IGLOO’s Coolers are Going Green

Day 205 – Many of us have an IGLOO cooler. It may be very large or it could be very small. They come in all sizes and colors. Now they’re even environmentally friendly. IGLOO has created the first hardside cooler made from recycled plastic. The ECOCOOL collection is the first of its kind to be made with recycled resin. The resin is made from post-consumer plastic. They are taking discarded plastic yogurt cups and milk jugs that would otherwise end up in landfills throughout the world and transforming it into a recycled resin used in the outside body, liner and/or lid of each ECOCOOL cooler, all made at their facility in the USA.

IGLOO has also partnered up with the Parks Project. A special edition collection of ECOCOOL™ Playmates is now available with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the National Parks Conservation Association.

IGLOO also offers the Packable Puffer cooler bags, which is made with recycled plastic bottles from the inside out: PrimaLoft® insulation and REPREVE® exterior. With a fully scrunchable, compressible construction, this cooler folds into its own front pocket for ultimate packability. All this and the Packable Puffer still provides 12 hours of ice retention.

Lastly, IGLOO has created the world’s first 100% biodegradable cooler. It’s biodegradable, compostable and recyclable, RECOOL helps eliminate the need for those harmful, single-use polystyrene foam coolers that had once been so commonplace. Since they released RECOOL in 2019, it’s gone on to receive eight innovation awards, and have sold 575,000 and counting. Less polystyrene foam in the world is a good thing.

IGLOO not only wants to keep your food and drinks cold, but they are doing their part to help keep the planet cool.

Tomorrow, an important message from the U.S. Coast Guard.

4Ocean: On a Mission to End the Ocean Plastic Crisis

Day 202 – It all started in Bali, Indonesia in 2015. Friends, Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper saw first hand how the plastic pollution problem was negatively impacting the marine life and those that lived along the coast.

After speaking with local fishermen whose livelihoods were negatively impacted by plastic pollution, Alex and Andrew decided to build a company that would hire boat captains and fishermen in communities heavily impacted by plastic pollution as full-time, professional cleanup crew members to recover plastic and other harmful debris from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines seven days a week.” – 4Ocean

4Ocean uses some of the plastic pulled from the ocean to create products (shoes, jewelry, phones cases). They also offer items that can swap out your single-use plastics (water bottles, bamboo utensils, reusable straw). They pull one pound of trash from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines for every product purchased. 4ocean has cleanup divisions in Florida, Bali, Haiti, and Guatemala, and recovers millions of pounds of trash from the ocean, rivers, and coastlines every year.

4Ocean is a certified B-Corporation and a 1% for the Planet member. Their captains and crews have recovered 16,035,392 pounds of plastic, and counting, since 2017.

4Ocean hopes that their business model will have to change in the near future. They hope there won’t be any more plastic to pull from the oceans, rivers and coastline. They imagine a world with plastic free oceans.

Tomorrow, a company using plastic bags to create eco-friendly decking.

Clothing Made from Recycled Plastic

Day 193 – On Day 150, I posted about shoes made from recycled and sustainable material. On Day 181, I wrote about sustainable options for swimwear. Today, I’ll be writing about other types of everyday clothing, shirts, pants, shorts and everything in between.

Here is a list of just a few of the companies creating clothes from recycled plastic.

Last Bottle Clothing is a sustainable apparel company with products made from 100-percent recycled plastic bottles. More importantly, each piece of apparel is also 100-percent “recyclable,” meaning the company closes the loop at the end of the product’s life by taking it back and recycling it yet again. Every piece of Last Bottle Clothing apparel removes an average of 13 plastic bottles from the environment. Next time you are looking to have t-shirts made for an event, be sure to check out Last Bottle Clothing.

Patagonia has been making recycled polyester from post-consumer soda bottles since 1993 making it the first company to turn trash into fleece. Now the company makes its recycled polyester fibers from a blend of soda bottles, manufacturing waste, and worn-out apparel. Recycled polyester is in a wide range of Patagonia’s products from t-shirts to cold weather gear.

Girlfriend Collective uses a variety of recycled material to make their activewear. The compressive leggings and bras are made from 79% recycled polyester (or RPET) and 21% spandex. their leggings are made from 25 recycled post-consumer bottles and our bras are made from 11. The LITE leggings are made from recycled fishing nets and other waste using ECONYL® yarn. LITE fabric is made up of 83% recycled nylon and 17% spandex. Their tees and tanks are 100% cupro, a delicate fiber made from waste the cotton industry leaves behind. Their yarn is made in a zero-waste, zero-emission facility in Japan.

30A’s line of super-soft apparel is made from recycled plastic bottles. They have already prevented 5 million plastic bottles from going into landfills and oceans. All 30A designs are printed in the U.S.A. with eco-friendly water-based inks, and our products are shipped in recycled packing materials. They have helped raise $2.5 million for coastal charities.

Toad & CO uses a variety of eco materials in their casual clothing. They are a 1% for the Planet member and give back to a variety of charities. They also offer reusable packaging. From their California headquarters to their storefronts across the country, they do their part to be good neighbors everywhere you find Toad. You’ll find them volunteering with local non-profits, riding their bikes to work, cleaning up the coastline, and marching for the planet. You’ll find their name signed on petitions to support carbon caps, reduce fossil fuels and keeping public lands public.

American Backcountry uses REPREVE® recyled polysters in their tri-blend tees which use an average of 4 recycled water bottles per shirt, helping significantly in reducing the impact of their products on the Earth. REPREVE is a brand of recycled fibers made from recycled bottles and other products. It uses and emits less greenhouse gas by reducing the need for new petroleum resources. American Backcountry has worked closely with our National Park Partners to increase our product offering and commitment to MADE IN THE USA Garment and Accessories.

RECOVER strives to produce the very best apparel with the most minimal impact on the environment. The materials that they use, which otherwise would have been sent to the landfill, are 100% recycled. From design to production to packaging, their entire process contributes to the environmental impact of a garment and it is the RECOVER Initiative to reduce that impact as much as possible every step of the way. RECOVER is a 1% for the Planet member.

Tentree give back to the earth by planting 10 trees for every item purchased, while using eco-friendly and natural materials such as REPREVE to make their products. Their core values drive them to find the best responsibly sourced materials, and the guarantee of safe and respectful work environments. So, by the time your Tentree product arrives to you, you know that its journey was defined by the smallest environmental footprint, and made proudly by people treated fairly and with dignity.

Supporting companies that are helping the planet is a great way to make a difference.

Tomorrow, a favorite building block is becoming eco-friendly.

Sustainable Rugs for Indoor and Outdoor Use

Day 190 – There are products made from recycled material popping up everywhere. Unfortunately, many people are not finding these sustainable options. They are not the first items that popup when you start your search. More times than not, you really need to seek them out. They are out there!

Today’s post is about a company called Fab Habitat. Their rugs are made from recycled plastic. Plastic that would have ended up in the landfill. Since the creation of Fab Habitat, they have recycled millions of bottles and plastic containers, turning them from trash to rugs.

They ensure that everything they manufacture is GoodWeave certified and made using fair trade principles, meaning no child, forced, or bonded labor and no harmful chemicals or dyes. Good Weave is a nonprofit organization founded by Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, dedicated to ending child labor in the carpet industry and offering education to children in weaving communities.

Fab Habitat is a proud supporter of Navjeevan Society, a charity based in Aurangabad, India. The Navjeevan Society is focused on bettering the lives of individuals with special needs.

So, if you’re looking for some home decor that helps the planet and those in need, consider a company like Fab Habitat. They are doing their part to be responsible citizens and business owners.

Tomorrow, breaking free from plastic pollution.

Sustainable Swimwear Options

Day 181 – Have you ever given any thought about your bathing suit and if it’s good for the environment? I have not. So, I figured it would be a good time to take a look at a few companies that have given a lot of thought about it.

Here are a few companies to start your research. They all use recycled material in the making of their swimsuits and give back to many amazing causes.

WOMEN

Do Good Swimwear – They are a small, minority women owned/ run swimwear brand that supports eco-friendly and ethical practices, and provides affordable, sustainably and ethically made swimsuits, made to last for seasons to come. Each swimsuit is made out of recycled materials using ocean waste (such as, fish nets, plastic bottles, and old nylons) which is then recycled and turned into soft and comfortable material, perfect for swimsuits. A portion of the profits from each sale goes to ocean conservation efforts (Surfrider Foundation, Coral Gardeners, and Oceana), planting a tree for carbon offsetting (onetreeplanted.org and Trees For the Future ), and towards girls/women’s mental health, education and life skill building (Tahanan Sta. Luisa and Women’s Global Empowerment Fund).

Sensi Graves – They utilize high-quality, UPF 50+, recycled fabrics from Spain, Italy and the US, which are designed to hold up over time. They produce in the USA with quality seamstresses. They use recycled packaging, compostable poly bags and hygienic liners. They’re also a 1% for the Planet member and donate 1% of sales to environmental causes.

Dippin Daisys – They offer women and children options. 95% of their swimsuits are are derived from recycled pre and post consumer nylon. They have a program called RE:PURPOSE which includes them taking swimsuits that have not sold and and tie dye them to give them a new look. They are based in Los Angeles and offer biodegradable packaging. They make donations that support the LGBTQIA+ community.

Patagonia – They have a wide range of outdoor clothing and accessories. However, they also offer men and women swimsuits. Patagonia uses recycled nylon for their swimwear and some suits are made in Fair Trade Certified factories as well. They are a 1% for the Planet member and donate to various environmental groups.

Jessica Rey Swimwear – They offer women and children options. Each garment is made in sweatshop-free factories in Los Angeles. All makers are paid fair, living wages. Their swimsuit fabric is made from 100% regenerated pre and post consumer waste. Each swimsuit helps turn discarded fish nets into durable swimsuits.

MEN

United by Blue – They offer man and women options. They are committed to using sustainable materials, creating a great-fitting, long-lasting product with the exclusive use of materials that are environmentally and ethically sourced. They are a B-Corporation. For every product purchased, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways. 

The Tropics – The Tropics produces men’s swim trunks using material made from recycled plastic bottles and also hosts monthly beach clean-ups in Miami, where the brand is based. They are also a proud 1% for the Planet member. 

Fair Harbor – They offer men and boy options. They make all of their signature beachwear from upcycled plastic bottles, for versatile comfort. They only work with ethical factories, which they visit regularly in-person.

prAna – They’re made with high performance recycled polyester spandex and are UPF 50+ rated. prAna is a longtime advocate of fair trade and sustainability. They’re a proud member of the Outdoor Industry Association’s Climate Action Corps, which means they’re part of a collective group of like-minded companies committed to measuring, planning, and reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and sharing their progress annually.

CHILDREN

Seasalt Kids – Their suits are made with recycled polyester and nylon fibers that were regenerated from post-consumer recycled materials, including plastic bottles and fishing nets salvaged from the ocean. They reduce the amount of waste in their production by eliminating unnecessary trims and upcycling fabric scraps into products, like scrunchies. They also package their product in compostable material. They are a 1% for Planet member.

Get out and enjoy the beach and feel good that you are wearing a suit that is helping keep our waterways clean.

Tomorrow, using the month of July to remove plastic from our lives.

Sunglasses: Brands that help the planet and people in need

Day 178 – I’m sure many of us have lost track of the number of sunglasses we have gone through over the years. Whether, they were misplaced or broken, we have had to purchase numerous pairs. I can honestly say that I never gave much thought to it, but all those pairs add up to a lot of waste, since many sunglasses are not recyclable.

Thankfully, there are many U.S. companies offering reasonably priced sustainable options.

Proof Eyewear

  1. Based in Boise, Idaho
  2. Starting at $65
  3. $10 of each purchase goes to the Do Good Program
  4. They use a variety of biodegradable materials, like recycled skateboards decks, recycled aluminum, FSC-certified sustainably-sourced wood (including bamboo, lacewood, ebony, and mahogany), and biodegradable cotton-based acetate for their ECO line (short for Environmentally Conscious Optics).
  5. They offer a recycle program.

SOLO Eyewear

  1. Their sunglasses are created using manufacturers from other countries, who have undergone and passed a comprehensive audit conducted by an American based auditing company. The audit reviews the manufacturer’s worker protection and health management, maintenance issue management, fire and emergency management and chemical management.
  2. Starting at $89
  3. 10% of profits is donated to restore vision. SOLO Eyewear has restored vision for 13,000+ people in need through the funding of eye exams, eyeglasses and cataract surgeries.
  4. Each pair of SOLOs is constructed using repurposed bamboo or recycled plastic which reduces their carbon footprint and prevents hundreds of pounds of virgin materials from being produced each year.
  5. They have a 30 day Happiness Guarantee.

Genusee

  1. Based in Flint, Michigan
  2. Starting at $99
  3. 1% of net profits are being donated to the Community Fund of Greater Flint. Donations will be distributed to two funds that address children’s health and education in Flint: Flint Promise & Child Health and Development Fund.
  4. Genusee frames are made from 100% post-consumer recycled water bottles (rPET). At the height of the water crisis, the city of Flint was using more than 20 million water bottles a day to meet their daily needs.
  5. Eyewear is covered under manufacturer’s warranty for 180-days.

Sunski

  1. Based in San Francisco, California
  2. Starting at $48
  3. Sunski is a member of 1% for the Planet.
  4. They invented a way to turn scrap plastic into recycled frames. Instead of going to a landfill, their SuperLight recycled resin gets a new life of your adventures. Their packaging is plastic free.
  5. They offer a lifetime warranty to fix your shades as long as you own them.

Eco

  1. Based in New York City, New York
  2. Starting at $75
  3. Eco works with Trees for the Future to plant a tree for every frame purchased. With your help, they have planted over 2.5 million so far.
  4. They use 95% recycled metal, biobased castor seed oil, and recycled ocean plastic for their designs. Their packaging is plastic free.
  5. They offer free shipping and free returns.

Norton Point

  1. Based in Los Angeles, California
  2. Starting at $89
  3. They pledge to remove one pound of plastic from the ocean for every pair of sunglasses they sell.
  4. Their eyewear is made from recovered high-density-polyethylene (HDPE) ocean plastics.

Swell Vision

  1. Based in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  2. Starting at $35
  3. With every pair of sunglasses you buy from Swell Vision, the company pays for 2 weeks of tuition for a local student to attend the Green School. A sponsor of the local scholarship program since 2014, Swell Vision’s support today enables 40 Balinese children to attend the Green School full time. Through a holistic, natural education based on sustainability, this greenest school on earth on Bali has been helping students develop the skills necessary to solve our planet’s most urgent problems since 2008.
  4. All of their sunglasses are handcrafted, and their frames are made from sustainably sourced bamboo and equipped with polarized lenses. Some of their models are made with both bamboo and plant-based acetate.

Zeal Optics

  1. Based in Boulder, Colorado
  2. Starting at $99
  3. They are members of 1% for the Planet, supporting organizations like National Forest Foundation, Protect our Winters and dZi Foundation.
  4. Made with plant-based materials, it is engineered to be as sustainable as it is technical. Their plant-based material allows for a high-purity lens for crisper, clearer vision all while reducing environmental impact.
  5. Their “Community Champions” program is a way to say ‘Thank You’ to verified first responders, nurses, medical providers, hospital employees, government employees, teachers and students. This program gives the people that serve access to exclusive 40% off discounts.

Blue Planet Eyewear

  1. Based in California
  2. Starting at $50
  3. For every pair sold, they donate a pair of corrective glasses to a person in need via a charity organization that they partner with. They call this practice our Visualize Change Program. They have also partnered with Trees for the Future and will plant one tree for every pair of glasses sold. They have plastic free packaging.
  4. By re-using the excess materials to create new eyewear, it creates a remarkably more durable, lightweight and comfortable frame. They have also incorporated other natural materials such as bamboo, Walnut, Beechwood and Zebra Wood. They have saved 1000’s of lbs of excess materials from going into our landfills and oceans.
  5. They offer free returns and exchanges.

Shady Rays

  1. Located in Louisville, Kentucky
  2. Starting at $48
  3. In partnership with Feeding America, they donate 10 meals to fight hunger in America with every order. They have provided over 10 million meals and continue to donate thousands of meals every day through Feeding America sponsored food banks across the country.
  4. Even though Shady Rays does not use sustainable materials in the production of their sunglasses, they do offer a lifetime warranty.

To celebrate National Sunglasses Day*, you should treat yourself to a new pair of sustainable sunglasses. Your eyes and the planet will thank you!

*Many companies listed in this post are offering sales in honor of National Sunglasses Day.

Tomorrow, enjoying a summer free of PVC.

Art Supplies: Donating your surplus

Day 105 – It’s World Art Day! So, what better way to celebrate than to donate your extra art supplies to awesome organizations that make sure that artists, both young and old, have the supplies they need. Also, on this list are organizations looking for items you may have around your house and would most likely throw away.

There are many organizations to choose from in the Chicago area.

Art Makers Outpost -609 South Boulevard, Evanston, IL 60202

“The Art Makers Outpost combines environmental consciousness with guided project based and free form art creation to encourage awareness of material usage and emphasize reuse . Each artist working at The Outpost is a unique, individual, artistic human, coming to work on their craft. All art made at the Outpost is created by repurposing items sourced from the waste & excess collected from our community & organizational partners, individuals & local businesses. The Art Makers Outpost is a place for freedom of self expression and exploration.” – Art Makers Outpost

Click HERE to find a list of their accepted items.

Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange – 2124 W. 82nd Place, Chicago (warehouse location)

“A 501c3 nonprofit that solicits donations of surplus materials, equipment and supplies for teachers and non-profit organizations. We promote creativity and environmental stewardship. Our goal is to educate and empower the public to reduce waste, rethink surplus, and share. We do this through creative reuse programming, events and workshops. Our belief is that ‘trash is just a failure of imagination.'” – Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange

Click HERE to find a list of their accepted items.

Creative Pitch

“Creative Pitch is a Chicago-area nonprofit that gathers those unwanted art materials and makes them available – free of charge – to the art educators, art therapists and other professionals who need them most. It is a low effort/high reward way for companies and individuals in the Chicago area to come together and make a difference.” – Creative Pitch

Click HERE to find a list of accepted items.

Inklude Studio – 2302 Wisconsin Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515

“Inklude Studio is a non-profit 501(c)(3), community based, art and design studio. We provide an open, creative, and collaborative studio environment for adult artists with autism and other developmental disabilities. Artists who participate in our studio program have the opportunity to earn income from the sale of their creative work. Our studio program is artist directed. Artists develop their own projects and make decisions regarding exhibition and sales opportunities. Our goal is to have studio artists included in as much of the studio’s operations as possible – so they may develop practical business skills; as well as, develop their creative skills.” – Inklude Studio

Click HERE to find a list of accepted items.

SCARCE – 800 S. Rohlwing Rd (Route 53), Unit D, Addison, IL 60101

“SCARCE is an award-winning environmental education non-profit dedicated to creating sustainable communities. We accomplish this through innovative and hands-on education programs for schools and organizations, demonstrating care for people and our natural resources through our Reuse Center, and engaging the broader public through community-wide events and programs.” – SCARCE

Click HERE to find a list of accepted items.

Upcycling Colors – 1730 N Clark Street, Chicago IL 60614

Upcycling Colors is not currently collecting, but keep them on your radar!

“We rescue leftover (used/new) art, craft and school supplies. We transform them into like-new treasures and bring them to underserved communities.” – Upcycling Colors

When they are collecting again, click HERE to find a list of accepted items.

The Wasteshed – 2842 W Chicago Ave, Chicago IL.

“The Wasteshed is a creative reuse center in Chicago. We collect reusable art and school materials that would otherwise be thrown away. We then make them available to teachers, artists, and anyone who needs them, at a low cost.” – The Wasteshed

Click HERE to find a list of accepted items.

So, before you throw out something, check out the various lists. Your trash may just be someone else’s masterpiece.

Tomorrow, proper disposal of your contact lenses.

Crayons: Donate to a good cause

Day 90 – In our house we have a giant bin of crayons. They have been accumulating over the years. On occasion, I have gone through the container and tossed the broken ones. I didn’t give it much thought.

More than half a million pounds of used crayons are discarded each year, turning into waxy sludge that never biodegrades in landfills. That is no way to treat these colorful sticks of joy. There’s has to be better way.

Well, there is! Thankfully, there are numerous organizations that will take your broken and unwanted crayons and give them new life.

The Crayon Initiative – They collect unwanted crayons and melt them to create new crayons that are then donated to over 240 children’s hospitals. The Crayon Initiative has donated crayons to 527,200 patients and has kept 42,249,157 crayons out of the landfill.

S.C.A.R.C.E – They divert broken, unusable crayons from going to the landfill by recycling crayon pieces into “Super Crayons.”  Volunteers help peel, sort, and melt the broken crayons.  The liquid crayon mixture is poured into molds to form large Super Crayons in a variety of shapes which can be used by children with special needs.

Crayons Collection – They take gently used crayons from restaurants and hotels and donate them to schools that can use them.

Crazy Crayons – They will take broken and unwanted crayons and create new crayons, which can then be purchased.

During the month of April, I will be collecting crayons. If you have broken and unwanted crayons, send them my way. If you know of any restaurants or other businesses that provide crayons to their young customers, please find out if they recycle their crayons. If not, please let me know. The hope is to collect a large number of crayons and send them to both, The Crayon Initiative and S.C.A.R.C.E.

If you live near the Northcenter neighborhood, you can drop them at my house (please email me for the address, smgaietto@gmail.com). Otherwise, I encourage you to take up your own collection and give those unwanted crayons a chance to bring joy to another child.

Tomorrow, don’t be a fool about fossil fuel.

Your Last Plastic Water Bottle

Day 81 – I have not written a post solely on water bottles. Though, I know they have been mentioned in various posts. I have shared the importance of choosing reusable water bottles over single use plastic water bottles. Today, I wanted to let you know about my very last purchase of plastic water bottles.

Fill it Forward website

This past Christmas, I was on a mission to include some gifts for the family that could be beneficial to the planet and maybe even help others. Even though we have our fair share of reusable water bottles in the house, I was very interested in the Fill It Forward, Cupanion bottle.

  1. They were similar in size to regular store bought water bottles (they also offer metal bottles). Which, I thought would be great when it came to packing water for a day trip. Our reusable water bottles are pretty large and take up a lot of space in a cooler bag. Not to mention, no one ever seems to want to carry it around. 
  2. Your bottle comes with a sticker that has a barcode. When you fill your bottle, you can scan the barcode with the Fill It Forward app. With every bottle of water you drink, using their reusable bottle, they contribute to their charitable partners that specialize in creating sustainable solutions that help bring clean water and nutritious food to people in need.
  3. They are also a B-Corporation.

So, I ordered the 4 pack and the kids got to drinking and scanning. Fill It Forward not only promotes reusable bottles and encourages people to stop using single use water bottles, but they are also helping people in need. 

Fill it Forward has partnered with the following organizations:

  1. Water Aid has teams in 35 countries, changing millions of lives every year with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.
  2. Charity Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
  3. DIGDEEP is a non-profit organization working to ensure that every American has clean, running water.
  4. Water First is dedicated to working with First Nations communities to resolve local water challenges through education, training and collaboration.
  5. Wine to Water is a non-profit organization committed to supporting life and dignity for all through the power of clean water.
  6. Second Harvest is one of the largest food rescue charities with a dual mission of environmental protection and hunger relief.

To date, Fill it Forward has 5,063,954 total reuses and has been able to fund 277 projects through their partnerships. They have also prevented 19,867 pounds of ocean pollution, diverted 176.316 pounds of waste and saved 2,069,528 pounds of emissions.

So, on this World Water Day, consider supporting a company that is doing their part to keep plastic out of our oceans and provide clean drinking water to those in need. 

Hive: Sustainable grocery shopping made easy

Day 75 – I don’t know about you, but there have been plenty trips to the grocery store where I end up spending upwards of $60 and have purchased nothing but crap food. You know those trips. The kids need some snacks in the house, so you make a quick stop. However, you went while you were hungry. So, now the cart has more items than you were expecting to purchase and the nutritional value of those items is very questionable. Yep, not my best motherly moments.

As Valentine’s Day was approaching, I thought it would be the perfect time to purchase a few items form Hive. Hive was one of many online companies I was coming across while searching the internet for suggestions on how to be greener. I thought I could use Valentine’s Day to try out some new sweet treats for the kids, while feeling good about my purchases.

Hive does the homework so you don’t have to. They’re taste-testing and quality-checking everything. They also have standards that need to be met in order for a food to become a Hive Brand. They look at (1) ingredient integrity (2) low carbon footprint (3) recyclable packaging and (4) committed to social good.

I would never consider doing my entire grocery shopping on Hive. It would be way too expensive. However, it has been a nice option when looking for treats for an upcoming holiday (like Valentine’s Day and the upcoming Easter holiday). We have also liked using the site as a way of trying new things. I figured if we found something we loved, I could try to see if we could find it locally.

A few other great things about Hive:

  1. The information they give you about each product they sell is detailed and informative. You will not be questioning what you are eating.
  2. The information they give about each company that sells product on their website is insightful and written in away that is easy to understand. They give summaries on each company and describes how that company is helping make the planet a better place.
  3. After opening an account, they keep track of your purchases and how those purchases are making a difference.

Just after two purchases, I am already making an impact.

Hive’s key causes are:

I would hope that these are causes we could all care about.

So, the next time you’re in need of a few snacks in the house or want to try out some new products, plan ahead and give companies like Hive a try. It’s food that is good for you and good for many others, as well.

Tomorrow, green is one of my favorite colors.