We’re often so focused on our personal wellness that we neglect the wellness of our planet. But shouldn’t self-care extend to our home? In honor of Earth Day, we’re shining a light on some of our favorite eco-friendly brands. From giving back to organizations working to keep our world healthy to focusing on sustainable production methods, these seven companies always do right by their customers and Mother Earth.
1. Plant People
Our friends at Plant People are proud to be a Certified B Corp, a global community committed to using business as a force of good. To qualify, companies must meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Each organization must score 80 percent or higher on the B Impact Assessment, a questionnaire that evaluates everything from whether the company has discharged hazardous materials into the air, land, or water of hazardous materials, to whether they test products on animals.
Plant People are also Climate Neutral Certified, which is earned by companies that measure, offset, and reduce their carbon and greenhouse emissions. They even use certified wind power to print their packaging.
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The eco-friendly brand also partners with outside organizations working to improve environmental conditions, like American Forests, a leader in creating healthy and resilient forests across the United States, and Trees for the Future, an organization that trains farmers to regenerate their land to increase income and access to food in communities suffering from poverty, all while improving the environment.
2. NOW Foods
You can trust that products from NOW Foods are created with their environmental impact in mind. They choose sustainably-sourced cocoa from fair-trade certified suppliers. They also source their krill oil from well-managed fisheries that are certified by Friend of the Sea, a nonprofit organization with the mission of conserving marine habitats.
NOW also designs work facilities that use energy-efficient lighting and solar panels, conserve water, and feature electric car charging stations. When it comes to packaging, the brand partners with TerraCycle, a U.S.-based company that converts non-recyclable and hard-to-recycle pre-consumer and post-consumer waste into finished goods.
This eco-friendly brand also supports School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education, a non-profit dedicated to creating sustainable communities through education, The Climate Reality Project, a group of activists, cultural leaders, organizers, and scientists working to build a sustainable future, The Conservation Foundation, a Northeastern-Illinois organization focused on protecting the environment and more.
3. Nordic Naturals
Our oceans are feeling the love from Nordic Naturals. All of their fish oils are Friend of the Sea certified to guarantee that fish come from healthy fisheries. Plus, all fats left over from production are used to power their plant in Norway. Meanwhile, the brand’s California headquarters is LEED (Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design) Gold-certified, which highlights its building strategies and practices as best-in-class when it comes minimizing their impact on the Earth.
Give the Earth the gold standard with NutriGold. Their products are Friend of the Sea and MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified. (The MSC advocates against unsustainable fishing and helps safeguard seafood supplies for the future.) They also take special care to locally-source fish oils to reduce their environmental impact and promote biodiversity.
The eco-friendly brand also partners with Forest Stewardship Council, a non-profit that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, which is responsible for setting the standards for responsible forestry.
Plus, the brand uses tree-free cartons made from agriculture waste, a packaging option that is biodegradable, renewable, recyclable, and compostable. They also only use certified sustainable paper for printing.
5. New Chapter
New Chapter is proud to be a Certified B Corp and certified Zero Waste to Landfill, which means they reduce their carbon footprint and use energy recovery to convert waste into clean energy. They also work to compost, recycle, and reuse more than 80 percent of the waste they produce.
One of the eco-friendly brand’s pillars is to use supply partners who share their commitment to sustainable sourcing. As a result, they’ve become part of the growing regenerative agriculture movement, which emphasizes soil regeneration practices like rotating crops, composting, using cover crops, and avoiding deep tilling, in order to sequester carbon from the atmosphere into the ground and return farming to its more sustainable roots.
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6. Country Life
The Certified B Corp folks at Country Life use efficient design and operations to offset their electricity use and reduce carbon emissions. All of the packaging from this ego-friendly brand is made from 100-percent recycled paper, and they rely completely on renewable energy, which helps provide financial assistance to wind farms.
7. Garden Of Life
Garden of Life is not only a Certified B Corp but also maintains additional certifications with LEED (Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design) Gold-, and Green-e Energy, the nation’s leading voluntary certification program for renewable energy.
Additionally, one percent of all Garden Of Life Omega-3 purchases are donated to organizations focused on preserving our oceans and the inhabitants, including The Ocean Cleanup, Oceana, and Surfrider Foundation.