The 46 Best Sustainable Products and Brands to Shop in 2024, Tested & Reviewed

From makeup to mattresses

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Sustainability initiatives seem to be everywhere, and companies regularly incorporate claims into their marketing. Carbon neutral this! Post-consumer recycled that! Solar power! Even eco-friendly dating has found space to shine. Though 78 percent of American consumers say they want a sustainable lifestyle, according to a study by Nielsen IQ, what does that really mean? And how do we, as shoppers, parse through the endless amount of products and services, which are often laundered by greenwashing? Well, wonder no more. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the 46 best sustainable products and brands that made the cut after a year of testing and research. They span home and cleaning, fashion, beauty, kitchen and kids—there’s something for everyone and everything in your life. Plus, we talked to two sustainability experts about how to assess products when you’re shopping and break down a handful of popular certifications often flaunted as proof of being “green.”

The 10 Best Sustainable Products at a Glance


Biodegradable Menstrual Care Products


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Our Favorite Sustainable Mattress

Avocado Green Mattress

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Eco Weighted Blankets

Bearaby Weighted Blanket

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The Wine Aficionado's New Go-To

Blue Bin Wine by Ron Rubin Winery

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Tried-And-True Safe Household Cleaning Products


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Meet the Experts

  • Eunice Jung is Head of Partnerships at Future, a fintech company working to democratize climate smart living and encourage consumers to make sustainable behavior changes.
  • Julie Willoughby, PhD, is the chief scientific officer at Circ, a US-based mixed textile recycling innovator. Prior to joining Circ, Willoughby served as a professor in textile engineering and color science at NC State University and as a director of manufacturing innovation at Nike.

How We Tested and Evaluated the Best Sustainable Products

To cull this list of best sustainable products, PureWow editors spent a year testing nearly 80 different brands and products that claimed to be “sustainable” in some way. Then, we researched their claims and certifications to see if the data backed everything up. When testing, we asked ourselves if the product was just as good (or better) than an option not billed as “eco-friendly” and took into account that sustainability can mean many things, including carbon neutrality and fair labor practices. We also assigned bonus points for certifications such as B-Corp, Fair Trade and GOTS (scroll down to find out what these mean). The result? A list of truly great products that will make your life more eco-friendly.

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Biodegradable Menstrual Care Products

1. August

Sustainability Commitments

  • Climate Neutral certified
  • Net Plastic Recycled Certified via Plastic Collective
  • 1% for the Planet member

What We Like

  • biodegradable menstrual care products
  • made from organic cotton
  • non-irritating
  • can choose subscription or buy one-off


When that time of the month rolls around, our first thought is, “am I out of pads?” (or tampons). Period care brand August makes it easy to stock up with a subscription model that allows you to choose the type and number of products you need every month. (They’re also available one-off at Target.) PureWow’s associate SEO editor Marissa Wu tested the biodegradable pads and liners and was impressed by how soft the material was. “You can’t feel anything and it’s actually comfortable,” she says. The wrappers (though not the pads) are also biodegradable and will dissolve in water—feel free to toss into your municipal compost. (Be sure to remove the paper tab and inner paper liner.) The only downside Wu noted was that she wound the pads were susceptible to crinkling slightly.

Our Favorite Sustainable Mattress

2. Avocado Green Mattress

Sustainability Commitments

  • GOTS certified
  • Climate Neutral certified
  • Made Safe certified
  • Global Organic Latex Standard certified

What We Like

  • simple and subtle design
  • no funny smells from packaging
  • durable and soft
  • one-year trial period
  • coil system cuts motion transfer


There’s a lot to love about the Avocado Green mattress, but one of the most notable is the lack of nauseating odors that a new mattress can sometimes spill into a room. The mattress is made using natural and renewable materials, and is ready to sleep on right out of the gate, as confirmed by a former PureWow editor and a tester who tried the crib mattress for her 2-year-old. It’s medium-firm with a five-coil zone system designed to help alleviate pressure points by evenly distributing weight. There are six sizes, from twin to California king, and the mattresses are made from organic cotton and wool. If you’re looking to upgrade your mattress, you can’t go wrong here. Just keep in mind that they are heavy (you probably can’t set it up alone) and require deep sheets.

Eco Weighted Blankets

3. Bearaby Weighted Blanket

Sustainability Commitments

  • OEKO-TEX certified
  • GOTS certified
  • FSC certified
  • Global Recycled Standard
  • velvet made from recycled marine plastic
  • TENCEL option

What We Like

  • machine washable
  • weight is evenly distributed
  • warm
  • breathable


Weighted blankets are therapeutic; it’s a fact. From anxiety to insomnia and better sleep, there are quite a few things a good blanket can do. Wu liked Bearaby’s selection because of the company’s many eco-friendly certifications (see below). The weighted blankets are made from organic cotton, lyocell or velvet upcycled from marine plastic. She tested the cotton Napper and appreciated that while warm, it was also breathable and had good weight distribution.

The Wine Aficionado's New Go-To

4. Blue Bin Wine by Ron Rubin Winery

Sustainability Commitments

  • B-Corp certified

What We Like

  • bottle design is lighter and smaller, which cuts down on transport emissions
  • made of recycled PET plastic with a thin glass lining that can be separated in the recycling process

Blue Bin

Wine drinkers know that toting a bottle to a party can be heavy. Especially if you’re lugging it across New York City. On the subway. California-based Ron Rubin Winery solves two problems in one swoop by packaging its Blue Bin Wine in a lighter, glass-lined recycled plastic bottle. The glass preserves the integrity of the wine, while the lighter plastic material cuts down on transportation emissions and can be recycled. If you’re worried about the glass breaking, Wu can attest that her shipment arrived intact—despite minimal packaging. (A great thing in our books.) Though she doesn’t consider herself a wine expert, she shared several bottles with friends, which received rave reviews. A few of the superlatives: light, crisp, fruity.

Tried-And-True Safe Household Cleaning Products

5. Blueland

Sustainability Commitments

  • B-Corp certified
  • Climate Neutral certified
  • EPA Safer Choice designation
  • Cradle to Cradle Certified
  • Made Safe certified
  • USDA BioPreferred
  • EWG verified
  • Leaping Bunny certified

What We Like

  • packaging designed to be refilled and reused
  • bottles are BPA/antimony free
  • no single-use plastics


PureWow’s vice president of editorial, Candace Davison, put a suite of Blueland products to the test. The company makes a line of cleaning products made with “plant-based and planet-friendly ingredients” such as citric acid and sodium carbonate. The ones she’d use again? The cleaning sprays, hand soap and dishwasher tablets. The dishwasher tablets were so good, they beat out her once-preferred Cascade Platinum pods in terms of efficacy, and the hand soap effortlessly washed away everything from cakey dirt to brownie batter stains.

Ultra-Breathable Bedding

6. Buffy Breeze Sheet Set

Sustainability Commitments

  • uses recycled plastic, eucalyptus lyocell and soft hemp in products
  • safe synthetic and natural dyes

What We Like

  • great for hot sleepers
  • easy to wash


Buffy’s bedding takes the cake when it comes to breathable bed linens. One PureWow editor sent a test set to her hard-to-impress parents and they were blown away. “I’m the type who prefers a warmer environment so I can tolerate trapped heat in my bedding, but sweating is not a desirable experience,” her dad says. “I’m also one who sweats easily; the temperature can be in the 60s or 70s and I will still sweat if I’m in the sun. This is why I’m so impressed with these sheet’s breathability.” In fact, they were so breathable that he didn’t sweat at all. The award-winning, 300-thread count sheets are made of lyocell with a sateen finish. According to Buffy, these materials are less water intensive, using less than 10 percent of the water required to make a traditional set of sheets.

The Ultimate Silk Sleepwear

7. Clementine Sleepwear

Sustainability Commitments

  • OEKO-Tex certified
  • GOTS-certified organic silk

What We Like

  • pearl shell buttons
  • plastic free
  • beautiful, luxurious designs
  • 6A, 22 momme silk (highest quality)

Clementine Sleepwear

Attention, all serious sleepers. The most luxurious sleep of your life is just around the corner. Clementine Sleepwear’s gorgeous pajama sets (and entire sleepwear line) are GOTS certified and plastic free. (Yes, that includes the buttons, which are pearl shell.) Clementine Sleepwear works with 6A, 22 momme silk (the highest quality available), along with OEKO-Tex certified non-toxic dyes. One thing to keep in mind: Unlike many other silk companies, Clementine Sleepwear doesn’t use chemical washes to make the silk “washable.” To clean, they recommend handwashing or machine washing on a delicate cycle.

The App that Makes Sustainability Easier

8. Commons App

Sustainability Commitments

  • vets climate projects participating in carbon offset programs
  • evaluates brands for sustainability (brands can’t pay to be on platform)
  • community lowered carbon emissions by 20 percent in 2022

What We Like

  • tracks personal carbon emissions
  • helps people discover sustainable brands
  • provides tips on how to lower carbon footprint


When it comes to sustainability, there’s a lot of information out there—and a lot of greenwashing, too. The Commons App helps cut through the noise by helping you discover eco-friendly brands, tracking your carbon footprint, providing lifestyle tips and rewarding you for making sustainable choices. The app vets the brands on its platform according to its own sustainability metrics, and companies can’t pay to get on the platform. Brands are compiled by category, so you can search for things like “home décor” and get a Commons-approved list of places to shop.

Eco-Friendly Towels that Stay Fresh

9. Cariloha Classic Bamboo Bath Towels

Sustainability Commitments

  • B-Corp certified
  • GOTS certified
  • CertiPUR-US foam safety certification
  • OEKO-TEX certified
  • Factory Fair Trade Certified

What We Like

  • made from bamboo
  • breathable and comfortable in all seasons
  • towels don’t retain odors


Bamboo is a great material because it grows quickly, produces 35 percent more oxygen than trees and consumes 45 percent more carbon dioxide. Cariloha incorporates the material into its bath towels, which are made of bamboo-derived viscose. Wu tested the bath towel set. Admittedly skeptical at the beginning, they quickly won her over for their fluffy texture and ability to keep odors at bay. (She admits to forgetting to swap out her towels one week, and they seemed as fresh and odorless as they had on day one.) The towels are easy to clean and have held up well in both the washer and dryer.

Reuseable Skincare Accessories

10. Clean Circle

Sustainability Commitments

  • OEKO-Tex certified bamboo fabric
  • 1% for the Planet
  • GOTS certified

What We Like

  • super soft bamboo fabric
  • great for applying tonics
  • machine washable and dryer safe
  • doesn’t stain easily

Clean Circle

If you want the unfun truth, you actually don’t need to buy reusable cotton rounds to remove your makeup. An old, cut up T-shirt does the job just fine. But should you not be the ratty T-shirt hoarding type (like Wu), Clean Circle’s reusable skincare products work beautifully. “I’ve been testing the Bamboo Velour Skincare Pads and have been pleasantly surprised. They’ve been handy for applying skincare products that I would have otherwise needed a cotton ball for, and they’ve also taken off my makeup without retaining any stains. I just pop them in the washing machine and dryer, and they’re as good as new.” Clean Circle also makes makeup remover pads and dissolvable depuffing eye masks, among their other personal care products.

The Most Convenient Serums

11. Common Heir

Sustainability Commitments

  • Leaping Bunny certified
  • 1% for the Planet
  • Ocean Blue Project partner

What We Like

  • silicone free
  • biodegradable capsules
  • conveniently portioned out

Common Heir

Packing for a trip and trying to estimate the exact amount of serum or toner you’ll need is a stress-inducing experience. Common Heir solves that problem with its pre-portioned pods of retinol, ceramides and vitamin C. Each one dispenses the perfect amount of product and the packaging is plastic free, made from plants. Just twist, squeeze and apply. The capsules are biodegradable, and the packaging is recyclable. “I tried the retinol serum and I appreciated how convenient it was,” Wu says. “I didn’t have to worry about it spilling when I was travelling frequently, and I don’t over-dispense at home.”

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12. Diva Disc

Sustainability Commitments

  • made from medical-grade silicone
  • 100 percent medical grade silicone
  • B-Corp certified
  • uses recycled packaging

What We Like

  • cuts down on menstrual product waste
  • comfortable
  • can wear up to 12 hours
  • easy to store


That time of the month is tolerable at best and miserable at worst. Not to mention all the money we spend buying tampons and pads. All of which end up in the landfill. Expensive and gross. But with the rise in popularity of products like menstrual cups and discs, it’s changing the way many of us handle periods. (Psst: Both collect your flow, but menstrual cups sit like a tampon while a disc sits behind the pubic bone.)

“I was super hesitant about trying a disc at first,” Wu says. “But after using the Diva disc for nine months, it’s something I will proselytize. I’ve cut down on the number of pads I use by probably 60 or 70 percent, and I’ve found it’s so much more comfortable. I no longer have anxiety about a middle-of-the night leak that will drag me out of bed at 3 a.m. to change the sheets.”

The Diva disc is made of medical-grade silicone and is easy to care for. Before the first use, make sure to boil it in hot water. Then, wash after every subsequent use and store in the accompanying bag. The only downside is that there may be a learning curve and it’s difficult to adjust in public restrooms.

Responsibly-Packaged Lifestyle Products

13. Evolve Together

Sustainability Commitments

  • Tree-free packaging
  • One Tree Planted partnership

What We Like

  • refillable products
  • uses aluminum and glass whenever possible

Evolve Together

Tiny hand lotions. Lilliputian hand sanitizers. Plastic sandwich bags. Deodorant. There are many personal care and lifestyle items that make life convenient, but the plastic adds up. Evolve Together creates products that fit neatly into your life (that are also aesthetically pleasing) while putting an emphasis on qualities like tree-free packaging, refillable products and using aluminum and glass whenever possible. Wu has tested a slew of products, including hand creams, biodegradable storage bags and hand sanitizers. “Everything is great quality, and some things, like the hand creams, I think perform even better than the ‘normal’ brands I’ve used,” she says. “The design is minimal and sleek, and I feel better using products that have less of an impact on the planet.”

Beautiful, Functional and Eco Dinnerware

14. Fable Home

Sustainability Commitments

  • carbon neutral
  • SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) certified
  • ISO 14001 international certification for good environmental management
  • Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certified wood
  • certified by EU Timber Regulation (EUTR 995)
  • certified by REACH (EC 1907/2006)

What We Like

  • 100 percent of clay shavings and broken ceramics are reincorporated into pottery
  • 100 percent of water is reused
  • zero-waste facility
  • uses 100 percent renewable energy
  • products are completely recyclable and nontoxic
  • use recycled glass in stemware

Fable Home

Fable’s tableware is exquisite. “I have been using the dinnerware set and it both elevates the everyday meal and fits right in at a party,” our tester says. “It’s surprisingly durable—not super prone to scuffing from serving ware and cutlery.” Environmental responsibility is part of Fable’s ethos. The company has many certifications, including B-corp and others that verify responsible and ethical production and sourcing practices. We love that they’re powered by renewable energy and look to recycle and reuse materials wherever possible to cut down on waste (like using recycled glass in their stemware and mixing broken pottery back into clay).

Best Debit Card for Shopping Green

15. Future Card

Sustainability Commitments

  • rewards consumers for shopping sustainably
  • vets and partners with sustainable brands and companies

What We Like

  • offers more rewards than industry standard
  • works anywhere that accepts Visa
  • easy to use
  • compatible with digital wallets
  • no monthly fees
  • no minimums


Credit and debit cards usually offer somewhere between one and five percent cash back on purchases, with special promotions in categories like travel, gas and online shopping. The Future green debit card does that...but for eco-friendly businesses and initiatives. Think: five to six percent back on purchases with brands that have sustainability commitments. That means Allbirds, threadUp, the Our Place Always Pan, your favorite local thrift store, probably all the brands on this list and even your utility bill have the potential to help you save some serious cash. “I got the Future card earlier this year and I’ve saved quite a bit of money,” Wu says. “I get five percent cash back on public transit—sometimes more—and ten percent back on my utility bill. It’s also nice because Future offers rewards for shopping at places you wouldn’t normally accrue them with a traditional credit card, like second-hand shops.”

The Smart (and Luxurious) Showerhead

16. Hai Showerheads

Sustainability Commitments

  • WaterSense certified
  • carbon neutral certified by ClimatePartner
  • Clean the World Foundation partnership

What We Like

  • LED lights indicate water temperature and usage
  • hydro-powered Bluetooth
  • fun infusions (in low-waste packaging)


Who knew smarter water usage could be so...luxurious? That’s what Wu discovered while testing the Hai showerhead. It was easy to install (coming from someone who has never installed anything in her life), and the app makes it easy to track your water usage and set limits, if desired. The app connects to the showerhead via hydro-powered Bluetooth. Two LEDs indicate when the water has reached the correct temperature and if you’ve hit your water limit. Hai reports that customers have cut back on their water consumption by up to 30 percent. If you opt for the fun spa shower, you can choose from a variety of (sustainably packaged) infusions such as repair (antioxidants and vitamin D3), relax (lavender, sandalwood, vitamin B12) and energy boost (caffeine, mandarin, vitamins B12, C, D and E).

Multi-Purpose Makeup

17. Iris & Romeo

Sustainability Commitments

  • banned 1,400 ingredients E.U. deems unsafe from its products

What We Like

  • multi-purpose products cut down on need for individually-packaged products with a single function
  • simple product line

Iris & Romeo

“When it comes to makeup, I’m all for low maintenance. I actually didn’t start wearing it until last year,” Wu says. “I love Iris & Romeo’s multi-purpose makeup, particularly, the multi-balm, which I love for lips and cheeks. I get compliments on how it always matches...and it does, because it’s the exact same product!” Anything that streamlines the beauty routine is a win, and anything that cuts down on excessive products is a major plus—now instead of needing a blush and a lipstick, you can cut the number of products—and packaging—by half. You can also take empties to Credo and they’ll recycle it through their Pact initiative.

Best for Lab Diamonds

18. Jean Dousset

Sustainability Commitments

  • exclusively uses lab diamonds
  • creation process requires less energy and emissions

What We Like

  • exquisite designs
  • maintains luxury designer experience

Jean Dousset

Los Angeles-based jeweler Jean Dousset has all the makings of a legacy jewelry house. The great-great grandson of Louis Cartier (yes, the Cartier you’re thinking about) trained at some of the most prestigious haute jewelry houses (think Chaument, Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels) before launching his eponymous brand in 2005. Since then, he’s become a mainstay in the celebrity engagement ring space. (Paris Hilton, Amy Adams and Eva Longoria fell in love with his designs.) In 2023, he committed to using only lab diamonds. From engagement rings to necklaces, bracelets, earrings and high jewelry, each piece showcases stunning craftsmanship.

Sustainable Beauty Tools

19. Jenny Patinkin

Sustainability Commitments

  • uses plant-based or safe synthetic materials
  • uses post-consumer and post-industrial recycled materials
  • vet manufacturing partners to ensure ethical conditions

What We Like

  • user friendly
  • durable
  • practical but luxurious

Jenny Patinkin

Makeup artist and entrepreneur Jenny Patinkin’s sustainable luxury beauty tools are hard to beat. (Her makeup brushes ended up on Oprah’s favorite things in 2023.) “I love that Jenny finds a way to conveniently marry practicality, sustainability and luxury,” Wu says. “The brushes are made of recycled plastic and aluminum and are so durable. I’ve scrubbed them endlessly after applying makeup and they always dry nice and fluffy. Plus, there are labels so the beauty neophyte (aka me) doesn’t have to guess which tool is the right one.” Other standout products we love: the Blotter Baby (no more single-use oil-absorbing papers), Beauty Besties Product Prolongers (because you want every last drop of that $5, one-ounce serum) and the makeup sponge duo (biodegradable and plant based).

Best for Sustainable Jewelry

20. J’evar

Sustainability Commitments

  • solar-powered factories
  • operates in accordance with UN’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol Scope 1 and 2
  • Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit for health and safety, labor standards and business ethics
  • carbon neutral
  • production requires 25 percent less water than traditional mined diamonds

What We Like

  • lab diamond fine jewelry
  • uses mostly recycled gold and sterling silver
  • functional and thoughtful design


J’evar is disrupting the jewelry space—not only with its lab diamond collection, but with its business practices. It’s a company that takes sustainability seriously, from solar-powered factories to intense audits to ensure fair labor standards and business ethics. Their jewelry uses majority recycled metals and is thoughtfully designed. We were particularly impressed with what they called the “lotus petal” setting—soft, non-scratching/catch jewelry prongs and easy clasps that won’t leave you endlessly fiddling with a bracelet.

Best Intimates Recycling Program

21. Subset

Sustainability Commitments

  • GOTS certified, locally sourced organic cotton
  • OEKO-Tex certified
  • Climate Neutral certified
  • Fair Trade Certified
  • BURN Cookstoves partnership
  • solar-powered manufacturing

What We Like

  • free recycling and take-back program through SuperCircle
  • machine washable, dryer safe


“This might be some of the most comfortable underwear I’ve ever worn—and I’ve tested quite a few pairs this year,” Wu says. “The amount of fabric is generous and incredibly soft. Everything also holds up well in the washing machine. Nothing’s worse than picky underwear.” Aside from numerous sustainability certifications, what we love about Subset is their free recycling program run in partnership with SuperCircle. And there’s a bonus, too. Whenever you recycle old intimates, you’ll receive a $15 Subset credit. The program takes men’s, women’s and children’s underwear, socks, bras and tights—all the stuff that wouldn’t go over well in the thrift store.

The Best Sunscreen

22. Le Prunier Plumscreen

Sustainability Commitments

  • solar-powered process facility
  • practices regenerative farming
  • FSC certified

What We Like

  • uses upcycled plum kernels
  • USDA organic
  • gentle on skin and doesn’t irritate eyes

Le Prunier

Wu hates wearing sunscreen, but after testing Le Prunier last year for a comprehensive guide to the best non-greasy sunscreens, it converted her. “I love that it’s so gentle on the skin with a delicate, pleasing scent. It’s also the only sunscreen that didn’t irritate my eyes—I have a tendency for rubbing them.” The sunscreen—er, Plumscreen—comes in a recyclable aluminum tube. As for the cap? You can recycle it through Credo’s Pact initiative.

Genius Package-Free Lotion

23. Lola Arnao Lotion Bar

Sustainability Commitments

  • Leaping Bunny certified
  • 1% for the Planet
  • take-back program for synthetic products

What We Like

  • recyclable packaging
  • take-back program for synthetic products

Lola Arnao

At first, Wu was skeptical about lotion bars because she swears on a brand she’s been using for decades. However, she packed it for an overnight press event and found that not only was it incredibly moisturizing, but it also came in a clutch when she realized she had no makeup remover. “The bar melts slowly when it meets your skin. It’s not greasy, though most definitely rich. It removed my (professionally applied) makeup fairly well. Not sure I’d recommend making that a regular practice, but it’s nice that this lotion bar has a versatility my go-to brand does not.”

Best Home Composter

24. Reencle

Sustainability Commitments

  • low energy usage

What We Like

  • super quiet
  • low-maintenance
  • self-propagating microbes don’t require refills
  • long-lasting charcoal filter


After testing home composters of all sizes this year, Wu determined two things. The first is that if you live in an area where municipal composting is available to you, that’s probably the way to go. The second is that if you don’t, but do wish to compost, the brand you buy really depends on your needs. The best composter overall that she tested was the Reencle Home Composter. It was the quietest and consumed the least amount of energy. It was also the best value for the price point, as the filter only needs replacing once a year, and the composter comes with self-propagating microorganisms, so you don’t need to buy refill tablets. Two other good brands are Lomi and Mill. The former is quite small and is best for households under four people. Meanwhile, the Mill bin is the size of a kitchen waste bin and can process food scraps up to a family of six. It also has a collection program, making it ideal if you don’t live in a region that collects compost and you don’t garden, either.

Best Sustainable Toddler Brand

25. Loulou Lollipop

Sustainability Commitments

  • B-Corp certified
  • OEKO-TEX certified
  • ASTM international product safety compliant
  • Global Recycled Standard compliant
  • BSCI-compliant factory

What We Like

  • uses bamboo and cotton muslin blend
  • BPA-free food-grade silicone

LouLou Lollipop

We had a mother of a 2-year-old put Loulou Lollipop’s products to the test. She received a sampling of clothes and kitchen items. The clothes were a win for their super-soft material (a TENCEL and cotton muslin) and ability to be thrown in a washing machine (a win for all parents, she notes). Her daughter also enjoyed the Learning Spoon and Fork Set, the Learning Chopsticks and silicone placemat. Our tester found all products easy to clean, and she appreciated that the utensils helped her daughter improve fine motor skills.

Responsible Leather Goods

26. Milaner

Sustainability Commitments

  • no-waste policy

What We Like

  • made to order
  • work with heritage Italian and French artisans
  • smaller production runs


The fashion industry creates a lot of waste, and part of that is overstock. With Milaner, every piece is made to order or produced in small runs to cut down on excess inventory. They also partner with heritage French and Italian artisans who make goods using traditional methods that are being lost to the rapidity of mass production.

“The craftsmanship is beautiful. I use the Elena tote as a work bag and I love the giant interior pockets that keep things super organized,” Wu says. The only downside is that the bag can be a little weighty—but that’s the case for most leather goods. She recommends opting for the leather instead of suede bag, as the latter can pill.

Best Refillable Lipstick

27. MOB Beauty

Sustainability Commitments

  • Pact collective founding member

What We Like

  • refillable packaging
  • use 50 to 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials
  • bamboo and recycled paper outer packaging
  • mono-materials for easier recycling

MOB Beauty

When it comes to makeup, packaging is inescapable. MOB Beauty’s refillable compacts and lipstick tubes are lessening the load. Plus, they’re made with 50 to 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic. In 2023, they also launched biodegradable packaging.

“I’ve really liked the Blurring Ceramide Cream Foundation and Hydrating Cream Lipstick,” Wu says. “My skin is super dry, and the creamy formula of the foundation provides great coverage without absorbing too much moisture. And the lipstick? Maybe the best I’ve ever used. It does. Not. Move. Even after eating a ginormous sandwich. My friend who I was with couldn’t believe it.”

Eco-Friendly Kids’ Dinnerware

28. Munchkin Bambou Dinnerware

Sustainability Commitments

  • plants trees through The Seedling Project
  • consolidated operations to one warehouse to lower emissions

What We Like

  • minimal, recyclable packaging
  • easy to care for
  • don’t stain easily
  • durable


You probably have a pile of plastic kids’ dinnerware in the cabinet that will survive when plates inevitably go flying. Well, it’s time to ditch the plastic. Munchkin makes bamboo dinnerware for kids—and adds a silicone suction base to prevent slipping. “It’s been super easy to use and wash and clean,” reports our tester. “Despite eating all the stain-tending foods, nothing was stained or has retained any weird smells. We’ve dropped the items multiple times and haven’t had any problems with any damage to the items.”

Our New Favorite Beach Towel

29. Nomadix

Sustainability Commitments

  • 1% for the Planet
  • Climate Neutral certified
  • Social Purpose Corporation
  • Surfrider Foundation and Fifty-Nine Parks partner

What We Like

  • Uue post-consumer recycled materials
  • MicroTerry material is Global Recycle Standard
  • lightweight
  • very absorbent
  • doesn’t retain odors


Beach towels are either so bulky you have no room for snacks in the bag, or they’re thin, sad and soggy. (Not to mention stinky.) Nomadix makes ultra-compact towels from post-consumer recycled plastic that are lightweight, absorbent and odor resistant. One tester took it to the beach for a week and found it didn’t retain the smell of ocean or sand. The towels are also machine washable and dry quickly.

The Refillable Candle

30. Notes Candle

Sustainability Commitments

  • reusable vessel keeps single-use jars out of landfill
  • minimize packaging to reduce transport emissions
  • doesn’t use paraffin wax

What We Like

  • free of parabens, phthalates, dyes and petroleum wax
  • wax is mix of soy, rice bran and beeswax
  • recyclable and biodegradable packaging
  • easy setup and refills


We love candles, but the clutter of empty vessels accumulates quickly. With the Notes Candle and refill system, you have one permanent vessel (plus a silicone insert) into which you can pour the brand’s wax beads. The scents include vanilla and pepperwood, linen and crisp air, spruce and fir needle and violet and white iris.

“I love candles and find this refill system affordable and easy,” Wu says. I love that the beads come in biodegradable packaging. The burn time is 36 hours, which is comparable to Bath and Body Works candles.”

Better-for-You Nail Polish

31. Sundays Nail Polish


“The design and aesthetics of the nail polishes are absolutely delightful,” says PureWow assistant editor Delia Curtis. “I think that coverage [is wonderful]. It’s got medium consistency so it’s likely that you’ll have to apply at least two coats to get an even finish.” The salon-quality nail polish is vegan, cruelty and 10-free, which means it’s free of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, parabens and tert-butyl hydroperoxide. Curtis notes that the distinct “nail polish scent” is less strong here, and that with a base and top coat, your home manicure can last up to a couple weeks.

The Recyclable Cooler

32. Oyster Cooler

Sustainability Commitments

  • product is 100 percent recyclable

What We Like

  • patented vacuum insulation technology keeps things colder for longer
  • very sleek, less bulky
  • lighter than comparable coolers, like the Yeti Tundra 45
  • comes with ice packs


Our tester took this cooler for a test run on a hot August day in New York City and the results were impressive. The cooler’s ice packs kept the food and drinks fresh and cold, despite the lid being left open during the picnic. (They also stayed cool through the next day.) Our tester also appreciated the sleek design—it weighs about half the size of a Yeti Tundra 45—while still being spacious. The Oyster cooler is 100 percent recyclable, and the company will take back old coolers and melt them down into new ones.

Best Eco Loungewear

33. PACT Loungewear

Sustainability Commitments

  • Fair Trade certified
  • GOTS certified
  • carbon neutral through SimpliZero

What We Like

  • material is soft, thick and comfortable
  • easy to wash


PACT makes a slew of apparel from athleisure to intimates with organic cotton. The clothes are so comfortable, they converted Wu, who admits she’s never bought sweatpants or leggings in her adult life. “I’m NOT a loungewear person, but I haven’t been able to stop wearing a matching set I got from PACT,” Wu says. “The material is soft and thick without being suffocating, and everything is low maintenance—I throw it in the washing machine and the dryer.”

Best Stationery and Paper Goods

34. Paper Culture

Sustainability Commitments

  • plants tree for every order
  • Top Ten Climate Leader designated by EPA
  • Green Business certified

What We Like

  • made from recycled paper and bamboo
  • beautiful paper quality
  • lots of fun designs and products

Paper Culture

From holiday cards to monogrammed stationery, wedding invitations and photo books, Paper Culture does it all, but on recycled and bamboo paper. “The quality of the paper is impressive. Even the basic cardstock is luxuriously thick, and there are so many designs to choose from,” Wu says. The company is Green Business certified and designated a Top Ten Climate Leader by the EPA.

Sustainable Toys

35. Petit Collage

Sustainability Commitments

  • no single-use plastic in product and transit packaging
  • FSC certified wood and paper
  • GOTS certified organic cotton

What We Like

  • no chemical smells
  • toys have versatility
  •  educational

Petit Collage

Petit Collage is a children’s entertainment company that creates games, toys and activities using sustainable materials. (That means recycled wood and plastic, organic cotton and veggie ink.) Our tester played the Save the Bees game with her 2-year-old daughter, saying, “The pieces [in the game] are big enough for her to grip onto but small enough to not feel like she’s too much of a ‘young baby/toddler.’ They’re not so small that she might be tempted or interested to put it in her mouth and be a choking hazard.” She also tried the Find My Favorite Things box and appreciated that the game was versatile and provided lasting entertainment. (Parents know that’s always a win.) Overall, our tester sang the praises of the design aesthetic of the toys and the wood construction and reasonable price point.

Responsible Threads

36. Quince

Sustainability Commitments

  • use responsibly produced materials when possible (Global Recycled Standard, OEKO-TEX, GOTS)
  • partner with ethical factories for fair wages and sustainable production
  • 100 percent compostable packaging

What We Like

  • timeless designs
  • good value
  • products for women, men, children, travel and home


When it comes to sustainable clothing and lifestyle brands, Quince has it on lock. They create clothing, travel products and home goods, ranging from affordable silk shirts to cashmere sweaters, organic cotton bedding and suitcases. PureWow editors have tried and recommend the mulberry silk products. The silk is washable, affordable and wrinkle resistant. The Mongolian cashmere sweater also made an editor’s list of best wool sweaters. Quince commits to using responsibly-produced materials, like OEKO-TEX and GOTS certified textiles, and partnering with ethically-run factories.

The Best Toilet Paper

37. Reel Bamboo Toilet Paper

Sustainability Commitments

  • use minimum 80 percent post-consumer recycled fiber
  • offset carbon emissions through Flexport and

What We Like

  • plastic-free packaging
  • discount for subscription delivery
  • oversized rolls
  • 3-ply toilet paper


Of all the brands of bamboo toilet paper we tested this year, Reel came out on top. It had the best texture, the roll sizes were generous and the cost was comparable to other toilet paper brands. We also like the sleek, plastic-free packaging and convenient subscription service.

The Tea Lover’s Paradise

38. Rishi Tea

Sustainability Commitments

  • certified organic by USDA
  • direct trade works with farmers for traceability

What We Like

  • loose leaf, sachets, concentrates and more
  • diverse tea selection, including black, matcha, chai, botanical, white and caffeine-free

Rishi Tea

We love this tea brand (in particular The Earl Grey variety). There are tons of options, whether you like your tea in loose leaf or sachet form, plus lots of different types of tea, too. The company is certified organic by the USDA and works directly with farmers to ensure traceability, supporting growers who cultivate ecologically sustainable gardens.

Cookware to Last a Lifetime

39. Smithey Cast Iron

Sustainability Commitments

  • cast iron is indestructible
  • made in U.S. (cuts down on transportation emissions)

What We Like

  • easy to maintain
  • made to last and be passed down
  • Beautiful, distinct design


Cast iron has the incorrect reputation of being hard to clean. The truth is there’s hardly a better candidate for “best cookware.” Yes, it’s heavy, but it’s durable—if you take good care of your cast iron, it could last you a lifetime. The Smithey brand was created after the founder had been restoring vintage cast iron and was inspired to create what he called “modern heirlooms.”

“The craftsmanship of the cookware is distinct and indelible,” Wu says. “I like that it comes pre-seasoned so you can get right down to cooking.” When it comes to cleaning, you don’t even need soap (but you can if you want). Just scrub off the food and be sure to dry the pan thoroughly so it doesn’t rust. Coat with oil and leave it on the range—it’s an eye-catching piece sure to turn heads.

Say Bye-Bye to Plastic Sandwich Bags

40. Stasher Bags

Sustainability Commitments

  • B Corp certified

What We Like

  • dishwasher and microwave safe
  • BPA free
  • freezes well
  • doesn’t retain odors
  • can be written on


No more tossing your sandwich bag in the garbage. Stasher bags are reusable, BPA-free, silicone bags that do the same job as their disposable cousins—but better. “They’re super easy to wash by hand, but you can also throw it in the dishwasher. They freeze without cracking, don’t retain odors and can be written on,” our tester notes.

Salon-Grade Bar Shampoo

41. superzero Shampoo and Conditioner Bars

Sustainability Commitments

  • zero plastic
  • carbon neutral
  • vegan
  • clean formulas
  • 90 percent less carbon emissions than traditional soap

What We Like

  • Products for many hair types and issues
  • Lathers well
  • Long-lasting


Yes, you can have salon-grade, ultra-nourishing shampoo that comes in a bar. superzero makes soap for all hair types that addresses diverse concerns, from frizz to oily and thinning hair. Wu tested a shampoo and conditioner for fine hair and found that both rendered her locks less frizzy with more volume than other brands she’s tried. And despite the bar form, the shampoo lathers incredibly well, and the conditioner is so rich.

The Only Sneaker You’ll Ever Need

42. Vessi Weekend Sneaker

Sustainability Commitments

  • BSCI participant
  • Global Recycled Standard
  • ISO certified
  • OEKO-TEX textiles

What We Like

  • waterproof
  • versatile designs
  • comfortable
  • minimal, recyclable product packaging


When Wu came across Vessi, she couldn’t believe that it was actually waterproof. But after testing out a pair on a torrentially rainy day in New York, she accidentally submerged her foot in a puddle and watched the water roll right off. “My socks weren’t even damp, it was crazy,” she says. “They’re such an all-purpose shoe, I would have bought them instead of the other pair I currently have if I had known about the brand sooner. I’ve logged so many miles in them, from daily commuting to traveling. The simple design makes them easy to pair with any outfit and they’re easy to wash. Only downside is they can get a little warm.” The brand uses OEKO-TEX-certified textiles and partners with ethical factories to produce their shoes. And when products are shipped, they arrive in minimal (though protective) and recyclable packaging.

Safe and Sustainable Skincare

43. Versed Skincare

Sustainability Commitments

  • Leaping Bunny certified
  • Uses PCR plastic and FSC-certified paper for packaging
  • business practices guided by UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

What We Like

  • zero-waste shipping
  • biodegradable formulas
  • affordable and extensive product line


When it comes to skincare, there are two sure things to expect: It’s expensive and products will be packaged up the whazoo. Enter: Versed, a “drugstore” skincare brand you’d find at home in the Target aisle, but with great, effective formulas and a real commitment to sustainability. The product lines range from retinol eye balms to vitamin C toners and exfoliants for all skin types. Plus, their packaging uses post-consumer recycled plastic and responsibly sourced paper products. The business practices are guided by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. If you ask us, that’s everything we wanted for our skincare routine.

The Clean Bra

44. Vibrant Body Co. EveryWear Bra

Sustainability Commitments

  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100
  • recyclable packaging

What We Like

  • seamless
  • no underwire
  • patented teardrop cups provide support

Vibrant Body Co.

Vibrant Body Co. makes a bra you might just forget about—in a good way. The patented teardrop cups provide all the support, as opposed to a traditional underwire (this bra doesn’t have one). The material is OEKO-TEX Standard 100, meaning everything, from the fabric to the stitching, is free of chemicals like PFAs and BPA. Products are also shipped in recyclable packaging.

“I’ve worn this bra for months on end, and it’s as comfortable as they say. Love that there’s no wire that digs into my side,” Wu says.

Sustainable, Cozy Outerwear

45. Save the Duck

Sustainability Commitments

  • B Corp
  • United Nations Global Compact member

What We Like

  • incredibly warm without using animal products
  • luxury quality at more accessible price point
  • plenty of designs to choose from

Save the Duck

Yes, we love us some Canada Goose, but the brand is pricey and uses fur to line many of its jackets. Save the Duck is a B Corp (a company that has passed an independent sustainability impact assessment) with a stellar outerwear lineup without using animal products. From puffers, parkas and vests to athleisure, the brand’s goal is to bring ethical and sustainable designs to market. Curtis took a coat for a test run and vouches for the quality.  

“As the temps have dropped in NYC, this jacket does the trick even if you only have one layer on underneath it,” they say. “The design is great. It’s got some puff to it but is still form-fitting. I feel like a toasted marshmallow in it, while still having full use of my arms.”

Editors’ Picks

The Forever Lint Roller

46. Steamery Lint Brush

Sustainability Commitments

  • creates garment care products to extend clothing life

What We Like

  • works on all fabric types
  • easy to empty
  • works in perpetuity


The lint roller is essential when it comes to keeping clothes looking fresh. (Or, at the very least, like your dog doesn’t spend its entire day sleeping on them.) However, they create a lot of waste as you roll and throw away the used sticky sheets. Steamery has created a reusable lint brush with bristles that remove hair, dust and the like. “I was skeptical at first, but found that the roller was extremely easy to use and empty. It worked just as well as a regular lint roller, and now I don’t have to keep paying for a disposable one,” Wu says. Everything collects into a receptacle that you can then empty with a literal press of a button. The tool is lightweight and works on all fabrics. There’s a handy twist function that will store the bristles, allowing it to travel easily.

What Makes Something “Sustainable”?

“‘Sustainable’ can have many definitions. One company’s focus could be climate neutrality, while another’s focus is on fair labor practices, and yet another values being organic,” Jung says. “Sustainability for me is more about the process and the transparency of information that companies give to the consumer, not necessarily certifications.”

So while it would be great for a business to hit every benchmark, it’s often not possible. Thus, when you do your research, go in knowing what your priorities are in terms of sustainability and evaluate a brand from there.

An Index of Sustainability Commitments

Climate Neutral. B-Corp. OEKO-TEX. There are many ways to “certify” sustainability, but what does it all mean? Here, we break down some of the more prominent and widely used certifications. (You can find a more comprehensive breakdown of terms here.) But, as Jung notes, keep in mind that a lack of certification doesn’t necessarily mean a company can’t be working towards sustainability. She shares that third-party certifications are often expensive to obtain, making it prohibitive for smaller companies that may lack resources to pay for them.

Climate Neutral

The company has undergone a three-to-four-month audit to measure and assess carbon impacts of its products and services and implemented a plan to reduce carbon emissions via carbon credits.

B Corp

A designation that company has achieved a B Impact Assessment score of 80+ and passed the risk review. B Corps change their company governance structure to be accountable to all stakeholders, not just shareholders. The Impact Assessment is a holistic look at how a company’s business practices will positively impact workers, communities, customers, suppliers, and the environment.

Fair Trade

“When we talk about sustainability, a lot of the times we’re talking about a lower carbon footprint, although I want to emphasize that there are so many [facets] to sustainability, including how businesses treat their workers across every level of supply chain,” Jung says. That’s where the Fair Trade certification comes in. It verifies that workers have safe conditions and sustainable livelihoods, and that business practices are protecting the planet.”


The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) sets the bar for processing organic fibers, which includes both ecological and social criteria that assess the entire supply chain. This certification impacts TK…


OEKO-TEX certifies that fabrics are free from harmful substances. Textiles that undergo evaluation and receive the certification attest that every component, from thread to buttons, is safe for human health.

Global Recycled Standard (GRS)

This is a voluntary benchmark that tracks the composition of recycled materials in a product. GRS will vet the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading and distribution of goods that have 20 percent or more recycled materials.

Is Organic Really Better?

“It depends on who you’re asking,” Jung says. “Buying organic groceries doesn’t necessarily mean they’re more sustainable. It doesn’t even guarantee that there’s better labor practices. Organic is like Fair Trade and Climate Neutral and all these certifications. It meets some sort of benchmark for what’s organic versus what’s not. That’s it.”

Eco-Friendly Fabrics You Should Look For

When it comes to fabric, Willoughby highlights that it’s not solely the lack of synthetics that makes something “sustainable.” Instead, look at composition and design. She explains that materials could be natural and biodegradable, but fully circular materials (meaning they can stay in use indefinitely) can be upcycled, provided they are made with 100 percent of the same fabric. Thus, for example, a 100 percent polyester shirt is better than a polyester/nylon/cotton mix, because the fabric could then be easily taken apart to create a new garment. Mixed materials are always more difficult to recycle because they are difficult to separate and sort, so avoid them when you can.

That being said, here are some fabrics that you can prioritize when shopping:

  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Lyocell
  • Tencel
  • Recycled polyester

How to Spot Greenwashing

Greenwashing is the practice of making sustainability claims in marketing with little data to prove it’s actually making a difference. “[It’s a] red flag if [companies] say these things but they don’t back it up with any numbers or any reflection of what’s going on inside. A good indicator is a report—not necessarily saying that they’re inherently sustainable—which just shows that they’re doing some sort of internal auditing,” Jung explains. “The issue is that a lot of companies don’t even know what their environmental impact is because they haven’t taken that venture.” So even if they offer recycled plastic packaging or have taken other initiatives, Jung asserts that it’s not going to be very helpful unless they know how much impact the measures will have.

Bottom line: It’s hard—actually, impossible—to be 100 percent sustainable in the world we live in. We can, however, do our research and vote with our money for companies that are making visible and transparent efforts to reduce their environmental impact, like the ones mentioned above. Because at the end of the day, that’s all anyone can do.

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