By Kelley Granger
Dr. Hauschka’s Daily Body Care Kit
As if you need more reasons to love a company that’s devoted to natural and organic skincare, here’s a thought for Earth Day – Dr. Hauschka’s manufacturer uses a brand of ingredient sourcing dubbed Biodynamics, a holistic and sustainable form of agriculture dating back to the ’20s. For more than 60 years, the manufacturer has owned and operated its own biodynamic gardens and obtains many of its natural ingredients from these locations. The company is also part of an initiative that encourages sustainable farming and economic autonomy in a number of countries. Here are seven easy to tote body care favorites, including a lavender bath and blackthorn body oil, all mini-sized and packed in sleek tin, ready to go. Next time you slather on the rose body moisturizer in this travel kit, you’ll not only be pampering your skin naturally, but also supporting sustainable co-ops in places like Burkina Faso, where Dr. Hauschka’s shea butter is made.
Teetoe by Simple Shoes
Simple is committed to creating sustainable shoes. Teetoe, a funky gladiator style from this spring’s Green Toe collection, is made of silk or 100 percent organic cotton, depending on the style. The silk styles come in a brown or pastel stripe while the cotton ones, made without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers or additives, come in black or natural. The company uses a water-based glue in each shoe’s construction as well as old car tires for outsoles (you’ll recognize the familiar tread pattern on the shoe’s bottom). The top sole is made of cork and natural latex, which makes a grippy, cushy concoction that is super comfortable on the bare foot and ideal for travel related trekking. They’re durable, lightweight and flatten well for stress free packing.
O.N.E. Coconut Water
Thank goodness you no longer have burn frequent flier miles (and all the fuel!) on trips to Rio de Janeiro to satisfy your craving for coconut water. O.N.E. (One Natural Experience, that is) has is offering the same hydration and taste that you’d find from Brazil’s young green coconut as one of a number of beverage options. Though it may not be as fun or exotic as sipping the stuff through a big colorful straw, throwing a couple of these in your road trip cooler will benefit you twofold – first, you’ll get hydrated and replace electrolytes lost while on the road with a healthy, all natural beverage, and second, you’ll avoid propagating the plastic bottle problem because O.N.E. uses special packaging called Tetra Pak. Tetra Pak is a lightweight option (which uses less energy to transport) made of about 70 percent wood fibers. These fibers come from responsibly managed forests, and for every one tree used to create packaging, a new one is planted. That’s a lot more than you can say for your average water bottle.
Terralina Body Lotion
To support an environmental and natural skincare mission, look into buying your travel sized moisturizing needs from Terralina. Not only does the company have a strict code of what does and does not make it into products (no parabens, mineral oil, artificial fragrance, etc.) but they’re also involved with eco and humanitarian efforts. Order your products as a gift and you’ll get a pretty, colorful container that’s made of recycled plastic grocery bags that were collected from the streets of Delhi, India. What could’ve clogged up the drainage system in the city and posed a health concern for citizens has been treated and transformed into packaging that can be reused as a tissue box holder, cosmetics receptacle or whatever else your imagination could conjure up. Plus, the fragrance free lotion is perfectly sized for carry-ons and won’t overwhelm your neighbor in seat 16B with an overpowering scent.