VEGAN, ZERO-WASTE, FAIR-TRADE, ORGANIC, ECO-CONSCIOUS, GLUTEN-FREE, PLASTIC-FREE, CRUELTY-FREE,
These are the ideals that I am striving towards in my purchases. As of right now, I buy 100% vegan and all of the companies I recommend below claim to be eco-conscious. (Granted, this of course could just be green-washing, but I trust my judgement and will make any uncertainties I have known.) I am slowly but surely reducing my plastic purchases and try to buy fair trade and organic when I feel as if I have the capacity to. (I am also quite skeptical of fair trade labels, but that’s a conversation for another time.) Below are my top picks for making ethical consumer choices. I hope these suggestions can inspire you and help you live a more ethically well life!
Cosmetics & Toiletries
GentleFloss VeganFloss Cranberry-Aloe 100 yd by Eco-DenT
100 yd in a cardboard box
Grapefruit Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream by Meow Meow Tweet
2.4 oz in a glass jar
Virgin Coconut & Argan Oil Formula Shampoo Bar by J.R.LIGGETT’S*
3.5 oz in paper wrapping
- Facial Moisturizer
100% Pure Cold-Pressed USDA Certified Organic Moroccan Argan Oil
4 fl oz in glass bottle with plastic cap
SPF 30 Sport Organic Sunscreen by Juice Beauty
3.75 fl oz in a plastic 😦 bottle**
Albatross Double-Edge Safety Razor by Albatross***
completely metal, stainless-steel
*I am not super committed to this shampoo brand, however, if you are shopping online they have a shampoo bar that is under $10 and they are one of the more reputable and established companies. When I first converted to bar shampoo I did a lot of research and settled on buying J.R. Liggett’s. However, now I just buy whatever vegan shampoo bar I can find at local shops. Also note that this bar soap uses what they call “sustainably harvested” palm oil.
**I have yet to find a sunscreen not packaged in plastic and I have yet to begin experimenting on creating my own. I chose Juice Beauty’s sports sunscreen after extensive research into finding the best vegan sunscreen. This is why I settled on this bottle in particular: vegan, many organic ingredients, provides protection with non-nano zinc oxide (the only sun protectant that I trust), is tinted so it blends into my skin better than other pasty white natural formulas, waterproof, hydrating, is modestly priced (compared to other “natural” brands that fit my criteria).
***This is the only item on this page that I have not bought and used myself. I do not use razors, however, I know many people do and this is the razor I would use if I were to pick one. It is suitable for all genders/sexes, completely metal (plastic-free!), durable (you may not have to purchase another razor ever again), Albatross will recycle the blades for you, and the blades are cheap to replace.
I like to thrift a lot of my clothes. Thrifting offers a unique sense of style to the consumer, is better for the environment (even if you are buying from a “green” company), and is (in many cases) cheaper than buying new clothes! Your local thrift stores will vary depending on where you live. You can also consider buying second-hand clothes from online. This is eco-friendly in the sense that you are not driving the demand to produce new clothing, however this is also not eco-friendly because of the packaging waste and shipping pollutants required for online deliveries.
PACT specializes in organic cotton products. They claim to be sweatshop and childlabor free. From my personal experience, the company also has excellent customer service.
Vivobarefoot is my favorite footwear company at the moment. So far I own the Hiker FG Womens (low-rise hiking boots) and the Stealth II Womens (trail running sneakers) shoes.
Fairphone I don’t actually own a fairphone yet, so I cannot personally attest to its quality and abilities, but as of my research thus far it seems like the best option. (Warning: It is quite expensive.)