Happy Earth Day! Today is a day for reflecting on our environment and taking stock of our daily habits to see where we may possibly tread a little more lightly on our planet. Creating awareness by marking one day as "earth day", we should use this moment to create new habits that are a bit more eco-friendly. Fortunately, some great companies have already beat us to it and are going along for the ride to see that eco-friendly doesn't mean boring. Quite the contrary, eco-friendly has opened up a whole new world that is inspiring and helps us to feel good as we do good. Here are some things eco-friendly that we just love:
The popular polish brand butter LONDON is offering a free nail lacquer of your choice if you’re one of the first 500 customers to log onto butterLONDON.com on Earth Day. butter LONDON is a 3 Free company whose products contain no formaldehyde, no Toluene and no DBP for a manicure that you can feel good about. If I'm up early enough to log on in time I'll have to decide between Yummy Mummy, Pink Ribbon or Eastender, three shades that all rock the nudes trend I'm so fond of this season. ($14 value)
Treating yourself to eco-friendly fashion doesn't have to break the bank.
Loomstate has been a pioneer in organic clothing design for some time and has recently created a line of casual separates exclusively for Target for both men and women. Ranging from denim to shorts to tees, all items are crafted from 100% organic cotton and priced between $14.99 and $44.99.
Keds is partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant a tree for each and every pair of Green Label Keds sold in 2009. These eco-friendly kicks have uppers made from organic cotton and a 20% recycled rubber soles. Non-toxic dyes give the canvas its color, laces made from 100% recycled PET (water bottles), and the list goes on. Quite a bargain of a shoe for $55.
Do you know if your beauty products are as natural as they claim to be? With natural and organic becoming hot buzzwords, they're not always used accurately. To help resolve this dilemma, the Natural Products Association has created a certification program that defines what natural can be used to label, and sets a standard of compliance that products must adhere to in order to be marked with the seal. In an industry with so little regulation this is great news that will help consumers make better choices.