Ecological Brands that you MUST know!

We live in a very excessive world, full of people that pay little attention to their wasteful behaviors and taking time to care for the world that we live in. It is easy to get caught up in the belief that what we do does not affect the world and that our behaviors really don’t make that big of a difference in the grand scheme of things.

I hear it all the time, “Why should I recycle? No one else does, so why in the world should I?”

Many of the wasteful behaviors that many individuals and cooperations have on a daily basis affects everything: plants, animals, air quality and human beings. The older that I get, the more I realize how important it is to step up and take responsibility for my actions and do as many things as I can to change the world around me and help the world to be just a little bit better each and every day.

We are not be able to change everything, but we can influence those around us, which will then influence those around them, and the chain will go on and on….

In a highly materialistic world, most people look for cheap offers and products, without even thinking twice about the material that they are using, much less the place where it was made and the possible working conditions those workers are faced with in order to make our products.

Cheap products are easy to find, but that does not make it right or ethical. Think about it….if you buy a product for practically nothing, someone has to pay the price for that, right?

There is much to learn about sustainable and ethical practices and the importance of standing up for fair trade and the banning of child labor.

It’s easy to make purchases without thinking too much about it. However, we must work to create awareness when it comes time to shop and educate ourselves on how corrupt the fashion industry is in many of the largest cooperations, that will literally do absolutely anything in order to make a dollar, even if that means harming the life of a human being.

In my quest to live a more ethical and sustainable life, I have made a list of some of my favorite brands that I have personally used over the years that have strong ethical and moral values. Each one of these companies work to be as sustainable as possible in everything they do, while standing up for the rights of hard working people that give us the beautiful clothes and products that we wear and use on a daily basis.

1. Firiri

They are a Barcelona based brand that specializes in sustainable fashion. What I love the most about this company is the fact that their core belief is based on respect and love towards human beings and the environment.

Each and every one of their products are made with love and has its own story. The founders have a strong passion for helping the world to be a better place and truly put their heart into what they do. I love the fact that when I wear this brand that I am wearing something that was made by someone that is not working in unfair and hostile working conditions or support any sort of child labor.

They use premium products, such as bamboo, linen and cotton and everything is made in the Himalayas, in Nepal.

Another thing that I like a lot about this brand is its sustainable packaging. They ship their orders wrapped in Nepali rice paper, called “Lokta paper,¨which uses no trees or chemicals such as bleach for processing. This paper has a very long tradition of history in Nepal and has been used for many centuries for various reasons, such as offerings in ceremonies.

Overall, I highly recommend this brand!

www.firiri.com

 

2. Veganized

This is a family based company in Malaga that have a large selection of alternative, casual clothing that is 100% vegan and ecological.  They have a store in Malaga, as well as the online store that ships all across Spain. This brand has clothing available for children, women, men and many different accessories.

Their values ​​are based on 5 aspects:

  • Fair Work
  • Organic
  • Sustainable
  • Vegan
  • Recycling

They place their focus on the well being of humans and make it their mission to never take advantage of the poverty of the world in order to get richer, like most large companies in the fashion industry. They make sure that their products are made in the hands of workers who are treated well and earn enough to live and support their families.

Undoubtedly, this is one of my favorite brands, not only because of their cute style of clothing, but because of their burning desire to make a great impact in the world.

www.veganized.es

 

3. Pepa Loves

This is a fantastic Spanish clothing and accessories brand that have tons of cute styles, with lots of colors and designs. They focus on the  protection of animales when making their clothes and ensuring that no animal is harmed in the process.

They do not use leather, silk or wool and believe that it is important not to make animals suffer in order to be fashionable.

I am constantly looking for places to buy new dresses, because I wear them on a daily basis. They have so many beautiful and comfortable dresses that continue to look new, even after 15+ washes. I have traveled throughout many countries with my Pepa Love clothes and I couldn’t say enough good things about them!

pepaloves.com

 

4. Woodenson

I have to admit, when I think about fashion, the last word that comes to mind is wood. When I was looking for organic products on the internet, I saw their website and it was the first time I thought about buying a watch or any other products made of wood and cork.

When I first saw their products, I could not believe that there were so many options available for wooden watches. I decided to order one and they sent it to me personalized with my brand name and logo.

A part from the watch, I ended up getting a cork wallet, a wooden speaker stand, wooden headphones, sunglasses and a small wooden box that is suitable for a usb stick.

A part from the watch, I would say that my favorite product, and the one I use the most, is my personalized cork bag. It is very light and different than any other handbags that I have.

I can’t count how many times people have stopped me in the street to ask me about my bag and where it comes from. This is always the perfect opportunity  to talk to random people about the the importance of buying more sustainable products and how easy it is to substitute any normal, ordinary product for something that is better for the environment.

www.woodenson.com

 

5. Mooncup

This is a UK company that provides an excellent alternative to the ordinary pad and tampon.

An average woman will use around 11,000 disposable sanitary products in their lifetime.

Mooncup is a reusable silicone cup that can be used for years, absorbing 3 times more than a normal tampon. Its may not exactly be the easiest change to make, especially if one has been using pads and tampons their whole entire life. However,  can say from personal experience that the change is SO worth it!

When I used it for the first time I had a few complications, such as leaking. However, the amazing thing about this company is that they have a special phone number that you can call and speak with a lady that will answer any questions or doubts that you might have about the product. I called them after the first day and the kind lady explained everything that I need very clearly and from that day I had no more problems.

The Mooncup is way more practical than anything I have always used and I 100% recommend this to all women!

Without a doubt, I will never go back to the ordinary, wasteful pad or tampon.

www.mooncup.co.uk

 

6. OSEA

This is a US family based company that offers high quality natural beauty and skin care products. Their products are made from algae and vegan components and are inspired by land and sea and excellent for the environment.

“To produce 1 kilogram of animal protein compared to 1 kilogram of vegetable protein, you need 12 times more land, 13 times more fossil fuel and 15 times more water.”

I have been using their different products for over a year now and I absolutely love it. Over the years I have tried many different products, but always with a negative result. My skin is very sensitive, but my face had absolutely no redness, itching or breakout from their organic products. I highly suggest trying them out and getting rid of the commercial, high chemical skin care that is available in all the large retail stores.

oseamalibu.com

 

7. Slowers Shoes

This is a Spanish brand that specializes in vegan shoes, sandals and boots. On my 3 month trip through Asia the only two sandals that I had in my suitcase were from this brand.  Without a doubt, my shoes and sandals are the most important items in my bag, due to the fact that I walk over 15 miles daily exploring new places.

I am constantly walking through different cities, in the pouring down rain, in the mountains, etc, and my sandals from Slowers Shoes have been never failed me.  I was convenced in the beginning that with the amount that I walk on a daily basis that they were going to break and that I would have to replace them. However, even after retuning from Asia for 3 months, I continue to use them with out a single problem.

The materials are 100% natural and they are super comfortable. I have bunions on my feet and I have to choose quality shoes and sandals, otherwise I would constantly have pain.  Doctors always recommend that I buy Dr. Schols, but I decided to try this brand and I was shocked that I could walk every single day without pain. It was a miracle!

I could not recommend this brand enough!

slowers-shoes.com

 

8. Zuii Organic 

This is an Australian brand that is hands down of the best vegan and organic makeup brands that I have found so far. Makeup and skin care products from most big brands in retail stores have tons of unknown ingredients and chemicals that are actually horrible for our skin. Most people buy these products thinking that they are good healthy and making them look younger, when in fact they are damaging products that make you look older in the long run.

Zuii Organic uses high quality ingredients in their products that respect the environment and animales. I tried their makeup out for the first time this year and I was very impressed. My skin normally has a negative reaction to cheap, high chemical makeup, but in this case I had no skin irritation. I absolutely loved their foundation, mascara and blush and I am already looking for more products to try out.

zuiiorganic.com

 

 

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