Green Things: 16 Eco-Friendly Finds
Men’s Tree Toppers, $115
WHY WE LOVE IT: These kicks are made from natural materials like merino wool, eucalyptus tree fiber, and sugarcane; and the laces are equipped with 100% post-consumer recycled polyester.
Kurt Beanie, $32, and W Constellation Juniper Hoodie $68
WHY WE LOVE IT: Tentree is committed to sourcing the most eco-friendly materials and partners with charitable organizations across the world to plant trees (for every piece of apparel purchased, they plant 10!) and rehabilitate natural ecosystems.
O Signature Pedicure, $70
O Organic Nails & Spa, 7700 Folsom-Auburn Road, Suite 120, Folsom, 916-693-6125, onailspa.com
WHY WE LOVE IT: This salon is “big five-free,” meaning their polishes are free of most toxic ingredients. Plus, all of their treatments include handcrafted organic creams, oils, and scrubs.
Green Tree Jewelry Elephant Earrings, $12.99
Whole Foods Market, 1001 Galleria Boulevard, Roseville, 916-781-5300, wholefoodsmarket.com
WHY WE LOVE IT: Crafted using sustainably sourced wood and 90% recycled display cards, these earrings are also stained with a water-based dye.
Califia Farms Unsweetened Better Half Coconut Cream & Almond Milk, $6.35
Sunrise Natural Foods, 1950 Douglas Boulevard, Roseville, 916-789-8591; 2160 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn, 530-888-8973, sunrisenaturalfoods.net
WHY WE LOVE IT: This dairy-free milk is also gluten-free, BPA-free, kosher, and non-GMO without any carrageenans. According to their website, plant milks produce 60-80% fewer greenhouse gasses than cow’s milk, so for every pound of Califia you drink, you can save a pound of CO2e from going into the atmosphere.
Schmidt’s BERGAMOT+LIME Natural Deodorant, $9.99
Sprout’s Farmers Market, 905 East Bidwell Street, Folsom, 916-605-7050; 2030 Douglas Boulevard, Roseville, 916- 462-5047; 6760 Stanford Ranch Road, Roseville, 916- 774-1120, sprouts.com
WHY WE LOVE IT: Schmidt’s deodorant is never formulated with aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens, phthalates, or artificial fragrance; it’s also certified vegan and cruelty free.
Hape Walk-A-Long Croc, $24.99, and Hape Push & Pull Butterfly, $24.99
T.W. Bonkers Toy & Candy Emporium, 398 Main Street, Placerville, 530-642-2671, facebook.com/bonkerstoystore
WHY WE LOVE IT: As the world’s largest producer of wooden toys, Hape is dependent on the use of natural materials, including bamboo, which is a highly renewable material. Plastic parts are ensured durable enough to last for generations in order to encourage toys to be passed down rather than tossed out.
Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.1 Cloth Diaper, $29, and Stasher Reusable Silicone Snack Bag, $9.99
Dearest Diapers, 945 Roseville Parkway, Suite 140, Roseville, 916-741-0930, dearestdiapers.com
WHY WE LOVE IT: Made of 100% organic cotton, the one-size, all-in-one cloth diaper helps eliminate landfill waste and limits babies’ exposure to harmful chemicals; plus, they can be passed down or reused.
The non-toxic, reusable snack bag is made with pure 100% silicone and is also dishwasher and microwave safe; plus, you can write on it!
Andalou Naturals Men Invigorating Body Wash 3 in 1, $9.99
Nugget Markets, 4500 Post Street, El Dorado Hills, 916-933-1433; 771 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Roseville, 916-746-7799, nuggetmarket.com
WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s made with bioavailable vegan ingredients and CannaCell hemp stem, which are naturally occurring antioxidants. It’s also cruelty free and non-GMO, with no gluten, silicones, sulfates, or parabens.
Booda Butter Eco Lip Balm, $3.99, and Booda Butter Daily Moisturizer, $9.99
BrairPatch Food CO-op, 290 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, 530-272-5333, brairpatch.coop
WHY WE LOVE IT: Sustainably packaged, the lip balm’s tube is 100% biodegradable and only has pure and raw ingredients found in nature. The moisturizer is certified organic, non-GMO, cruelty-free, vegan, and hypoallergenic with no added fragrances.
Mad Hippie Cheek & Lip Tint, $22 each, and Mad Hippie Concealer, $21
Cameron Park Vitamins, 3342 Coach Lane, Cameron Park, 530-558-4202, cameronparkvitamins.com
WHY WE LOVE IT: All products contain skin care actives—peptides, bioavailable vitamins, and skin-nourishing oils—and are tinted exclusively with mineral pigments. The eco-friendly packaging features recyclable bioresin made from sustainably harvested sugarcane (used to make concealer and mascara tubes) as well as frosted glass jars with bamboo lids that can be composted or reused.
by Alesandra Velez