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9 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Everyday Products!

Earth Day is one of our favorite holidays.

No matter where you are, the environment around you is likely looking a little greener (hello, spring!), so what better time to check in with yourself and see how you can make your own life greener, too?! We selected a few of our favorite strategies to make easy, eco-friendly swaps in your everyday life, and included some of our favorite products that are PV staff tested and approved! So put on your favorite environmental charity bracelet—like the 1% for the Planet or For the Oceans bracelet—and keep reading to learn more about some of our best sustainable swaps! Plus, comment which environmental charity you’d like to see us partner with next to be entered into a giveaway to win ALL of the products listed!

1) Say no to plastic straws, and bring your own reusable straw instead!

According to one study, the US uses 500 million straws every day! The majority of these straws end up in landfills and in our oceans, where they often are mistaken for food by marine life. We highly recommend purchasing your own reusable straw to take with you when you go out to eat, or even just to use at home or the office! SeaStraws.co offers a great assortment of reusable straw options, including stainless steel, silicone and paper straws.

2) Ditch the plastic wrap in favor of sustainable beeswax wrap!

Leftovers make the best lunch the next day, but it can be challenging to find the right size storage container, and plastic wrap will just end up in a landfill. Using beeswax food storage wraps is a great way to keep your food fresh and secure, and the best part is that they’re reusable! Bee’s Wrap makes one of our favorite food wraps—how cute is this print!? They’re made of beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, and can easily be washed with cool water and mild dish soap.

3) Bring Your Own Water Bottle!

Refill stations are everywhere now, so it’s never been easier to hydrate on the go! There are tons of reusable water bottles available, in many different materials and sizes depending on your preference. We’re big fans of the Soma water bottles, which are from high-quality, shatter-resistant glass, with an easy grip protective sleeve. Soma is also a certified B Corp and is committed to sustainable business practices, including using post-consumer waste and recyclable materials!

4) Bring the beach to your kitchen with eco-friendly coconut bowls!

A kitchen swap thats cute *and* eco-friendly? Sign us up! We’re all familiar with the many benefits of coconut oil and coconut water, but what happens to the shells that these products are harvested from? Coconut Bowls discovered that 99% of shells are discarded as waste or burned, causing harm to the environment. They prevent this by working with small family farms to collect, clean and craft the shells into eco-friendly bowls. Perfect for acai bowls, right?!

5) Upgrade your beauty routine with organic and eco-friendly skin and hair products!

So many of the beauty products claim to be “natural” and “clean,” and it can be hard to know which products are truly good for you and the environment! We love Captain Blankenship’s collection of products made from organic and domestically grown ingredients whenever possible. They never use synthetic preservatives, parabens or sulfates, and only use recyclable and reusable glass packaging. We recommend the Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray for when you want to look fresh off the beach!

6) Protect your skin with reef safe sun care!

Summer is right around the corner, which means long days at the beach soaking up the sun! There are countless options of sunscreen available that will protect your skin, but some of the ingredients commonly found in many sunscreens—like oxybenzone and octinoxate—can have negative effects on coral reefs. MANDA makes effective (and organic!) sun creams and sun pastes that are not only coral reef safe, but also come in sustainable packaging!

7) Grow Your own herbs!

Save yourself a trip to the grocery store and grow your favorite herbs right at home! The best part is you can grow them right from your kitchen counter - no yard needed. Modern Sprout makes super cute indoor garden kits that you'll want to display. We love the Garden Jars, which come equipped with everything you’ll need to start growing, just add water and sunshine!

8) BYOM - Bring Your Own Mug!

Our generation is always on the go, and that means we often need our food and drinks to go, too—especially coffee! Those plastic (or plastic-lined) cups our favorite lattes come in may be convenient, but they unfortunately have a big impact on our landfills. To help reduce the amount of cups ending up in our landfills and oceans, just bring your own mug! We love Hydroflask’s 12oz Insulated Coffee Mugs for an easy-to-transport mug that keeps our coffee hot for hours. Oh, and it’s BPA-free, too!

9) Look for clothes made from recycled materials!

Clothes are an essential part of everyday life. And if you’re like many of us, leggings are super essential, too! Girlfriend Collective makes some of our favorite leggings. They’re ultra-comfortable, come in tons of colors and the best part is they’re made from recycled water bottles! Each pair of Girlfriend leggings diverts 25 water bottles from landfills and saves 3.11 gallons of water!

Don’t forget to tell us which environmental charity or non-profit we should partner with below for a chance to win ALL of these amazing items, and a few surprise bracelets!

Giveaway is CLOSED! Thank you all for your amazing suggestions!
1058 comments
You crazy
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

There are TOO MANY COMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!! You crazy!!!!!!!

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Blythe
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

I htink that you should partner with the sea turtle conservancy because turtles in the ocean are dying and they need our help. Pura Vida is such a huge organization and can reach out to so many people.

Caroline Westbrook
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

The Pacific Whale Foundation!! They do so much to help protect ocean life, and I totally agree that we should use eco-friendly items to help our planet!

Rebekah
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

When will the winning charity be announced? 😺

Aribella
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

I loved this idea! You guys should do a lot more of these blogs and do more giveaways! Thank you for doing this😀✌️

Kristy Ryan
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

Hi Aribella! Yes, the winner was contacted yesterday. Thank you so much for taking the time to read our blog post! ❤️

Aribella
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

Hi!! I as just wondering if someone won the stuff yet?

Melissa
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

Sea turtles 🐢 I love them

kaylie
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

save the elephants would be a great one!! i feel like it’s not as popular but they are still endangered and they still matter!!!

Everett
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

4ocean

Laura
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

Oceana !!

Mary Thompson
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

The ocean fund! They need out help so badly!

Kassandra
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

4ocean

Riley Snitkin
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

Trees, Water, & People!!

MaCee
April 23, 2020 at 5:10pm

Sea Legacy!!!

Kristi Barrows
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

4ocean

Kristi Barrows
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

4ocean

Delaney
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Ocean conservancy

Claudia Cipriani
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Oceana!😍🌊💙

Jessica chebra
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Sea turtle conservancy!🐢🐢

Tommi Hemp
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Oceana 🖤

Frances
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Oceana! The ocean is suffering so much from all the plastic and garbage that has been killing so many of its beautiful animals. 🐠🦀🦞🦐🦑🐙🐬🐳🐡🐢 truth is there is so many to choose from. We have to help our planet live 💓

Gianna
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

I strongly believe that you should try parring with the Coral Reef Alliance! Our Coral Reefs are almost non-existing. To know that one of the most beautiful parts of the ocean is dying and leading to extinction is unbelievable. Our actions as people who live on this planet is to help take care of it, not destroy it. Our reefs dying is a straight cause of human actions. Donating money to the Coral Reef Alliance will help educate our communities on the importance of being eco friendly and using renewable and reusable products. This organization can help be the change to if we loose our coral reefs or not!

Sydnee Shea
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

I would love to see y’all partner with Oceana!! Such a great cause!! #saveearth

Karrah
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Sea Turtle Conservatory🐢🐢 or Oceana🌊!! Our oceans need our help

Kristina Thomas
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Oceana!!

Karrah codero
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Sea Turtle Conservatory🐢🐢 or Oceana🌊!! Our oceans need our help

Jacky
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Pew charitable trusts !! They help create policies to help not just in the ocean but also in land and energy wise .

Audrey Vanderhee
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Sea Turtle conservatory
Simply Straws
American Red Cross

Jess Mlkvy
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

I think splash is a great place to donate. They help with water conservation efforts to provide water filtration systems for places in need.

Lyndsay
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

You should partner with sea turtle conservatory!!

Autumn
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

The Ocean Cleanup !!

Mariana
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Just like the organization Puravida, Sand Cloud uses their profits to go toward great foundations. Their goal is to to conserve marine wildlife. If you guys worked together it would for sure create a huge impact on our oceans!

Mariana
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

It would be great if you could partner with Sand Cloud Just like the organization Puravida, Sand Cloud uses their profits to go toward great foundations. Their goal is to to conserve marine wildlife. If you guys worked together it would for sure create a huge impact on our oceans!

Christy Melton
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Sea turtle conservancy

Mariana
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

It would be great if you could partner with Sand Cloud Just like the organization Puravida, Sand Cloud uses their profits to go toward great foundations. Their goal is to to conserve marine wildlife. If you guys worked together it would for sure create a huge impact on our oceans!

Cole Tully
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

✰✰It would be awesome to see you work with rainforest alliance or sea turtle conservatory, I live for what your company does♡

Cole Tully
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

✰✰It would be awesome to see you work with rainforest alliance or sea turtle conservatory, I live what your company does♡

Skylar R
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Oceana!!!💙

Olivia
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

oceana or the humane society

Kennedy
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Protect Our Winters (POW) 🌲❄️🏂

Casey C
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Please partner with The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF)!

Virginia Varga
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

I’ll have to say something dear to me, the Bruce Trail Conservancy. It’s mandate is to protection of the Niagara Escarpment, a unique ecosystem and UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The Escarpment is under a lot of development pressure. As the Province of Ontario is no longer investing funds to create new conserva- tion areas.
The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest continuous footpath in Canada. I have yet done the WHOLE atrial, but am planning too! It runs along Niagara to Tober- mory, spanning more than 885 km of trail and 400 km of side trails! It is sucha beautiful trail for kids, dog walks and just a place to clear your mind💛 ✨

Sydnee
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

National parks foundation
American Red Cross
Sea turtle conservatory

Jorden Hadbafnick
April 23, 2020 at 5:09pm

Ellen Gorilla Fund or 4 the ocean

Olivia McTeer
April 23, 2020 at 5:08pm

Wild Minimalist
Package Free Shop
Mighty Nest
Simply Straw
Hygge Savannah GA
Nourish SAVANNAH GA

Katherine Laird
April 23, 2020 at 5:08pm

Earth Island Institute!♻️🌴💚

lindsey archiable
April 23, 2020 at 5:08pm

4ocean!

Shelby Cole
April 23, 2020 at 5:08pm

oceana !! 💓🌊

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