Health & Wellness
- Package Free is on a mission to make living zero waste accessible, affordable, and convenient. They don’t believe sustainability should be complicated or expensive, keeping simplicity in mind when producing their health and body products. Started initially as a response to the attention of founder Lauren Singer's “Trash is for Tossers” blog in 2019, the brand's youth is hardly a reflection of the impact of millions of diverted waste pieces it has already accomplished via their products. Operating completely plastic-free and carbon-neutral, Package Free adheres to its core beliefs in its sourcing and manufacturing processes.
- A zero-waste lifestyle can initially be daunting, but Package Free’s starter kits aim to help simplify the process for consumers by making small steps. Tailored to unique interests such as cooking, laundry, or cleaning, the kits provide a great starting point for those interested in sustainable living.
- Woman-owned Ritual is working to make multivitamins that are backed by science. While many vitamin brands on the market are focused on health fads and pseudoscience, Ritual’s roots are in simple and clean ingredients.
- Made with traceable ingredients, Ritual is transparent on not only why the ingredients are chosen, but also where they come from and their environmental impacts in consumer-friendly language. You can even view a holistic map view to see where in the world the ingredients are manufactured and more detailed information about suppliers. Ritual sources from countries with well-established labor laws, minimizing the risk of labor abuse in manufacturing. A majority of their ingredients are found in the USA, while also imported minimally from the UK, Canada, Italy, Norway, Argentina, Switzerland, Israel, and Scotland.
- Each product is backed by published clinical studies and is synthetic filler and artificial color-free. Offering vegan products as well, Ritual looks for cruelty-free ingredients whereas other vitamin brands often source from endangered species. The inclusive brand offers a variety of multivitamins for men, women, and children, and also has specifically made blends tailored to age groups.
- New York-based brand By Humankind is pioneering a plastic-free body product subscription system. Their unique business model works on a subscription basis, giving consumers durable, travel-friendly, refillable containers that are replenished regularly with refills packaged in compostable and biodegradable paper. Refills are then shipped directly to consumers, making the process incredibly convenient.
- “Switching to a routine fully without plastic just for body or personal care can save 22 pounds of ocean-bound plastic per month, keeping oceans and landfills cleaner.”
- The products are manufactured in US, EU, and China-based factories that pay living wages, using thoughtfully designed “clean” ingredients. Most products are vegan and cruelty-free, minus floss (silk,) and are explained in transparent terms so consumers know exactly what they are purchasing. Ingredients are selected for purpose, and backed by research to avoid filler product use and therefore waste.
- The brand is a carbon-neutral company, partnering with Pachama, a California-based company, offsetting emissions produced by their supply chains, production processes, office space energy use, and fulfillment processes. Supporting both global and local initiatives, their work with Pachama supports forest management projects in New Jersey and biodiversity conservation efforts in Brazil.
- Seventh Generation believes that cleaning should be clean, safe for humans, and as environmentally non-invasive as possible. Their plant-based cleaning products are made with ingredients inspired by transparency, giving consumers full access to the purpose and the environmental impact of each additive. All products are third-party tested and certified through the USDA Biopreferred Program, actively measuring how much product ingredients come from renewable plant sources and guiding the brand's ingredient choices. Part of this transparency model also includes taking accountability for ingredients used that aren’t as environmentally friendly, such as preservatives, and acknowledging areas where there is room for growth.
- Their phosphate-free detergents help keep waterways free with their unique formula, becoming an agent of change not only in their product line but also in advocacy in the state legislature, actually being a primary reason the phosphate ban was passed. While not completely plastic-free, product packaging is slowly being shifted to mineral-based, biodegradable materials. Following a strict supplier code of conduct, the B-CORP ensures its products are ethically and safely manufactured and sourced.
- Seventh Generation is also involved in a myriad of community-driven initiatives, donating to Indigenous-led organizations, as well as providing sustainability grants to homes, schools, and climate justice organizations. One of their more unique programs is their Nap Mat Exchange Program, swapping toxic nap mats in childcare centers in Vermont with ones made with non-toxic materials.