Feel like staying in for Valentine’s Day? You can find some really cute sustainable matching mommy and me loungewear and pajamas at Posh Peanut! Made from super soft bamboo viscose, these outfits are hypoallergenic, and super comfortable!
This Valentine’s day, wakeup matching with the entire family! Free Birdies is a sustainable fashion brand that offers matching family pajama sets. Their bamboo viscose pajama sets contain really cute Valentine’s Day patterns that the the whole family will love—even dad!
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If you’re on the hunt for eco friendly footwear, then you’re one of many women who are turning away from fast-fashion and opting for carbon-neutral alternatives that don’t pollute the planet.
When it comes to shoes, we as consumers are so accustomed to buying pair after pair of shoes that we never really stop and ask where they’re sourced from, what they’re made of or where they were manufactured.
Many people don’t know that ethically sourced footwear even exists, and those who have heard of such market are skeptical of durability and price.
Sustainable and ethically sourced shoes are actually extremely durable and in most cases, stylish. And when it comes to price tag, they typically run anywhere from $50 to $100–which is actually not bad considering what a pair of Nikes goes for these days.
Ethical shoes are also manufactured in ethical factories—meaning that workers get proper pay and humane work conditions.
In this article, you’ll find our favorite sustainable shoe brands who craft their footwear from recycled and eco friendly plant material(s), like hemp and organic cotton and even banana fibers.
The Stylish And Sustainable Women’s Shoes You Need This Summer
Sequoia Vegan Slip On Shoes By Saola
If you love slip on shoes, then you will definitely fall in love with the Sequoia vegan slip ons by Saola made from eco-friendly materials like recycled PET from plastic bottles, Algae Foam, and natural cork. These shoes are airy, lightweight and contain removable soles. These shoes are way cuter than Toms, and look great with jeans, skirts and maxi dresses! Saola is a member of 1% For The Planet as well.
Astral Maria Help Slip On Shoe
The Maria slip on shoe by Astral is made from industrial hemp canvas which is way more eco friendly than cotton or leather. These sustainable hemp shoes get softer with age and are entirely washable. If you’re someone who loves boating, these shoes contain excellent grip. They’re also mold resistant and contain polygiene-treated insoles which eliminates odors.
Cannon Vegan Knit SneakersBy Saola
If you love classic street sneakers, then these knit vegan sneakers by Saola would look really great on you. These lightweight and breathable vegan sneakers are constructed from recycled PET from plastic bottles, Algae Foam, natural cork, and organic cotton. They pair well shorts, jeans, khakis and leggings!
Unisex Hemp Shoes By Astral
Whether you’re a wilderness athlete or just running some errands across town, these sustainable and ethically sourced hemp shoes by Astral are made for the active minimalist. They’re unisex, and contain a level footbed and wider toe box for ultimate toe room. They provide excellent grip and are great for both walking and boat rides.
Saola Cannon Vegan Leather Shoes
Another great pair of eco friendly street sneakers, the Cannon vegan leather shoes by Saola are constructed from recycled PET from plastic bottles, Algae Foam, natural cork, and organic cotton. The shoe laces are also made from organic cotton. These sustainable shoes pair great with jeans, khakis, shorts and leggings.
Converse Chuck Taylor Canvas Sneakers
Not many people know this, but all of the Chuck Taylor sneakers by Converse are actually vegan. They’re made with vegan adhesives, rubber and cotton fabric. The brand’s other shoe models sometimes contain leather, but the Chuck Taylors are always leather-free. These are a classic shoe and pair well with casual outfits! Even vegan celebs like “Stranger Things” actress Millie Bobby Brown endorses Converse and even has her own designs with the brand!
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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.
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
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 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 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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
Zero Waste Handbag Essentials
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!).
Do you have any of these items in your handbag? What zero-waste items would you add?