Ecofriendly products can be hard to find. You’re trying to find the best quality, most sustainable products and often on a budget. Since so many of these brands are new, how do you see through the noise to find the best ones??
Don’t worry – we’ve got your back!
From skincare to cleaning supplies to grass-fed meat, here are some solid brands to check out.
**All shopping choices are a compromise based on budget, time available, and specific needs. I’ve recommended products we genuinely use and enjoy, but you will need to make your own decisions about the level of plastic packaging you are willing to use and just how natural each product needs to be.**
We trust you to make the best choice for you just like we make the best choice for us!
Ecofriendly Products We Use & Love
Meat & Food
We know that the best meat comes from your local farmer. We aim for organic, grass-fed, and pastured meats. Sometimes, that isn’t available locally! We do have a great local farmer that does convenient meat pick-ups near us, but we highly recommend Crowd Cow to anyone looking for high-quality meat delivery.
We LOVE their chicken wings especially and always like to have a roast or two in the freezer for easy crockpot dinners.
They ship so quickly and their scheduling program is the most convenient I’ve found so far. It’s seriously easy and we’ve enjoyed every single product we’ve ordered from them.
Azure Standard is an Oregon-based company that sells a little bit of everything (organic pantry staples, meat, produce, live plants, cleaning supplies, chicken feed, bulk butter, etc) and delivers from a large truck at local drop sites. They have some of the best prices on organic bulk items like flour, oats, and dried beans. We have enjoyed all of their products and they saved us a few times during the pandemic!
Is there a drop in your area? Do they sell organic products in bulk you struggle to find in local stores?
Furnishings & Bedding
We typically prefer to buy used furniture! Most of our furniture are thrifted finds we’ve scrounged up from an assortment of places. We especially love to find antiques and freshen them up. We love our old 1930s possum belly table and beloved hand-me-downs!
That said, there are some occasional times when we do buy new furniture. Most recently, we purchased a new sectional and ordered an ecofriendly mattress!
We always recommend taking new furniture purchases slowly. Know your budget and look for locally made products with warranties when possible. If there are ecofriendly products available in your budget, opt for those! Definitely check out Facebook Marketplace first…you never know when someone is selling EXACTLY what you are looking for used and for less!
If you’d like to find the right eco-friendly mattress for your budget and sleep needs, be sure to read our Eco-Friendly Mattress Guide!
Clean Skincare & Beauty
I have SO much to say about this brand, it’s easier just to read my full Biossance review. In a nutshell though, I have extremely sensitive skin that can’t tolerate most conventional products. I’ve wasted so much money on not-good-for-you products that didn’t work for me at all.
Biossance is so gentle that I can use all but one of their products on my face (that’s so rare)! Many of their products are EWG verified to promise they don’t contain harmful endocrine disruptors, fragrance, and preservatives.
I will admit that Tarte kind of toes the line here. SOME of their products are clean and I would not say they are eco-friendly. However, I have been able to wear most Tarte products without any inflammation or reactions. I try to check whichever products I am ordering with the EWG Tarte reviews! The lower the score, the better. They have a lot of products with a score of 1, but some others are closer to 6.
I wear so little makeup that I really just use their mascara (Maneater scores a 2 from EWG!) and eyeliner. On very rare occasions, I’ll wear foundation and eye shadow.
I am still working to find a more environmentally friendly makeup brand that doesn’t break the bank! Which brand do you recommend?
Before I found Biossance, I relied on the baby skincare line at Babo Botanicals (yes, my skin is THAT sensitive). Their Miracle Moisturizing Cream is a lifesaver in the thick of winter. I even used it as a face cream until I finally found Biossance! My husband still uses it for his face and we love to store it in purses and office drawers for any time our hands get too dry.
They also have really moisturizing body washes and other baby products. We haven’t tried those yet, but keep meaning to!
Yep, I buy fancy toothpaste. Instead of fluoride, Boka uses nano-hydroxyapatite to remineralize teeth. It has helped tackle constant sensitivity that was driving me mad! I’ve used it for years now and love how easy it is to squeeze every. single. drop. out of the tube. Unfortunately, the tube isn’t recyclable and the EWG rating is a 3.
We are finishing up the two bottles we have left and then hope to try a plastic-free alternative!
This is a new product to us, so we are still in the trial phase! We love the idea of using shampoo and conditioner bars instead of ordering items in plastic. These bars are so jam-packed with cleaning goodness that they should replace 2-3 bottles of product each!
We will write a full review after we give it more time, but our preliminary results have been very positive. We really appreciate that they use essential oils to scent their products instead of fragrance! I’m currently using their Soothe bars to deal with some chronic scalp itching, and want to order the curly hair shampoo bars next! Will they actually help tackle scalp itch? Are they nourishing enough for curly hair? We will let you know!
Part of why we haven’t used the Babo Botanicals body wash is because we live off of Dr. Bronner’s. Their castile soap is in every bathroom and is our main body wash. (Sometimes we swap out with the Vitacost baby castile soap for extra savings).
With castile soap, you don’t need to buy hand wash, body wash, or shaving cream. It can be used in so many ways, but these are our favorites!
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We were saving up to buy a Berkey water filter after reading so many positive reviews. We were trying to decide exactly which one to get and where we would put it when we found this one…It installed under our sink quickly and lasts for up to 5 years! That’s about $20 per year for clean, filtered water directly from the tap. No Brita filter in the fridge. No Berkey on the counter. We only have one so it just filters cold water. That works well
This tiny powerhouse filters: “chlorine, water soluble cation heavy metals (lead, mercury, chromium VI, cadmium, etc.), herbicides, pesticides, sediment, algae, molds, bad taste, odors and other undesirable contaminants.” The gross chlorine smell is totally gone!
I contacted CuzN to ensure it removes PFAS, the forever-chemicals now spread through the water supply worldwide from the use of products like Teflon. They reported that this little $120 filter DOES remove PFAS as it contains the granular activated carbon needed to do so. This filter does not remove fluoride, but they may have stronger filters that do. Our water supply is not fluoridated, so we were not concerned with that.
Wondering what is in your water supply? Search by your zip code at the EWG Tap Water database!
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies
Our favorite castile soap company has a product called Sal Suds we use constantly! It is a concentrated cleaner that can be used for mopping, diluting as a countertop cleaner, scrubbing showers, carpet cleaning, etc. I have some glass spray bottles I use to dilute it and I keep one on the counter for everyday cleaning. Easy!
It is so concentrated that you only need one tablespoon for an entire QUART of water for a cleaning spray. This bottle will last for a long, long time.
We bought a bunch of these lint-free cotton glass cleaning towels back in 2019 and they are still going strong!
This is a newer brand for us, but we’re loving it so far! We were buying eco-friendly dishwasher tablets before, but they weren’t doing the job. So, we were adding a cleaning booster, drying liquid, AND liquid dishwashing gel…before I realized that was just plain ridiculous.
How is it eco-friendly to be using FOUR products? How much money was I really spending to save a few bucks on an affordable brand?
We saw tons of great reviews about Dropps and loved that they used zero plastic in shipment. The tabs ship loose in the cardboard (compostable) packaging. Their dishwasher tabs come in lemon (using fragrance, unfortunately, or unscented). We decided to try lemon despite the fragrance, and I’ve had no problems with any sensitivity to it.
Plus…our dishes are ACTUALLY clean. Do you know how many times I got mad at my dishwasher before Dropps? Like, every single day. Now the only problem is if our spoons are nesting. We can clean absolutely filthy dishes to a sparkling shine with one tablet. Totally worth it! I’m a repeat customer for sure.
So one time, we went to one of those parties where you pay like $40 for a microfiber cleaning towel…I really liked the products, but could NOT justify the cost. I started researching alternative brands and found eCloth! Normally, I just use cotton cleaning towels, but I ordered a whole suite of eCloth products to see what I liked.
I have to say that although their products are fine, they are made with microfiber which releases microplastics into the water. I try to take great care of them to get the most use out of them I can.
After buying about one of everything, these are the only product I consider a must-have:
The glass and polishing cloth
You can use any regular towel or rag to wipe down windows and mirrors, but this polishing cloth dries them to a perfect shine even when the cloth itself is wet. We use ours to wipe down windows, mirrors, appliances, stainless steel, etc. There is a waffle-pattern towel we also use, but you can do without that. The polishing cloth, however, completely eradicates the need for ANY window cleaners at all. You just need water and this cloth!
We also like their dishwashing cloths and we do use those daily. We also have some handmade cotton ones, and we tend to prefer the eCloth ones for being so light and easy to get into hard-to-reach places.
Yep, we subscribe to bamboo toilet paper. In fact, the most popular post EVER on our site is this one about why we refuse to buy Costco toilet paper.
We’ve used a couple of brands that sell bamboo toilet paper and just got in a routine with Who Gives a Crap. We appreciate that they sell bamboo AND recycled TPs in varying sizes. They also have tissues and paper towels, which makes it even more convenient! Plastic-free packaging…carbon neutral shipping…cute toilet paper…we’re fans for sure!
Grove Co is an online storefront that sells eco-friendly home cleaning products. I’ve been using their products for years and love the simple, yet beautiful supplies they sell. They have the best scrub brushes (I’m pretty they work with Full Circle on these)!
They’ve expanded their product line a lot over the years and have started selling their own plastic-free or low-waste cleaning products. You can get a free Move Beyond Plastic set with your first purchase! I love their cleaning caddy and use it anytime I clean my bathrooms.
They even sell tree-free paper towels and toilet paper, a wide variety of Dr. Bronner’s products, and even my shampoo and conditioner.
I don’t even want to talk about how much I’ve spent on supplements working on my healing journey. It’s a lot…I have a whole separate budget category for it!
Pharmaca is an online retailer (that also has physical stores!) that sells some of the best quality supplements and natural brands out there. I especially love that they often have discounts like 25% off that can be used on even some more exclusive brands. Their shipping is fast AND they are connected to Rakuten! This means I get extra cashback when I buy them while finding the exact brands and products I love (They even have Dr. Bronner’s!).
I’ve been using Vitacost for easily over a decade. Back when it was still hard to find natural or unconventional ecofriendly products and ingredients, I relied on Vitacost. I’ve purchased everything from chocolate to supplements to castile soap to organic flour from them!