We hear about awesome startups all the time—in fact, it seems like all of us know someone who's taken the brave shot at starting a new brand, product, or service. But a select few companies pack a two-for-one dose of do-gooding by benefiting the environment and tons of people in the process, whether it's offering food refrigeration in developing countries, providing free eye exams, or elevating people out of poverty through craftwork. Here are five worth knowing about.
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Your love affair with nude lipstick doesn’t need to end just because you’re going green. You can still keep up with Kim (or hey, even Kylie) because the world of beauty is exploding with new brands dedicated to providing you with makeup staples made with clean, natural, eco-friendly, and even organic ingredients. And there is no staple quite like a neutral or flesh-tone hue that goes with everything in your closet. Keep scrolling to learn about a few of our favorite nude formulas that also fit the Earth Month bill.
Let's be honest: Few things are more fun to shop for than baby toys and clothes. Whether it's for your son, niece, or friend's child, checking out the colorful aisles packed with teeny outfits and whimsical play toys has the ability to make anyone feel like a kid again. But when we're buying these items, we know it's important to make green decisions that are good for kids and babies and for the planet, especially on Earth Day. Plus, there are myriad companies placing emphasis on sustainable or recycled materials, organic cotton, and environmentally-friendly packaging, making it easier than ever to shop sustainably. Here, 11 stylish eco-friendly finds that we're eyeing for the playroom.
Every year on April 22, people and countries around the world participate in Earth Day, a day to acknowledge the impact us humans have on our planet. It's a great chance to think about how you might "go green" in your everyday life — and maybe even save some money in the process. These 10 gadgets are eco-friendly, whether they're made from recycled materials or they help you cut down on your energy usage.
If you're looking for an easy way to add a touch of glam to your apartment or home, crystals are the way to go—specifically geodes. Not only are they beautiful, but there are so many different ways to incorporate them into your home decor. You don't have to go crazy and crystallize every inch of your living room, but adding something as simple as geode coasters to your coffee table can instantly make a room look chic. Even geode wall art can add an interesting touch to any room. And you really don't need to empty your bank account to shop the shiny rocks. Some of our favorite stores like Anthropologie have affordable options that will fit into any budget.
If you're like most of us, your handbag is probably like a mini drugstore. (Hey, you never know when you might need to touch up your makeup or pop an Advil.) So one of the easiest ways to go green this Earth Day is by trading your usual purse for a sustainable tote. No, we're not talking about those basic white totes, but thinking more like stylish eco-friendly designs that will complement your style. Showing the earth a little love doesn't have to be boring. There are several green bags that come in fun designs, prints, and colors. Don't believe us? Check out our round up of three festive and stylish totes below.
When attempting to make your existing beauty stash a little friendlier for our Mother Earth, it has been advised to first look at your deodorant stash. Many formulas contain ingredients like parabens and aluminum, which, while effective for stopping sweat and odor, aren't as kind for your skin or the planet. The thought of trading your current stick for one that uses organic ingredients exclusively is an intimidating one, but we've searched the market for green options that are as hard-working as they are gentle. Scroll down to see 6 of our favorite natural deodorants that won't let you down.
Want to give your beauty stash its greenest makeover yet? Gwyneth Paltrow, a woman we’re dubbing the queen of natural cosmetics, has your back. Your girl GP has curated goop.com with a bevy of non-toxic and eco-friendly goods that are worth the investment. Because getting the wellness guru on the phone might be kinda hard, we played personal shopper and rounded up 10 of our favorites from the site for you to shop right now.
On Monday morning, Anne Hathaway visited Good Morning America looking spring-ready in a gorgeous floral dress. The calf-length design looked like another expensive designer creation with pleats above the waist and a sheer skirt. But it turns out that the black dress was actually an amazing find from a flea market. What's even crazier: Hathaway only paid $15 for the dress. Nope, that's not a typo. "I’m trying to be more sustainable with my fashion choices, so I’m trying to wear vintage wherever I can,” Hathaway explained to the cameras. That's a trend we definitely can get behind. It's so nice to see celebs making fashion choices that are also eco-friendly. Unfortunately, since it's vintage, we can't purchase Hathaway's exact dress. But there are several look-alikes that you'll be happy to wear over and over again this spring below.
Ditch doubling up on plastic bags and grab a chic tote the next time you head to the grocery store or your local farmers market. Not only will your weekend outfit be more stylish with a chic straw tote, but you'll be giving back to the planet in a big way. Here's to BYOB-bringing your own bag, that is!
In celebration of Earth Day, we've rounded up the most fabulous eco-friendly fashion items that InStyle editors are loving right now. So, yay for you for recycling! Double yay for bringing a chic tote bag to the grocery store instead of double bagging plastic. Now it's time to take the extra step and opt for some envionrmentally friendly (and seriously stylish) picks, below.
Deciding what nail polish color to buy is a tough choice, but trying to decipher the ingredient label on the bottle is almost impossible. In recent years, traditional nail polish has earned a bad rap for containing potentially harmful ingredients and an equally offensive odor. In response, major players in the nail polish industry have cleaned up their act, eliminating the five-known carcinogens (formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor) that can cause health issues if consumed or enter your body through your nail beds. And in the interim, a ton of new brands specializing in non-toxic nail polishes have popped up, too. RELATED: How to Choose a Non-Toxic Nail Polish Today, five-free polish formulas are common, with some brands going up to 10-free, but the misconception that these cleaner formulas don't perform as well as traditional polish is still out there. "It's a myth that non-toxic nail polishes won't perform without the harsh chemicals in their formulas," says Amy Lin, founder of Sundays Studio, a boutique non-toxic nail salon in New York City. "Eliminating these chemicals can change the texture of the nail polish, making it thinner. With Sundays, we've added more non-toxic pigment to our formulas to compensate for this so that clients still get that creamy, opaque finish." Anyone who has ever painted their nails at home knows that not all polishes are created equal. That's why we've searched high and low for the best non-toxic nail polish brands that offer the widest range of shades and a shiny, long-lasting finish. Ahead, the 10 best non-toxic nail polishes. VIDEO: 4 Ways to Get Healthy Nails
We don't mean to ruin your day, but when it comes to weddings and the carbon footprint they leave on the environment, the numbers speak for themselves—and they don't look good. According to the Carbonfund.org Foundation, if you have invited more than 100 guests and most of them are flying, your carbon footprint is likely to be around 15 tons. It skyrockets to 50 tons if you invite more than 200 guests. This is the equivalent of driving 121,000 miles per year in a typical passenger car, except that you generate it in one weekend. Everything from your guests' transportation, their accommodation, the food, the decor, and even your and your bridesmaids' dresses contribute to the higher CO2 footprint of your big day. Don't get us wrong, we're not saying you should elope without telling anyone, but there are things you can do to make your wedding more eco-friendly without sacrificing its beautiful aesthetic. RELATED: 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Pop-Up Wedding We reached out to Valentina Schade, projects coordinator at Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit fair trade organization that works with independent artisans from around the world, who shared with us five easy ways to plan a sustainable wedding. And guess what? It turns out that it's not that difficult and, not only that, but you may also save money by opting for more eco-friendly options.
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Ready to give your beauty stash an Earth Day makeover? Polyvore’s latest survey might just be the green shopping list you’ve been waiting for. The site rounded up the most popular eco-friendly beauty products according to their data, and once again, lipstick tops the Internet's charts. Tarte's Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($17sephora.com), a creamy and moisturizing formula made without parabens or phthalates took first place, with Burt's Bee's Facial Cleansing Towlettes ($5; target.com), which are 99.1 percent natural, coming in second. So what came in third? You can check out the full Polyvore roundup and shop every product below.
With Earth Day less than a month away, there’s no better time than now to scoop up eco-fashions for spring, and H&M Conscious has a new, budget-friendly collection with more than a few staples for the season. Ecologically aware fashionistas like Chrissy Teigen, Sasha Lane, Rowan Blanchard, Kate Mara, and more headed to the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles, Calif. on Tuesday night to check out and celebrate the H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection. As guests entered the foliage-lined courtyard, they sifted through a rack of clothes from the collection with pops of color, structured looks, and statement-making garments for men and women, but the standout piece—an ethereal plissé pleated gown—was featured in an art installation near the dining area. It was created using Bionic, a polyester created with recycled shoreline plastic bottles. [tiImage img-pos="1" image_style="684xflex" align="center"] As for the inspiration behind the collection, H&M Creative Advisor Ann-Sofie Johansson told InStyle it was derived from the five senses. “It’s not just how something looks, but how it feels and sounds and smells,” she said, adding that they used Bionic yarn for the first time to design the clothes and even created new organic perfume oils for the collection. “All of the clothes contain sustainable fabric,” she continued. “Some of the pieces are 100 percent sustainable, some are 50/50 and different kind of blends ... I think it’s really important for us to show how sustainable fashion can look today, and it looks great.” [tiImage img-pos="2" image_style="684xflex" align="center"] Face of the collection Natalia Vodianova (pictured above with Bloom and Johansson) was also on hand for the fête and rocked a sequined recycled polyester top and black trousers from the collection. “You wouldn’t think that it’s made from recycled waste from the shore somewhere near China,” the model told us about her look. “It certainly doesn’t look like waste right? It looks beautiful and very glamorous and really fun.” The mom of five told us she felt “proud” to be the face of the collection. “I have a lot of children, and for me the idea of sustainable fashion is the future," she said. "I want to see people and brands and companies like H&M moving in that direction. We have to do it if we want to continue enjoying this planet.” And it was only right that guests showed off how much they enjoyed the clothes too. Lane stunned in a black H&M Conscious dress complete with a sheer overlay that was made of recycled polyester. “I feel really like a fairy,” she said. “I really like H&M. I like the fact that they are being conscious with their clothing.” Blanchard was also styled in H&M Conscious by way of a button-up top made of organic silk paired with a long black coat and distressed light denim jeans. To complete her look, she added a splash of white eyeliner above her eye that she told us was inspired by Solange and the line on her shirt. [tiImage img-pos="3" image_style="684xflex" align="center"] “I think something that is so important to get behind is the idea of affordable, ethical clothing,” Blanchard said. “There is ethical clothing, but it’s very expensive and it’s not accessible, and I think H&M doing it is pretty awesome.” The H&M Conscious Collection will launch in select H&M stores and online at hm.com on April 20. Keep scrolling to see all of the eco-friendly red carpet looks celebs sported to celebrate the occasion.