10 Women Owned Businesses to Help You Go Green
Each year, people around the world celebrate Earth Day to help promote and advocate for a cleaner, safer, and healthier planet. But even though it’s a global event, it is the decisions we make as individuals and communities (and not just on Earth Day!) that have the greatest impact.
That’s why we are so proud of these Women Owned businesses, who are helping us reduce our collective environmental footprint in a variety of ways, from saving trees to reducing plastic waste.
This Earth Day, make a commitment to “go green” and #BuyWomenOwned by supporting these innovative, eco-friendly Women Owned businesses.
Did you know that every year more than 300 million pounds of single-use plastic dry cleaning bags are dumped in landfills? Green Garmento is working to reverse that trend by introducing recyclable, breathable, and reusable garment bags. Bonus – they are also pretty stylish. See founder Jenni Nigrosh’s pitch on Shark Tank.
More than 900 million trees are harvested every year – and that’s just for paper products. But it’s hard to get around the demand for the convenience of paper plates, napkins, and tissues. Enter Terry Lehmann and her company True Green Enterprises’ Green2 Tree Free Paper, a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to paper made from sugar cane husk and quick growing bamboo grass. They offer a variety of paper products for households and businesses, from copy paper to bathroom tissue.
As both a lifetime environmentalist and mother of four, Lunchskins founder Kirsten Quigley knows a thing or two about finding the right balance between making a difference and getting your kids out the door each morning. She founded Lunchskins with a mission to eliminate single-use plastic pollution by providing easy-to-use, functionable alternatives to plastic bags. Since 2008, they’ve helped countless families and communities think and act greener by replacing more than one billion plastic bags with Lunchskins products.
Think it’s difficult to find eco-friendly home goods and building supplies? Think again. Mary Gatch, founder and CEO of DwellSmart, has you covered by bringing together hundreds of vendors who meet high standards of sustainability and conservation. You’ll find green options for flooring, building materials, paints, office and restaurant supplies, cleaning, home décor, and even ways to more your home more energy efficient. They are also the official online retailer for TerraCycle, which collects difficult-to-recycle waste that would otherwise be headed for landfills, and repurposes it into innovative materials and products.
Tanya Lewis was so dismayed by the waste (and expense!) of disposable mop systems that she decided to make her own – a quality, reusable mop pad using microfiber to clean and chamois to absorb. The Green Glider mop pads even fit on all the top selling mop systems, making it easy to make the eco-friendly switch from disposable to reusable.
Rebel Green founders Ali Florsheim and Melina Marcus have sought out to prove that living an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t need to be boring. Their line of effective, natural cleaning products come in packaging that is chic, a bit edgy, and a lot of fun. Still, their mission is no fun and games – they produce plant-powered cleaning products that are safer for your family and gentler on the environment. The company also donates a portion of sales to clean air, clean water, and clean food initiatives.
Traditional plastic, which is made using petroleum, makes up 8 percent of all oil consumed worldwide, and 15 percent of all solid waste in landfills. To top it off, it also can take up to 1,000 years for plastic to fully decompose. To reverse that trend, Virginia P’an, founder and CEO of Yumi Eco Solutions, is seeking to replace petroleum-based plastic products with products made from sustainable bio-materials, such as bamboo and natural starches. In fun colors and designs, Yumi sells a variety of kitchen and office products, from bamboo nesting bowls to compostable plates.
Every year, 13 billion tons of paper towel waste are sent to landfills in the U.S., as the average person uses 2,400 to 3,000 paper towels outside of the home. That was unacceptable to Mary Wallace and Linda Lannon, who founded PeopleTowels, an eco-friendly alternative to single-use paper towels. By working with sports teams, businesses, colleges and universities, PeopleTowels estimates they have diverted nearly 5 million pounds of paper towel waste since 2009.
After starting a personal journey to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, EcoPlum founder Gia Machlin realized her knowledge and resources could help others, as well. She founded EcoPlum Boutique to provide stylish clothing and accessories that are also sustainable, fair trade, organic, vegan, upcycled, recycled, and/or ethically source. The best part? Shoppers can earn rewards points that can either be used on discounts on future purchases or donations to environmental causes.
EarthKind is guided by a simple idea: “Preserve the good, prevent the rest.” Founder and CEO Kari Warberg Block is on a mission to reduce our reliance on pest control products that are harmful to the environment by offering high-performance, plant-based repellents for rodents, insects and odors. To top it off, because EarthKind is also committed to eliminate waste in their own operations, they have a 98 percent carbon free manufacturing footprint
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