10 Go-To Stores Making Eco-Friendly Shopping Easier Than Ever, From IKEA to Sephora

published Apr 16, 2021
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I probably don’t need to tell you that it’s imperative to care for the earth — not only on Earth Day, but always. Between the climate crisis, pollution, landfills full of trash, and the increasing loss of natural resources, Mother Earth needs everyone’s help, and she needs it now. While a lot of responsibility for the planet’s future lies with corporations and politicians, individual contributions aren’t nothing. You can do your part by making responsible decisions and spending your cash with brands and companies who are working towards a better, more sustainable future.

Reducing the amount of waste you produce each day and consuming more earth-friendly products has never been easier, and you don’t have to skimp on style or efficiency to help save the planet. You can enjoy sustainable, green, and eco-friendly product options almost everywhere you like to shop, from your fave shampoo brands to your local Target.

Nordstrom x Package Free

Retail giant Nordstrom has joined forces with Package Free for a pop-up shop featuring some of the store’s bestselling items to help you green up your routine in almost every room of your home, including shampoo bars, washable paper towels, stainless steel food containers, and even reusable toothpicks!

Sephora

Whether you wash your hair every day or stretch a blowout for a week, you’re using shampoo and conditioner, and that stuff runs out fast. Instead of constantly buying new bottles, opt for a refill so you’ll never run out. OUAI, the go-to haircare line for supermodels like Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber, offers shampoo and conditioner refill pouches to help you save cash and plastic. According to the brand, their refill packs are made with 60 percent less plastic than bottles.

The Laundress

Upscale laundry and home care essentials brand The Laundress is also getting in on the refillable fun to help reduce excess plastic packaging. They recently introduced refill pouches for some of their most popular products, including the Signature Detergent, Sport Detergent, and Surface Cleaner. The highly-concentrated Signature Detergent Refill Pouch can do up to 128 loads of laundry!

Target

Everyone’s favorite big-box retailer has been taking major steps towards becoming more sustainable, including setting a goal to use 100 percent sustainable cotton in its clothing and housewares by 2022. The corporate giant carries many sustainable and eco-friendly products (check out this refillable deodorant with a stainless steel case from Dove!) but if eco-friendly cleaning products are important to you, you’ll want to get acquainted with Target’s “sustainability-focused” home care line, Everspring. The line of multi-purpose sprays, soaps, laundry detergents, and other home care essentials comes complete with natural fragrances, 100% recyclable bottles (including the sprayers!), and compostable cleaning wipes so you can keep your space tidy and fresh without harming the planet.

Bathing Culture

Bathing Culture’s mission unites sustainability and soap. The personal care line wants to make caring for yourself and the planet simple, so their multipurpose Mind & Body Wash can also be used on produce, pets, and surfaces. The soap itself is organic and biodegradable, smells like a rich, earthy redwood forest, and is available in gallon refill sizes to help reduce packaging waste. The brand plants a tree or native plant for every five gallons of soap made, too, so your purchase is actually kickstarting new life. (The brand is also offering 20 percent off gallons and refill kits during April.)

Ulta

The beauty giant offers a selection of eco-friendly products, but our favorite is the Kitsch Eco-Friendly Reusable Mini Face Rounds, meant to replace the cotton pads you use for cleansing and toning your skin. They’re highly absorbent and can be washed in the machine with the rest of your laundry, and when it’s time to say goodbye, they’re fully biodegradable!

Crate & Barrel

You’re cooking at home more than ever and making every grocery store trip count, which means more food prep and storage. Crate and Barrel offers a few helpful, sustainable products for your culinary adventures, including reusable mesh produce bags (so you can skip those sticky plastic ones!) and the washable, reusable Stasher sandwich bags, which can be used for leftovers, chopped veggies, work lunches when you return to the office, and more.

Eileen Fisher

Sustainability is one of the core tenants of the clothing brand’s mission, and one way they walk the walk is with their Renew line. When you’re done wearing your Eileen pieces, you can send them back to the brand. Depending on their condition, they’re either cleaned and resold at a discounted price or recycled and turned into pillows, wall hangings, and other pieces of textile art. It’s a great way to reduce the likelihood of your secondhand clothes ending up in a landfill and, if you’re buying, opting for used pieces instead of increasing the demand for new.

IKEA

IKEA has several ingenious solutions to make your home life more sustainable. They’re here to help you navigate your child’s growing pains without having to constantly replace furniture, offering extendable bed frames that grow alongside your little one. The MOJNA/HEMMA pendant lampshade is made with renewable cellulose-based material and looks stylish and chic in any space, while the brand’s various faucets are designed to suit every interior style while helping you use up to 50% less water in the kitchen and bathroom. Plus, all wood the Swedish company uses is now Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.

Aveda

If you’d like to stop using plastic packaging in your shower entirely but don’t want to give up your favorite luxury products, you’re in luck. Aveda just launched a shampoo bar version of its iconic Shampure Nourishing Shampoo, and $5 from every purchase is donated to charity: water to fund clean water projects and ensure clean and safe water for everyone across the globe.