Eco-friendly brands that reduce climate impact

%5BPHOTO+COURTESY+OF+UNSPLASH%5D

[PHOTO COURTESY OF UNSPLASH]

Nicole C. ('21)

It is no secret that climate change has become an even more pressing issue in the last few years. To combat climate change, some companies have started using sustainable products and have become more eco-conscious. Here are some of the most environmentally friendly brands to support in order to save the planet.

Reformation

Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Reformation, a sustainable fashion company founded in 2009 by Yael Aflalo, sells trendy women’s clothing. The company is 100% water, carbon, and waste neutral, and it plans on being Climate Positive by 2025. Reformation has adopted sustainable production practices such as recycling, composting organic waste, donating textile scraps, and partnering with suppliers that share their goals of sustainability. 

Veja  

Veja is a French sneaker brand that was founded in 2004 by Francois-Ghislain Morillion and Sebastien Kopp. The French fashion brand is popular for its vegan sneakers, which is made with raw and ecological materials. These materials include organic cotton (cultivated without pesticides), wild rubber from the Amazon, vegetable tanned leather, and recycled water bottles from the streets of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The popular sneakers have been worn by famous celebrities including Reese Witherspoon, Emily Ratajkowski, Katie Holmes and Meghan Markle. 

by Humankind

by Humankind was created by Brian Bushnell, and is a personal care, Carbon Neutral, brand that is designed to reduce single-use plastic waste by utilizing refillable containers. Its packaging is made of recycled paper with soy based ink. Its shampoo and conditioner are in bar form to eliminate single-use plastic, and its floss and cotton swabs are made of 100% biodegradable materials. 

Pela 

Pela sells the world’s first compostable phone case, and these cases are designed to biodegrade in under 6 months. The company was created by Jeremy Lang in 2011 after he saw the damaging effects of plastic pollution on the environment. 1 billion plastic phone cases are made every year, and many of these phone cases end up in landfills.  Pela is climate neutral; it produces 25% less carbon emissions, 70% less waste production, and uses 35% less water. It uses raw materials derived from renewable and sustainable sources, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These materials include leaves, food scraps, animal waste, grass clippings, and other carbon-based organic matter.