While there are little things we all may do in our day-to-day lives to minimize our negative impact on the environment – recycle, reuse, compost, the works – it can all feel a little ineffective when a lot of the brands and items that you rely on every day don’t have the same environmental values as you do. Luckily, there are a ton of companies that have made a commitment to creating great products and experiences, while doing good for good ol’ Mother Earth. Peep some of our favorite do-good brands below, and get ready for some guilt-free consumerism.
Any sustainability measure that other companies can tackle, Adidas just proved it can tackle 1000 times better. Instead of just creating a line of sustainable products, or pledging to commit to smaller-scale waste reduction initiatives, Adidas took things to the next level and announced that it plans to make all of its products from recycled ocean plastic by 2024. The reason that’s so major – aside from it just being a really, really good thing – is that every pair of shoes uses the equivalent of about 11 plastic bottles to create. Multiply that by the hundreds of millions of shoes made by Adidas every year, and this all adds up to quite the dent.
Hotels make it a point to keep their bedding in good shape (half the fun of staying at a hotel, after all, is slipping into some pristine bedding at the end of the day, is it not?). So what happens when sheets inevitably start shows some signs of wear? Instead of tossing them, Westin is one hotel chain that has decided to give those sheets a second life as something totally different: pajamas for kids. Working with a program called Project Rise: ThreadForward, Westin has committed to having its no-longer-worthy bed linens rewoven into pajamas for kids in need.
We were already big fans of Method for the company’s tough-on-dirt, easy-on-the-environment cleaning products, but here’s one more reason to back the brand: packaging made from recycled ocean plastic. Long story short, Method has teamed up with beach clean-up groups and other volunteers to help gather up plastic debris from Hawaii beaches – debris that is then combined with post-consumer recycled plastic to make better-for-the-earth bottles.
All about making furniture for “circular living,” European furniture company Pentatonic‘s whole shtick is creating revolutionary-but-totally-functional everyday household items, but doing it with one of the world’s most abundant and problematic resources: trash. The way this company sees it, the world already has more than enough plastic and glass produced to fulfill society’s needs for, like, ever, so why produce more when we can just reuse what we’ve already got? We’re talking chairs made from fashion industry fabric waste, and glassware made from recycled smartphone bits. In other words, this is where that whole “one man’s trash, another man’s treasure” thing really shines.
The makers of Allbirds sneakers say that Mother Nature is their muse, and the materials that they use in the production of the stylish kicks make that incredibly clear. Aside from using merino wool that meets the highest standards of farming, land management, and animal welfare, Allbirds sneakers also use materials like recycled plastic bottles in their shoelaces and castor bean oil in their insoles. These sneakers are also always packed away neatly in boxes made from 90% recycled cardboard. Talk about being fashion forward.