Home décor, fashion and skin-care products that are gentle on the Earth without losing style or effectiveness.
Earth Day is Saturday, and there’s a no better time to honor Mother Earth by making your shopping habits more eco-friendly.
Companies and products that are sustainable, use fewer resources or give back are growing, and there’s no need to sacrifice style for substance. Here are some picks for products that are light on the Earth, but big in impact.
For the home
Cozy up with the oversized Zestt Organic Cotton Throw ($88 at Nordstrom), with a classic herringbone pattern. The Zestt company’s 100 percent organic textiles are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard.
Freshening up for spring? Add a fun, colorful wallpaper to an accent wall, such as Flavor Paper’s Stanley Wallpaper ($170 a roll at flavorpaper.com), a bold geometric print in four color choices. All of the company’s wallpapers are hand-screen-printed to order to reduce waste and are printed with water-based and eco-solvent inks.
Capitol Hill boutique NUBE stocks a chic selection of artisan, eco-friendly décor, clothes and jewelry, including the Dea Dia Sweet Dreams Wall Hanging ($130 at nubegreen.com), inspired by the phases of the moon and handmade in Portland using traditional metal-working methods.
Made from cement reinforced with natural fibers in a zero-emission facility, the My Spirit Garden Eco-Concrete Nod Stool ($134 at birchlane.com) is a practical and unique piece that can be used indoors or out.
For your fashion fix
The Older Brother Blazemono ($299 at olderbrother.us) is an edgy, classy mix of a blazer and a kimono. Designed in Portland, it’s cut, sewn and naturally dyed in L.A., making every piece subtly unique.
Handmade in Seattle, the Tuesday Hand Dyed Infinity Scarf in Deconstructed Blue ($44 at Show Pony Boutique, Fremont) is seriously soft in a lightweight rayon perfect for spring. Each Tuesday infinity scarf is made from a whole piece of fabric, creating no material waste.
Made from recycled polyester, the H&M Conscious Blouse with Flounced Sleeves ($30 at hm.com) is an attempt to address pollution created by the fast-fashion industry. The affordable and versatile top features on-trend polka dots and flounced three-quarter sleeves.
The Threads for Thought Austin Shirt (on sale for $50 at threadsforthought.com) has a vintage, laid-back vibe and is made from organic cotton and recycled polyester. The company is committed to green materials and ethical production practices for all of its easy basics.
Pair any top with G-Star Raw’s 3301 Slim Jeans in Blue Aged ($160 at g-star.com), a hip and polished straight-leg look that’s dyed and finished with the Hydrite process, which reduces water and energy use by up to 95 percent.
For your skin
Founded by a husband-and-wife team out of their Seattle kitchen, Herbivore Botanicals uses only natural, vegan ingredients in all of its products. The Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist ($32) softens and tones skin, while the Post Shave Elixir ($22, both at herbivorebotanicals.com) uses aloe and witch hazel to hydrate without alcohol.
Exfoliate your face with the all-natural Julep Green Tea Konjac Sponge ($12 at julep.com), from the Seattle-based company. It’s gentle enough for daily use and is enriched with green tea power to help balance skin.
Get a perfect red lip with Seattle’s Kari Gran Suji Red Lip Whip & Lip Scrub Duo ($37 at karigran.com), made purely from organic, non-GMO ingredients. The scrub preps lips for the buildable red hue that can go from a stain look to a glossy, deep red.
For your stuff
The Alchemy Goods Pike Messenger Bag ($130 at alchemygoods.com) is a versatile size that can hold a laptop, files and all your gadgets. All of Alchemy Goods’
bags are crafted in Seattle from recycled seat-belt straps and bicycle tubes, making them waterproof and durable.
Made from the eco-friendly jute fiber, Earthy Chic’s Hamsa Jute Tote ($75 at earthychic.com) can go from the beach to the farmers market in style. The Miami-based boutique donates a portion of every purchase to charity.
A favorite of celebrities, Bottletop bags are made from upcycled aluminum ring pulls that are lacquered and layered to gorgeous effect. The Aranha Enamel Coin Purse ($75 at us.bottletop
.org) pairs the soft sparkle of the tabs with leather tassles for piece that’s both arty and chic.