We know you're busy planning your Arbor Day celebrations for next week, but let's not forget about Earth Day.
April 22 is a time to give thanks to our planet. Maybe caress some grass or compliment a flower or something.
But once that's done, consider throwing your purchasing power behind brands that do the world some good.
Here are 15 sustainability-focused brands to shop on Earth Day. Or any day.
Aerrem: This is the first tote bag specifically designed to carry two refillable bottles or tumblers (perfect for water, coffee, wine...), so you can skip the single-use plastics when you're out running around town.
Allbirds: The now-ubiquitous shoe brand is a champion for planet Earth. The company is transparent about its carbon footprint and encourages other brands to work toward helping the planet. They offset all their emissions to operate as a carbon neutral business, aiming to become a climate positive operation by using natural materials and supporting regenerative agriculture sources.
Atoms: These comfortable shoes are 99% recyclable and 100% vegan, creating fewer carbon emissions than animal-derived products. They also use a waterless dyeing process to eliminate toxic runoff.
Columbia: The company's socially responsible supply chain trains and employs women around the world, and their Rethreads program gives old clothing new life. They're also engaged in multiple conservation initiatives, like bringing clean water to disadvantaged communities and helping to preserve national parks.
Everlane: Everlane works with ethical factories that pay fair wages and provide safe working environments. They are radically transparent about costs, displaying the true cost behind each product, from materials and labor to transportation.
Faherty: The maker of fine-looking shirts prioritizes eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, recycled polyester and hemp, while using non-toxic dyes and water-efficient practices. Faherty also donates a portion of proceeds to environmental causes and Native communities.
Fourlaps: The performance-minded brand's RE UP initiative focuses on sustainable fabric development. Currently, 88% of the entire Fourlaps line is now made with either recycled or biodegradable materials, and their goal is to use 100% recycled materials by 2024.
Industry of All Nations: Industry of All Nations works with local makers and materials to produce clothing that's less harmful to the planet. They use organic cotton and un-dyed alpaca wool and package items in recycled paper bags.
Levi's: The majority of Levi's jeans are finished with their WaterLess method, which removes water from the process. So, instead of your jeans getting their softness or worn look from being blasted in a washing machine, they might tumble around dry with bottle caps or golf balls.
Marine Layer: Eco-friendly fabrics are made into clothing in small batches, so everything can be sold, donated or recycled into new items. Take your old T-shirts to the store, and they will recycle the fabric into their Re-Spun lineup, giving you a credit to be used toward future purchases. In 2020, the brand diverted 175,000 old tees from landfills.
Nudie Jeans: You can wrap your legs in denim made from organic and recycled cotton. But taking it a step further, Nudie reuses old jeans for their bucket hats and patches customer denim through their repair shops.
Outerknown: Surfer Kelly Slater's company has been Fair Labor Association accredited since day one. One hundred percent of the swim trunks are made with recycled or renewable fibers, and the S.E.A. jeans are guaranteed for life—if you get a hole in the knee or rip a seam, the brand will repair or replace them.
Patagonia: For years, Patagonia has been a leader in championing fair trade practices, eco-friendly materials and working toward a minimal footprint. Many of their products are made with a focus on cleaning the land and oceans, like certain hats and pants, which are constructed from discarded fishing nets.
United by Blue: For every product purchased, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways. To date, that has resulted in more than 3.5 million pounds. So, keep buying those shirts, hoodies, pants and jackets—the fish are counting on you.
Veja: France-based and Brazil-produced Veja was the first company to make sneakers using fabric sourced entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Many sneakers have soles made from wild rubber and uppers made from organic cotton.