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Hi! My name is Svetlana, I am the founder of Camomile Impact community. Come on in, make yourself at home!

What's the topic? Entering a market with a minimum horizon of explosive growth of the coming 10 years and a volume of $ 800 billion in 2020 aimed at creating a sustainable economy.

What are we doing? We unite active people, social enterprises, start-ups, impact investors, experts focused on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the community and provide a wide range of tools to ensure personal and corporate growth for each member of the community.

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Here are 10 amazing sustainable activewear brands you will love wearing during your workouts.

When shopping for activewear, there are a few things I ask myself.

1) Was it made ethically?

2) What material is it made from?

The brands I list on my website always have a high standard of ethics when manufacturing, and if you are unsure of a brand that is unlisted, just ask them! Most should have the info on their website, but if you can’t find it, a quick email should tell you. Material wise - this is a tough one. I prefer organic cotton for my workout clothing because it is a natural fiber (even though it is usually mixed with a little spandex for stretch). These fibers don’t shed micro-plastics like recycled polyester does. Since a lot of ethically-made workout clothing is made from recycled polys, you just need to make sure to wash it correctly in order to avoid the many micro-plastics going back into the water systems. You can read more about this topic here.

Now, to get my butt back into shape….

& here are some brands helping me do so!

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tenere

Material | GRS-Certified Recycled Yarns

Price | $68-118

A new activewear brand to hit the sustainable fashion scene, Tenere is creating athletic bottoms for both men and women. Not only is Tenere using completely recycled materials (even the elastane is recycled), but they also believe in radical transparency. Each product comes with a QR code to learn all about its supply chain. Plus, they are more size inclusive than most with sizes up to 3x.


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Inhala Soulwear

Material | ECONYL

Price | $40-120

INHALA uses eco-friendly materials like ECONYL (regenerated nylon) and Peruvian fair trade organic cotton. Not only that, but the INHALA team has followed a zero-waste and no-plastic commitment, so all of their collections have zero-elastic designs. They use recycled and reusable packaging as well as home compostable garment bags. Plus, every purchase plants a tree.


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Arms of Andes

Material | Alpaca

Price | $60-250

If you are looking for high-performance & sustainable outdoor apparel, this is your go-to! Straight from the Andes mountains, Arms of Andes is using 100% Alpaca Wool in every design. Not only does their alpaca wool come from small-scale indigenous producers, but they make all of their clothing in Peru, as well. So why, alpaca? Because it’s natural, biodegradable, anti-bacterial, odor-resistant, moisture-wicking, and breathable - making it perfect for outdoor activity!


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Wolven

Material | OEKO-TEX certified Recycled P.E.T fabric (RPET)

Price | $36-108

Are you needing a little extra pep in your step when working out? Well, look no further than Wolven. Their vibrant prints are everything you need to make working out fun. I love the fact you can even wear a lot of their pieces for everyday - not just at the gym. They have many different styles, prints and colors - and even some great solid pieces (which would be awesome for mixing-and-matching with all of their prints!).


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Girlfriend

Materials | ECONYL®, Recycled PET, Recycled Nylon, Cupro

Price | $38-78

This brand is the best when it comes to size inclusivity. Girlfriend goes up to a size 6X, and has so many different colors and styles to choose from. They use a lot of different fabrics, but all are made from post-consumer waste. Their facility in Taiwan specializes in eco-friendly and high-quality textile, and their ethical cut-and-sew SA8000 certified factory is in Hanoi, Vietnam.


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Organic Basics

Materials | Tencel, Organic Cotton, Recycled Nylon

Price | $42-98

If you are looking to buy basics by the packs, this is an awesome brand to go to. Besides their comfortable underwear, Organic Basics is home to basic crew necks, socks and a really great activewear line made with Polygiene® Stay Fresh technology which helps keeps the laundry loads to a minimum. I have one of their sets from the Silvertech collection, and it is one of my favorites!!


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Pact

Material | Organic Cotton

Price | $25-45

I own a few pairs of their leggings and tanks which are great for working out. Especially if you don’t like ‘athletic’ wear, this organic cotton clothing is a wonderful alternative. It looks more like everyday loungewear, and is incredibly affordable. After owning one pair of their leggings for 6 years, I can tell you the quality is great wash after wash!

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Material | Recycled Polyester

Price | $45-58

A sustainable brand who makes conscious clothing and plants trees. So far, Tentree has planted over 43 MILLION trees! Not only that, but they try to make their clothing as accessible as possible when it comes to pricing. Their goal in creating YouWear was to give you the most sustainable activewear out there without sacrificing stretchy comfort.


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Azura Bay

Materials | Organic Cotton, Recycled Polyester, Hemp, Tencel

Price | $39-89

This place has everything you need for your undie, lounge & activewear drawers!

Azura Bay’s range of activewear includes awesome brands like Organic Basics and Groceries Apparel.

While you are there, make sure to grab some undies. They have a beautiful curated collection!


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Made Trade

Materials | Organic Cotton, Modal, Bamboo

Price | $38-110

Seriously one of the best sustainable fashion & home curated places online, Made Trade is home to several different athleisure brands!From joggers to soft tees, they have a lot to choose from for your workout routine. I’m personally loving this brand pictured here. Their name is Mary Young, and they have a lot of beautiful colors If you are looking for plus size, they have a couple options, as well!


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OM Matters

Do you remember the yoga practice cards I had on the blog last year? Well, OM Matters has created a FREE app where you can access those cards, as well as articles, inspirational quotes and journal lessons about the  8-limbed path. OM Matters also has a yoga clothing line where 10% of sales are given to support yoga for at-risk youth.

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This post is sponsored in part by Arms of Andes, Tenere, Inhala and Wolven & contains affiliate links. As always, views are genuine and brands are truly loved. Thanks for supporting the brands who are working to make this industry a fairer and cleaner place!

 

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By 2030, we will face a global deficit of 40% of water in an identical climate scenario — or even worse — than the one we are facing now. This trend is due to a combination of three factors — population growth and demographic change, urbanisation and climate change. To put this into context, the world’s total population is estimated to grow to 9.7 billion by 2050. At the same time, water consumption is increasing by 2.5% per year faster than the world’s population growth.

Energy and sustainability in the water industry

The water sector consumes 4% of electricity worldwide. If you look at one of the biggest operating costs — electricity — the savings potential becomes significant. Reducing energy expenditure will achieve greater synergies.

Organisations such as the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) or the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) are demanding that companies demonstrate corporate water management and promote the responsible use of water resources.

When it comes to climate change, 25% more natural resources are currently being used than the Earth can yield at a sustainable rate. We need to create resilient and sustainable water supply for people and industries everywhere. The water sector has a double challenge in the face of climate change. On the one hand, the need to be more efficient by reducing energy consumption and prioritising the use of clean energies. On the other, encouraging a more efficient use of water both in the agricultural and urban sectors through public awareness campaigns or improved leakage management techniques.

The water industry’s role in biodiversity and livelihood

Water is required to support biodiversity. Without sufficient and good quality water, stresses on species greatly increases biodiversity losses. In turn, biodiversity is critical to the maintenance of both the quality and quantity of water supplies, and plays a vital — but often under-acknowledged — role in the water cycle. Ecosystems and their biodiversity should not be viewed as consumers of water, but as essential elements of natural infrastructure within water management. Without ecosystems, and the complex biological relationships and processes that they support, the quantity and quality of global water resources will become severely compromised. The current paradigm, in which water and biodiversity are managed separately, is obsolete.

Managing this scarce resource

Today, 1.4 billion people worldwide are without access to basic sanitation. Worldwide, 240 million people are without access to an improved water source. Through its Access to Energy program, Schneider Electric invests in water solutions that enable universal access by deploying adapted offers for emerging countries. As an example, the company installed a solution for two wells converting energy from fossil fuel (diesel) which supplies sufficient water for irrigation at the Water Desalination Plant in El-Heiz village, Egypt. The project’s main objective was to provide the inhabitants of El-Heiz community with two solar-powered wells to cultivate around 140 Feddans. This will help reduce the company’s carbon footprint (CO2 emission) by almost 38 tons annually.

With over 40,000 installations worldwide, Schneider Electric software can help water companies to intelligently manage water supply and sanitation operations in cities like London, Sydney, Shanghai, Las Vegas or Barcelona, to name a few. There are examples like:

  • WaterForce, a New Zealand-based leader in sustainable water solutions, wanted to address the growing demand for water with a sophisticated, but easy-to-use, cloud-based water management solution that leveraged the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to monitor and control geographically isolated assets. Deployment of SCADAfarm, an integrated automation and information management platform built on EcoStruxure and Microsoft Azure technologies, has led to increased visibility of irrigation system performance and status — for both farmers and WaterForce. With more control and visibility into operations, farmers reported up to 50% energy savings in the first season. Remote monitoring means farmers save significant time driving to inspect assets. Additionally, as a solution builder (OEM), WaterForce can now offer additional value-add services such as fault diagnosis and performance benchmarking.
  • Shoalhaven Water is a large regional utility on the New South Wales South Coast covering an area of approximately 5000 km2. Tied to the Shoalhaven City Council, the utility is responsible for the delivery of potable water with the majority from four large water treatment plants in both the north and the south, as well as numerous water reservoirs and dams, water pumping stations, valves and dosing systems. Overall, they treat and distribute approximately 45 million litres of potable water each day. By utilising Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture, Shoalhaven Water mapped out a clear plan to bring quick delivery of Schneider Electric telemetry hardware and SCADA software enhancements to remote sites. This deployment has resulted in improved proactive maintenance capabilities through streamlined reporting and overall reduction in maintenance fees.

Aligned with the United Nations (UN)

Schneider Electric is proud to contribute to the achievement of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially (SDG 6) for clean water and sanitation.

Access to water and sanitation are basic human rights and are critical sustainable development challenges. These challenges will only worsen and the impacts on people will only increase as competing demands for clean fresh water (agriculture, households, energy generation, industrial use, ecosystems) are exacerbated by the effects of climate change putting more pressure on water quality and availability.

Concretely, the company addresses this challenge by prioritising water efficiency across operations by installing best practice technologies for water conservation. Schneider Electric is helping its customers drive their efficiencies across the entire water cycle, better manage their assets, as well as reducing their capital and operational costs.

Clean drinking water will be more scarce and limited in the coming years. We must balance all of society’s water needs while ensuring the poorest people don’t get left behind. It is absolutely critical that we raise awareness to achieve both conservation and efficient consumption of our most precious resource now, before it is too late.

For more information, visit https://www.se.com/au/en/work/solutions/for-business/water/.

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Do you have a special event or a wedding to attend to soon? A lot of formal evening dresses you find, today, are made from synthetics to give an appearance of silk or look more expensive than they actually are. They also use a lot of sequins and beadings made from plastic, which makes them even more difficult to decompose over time. Finding a sustainable and ethical formal gown is definitely harder to do, but there are a few handful of brands who are working to change this! You will be in a gorgeous party dress in no time!

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10 Sustainable Shoe Brands to Last You Season after Season

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AGAATI

Price | $360-1500

AGAATI designs are thoughtfully produced with a zero waste philosophy. The makers are trained to reduce {& recycle/upcycle} waste while pattern making, cutting and sewing. They make it a point to have as little waste as possible, and with what they do have, they think of creative ways to reuse. AGAATI uses natural fibers & non-toxic dyes for all of their pieces. Biodegradable fibers like cotton, silk & wool are the most popular choices for the designs, & handwoven textiles are used for at least half of them. 


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La Femme Apero

Price | $125-395

Parisienne inspired NYC-based brand, La Femme Apéro is feminine, sophisticated, bold, and sensual.

They create exclusive pieces from silk and silk/cotton blends in small quantities. You know you won’t show up to an event wearing the same thing as anyone else!

They currently have two beautiful dress designs to choose from, and a range of blouses and skirts if you prefer to wear two pieces instead of a full dress.


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Transcend

Price | $130-695

Inspired by the colors and textures of India’s shopping bazaars, Transcend’s dresses and separates are handmade and embroidered by artisans out of eco-conscious fabrics like organic cotton and linen. Founder and Designer Nazia Siddiqui wanted to make high-quality embroidery and prints accessible to women through timeless silhouettes. These pieces are designed to last, with an incredible attention to detail—one dress can take up to 70 hours to make!


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Veronika Guardi

Price | $87-219

A UK-based brand, Veronika Guardi is combining luxury and sustainable fashion to flatter all figures. Their silhouettes are celebrating all female beauty, and are designed to empower the women who wear them. Each design is made from either sustainable, recycled or deadstock fabrics. Even their manufacturing is ethical, and is done in their own EU factory.

Their prices are also very accessible, so you won’t have to pay an arm and leg to dress ethically to your next event!


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Bohyne

Price | $500 - $2000

Boyne’s beautiful collection of elegant dresses, separates, bridal wear, and accessories are made to order exclusively from locally-crafted, plant-based, and deadstock fabrics. Each piece is handcrafted through their partnership with a Cambodian Fair Trade Certified co-op and is designed to be repurposed and reworn.

Plus, Bohyne will donate 25 kilos of rice for every item sold from their Deadstock Collection.


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Amour Vert

Price | $118-238

If you are looking for great little black dresses, Amour Vert is the place to start. They have some really sweet and sophisticated silk dresses, as well.

A classic favorite in sustainable fashion, Amour Vert makes 97% of their clothing right here in the US. This brand uses a lot of beautiful, sustainable fabrics like TENCEL, Organic Cotton, Certified Silk, Ethical Wool & Hemp. Even their packaging is eco-friendly & compostable!


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Eileen Fisher

Price | $158-458

This is a classic sustainable brand to refer to when shopping for new pieces.

Eileen Fisher is very inclusive on sizing - everything from petites to plus size.

Their range of dresses can work for outdoor ceremonies or you can easily dress up the georgette crepe designs with heels for indoor attire.

Everything is just so timeless, and they use the best in sustainable fabrics.


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Sezane

Price | $150-200

While not all of their dresses could pass for an evening gown or party dress, Sezane certainly has a few that would be perfect for special occasions - like this gold beauty!

“Sézane was born from a desire to offer all women high-quality, perfectly-cut pieces that can be worn forever. Born in Paris & crafted using the expertise of the best ateliers: we offer luxury quality at a fair & accessible price. Je ne sais quoi for all.”


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Made Trade

Price | $90-588

I actually have worn this dress to a wedding before, and plan to again this fall! It is from one of my favorite sustainable brands Left Edit.

Made Trade is home to hundreds of ethical and sustainable brands, and they have a great collection of special occasion dresses for all different sizes.

With Made Trade, you are able to easily shop your values since each product clearly indicates what you are supporting!


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Stella McCartney

Price | $665-5,600

I drool over these dresses. Stella McCartney is definitely on the pricier side of things, but I would LOVE to wear one of their dresses one day.

While this is the more luxurious side of fashion, Stella McCartney is very serious about sustainability. They work hard to source some of the best fabrics for their collections, and they hold a high standard of ethics for manufacturing. This is something I wish we would see more of in luxury fashion!


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Symbology

Price | $140-325

Another great ethical fashion place to check out for plus-sizes!

Symbology has a ton of beautiful dresses to choose from - and they even have wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses if you are in the hunt for those.

This sustainable brand is out to make fair trade sexy. They have merged artisanal fabric techniques with fashion forward designs that give you a one-of-a-kind item that connects women in a global community.


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ThredUp

Second-Hand

Looking for a really great deal!?

Why not try second-hand?

ThredUP has thousands of choices, and you can even shop by occasion. They have dresses for formal, cocktail, wedding… you name it!

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This post is sponsored in part by La Femme Apero, Transcend, Veronika Guardi, Bohyne, & AGAATI and contains affiliate links. As always, views are genuine and brands are aligned with our ethos. Thanks for supporting the brands who are working to make this industry a fairer and cleaner place!

 

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When I was first introduced to Brava Fabrics, I was immediately drawn to their unique, fun prints - and prices! Often with sustainable fashion, you tend to see a lot of the same thing, like minimalistic color palettes and boxy dresses. It’s refreshing to find brands who create a little outside that niche box and take risks with their designs. Not to say Brava isn’t timeless and classic because I can wear seersucker and stripes forever, but they do have a special little character to their aesthetic. In this post, I’m going to dive into more detail on why I find this brand worth knowing - and wearing! 

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Reasons I Love Brava Fabrics

Unique Designs that Don’t Follow Trends: Trends aren’t completely bad, but they create an overwhelming sense of needing to produce more & more. You don’t have to keep up constantly with the fashion world; however, I understand the fun of it all. When it comes to sustainable fashion brands, following trends kind of defeats the purpose; if one of your designs happens to be trending, that could be a great selling point, but to design solely based on what’s popular doesn’t end up being sustainable for anyone. I like that Brava marches to the beat of their own drum, and their designs end up coming off quite timeless. I don’t think you could become easily bored or tired by their prints and patterns. 

Ethical Production in Spain & Portugal: Not only are they creating slow fashion you can wear for many years, but Brava is also ethically producing everything close to home in Spain and Portugal. They believe in fairness and transparency throughout the entire supply chain, so they keep a close relationship with all of their tailors. It’s essential for them to offer fair working conditions, adequate working hours, safe working environments, and fair wages to every employee who touches their product. Especially in the current fashion climate, these offerings are imperative. 

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Eco-Minded Fabrics: The textile nerd in me is always excited to write about this part! I want to talk about their primary choice of fabric, ECOVERO™ Viscose. I've always had a love-hate relationship with viscose. It, unfortunately, has a bad rep because generic viscose isn't that sustainable. Viscose is a semi-synthetic made from wood pulp. It's known for being very soft and comfortable and is a very common fabric (bamboo is viscose, too!). However, most of the time, the pulp used for this type of fabric is not derived sustainably, and transparency lacks in the entire production model. Luckily, LENZING™ has come out with a new standard in eco-responsible viscose with their ECOVERO™ textile. The manufacturing of LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibers generates up to 50% lower emissions and water impact than generic viscose, and it's derived from certified renewable wood sources. So we can still enjoy all the benefits viscose has to offer but in a more sustainable form. You can read more about this textile here. They also use a classic favorite, Organic Cotton. 

Affordability: A big issue we have within the sustainable fashion movement is the lack of accessibility. While sustainable clothing will cost far greater than its fast-fashion counterparts, there still needs to be a price level easier for people to obtain. I find Brava’s price points to be that happy medium more people can enjoy and feel a part of the sustainable fashion industry. 

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What I’m Wearing

Leo T-Shirt: I’m a Leo, so naturally, I fell for this shirt. This playful tee is made from ECOVERO™ (like all of the pieces I’m about to highlight), and it’s a great fit. It comes out to be just above $50 and looks purrfect with the Seersucker Shorts. 

Seersucker Ocean Shorts: I’ve always been a big fan of seersucker. It’s a great look for the warmer months, and these shorts are unbelievably comfy with their elastic waist and organic cotton fabric. Plus, they have pockets! 

Earthy Stripes Top & Pants: Wear them together or separate; the Earthy Stripes have added some much-needed summer color into my wardrobe. I honestly feel like I’m wearing pajamas because this outfit is so easy and breathable on a hot Florida day. The pants have been quite versatile in my wardrobe. I’ve been dressing them up with clogged heels for dinners out and wearing sandals for a more casual look. 

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You can shop Brava Fabrics online - here - and make sure to follow them on Instagram for updates of new clothing launches! 

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While shopping secondhand is one of the best ways to get sustainable toys for kids, there are a few brands that are super planet-friendly and making amazing toys for babies, toddlers & kids. Elliott has a bit of a mixture of hand-me-downs (some of my toys, even), pre-loved toys from my favorite kid thrift stores & new, eco-friendly toys. This post will highlight the conscious ‘new’ toys & show you where to get them! Of course, I always recommend shopping at local stores, too, if you have them. It’s wonderful to keep the small businesses thriving during this time!

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Micro Kickboard

Micro Kickboard is well-known for their kid scooters and fun helmets, but recently they released an ECO scooter made from recycled, discarded fishnets. Elliott absolutely loves this scooter, and we ride it around the neighborhood almost every day. The Mini Deluxe is $90 and is for 2-5-year-olds, and the Maxi Deluxe is $140 and is for ages 5-12. They both come with a gold standard 2-year manufacturer's warranty. Truly an awesome buy!


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Cuddle & Kind

1 Doll = 10 Meals

The owners of cuddle+kind wanted to create a sustainable stream of giving that wouldn’t rely on donations. Since September 2015, the sales of their adorable little dolls have helped provide over 13 million meals to children in need! Every cuddle+kind doll is handmade, stitch by stitch with a lot of love in Peru. They are hand-knit, hand-loomed, embroidered & crocheted by traditional artisans.


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eco-kids

A family-based business from Portland, Maine, eco-kids started with one product - an eco-dough Cammie’s (the owner) mother used to make when she was little. They ended up expanding on this product, and creating several different non-toxic arts and crafts supplies. The ingredients used are safe for children, and made from things like non-GMO flour, vitamin E and essential oils. They really are some of the best kid’s art supplies around!

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Green Toys

This is one of my favorite sustainable toy brands for kids! Every Green Toys design is made from 100% recycled plastic, primarily recycled from milk jugs. Everything is manufactured right here in the USA, and the milk jugs are collected, cleaned, and reprocessed into raw recycled plastic before being mixed with food-safe, mineral based color dyes. They have lots of different toys, but their bath time ones are definitely some of Elliott’s favorites!

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Legler

A family business based in Germany, Legler has been making eco-friendly toys since 1988. They are known for the great quality, and wide range of toys.

Something worth noting, they produce their own electricity on site with solar energy, and they’ve made their shipping process CO2-neutral.

We just see so many plastic toys, today, it’s nice to see such an amazing assortment of wooden toys to choose from.


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Le Toy Van

Another wonderful wooden toy brand, Le Toy Van is a small but big-hearted family company. They have been making wooden toys since 1995, and all are ethically-made with sustainable materials.

They use and replant a by-product of the rubber industry, Rubberwood, which they, along other woods, recycle into eco-friendly, high-quality toys. Many seem to LOVE Le Toy Van & they have won numerous awards.


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lovevery

One of the first toys I ever bought for Elliott was from this brand. I bought him their famous play gym, and he absolutely loved it. They have these amazing play kits you can have delivered to your door every two months as your child grows. Every piece of wood that comes with The Play Kits is sourced from FSC-compliant sustainable sources, and they use soft, natural 100% organic cotton. They also ship carbon neutral through projects that offset any carbon they emit while shipping.


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PlanToys

This lovely toy brand prides their business model around three pillars: Sustainable Materials, Sustainable Manufacturing, and Sustainable Mind. PlanToys use rubber trees and sawdust called “PlanWood” which is made from surplus sawdust and wood chips from production reformed using a thermal process. They finish off their products with a chemical-free kiln-drying process to make sure they last for years.

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Tegu

Elliott has so much fun with these magnetic toys!

The blocks are all specially designed to work together, and it’s amazing what you can build with them.

Tegu toys are known to help support childhood development from fine motor skills to story telling.

They make toys for babies to kids over 8, and Elliott has appreciated them from the very beginning.

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I think some of the most interesting sustainable products are the ones made from other people's trash. Many brands are taking waste and recycling it into new products for us to love again. From recycled metals to recycled fibers, it's truly amazing what you can do to prolong an object's life. I love knowing the history behind what I wear and use every day, and with these products, you usually don't know what the first product was until someone tells you - 'oh yeah, that was made out of old t-shirts OR that was made out of plastic bottles.' That's how advanced we are when it comes to recycling. These really aren't your average home recycling projects ;)

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Allégorie

Materials: Recycled Apple & Mango Peels

More than 30% of mangos are wasted during harvesting and transportation, and another 7% are wasted in supermarkets. Allégorie has collected discarded mangos from supermarkets. They’ve also collected apple peels from the juice industry since 1.4 million tons of apple peel waste is generated by the juice industry each year! They take both fruits and create textiles through eco-friendly processes.


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Dr. Scholl’s Shoes

Materials: Recycled Plastic Bottles

I am so excited to be partnering up with Dr.Scholl’s this spring to show you all the new sustainable initiatives they have been implementing over the last couple of years. They have started using plastic bottles to create their range of shoes for men, women & children. I’ll be sure to link my brand feature with them to this post soon!

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EarthHero

Materials: Recycled Plastic, Rubber, Paper, Etc…

This eco-friendly online marketplace is home to hundreds of brands, and many of which are using recycled materials to create new products.

I did a post on Eco-Friendly Office Supplies a few months back showcasing just some of the many amazing products they offer for your home workspace. So many cool recycled goods!

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ecovibe

Materials: Recycled Cotton, Metals, Water Bottles

Another online marketplace with tons of wonderful eco-friendly brands to look through! I’ve linked their section of products with recycled materials, and you can find things for your home and your closet. “We take time and care to consider where and how things are made, who makes them and what they are made out of. We support local designers, women, minority and family owned businesses and small makers and manufacturers.”


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Lo & Sons

Materials: Recycled Plastic Bottles

I own one of their organic cotton duffles, and their quality is great. In addition to Lo & Sons’ organic cotton collection, they also have several pieces made from recycled polyester. From backpacks to large weekend duffles, you can find many of their designs using this recycled fabric. Recycled polyesters are great for traveling because they are easy to clean off and you don’t have the guilt of using virgin plastics.


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LowTides

Materials: Recycled Ocean Plastic

With a truckload of plastic being dumped into our oceans everyday (yeah, it’s terrible), there has to be something positive to come from all the waste. Low Tides uses this ocean plastic to create their collection of chairs, and the prints are so fun! These chairs are very easy to carry with their two back straps. They also have 2 cup holders so you can enjoy some refreshing drinks while watchin’ the waves.


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Itemerie

Materials: Recycled Copper, Fabric, Glass, Plastic, Rubber,

A beautifully curated online marketplace, Itemerie is selling quality items you can expect to last for years. All of their items are lovingly crafted by skilled artisans, & made from responsible materials. What I think is so cool about this store are their little symbols next to each product indicating its values, which makes shopping so much easier! You can easily see which products are made from recycled materials or you can visit this page for them all!


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made trade

Materials: Recycled Plastic, Rubber, Yarn

I’m sure you have seen this shop on my site a few times already! Made Trade is home to several of my favorite sustainable brands - many of which use recycled materials to create their products.

I’ve attached a link that has all of Made Trade’s goods which are composed of post-consumer waste, and there are A LOT of them!! From clothes to your closet to dining in your kitchen, it’s amazing how many products are created from waste.


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MICRO KICKBOARD

Materials: Recycled Fishnets

Micro Kickboard is well-known for their kid scooters and fun helmets, but recently they released an ECO scooter made from recycled, discarded fishnets. Elliott absolutely loves this scooter, and we ride it around the neighborhood almost every day. The Mini Deluxe is $90 and is for 2-5-year-olds, and the Maxi Deluxe is $140 and is for ages 5-12. They both come with a gold standard 2-year manufacturer's warranty. Truly an awesome buy!


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Organic Basics

Materials: Recycled Nylon & Salt

This is an awesome brand for the basic pieces in your wardrobe. Organic Basics has a line using recycled materials called SilverTech™. This activewear is treated with a safe, permanent, bluesign® approved recycled silver salt called Polygiene® - which stops the growth of odor causing bacteria on the fabric. I own these leggings and the matching bra, and it’s one of my favorites to work out in!


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PARAVEL

Materials: Recycled Bottles

Paravel is a sustainable travel brand dedicated to exploring the world while minimizing our impact on it. They make one of the most sustainable carry-ons with a durable recycled polycarbonate exterior; recycled zippers, a lining made from 15 upcycled plastic water bottles; vegan leather details and wrapped steel handles; and an aircraft-grade recycled aluminum handle. I own one, and I have to say, it really is a nice piece of luggage!


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tonlé

Materials: Upcycled Fabrics

If you aren't familiar with the zero-waste strategies within the fashion industry, there are two popular ones {1} where all the materials are used within a pattern {2} where garments are made from existing materials. tonlé believes in combining the two in order to honor their commitment to sustainability to the fullest.

Even their smallest scraps are made into recycled office paper and sticky rice for their hang tags!


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Up-Fuse

Materials: Plastic Bags

It’s amazing the color and textures you can create with old plastic bags.

Up-fuse is saving almost 30 plastic bags from sitting in a landfill with each product produced.

Plus, each bag is sustainably-produced in their in-house workshop by their talented local sewers. I love that while they are making a conscious product, they are raising awareness for one of our biggest threats - plastic pollution.


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Wolven

Materials: Recycled PET

If you are looking for unique prints, this is your stop! Wolven has some of the coolest patterns known to swimwear and athletic wear. They are probably most famous for their leggings, and each pair uses 27 recycled post–consumer bottles to create the yarn. Wolven is also carbon neutral, and they donate 1% to the planet. Make sure to check out their new arrivals- the midi bike shorts are amazing!

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It’s about that time when we start thinking about sunny beach trips and packing our bags for some much needed ocean time. While I’ve always been one to just grab a towel out of our bathroom, it is nice to have a designated beach towel you can lay out comfortably on. This list has brands who are committed to better materials and ethical production - and make super cute beach towels that dry quickly and pack easy!

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Anaskela

Price | $58-64

Material | Recycled Plastic Bottles

These beautifully colored beach travel towels are super light weight, incredibly thin and compact helping you leave plenty of room in your vacation luggage! What’s really cool, the microfibre fabric is super absorbent, quick-drying and sand shakes right off. You don’t have to worry about bringing the beach back to your suitcase. Anaskela also sells beach blankets if you are looking for more space to lay out on.


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quiquattro

Price | $30-100

Material | Cotton

I love these beautiful Turkish towels! We still use our QuiQuattro towels - and my beach cover up - when we go spend some time in the sand. This wonderful brand partners up with Turkish artisans and women who are in need of work, but unable to leave their home. With each purchase, 10% of proceeds are donated to women’s education in Turkey.


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Affina

Price | $59.95

Material | Organic Cotton

Inspired by our coral reefs, Affina's Seaweaves™ beach towel collection is woven from natural brain coral and sea fan patterns. These colorful towels are made from 100% organic cotton using low-impact, fiber reactive dyes. Luxuriously oversized, the pattern is sculpted on the front in a soft terry velour with a solid terry back. They are tested and certified free from harmful substances by the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, and are GOTS certified.


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Coyuchi

Price | $68

Material | Organic Cotton

Another choice for a Turkish towel, Coyuchi’s flatweave Mediterranean set features a beach towel size in five different colors. They are woven from yarn dyed organic cotton, and come with the signature hand-knotted fringe. The cotton is grown and woven in the Aegean region of Turkey, and it is GOTS (a great certification) + Made Safe Certified.


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Hilana

Price | $40-55

Material | Upcycled Cotton

This is a cool towel because it uses 50% of its threads with regenerated cotton making it a more low-waste product. They are traditional flat-woven Turkish peshtemal, and crafted by artisans in Turkey. Hilana is a B Corp Certified company that creates sustainably made towels, throws, shawls, table cloths, and bathrobes that are detailed, soft and absorbent.


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Minna

Price | $98

Material | Cotton

I’ve always thought this brand made such beautiful textiles! MINNA uses traditional craft techniques to produce ethical goods with a contemporary aesthetic. Their new colorful beach towels are handwoven in partnership with weavers in Nahualá, Guatemala - and the cotton used in their products are colored with natural dyes or toxin-free synthetic dyes!


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Sand Cloud

Price | $48-70

Material | Cotton

If you are looking for some extra-large beach towels, this is your place! Sand Cloud creates sand-resistant towels that dry 3xs faster than a conventional cotton beach towel. They have lots of fun prints and colors, too. When you purchase one of their towels, you help to preserve our marine life with 10% of their profits going towards marine conservation.


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West Elm

Price | $30-40

Material | Organic Cotton

I am loving the Pool Scene beach towel pictured here. Too cute! West Elm always has something fun to add to these lists, and their prices can (sometimes) be a bit more accessible. Their organic cotton is GOTS certified, and they have Turkish style towels as well as Terry depending on your preference. While I love supporting smaller brands more, this is still a good option.

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This post is sponsored in part by Anaskela & QuiQuattro and contains affiliate links. As always, views are genuine and brands are truly loved. Thanks for supporting the brands who are working to make this industry a fairer and cleaner place!

 

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organictowels

Are you in need of some new bath towels? We suggest looking into organic cotton (or hemp even) for your next bath set! Why organic cotton? Compared to conventional cottons, it uses less water, doesn’t require harmful chemicals to produce and has an overall lower carbon footprint. When you get out the shower, why not use the healthiest fabric on your clean body? Luckily, we have many sustainable brands making affordable to more luxurious bathroom accessories.

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8 Sustainable Beach Towels for Eco-Friendly Fun Under the Sun

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Under the Canopy

This brand has a strong commitment to a cleaner planet and home goods industry. They adhere to 6 kinds of certifications {FAIR TRADE, GOTS, OEKO-TEX, C2C, RCS & FSC}, and sustainability is at the forefront of their business model. All products are made ethically with eco-minded materials. They want everyone included in conscious consumerism. Therefore, their products are affordable, accessible & {of course} attractive.


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Affina

All of Affina’s colors, patterns, and textures are inspired by nature.

Woven by some of the finest towel weavers in Portugal, these luxurious and eco-friendly bath towels are made out of 100% organic cotton. They are tested and certified free from more than 300 harmful substances by the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, and are GOTS certified. They also carry bath mitts, soap dishes, bedding, and beach towels, too!


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Coyuchi

From plush to Mediterranean style, Coyuchi is making towels to suit everyone. I really love how Coyuchi shows your impact when purchasing one of their products. For example, The Cloud Loom Organic Towels are save 1,190 days of drinking water, 5 miles of driving emissions avoided, and 114 sq ft of land farmed without pesticides. Coyuchi is probably one of the best brands to go to when shopping for linens for the home. If you get some towels, pick up a robe and bath mat, too!


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DELILAH HOME GOODS

These soft towels are European-crafted and made of 100% organic cotton. They are created with long-staple, 100% organic Turkish cotton, Global Organic Textile Standard Certified,  spun into fine yarns and loomed into long, two ply, double loops making the most of the fiber’s extraordinary length. The extra-long loops make the towels highly absorbent and soft, and up to 50% thicker than most other towels. Talk about cozy and warm!


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Grund America

From washcloths to bath mats, these organic essentials are GOTS and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified. I’ve been using their 3 Piece Organic Cotton Towel Set in Sage, and love how soft & absorbent they are. I’m going to be snagging one of their bath mats in the future!

Grund America’s mission is to ‘bring about conscious consumption for all through the use of high-quality organic linens that can be trusted to perform for years to come.’


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Sunrise Bliss

You know a product is a keeper when you aren’t in your own home and miss it. That’s how I am with these towels. I have one at my grandparents where I frequent often because I can’t wash my hair and not have one on hand. I LOVE these towels, and even carry one in my car & handbag for those ‘just in case’ days. Each towel is made from GOTS Certified Organic Cotton with low impact dyes, and washes very well.


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made trade

One of my favorite online stores for home goods has several different sustainable bath towels from you to choose from.

Made Trade carries brands like Coyuchi, Minna and Anatoli. Plus, they make sure each product covers one {or more} of these values - Sustainable, Fair Trade, Heritage, USA Made & Vegan. Each value has a little symbol that is placed right next to the product so you know exactly what category it falls under.


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SOL Organics

SOL Organics live up to these four features: sustainable, organic, fair & transparent.

I love my SOL bed sheets so I’m sure their GOTS certified towels are just as wonderful! Like their name, they look quite plush and cozy. Their longer cotton fibers means stronger, finer & smoother yarn. The long staple fibers spun into single-ply yarn makes for light, long-lasting towels. Along with their organic cotton, they also use low-impact dyes!


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Boll & Branch

Their towels look like plush luxury, and are all made from 100% organic cotton.

Boll & Branch uses a 2-ply organic cotton yarn and high pile height to give their towels a substantial feel. They are able to fluff up the yarns through a special, chemical-free tumbling process. You can always try their products out during a 30-day trial period, but based on reviews, I think you’re gonna like them. They have bath robes, too, if you want to add that on.


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Anact

A towel made from hemp and organic cotton! A fiber I’ve been rather excited to see have a comeback is hemp. The hemp fiber has so many benefits, it’s silly we haven’t been able to grow it for years, and unfortunately, at this point, there are still a few obstacles to combat such as access to quality fiber seed, processing equipment and market size before it becomes widely used. This brand is based in my town Jacksonville, FL and they make a wonderful towel set!!

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Chepangs living in absolute poverty in Nepal are starving for weeks due to COVID-19 lock down. IIAD is collaborating with local communities and support partners to provide basic food for Chepangs in Jimling and other Chepang communities in Nepal. The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown have resulted in a loss of economic opportunities and income for daily wage workers and Chepang community people, and have severely impacted their access to food, especially daily wage workers and Chepang community people, of which 90% live below the poverty line. 

Your donation will help provide essential food items. 

  • Rice (25 kgs) 

  • Lentils (Daal) (2 kgs) 

  • Beans (2 kgs) 

  • Oil (1 ltr) 

  • Salt (2 kgs) 

  • Soap (5 pcs) 

This fundraising campaign is a collaborative effort of the Institue of Indegeneous Affairs and Development (IIAD) (Non-Profit), Pariwartak Nepal (NGO), JMT Youth Club Association (Rapti, Chitwan), Youth for Agri, Bairen Agro Consultant and Traders, working together to support vulnerable communities of Nepal affected by lockdown during COVID-19. 

*All of your donations will be used towards supporting the families – there will be no administrative / overhead costs.* 

DONATE NOW 

Let’s work together to provide families with the essential food items they need. Participate as you can, any contribution makes a huge difference! 

Bank Transfer 

A/C No: 0040560005015 

A/C Name: Maskey Radhika Shrestha 

Bank: Nepal Investment Bank Limited 

Branch: Pulchowk 

SWIFT: NIBLNPKT 

International Donations 

https://chuffed.org/project/covid-19-relief-package-to-indigenous-chepang-community-in-nepal 

Thank you. 

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