5 eco-friendly beauty and style picks
Living an eco-conscious life starts with the simple steps: Recycling, using public transportation when you can and maybe even composting your food scraps. But to really show Mother Earth some love, we can let those green values guide other aspects of our lives — from shopping at the farmer’s market in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of food being trucked in from afar to buying clothing and beauty products from eco-friendly brands.
This Earth Day, here’s how to be fashionable, while conscious. (It’s a trend that stars like Shailene Woodley and Jessica Alba can get behind).
Here are 5 eco-friendly fashion and beauty staples.
Bucket bags and clutches have had their moments in the accessory spotlight. Now, the runways are whipping their attention to backpacks, and there are alternatives to leather. These sartorial staples can look just as slick slung over a T-shirt as they do strapped over a blazer. Perfect for a commute, this soft pink backpack is vegan and the lining is constructed with recycled plastic water bottles. Matt & Nat is a completely eco-friendly company who prides themselves on finding innovative ways to use eco-friendly and recycled materials. Matt & Nat Lawrence’ Backpack, $125 (plus Cash Back), Mattandnat.com
If you’re active and have nightly dates with the gym on our calendar, you know just how quickly you need to restock your workout wardrobe. Sports bras lose their elasticity and T-shirts get sweat stains. More and more eco-friendly options are coming to workout wear and athleisure sections, though, and you can buy from high-quality brands to get the most out of your wear. This active sports bra from Patagonia is made with recycled polyester. Patagonia Women’s Active Mesh Bra, on sale $24 (plus Cash Back), Backcountry.com
Another eco-friendly fashion tip? Avoid fast fashion and trends that will practically be out of style before your next laundry cycle. Alternative apparel is an eco-friendly retailer with lots of great wardrobe styles made with eco-friendly fabrics, non-toxic, low-impact dyes and recylcled materials. Add this gray T-shirt to your T-shirt collection. It’s perfect for pairing with colorful shorts or distressed denim. Ideal Pocket T-Shirt, $34 (plus Cash Back), Alternativeapparel.com
With summer vacations on the horizon (yes!), get your sun care regimen in order. This organic suncare set includes four products to protect and nourish sun-kissed skin, and they all come in TSA-approved sizes. The kit includes a non-aerosol, naturally scented SPF, after-sun lotion to hydrate the skin, an organic face moisturizer with linseed oils to help reduce inflammation and even skintone. The Liplux sunscreen is a unique blend of fruit butters, like raspberry and avocado, to hydrate lips. 4-Piece Organic Suncare Travel Set, $46.64 (plus Cash Back), Sephora.com
Skip the beauty products made with ingredients you can’t pronounce. Instead, pucker up to organic beauty products from Tarte Cosmetics. These pretty lipsticks from Tarte are made with Amazonian butter to moisturize your lips, while adding a splash of color. Amazonian butter lipstick, $17 (plus Cash Back), Tarte Cosmetics