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50+ products to make your life easier and our planet cleaner

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Knowing what is and isn’t an eco-friendly product can be hard at times. It’s easy to get lost in a brand’s marketing lingo and buy something that seems “green” but isn’t actually much better for the Earth.

That’s why we asked our editors to round up their favorite products that are actually eco-friendly in one way or another. Whether the products are made from recycled materials, use ethically sourced ingredients, can be composted or will just help you reduce your waste, here are our editors’ favorite sustainable products.

Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket

I adore Rumpl’s puffy blankets because they’re so warm and cozy. The designs are great, and they’re made with a tear-resistant material that makes it the perfect blanket to take to the backyard, camp, the park or anywhere else. Oh, and each Original Puffy is made from 60 recycled plastic bottles. — Kai Burkhardt, sustainability and outdoors editor

Allbirds Men’s Tree Dasher

Allbirds has been a popular and innovative brand in the eco-friendly shoe scene for years now and for good reason. The brand makes sneakers that are much better for the Earth than traditional kicks, plus they’re super comfortable and look good too. I got a pair of Tree Dashers last year and wear them when I go for runs or when I just want a plush, cozy sneaker to walk around town in. — Kai Burkhardt, sustainability and outdoors editor

Tushy Classic 3.0

I’ve gone long about how much I love Tushy’s affordable bidets, but in short, they’re life-changing. It’s my most recommended product to every person around me whose toilets I frequent (or not), and it does legitimately help save you from buying so much toilet paper. We named this one the best bidet attachment of the year largely because of how easy it is to install, its simple design and its easily adjustable water pressure. I’ll also note that this one can fit on a wider array of toilets and bathroom setups than most other bidets, so it’s the perfect beginner’s choice. — Rachel Lubitz, former senior lifestyle editor

Bangs Shoes Old Pine Sunflower High Top

I bought these on a whim not knowing anything about the brand, but once I looked it up, I became a huge fan. Bangs isn’t just another shoe brand. On top of the adorable embroidery designs, the shoes are made from 100% vegan, ethically sourced materials, and the workers are paid fair wages and the brand is transparent about it. If that weren’t awesome enough, Bangs also uses 20% of net profits to invest in entrepreneurs around the world.  Lindsey Smith, associate editor

Outerknown Blanket Shirt

After researching and reporting on sustainable fashion brands, two of the experts I talked to recommended Outerknown. I had never heard of it before, but I finally got around to trying some of Outerknown’s clothes, and I am beyond impressed. My favorite piece so far is its famous Blanket Shirt, which is a heavy flannel made from 100% organic cotton. It feels incredibly well made, extremely cozy and by far my favorite flannel. — Kai Burkhardt, sustainability and outdoors editor

Zonarch Yoko One-Piece

Swimwear is a huge culprit when it comes to sustainability. I’ve seen so many people buy a bikini for a trip only to throw it out afterward because the elastic wears out too quickly or the colors fade. If you want to skip poorly made fast fashion, I recommend checking out Zonarch. The brand’s swimwear is made in the US out of 100% postconsumer waste, has ethical manufacturing and pays fair wages. The brand’s site is completely transparent about its rigorous labor and environmental standards as well. Lindsey Smith, associate editor

Lo & Sons Upcycled Patchwork Tote & Catalina Supreme Bag

Lo & Sons is transforming damaged and returned products into unique, durable and versatile tote bags that are perfect for your daily commute or traveling. These bags in particular are 100% handmade and hand-numbered. My other favorite product is the brand’s do-it-all tote, the Catalina Supreme, which is made from recycled plastic bottles and plant-based cactus “leather.” It even has a suitcase handle, so gone are the days of juggling multiple bags — it’s saved my shoulder and sanity. — Lindsey Smith, associate editor

Kazumi Garden Moss Ball Kokedamas

What could be more sustainable than plants? If you lack a green thumb like I do, I’d love to introduce you to Moss Ball Kokedamas from the brand Kazumi Garden. These gorgeous handmade living works of art add a pop of color to your home and also make great gifts. The plants are locally sourced, and the moss is sustainably obtained and never toxic. They are incredibly easy to care for and can last years. — Lindsey Smith, associate editor

Before Toothpaste

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I’ve been on a mission to swap out my normal drugstore toothpaste for an all-natural version that still fights cavities but is gentle on my teeth — and the environment. Before’s toothpaste checks all of those boxes. The brand is also on a sustainable mission with the first plant-based tubes and donations toward environmental initiatives. — Lindsey Smith, associate editor

Function of Beauty Wavy Hair Shampoo & Conditioner

Trying to find hair care products that are sustainable, not tested on animals, affordable and actually work can seem like a huge task. Thankfully, my search stopped when I came across Function of Beauty. You can get salon-worthy hair for less than 10 bucks and feel good about your purchase because the products are 96% naturally derived. I love that the brand offers customization depending on your type of hair and if you want to add shine, length, strength, anti-frizz or curl definition. Lindsey Smith, associate editor

Terra Ties

I was excited to learn about an eco-friendly alternative to the standard hair elastic, especially since they have a habit of disappearing and you never really know where they end up. Terra Ties are 100% biodegradable, and if you think that means they sacrifice performance for eco-friendly materials, they absolutely don’t. The organic cotton and rubber elastics are perfectly sturdy and stretchy — I wish I had made the swap sooner. I’ve snapped many hair ties over the years, but Terra Ties didn’t break even when I tried to stretch one to the max (and it snapped back to its original shape). And since I always keep a hair tie on me — if it’s not in my hair, it’s on my wrist — when I look for a go-to elastic, it must be comfortable in both places too. — Sophie Shaw, associate beauty editor 

Pact The Studio Athleisure Dress

Pockets? Check. Comfortable? Check. Built-in bra and shorts? Check. Stylish? Check. Organic cotton and fair trade? Check. Pact, dubbed “Earth’s Favorite” clothing, is my newfound favorite apparel company after a very well-placed targeted Instagram ad piqued my interest. Pact is transparent about where its material comes from as well as the brand’s sustainability efforts. If for some reason none of that matters to you, Pact’s clothes are incredibly versatile and well made. Plus, the prices are much lower than most organic and fair trade brands out there. — Lindsey Smith, associate editor

Palmless Torula Oil

You could ask just about everyone in my life and they’ll agree that I’ve given them a spiel about how terrible palm oil is for the environment. I was so excited to come across Palmless and the brand’s no-bull approach to saving the rainforest. This multiuse palm oil alternative is incredibly nourishing for hair, face and body. It smells incredible and instantly quenches dry skin. Plus, for every bottle purchased one tree is planted in Indonesia, a place where the palm oil industry has done serious damage. In honor of Earth Month, the brand is doubling donation efforts through its ongoing partnership with One Tree Planted. — Lindsey Smith, associate editor

HiBar Shampoo and Conditioner Bar Set

Avoiding plastic is tough, especially with all the soaps, cleansers and skin and hair care in my daily routine. In an effort to cut back, I swapped my plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles for these bars. These last me just as long as the bottles and cost about the same. Plus, this way I know I’m getting every ounce of product possible, down to the very final suds, and I keep unnecessary plastic out of my bins. — Jillian Tracy, editorial coordinator

Botnia Balancing Oil Cleanser

This balancing oil cleanser from Botnia is my new skin care secret weapon. It has recyclable and compostable packaging, is cruelty-free and uses clean ingredients. It leaves your face feeling fresh and clean, and you don’t even have to use a lot of product to get all of the great benefits. Definitely a great sustainable swap for your current cleanser. — Gabriella Triolo, social coordinator

Comrad Recycled Cotton Compression Socks

Compression socks have become a staple in my life. Whether on long flights or just sitting at my desk all day, they are a great addition to help minimize swelling and improve circulation. Comrad’s recycled cotton versions are just as amazing as the brand’s regular socks. They’re super comfortable and come in a variety of colors. I definitely recommend them for anyone who stands or sits all day. Lindsey Smith, associate editor

Klean Kanteen 14-Ounce Rise Mug

Klean Kanteen is doing something really cool in the drinkware space by creating more and more products with certified 90% postconsumer recycled steel. This insulated mug is one of those products, and I’ve been loving how hot it keeps my morning coffee — not to mention its gorgeous looks. — Kai Burkhardt, sustainability and outdoors editor

Baggu Nylon Shoulder Bag

My new go-to work bag, this cute Baggu piece is roomy enough to fit my 13-inch laptop, charger, compact umbrella and more. It’s made out of recycled nylon that feels durable enough to carry my essentials and withstand the daily strains of toting it around the city. The strap is also adjustable and long enough that I can even wear it crossbody. The Black color was great for winter, and now I’m considering picking up the Taupe or Avocado because I love the style so much. — Sophie Shaw, associate beauty editor

Lumira NO325 Leather and Cedar Candle

Finding a good, quality candle can be difficult especially since there are so many options out there. But ever since I came across Lumira’s candles, I can never go back to just using any old brand. The glass packing is 100% recyclable, so once your candle goes through its 80 hours of burn time, (yes, it lasts forever) you can repurpose it! The candle is also made from all-natural ingredients and is cruelty-free and sustainably sourced. Once you try one out, you’ll just have to get them all! — Gabriella Triolo, social coordinator.

WoolAid Adhesive Bandages

How many times have you been at the beach and stumbled on a gross little floating Band-Aid? Probably too many. Unlike other adhesive bandages, WoolAids are made with merino wool rather than plastic. Not only will a WoolAid biodegrade in four months, but while it’s on, the skin and wound underneath can breathe and thus stay dry rather than getting that unpleasant soggy feeling. They also come in colors like blue and gray instead of attempting to match any kind of “flesh” tone, and they stay on forever — I had one on my pinky toe (a notoriously slippery bandage spot) that did not budge for days, even across hiking, hot tubs and a downhill Zorb adventure. Rena Behar, copy editor

Origen Vodka

It makes absolute sense that this naturally pink-hued specialty vodka from Origen Holistic Spirits was founded by none other than sustainability warrior, Woody Harrelson. Not only is it distilled from the all-natural extracts of elderberry, muscadine grape, green tea and artichoke but it also eschews artificial flavors, colors and additives — all while boasting absolutely no GMOs. I also dig that the vodka is crafted in the US at a USDA green-certified distillery, which claims to use less water while recycling byproducts back into farming. And I think Woody would most definitely say “cheers” to that. — Tobey Grumet Segal, reviews editor 

Saltyface Complete Tanning Set

I love to self-tan, but I hate that almost every “viral” brand I’ve tried comes in a single-use plastic bottle. After lots of trial and error, I finally found a tanner that doesn’t make me look orange and comes in a gorgeous, refillable amber glass bottle. The Saltyface set is also accompanied by an aluminum foaming lid and face and body brushes with vegan bristles that are fully recyclable. It may be pricey, but investing in a quality product that helps reduce your carbon footprint while you’re at it is worth it. — Stephanie Griffin, director of social 

Nomadix Bandana Towel

I’ve been enjoying Nomadix’s lightweight, ultra-absorbent and quick-drying towels for a while, but the one I’ve fallen the most in love with is the Bandana Towel. It’s super tiny and can be folded down so small it could easily fit in your pocket. I love keeping it on hand to use during workouts or on hikes to wipe sweat away. The best thing about it? It’s made from 88% postconsumer recycled polyester. — Kai Burkhardt, sustainability and outdoors editor

Net Zero Co. Bamboo Cotton Rounds

Substituting reusable makeup remover pads for disposable ones is one of the easiest ways I’ve cut down on unnecessary waste over the past year. These are soft and easy to clean, and they come with a storage pouch to keep things organized. — Sophie Shaw, associate beauty editor

Kammok Roo Double Hammock

I’m a huge hammock fan. Whether I’m on my patio, in a park or at a campsite, I always have a hammock handy. If the sun’s out, I want to be in a hammock. I’ve been an Eno fan for years, but I finally tried Kammok’s hammocks and instantly fell in love. They’re lighter in weight but stronger, thanks to the brand’s amazing 100% recycled, bluesign-approved fabric. — Kai Burkhardt, sustainability and outdoors editor

Paradise Feathers Shard Hoop Earrings

These earrings are going to be the new staple for all your spring outfits. They are made from pink jade and are hypoallergenic and ethically handmade. They feel light on your ears yet make for the perfect statement accessory. The brand is also committed to eliminating waste and carbon emissions by avoiding overstocking. Be sure to add these to your sustainable shopping list. — Gabriella Triolo, social coordinator

Ombraz Teton Sunglasses

These have been some of my favorite sunglasses for the past year because they don’t have arms and instead stay secure on your face with an adjustable cord that wraps around your head. That means they can store flat, they don’t fall off your face and, most importantly, there are no arms to break. Plus, Ombraz uses some sustainable materials to craft its sunglasses, such as 100% recycled nylon for the cord, and packages them in compostable packaging with soy-based ink. What I really love about the brand, though, is its commitment to planting 20 mangrove trees for every pair of sunglasses sold, which, according to the brand, makes Ombraz sunglasses the most carbon-negative product ever sold. — Kai Burkhardt, sustainability and outdoors editor

Outlines The Shower Liner System

It’s nearly impossible to responsibly recycle plastic shower liners. It’s been the one thing I’ve yet to find a solution for — until now. A few months ago, I came across Outlines on Instagram and immediately placed an order. This innovative company has separated the liner into two parts: The Keep and The Replen. The bottom half is 100% certified nontoxic PEVA and fully recyclable through its system. You just mail it back to Outlines, which partners with vetted domestic recycling partners, and get shipped a new liner. I think it is truly worth the money knowing the plastic liners aren’t just another piece of plastic getting tossed in a landfill. — Lindsey Smith, associate editor 

Package Free Compost Bin Container

Composting at home has been the biggest change I’ve made to live more sustainably, and having a dedicated bin for food waste like this one from Package Free is a helpful way to stay on track. — Kai Burkhardt, sustainability and outdoors editor 

Vvardis White & Protect Enamel Anti-Aging Toothpaste

I’ve been seeing more independent oral care brands popping up, and this Swiss company founded by dentist sisters Haleh and Golnar Abivardi makes enamel-repairing fluoride toothpaste with natural ingredients that come in a tube made from sawdust. The company also makes the Rheinholz toothbrush, which is made from sustainably sourced Swiss beechwood and has bristles that are designed to effectively clean in between the teeth. It feels more luxe than a bamboo toothbrush, and you really can feel the bristles hug around each tooth. — Sophie Shaw, associate beauty editor

Bee’s Wrap Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps

These Bee’s Wrap wraps took a bit of getting used to, but once I learned how to properly use them (warm them up and mold them a bit first with the heat from your hands), they quickly became one of my kitchen staples. I use far less single-use plastic (plastic wrap, plastic baggies, etc.) and foil, thanks to this product. It’s super easy to wash and reuse, and it keeps food fresh the same way plastic wrap might. — Hayley Saltzman, former head of social

Hydro Flask 20-Ounce Wide Mouth Water Bottle

I don’t think I’ve bought a single plastic water bottle since buying this bright-green Hydro Flask. It holds a ton of water, so it’ll last me all day, and it’s super easy to clean too. I take it with me everywhere I go! — Tyler Holender, social strategist

Geiserailie Swedish Dishcloths, 6-Pack

If you’re a regular Underscored reader, you know how much we love our Swedish dishcloths, and these ones, gifted to me by my mom, have made my kitchen both cuter and more eco-friendly. With an array of cat-related designs, my mom actually took three for herself, and I can’t blame her. They’re excellent at soaking up messes and can be thrown right into the washing machine after heavy use. I’m already planning on buying more. — Rachel Lubitz, former senior lifestyle editor

Baggu Standard Baggu Reusable Bag

Saying goodbye to single-use plastics at the grocery store is an easy way to become more environmentally sound. I love my Baggu bag for trips to the grocery store — or Target or CVS or Sephora — because it can fit pretty much everything I buy in one bag and be carried like a tote over my shoulder. Plus, it holds up to 50 pounds, so it’s reliably sturdy. Perhaps best of all, it folds into its own flat pouch for easy storage out of the way. — Emily McNutt, former senior travel editor

Caraway Food Storage Set

I love using storage containers, specifically this nontoxic, nonstick 14-piece set from Caraway. Not only does it preserve the life of my lunch or dinner leftovers, but it’s a great alternative to single-use plastic wrap or tin foil. — Stephanie Griffin, director of social 

Who Gives A Crap Premium 100% Bamboo Toilet Paper

I’ve been using Who Gives A Crap toilet paper for years and absolutely love it. It feels just like normal toilet paper, and the brand donates 50% of its profits to help build toilets around the world. I’ve been using the brand’s bamboo toilet paper recently, but for my next order, I’m going to switch to the 100% Recycled Toilet Paper because it has a smaller environmental impact. — Kai Burkhardt, sustainability and outdoors editor 

Dropps Stain & Odor Laundry Detergent

I’ll never go back to regular laundry detergent after using Dropps. You may think that natural plant-based products don’t clean as well as chemicals, but you’d be wrong. Dropps gets out any and every stain and eliminates odors. The brand also uses 100% carbon-neutral shipping and recyclable packaging, and the pods don’t contribute to microplastic pollution. — Lindsey Smith, associate editor

Package Free Airtight Stainless Steel Container

I’ve had this super-sturdy, airtight and leakproof container for years and absolutely love it. Whenever I have leftovers to store, this is the first container I reach for because it keeps food so fresh. I especially love that it’s actually leakproof; you could use it as a lunch container and take soup to the office without a worry. — Kai Burkhardt, sustainability and outdoors editor 

Tony’s Chocolonely, 4-Pack

I discovered this chocolate within the past year, and it is SO GOOD. The fun branding is obviously a huge draw (the colors! The name! The funky shape of the chocolate bar when you break it up into pieces!), but the flavor combos and the high-quality chocolate are what keep me recommending it to everyone I know. It’s too easy to finish off an entire bar in one or two sittings — it’s just that good. My favorite flavor is chocolate pretzel toffee, but I’ve loved every single flavor I’ve ever tried. I just learned that on top of all of its other merits, Tony’s is also eco-friendly, using 100% traceable beans and sustainable practices. Yes, please! — Hayley Saltzman, former head of social

Ella + Mila Nail Polish

While there are a few eco-friendly nail polish brands out there, Ella + Mila is the first one I found that kept the integrity of a great coat of polish but removed all of the gross junk from its formula. Crafted without formaldehyde, animal-derived ingredients, parabens and 14 other harmful chemicals, the color lasts forever and chipping is no issue. I’ll gladly pay a few extra bucks for this brand knowing it’s a little better for my nails. — Lindsey Smith, associate editor 

Cloud Paper Bamboo Paper Towels

I made the switch to Cloud Paper’s paper towels a couple of months ago, and I haven’t looked back since. Each roll comes with 150 100% bamboo sheets and is delivered to your doorstep in two-, three- or four-month increments in a totally plastic-free, recyclable and compostable box. Not only are they good for the planet (and you!), but I swear they’re just as soft, strong and absorbent as “regular” paper towels. — Stephanie Griffin, director of social

Cloud Paper Bamboo Toilet Paper

I hadn’t tried eco-friendly toilet paper until recently, but I’m happy to say it does not disappoint! Cloud Paper’s toilet paper is made of 100% bamboo, and each roll comes with 350 sheets. Delivered to your doorstep in a box made of totally recycled content, this paper is super soft, scent- and lint-free and, best of all, tree-free! — Stephanie Griffin, director of social

Everist Waterless Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash Concentrates

Everist wants to do away with the single-use plastic that bath and body products usually come in, so instead, the company makes concentrated shampoo, conditioner and body wash formulas that cut back on waste in more ways than one. The plant-based paste formulas are made without water, and each of the aluminum tubes comes with a key that helps you dispense every drop of product. When you’re done, the tubes can be recycled and the plastic caps can be sent back to Everist to participate in the brand’s Cap Back Program. I love that the products are wholly sustainable, from the biodegradable ingredients to the recycled packaging. — Sophie Shaw, associate beauty editor

Explorer Cold Brew

I was never much of a coffee drinker and thought the whole process was quite wasteful. I recently discovered Explorer Cold Brew Co. and am now addicted. The coffee comes in recyclable glass bottles, and even more importantly, the company is transparent about the growing process and the coffee is fair trade and ethically sourced. To get even more sustainable, Explorer’s warehouse is just 2 miles from my apartment, lowering my carbon footprint. — Lindsey Smith, associate editor

Koraru Chikyi Belted One-Piece Avorio

This is hands down the most beautiful, high-quality piece of swimwear I own. It features a backless design, a matching belt and built-in padding, and overall it’s just super flattering and really sucks everything in while still allowing some stretch! This piece is constructed of recycled materials, such as fishing nets, and comes in a box made of reused algae from areas where too much would otherwise harm the fragile ocean ecosystem. Also, I love that the brand donates a portion of its sales to The Coral Reef Alliance. I look forward to wearing it as a bodysuit until it’s officially beach season! — Stephanie Griffin, director of social

longzon Silicone Stretch Lids, 14-Pack

Say goodbye to single-use [plastic] wrap or aluminum foil when you’re storing leftovers. This 14-pack of stretchy silicone lids in varying sizes will keep your food tasting fresh. They’re made of a thick silicone, so they won’t rip, and there are enough sizes in this 14-pack for pretty much any dish. After you’re ready to eat your leftovers, you can plop these lids right into the dishwasher and use again next time. — Emily McNutt, former senior travel editor

Hanky Panky Eco Rx Loungewear Set

Hanky Panky has always been one of my go-to brands for underwear, but its brand-new Eco Rx line is an instant favorite. My number-one priority at all times is comfort, and these lounge sets are some of the most comfortable things I own. While I’ve been wearing mine as pajamas, I pretty much refuse to take them off throughout the day. You can mix and match the tanks, shorts, long-sleeve shirts and pants, and I have definitely been doing that. The material is so soft and comfy, and wearing these matching sets makes me feel like an adult for once. The best thing about these sets is the fact that the material is made of 30% upcycled cotton and 70% wood pulp. I had no idea that wearing clothing made of wood pulp could be so cute and comfortable. — Hayley Saltzman, former head of social

Takeya Tritan 64-Ounce Motivational Water Bottle With Straw Lid

Not only can this GIANT water bottle, which holds 64 ounces, get me through an entire day without getting up to refill (or ever buy another bottle of spring water), but Takeya’s products have helped eliminate over 12 billion single-use plastic bottles. Plus, I get to “Hydrate & Celebrate” every night at 8 p.m. What a perk! — Tobey Grumet Segal, reviews editor

Hey Humans Natural Deodorant Rosewater Ginger, 4-Pack

I recently switched to Hey Humans Natural Deodorant in Rosewater Ginger and it offers the same odor protection as any other deodorant on the market but is better for your body and the planet. It’s made from 99% plastic-free packaging and is also clean, vegan and cruelty-free. — Lindsey Smith, associate editor

Flamingo Estate Euphoria Jasmine and Rose Hand Soap

If you’re tired of Aesop, try Flamingo Estate. The brand hand-harvests ingredients from its namesake homestead and farm in Los Angeles and its partners worldwide, which are used in a variety of pantry and bath products. I’m a big fan of its bath and body products, like this earthy, natural hand soap. I’ve gone through a couple bottles (they last for months, by the way) and love that I can easily rinse out the aluminum bottle and chuck it in the recycling bin when I’m done, and then swap the pump to a new bottle. — Sophie Shaw, associate beauty editor 

RMS Beauty Luminizing Powder

I’m a sucker for a good highlighter, and I’ve been loving this one from RMS Beauty. I use it pretty much all over my whole face, and I’ve been getting so many compliments about the glow! The brand is cruelty-free and organic, and it uses sustainable practices, which I know because it’s available at Toward beauty, which only sells responsibly made products. Love that this site does a lot of the work for you if you’re looking to be a conscious consumer, and I can’t say enough good things about RMS Beauty in general. — Hayley Saltzman, former head of social

Stasher Stand-Up Mega Bag

Using and throwing away normal plastic bags is so wasteful, which is why I made the switch to reusable Stasher Bags. We have a full review on them here, but I love their ability to store anything and everything, whether that’s leftovers, snacks or groceries. I love the Stand-Up Mega Bag in particular because it fits a ton and I can pop fresh popcorn in it for a zero-waste movie night. — Kai Burkhardt, sustainability and outdoors editor

Lush Outback Mate Soap

When I think of Lush, I automatically think of colorful bath bombs and cruelty-free products. I’ve been obsessed with the brand’s soap for years now, and this refreshing mint and eucalyptus blend is one of my favorites. I love the citrus oils infused in this bar, and I feel even better using it knowing it’s made with natural and 95% vegan product, with thoughtfully sourced raw materials. — Carolina Gazal, associate testing writer 

Lotus Trolley Bag, Set of 4

The Lotus Trolley Bags are a complete game changer because they come with support rods to use in your cart, making shopping and checking out a breeze. There’s also an insulated bag so you can keep frozen and cold items chilly from the store to your home. Every single time I go grocery shopping, someone asks me about them and orders them while we’re in an aisle. — Lindsey Smith, associate editor

Casetify No Stress iPhone 13 Pro Case

Made from 100% compostable, plant-based materials and eco-friendly ink, this phone case from Casetify is my new favorite. I chose the MagSafe-compatible case (which offers the ultimate protection for when I inevitably drop my phone) and in the matte Olive color for a monochromatic look. Not only is it good for the planet, but it makes for a fun mirror selfie too. — Stephanie Griffin, director of social

Nette Sunday Chess Candle

I probably have around 20 candles in my apartment, but this is my absolute favorite one. I keep the Nette Sunday Chess candle on my coffee table, and I burn it whenever I want to feel extra cozy. I love the vanilla notes, combined with a slightly sultry, smoky scent that keeps it from feeling too feminine or floral. It’s one of the few candles my husband and I both love, and I’ve found that it lasts a very long time. Nette donates 1% of its annual revenue to environmental causes, it plants a tree for every single purchase made on its site and it offsets the carbon footprint associated with the production and shipping of each product. — Hayley Saltzman, former head of social

Caliray Come Hell or High Water Tubing Mascara

After a constant battle with dark smudges around my eyes, I started exclusively using tubing mascaras last year, and now there’s no going back. My current favorite is Caliray’s formula, which adds volume and manages to keep my very straight lashes lifted (after curling, of course). Even better, the brand is transparent about its sustainability efforts throughout the line, and the [mascara tube] is made from 100% recycled ocean plastic. — Sophie Shaw, associate beauty editor 

Prepd Cheat Sheets

This makes cooking so easy. I can put veggies and meat in for different amounts of time without taking a whole tray out! Plus, I use way less tinfoil and can throw these right in the dishwasher. — Hannah Lauson, senior digital content strategist

P448 Jack Recycled Shoes

I know I’ve featured P448 shoes in pretty much every single editors’ picks article, and that’s because they are truly my favorite. P448s are my go-to sneakers — I love the classic designs with a fun twist, and the fact that they’re so comfortable you don’t even have to break them in. I also find them to be great quality, with zero wear or tear even after constant daily wear. One of my favorite pairs of P448s is the recycled Jack shoe, which uses recycled leather, and I love that the brand overall prioritizes sustainability. It offsets CO2 emissions on all of its shipments, use 100% recycled materials in its packaging, reduces water consumption in the production of its shoes and takes discarded leather that’s been left over to create its recycled leather shoes. — Hayley Saltzman, former head of social

Stojo 20-Ounce Water Bottle

When I swore off single-use plastic in 2020, this water bottle from Stojo became my go-to! It’s made of LFGB-certified silicone, holds a whopping 20 ounces of water when full and comes with an airtight, screw-on cap that literally NEVER leaks. The coolest part, though, is that it’s collapsible, so it can shrink down in size and lie flat when you’re working with limited space. It also comes in 20 different colors, so you have plenty of options to choose from! — Stephanie Griffin, director of social

Kokolu Daily Eight Tote Bag

Made from eight recycled plastic water bottles, these tote bags from Kokolu are as sustainable as they are cute. I have the limited-edition Lavender and earthy green colors, and they’re both super lightweight and feature an open top, so there’s limitless space to fit everything I need, including my giant emotional support water bottle! — Stephanie Griffin, director of social

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