good for you, good for the Earth
Every individual can contribute in a even a small way to help our planet. As a food website we come across many interesting products. Some of these products we use, have tried or on the wishlist. What we love the most are products that enhance lives through creative effort and minimal carbon footprint. Helping the planet is mainly about making small changes in our personal habits. Here are our 2021 useful and essential picks.
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KITCHEN AND HOME ACCESSORIES
Binchotan Charcoal Sticks
Binchotan is an activated charcoal made from oak in Kishu, Japan. Often used in grilled fish, yakitori and kushiyaki, it imparts a natural smokiness full of flavor. Adding charcoal to your drinking water as a natural filter removes chlorine and VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) while softening to improve taste. Add these earth-friendly sticks to your favorite pitcher or water bottle.
Available on Amazon | $21.50 pack of 6
Alkaline Water Bottle pH CONSCIOUS (Eco-Friendly)
A really cool personal water bottle with a slim design that comes with its’ own filtration. The filtration pack removes fluoride, chloramine, chlorine, heavy metals, rust, limescale, calcification, sand, dust, sediment, turbidites and hard water. The end result is clean, fresh tasting alkaline ph water with essential minerals. Made out of 40% wheat straw it is a great planet friendly alternative to single use plastic bottles.
Available from Invigorated Water | $21.97 with free shipping
Bee’s Wrap – Sustainable and Reusable Food Wraps
These have been around for awhile. It is a product that we have believe in because now more than ever there needs to be a committed effort to sustain the planet for future generations. Made by Bee’s Wrap which is a women owned Certified B company, this is the solution to single use plastic wrap. Made with organic cotton and coated with all natural sustainably sourced jojoba oil, beeswax and tree resin.
Available on Amazon | $18.00 free shipping
Hiware 12-Pack Reusable Stainless Steel Metal Straws with Case
According to National Geographic, over 8.3 billion straws pollute the world’s beaches. We have tried paper straws and bamboo straws, but we like these the best. They are made of BPA free stainless steel, dishwasher safe with a variety of color options and different sizes. They also come with a handy carrying case making it great for picnics or the workplace. A fun way to help the environment and decrease fossil fuel reliance.
Available on Amazon | $5.99
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Handmade Honey Jar with dipper included
We love stoneware and we support artisans all over the world. In our search for a wooden honey dipper which is almost impossible to fine, we stumbled across this really charming piece. It went a little bit above our price range, but we like it that much. Made with food safe glaze, it comes in white, turquoise, green, orange, honey and red colors to match any kitchen. AND you get the 6″ wooden dipper!
Available on Etsy | $30.00
Tiny Footprint Coffee – USDA Organic Carbon Negative Ground Coffee
We mentioned before how much more cost effective it is to make coffee at home. Even freshly brewed lattes, cappuccino, Americano or mochas take very little time with an Espresso Machine.
For great tasting ground coffee on the go, we recommend Tiny Footprint Nicaraguan shade grown Arabica coffee from family grown farms. Carbon negative is their philosophy of good karma. Proceeds from coffee sales go directly to fund reforestation in Ecuador’s Mindo cloud forest. The more trees they plant will help to reduce CO2 levels in the environment.
Buy on Amazon | $12.97 – $16.99 for 1 pound
Natural Eco Friendly Kitchen Sponge for Sustainable Living
If you cook at home on a regular basis then you know the importance of having reliable sponges. These scrub pads are made with 100% plant based materials. The hard side is made with pressed coconut fibers while the sponge is made from wood cellulose. They are inexpensive, biodegradable and stored in recyclable packaging. A smart choice for the planet.
Buy on Amazon | $12.99 for a 10 pack
Reef Safe Sunscreen
Planning your next vacation to Hawaii? Many places have already banned sun tan lotions and sunscreens that harm coral. By destroying the coral reefs, we harm the delicate ecosystems within our oceans. This is truly catastrophic with a profound impact that depends on us to make a difference. We searched all-natural sunscreens to find the best balance between reliability and skin sensitivity while helping the planet.
We like Seven Minerals which is made with recyclable plastic. The product checks of all the boxes with very positive user reviews and SPF choices of 30 or 50. Designed to protect and moisturize your skin, it contains Aloe Vera Gel, Green Tea Extract, Watermelon Extract, Coconut Oil, Mango Butter and Vitamin E.
Find on Amazon | $17.95 for 8 fluid ounces
Rada Cutlery Paring Knife Set 3 Knives
Paring knives are great utility knives that can be used for cutting vegetables, slicing fruit, peeling and even fine knife work. The stainless steel blades with brushed aluminum are easy to clean and arrive razor sharp. We like the three different knives that provide flexibility for different tasks. Made in the U.S.A. by Rada cutlery since 1948.
Buy on Amazon | $21.70
Rishi Tea & Botanicals Gaiwan Tea Cup
If you are familiar with our recipes, then you would know how much we like our tea. This traditional ceramic tea brewing cup is artisan crafted in Taiwan. If you are really into teas, you will love the tranquility this provides when sipping your favorite cup of Oolong or Pu’er. This special piece also makes a great gift for Mother’s Day.
Available at Rishi Tea & Botanicals | $8.00
Planet Friendly Silicone Bowl Lids
These reusable suction lids can be used for bowls, pots, pans and cups. They have a design that is easy to use even for those with weaker hands. Food safe and made from BPA free silicon, they can be used in the microwave. A planet friendly solution for everyday use.
Fine them on Amazon | $15.95 – $16.95
Bamboo Toothbrush, Natural Eco Friendly Biodegradable Charcoal Wood Tooth Brushes
This is a product that will make you feel good about being environmentally conscious. They are made out of 100% recycled materials with soft bristles and natural bamboo. Bamboo acts as an antimicrobial which is more durable than plastic and stronger than wood. In addition we like the 100% satisfaction guarantee. Safeguard your oral health and the planet.
Find on Amazon | $8.99 pack of 10
Hempz Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon Moisturizing Skin Lotion
If you are like us and suffer from dry skin whenever the weather turns, you need to try this lotion. Gluten-free and Vegan, Tru Earth Hempz is hypoallergenic and eco-friendly. Made from natural hemp seed it moisturizes even sensitive skin with jojoba, shea butter, natural extracts, vitamins A and E. This leaves your skin feeling soft and nourished after a hot bath.
Buy on Amazon | $12.82 for 17 fluid ounces
Biodegradable Plastic-Free Laundry Detergent Eco-Strips
Vegan, phosphate, bleach free, paragon free and contains no dyes. Tru Earth laundry detergent is designed for sensitive skin. Choose between two different styles, linen and scent free. The single load strips will work with hot or cold water in any type of washing machine. No more measuring of powdered or liquid detergent. The most intriguing part is the space saving efficiency. It is a positive solution towards reducing carbon emissions in the form of reduced transportation fuel consumption and zero plastic going into landfills.
Find on Amazon | $16.95 for 32 loads
Happy Sushi | Funny, Cute Fun Japanese Food Go Rice Art
We really liked this unisex t-shirt that you can wear with pride. The story about the Ann Arbor t-shirt Co. is an inspirational story of determination and success. This is a company that takes care of their employees. They believe in high quality without cutting corners. They really focus on design to produce some really cool t-shirts for the modern era.
Find on Amazon | $12.95
Matein Unisex Laptop Backpack with USB Charging Port
Many of us work from home or remotely these days. But, it is always nice to get out of the house. This is the backpack that has all of your needs for day trips, meetings, vacations or working outdoors. It comes with a lot of pockets for everything from your favorite water bottle to your cell phone or passport. It comes with a USB port for convenience. Note that it does require a portable power source. The backpack is water resistant and durable for those afternoon hikes or weekends at the beach.
Buy on Amazon | $25.99