Made using just three ingredients—aloe, South American soap bark extract and coconut-based cleanser—this dishwashing block from Well Earth Goods is designed to reduce plastic and packaging waste in the kitchen. The soap is crafted to cut through grease and grime, as well as sanitize food-stained surfaces. It can also be used on stains in fabrics (from apparel to carpets) and thanks to the infused aloe, it’s gentle on skin.
Part of Patagonia’s Worn Wear collection, this denim bag is crafted in the USA from reclaimed, post-consumer organic cotton canvas and denim. Big enough for a grocery, beach or weekend trip, it features reinforced straps to make carrying your gear easy and comfortable. The interior is lined with post-consumer polyester fabric and postindustrial recycled Supplex® nylon. And, because each piece of fabric is reclaimed, every bag is unique.
Using colored lenses crafted by the ZEISS Vision Science Lab in Tübingen, luxury eyewear maker Morgenthal Frederics’ ChromoClear glasses offer science-backed relief from everyday eye stressors. This particular hue, dubbed Focus, may improve concentration and reaction time with continuous wear, and boost productivity and the speed of reading in situational use cases. The frame, made from a tortoise patterned compostable acetate, is available in three shapes.
Made from pulped eucalyptus and beech and bioreactor-grown algae, Vollebak’s aptly named Plant and Algae T-shirt can be composted and all fabrics and inks are produced from sustainable plantations that are FSC- and PEFC-certified. The supple blend of lyocell from trees and linen from plants proves soft and comfortable, and the algae-made ink won’t run or bleed—or pollute waterways. The brand affirms, if composted, this garment will be worm food in 12 weeks.
Wrapped in a blue and white grid cover, Poketo’s A5 Monthly Planner (which measures 5.8 by 8.3 inches) is printed on tree-free paper. Thanks to its open-date grid system, users can use it during any year. With enough pages to span a 16-month period, this planner is also available in A4 and A6 sizes.
Made from 100% recycled fishing nets, House of Holland and Speedo’s long-sleeved swimsuit boasts a somewhat retro tie-dye pattern, but the silhouette is contemporary and sleek. With high-cut legs, the suit’s plunging zipper offers a little flexibility and breathability.
Made from 100% recycled paper, Who Gives A Crap’s toilet paper is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional, big brand versions. Their iteration is three-ply, made without inks, dyes or scents and boast 400 sheets per roll. For $30, you receive a box of 24 rolls. Additionally, the brand gives 50% of its profits to WaterAid—an initiative that helps provide access to clean water and toilets, as well as education regarding sanitation and hygiene.
Made from stainless steel rather than plastic, this ice pack not only saves water but it saves users from having to store it in plastic, too. It stays cold for four to six hours and reaches its lowest temperature after two hours in the freezer. It’s non-toxic and filled with distilled water—so there’s no chance of it leaking any unwanted substances.
Packable and easy to carry, To-Go Ware’s Repeat Utensil Kit features a pair of chopsticks, a fork, knife and spoon. Each utensil is made from recycled bamboo and the carrying case is made from RPET (recycled PET plastic). Plus, they’re heat- and stain-resistant and won’t absorb unsavory flavors.
Packaged inside biodegradable membranes, Dropps’ dishwasher detergent pods are eco-friendly, while still strong enough to combat grease and food debris. Free of harmful dyes and fragrances, the soaps can be naturally broken down by 55 different species of micro-organisms commonly found in river water—if they make it there. For the listed price you’ll receive 64 pods.
“Wear what you care about.” Each Prinkshop piece has a purpose, from supporting Planned Parenthood to empowering those suffering from addiction. The “Ban(g) Ban(g) Ban(g)” T-shirt benefits Everytown, an organization that’s committed to ending gun violence, with 30% of profits being directed there. Spark action and discussion every day you wear it.
Made from cellulose and wood-pulp cotton, these made-in-Sweden sponges are 100% biodegradable and compostable, though should last between six to 12 months. Available in various colors and patterns, they’re ultra-absorbent and naturally anti-bacterial—thanks to their quick-dry ability. Just one of these cloths should replace some 17 rolls of paper towel.
A first-ever for the sneaker industry, Native’s The Plant Shoe is a low-cut silhouette made entirely from plant-based materials. From the eucalyptus pulp lasting board to the pineapple husk upper, the sneaker adheres to 100% zero-waste biodegradability standards, is aerobically compostable and is Certified Animal Free. The cork midsole (something a few brands are turning to for its antimicrobial properties) lends comfortability, while a cotton and linen insole affords breathability. The release is significant for its material innovation and resourcefulness—plus, it looks luxe without employing environmentally unfriendly materials or processes.
If the new year has gotten off on the wrong foot and you’re already feeling overwhelmed, aromatherapy can make a difference in transforming your headspace. Vitruvi’s pre-blended essential oil bottles are slightly easier than mixing a bunch of separate ingredients yourself, and each blend has its own inspired mood or place. The Quiet blend (ylang ylang, geranium, amyris, clary sage) is great for recharging your mental batteries.
Only to be used for good, Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company has plenty of superpowers in stock, from Doom and Gloom to Omnipotence and Magnificence. Our pick is Chutzpah—a little extra nerve and audacity for when you most need it. Available in half pints or full gallons, purchasing powers from BSSCo doesn’t just benefit yourself—each purchase supports 826NYC, an organization that offers creative writing and homework programs for NYC public school students.
According to various studies, Americans alone use some 500 million straws every day, and almost every single plastic straw ever made (regardless of whether it’s been recycled) still exists in some way on this planet. One little, and very easy, step we can all take to lessen the waste, pollution and eight million tons of plastic trash that ends up in our oceans is adopting reusable straws. This set of four stainless steel straws (two curved, two straight) are BPA-, phthalate-, lead and toxin-free, and will never rust. They even come with a little brush to make cleaning them extra simple.