Eco-Friendly Essentials

July 15, 2013 by


 

When you can sport stylish summer accessories that also do good—whether it be help the environment or put struggling women to work—you’ll feel great knowing that you’ve contributed to a cause. And all you have to do is buy something! Check out the following eight examples, which won’t compromise your street chic, summer style one bit.

1. Mar y Sol Vented Raffia Fedora, $88

A sun hat is one of the most essential summer basics. This short-rimmed fedora is made from sustainable raffia straw, and sales of the hat help promote local economies, traditional craftsmanship, and environmental conservation.

2. Kahina Giving Beauty Argan and Aloe Set, $78

This two-product, TSA-friendly travel set contains Kahina’s soothing toning mist and moisturizing argan oil, both of which contain 100%, Ecocert-certified organic ingredients. They come in a pretty blue zip-up pouch made from fibers of the aloe vera cactus plant.

3. Ilia Multi-Stick in Tenderly, $34

Apply a soft pink hue to your lips, cheeks and even eyelids with this handy ,multi-use color stick. It’s made with all USDA certified organic ingredients, including skin soothing vitamin C and Shea butter. In addition, the brand never tests on animals, and is gluten and dairy free.

4. C.V. Skin Labs Restorative Skin Balm, $26

Great for sensitive skin, this lotion is cools and calms after-sun skin (and can also keel a host of other skin woes), whether you’ve suffered from a sunburn or just want to get a head’s up on hydrating newly sun-exposed, parched places. Plus, their products are tested up the wazoo for harmful, unhealthy ingredients. Seriously, it would take this whole post for us to go through their incredibly thorough testing protocols.

5. Modo “Dubai” Sunglasses in Honey, $160

Eco-friendly eyewear—what a fantastic concept! These wayfarer-style sunnies are made from 95% recycled plastic and contain protective, polarized lenses. Plus, Modo plants a tree for each pair sold.

6. Nomi Network Zip Yoga Bags, $38 each

Made from rice bag materials from Cambodia, these colorful yoga bags are definite eye catchers. Buying one not only assures you’ll be stylish on your way to class, it also contributes to the Nomi Network mission, which is to create economic opportunities, including training, product development, and marketing support, for survivors and women at risk of sex trafficking.

7. Ethical Muse FURAHA Beach Bag in Tribal Holiday, $100

Every inch of this bag is eco-conscious and kind. As part of FURAHA’s Weave out Poverty initiative, each tote is handmade, creating a source of reliable and sustainable employment for rural women weavers in Uganda. In addition, each beach bag purchased will provide 20 nutritious school meals for the Masooli Community School Project, also in Uganda.

8. Ulule PaperFlops Flip-Flops, $41

Everyone needs a good pair of flip-flops for summer. Ulue’s PaperFlops are made from natural and biodegradable materials, including old newspaper, palm trees, coconut shells and 100% natural rubber. And they won’t fall apart—each pair is water-resistant thanks to a natural rubber sealant.

by Susan Linney

Images courtesy of Rodales.com, Kahina-givingbeauty.com, Iliabeauty.com, Cvskinlabs.com, Kaightshop.com, Buyherbagnotherbody.com, Ethicalmuse.com, Ulule.com