Sustainable Essentials to Lighten Your Carbon Footprint
By Anna Griffin, Coco Eco’s Editor in Chief
As we celebrate Earth Month and the opportunity to be conscious of our environment, it’s a great opportunity to discover an exciting world of sustainable fashion, personal care and lifestyle products. These tried and tested items that cover all areas of our daily life, come from forward-thinking brands who consider the tally on our planet in bringing their collections to market. This attention to detail includes the materials used, production ethics and the people involved, reduction of single-use plastic, recycling and packaging. With these stylish, sustainable essentials to lighten your footprint, it’s now effortless to go green with zero compromise.
Coming into warmer months, this 100% organic cotton shirt dress is the quintessential wardrobe staple that is perfect for the office, date night or a Mother’s Day brunch. Produced using certified sustainable materials, it features a retro, exaggerated collar, ivory embroidered puff sleeves and a tie belt to accentuate the waist, staying breezy and cool through long summer days. With the brand’s authentic effort to become carbon neutral, all packaging is 100% recycled, biodegradable and plastic-free, helping us to be part of the solution while still retaining our sense of style.
Made with recycled leather that is constructed from scraps of lambskin from production floors that would otherwise go to the landfill, and mulched into fibers, rebonded and made into supple, luscious leather garments. With its square neck and shoulder straps with silver adjustors, this beautifully-fitted Clementine top pairs perfectly with the flirty Clementine ruffle mini skirt, and are part of the brand’s Curve Collection in inclusive sizing from XS-3XL. For each leather garment sold, AS by DF donates $10 to Ocean Conservancy, donating over $40,000 last year, and have hang tags with poppy seeds that can grow flowers. Striving to be carbon neutral, all packaging is 100% plastic-free and biodegradable, resulting in collections that are sustainably chic and kind to our environment.
Fun, flirty and made from super soft, sustainable, stretch denim, constructed from 99% Tencel, the Dylana Dress features an easy shift silhouette, mini length and playful ruffle hem. Part of the brand’s Curve Collection, which includes sizing from XS-3XL, and always packaged in 100% plastic-free and recyclable materials, you can step out confidently into the world with a stylish and lighter footprint.
Handcrafted by Ethiopian artisans who are provided with safe working conditions, living wages and educational opportunities, this mini bucket bag is made from ethical, sustainable leather. Featuring a strap and drawcord close, this chic and timeless classic silhouette stylishly accessorizes your spring/summer wardrobe, can be worn cross-body, and is the perfect size for all of your essentials. KTLA viewers can get a 20% discount for 24 hours after the segment airs using KTLA20 at checkout on Parker Clay’s website.
Handmade with matte-finish, recycled glass from Bombay Sapphire bottles and 22k gold-plated pewter, this cube gold ring in Aqua brings a sustainable wow factor to any outfit. With each piece beautifully boxed and containing an artist card with its own handcrafted story, this striking ring is the ultimate accessory and happy hour conversation piece.
On a mission to make the world a healthier, more sustainable place to live for a better future, ATTITUDE’s brand focus is to create high quality personal and household care products that are better for our bodies and our planet. Using chemical-free, natural ingredients, reducing the use of plastic and planting trees to restore our environment, their global vision is to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - and Reforest - to help protect Earth. Reforest takes the circular economy a step further by not only reducing their impact on the planet, but also helping to regenerate and heal it through their reforestation initiative. In their innovative commitment to creating less waste, ATTITUDE offers the leaves bar™ collection, a range of plastic-free, essential skincare and haircare beauty bars, featuring shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, dry oil, body soap, hand soap, and lip balm, perfect for our beauty and our planet’s.
Cocofloss is a small company who are dedicated to making big changes with their luxurious oral-care products that are better for our environment. Their Smile Bliss Set features a super-soft, dentist-designed Cocobrush with a handle made of 98% recycled ocean-bound plastic, a Cocofloss single, two-month supply of vegan, textured, woven dental floss, which is spun from 85% recycled water bottles, plus an eco-conscious Cocofloss refill. Additionally the brand only uses compostable or recycled materials in their packaging, and for every Cocobrush purchased, the brand will remove an additional ten Cocobrushes’ worth of ocean-bound plastic from coastal areas in partnership with Oceanworks. With the Smile Bliss Set, dentist-approved Cocofloss is on a mission to save our smiles and our planet.
NSF-certified for performance and effectively removing odor, iron, metal ions including calcium, magnesium, copper, and other substances, with residual chlorine reduction rate as high as 97.4%, the BPA-free Lucid Water Pitcher Filter System has a 5 x longer filter lifespan of up to 200 gallons or three months. With a Smart Life Indicator on its lid to let you know when to replace the filter and a faster flow rate than its counterparts, fresh, clean, great-tasting water is only a quick pour away.Use code WDPT at checkout and enjoy a 50% discount.
Enriched with luxurious essential oils and containing powerful, natural ingredients with cleansing abilities, this All-Purpose Cleaner can be used on most indoor and outdoor surfaces, and leaves homes sparkling clean. Packaged in a refillable aluminum bottle with a minimalist design to reduce plastic waste, its EWG VERIFIED™ biodegradable, 100% vegan and cruelty-free formula is certified by PETA, for healthier, clean homes and a healthier, kind planet.
An eco-friendly alternative to traditional detergents in bulky, plastic bottles, these zero-waste, travel-friendly, laundry detergent sheets are gentler and safer than their synthetic, chemical-based counterparts, yet are still powerfully effective. Easy to use, pop sheets into the machine and they dissolve in water as they wash. With their mostly plant-derived formula and recyclable packaging, these sustainable, biodegradable detergent sheets leave a dramatically smaller footprint on the environment, helping to reduce the 1 billion plastic detergent jugs discarded every year in the US alone, while leaving washables fresh and clean. KTLA viewers can get a 15% discount from 4/11-4/18 USING KTLA15 at checkout on Kind Laundry’s website.
Lose the dryer sheets and reduce waste with a Felt Dryer Ball Set in assorted natural tones from Fair Trade e-commerce site, Ten Thousand Villages. Made from hypoallergenic, hand-felted wool, these chemical-free dryer balls are a natural way to reduce drying time, wrinkles, and static electricity. Scent your laundry by adding a few drops of essential oil to the dryer balls, wait a few minutes, and then put them in the dryer with your laundry. This long‒lasting substitute for disposable dryer sheets is a zero‒waste tool handcrafted by artisans working with Ten Thousand Villages’s Fair Trade partner, Manushi, in Nepal. Translated to mean, “energetic woman,” Manushi empowers women to take charge of their own lives through sustainable employment and financial independence.