The holidays are here, and Americans are slated to spend $910 billion shopping online. While the holidays are a time of celebration and plenty, they also can be a stressful time – for us and for the planet.
Typically, Americans toss out 25% more trash during the holidays than they do the rest of the year. From food to ribbons and wrapping paper to unwanted gifts, it’s easy for our holiday spirit to pile up in the landfill.
So, what can we do to make this holiday season a thoughtful time for both our loved ones and our beloved earth? Shopping sustainably over the holidays is a big way you can have a positive effect on our planet. And thankfully, there are many incredible eco-friendly, sustainability-conscious companies creating products that are kind to the environment.
If you want to be gentle with the planet this holiday, here are 8 eco-friendly companies that are consciously creating. Gift yourself and your loved ones the knowledge that you’re easing the earth during one of its most stressful periods!
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Sustainability winner: Cicil
The Durham, North Carolina–based textile company Cicil has sustainability woven into its very fabric. “In the deeply personal spaces of our homes,” explains Laura Tripp, who cofounded the company with Caroline Cockerham last November, “we want to surround ourselves with things made in a way we can respect.”
Most of the coffee and tea you start your mornings with is imported, and while some producers make their homes in the United States, yaupon is the only caffeinated plant native to North America—Native American tribes harvested and brewed the hardy species, which thrives even in drought conditions, for thousands of years.
Sustainability’s not just at the heart of this Nashville-based home goods brand, it’s literally in the name. Cleo—which stands for clean, local, ethical, organic—was founded by three friends after they struggled for years to find household products that checked those boxes but were also beautifully packaged
For Emma Allen, the founder of Everyday Oil, less is more. Turns out, when you cut out synthetic ingredients and swap in high-quality, organic, and wild-harvested botanical oils that naturally hydrate, cleanse, and nourish, you don’t need a dozen skincare and beauty products.
Alex K. Mason, the founder and director of the Kentucky-based textile studio Ferrick Mason, looks to the natural world for inspiration for the bulk of the designs she creates for her line of wallcoverings and fabrics.
The Virginia leathergoods luminary Moore & Giles has relied on sustainable practices since its founding in 1933, but three more recent collections—Reclaimed, Seven Hills, and Olive Tanned—take their commitment to eco-friendly production to a new level.
This North Carolina textile company founded by Gina Wicker in 2019 employs recycled materials wherever possible but puts extra emphasis on the other two Rs, working to reduce waste and reuse tools like the vintage looms they rescued and repurposed from a now-shuttered mill.
Each year, the global fashion industry generates more than 92 million tons of textile waste and is among the world’s most environmentally unfriendly industries.