Eco-Friendly Products for the Home
Eco-Friendly Products for the home are becoming more and more desirable. Nowadays companies are starting sustainable practices to help lessen their carbon footprint. Although these companies are out there, you may not have the time to do the research. That is why The Mindful Merchants have decided to make this extensive and very helpful list of environmentally friendly products and companies.
Each of these companies and products have been hand-picked based on the materials they use, their business ethics, whether they are gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan or vegetarian and the methods they use to help reduce their carbon footprint. Follow me as I take through this wonderful journey of Environmentally friendly products and companies for your home.
Quick Jump Guide:
The amount of plastic waste in our oceans and waterways is mind-boggling: 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year. Plastic bottles alone make up 1.5 million tons of plastic waste annually.
Plastics and other litter ultimately end up in the world’s gyres, or circulating ocean currents, and can turn into dense vortexes of trash. The most famous marine trash heap, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is twice the size of Texas.
Which Eco-Friendly Products Can Be Used In Daily Life?
Now, you may be asking yourself, which eco-friendly products can be used in daily life? The answer is all of the products and companies listed below can be used in your daily life. You can choose one or all of the following products to use every day and you will be well on your way to living a happy sustainable lifestyle.
Section 1: Eco-Friendly Products for the Home - Clothing
Why is eco-friendly clothing important? The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world. The first being oil. Let that sink in for a moment. It can take 2,700 liters of water to produce the cotton needed to make a single t-shirt; a pair of jeans uses 1,800 gallons of water; there are 1,600 chemicals being used in the dyeing processes. And guess what, only 1% of those chemicals have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency; a T-shirt can travel up to 3,500 km before it lands on a consumer’s back.
We can sit here and blame the industry for all of the wasteful things they do, but honestly, the industry is not the only ones to blame. Consumers are consuming 400% more clothing today versus 20 years ago. Statistics says the average garment is worn only 7 times before it gets thrown away! Wha-WHAT?! 7 times! I wear my shirt 7 times before I wash it! Just kidding, that would be gross, but I think you get the point.
I get it, those are staggering statistics. Maybe I came in a little too strong for the first section of this list. But before you drop everything, consign all your clothes, and join a nudist colony; check out these great companies that are making a real effort to be more sustainable and help the environment. So without further ado, here is your first section of Eco-Friendly Products for the Home.
The motto for Alternative Apparel is to ensure fair, safe & clean workplace conditions on a global scale. They have also joined the movement called the Fashion Revolution. Alternative Apparels garments are crafted with sustainable materials & processes, including organic & recycled materials, low-impact dyes & water-conserving washes. There clothing is super soft and extremely affordable. For a more concise look at eco-friendly clothing for men, you can check out this blog post ethically sourced men's clothing.
Soul Flowers brand is more of a festy look. They use fun colors and graphics to show off their hip style. Ethically made, they use organic and recycled fabrics that are much better for the planet than conventional materials. The processes and materials Soul Flower use include organic cotton, low impact dyes, recycled plastic, hemp, made in the USA, ethically made, fair trade, upcycled.
United By Blue is an outdoor brand that is all about conservation work. As part of your job description at United By Blue, you are out removing plastic bottles, styrofoam, tires, old appliances, you name it from creeks, rivers, beaches, and streams. They organize and host cleanups to make a measurable impact on the most pressing environmental problems: ocean trash and plastics pollution.
The adventure that is life can be complicated, so Toad & Co. keeps it simple. They make one wardrobe that makes you feel as good as you look: clothing versatile enough for work and play, and sustainably made to help clean a dirty apparel industry.
Moosejaw is one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country because they stock the finest products, offer amazing prices/promotions, and shock customers with their amazing service.
- Moosejaw is the most fun outdoor retailer in the world carrying the finest outdoor gear and apparel available. They appeal to fun, adventurous customers, and cost-conscious gear heads.
- Free Shipping on orders over $35
- Moosejaw has a ballin' reward program! Earn up to 10% back in Moosejaw Reward Dollars on full price items and 2.5% back on sale items. Use them on just about anything in your next order. Learn more at moosejawrewards.com.
Prana partners with various charities and organizations to help do their part. Whether it’s cleaning up beaches in SoCal or sending aid to areas affected by natural disasters, Prana's goal is to serve our community. Additionally, during the holiday season, we donate a portion of the proceeds from a select collection of items to Outdoor Outreach. This not-for-profit organization transforms lives by connecting underserved youth with the outdoors.
As part of Reformations sustainability efforts, they invest in green building infrastructure to minimize our waste, water, and energy footprints. The love doesn't stop there, they also provide on-the-job training and opportunities for growth. Because of this, they are investing in the people who work at Reformation and supplying job security.
Threads 4 Thought is a full lifestyle brand of fashion that is produced responsibly & supports sustainable initiatives like the International Rescue Committee’s New Roots program. They started as a small startup with just a few eco-friendly tees. I would say business was good because they now offer a large array of wardrobe staples.
Everlane coined the term radical transparency, and it happens to be their business model. They partner with the best, ethical factories around the world. Source only the finest materials. And share those stories with you—down to the true cost of every product they make.
Section 2: Sustainable Products for the Home - Eco-Friendly Shoes, Boots and Sandals
In this next section of Eco-Friendly Products for the Home, we ask ourselves what makes a shoe eco-friendly? The term eco-friendly has collected a lot of attributes over the years. It used to be, when you said you had an eco-friendly product, it was made with sustainable or recycled materials. Over time, eco-friendly started taking on new meanings. It went beyond just recycled materials.
Companies started paying more attention to how the product was manufactured. Asking questions like "Are we making this in an environmentally responsible way?" or "How much water do we use?" and "Are we conserving resources during production?"
Questions like these brought us very far. Today, saying you have eco-friendly product can mean it uses recycled materials to make it or the packaging, it is made in a facility that is conscious of waste management, it is fair trade and ethical to their workers, and is vegan.
Below you will find a list of Eco-Friendly Shoe Companies that follow these practices to bring you a comfortable, stylish, and ethically sourced shoe!
The Peoples Movement
The People’s Movements pairs eco-conscious materials with up-cycled plastic bags cleaned from Bali. They also support organizations like 5 Gyres who have systematically reduced plastics through oceanic research, collaboration, and action.
Since 2001 9.6 million trees have been planted by Timberland. Along with planting millions of trees Timberland employees have also put in 1,00,000 hours of community service to help clean up our planet. Every pair of Timberland boots are made from recycled plastic bottles which makes me wonder if they are getting the bottles directly from their community service...that is one way to cut out the middle man.
Keen has donated more than $15 MILLION to non-profit organizations around the world. They have a Gandhi like approach to their business model. That being they will be the change they wish to see in the world. They have a 3 point business model 1) Giving Back, 2) Taking Action, and 3) Reducing Our Impact.
Etnies has a great program they can "Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree". It started in 2011 by the owner of the company Pierre-Andre Senizergues. His goal was to plant a tree in the rainforests of Costa Rica for every pair of shoes purchased. The program was so successful, that after 1 year, they were able to expand to Brazil. Thanks to the help of a partnership through Trees for the Future, the reforestation program has expanded to three continents in five years. Etnies has gone the distance! They are proudly celebrating the milestone of reaching one million trees in the Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree program.
Birkenstock was probably the first shoe that I ever heard of that was eco-friendly. Each piece of footwear from Birkenstock is carefully crafted for comfort and support. Their method of creation is deeply rooted in the fine arts and it shows! Birkenstock goes back not decades but centuries. They have been producing a fabulous product since 1774. They may be a bit expensive, but these babies last! I actually bought my first pair in 1775, and I still have them! ...Just kidding.
MooShoes sells more than just shoes and also has brick and mortar stores in New York City and LA. Founded by sisters, Erica and Sara Kubersky, MooShoes is a vegan-owned and vegan made business. They sell an assortment of cruelty-free footwear, bags, t-shirts, wallets, books and other accessories.
Doc Martens last long and kick ass. These shoes have been around for a long time and have deep roots in blue-collar work and punk rock. Doc Martens maintain their sustainability by reducing the impact they have on the environment by not using any of the following:
- Animal Fur – this includes farmed fur as well as fur which may be a product of the meat industry.
- Endangered Species – this includes all species listed on the CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) lists of endangered species.
- Leather or skin products from exotic and wild-caught animals – including alligator, crocodile, lizard, snake and reptile skins.
Section 3: Environmentally Friendly Products for the Home - Eco-Friendly Kitchen Products
Ah, the kitchen, where the magic happens. Here is where you will be preparing all of that yummy delicious organic food you bought. But you are going to want to use various products and greenware to handle this precious food.
Unfortunately, all those plastic containers that we’ve been storing our food and drinking water out of, including BPA and phthalates. These two little rascals are not something you want in your body.
BPA is found in many plastic water bottles, as well as in canned food. It’s a synthetic hormone that has been linked to breast cancer. Phthalates are no better and can throw your hormones and thyroid out of whack.
Then, of course, there's the environmental impact of plastic. One water bottle takes hundreds of years to break down and is usually stuck in a landfill or banished to the ocean to dispose of. Did you know there are 5 massive garbage piles floating in the ocean? One of which is called The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Now think of the animals that eat this plastic, that we then, in turn, eat ourselves! A vicious cycle I know. It is extremely important that we stop mindlessly littering and start using more biodegradable, eco-friendly products for the home. Luckily there are some great companies out there supplying us with these eco-friendly kitchen products today!
Earthwise creates machine washable and reusable produce bags. Their bags are BPA-FREE and food contact safe. Use these bags for countless shopping trips and then easily store your food away in the fridge with these bags. Fantastic for shopping for all your produce - from small to large fruit to all kinds of vegetables. The purpose of these mesh bags is to eliminate the need for plastic bags. Made from strong, durable mesh so they will last for hundreds of uses.
Ubae creates quality teak made Solid wood cooking tools. These light and comfortable pans are easy to use and easy to clean. They are safe to use without any chemical contamination. Ubae also makes kitchen utensils. Their kitchen utensils are made from solid wood. A technique designed to protect your cooking utensils and ensure that you will not scratch or damage your kitchenware.
Wondering how to safely store your food in a healthier more sustainable way? Well, Vermonter Sarah Kaeckhas your answer. Since 2012 Bee's Wraps have been making the kitchen a better place by eliminating the use of plastic sandwich bags. Today, Bee’s Wrap is handmade by our growing team in Bristol, Vermont, workshop tucked at the edge of a winding river. Bee's Wrap is a versatile and durable solution for sustainable food storage.
Another company that is shaking it up in the kitchen is Etee. Similar to Bee's Wrap but completely different! The ETEE wrap forms a protective, breathable seal over just about any perishable. This product is made from essential oils, coniferous tree resin, trace amounts of Non-GMO soy wax, and organic cotton cloth. The ETEE wraps seal your food better than any plastic wrap ever could.
This company goes beyond kitchenware. They also have a whole line of office products and school products.
GE is a large company, and when companies get really big they have a certain responsibility to the environment. They offer a recycling and disposal program for old appliances. GE is also a proud partner of the EPA's (Environmental Protection Agency) WasteWise Program. This is a voluntary initiative focused on waste reduction and saving environmental resources while reducing emissions. GE Appliances is also committed to more sustainable transportation when moving appliances from manufacturing operations to retailers and consumers.
Section 4: Eco-Friendly School Supplies
Another great place to start reducing your waste is with school supplies. There are many environmentally friendly products out there that give you the same functionality of traditional pens and pencils, but with less impact on the environment.
By changing out a few of these products you could make a big difference in the amount of waste you're producing. You can dramatically reduce the amount of plastic bags you throw away by switching to reusable lunch bags. And opting for a reusable water bottle instead of throwing out plastic ones is an easy way to help ensure that U.S. landfills aren't being overrun by potentially toxin-emitting plastic containers. Let's take a look at some of the companies making eco-friendly products that are changing the way we are doing back to school shopping. If you are specifically interested in eco-friendly school supplies you can follow the link to our other blog.
Elmer's is an oldy but goody. Elmer's glue is a vegan glue, which means it does not use animals to create their glue. A lot of glues use horse hooves and other animal by-products to make the gelatin that goes into the glue. The Elmer’s Statesville, N.C., the plant employs several initiatives to help reduce, reuse and recycle.
Planet Wise products are all PVC-free and lead-free. Their reusable bags have been designed to replace disposable items like plastic bags. The bags are also made from environmentally friendly FDA food safe material. These versatile bags have been designed to be useful for every age - from young children in diapers to mature adults in diapers.
Bentology Lunch Set
Bento boxes are the perfect alternative to bags. Bento lunch boxes come in sets of 5 containers, 3 leak-proof lids, and an ice pack with various designs. The bag is fully insulated, has multiple compartments and comes with a handle that makes it easy to carry.
Section 5: Eco-Friendly Products for the Home - Eco Friendly Electronics
The purpose of eco-friendly electronics is to minimize the use of energy. But that's not all, green electronics also feature materials and use manufacturing processes that are less energy-intensive than traditional methods. Often they even use renewable and natural materials.
There is a company called the EPEAT that regulates what would be considered eco-friendly electronics and technology. To quote the EPEATS website "The EPEAT program provides independent verification of manufacturers’ claims and the EPEAT online Registry lists sustainable products from a broader range of manufacturers than any comparable ecolabel. National governments, including the United States, and thousands of private and public institutional purchasers around the world use EPEAT as part of their sustainable procurement decisions."
iBamboo is an electricity-free speaker made from...you guessed it BAMBOO! Bamboo is a natural material, and these speakers are made from 1 single piece. The iBamboo is designed to use the natural resonance of the bamboo to amplify the sound produced by the built-in speaker in the iPhone 4/4S and the iPhone 5.
House of Marley has a whole line of eco-friendly speakers and headphones. All of their products are made from recycled materials as well as bamboo. Fine handcrafted quality and fantastic bassy sound. For more reviews on House of Marley products check out our blog Eco-Friendly Speakers and Headphones| 9 Devices by The House of Marley Reviewed.
USB Cell is changing the way we use our batteries. With over 15 billion batteries being thrown away each year and the increased need for portable devices, a new solution for batteries needs to be had. USB Cell has a new way we look at rechargeable batteries. Their batteries have a built-in USB so you can charge on the go!
Eco-Amp by Eco-Made
The eco-amp is a fun little tool to help amplify the sound of your iPhone. Simply slip the amp on the end of your phone and you have a party! The Eco-Amp is made out of a renewable material which is an FSC approved 100% post-consumer fiber paper, thus making it a sustainable alternative for iPhone users who are looking to amplify and enhance their iPhone. The Eco-Amp is also made from 100% Post Consumer and Alternative Fibre Papers, Green Seal™ Certified and Made with 100% Green Energy, and Made Carbon Neutral Plus.
You will not find a more luxurious massage chair anywhere in the world. This all-encompassing massage chair will take your massaging to the next level. Whether you’re pursuing a healthier lifestyle, recovering from pain or injury, or simply looking for enhanced relaxation, a zero gravity massage chair from iZen might be able to help.
The SteriPen Ultra is an amazing water purifying device. SteriPen Ultra purifies up to 150 liters on one set of AA batteries. What is so amazing about this device is that it purifies a half liter of water in 48 seconds or 1 liter in 90 seconds. It also destroys over 99.9% of bacteria Viruses and protozoa.
Section 6: Eco-Friendly Products for the Home - Eco-Friendly Outdoor Gear
With outdoor recreational activities becoming more and more popular so is the need for eco-friendly outdoor gear. With more people hitting the trails that means more products being bought for such activities. Luckily, Numerous outdoor companies big and small have launched initiatives to create outdoor gear that uses recycled materials and more sustainable production methods. The results are a new class of “green” gear that is better for the planet, while still offering a high level of performance.
Every KingCamp Airbed is made of 100% polyester with TPU coating. They are damp-proof, comfortable, durable and very firm with 192 stabilizers between the top and bottom. Inflate and deflate your bed fast with the Boston Airtight valve. Each bed includes compression straps, an oversized oxford carrying bag and repair kit. FREE SHIPPING on Amazon.com.
Marmot is an outdoor clothing and sporting goods company. Like all of the companies in this list, Marmot strives to minimize the impact they have on the environment. Marmot has an initiative they created called EnviroFree. EnviroFree reduces the chemicals used in the manufacturing process. Their collection of clothing includes more and more products that are made from recycled polyester, organic cotton, and other environmentally friendly materials. Marmot also partners with bluesign®. For more information visit bluesign.com.
I was once told that for foodies, all roads lead to Cast Iron. Cast Iron pans are an incredible tool to have in your kitchen. You don't need to wash them as frequently as regular pans, they don't chip, you can put them in the oven, on the stove, or take with you and cook on the fire. Anyway, cast iron pans are amazing, and Lodge Piece make the best! Lodge's continuing efforts to monitor and reduce energy consumption at our foundry, warehouse and offices have led to an increase in the energy efficiency of nearly 20%! They have many achievements in reducing their footprint I could write a whole blog about it. Luckily, they already have! So if you are interested in learning more, you can check them out here Lodge Eco-Responsibility.
Homitt makes cooler bags that are easy to carry, have airtight zippers, and have an anti-bacterial design. The cooler has a comfortable shoulder strap for light loads and side handles for heavy loads. The exterior has a TPU coating to prevent sweating and the interior has an antimicrobial liner that resists mold and mildew. And to finish it all off the airtight zipper and whole seal process keeps the inside nice and isolated.
In 2014 Yeti introduced a jacket made from eco-friendly plant-based nylon enabling nature lovers to protect nature while enjoying it. The eco-friendly nylon, called Next To Nature, is based on renewable plant oil instead of scarce fossil oil. What is even better is the material is soft and comfortable! Phew, that's a relief! Said to feel as soft as silk fabric is antistatic and PA-coated for water resistance.
BioLite creates off the grid products that save on energy and use less electricity. Their collection of outdoor tools is vast and incredible. They supply everything from wood stoves to solar planets. A portion of every purchase gets re-invested into our work bringing safe, reliable energy across sub-Saharan Africa. And not for nothin', they have a really nice website too.
Raw Elements has made a sunscreen that is gentle enough for use on infants and meets the performance demands of the most extreme athletes. By utilizing a sustainable, recycled, Non-Nano, uncoated Zinc Oxide as the sole active ingredient Raw Elements has created an eco-friendly sunscreen that can be used on anyone. This is delivered in a gentle, Certified Organic ingredient, Eco-Safe, Reef-Safe, Leaping Bunny - Cruelty-Free certified, Non-GMO Project Verified, NPA Certified Natural formula.
Bamboo Roots is an honest and ethically rooted company. All the raw bamboo materials that are used in their products have been cultivated in a sustainable manner without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. Because of this, the product is organic and suitable for everyone, including those with special requirements such as gluten-free or vegan products. The bamboo from Bamboo Roots is manufactured from the giant Phyllostachys Edulis wild bamboo plant grown in its native mountain ecosystem. Since it is grown in its natural environment, the bamboo does not need additional irrigation due to the plentiful natural rainfall resulting in the healthy, natural and rapid growth of the plant.
Section 7: Eco Friendly Products for the Home - Eco-Friendly Food Companies
Shopping for healthy, responsibly produced food can be a bit of a challenge. With the ever-growing list of chemicals and preservatives going into food, it is kind of hard to keep track of which ones you should be putting in your body and which ones you should not. A general rule of thumb we use in my household is, the fewer ingredients the better the product. Also, if you can't pronounce the ingredient, don't ingest it! That's not to say there are not natural preservatives out there that are perfectly fine for you. However, there are some eco-friendly food companies that have made their business out of offering reliably healthy products that prioritize the health of their customers, their producers, and the environment.
Annie’s produces a plethora of delicious packaged foods from dry goods to frozen meals. each and every product produced by Annie's is made with natural ingredients. And today they continue to advance their practice by supporting organic and sustainable farming. One of our favorite treats from Annies is their gummy bunnies! These are great on the go snack for kids adults and also very effective to hand out during Halloween. For a list of healthy Halloween treats check out Healthy Haloween Treats for Kids Trick or Treating.
365 Everyday Value is the market brand for Whole Foods. They offer lotion, hair care, hand sanitizers and foaming soap that are currently in 50% PCR plastic. All of the body care and supplements are transitioning to 100% PCR plastic bottles. And, the shipping cases are 30% PCR cardboard boxes. They offer a lot of organic products at reasonable prices.
Bob's Redmill is one of the best companies to get baking ingredients, lentils, Gluten Free ingredients, and many other necessary kitchen ingredients. For over three decades, Bob has been committed to providing people everywhere with the best quality foods available. Bob is still a big part of the day to day operations over there at Bob's Redmill.
With a simple belief that good food comes from good ingredients, Woodstock produces natural and organic foods. Woodstock boasts a whopping 250+ products in over ten categories. Over 70% of their products are domestically sourced and 75% are USDA Organic. On top of that, they also have over 145 products Non-GMO Project Verified and over 80 more are enrolled and on their way.
Jungle Orchard believes strongly in making a difference in this world. And they show it by the work they do in Columbia. They work with some of the most dedicated small–scale tropical fruit farmers in Colombia who collectively create some of the highest quality organic dried fruit products on the market. Their work is sustainable and fair trade, so when you purchase one of their products you can rest assure you are helping the very communities cultivating your food.
Section 8: Eco-Friendly Products for the Home - Eco Friendly Jewelry
Although it may be hard to believe, it is very important to that switch to buying eco-friendly jewelry. So what is eco-friendly jewelry and what makes jewelry eco-friendly? We should start by defining what makes jewelry making harmful to the environment. The main problem with jewelry is the way we mine it. Miners strip the surface soil and use harmful chemicals to extract the rocks. This can cause soil erosion, the formation of sinkholes, loss of biodiversity and will contaminate the soil in both ground and surface water. This happens even when fairly stringent environmental regulations are followed, as they are in the United States, where metals mining is the most toxic polluter, responsible for 96 percent of arsenic emissions and 76 percent of lead emissions. In other countries, the regulations are not nearly as strict and are less likely enforced. In the developing countries, lead poisoning of epidemic proportions (Nigeria) or heavy metal soil contamination (Mexico) is just some of the likely (and, unfortunately, not entirely rare) consequences.
Brilliant Earth provides people with carefully selected, ethical and environmentally responsible diamonds.
All of the products that come from Melissa Joy Manning have been handmade. This eliminates the heavy waste and pollution that can come from high volume and machine-made jewelry. This method is also reducing the carbon imprint that massive international import and export leaves on the earth. Making everything handmade also employs a slew of artisans.
Ana Katrina creates beautifully original jewelry using only sustainably sourced diamonds and gems, recycled gold and petrified walrus tusk to do so.
Using recycled vintage treasures Anne Bowes creates unique modernist pieces of jewelry while still retaining the original sources vintage feel. Her creative interpretation unites the styles of the past with the mood of the present.
Ananda Soul Creations
Ananda Soul Creations believes that stones contain the power, and it is with this belief they pick and choose which elements to incorporate into their jewelry. All of these stones are ethically sourced and in keeping with the brand’s ethic of ‘giving back’, they also donate 10% of all profits to the Safe Childhoods Foundation.
Eco Lustre’s jewelry is eco-friendly, affordable and made for everyday use. They partner with artisans that are environmentally proactive, so you are guaranteed to get products that use recycled metals as much as possible, use vintage or dead stock, upcycle vintage materials and use artisanal methods - non-toxic and with low energy requirements
This French brand creates a range based on crystals, vintage coins, collector’s medals and other unique bits and bobs sourced from Paris’s chic flea markets, then transforms them into wearable objects d’art.
A Beautiful Story
Employing people in impoverished countries, A Beautiful Story is truly making a difference in the world. A Beautiful Story offers employment and training to the unemployed learn to hand make their jewelry. When the people have learned all the skills to create fine jewelry they are then rewarded with a job and a fair wage. Not only does the label strive to help these communities, but they also use recycled materials in their jewelry.
is a company that centers its signature style around sustainability. They use only reclaimed metals and locally sourced materials from near their workshop in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi, Africa. By getting their materials from locals and paying a fair price for them, they ensure that they are strengthening Kibera’s local economy and helping small businesses there to thrive.
Chopard may be new to the game when it comes to sustainable jewelry but it isn’t stopping them from making a big splash. Chopard makes some of the most exquisitely designed, hand-crafted jewelry in the world. Celebrities, royals, and fashionistas all lust after this red-carpet-favorite. Chopard also prides itself on its involvement with environmental charities.
Section 9: Eco-Friendly Products for the Home - Environmentally Friendly Office Supplies
With just a few small changes, you can transform your office into a much more eco-friendly office space. Although ideas, like going paperless and setting up a recycling system, are great ways to become eco-friendly, there are also many companies out there that are selling office supplies that have been made from recycled materials, refurbished, or are following all the right steps to make their facility a green workspace.
EarthChoice is a great choice for your eco-friendly office space because they use on average, 50% less plastic polymers than standard PP containers, thus reducing plastic usage. Because over 85% of EarthChoice products are produced in the United States, they consume less energy to transport to customer facilities than similar products imported from China. All of EarthChoice products are made from post-consumer recycled materials. On top of that, they also utilize renewable and compostable resources.
Zebra Organics are not office supplies as much as they are snacks for the office. At Zebra Organics they hand-pick all of their high-quality products and gourmet foods. The foods come from sources and companies that take pride in their ethics, processes, and results. They personally use the good they sell so you know their quality control is superb.
Eco-Products makes plates, cups, containers, bowls, utensils and more for your everyday office use. Similar to non-eco-friendly counterparts but much gentler on the environment because they require fewer resources to produce. Eco-Products has a strong commitment to leading the pursuit of Zero Waste.
Canon is one of the many electronic companies that work in partnership with the EPA to design products that the high standards of its ENERGY STAR® program. They are a part of the SmartWay Transport Partnership and a proud member of the EPEAT which is a comprehensive environmental rating that helps governments, businesses, and individuals identify products that can help reduce their environmental impact.
Committed to sustainable manufacturing practices Deflecto is making every effort to go green. The manufacturing practices they follow reduce energy, improve efficiencies and reduce waste. Their main product focus is chair mats for the office. The Environmat™, made from 100% post-consumer recycled water bottles, is one of Deflectos price possessions but all Deflecto chair mats are made with recycled materials.
Another leader in the eco-friendly floor mat industry is Floortex. Floortex has a range of gripper back chair mats providing excellent performance and a green footprint for your home or office. The mats from Floortex are manufactured from Enhanced Polymer containing up to 50% recycled material, extremely durable high-performance specification, clear and 100% recyclable, manufactured using up to 30% renewable energy, and provide a gripper back for stability on standard pile carpets up to 9mm (3/8”) thick.
HON’s contribution to this list is beautifully made office chairs. All HON products are designed to work the way you do. Materials are carefully chosen to reduce environmental impacts. The manufacturing methods we use allow our products to be disassembled for recycling when they reach the end of their useful life.
Tables, chairs, dry erase boards, Iceberg has everything you need when it comes to furnishing your office. As part of Icebergs mission to go green, they are continuously reducing consumption and improving their efficient use of resources. Along with reducing their consumption, they are also:
- Reducing carbon footprint
- Re-using waste generated from the business.
- Regularly review our environmental practices and work with our partners to improve our performance and that of our industry generally.
Section 10: Eco-Friendly Products for the Home - Eco-Friendly Smart Devices
Last but not least to come to section 10, Eco-Friendly Smart Devices. This section may be one of my favorites. With the ever growing technical revolution, we must keep our eye on the impact these devices are making on our environment. Surely, a lot of these devices are being used to do more good than harm, but as we create products that are made from plastics and have a short shelf life we need to be conscious of the disposal of these devices. However, with the green revolution picking us as much speed as the technological revolution, we have a list of companies that are taking the right steps to do just that!
Amazon has started a huge initiative to go green and be sustainable. From changing the way popular companies like tide do business to tracking data from satellites to help reduce our carbon footprint Amazon has become more than just an online retail store. One of their beloved products and friendly counterpart, Alexa. Using Alexa you can get information on how you can become more eco-friendly. For more info check out How Alexa's Skills will Make You Eco Conscious.
As one of the leading internet of things companies, Samsung has created a huge line of products that are helping the environment. They are top-rated on the EPEAT registry. That is a big deal because EPEAT has a very strict guest list. The criteria for the registry has been developed by hundreds of representatives from government sectors. Including manufacturing, research, recycling, and environmental. The SmartHub is an internet of things device that connects with the other devices in your house to make your living space as cool as a sci-fi movie. Sync your lights, speakers, thermostats and even your locks. The Smartthings Hub acts as the main brain that all of these devices can be controlled. We give you an in-depth look at this device in our Environmentally Friendly Technology: Samsung SmartThings Hub blog.
The Nest Thermostat makes living comfortably easy. This circular, stylish thermostat learns your schedule during its first week in your home and will turn up or down based on your usual activities. On top of that the Nest will track your energy usage each day and every month, showing when and how you can use less.
Conico Smart Power Strip has a few bullet points that make this device fantastic.
- Compatible with Alexa: This Wi-Fi power strip can sync with the Alexa, can be voice control by echo, echo dot, and echo show.
- Remote Wireless Control: Use the full control mode or control 4 smart sockets individually with your smartphone through Wi-Fi/3G/4G network no matter where you are.
- Surge Protection: This power strip surge protector supports surge protection, effective absorption of the sudden high voltage, protect the connection equipment from damage.
- Schedule on/off: Equipped with 4 smart plugs and 4 USB charging ports with 5ft long power cord, the best idea for home office and professional workstations.
- Easy to Operate: Just connect this USB power strip with your wall outlet, download the Jinvoo Smart app, add it into your account via 2.4G wifi network.Tesla Powerwall 2
Moixa is a British company that originally invented/licensed a foldable computer keyboard for use with PDA devices. Recently, the company has launched the Moixa Energy brand which produces a NiMH rechargeable battery called USBCell.
Hydrao Shower Aloe
Hydrao is another Brittish company that is changing the way we shower and use water. With their amazing creation, the Hydrao Shower Aloe people are cutting their water usage in half and saving money! The smart shower head has different lights that let you know how many liters of water you have used during your shower. You have the ability to control your water usage by following the lights.
Making a global mission to ditch the plastic bottle rOcean One has created an amazing filtration system that connects to your tap water and transforms it into filtered water, and carbonated water for drinks.
Continuing on our journey through smart water saving devices the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler takes into account yard characteristics, like sun exposure, and is connected to weather stations to avoid watering in less than perfect conditions. It’s available in 8 and 16-zone models so each part of the yard gets a customized amount of water.
Well, there you have it! 100 eco-friendly products for the home that will help reduce your carbon footprint and better your life for you and your family. I hope you found this list very helpful and thank you so much for reading! If you want to check out some smaller articles that are more specific you can follow these links: