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. You can also visit our shop for more suggestions!
**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 who does convenient meat pick-ups near us, but we highly recommend Wild Pastures to anyone looking for high-quality meat delivery.
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!
See our full Azure Standard review here.
Is there a drop in your area? Do they sell organic products in bulk you struggle to find in local stores?
If you don’t have time to bake from scratch or can’t find a great local bakery in your area, you need Wildgrain. They work with small, artisan bakeries around the US to ship bake-from-frozen breads, pastries, and pastas directly to your door.
The best part is that they ship real sourdough. This stuff is properly fermented, so you get the full benefits of real sourdough without having to leave your house.
Plus, it’s just so easy to use. You don’t have to thaw anything at all; just preheat the oven and bake!
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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.
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!
We purchased an Awara mattress and have a full review to share our experiences.
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?
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!
Shampoo and Conditioner Bars
Last year, I started my zero waste hair care routine by incorporating shampoo and conditioner bars! After trying several brands that just did not work for me, I finally found the perfect product.
I am a huge fan of the shampoo and conditioner bars from Hello Good Juju! I order them on EarthHero, which helps me cut down on shipping costs since the company is from Canada.
I live off the sensitive shampoo bar and the curly conditoner bar, which makes my hair feel like actual silk. These products are scented with essential oils instead of fragrance, so they smell good and are safe to use!
I think I’m on bar #5…we keep an extra one of each in a drawer for backup so we never run out!
Zero Waste Deodorant
It’s tough to find zero waste deodorant that really works and we finally hit the jackpot with Silver Falls Sustainability Company! They are a small, family-owned business out of Oregon that sells organic, handmade bodycare products.
Their magnesium deodorant is strong enough even for my husband, who is an avid runner and puts any deodorant to the test.
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!
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!
Read my full Sal Suds review here.
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.
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.