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When it comes to finding new shoes to fill your closet, finding something stylish and comfortable is likely the main goal. But shouldn't their impact on the earth matter just as much? Here is a roundup of the best eco-friendly and environmentally-conscious shoes.

Our picks for top eco-friendly shoes

While flipping over a pair of shoes as you shop can tell you about the size of their literal footprint, discovering their carbon footprint isn't always as easy. That's because transparency, for many brands, remains less of a priority.

As a result, shoppers don't always have the clearest vision of how some shoe companies operate—including how and where they source their materials, and who actually puts them together. It's important to understand that the very practices that led to the mass production of so many classic brands are less than stellar for the environment and the people that actually make them.

How we chose the best shoes for the environment

To create our list of the best eco-friendly shoes, we compared brands on a number of factors. These included:

  • Sustainable materials - Does the brand use recycled or sustainable materials to make their shoes? We looked for brands that utilize post-consumer recycled materials, like fibers from plastic water bottles or recycled paper, in their shoes and packaging. We also considered their sourcing of naturally-derived materials, like sugar cane, castor beans, cork, and wool.
  • Transparency - How much does the brand tell you about its manufacturing process and materials? We checked out each brand's website to confirm their commitment to the environment and to make sure they weren't just green-washing their products.
  • Ethical standards - Where does the brand manufacture their shoes and do they ensure fair labor practices? In addition to the environmental impact of a brand's shoes, we also looked at how they treat their people. We specifically looked for brand transparency and commitments around creating healthy and safe working conditions in factories, and that employees earn fair wages, as well as B-Corp certification.
  • Giving back - We wanted to prioritize brands that do more than just make money. We looked for eco-friendly shoe brands that partnered with non-profits to give back, including projects like Soles4Souls, LifeWorks, and reforestation initiatives.

Discover five of our favorite eco-friendly shoe brands that you simply can't go wrong with. Whether you're in need of new sneakers, boots, flats, or heels, they've got you covered.

SUAVS - The Zilker

SUAVS

SUAVS makes comfortable, breathable, and sustainable shoes with uppers made of post-consumer recycled water bottles. They put the environment first and use only the safest materials that are better for the earth and you. SUAVS makes a point to give back and donates all extra footwear to organizations such as LifeWorks.

Why buy: Planning a vacation? Look no further. SUAVS shoes are known for being lightweight and flexible, allowing for easy packing and all-day wear. Their shoes have been featured in Buzzfeed, Conde Nast, Business Insider, PRNewsWire, and more for being a travel-friendly shoe.

$95

On Running - Cyclon

On Running

Switzerland-based shoe brand On Running is beloved for its performance-based shoes that offer optimal performance without harming the earth in the process. The brand prides itself on sustainability, ethical sourcing, and transparency. They've even partnered with the ScienceBasedTargets initiative to ensure they lower their emissions to a level that will support the limiting of average global temperature raising to 1.5°C (34.7°F) above pre-industrial levels.

Why buy: The Cyclon is a revolutionary zero-waste shoe. The sleek shoe is made with sustainable production efforts from castor beans and it's fully recyclable. The caveat? You can't own them. Instead, they're available via subscription to ensure that you recycle them back to the brand. By creating this production process, the brand is able to capitalize on circularity, effectively keeping materials out of landfills.
$29

Cariuma - OCA High All Camel Suede

Cariuma

If you're a sucker for smooth-as-butter leather sneakers, Cariuma is the choice for you. Namely, the brand's OCA High Off-White Premium Leather high-top sneakers. Of course, the Rio de Janeiro-based shoe brand offers more than just leather, they sell canvas and suede silhouettes, too. The company is also committed to sustainability, planting two trees in the Brazilian rainforest for every pair of shoes sold.

Why buy: All of the materials used in Cariuma's shoe-making process are sourced sustainably and responsibly, from the leather and suede uppers and recycled plastic used in the brand's shoelaces, labels, and laces to the Bluesign-certified dye chemicals (which are non-harmful) and recyclable packaging. As a result of their rigorous eco-conscious efforts, the brand has earned seven sustainability certifications.

$129

Allbirds - Women's Tree Dashers

Allbirds

Known as Silicon Valley's most-beloved shoe, Allbirds are renowned for their versatile wool runners that are minimalist, sustainably-sourced, and cozy as can be. The brand is entirely carbon neutral. This means that they measure their carbon emissions each year, reduce their impact by using recycled materials, and offset whatever's left over by taxing themselves and putting that money toward projects that neutralize their footprint.

Why buy: These Tree Runners are made from FSC-certified eucalyptus trees, a castor bean insole, and a carbon-negative sugarcane midsole. While Allbirds shoes end up being carbon neutral, the company does provide their initial carbon footprint score. These running shoes come in at 9.0 kg CO2e.

$125

Womsh - Vegan Wave White Rose

Womsh

Sustainability meets trendy fashion with Italian shoe brand Womsh (short for Word of Mouth Shoes). The celebrity-favorite sneakers are known for their chunky silhouettes overlaid with bold designs and text. Beyond their truly picture-worthy style, the shoes are created with sustainability at the helm.

Why buy: In addition to creating a fully vegan collection, as well as shoes that are fully recyclable, and producing their shoes in factories that use 90 percent clean energy, Womsh has teamed up with LifeGate to offset its carbon emissions. They do so by planting trees in areas that have been deforested. Since 2014, they've planted and protected over 118,403 square feet of forest per year. Talk about impact.

$299

Beyond Skin Nova Cognac Faux Leather Vegan Knee High Boots

Beyond Skin

Sneakers aren't the only option when it comes to eco-friendly shoes. Since its inception in 2001, Beyond Skin has been committed to providing the world with luxury vegan footwear in the form of vintage-inspired sandals, mules, loafers, heels, boots, and more. All of the silhouettes are designed in England and brought to life in Spain using luxury Italian fabrics. By creating their products locally—as opposed to sourcing all over the world—they're able to reduce their carbon footprint. What's more, they use recycled materials in many of their designs, which makes them even more eco-friendly.

Why buy: In addition to paying mind to the materials used, Beyond Skin works very closely with their factories in Spain to ensure their workers are never exploited in the process of production. It is their mission to stand far apart from fast fashion, offering silhouettes that can withstand the test of time—both in terms of wear and classic styles—and practices that benefit the earth and its people.

$460

Why choose eco-friendly shoes and products?

Eco-conscious and eco-friendly are used to describe products made with the earth in mind. In order to create eco-conscious products, a company must commit to sustainable manufacturing practices, the use of sustainable materials, and how much energy is used to create each product. This includes a commitment to use less water and fewer (or, better yet, zero) chemicals in production, along with paying mind to the amount of carbon emissions created as a result of production, the types of fibers that are used, and the quality of life offered to the workers creating the items. In other words, creating eco-friendly items—shoes, included—is a more involved process than is used for most mass-produced goods.

As a result, many earth-friendly brands are marked at a higher price due to the higher level of care dedicated to bringing them to life. The beauty is, however, when more care is devoted to the production process, the higher the quality ends up being. So, while a higher price tag may make you wince, knowing that the items will last much longer and will make less of an impact on the environment is definitely worth it.

Rebecca R. Norris is a writer in the DC metro area. She covers a number of topics in the sustainable beauty, wellness, and style industries. A graduate of George Mason University, the Virginia native is a lover of lists, Stevie Nicks, dark chocolate Sprinkles cupcakes, and the Oxford comma.

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As dozens of earth-conscious clothing and accessory brands launch, dresses, shirts, pants, and shoes aren't the only products available with an eco-conscious spin—now, earth-friendly bedding is on the rise, too. Below, we've detailed the best organic sheets, pillows, blankets and comforters. Discover all the most sustainable bedding brands the market has to offer, as well as some personal recommendations to consider when shopping.

Each product featured here has been independently selected by the writer. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.

Avocado

AvocadoOrganic Superfine Suvin Cotton Sheets

Los Angeles bedding brand Avocado might be best known for its mattresses, but let's be clear: Its bedding is equally as comfort-inducing. In addition to being a Certified B Corporation—which means it balances its purposeful devotion to the earth with its profit—Avocado makes all of its products with top-of-the-line sustainable materials. This brand tops our list of organic mattress companies, too.

No matter what you buy from Avocado, customers can expect the highest quality and care. Each product is made with GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) organic certified latex, GOTS organic certified wool, GOTS organic certified cotton, and/or GOTS organic certified kapok fiber. Which is to say, the company's offerings are incredibly natural.

But that's not all. Avocado not only focuses on what it put into its bedding, but into the world, too. For that reason, the company fully offsets 100% of its carbon emissions. Avocado donates 90% of returned products to nonprofits as well. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. To learn more about Avocado's mission, check out the company's sustainability page or read our Avocado mattress review.

Author's Pick: Avocado's Organic Superfine Suvin Sheets are made with GOTS Organic certified Indian Suvin Cotton, meaning the sourcing and production of the product have been evaluated by a third-party. Certifications always make it easier to find brands that go the extra mile to source sustainable materials.

Cariloha

"Soft, cool, clean, and green"—that's the motto of bamboo-centric brand Cariloha. While the Utah-based brand offers everything from apparel and bath towels to bed frames and mattresses, today we're here to hone in on its bedding. All Cariloha bedding (and products, for that matter) are made from bamboo from the green hills of the Sichuan Province in China, where the brand's 24,600,000 square-meter, sustainably run bamboo farm is located.

The brand is fully transparent about its farm-to-bed process, ensuring sustainable practices every step of the way. It's because of that and the grade-A quality and standards of the products that Cariloha is certifiably clean and green, with certifications from OEKO-TEX, GOTS, Organic Blended Content Standard, Fair Trade, and CertiPur-US.

As if that's not enough to convince you to check out the supremely-soft bedding, know that Cariloha has earned recognition from the Green Business Awards, winning in 2020 for providing customers top-notch sustainable bedding and lifestyle offerings, and Eco-Excellence Awards, winning the Friendly Fashion category in 2020. In other words, the brand is well worth your attention.

Author's Pick: As someone who has spent her fair share of time snoozing in high-end hotel beds (perks of the job!), I can wholeheartedly say that the Resort Bamboo Bed Sheets are the softest, most luxurious bedding I've ever slept on. Every time I hop into bed, I think to myself just how insanely comfortable they are. I cannot recommend them enough as some of the best organic sheets on the market. Plus, have you seen the blush color? It's gorgeous.

Buffy

Known for being "the world's best hypoallergenic, earth-friendly" comforter brand, Buffy has made a name for itself in the sustainable bedding marketplace. Since the success of its comforter—which is said to be fluffier than a marshmallow—the brand has delved into organic sheets, duvets and pillows, too, all of which are made with the brand's signature eucalyptus (which is OEKO-Tex certified).

Eucalyptus is known for being an especially sustainable product thanks to the fact that it requires significantly less water to grow. In addition to eucalyptus, Buffy relies on recycled plastic and soft hemp to bring its products to life. The brand also uses GRS (Global Recycling Standard) polyester, again staying true to its earth-friendly mission to #KeepEarthComfy.

While the materials Buffy uses are notable, to say the least, the company's other sustainable practices are just as worthy of our attention. For starters, the brand offsets all its CO2 emissions generated from freight and customer shipments. Additionally, knowing that the return process makes for even more emissions, Buffy allows customers to donate their returns to cut back on the unnecessary emissions.

As inspiring as Buffy's mission is, the brand aims to do even better. On its site, shoppers can find Buffy's plan to become even greener by 2021, 2025, and 2030.

Author's Pick: Fair warning: Buffy's comforters are so soft you may very well struggle to get out of bed in the morning. That said, they make for the perfect cozy companion for a day in bed.

​Sheets & Giggles

The name alone is noteworthy, no? Silliness aside, Sheets & Giggles knows what's up when it comes to high-quality, eco-conscious sheets. Like Buffy, it uses eucalyptus to bring its super-soft product offerings to life.

Each Sheets & Giggles product is OEKO-TEX 100 certified, FKT Certified (firmly cementing their hypoallergenic nature), and Higg Index Certified (meaning they're fully sustainable from production to the time they wear out). All of the brand's products are vegan, which is another reason they're high on our list of the best organic sheets.

The takeaway? Sheets & Giggles offers quality bedding—including sheets, pillowcases, duvets, throw blankets, and comforters—that customers can rely on, while also adding a touch of entertainment to all of its product copy.

Author's Pick: The Eucalyptus Lyocell Sheets are straight up dreamy. They're softer than any plain cotton sheet I've tried and they're intuitively labeled to show users where each corner actually goes, speeding up the bed-changing process as a result.

Bearaby

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Say hello to the weighted blanket brand that, well, made weighted blankets trendy. Part of what led to Bearaby's popularity is not only the stylish chunky weave of its blankets, but also the very materials that go into making them.

While each of Bearaby's blankets is made with sustainable and/or organic materials—and are Oeko-Tex 100 certified, which cements customer confidence in the utmost product safety—the Cotton Napper stands out the most. The smooth blanket—which perpetually feels like the cool side of the pillow—is made with 100% organic, BCI (Better Cotton Initiative)-, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)-, and Fair Trade-certified, sustainably farmed cotton.

Materials aside, Bearaby puts extra focus into sustainability by donating to One Tree Planted every time a Napper is sold. What's more, it donates $1 for every Napper sold to NAMI (The National Alliance of Mental Illness). Given weighted blankets' therapeutic effect on anxiety and depression, Bearaby holds NAMI close to its core.

Author's Pick: While the Bearaby Cotton Napper is a dream for folks who get hot in the middle of the night, the Velvet Napper is nothing short of divine for cold winter nights. The ultra-soft finish gives it a luxe look and cozy feel that you'll want to wrap yourself up in all day long.

Rebecca R. Norris is a full-time freelance writer living in the DC metro area. She writes for a variety of publications, covering everything from beauty and wellness to style and news. She is a graduate of George Mason University. There, she earned her B.A. in Media: Production, Consumption, and Critique, along with a minor in Electronic Journalism. The Virginia native is a lover of lists, Stevie Nicks, dark chocolate Sprinkles cupcakes, and the Oxford comma.

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Hydration is key to a healthy lifestyle, but at the rate plastic bottles are being dumped into landfills, how you hydrate might be even more important. Reusable water bottles prevent the need for single-use plastics, but which are the best eco-friendly water bottles available?

According to the Container Recycling Institute, a nonprofit organization with the goal of ending plastic pollution and promoting recycling, in 2018, Americans bought more than 70 billion plastic water bottles that were one gallon or less (in other words, single-use).

Of those, three out of four—or 52.5 billion bottles—ended up in a landfill or incinerator. And that's not even taking into account the many, many single-use plastic bottles that end up littering our parks, roads, and oceans.

Here's why it matters. According to the Recycling Coalition of Utah, it takes up to 1,000 years for plastic to degrade in a landfill. Additionally, the CRI says the production of plastic bottles themselves takes more water than the bottles actually contain, and the process requires more than 15 million barrels of oil. For reference, that's enough oil to fuel 100,000 cars for an entire year.

All this is to say, it's time we do our part to lower our plastic consumption and, as a result, our individual carbon footprints.

Fortunately, doing so is easier than ever before. That's because, with eco-conscious wellness on the rise, companies all over the world are launching eco-friendly water bottles that can be used over and over again.

Since there are so many reusable water bottles on the market, we've narrowed down five high-quality options for your consumption consideration. Ahead, you'll discover a handful of bottles that are all worthy of making room for in your kitchen and routine.

Each product featured here has been independently selected by the writer. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.

Klean Kanteen Reusable Water Bottle

Klean Kanteen insulated bottles are some of the most eco-friendly water bottles on the market. The company is a certified B Corp, it supports 1% for the Planet by giving back a portion of its profits, and all products are Climate Neutral Certified.

If you're not worried about keeping your water cold, the company has a basic model that's uninsulated as well. It also sells items like tumblers with straw lids, basic stainless-steel cups, and 12-ounce reusable water bottles made just for kids.
Bottle sizes range from 16 to 64 ounces and come in a rainbow of colors.

Additionally, there are a number of cap options that fit each bottle, so whether you want to sip, chug, or drink your water through a straw, Klean Kanteen has you covered — it even sells spill-proof kids sippy-cup-style lids.

Why Buy: Certified B Corp; Supports 1% for the Planet; Climate Neutral Certified; BPA-free; Lightweight model available; Dishwasher-safe

Soma Reusable Water Bottle

If stainless-steel insulation isn't your thing, try a Soma bottle. These bottles are made of glass and come with a silicone sleeve to absorb impact when dropped. Plus, Soma bottles come with a lifetime warranty against breakage, so if your bottle does happen to shatter, the company will replace it at no charge.

Soma's product line includes not only standard glass bottles, but also a Sports Bottle with an activity-friendly cap, an insulated Brew Bottle for hot beverages and water infusion, ceramic mugs, glass straws, pitchers, carafes, and more. Each comes in a variety of colors, so you're sure to find one to suit your mood.

One of our favorite things about Soma is that it partners with nonprofit organizations like Parley and Lonely Whale, and a percentage of proceeds from every purchase goes to Charity: Water, a nonprofit that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

Why Buy: B Corp; Each purchase supports Charity: Water; Company offsets emissions with conservation-based forestry; Packaged with post-consumer waste and recyclable materials; Dishwasher safe; BPA-free

Hydro Flask Reusable Water Bottle

Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Hydro Flask is quite possibly the most popular eco-friendly water bottle among Gen Zers. The trendy reusable is renowned for its bold colors and simple design. With bottle options ranging from 12 to 64 ounces, there's a perfect pick for everyone in the family.

Hydro Flask lets shoppers choose from multiple lids, including standard, wide, and straw options. Each bottle is made with stainless steel accompanied by TempShield technology, which keeps cold beverages cold and hot beverages hot.

Beyond the bottle, Hydro Flask created a charitable program, Parks For All, that benefits public green spaces and promotes outdoor adventure among its shoppers. For every purchase made, a portion is dedicated to the program. As a result, Hydro Flask has donated more than $1.5 million to over 92 eco-friendly non-profits.

Why Buy: Supports Parks For All; BPA-free; Dishwasher-safe

LARQ Reusable Water Bottle

LARQ Water Bottle

LARQ

If high-tech gadgets are your thing, you'll fall head over heels for this best-selling reusable water bottle. The LARQ's minimalist design is accompanied by UV-C LED technology that automatically activates every two hours to fully filter your water.

As such, the innovative design is able to eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses from your beverage so that you don't accidentally give yourself something if you're one to use your bottle for a few days straight or if you're drinking unfiltered water while hiking. That also means it won't get funky between washes.

In addition to its sanitizing capabilities, LARQ double-walled bottles offer insulation of cold beverages up to 24 hours and hot beverages up to 12. There is also a LARK Movement model, which is single-walled (uninsulated) but lighter to take on your adventures The original bottle is available in 17- and 25-ounce options, as well as five colors, while the Movement bottle is sold in 24- and 32-ounce options and eight colorways.

Why Buy: Supports 1% for the Planet; Removes 99.9% of germs, bacteria, and viruses; Lightweight model available; BPA-free

S'well Reusable Water Bottle

S'well Water Bottle

Since the debut of its very first water bottle—the beloved 17-ouncer—S'well has been a household name among eco-conscious consumers. The eco-friendly bottles—which are now available in 9-, 17-, and 20-ounce options—are made with a triple-insulated silhouette that keeps cold beverages cold for up to 36 hours and hot beverages hot for up to 18.

Once S'well realized the demand for such an item, the company delved into food containers and barware as well in an effort to offer consumers yet another way to cut back on their single-use plastic consumption. Now, S'well shoppers can choose from a variety of designs, from tumblers to kid-friendly bottles to reusable cutlery, as well as a wide array of colors and prints that are sure to turn heads.

Why Buy: Certified B Corp; BPA-free; Triple-insulated; Supports UNICEF clean water initiatives and Lonely Whale

Rebecca R. Norris is a full-time freelance writer living in the DC metro area. She writes for a variety of publications, covering everything from beauty and wellness to style and news. She is a graduate of George Mason University. There, she earned her B.A. in Media: Production, Consumption, and Critique, along with a minor in Electronic Journalism. The Virginia native is a lover of lists, Stevie Nicks, dark chocolate Sprinkles cupcakes, and the Oxford comma.

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