12 Do-Good Home Companies That Should Be on Your Radar This Earth Day (and Beyond)
Opting for reusable bags and bamboo straws are doable eco-friendly swaps, but it can be kind of tricky to shop for cute home decor from a socially-responsible brand. I mean, if Marie Kondo taught us anything, it's that what doesn't make us feel good has no place in our homes. And we're feeling *all* the good vibes from these forward-thinking brands. Click through the slideshow to see who we're cheering for (and shopping from!) this Earth Day.
House of Marley: This gorgeously designed brand is all about using mindful materials to make a difference. Each year, the company makes a meaningful contribution through their Project Marley giveback platform to One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization dedicated to global reforestation, with the brand playing a key role in planting more than 168,000 trees to date.
Minna: This colorful brand partners with master weavers and artisans to create multipurpose products for the home. By skirting the mass-produced factory approach, their cottage industry model helps to empower collectives in Mexico, Guatemala, Uruguay, and Bolivia, resulting in beautiful handmade products that carry a story.
Lite & Cycle: Lite & Cycle is all about a healthier approach to fragrance, only offering products that are free of synthetics, toxic additives or hidden fragrance chemicals. But they're also giving back: A portion of profits goes to charities that help to bring solar power to communities around the world that don't have electricity.
Ekobo: Ekobo takes sustainability to heart, using renewable bamboo and other eco-friendly materials to create colorful (and kid-friendly) kitchen and bathroom accessories.
No. 2: Did you know that global toilet paper production consumes 27,000 trees daily? Yikes. Recently launched No.2 offers toilet paper made with bamboo for a silky-soft, eco-friendly experience. And as a bonus, each roll comes wrapped with a fun pattern that you'll want to show off in your bathroom.
Colorhouse Paint: Updating your wall colors this season? Colorhouse Paint's high-quality products are not only Green Wise Certified (so low on VOCs), they're also manufactured with renewable energy and arrive in recycled containers, so you can feel good about switching up the hues in your space.
Floyd: If you know the pains of moving and realizing that SO. MANY. of your pieces won't survive the disassemble/reassemble process, you know how much stuff ends up on the curb. But Floyd furniture is built to last — and to be easy to assemble and reassemble — so you can take them along for every move.
Cisco Home: This brand lives every day like it's Earth Day. All of the new wood in Cisco Home's furniture comes from lumber sources that the Forestry Stewardship Council has approved as responsible in terms of environmental stewardship and impact on local communities.
Alio: Getting your home to smell nice shouldn't involve ingredients that harm you and the environment. Alio's all-natural resin diffusers come from wood harvested from sustainable forests for a responsible, allergy-friendly final product.
The Citizenry: Good business practices benefit more than just Mother Earth. You won't find these pieces mass-produced in a giant factory: The Citizenry's pieces are all constructed in small batches by local artisans. The brand makes sure to pay their workers fair wages and even extend grants to enrich their individual businesses.
Dims.: Their design may be mid-century inspired, but Dims. is futuristic in terms of their business practices, using sustainably-sourced wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and Greenguard-certified finishes.
LAFCO New York: These delicious-smelling candles are made primarily of 100 percent biodegradable soy, with minimally designed vessels that you'll want to repurpose and keep on your desk or tabletop. And more importantly, the brand is always looking for new ways to create a more sustainable final product, recently eliminating palm oil from their soap ingredient list.
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Allison Collins lives in Denton, Texas with her husband and two dogs. She is a honky tonk connoisseur, Bruce Springsteen enthusiast, and proud member of the West Texas Cloud Appreciation Society.