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18 Must-Have Eco-Friendly Products for Summer

Check out our list of some of the hottest green products in beauty, fashion, travel and home.

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BEAUTY & BATHROOM

1. Be a Natural Beauty
Going green can be really tricky, it requires research and dedication. From the car we drive, the clothes we wear and the food we eat it’s up to us to make decisions that don’t compromise our eco-commitment. While we are becoming increasingly aware of what we put in our bodies by focusing on locally grown and organics its still easy to forget about what we are putting on our faces. Nvey eco is the only cosmetics company that is certified organic by the Australian Organic Food Chain. Made entirely from organic and natural ingredients all their products are talc, paraben and preservative-free. Plus, they are cruelty-free so they’re never tested on animals. And the makeup itself is luxurious, with rich pigments and gentle natural ingredients. Leaving you free to glam it up without compromising your No. 1 lady—Earth. ($24 and up, econveybeauty.com) [Rachel Shatto]

2. Plant the Seed of Good Skin Care
Seed’s grape seed enriched moisturizing body products are not only made from 100 percent plant-based materials; their packaging is actually biodegradable. So you can enjoy a luxurious bath or shower with the exfoliating soap and shampoo bar, and afterwards, treat yourself to the insanely awesome-smelling body lotion—all while knowing that you are helping cut down on waste. The products are paraben and preservative free, free of artificial colors and never tested on animals. Scent-free versions are available for sensitive skin. ($5 and up, seedpowerbodycare.com) [Lisa Gunther]

3. Think Natural in the Bathroom
Avalon Organics—makers of luscious bath and beauty products like Lavender Bath and Shower Gel or CoQ10 Wrinkle Defense Serum—that’s long beloved by ecochicks going even greener. Their new signature “green bottle” products now contain an even higher content of organic essential oils. Each product is at least 70 percent organic, matches Avalon’s Consciousness in Cosmetics Pledge by being free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, sulfate cleansers and harsh preservatives, and uses luscious essential oils and natural ingredients including lavender, lemon, rosemary, olive, bergamot, grape seed and peppermint. I loved their Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Conditioner and Shampoo and their Lavender Revitalizing Eye Gel, the latter of which could beat any mainstream cosmetics company’s product (take that Revlon). ($9 and up, avalonorganics.com) [Diane Anderson-Minshall]

4. Ditch the Disposables
I shave. No Brazilian waxes, no crazy all over body threading crap but damn it, I like to shave my legs. Turns out those little disposable razors are very bad for the environment. They’re made of non-recyclable metal and plastic and in the U.S. alone we ditch 68 million of them each year (that’s about 34 million cubic feet thrown into landfills where they emit carbon dioxide.  So, I’m ditching the disposables but instead of going to a regular refillable razor, I’m doing one better with the Wind-N-Go Freedom Shaver, the world's first and only dynamo shaver gives you the freedom to shave when and where you want—without electricity and batteries. All you do is wind it up with a simple hand crank and shave (one minute of cranking gave me enough to do a full shave of both legs). There’s a car chargers and electrical adapter but, really, with crank power, who needs it? ($44, athenabrands.com) [DAM]

5. Everything's Better with a Sock Monkey
In North America alone, women throw away 20 billion disposable tampons and menstrual pads each year, according to Annie Rose Shapiro, the Etsy crafter behind ilovemymoon.com, and production of those disposables releases dioxin—one of the world's most toxic chemicals—into our rivers, lakes and streams. Though reusable pads have been around for years, some women (like me—I confess) HAVE associated them with a sort of '70s hippie grunge. Not anymore. I Love My Moon  appeals to the  punky, sassy hipster in me with her quirky, fun designs like the organic, handmade Sock Monkey Pantyliner and the Dia de los Muertos Moonpad. “Yes, reusable menstrual pads are more sustainable and better for your health, and these are very serious reasons to use them,” says Shapiro. “But while you're at this good, serious work, why not have a Sock Monkey Moonpad? Or Sugar Skulls? Or purple and pretty flowers? Or whatever brings a smile to your face and helps you enjoy your choice to go reusable?”  Shapiro says her moonpads are part political too (“I think it is pretty darn radical just to mention them, and my belief is that every time menstruation is mentioned in a positive, shame-free context, it is just one more blow against the horrible taboos our society has created around women's bodies. And it makes each of us that much more free.”) and I love her women’s resource center plus environmental studies polus sewing internship equals Moonpads philosophy as much as the fact that these  inexpensive, green alternatives are also also extra-absorbent and can be used for years. ($9, ilovemymoon.com) [DAM]

6. Try a Do-It-All Product
We’ve all tried Dr. Bronner’s, if not for the 300 purposes then for the radically weird ramblings on the contatiner. Turns out there’s another do-it-all company that ecochicks are also gravitating towards these days.  Tate’s the Natural Miracle Conditioner was created by acouple who discovered their “miracle conditioner” recipe in the forests of Massachusetts and all the Tate’s the Natural Miracle products are made only from fruits, nuts, berries and natural oils or minerals. The conditioner (in lotion and spray forms) can be used in over a hundred ways, including everything from a full-body moisturizer to makeup remover, bee sting treatment and diaper rash cream. There’s a must have chemical-free odorless nail polish remover, an odor eliminator (made from fruit skin and peels) and more truly all-natural, simple all-in-one products made with blueberries, apples, eucalyptis and oak bark and about a dozen other (almost all edible) incrediants. What they don’t feature is the best for planet Earth: no dyes, gluten, colors, iodine, glycols, sulfates, parabens, fragrance, phosphates, pesticides or animal testing. ($14 and up, ourtatefamily.com) [DAM]

7. Even Your Eyes Can be Eco
You don’t often think of sustainable eye shadow, but Urban Decay—the sexy cutting edge makeup company that also offers some vegan options—has a Sustainable Shadow Box, which boasts ten eyeshadoews (all t heir best-sellers), a cruelty free brush, travel sized primer potion all in a box constructed from a laundry list of sustainable materials. The lacquered case is bamboo, an abundant, sustainable material (and the sexiest alternative to paper or plastic), shadows are nestled in a tray made of recycled paper, and the clear outer PET box is recyclable. $36, www.urbandecay.com [DAM]