5 Beautiful Handmade Gifts for under $25

Eco Couple uses affiliate links. We promote products we have tried ourselves and truly believe in. If you make a purchase using a link we may receive a commission. Such revenue helps keep this website running.Allows us to keep the content free for readers.This motivates us to stay on our mission of inspiring conscious consumerism.

Now more than ever we all need to feel a little more loved than usual. So why not send someone random you care about a special handmade Gift. Not only are you supporting a small business by making such a purchase but probably also surprising someone that does not expect it. Who cares if it arrives a few days late, that just makes it that much more of a surprise. If you are looking for other eco-friendly gift ideas check out our ¨Last Minute Gift Ideas¨

Personalised Puzzle

Go for it! Send someone you miss a fun puzzle of a picture you once took together. And make it 1000 piece puzzle while the sale is still going. We currently have the time for it and it may put a big smile on someones face once completed.

Sourced on Etsy by Auristin

Custom Personalised Wood Signs

A kind word can always go a long way and everyone has a place for a pretty sign in their home.

handmade gift made of natural wood
Sourced on Etsy by CreativeBarnStudio

Growth Journal

With all this time on our hands a growth journal could definitely fill in a few hours of someones day in a positive way, I also really love their To Do Lists.

Sourced on Etsy by Boygirlparty

Engraved Cutting Board

We have all become pretty good chefs in this lockdown. Why not send someone a funny message on a new cutting board, you can even add a fun Rolling Pin to the gift.

Sourced on Etsy by FlowerTownWeddings

Vintage Coasters

I am a big fan of maps and all things vintage so I absolutely love the look of these coasters. Add a special bottle of wine (or a personalised Wine opener) to the gift and I think you will give someone a precious memory to end the year with.

Sourced on Etsy by PrettyPictureGiftsco

For some more really fun gift ideas for Kids take a look at this list of beautifully handcrafted presents.

5 Best Online Stores for Eco-friendly Bedding

Eco Couple uses affiliate links. We promote products we have tried ourselves and truly believe in. If you make a purchase using a link we may receive a commission. Such revenue helps keep this website running. Allows us to keep the content free for readers.This motivates us to stay on our mission of inspiring conscious consumerism.

We spend almost a third of our life in our Beds so we think that eco-friendly bedding is definitely something worth investing in. I believe that having a toxic free environment in a place we spend so much time in is a step towards greater health and peace of mind.

We are exposed to toxins every single day and our body is great at removing them from our system but as we get older and our metabolism slows down this becomes harder. The best we can do is lessen our exposure and give our bodies the opportunity to heal, especially while we sleep when we regenerate the most. From great organic mattresses to eco-friendly duvets, pillows and blankets here is a wonderful selection of online stores for eco-friendly bedding options.

Feel good about where you sleep and how you are helping the planet heal from the toxicity we have already left behind. I do hope you will consider making a more sustainable choice next time you invest in a bed, pillows or sheets for your home. I promise you will not regret it.

Cariloha

Cariloha looks at bamboo as something we can all live with. Everyone who sleeps in, bathes with or wears Cariloha’s sustainable bamboo products is intrinsically giving back to a more eco-friendly world.

Here you can find all things bamboo. From mattresses to bed frames. To cozy bamboo pyjamas. This is definitely your one stop sleep shop if you love Bamboo. All items are really reasonably priced and the fabrics are softer than Egyptian cotton. I have been a fan of this fabric for my bedroom for many years, I especially like their weighted blanket. As the company themselves put it ¨A Comfy Way to Save the World¨ If you have been thinking about trying Bamboo this is your place and I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

The Ultimate Green Store

Beautiful eco-friendly bedding
Create a non-toxic and stylish sleep environment with beautiful natural organic bedding grown
without pesticides and free of harmful flame retardants. – The Ultimate Green Store

Wether you are looking for a mattress or beautiful percale sheets, here you can find a beautiful selection. Beautiful pastel colors to make your bed as dreamy as ever. We really like the wool throws and have personally experienced a great level of customer service with this brand. They also carry a great selection of Naturpedic mattresses. This is another great place to fulfil your eco-friendly bedding needs.

White Lotus Home

Save the earth while you sleep – White Lotus Home

White Lotus has mattresses and toppers in every price range. You can even kapok pillows for under $50. A really great selection of kids bedding as well. And a vast array of duvet covers, in multiple colors. I don’t know about you but whenever we have guests and the blow up bed gets pulled out I always cringe at the thought, I have never had a good nights sleep in one of those.

At white lotus you can find several stowaway guest bed that seem so comfortable and I definitely would feel far more comfortable having a guest sleep on, an all natural floor bed, free of toxins and nice and firm. I am investing in one of these as soon as we can have guests again.

Made Trade

We call it being “ethically elevated.” It means we put artistry above efficiency. Fair wages above profits. Sustainability above mass production. – Made Trade

Peace of mind comes from a good nights sleep and a cozy bedroom environment. If you are looking to Zen out your bedroom and give yourself a feeling of luxury at fair prices this is your store. Evrything from eco-friendly bedding, to beautiful throws, to hampers to last minute accents to give your bedroom that extra loving touch. I really love their selection and as they saying goes ¨You made your bed then sleep in it.¨ Well you can feel really good about making this bed and sleeping in it.

Eco Terra

Better Sleep, Inspired by Nature – Eco Terra

This is by far the most affordable eco-friendly bed we have come across on the market. It is made from natural talalay latex, organic wool & cotton. This brand is transparent about the whole process and have been able to keep their prices super low. I also like this brand because this is the only thing Eco Terra sells on their very minimalistic website. I think we are going to give this mattress a try and further our reviews on it for you!

Thanks for reading and please feel free to share. We hope you have come closer to find the eco-friendly bedding that is right for you!

Sustainably yours,

Eco Couple

Top 5 Sustainable Eco-friendly Ethical Underwear Brands

Eco Couple uses affiliate links. We promote products we have tried ourselves and truly believe in. If you make a purchase using a link we may receive a commission. Such revenue helps keep this website running. Allows us to keep the content free for readers.This motivates us to stay on our mission of inspiring conscious consumerism.

Here is why sustainable eco-friendly ethical underwear brands may be more important than you thought. Something to think about, that we may not be taking into consideration. Underwear is so close to our bodies for such long periods, every single day. I have come to learn of the importance of natural breathable fabrics, touching our most intimate parts.

You cannot even imagine how many toxins are in regular underwear, half of them I cannot even pronounce, and then we wonder why we get yeast infections and the likes. It is so important for us to wear breathable, natural fabrics free of toxins. Not only is it better for our bodies but of course it is way better for our environment. So here is our top choices for eco-friendly, sustainable, fair-trade underwear. I have tried, tested them all and will be a loyal customer to these brands for many years to come!

WAMA

I have to be honest this is my first time purchasing Hemp underwear, I am super impressed. Absolutely love this brand. Hemp is far more breathable than other fabrics, which is kind of nice when it comes to your underwear. I also like the feel of the fabric, it seems quite durable but also soft.

I have only tried the bikini cut, thus far, but I already know I am going to invest in a multi pack. Also Iñaki has already asked for another pair so I guess he really likes them too! So if you want to support the ever growing hemp industry in a really cool way, join us on the Hemp Underwear wagon, we approve and then some.

PACT

I have been buying things from Pact for a while now. Actually I am not sure you can get these prints anymore as they are a little older but still holding up wonderfully! Wanted to share the reality of the test of time! Pact’s slogan is really endearing ¨Our mission is to build Earth’s Favorite Clothing Company.¨

Not only do they have really comfy organic underwear they are also produced at a fair-trade facility. They also have really cozy lounge wear. If you are a mama, well they have cute things for kids too. What is most rewarding about this brand is that they are super affordable, high quality and often have really great sale opportunities. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Organic Basics

Black organic eco friendly sustainable underwear

Organic Basics is focused on sustainability from start to finish even their web site is low impact. I really like this bra. It feels supportive yet comfortable and it is made from another great fabric called Tencel. An eco-friendly, sustainable fabric made from wood pulp. It is a biodegradable fibre that is softer and lighter than cotton and more breathable it almost feels like silk. It fairs well after washing it and has a really snug fit.

They also have wonderful organic cotton options as well as recycled merino wool accessories. I personally like to use my Tencel undies for when I exercise. As the fabric is really great at absorbing moisture. I highly recommend you try it if you like to exercise.

10 % Discount Code valid until 1/20/2021 : GOALSOBC

Knickey

For your every day super comfy underwear Knickey is the place. Certified organic, breathable, simple and you can even try all the different styles in their awesome starter set. This brand is more than affordable for anyone and they have every style you could want or need. I personally tried the high rise, ever since having a baby I like to cover my stomach. It makes me feel snug…. but I do want to try the mid rise and some of their fun colours.

I definitely recommend this very simple perfect addition to your underwear drawer. Another top benefit, is that you can recycle your old undies with them. Send in any brand and they will recycle them into rugs and insulation. Also you get a free pair of underwear in your next order as a thank you for recycling!!! I am just thrilled to support brands with such initiatives.

Use ECOCOUPLE for 10% off

Hara

lying on trunk in organic underwear

When it comes to underwear I absolutely cannot leave out one of my most beloved fabrics: Bamboo! Hara delivers just that, beautiful designs with absolute ultra comfort. This fabric is beyond soft, to tell you the truth it is another must have. I love wearing this fabric when I am lounging at home or cuddling with my hubby watching a movie. I love the way it feels against my skin and I got the cutest powder blue bralette, undies and t-shirt.

Here in Hawaii I can literally hang out in these all day, all year long. The bra I got is definitely for smaller bust sizes but they also have sturdier options for bigger busts. Yet again I chose the high rise (it’s my thing right now) makes me feel like a 50’s starlet.

I am not a big fan of a full pyjama… so this is definitely my go to sleep wear…. just feels so nice in my bamboo sheets. Also I can throw the t-shirt on over a pair of leggings and go about my day. I really love the weight of bamboo, it is slightly heavier than cotton and just always hangs nicely on the body. Trust me and try it you will definitely not be disappointed. Yet again a brand that inspires to heal the world and educate about the pesticides used in the cotton industry! ¨We strive from seed to store to empower lives and rejuvenate the earth.¨- Hara

I hope you are inspired to purchase your next pair of underwear from one of these sustainable eco-friendly ethical underwear brands we have provided you with! We look forward to hearing about your experiences. Feel free to share this article with your friends. So we can reach a larger audience and in that way impact our earth in a positive way. Thank you!

Sustainably yours,

Eco Couple

Last Minute Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas Christmas 2020

Eco Couple uses affiliate links. We promote products we have tried ourselves and truly believe in. If you make a purchase using a link we may receive a commission. Such revenue helps keep this website running, and allows us to keep the content free for readers.This motivates us to stay on our mission of inspiring conscious consumerism.

With all of the madness going on many of us just have not really been in the headspace to get our holiday shopping done. Here is a fun list of eco-conscious products that would put a smile on almost anyones face. I hope you like this selection of last minute eco-friendly gift ideas. If you have a toddler check out this article.

JBL Eco Friendly Speaker

jbl speakers made from recycled plastics

The gift of music is always welcome. How Great that even JBL jumped onboard with an eco conscious speaker made from recycled plastics…. supporting these types of actions from these brands is what will invite them in the direction of making more eco-friendly options. The sound is, as always with JBL, phenomenal! Always a fun gift to give or receive and even maybe something you would like to buy for yourself. I know I did.

House of Marley Headphones

I have had mine for years and love them so much that I bought them again after they were stolen from my car. They sound incredible and are made sustainably, from recyclable aluminium to reclaimed organic cotton and hemp. House of Marley are truly on track with making things the right way. I highly recommend them. If you like a nice pair of over the ear headphones, look no further.

Cozy Pyjamas

You really can never go wrong with the gift of the all time classic comfy pyjama for Christmas. Trust me when I tell you it is that much better if it is a super cozy organic one.

Pela Case

The world’s first biodegradable phone case… you can’t really beat that! So Get your loved one a phone case they can be proud of. A really simple yet thoughtful gift.

K’arst

To me stone paper is the nicest paper to write on. A tree free planner, water proof, sleek and inspirational. A great planner to start a better and brighter year! I have already started setting my goals for 2021.

Ajna Yoga Mat

The gift of health and inspiration with a yoga mat is also always welcome. We absolutely love our mats, they are double sided and have really good grip, and yes they are fully biodegradable. So as every yogi should have, get an eco-friendly mat for someone you love that loves to do yoga.

Scuba Mask

Scubapro diving scuba mask

This can be a very original gift… not only does everyone at one point or another go snorkeling. How about you give this gift with a promise to go to a tropical destination to use the mask sometime in the future. I know I would love this idea especially in these trying times. The brand scuba pro stands behind ocean conservation and sustainability so you can feel great about this purchase too.

SafeSleeve EMF protecting phone cover

Wether for your phone, your ipad or laptop give the gift of health to a loved one. From blue light screen protectors to EMF protection from your cell phone. This is another great unexpected gift idea. If you are like me I really like having my phone cover double up as a wallet.

If none of the above ideas resonate take a look into this store, there is a little bit of everything, or see this list of stores.

Our Green House

Happy Holidays!

With love,

Eco Couple

5 Amazing Eco-Friendly Toddler Toys

Eco Couple uses affiliate links. We promote products we have tried ourselves and truly believe in. If you make a purchase using a link we may receive a commission. Such revenue helps keep this website running, and allows us to keep the content free for readers.This motivates us to stay on our mission of inspiring conscious consumerism.

If you are a mother and anything like me then you are always looking for the best eco friendly toddler toys. We evaluate these brands and toys by the way they are made, the companies values and most importantly how much our toddler likes them and uses them in his every day life.

1- MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

We absolutely love this wooden drum kit that we purchased. For us musical instruments play a great part of what we want our little one to grow up around! We have flutes, Caracas, harmonicas and even a baby piano but what he has most fun on is banging those drums. This store has so many fantastic ideas you will surely find something you love and you can search by age which makes it all that much easier to navigate, especially when buying gifts for others.

Musical Instruments are really great for learning hand eye coordination and if you don’t mind a little noise making these are well worth the fun. This is also a really great eco-friendly set or this adorable Banjo.

2- WOODEN RAILWAY SET

We got ours second hand from several mothers. What is great about them is they are all generally compatible with each other. I am not sure who loves this toy more our son or his dad, wether it be playing alone or with friends this toy provides hours of fun. It never gets boring because you can always set up new tracks. After doing some extensive research we found a few sets that we wanted to recommend. I truly recommend this for both boys and girls!

Orbium Train Set Melissa and Doug Kid Kraft Waterfall super set

3-PUZZLES

We believe puzzles are really an amazing toy! You can always entice your children by getting prints of things they love! Everything from floor puzzles to wooden puzzles. They are really great for developing perseverance, problem solving and eye hand coordination. Overcoming the challenges of puzzling gives them a sense of pride and self esteem. We highly recommend starting early with the puzzling world. Our favourites so far are by Melissa and Doug This store also has hundreds of other things to choose from so have fun browsing.

4-TOY KITCHEN

This is truly another all time favourite for us and so many parents we know. Whether you have a boy or a girl, kids love watching and emulating their parents. Unless you are extremely blessed with someone that cooks for you chances are your kids see it a lot and want to be part of the fun. Our son will make me full meals in his little kitchen and he really takes great pride in cutting his fruit and vegetables on his cutting board. As far as I can remember from friends with older kids this is a toy that lasts a long time because even 6 and 7 year olds have fed me their make believe meals when visiting friends. These are a few we found that we really liked.

Ultimate Green Store Melissa and Doug Kid Kraft

5- KITE

This is the most beautiful kite story by Little Cloud Kites, we like to call this a boomerang gift. It is a magical experience for your toddler but also an amazing experience for you. This is a kite that you will hopefully have in your family for life. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee, they will fix your kite for as long as you own it. Beautifully handcrafted, with eco-friendly wood, organic cotton and a perfect carrying case. This is the gift of a lifetime.

We hope you like our very special selection of toys for the little ones!

Sustainably yours,

Eco Couple

Chill n Feel- Super Soft Pima Cotton Baby Clothes and Handmade Toys

Absolutely love everything about ChillnFeel

This brand deserves its very own page on our blog. Not only because we absolutely love all their products, and they make some of the very best Sustainable baby clothes we ever found but also because we have been collaborating with them right from the start. We are proud ambassadors of this brand, and always will be.

Their beautiful clothes are made from Pima Cotton, which is a breathable fabric extremely good for sensitive skin, and other skin conditions. It keeps you warm in the winter and stays cool in the summer. We first learned about this fabric from Chill n Feel and absolutely love it.

Martina, the owner of Chill n Feel and I have become friends, and although we have not physically met, we have accompanied each other over the last few years. I want to reiterate that Pima cotton, which is one of the main fabrics they use, I am obsessed with…. it wears so well with time too. I have been trying to convince her do do a mama version because I am kind of jealous of Atlantis and his über adorable comfy pyjamas!

Gonzalo the monkey, pictured here, has traveled the world with us and he still looks as great as the first day we got him. We also are accompanied by the pirate and Octopus, they kind of belong to the family. These handmade toys are made with love in Peru and are truly the product of detailed and precise craftsmanship.

Another amazing benefit of ChillnFeel is that the baby clothes are made in a way that the little ones can grow into it. With an adorable detail on the fold on the bottom of the pants. All the time keeping mamas happy and confident about purchasing these products.

Atlantis is now fully potty trained and still insist on wearing them today…. to my surprise he looked at me when pulling his pants up and said ¨Mummy, I love these pants!¨That to me really just says it all. Thank you for being a part of our family and growing with us Chill n Feel.

We look forward to seeing YOU too enjoy your little ones in ChillnFeel.

Sustainably yours,

Eco Couple

P.S If you are looking for some fun toys to keep your toddlers occupied while in their comfy pima cotton pyjamas take a look at ¨5 Amazing Eco-Friendly Toys¨

Top 4 Sustainable brands for Fall 2020: Av-Norden, AllBirds, Soul Flower & Jackalo

Eco Couple uses affiliate links. We promote products we have tried ourselves and truly believe in. If you make a purchase using a link we may receive a commission. Such revenue helps keep this website running, and allows us to keep the content free for readers.This motivates us to stay on our mission of inspiring conscious consumerism.

It is an absolute pleasure for us to introduce you to these brands and online stores that are all aligned with a more ethical, eco-friendly, fair trade sustainable lifestyle. We very much hope you like and enjoy them as much as we do. We always love to hear your feedback too…. so read on and comment below if you feel inclined.

Av_Norden

¨Av Norden was the result of founder Jenny Jackson’s long time pursuit to launch a venture that would contribute to a healthier, more responsible, and more collaborative fashion industry.¨ and that is exactly what Jenny is doing. We got to virtually meet Jenny recently and I am so blessed to get to know people as wonderful as her. Not only does she have a great eye for amazing products but all of the brands she works with are some of the best products on the sustainable market. I guarantee you will feel the same when you touch these fabrics and see the attention to detail these brands put in their clothing. This neck protector/mask/headband is really a great accessory to have, and it is quite comfortable to breathe through for those that have trouble with regular face masks. So wether you are looking for yourself or your little ones this platform Has some really special unique pieces.

Who doesn’t like to run through the woods like a fairy in a beautifully flowing skirt! We had so much fun taking these pictures and in these trying times isn’t that what its all about! This skirt is wonderful because you can wear it while lounging around the house or dress it up for the holidays with a pair of heels and the beauty of it is it is a timeless piece that can fit into anyones capsule wardrobe.

As simple as this sounds, how many times have you bought your kids pants with little draw strings, that for some reason do not actually work as drawstrings? Never made sense to me… Our son is lean and lanky and if he is not in diapers most pants will fall right off. Not these! The design of this particular outfit speaks for itself, so freaking cute right? But it is also functional, I can tighten the pants around his waist and the pants as well as the t-shirt have pockets. If you have a toddler you probably know how much they like to stow away their treasures. Any time I try and put other pants on him now he frowns and says ¨Mom!!! No pockets.¨ Not only does the adorable hat protect my toddler from the sun but we are constantly asked where we got it. I hope he does not grow out of it too soon!

Daddy is so special to our little one, while I thought I would be able to have the Mommy and son look going, He specifically said ¨No Mom!¨This is Daddy’s and my hat. Needless to say they both look way to cute in them for me to disagree.

Please stop by Av_Norden’s online store and support this project, Jenny has some fun new projects coming soon. Stay tuned!

AllBirds

AllBirds did something very innovative and uses merino wool as well as other natural fibers, like sugar cane and trees in the making of their shoes. They even came up with their own fabric ¨Trino¨ Trees and Merino. This makes for a durable and sleek looking fabric for their shoes. I love that AllBirds has no logos and really fits into the basics of what one requires from a shoe.

Not only does this store have an incredible selection of eco-friendly shoes for your every day sustainable lifestyle but they also have actual stores located all over the world. So if you are ever curious and feel inclined to try a pair you can probably source a store near you, but if that isn’t enough you can also order a pair online and if you are not satisfied can return them within 30 days no questions asked. That to me is some good customer service.

Shoes that tread light on the planet – All Birds

This brand also really prides itself on reducing its carbon footprint. ¨Our ambition is to be like a tree, leaving the environment cleaner than we found it.¨ It is so inspiring to see how they are working towars bringing those numbers to neutrality.

Everybody needs a good staple cardigan in their closet! I love the simplicity of this one and I really support brands that use merino wool, it has so many great qualities. It is a breathable fabric, anti bacterial, sustainable, temperature regulating and feels really pleasant against the skin. So for me a nice oversized cardigan gets a lot of use.

Photos sourced at All Birds

I really love the puffer jacket but it doesn’t make much sense for us here on Hawaii. However it will be a go to for upcoming winters in Germany, when we get to go back for Christmas, hopefully next year.

They really go above and beyond for their natural resources from the all new chitosan fibre for their t-shirts, a fabric is a natural odor fighter, to using recycled polyester for the fillings of the jacket.

Even the detail of the packaging has been thoroughly thought out, using 90% post-consumer recycled cardboard that serves as a shoebox, shopping bag, and mailer all in one. Now that is what I call efficient and who knows what else you can use the box for once it is at your house.

This is really a great place to get your every day basics, from shoes, underwear to colourful socks and feel really good about supporting a brand that is striving towards bettering our planet.

Soul Flower

Sometimes a name can say so much…. Soul Flower is exactly that. A free spirited, comfortable, fun, family oriented brand with such attention to detail. Our order came with a hand written note, and a bag of awesome stickers and you could really feel the love. It was truly appreciated on this end. Soul Flower even has their own eco-friendly screen printing facility in house. They have so many wonderful uplifting prints. They have a huge selection of products from yoga wear to headbands to boho hippie chic jewellery, bags and accessories.

¨We seek inspiration in the simplicity of everyday life – in nature and in music, in free-spirited adventures and in like-minded souls. We create clothing in a way that supports our planet, spreads a positive message, and most importantly — helps you express yourself. You can make a difference with what you wear, so share the vibe and let your Soul Flower in our natural fiber clothing!¨- Soul Flower this is so eloquently put that I couldn’t really say it better.

¨Soul Flower is a natural clothing brand for kind souls and free spirits.¨ If you want to be uplifted and feel the positivity of a brand this is the one for you.

Jackalo

This is an absolute favourite for us! A really sturdy pair of pants, reinforced at the knees, all sustainable, durable and more importantly one that can grow with your toddler. These pants have a functional draw string (I have already mentioned the importance of that for me), pockets and you can fold them up, so your child can grow into them and have them for a few years.

We will be posting more pics periodically as he grows with them. If that is not enough they have a ¨Trade Up¨ program where you can send back your pants when your child grows out of them and they will give you a $15 store credit, repair your old pants and resell them at a cheaper price on their Pre- Loved section of their web, you have to be a subscriber to shop this page. I think that is a pretty amazing deal and truly sustainable. We are already looking into buying our second pair (I really like the light ones).

¨Strong enough for active kids, gentle on the environment- Jackalo

So no matter what your budget is this purchase is well worth your while. These pants are perfect for the child that skates, climbs trees, plays in the dirt and loves the outdoors! I highly recommend you stop by the Jackalo store for a truly sustainable, durable, awesome shopping experience for you and your little ones.

I always like to remind you, the reader, that supporting these brands really does help our environment and makes a difference, you can help by purchasing these brands or sharing this article with family and friends. Thank you for stopping by and being a part of the Eco Couple family!

Sustainably yours,

Eco Couple

4 Ways to Start living more sustainably by Greening your Home and Kitchen

Thank you for your interest in living more sustainably. The very first thing I believe we should ALL do, is invest in some type of water filter, be it an under the sink filter or on the counter, whatever you are most drawn to and is in your budget. Not buying plastic bottles of water already reduces a huge amount of waste in each family. If you would like to know which filter we like to use read our blogpost ¨Our Favourite Water Filter¨

This is a quick guide for some simple changes you can make in your every day life that can be truly beneficial for our planet. It is as simple as switching out your plastic scrub brush for this beautiful brush made from bamboo, and coconut, 100% biodegradable.

The more we learn about plastic pollution the more sense it makes to replace our plastic items for sustainable versions. There are very simple steps we can take towards creating less harmful waste and you really do feel better about yourself when you notice how much less trash you are adding to the plastic pollution. Here are a few helpful tips and brands we discovered and wanted to share.

ECO LUNCH BOX

Living more sustainably with stainless steel lunch boxes made in india
Mandala Lunch Box

Lunch Boxes are imperative in our lives right now, having a toddler means you have to be ready with a meal on hand at all times. Well I did not want to use plastic and glass seemed a little dangerous while on the road. We came across the perfect solution, stainless steel. Sustainable safe lunch boxes for on the go. Look how practical and convenient these beautiful lunch boxes or should I say circles are. I absolutely love them. There are so many more amazing plates and sets I look forward to purchasing and sharing with you soon.

I have already been asked about my storages boxes twice by random strangers… they really are quite special, and this particular one has a beautiful mandala printed on the top.

El Cove

El Cove starter pack bottles and refill caps

It is so wonderful to see all the innovative ideas that are coming to fruition these days. This household cleaning brand makes trying them ultra easy. They have an awesome Starter Kit.

What is smart about this system is that you receive several bottles and then you basically just refill these with refill caps. This naturally saves a lot of plastic, as well as minimising the carbon footprint of shipping just the little caps as opposed to full bottles of liquid. You add your own water to the product with one of the caps when you are ready to use it. El Cove was co-founded by 17 year old Stacia and she is on a mission to be a part of the refill revolution and we absolutely support her cause.

Thank you for being so inspiring, Stacia, and bringing this project to life.

Eco Kitchen

Bamboo and coconut Kitchen Srub brush and biodegradable loofah sponge.

We are thrilled to come across this brand right before it launched. If you are looking for a more eco conscious way to live in your kitchen, this starter kit gives you a nice nudge in the right direction. It includes a bamboo scrub brush and a loofah sponge.

Both are biodegradable which means you can compost the brush and sponge when you are done with them. I look forward to testing that out in my bokashi, see our ¨Gardening Post¨! It also includes some BPA free lids that you can literally use over any pot or bowl or even put right over half a fruit or round vegetable. And lastly it has a beautiful mesh shopping bag to inspire to leave the paper, or even worse plastic bags, at the register.

We truly wish you the best in this beautiful community you have entered and look forward to supporting you along the way. Thank you for creating products that aid us in living more sustainably.

Clean Cult

Clean Cult dish soap in a recyclable container

This is so simple and so rewarding, we purchased a glass bottle for our dish soap a while back. I purchase these very cool and sustainable refills by Clean Cult that come in carton packaging. I really love the lemongrass smell but have yet to try the others.

I get to recycle the bottle and it makes me feel so much better about my purchase than just buying another plastic bottle (with nowhere to go) full of soap! Join the #refillrevolution and let’s put and end to plastic.

Nowadays you can even buy biodegradable sponges to do your dishes. Another really easy switch is your plastic toothbrush. If you look around your house you will find that most of your disposable plastic items can be replaced, when they are no longer of use of course, with something eco-friendly, ethically made and sustainable. Every time you spend money towards anything you are casting a vote: Vote for a better world.

It all makes a difference it all makes an impact.

Thank you for showing interest in our eco friendly blog, we are on a mission to leave a better earth behind for our children, if you read this YOU are too….. THANK YOU! We look forward to meeting you along the way. We would also love to hear about some of the eco-friendly options you have come to discover and love.

Sustainably yours,

Eco Couple

The 5 Best Online Stores for Sustainable, Ethical and Eco-friendly brands

Eco Couple uses affiliate links. We promote products we have tried ourselves and truly believe in. If you make a purchase using a link we may receive a commission. Such revenue helps keep this website running, and allows us to keep the content free for readers. This motivates us to stay on our mission of inspiring conscious consumerism.

Want to be a conscious consumer but not sure where to shop? Well then this may be the most valuable list for you to start living a more conscious and eco-friendly life. We have all recently learned more about the importance of taking care of mother earth while still getting our needs met for our daily necessities. We researched and found some beautifully curated online stores carrying sustainable goods. So browse around, enjoy…and tell us about the products you have tried and love.

We at Eco Couple truly believe that we ALL have to support each other . The more stores, brands and options we have for living a more eco-conscious lifestyle the closer we are coming to truly beneficially impacting our environment. We always try to remind you that every step you take, every dollar you spend supporting sustainable eco conscious brands gets us closer to a better future. These are some stores that are truly a one stop shop for some incredible brands and their initiatives.

Eartheasy

Sourced from Eartheasy

This website is designed mostly for the outdoor enthusiast, from gardening to camping, although there are some great cleaning products as well as non toxic pest control options. It is well worth a visit and has a really great selection of eco friendly products, from home to garden to lighting to dehydrators.

Categories: Outdoor, Lifestyle, Gardening

Our favourite: Raised Garden Beds

Also check our post for more info on ¨Gardening Tips¨

The Ultimate Green Store

This store has an especially wonderful selection of bedding as well as, honestly, a little bit of everything you may need for the home, the site is really easy to navigate. If you want a beautiful array of cookware or some eco friendly storage cubes. Browse through a wonderful selection and make your home just a touch more eco friendly one purchase at a time.

Categories: Men, Womens fashion, toys ,etc etc

Our favourite items: Eco Friendly Backpacks

Aequem

Sourced from http://www.aequem.com

For all things fashion this store has over 70 brands to choose from, and each and every brand has been hand selected for its values, the quality of their clothes and of course it’s beautiful appearance. Aequem recently did an interview with us, you can find it on their Journal page.

We truly love the selection and style of this store, from your every day necessities to some really far out haute couture pieces.

Our favourite items: Jumpsuits

They plant 10 trees for every purchase…. thanks Aequem…. we love what you do.

OUR COMMON PLACE

Here we have another truly inspiring store. It is kind of liberating to let these websites to do the research and you can just feel good about what you are buying. All the while knowing that the companies have been thoroughly investigated from production right through to the end consumer. This store has a really impressive shoe collection, as well as beautiful clothes and

Categories: Fashion, Beauty and Home

Our favourite items: Coats

Use ECOCOUPLE for 10% discount

sourced from our Common place

Earth Hero

sourced from Earth Hero

This store has a little bit of everything as well. From eco-friendly pet products to kids toys, to kitchen products and clothes for kids and sportswear for parents. Another worthy store to put in your favourites list.

¨Living a lifestyle you’re proud of, that supports a planet you’re proud for, should be simple.¨-Earth Hero

Categories: Clothing, Shop by Age, Zero Waste products and Accessories

Our favourite: The Toy Selection

Use ECOCOUPLE for 10% discount

Eco Couple’s Amazon Storefront

We personally have created a favourite eco friendly products list on our Storefront on amazon. It is comprised of a few categories we have gathered over the years. All the products we have personally tried ourselves and believe in. We hope you enjoy the selection. If you ever have a question feel free to reach out.

Hope this list is useful to you feel free to share this post with your eco conscious friends. We are always interested in hearing about the pages and shops that inspire you the most… please let us know in the comments. Thank you.

Sustainably yours,

Eco Couple

Eco Friendly Sustainable Gardening tips

¨Turn off the News and Build a Garden¨. As our ,ever so talented, friend Lukas Nelson sings in one of his songs. Thank you for the beautiful music and honestly we could not agree more.

We are thrilled to hear about how many people during the lock down have gotten down and dirty in the soil and decided to grow a garden! Having this time at home has inspired so many to connect with their backyard. I really believe that to be an amazing positive of 2020.

Composting is probably one of the most beneficial things we can do for our garden as well as the planet. We wanted to share some tips and resources with you. What we have used to make our garden flourish even more. We want to introduce you to the Bokashi Composting System. It is so important that we nourish the soil so that our plants can thrive. There is currently a beautiful documentary about this on Netflix “Kiss the Ground¨ which we also highly recommend.

Bokashi Living

Until February 11th 2021 you can get an exclusive discount for 20% using code: ecocouple20

Feeding our soil is one of the most important steps we can take towards a better future for our earth. It is as simple as composting the foods we are already using at home. Instead of those food rests ending up in a landfill and rotting away, you can nourish the soil right outside your house with it and give back to mother earth.

Photo sourced from Bokashi

How great is that? You don’t even need to plant a garden, you can just nourish the earth right outside your house, with your waste products and feel good about doing your part towards climate change. Or you can grow a luscious garden, with fruit and vegetables you and your friends can break bread over. Or simply plant beautiful flowers and attract bees, and humming birds into your life.

Photo by Ella Olsson on Pexels.com

We also recommend, Eden Brothers, they have a nice selection for organic seeds. I also highly recommend these awesome biodegradable starter pots, as you can just transplant them directly into the soil without harming the roots. There is even a better garden hose option, to water your garden without the toxic chemicals from you regular hose. As you can see the options are endless.

Not only is gardening relaxing. It connects you to nature and brings you to the simplicity of nurturing your own food. I truly see it as a beneficial practice for mankind. So get outside and put the good energy into the soil. Plant some seeds and reap the rewards of watching your beautiful garden grow!

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

I guarantee you, you will feel accomplished about doing it. We would love to hear about your gardening experiences and success stories. For more really resourceful gardening products check out our friends at Earth Easy.

Thanks for reading and sharing.

Sustainably yours,

Eco Couple