There are currently 7.4 billion people estimated to be on Earth. WOAH! The human race is booming and we are losing biodiversity as we grow. With an increase in land development, pollution, temperatures and the introduction of invasive species – serious damage is being done to plants, animals and ecosystems around the world.
Of course, many are aware of these issues and there has been an ever-increasing effort to form sustainable practices that have minimal impact on human, animal and the planet’s well-being. A number of countries have put light policies in place to reduce emissions and pollution over the next few decades, but are often faced with resistance from government and businesses. Thankfully, there are a handful of do-gooders out there that are leading the way to a more sustainable, socially responsible world. And the best thing about them? They aren’t being forced to do it! They just genuinely care about our planet and helping out.
Do you ever think about the products you use? Who makes them? Where do they come from? Do you ever spend more or go out of your way to buy something made locally or sustainably?
Most people haven’t spent much time looking into the brands behind their products. You really should! It can be totally enlightening and will likely help to discover some new products you can feel great about supporting. What brands are we loving? Here are some of our favorites:
S’well Reusable Water Bottles
Did you know that plastic takes up to 700 years to start decomposing? That means that every bit of plastic ever made still exists somewhere. And a lot of it ends up as bits and pieces of “plastic soup” in the ocean where fish, birds and other marine organisms feed on it. The U.S. is the largest consumer market for bottled water in the world, using 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour and only recycling around 27%. Worldwide it is estimated that over 200 billion plastic bottles are dumped in landfills annually. Because of this, we always carry our handy reusable S’well water bottle and urge others to find a more permanent hydration companion for themselves.
Why we love S’well: S’well was founded in 2010 by Sarah Kauss with a mission to rid the world of plastic bottles. Their bottles are composed of non-leaching and non-toxic 18/8 stainless steel that keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Not to mention the bottle design is super sleek and comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns! Alongside their high quality product and admirable mission, S’well is a supporter of UNICEF and has donated $200,000 since 2015 to help provide clean water worldwide.
The House of Marley Headphones
Marley as in Bob Marley? We think it’s safe to assume… We also think it’s safe to assume The House of Marley headphones are badass. They are made from sustainably harvested woods, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and recycled plastics, metals and rubbers. The proprietary fabric used is made of recycled bottles, hemp and organic cotton. A heavy focus is put on overall craftsmanship and sound quality – and you can totally tell.
Why we love The House of Marley: Aside from being the coolest headphones we have ever seen, The House of Marley has a deeper commitment to global charitable causes. They donate a generous portion of proceeds to 1Love Foundation, Bob Marley’s charity supporting youth around the world.
Nurdle in the Rough Upcycled Jewelry
Raise your hand if you think upcycling is the best thing ever! Especially when it comes to reusing the world’s plastic waste. We already went on about plastic bottles, but that is only a small percentage of plastic garbage that is created and washed out to sea each year. Artist Kathleen Crabill, owner of Nurdle in the Rough, creates stunning jewelry crafted completely out of marine debris and 100% recycled precious metals. It is seriously amazing the things this lady can do with a piece of plastic. Each piece is totally unique and is sure to grab attention.
Why we love Nurdle in the Rough: Not only does Nurdle in the Rough jewelry help clean up the beaches and raise awareness, 10% of all profits are donated to help with marine conservation. Most of the plastic is collected from Kamilo Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii, and the colorful styles give off an island vibe that is perfect for summer!
Stop the Water While Using Me! Care Products
The cheeky packaging of Stop the Water While Using Me!’s care products is what initially caught our attention. After digging further we learned the products are free of synthetic colorings and aromas, and only use natural ingredients that are suitable for sensitive skin. Furthermore, the packaging is recyclable, refillable and a constant reminder to limit your water usage. The majority of their products are vegan and no products were ever tested on animals.
Why we love Stop the Water While Using Me!: In an effort to help with the global water crisis, Stop the Water While Using Me! launched Good Water Projects in which they donate a percentage of revenue to support innovative water projects in regions that suffer from shortages. Some of these initiatives include installing fog collectors and bringing water to areas in need.
Newman’s Own Food and Beverages
An oldie, but goodie Newman’s Own makes awesome food and beverage products! Hollywood actor Paul Newman started Newman’s Own in 1982 with a line of salad dressings he gifted to friends and family. Today it is a much bigger brand making a wide variety of products – you’ve probably seen Newman’s Own in the grocery store and possibly even purchased it from time to time.
Why we love Newman’s Own: Did you realize that 100% of profits from all Newman’s Own products are donated to charity? Since its inception, the company has donated more than $450 million to charitable causes. Also, Newman’s Own is good quality and totally affordable. Pass the Newman-O’s!
Cause You Care Endangered Species Apparel
Well of course we had to sneak ourselves in here! Cause You Care is a pretty new player in the eco-fashion world, having launched earlier this year. Offering a wide variety of custom print-to-order shirts, tote bags, throw pillows and mugs – all Cause You Care products are inspired by endangered species and aim to generate awareness around the issues these animals face. All apparel is made and printed in the U.S., sweatshop free, on American Apparel products. The inks are water based and eco-friendly, making them much softer than traditional screen printed shirts and just as durable. We pride ourselves in the quality of our product and commitment to saving animals!
Why we love Cause You Care: Can we say we love ourselves? Is that weird? We are super proud of the fact that we donate 25% of profits to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Our research found IFAW to have one of the highest percentages of funds allocated directly to programs helping to save animals. We also agreed with their approach; they work to rescue individuals, campaign to prevent animal cruelty and advocate for the protection of wildlife and habitats, reaching out to all animals in need. Lastly, we hope to set an example for all businesses through sustainable practices and public education. Working not only to raise money for IFAW, but to increase awareness of issues around sustainability and biodiversity.
In review – we hope you learned something new and possibly (maybe?) feel the urge to evaluate the brands in your life. The list of kickass companies giving back and sourcing sustainably is growing every day and oftentimes are just as affordable and accessible as those you are currently using thanks to the Internet.
What are some of your favorite sustainable brands? Share with us in the comments!
*Note: None of the brand images in the post are property of Cause You Care. Images sourced from the following: S’well Instagram, House of Marley Instagram, Nurdle in the Rough Instagram, Stop the Water While Using Me! Instagram, Newman’s Own Instagram.