bowls, a cup and two utensils.

LILY PAD + LITTLE MR

Lily Pad + Little Mr

This charming and sweet 5-piece dinnerware set by Lily Pad + Little Mr is made of bamboo fiber and consists of one divided plate, bowl, cup and two utensils. And if your little one loves dinosaurs, you can opt for that instead of the adorable elephant!

Lightening

Lightening

For kids who love construction vehicles, this 3-piece bamboo fiber dinnerware set by Lightening is the perfect addition to dinner time. It consists of a divided plate and two utensils. You can also choose from many more construction vehicles! The only downside is that this set does not include a drinking cup.

PINT SIZE PLANET

Pint Size Planet

This cute 5-piece bamboo fiber dinnerware set by Pint Size Planet consists of one divided plate, bowl, cup and two utensils. You can also choose an owl or bumble bee in lieu of the cute cow!

EEE

EEE

This 5-piece bamboo fiber dinnerware set by EEE consists of a divided plate, cup, bowl and two utensils. This brands contains several different color and design options for your little ones!

NatureWare

Natureware

This 5-piece set by NatureWare is made of bamboo fiber and has the cutest little dinosaur theme! It consists of a divided plate, bowl, cup and two utensils.

CONSUMER CHAMPIONS

ConsumerChampions

This adorable 5-piece dinnerware set by Consumer Champions is made from bamboo fiber and consists of a divided plate, bowl, cup and two utensils. You can choose from a monkey, lion, giraffe or cow design.

YARNOW

Yarnow

This wheat straw bento style dinnerware plate for kids by Yarnow is really cool because you can take the interior plate out and use the larger plate to hold more food. This set comes with a fork, a spoon, chopsticks and a cup. If your child loves cars, then this plate will certainly make dinner time more enjoyable.

EcoSoulLife

EcoSoulLife

This durable dinnerware set for kids by EcoSoulLife is made from rice husks and consists of a divided plate, bowl, sippy cup, fork and spoon.

Which set is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Best Natural Teeth Whitening Products Of 2021


Natural And Non-Toxic Teeth Whitening Products That Are Legit!

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Are you on the hunt for a new and effective teeth whitening product, but one that is all-natural and free from any toxic ingredients? Are you ready to show off a beautifully white smile?

Well, you’re in luck! Because there are several hot new teeth whitening products on the market right now that aren’t just “legit”, but are actually nontoxic and made from natural ingredients that don’t contain unhealthy chemicals and harsh ingredients. Because why would you use something that literally has a warning label on it which states “do not swallow”?

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Natural teeth whiteners and natural toothpastes are becoming incredibly popular! They taste good, they whiten just as well as traditional whitening products, and there’s no need to call the poison control center just in case you swallow a little! And you’ll be pleasantly surprised that these whitening products come in much the same form as traditional ones—strips, paste/powder and pens!

All of these natural teeth whitening products that I am about to introduce you to are enamel safe, don’t cause sensitivity issues, and provide powerful stain removal naturally and without hydrogen peroxide!

One of the biggest and most popular trends when it comes to natural teeth whitening is activated charcoal powder. And it truly is a magical ingredient!

What Is Special About Activated Charcoal Powder?

Activated charcoal teeth whitening powder is made of extremely fine, abrasive [micro] grains that lift away tarter and scrub away teeth stains—resulting in whiter teeth! Nearly all consist of coconut or bamboo charcoal (or a combination of both), and bentonite clay as the main ingredients.

And in addition to whiter teeth, activated charcoal powder neutralizes odor-causing germs and gives you a nice fresh breath. That’s because charcoal is extremely absorbent and detoxifying. It’s also antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial.

Who Shouldn’t Use Activated Charcoal Powder?

In addition to children under the age of 12, you shouldn’t use activated charcoal powder if you have veneers, crowns or fillings—and that is because activated charcoal may stain dental restorations. You also should not use activated charcoal powder or any other whitening product if you are wearing braces (you don’t want to have them taken off only to find dark circles on the center of each tooth). So it’s best to wait until you have your braces taken off.

How Do You Use Activated Charcoal Tooth Powder?

Dampen your toothbrush as you normally would, and dip it in the activated charcoal teeth whitening powder. Then gently brush your teeth for 2 to 3 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water. (Your teeth will appear black while you brush, but don’t panic, it’s temporary). Brush again with water or your toothpaste to remove residue. 

How Often Should You Use Activated Charcoal Powder?

For the best results, you should use activated charcoal tooth powder at least once or twice a week for 30 days or until you reach your desired results—and then keep using it sporadically for maintenance and upkeep. Activated charcoal teeth whitening powders are most effective if you use them up within a year. After that, like anything else, they become stale—much like whitening strips (that’s why you often see expiration dates on whitening products). And please keep using your regular toothpaste on a daily basis—these powders should be used to whiten and not as substitutes for traditional daily cleaning.

Which Brands Are Most Trusted?

There are currently many activated charcoal teeth whitening brands to choose from, but the three brands shown below are currently the most purchased and the most trusted and reviewed (Burt’s Bees|Sunatoria|Black Pearl).

Top Activated Charcoal Powders @Amazon

Burt’s Bees|Sunatoria|Black Pearl

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Teeth whitening strips have been around for quite a while now, but they’re not for everyone—especially for people with sensitive teeth. And if you’re one of those people whose teeth and gums swell and throb like crazy after using a whitening strip, I can understand how you would never want to try one ever again. But, before you make the permanent decision to ban every single whitening strip out of your life, you should consider the new Luminuex teeth whitening strips, and I’ll tell you why.

Luminuex is currently one of the most sought-after natural teeth whitening products!

Lumineux @Amazon

What Makes Luminuex Whitening Strips Special?

The Luminuex teeth whitening strips are certified non-toxic. In fact, they have NINE non-toxic certifications. What does this mean? It means that this teeth whitening formula doesn’t contain any toxic or harsh chemicals that aren’t safe if swallowed.

That’s why Lumineux is different. The natural strips work by breaking up stains using potent oils and NOT hydrogen peroxide, which is what makes using traditional teeth whitening strips such an awful experience. Hydrogen peroxide leaves your teeth and gums feeling sore and may even leave white spotted stains.

Lumineux’s patented whitening formula of Coconut Oil, Sage Oil, and Lemon Peel Oil whitens without the sensitivity! That’s also why they taste so great compared to traditional teeth whitening strips!

Luminuex @Amazon

Who Shouldn’t Use Teeth Whitening Strips?

Children under the age of 12 should not use whitening strips. In addition to children, you shouldn’t use whitening strips if you wear braces, or you’ll have dark circles on the center of your teeth while the rest of the tooth is white after your braces come off. It’s just best to wait.

How Do You Use Teeth Whitening Strips?

You simply open the package, peel off the strips, and place one strip (each) on the top and bottom teeth for about 30 min. After about 30 min, you peel them off. It’s that simple. Just remember not to eat or drink while they are on.

How Often Should You Use Teeth Whitening Strips?

Whitening strips, no matter if they are natural or traditional, should be used once a day until you reach your desired results. Most people use them for a length of 2-3 weeks.

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Whitening pens are another popular form of teeth whitening. But, like many of their colleagues, traditional teeth whitening pens are made of toxic ingredients and contain hydrogen peroxide—resulting in sensitivity issues.

But don’t get discouraged! Because there are teeth whitening pens that are made of all natural and nontoxic ingredients—like Dr. Ginger’s coconut oil whitening pen. And they don’t hurt!

Dr. Ginger’s @Amazon

What Makes Dr. Ginger’s Teeth Whitening Pen Special?

Dr. Ginger’s teeth whitening pen is made from 100% all natural coconut oil and xylitol—so it tastes delicious, and it won’t harm you if you swallow it. And for those that aren’t familiar with coconut oil, it is antibacterial, and kills germs and bacterial that like to hang out in your mouth. And with this unique combination, coconut oil and xylitol cover the teeth in a sheen that bacteria can’t eat.

Who Shouldn’t Use Teeth Whitening Pens?

Children under the age of 12 should not use teeth whitening pens. In addition to children, you shouldn’t use whitening pens if you wear braces, or you’ll have dark circles on the center of your teeth while the rest of the tooth is white after your braces come off. It’s just best to wait.

How Do You Use Teeth Whitening Pens?

To use a teeth whitening pen, simply take off the cap, make a smile (move your lips away from your teeth) and brush your teeth in the same gentle strokes as when you apply nail polish to your nails. Maintain this wide smile for at least 30 seconds, and then relax your mouth. Remember not to eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes.

How Often Can You Use A Teeth Whitening Pen?

You can use a teeth whitening pen up to two times a day until you reach your desired results. Teeth whitening pens are great to have in your purse for on-the-go or maintenance.

Have you ever whitened your teeth with natural or homemade teeth whitening products? We’d like to hear about it! Comment below!

Best Zero-Waste House Warming Gifts


Environmentally Friendly House Warming Gift Ideas For Your Zero Waste Friends

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Whether you’re a friend, family member, landlord or a real estate agent on a mission to find the perfect eco-conscious house warming gift, rest assured that it is going to be a hit! Why? Because more and more people are becoming curious about sustainable and zero-waste living—and by presenting them with an eco-conscious gift idea, you’re helping them discover the beauty of plastic alternatives and non-toxic living.

Housewarming gifts are awesome to receive! They celebrate a new home, new apartment—even moving into a dorm room! Those events mark a new chapter in someone’s life, so it’s only fitting to celebrate by giving a gift, and making the recipient feel special!

Housewarming gifts in general should focus on functional or decorative products for the home (living room, laundry room, kitchen). Items that they can definitely put to use or incorporate into their lifestyle or daily routine. You definitely can’t go wrong with kitchen or bar items, and there are tons of eco-friendly products that anyone would love to receive as a gift.

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And it’s important to mention that you should never be afraid to buy cleaning product related gifts! Who doesn’t love free cleaning products because I sure do. You probably do too! And again, it’s a great way for someone to discover a zero waste and non toxic alternative to traditional (harsh) products! Zero-waste cleaning products actually make awesome gift baskets! TikTokers are literally doing these kinds of gift baskets and making “how to” videos about them, so yes, it’s “trending”.

Below are several zero-waste house warming gift ideas that are guaranteed to be a hit with anyone. They’re functional, charming and unique and they’re all non-toxic and great for the home and environment. You can them as is, or incorporate them into a gift basket with some snacks and goodies. Have fun creating assorted pieces and even come up with a theme!

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Welcome Home Gift Box

Gift boxes and gift baskets are one of my favorites gifts to give and to receive. I love the thrill of unboxing an assortment of goods! And this gift box by Hey! It’s Your Day! is certainly charming! It’s full of kitchen necessities like a bamboo cutting board, towels, spatula, candle and more!

3D Wooden World Wall Map

Enjoy The Wood

For friends and family who love to travel, this 3D wooden wall map by Enjoy The Wood, is a fabulous eco-friendly gift idea for their home. It comes equipped with push pins shaped like airplanes and flags, and is made from sustainable birch wood.

Zero Waste Laundry Bundle

Assorted Brands @EarthHero

This zero-waste laundry kit contains all the essentials for a non-toxic laundry routine. The bundle includes plant-based laundry strips, a Cora Ball that traps micro-plastics, a laundry stain removal stick, wool dryer balls and a natural mesh bag.

Natural Beeswax Candle

Bekker’s Candles

Beeswax candles like this one by Bekker’s, make really great gifts because they’re eco-friendly, have a subtle honey scent and are natural air purifies that neutralize allergens within the home. For more on beeswax candles and their health benefits, see our article here!

Magnetic Spice Jars

Impresa

Magnetic spice jars are a creative and fun alternative to traditional spice racks. These hexagon shaped spice jars by Impresa come in a set of 15, come equipped with dry herb labels, and look really modern on appliances like your fridge—providing a backsplash type of look.

Coconut Bowl Set With Straws And Utensils

Jungle Culture

These natural coconut bowls by Jungle Culture are handcrafted by local artisans in rural Vietnam—and they’re perfect for the whole family. This set comes with 4 coconut bowls, 4 wooden spoons, 2 bamboo straws, 2 natural coconut fiber straw cleaning brushes and natural jute straw sleeves. Jungle culture is based in the United Kingdom, but they ship to the U.S.!

Full Circle Home Kit

Full Circle

The Full Circle Home Kit is a cleaning kit made with eco-friendly materials like bamboo, recycled plastic, and organic cotton, these products are designed with the planet, and your sustainable lifestyle, in mind. It consists of the Bubble Up Dish Brush, Kind Organic Cotton Dish Cloths (3pk), ZipTuck Reusable Gallon Storage Bag, Turmeric Kind Organic Cotton Plant-Dyed Pot Holder, and Walnut Scrubber Sponges (2pk).

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Gift Card For A Vegan Online Cooking Course

Veecoco

One of the coolest sustainable gifts that you can give as a house warming gift is a gift card for an online cooking course. VeeCoco is a fabulous online course with over 600 tutorial videos for all sorts of delicious vegan recipes. You can choose from a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month membership and apply it to the gift card.

Bamboo Waffle Towel Set

Ettitude

Often times, when people move into a new place, they’re most likely missing a few things—like bath towels (especially if the moving truck isn’t scheduled to appear for a few days). So items like towels are greatly appreciated. And these organic bamboo waffle towels by Ettitude are incredibly luxurious and ultra absorbent!

Hand-Crafted Wooden Utensil Set

Jungle Culture

Sometimes when you move into a new place, you’re missing certain things—like utensils! Not only are these great for house warming, they’re also really handy for eating out and traveling!

This sustainable wooden utensil set by Jungle Culture is crafted using scraps from a local furniture maker and housed in an organic cotton bag, hand sewn by seamstresses in historic Hoi An, Vietnam.

Included is a curved wooden fork, large wooden spoon, serrated wooden knife, bamboo straw and coconut fiber straw cleaning brush. It’s quite a lovely buy for yourself or as a gift for friend or loved one.

Cantaritos Mexican Cocktail Kit

Cantaritos

This charming and unique Mexican cocktail by Cantaritos truly is a zero-waste gem and is guaranteed to be a hit! This kit includes 2 cups handmade in Mexico from clay, chili salt for the rim, compostable paper straws, and a recycled aluminum citrus hand juicer. This kit is literally so authentic and so unique that you’ll probably end up getting this for your own kitchen. And as a special thank you for shopping green, take 10% off with promo code ECOMOMDIARIES at checkout when you purchase this product at EarthHero.

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Toasted Coconut Scented Soy Candle In Coconut Shell

Jungle Culture

Candles are great for ambience and decor, so a beautiful looking candle like this one by Jungle Culture makes a great house warming gift. This eco coconut candle is vegan-friendly, ethically sourced and hand poured using organic soy wax infused with essential oils. Every ingredient is planet friendly and sustainable!

Touchscreen Smart Toaster

Revolution Store

A brand new take on a popular kitchen appliance. This smart toaster by Revolution Store comes equipped with touch screen technology which toasts your food to perfection without over drying them. This is a perfect housewarming gift that is innovative and incredibly functional.

Castile Dishwashing Kit

Earth Hero Assorted Brands

If you’re not familiar with what Castile soap is, it is soap that is made from plant oils. With that said, it’s non-toxic and completely biodegradable. Thus, this zero-waste Castile dishwashing set, full of assorted dish washing essentials, makes an absolutely functional and much appreciated gift.

This kit contains a highly concentrated 12 oz block of Castile soap, copper scour pad, reclaimed wooden soap dish, Swedish dish cloths, and bamboo dish brush with recycled plastic bristles.

Recycled Bamboo Coasters

Earth Hero

Coasters are so overlooked as housewarming gifts, and they make fantastic additions to any home! And these coasters by ChopValue are really special because they are created from recycled bamboo chopsticks, which is pretty unique and different! I love recycled and upcycled crafts because they have a story behind them.

Natural Teakwood Cooking Utensil Set

AIUHI

These beautiful all-natural teakwood cooking utensils by AIUHI are a great gift for someone just moving into a new place. Teakwood is a sustainable wood, and these utensils are also hand-made and nonstick—plus, nontoxic!

Kitchen Counter Compost Bin

Kind Living Co

Small compost bins like this one by Kind Living Company are perfect for small kitchens and great for food scraps! By using a compost bin, not only are you reducing your carbon footprint, you’re also creating delicious compost juice for your house plants and garden! And don’t worry about odor! These bins come equipped with charcoal filters and biodegradable liners!

The Zero Waste Chef Cook Book

Image Source: Zero Waste Chef Instagram

Blogger Anne-Marie Bonneau, known as “The Zero Waste Chef”, has recently published her long-awaited cookbook full of healthy and delicious recipes that help combat food waste! This is a wonderful and sustainable house warming gift for the kitchen!

3 Best Zero Waste Period Kits For A Happier Period


3 Environmentally friendly and non-toxic alternatives to disposable period products that come in kits!

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Each year in North America, roughly around 20 billion disposable pads and tampons make their way to the landfill where they sit around with other single-use products like baby diapers, water bottles and plastic straws that simply do not biodegrade.

Then there’s the issue of manufacturing single use sanitary pads which also creates a large carbon footprint, not to mention the impact they have on our health due to all the synthetic and toxic chemicals that are used to create them. Rayon, dioxin, fragrance and chlorine are only a few of these hormone disrupting and cancer causing agents that we shouldn’t be voluntarily placing into our bodies. This stuff literally has a huge impact on your health.

Luckily, there are a few healthy and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional menstrual products:

Reusable menstrual cups

Reusable period pads

Reusable period underwear

Reusable is the key word in each of these zero-waste products. Although there are many eco-friendly period products that are biodegradable, they still take a long time to breakdown in landfills and contribute to carbon emissions. So in order to qualify as “zero-waste”, your period products must be reusable. Plus, choosing against single use will help save water—because even organic cotton requires a ton to water to create even one tampon.

Now the big question: which one do you choose? Which one is best for your body and lifestyle?

The easiest thing to do when wanting to switch over to a new product (especially if it’s an environmentally friendly product which costs a few dollars more) is to purchase a kit.

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Period kits allow you to sample and experiment with products that you would otherwise be too uncertain to buy. And unfortunately only a handful of period kits are zero-waste—I’m talking kits that have a variety of assorted products—some even have cleaning accessories.

After much research and consideration, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 fantastic and top notch menstrual kits that contain a good variety of items that will make switching over a lot easier.

The items within all of these selected menstrual kits are BPA free, non-toxic and will definitely save you a ton of money in the long run. And each kit is great for both light and heavy flow. So go ahead and explore them, and see if any of them appeal to you.

PIXIE MENSTRUAL CUP STARTER KIT

Pixie @Amazon

If you’re searching for a tampon and pad alternative, than a soft silicone menstrual cup may be a great fit for you. And this menstrual cup starter kit by Pixie is the ultimate zero waste period kit. Non-toxic and BPA-free, this period kit contains two reusable silicone cups (one small and one large) which offer 12 hour protection and contain a 10 year life span.

Each person is different, and our flow varies from the beginning of our cycle to the end, so it’s really convenient to have two different size cups to choose from.

It also includes one microwavable sterilizing cup, one all natural and organic lubricant and one all natural and organic foaming wash and wipes for the purpose of cleaning your Pixie cups. Women are truly loving this period kit and you can get more info, to include reviews, on Amazon by clicking here.

LUNA CUP MENSTRUAL STARTER KIT

Luna @Amazon

If you’re not sure about your ability to use a silicone menstrual cup, or you’d like to use a combination of cups and pads to feel more confident or until you get the hang of it, then this Luna Cup menstrual starter kit is the perfect choice for you.

The Luna Cup menstral starter kit consists of 3 reusable bamboo charcoal cloth pads, two medical grade soft silicone menstrual cups (one small and one large), one silky pouch, and one wet bag.

The reusable Luna period pads are made of 100% anti-bacterial and highly absorbent bamboo charcoal, and hold twice as much liquid as traditional disposable pads—which means you don’t have to change as much. They also contain “wings” for extra protection, and are very easy to clean. Plus, how cute is the design! You can find more details about this kit on Amazon, to include reviews, and decide if you’d like to give this kit a try!

LUNA CUP MENSTRUAL STARTER KIT (PERIOD PANTIES EDITION)

Luna @Amazon

If you’d like to skip a silicone menstrual cup altogether, and stick to something less invasive, then this period panty and reusable pad combination by Luna Cup is perfect for you. I really like this kit because it’s hard to find a brand that sells pads and underwear together—giving you the freedom and convenience to see which works best for you.

I do, however, recommend panties for lighter period days and definitely not when and if you have a heavy flow.

These comfortable and breathable period panties are made of 95% cotton and 5% spandex. The inner lining has waterproof backing, so don’t worry about leakage! If you’d like more details and sizing information, click here to be taken to Amazon.

Have you ever tried a menstrual cup or reusable pad? Tell us your experience in the comments!

Best Zero Waste Starter Kits of 2021


A Convenient Way To Ease Into A Sustainable Lifestyle!

updated May 29, 2021


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Many people want to do more for the environment. They want to reduce their carbon footprint. However, they often face the problem of not knowing where to begin. That’s why zero-waste starter kits have become so popular in the last couple of years.

Zero-waste kits contain the basic essentials that allow you to ease into a zero-waste lifestyle without making you feel like you have to commit. It’s also a great way to introduce friends and family to sustainable living.

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Not all zero-waste kits are the same, and they all differ quite a bit. Some focus more on bathroom products while others focus more on kitchenware; and then there are those in between that have a nice balanced variety—and I really like those!

Most of the kits recommended below contain a healthy variety of products that can be sampled in every area of your home—to include outings (like travel utensils, lunchboxes and reusable water bottles).

Furthermore, some zero-waste kits are 100% vegan and some are not, and that is based on whether or not they contain reusable beeswax wraps. Beeswax is not considered vegan. Some boxes below are 100% vegan and some are not. Some people are heavily invested in a vegan lifestyle, so that’s a huge factor to consider when shopping for a zero-waste kit for a friend, family member or co-worker.

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Lastly, all items within zero-waste kits are BPA free, plastic free, non-toxic and cruelty free—and that’s what I love about these products, in addition to the fact that they help you minimize your carbon footprint and keep single-use plastic out of landfills and oceans.

Perhaps that’s why zero-waste kits also make such generous and thoughtful gifts. I have quite a few eco-friendly products in my home, but I always welcome a new zero-waste kit—they’re so practical.

So whether you’re on a mission to find a zero-waste kit for yourself, a friend or loved one, you’re on the right path to living a more eco-friendly lifestyle, and you won’t regret switching over to these products.

Recycled Chopsticks Zero-Waste Kit

EarthHero

This elegant zero-waste kit is made from recycled bamboo chopsticks and is available on EarthHero. The kit comes with a bamboo cheese board, two bamboo coasters and chopsticks, two reusable stainless steel straws including straw cleaners, bamboo toothbrushes, and two small but stylish ChopValue bamboo keychains. 

Beetlemax Antiplastic Kit

Beetlemax @Amazon

This generous zero waste kit by Beetlemax contains quite a nice assortment of basic essentials that are biodegradable—from personal care to shopping gear. It includes bamboo straws, bamboo toothbrushes, silk dental floss, bamboo cotton facial pads, bamboo-cotton swabs and mesh produce bags. And it is all nicely arranged within a recycled gift box that’s completely recyclable and available on Amazon.

Zero-Waste Lunch Kit

EarthHero

This Zero Waste Lunch Kit includes everything you need to make a zero-waste lunch! Now, it’s easy to grab and go, without having any trash behind. This kit consists of : a To-Go Ware bamboo utensil set, stainless steel straw and brush, Stasher reusable silicone snack bag, Bee’s Wrap sandwich wrap and an EcoLunch box (3 in 1 stainless steel lunchbox).

Assorted Brands Zero-Waste Gift Box

EarthHero

This [assorted brands] zero-waste kit by EarthHero is available on EarthHero and contains several top notch eco-friendly brands in one gift box. This box contains two solid rePETe produce bags, a silicone Stasher sandwhich bag, EarthHero bamboo utensil set, a stainless steel straw with a cleaning brush, and an adult bamboo toothbrush. The packaging for this kit is recyclable and plastic free.


Leafico Zero-Waste Dental Starter Kit

LEAFICO @Amazon

If a sustainable dental care kit is what you’re after, then this vegan and biodegradable zero-waste dental kit by LEAFICO is perfect for the beginner. Aside from the fact that it comes in cute biodegradable packaging, this kit includes 4 sustainably harvested bamboo toothbrushes with a bamboo travel case, eco dental floss which comes in a reusable and refillable glass jar, and a stainless steel tongue scraper. This entire kit is available on Amazon.

Eco Box

Eco Box

This zero-waste kit called the Eco Box is perfect for starting a zero-waste lifestyle. This kit contains: one 4 Piece Stainless Steel Straw Set, a reusable/recyclable storage box, one reusable water bottle, one bamboo toothbrush with travel case, one organic cotton reusable string bag and 3 beeswax food wraps in small, medium and large.

Metropoleaf Zero Waste Kit

Metropoleaf @Amazon

This 100% vegan and biodegradable zero-waste kit by Metropoleaf contains a healthy assortment of basic essentials to set you up for success on your plastic free journey. This kit includes 2 loofah sponges, a reusable cutlery set, a cotton fabric travel bag, one bamboo reusable straw with a coconut fiber cleaning brush, a pack of bamboo cotton swabs, and one bamboo toothbrush with soft charcoal bristles. Click here to see more details on Amazon.

Nipaqui Zero-Waste Kit

Nipaqui

The Nipaqui zero-waste kit is a 17 piece kit filled with environmentally friendly essentials. This kit includes: 3 beeswax food wraps, 3 zero waste reusable produce bags, 4 zip locking bags, and 4 stainless steel straws plus cleaning brush and travel bag.

No Landfill Guilt

No Landfill Guilt @Amazon

This generous 17 piece zero-waste starter kit by No Landfill Guilt is very diverse, and I love it! If you’ve ever been curious about shampoo bars, then this kit is perfect for you because it has one! This kit also contains bamboo utensils, a bamboo toothbrush, mesh net bag for shopping, and stainless steel straws with silicone heads, which are great for teeth. This kit is available on Amazon.

KIWI ECO SUBSCRIPTION BOX

Kiwi Eco Box @Amazon

The Eco Kiwi Box is a monthly subscription box that contains 5-7 assorted items on a monthly basis. All items included within the box are always biodegradable and are themselves shipped to your home in plastic free and recyclable packaging. It’s a great way to try new items and keep your zero-waste journey going.

You can choose from a basic or a basic plus subscription. The basic plus is great for pet owners because it includes 45+ biodegradable pet waste bags. The best part is that you can skip a month or cancel anytime you’d like.

Kiwi Eco

Which zero-waste kit caught your eye? Have you ever received one as a gift?

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Best Zero-Waste Personal Care Products Of 2021

The Best Non-Toxic, Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Hygiene Products You Need To Check Out!


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Have you stopped to look at your bathroom products lately and questioned their impact on the environment, let alone your health?

Up until a couple of years ago, I had no idea how many alternative and zero waste options there were when it came to personal hygiene items. It literally blew my mind. And now that I’ve replaced so many traditional items in my bathroom with eco-friendly versions, I feel so much better about my health and the positive impact that I am making on the environment.

When you think about it, nearly every item in your personal hygiene routine is somehow made with or packaged in plastic. From dental floss to shampoo, many items contain a lot of synthetic ingredients and harsh chemicals that aren’t kind to our health or the fragile environment.

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And I think the biggest reason that people keep investing in traditional, mainstream hygiene items is complacency. It’s hard to sever ties from personal care products that you’ve been using for years. But you never know how awesome something new will be until you try it. And that’s been my life for the past two years—trying new things.

So without further ado, I’ll share with you some really great eco-friendly personal care items that you can incorporate into your personal care routine. And if you give them a chance, you might end up wishing you’d try them sooner!

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Apple Valley Natural Soap Shampoo Bars

Apple Valley Natural Soap Simply Shea Shampoo Bar

One of the most popular zero waste personal care products are shampoo bars—and for very good reason. Shampoo bars are not packaged in plastic, they’re biodegradable, and they’re free of harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients like sulfates, parabens, silicone, and phthalates.

One of the best shampoo bar brands on the market is Apple Valley Natural Soap Shampoo Bars. AVNS hand-makes their shampoo bars in the U.S. with only organic ingredients that are always cruelty free, they ship their bars in compostable packaging, and they smell heavenly. They even produce richer lather and leave hair feeling softer than Ethique. Get it with 10% off using code: AVNSDIARIES10

BambuEarth Petitgrain Moisturizer

BambuEarth

One of the best natural skincare brands on the market right now is BambuEarth. And if you’re seeking a moisturizer that’s vegan and free of synthetic chemicals, then you should give their Petitgrain Moisturizer a try!

The BambuEarth Petitgrain Moisturizer is waterless and hydrates your skin with all natural ingredients that results in a beautiful even skin tone and improved appearance of acne, blemishes and dark spots.

TreeBird Bamboo Charcoal Dental Floss

TreeBird

No sustainable dental care is complete without natural and biodegradable dental floss in a zero waste container—especially since most traditional dental floss is packaged in plastic and made primarily of petroleum based plastic and nylon. The TreeBird dental floss is made from natural silk and contains a plant-based wax coating. The glass container is also reusable and ideal for travel.

Moon Valley Organics Lotion Bar

Moon Valley Organics

Lotion bars are an amazing alternative to traditional lotions. They’re zero waste, and contain organic ingredients that you can actually pronounce. And lotion bars like the one above by Moon Valley Organics, seals in twice as much moisture as traditional water based lotions because they’re made from moisturizing ingredients like safflower oil, sustainably harvested beeswax, calendula, and comfrey.

Paavani Organic Face Mask + Acne Cleanser

Paavani

This detoxifying all-natural cleanser and face mask by Paavani is made from herbs, clay, and other natural ingredients that have been around in India for centuries. This cleanser eliminates impurities and regulates sebum production to help prevent acne breakouts. Simply mix the powder with liquid to create a paste, and wash as usual, or leave on as a mask.

Meow Meow Tweet Natural Deodorant

Meow Meow Tweet

I love that more and more natural deodorants are being created and I love that a majority of them are packaged in zero-waste packaging, like the one above by Meow Meow Tweet. Natural deodorants are way healthier for you than the traditional kind because they are void of aluminum and parabens which disrupt hormones. Our bodies are meant to sweat, and natural deodorants allow you to do just that while neutralizing odors.

Reusable Period Pads + Liners

Asenappy

Reusable menstral pads aren’t for everyone, but aside from cups, they’re a great zero-waste alternative to traditional period pads. They’re even better for the environment than biodegradable pads because even those take a long time to break down in the landfill. Cloth pads can easily be thrown in the wash and reused many, many times—like these reusable bamboo fiber menstral pads by Asenappy which come in a pack of 10 with assorted sizes!

Ethique Face Serum Bar

Ethique Saving Face Serum

Ethique has done it again! And this time, they’ve come up with an all-natural moisturizing serum bar for the face, which generously hydrates your skin. So in lieu of using traditional face cream full of synthetic chemicals, try their solid face serum. This bar is made with Cupuacu, Shea, Rosehip and Pomegranate oils. It also contains a high concentration of antioxidants, phytosterols, polyphenols and fatty acids to promote hydrated as well as firm skin.

Jungle Culture Reusable Safety Razors

I Jungle Culture Reusable Safety Razors

Everyone shaves, whether it be their face, legs, armpits and other body parts. And many use disposable razors when they could be using reusable ones instead. When you switch to a reusable razor, you’re only switching out a metal razor blade, as opposed to throwing out plastic time and time again.

Safety razors are also great at preventing unwanted razor bumps which result in “strawberry” legs. Jungle Culture sells absolutely beautiful safety razor kits that come with 5 replaceable razor blades.

Basic Concepts Reusable Tongue Scraper

Basic Concepts

Did you know one stainless steel tongue scraper replaces 50 single-use plastic tongue scrapers? That’s why it’s a great idea to ditch the plastic variety and invest in a stainless steel, BPA-free version like the one above by Basic Concepts. It’s rust proof, easy to clean, and comes in a pack of two! It’s a great way to freshen your breath, get unwanted debris off of your tongue, and reduce your carbon footprint while doing so.

Leafico Zero-Waste Dental Care Kit

LEAFICO

If you’re searching for the ultimate sustainable dental care kit, look no further than the LEAFICO zero-waste dental care kit. It contains sustainably sourced bamboo toothbrushes with a bamboo travel case, one eco dental floss in refillable glass packaging, and one stainless steel tongue scraper—available on Amazon. And if you’re curious about more zero-waste kits, check out my latest article on the best zero-waste starter kits of 2021.

Medusa’s Makeup Vegan Beauty Subscription Box

Medusa’s Makeup

The vegan beauty subscription box by Medusa’s Makeup, contains 5 full size cruelty-free beauty items that you’ll receive on a regular basis. This box is great if you’re someone who loves to try new things, and you’ll get to discover non-toxic beauty brands that you may have never heard of before!

Noice Zero Waste Toothpaste

Noice Zero Waste Dental Gel

Noice is a revolutionary zero waste dental gel that you use in lieu of toothpaste! It’s made with botanical ingredients, essential oils, and activated charcoal that whitens teeth while getting rid of plaque! The best part? Noice is approved by dentists and the container is recyclable glass! There is also a subscription plan available which allows you to reuse the pump!