With each year, the movement for eco-friendly brands continues to pick up steam. Though Earth Day may put the spotlight on these efforts, these sustainable brands make taking steps to protect the planet a year-round commitment.
From sustainable leather to eliminating plastic from a household staple, these six companies are leading the innovation of environmentally friendly products.
Since its inception, Allbirds has been focused on building out a product line that goes beyond the expected fabrics of a running shoe. Crafted with nature-friendly materials like merino wool and eucalyptus trees, Allbirds has been dedicated to creating products “from nature, for nature.” Recently, the footwear company invested to develop a 100 percent plant leather made from vegetable oil and natural rubber which they hope to bring to market in December 2021.
Created with the idea that cruelty-free fashion is the best type of fashion, SAMARA is a leader in innovative materials within the handbag industry. The all-female team is dedicated to building a brand of timeless pieces that are high quality and sustainably made. Materials that they use in their products include bamboo, vegan leather, recycled ocean plastics, and apple leather—yes, leather created from apple skins left from the juicing industry!
Native Shoes encourages people to “live lightly.” The slogan refers to the extremely lightweight nature of its shoes but can also be applied to how Native allows its wearers to leave a smaller, “lighter” ecological footprint. Materials used include repurposed algae using Rise by Bloom technology and upcycled EVA waste. By 2023, the company is committed to every shoe being 100 percent life cycle managed. Through its Native Shoes Remix initiative, consumers are encouraged to send old shoes back to the company, where the shoes will be broken down into a versatile material to help create seating, playground flooring, insulation, and more.
This female-founded brand is one of nine Canadian apparel brands that is a Certified B. Corp. Created as an antithesis of the machine that is fast fashion, Encircled is focused on “slow fashion,” only producing one to three new designs a month, versus companies like Fashion Nova that can release upwards of 3500 new products in the same time. The result? High-quality, sustainably sourced items, made intentionally to last forever in your wardrobe.
With Maison Tess. sheets, you can get a good night’s rest knowing that you’re sleeping on linens created with sustainability in mind. As part of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Maison Tess is committed to bettering global cotton production for those who produce, for the environment it grows in, and for the future of the industry. Additionally, Maison Tess only receives products to its warehouse twice a year to lower its overall carbon footprint.
These zero waste laundry detergent sheets get your clothes fresh and clean without the mess or the plastic of traditional liquid detergent. Using plant-derived ingredients, the formula behind the sheets is free of chemicals and gentle on the skin, while remaining powerful at removing stains. Packaged in 100 percent recyclable boxes, Kind Laundry is working towards putting an end to the almost 1 billion plastic jugs that are used and discarded every year—only 30 percent of which are properly recycled.