Eco Glamourista's Pick: 10 Earth Day Finds that Give Back

I wanted to take a moment to wish the Earth Happy 40th Birthday! Anything to help our environment is a perfect thing to do on Earth Day and every day. Don't restrict yourself to just one day a year; learn about how you can make a difference to environmental protection all the time. And put it into practice - every day!

Eco Glamourista contributes to Earth by doing what she do best: to bring you fashion, beauty and lifestyle ideas that are  eco-glam and stylish!  But, to go beyond there are many companies that are also donating a portion or all of their proceeds from the sales of their products to non-profits or  working to make the Earth a better, safer place. And what a better way support their efforts than on Earth Day!

1. Andira Rainforest Tee, $38 at
Rain Tees are a 100% organic luxury line of apparel for women and children designed by youth living in endangered rain forests across Central and South America.
Andira donated school supplies to the children and asked them to illustrate what they see happening in their world every day. Each Rain Tee features their thoughts illustrations and names.
For every Rain tee sold, a child involved in Kids Saving the Rain Forest, Costa Rica will receive a tree they can plant to replace one that has been destroyed.

2. Lush Charity Pot Hand And Feet Body Lotion, $20.45 at
Lush USA, makers of fresh handmade cosmetics, have a wonderful product for the passionate protector. The Lush Charity Pot hand and body cream gives money directly to worthy causes around the globe. Choose a group focused on environmental conservation, animal welfare, humanitarian issues or other cause, and it gets 100 percent of proceeds from the sale. If your cause is not on the list, you can email the company with an organization or group's info.
 3. Edun for Sephora Palettes, $36 at
Available in earth-and-ochre tones or vibrant, summery hues, each palette is clad in a natural wood case and an organic cotton drawstring pouch. (Sephora notes that the bag, which is made in Kampala, Uganda, can also double as an MP3 holder.) For your mix-and-matching pleasure are six powder eyeshadows and one powder blush, all of which are paraben-, talc- and allergen-free.
$3 from every sale of these palettes will go to the Wildlife Conservation Society to fund the Conservation Cotton Initiative in Uganda, which promotes organic cotton farming to improve the livelihoods of local communities.

4. "Water is a Human Right" Faucet Necklace, $79 at
We have a global water crisis on our hands: one billion people do not have access to clean water–women and children spend hours every day, walking miles to collect water, keeping them from school and work. Average water use: 5 gallons per day. Compare that to the average American’s daily use of 170 gallons. Linda Loudermilk–a pioneer sustainable fashion designer–donates a generous portion of each Water is a Human Right purchase to organizations dedicated to clean water initiatives.

5. Ecoist Handbag, $28-$158,  at
A tree is planted for every bag sold, how amazing is that! Not only that, these chic and durable handbags are handwoven and Fair Trade made from reclaimed food wrappers,newspapers and magazines –so you’re helping people and the planet. They come small up to larger portfolio and shoulder bag sizes.

6. VeeV Açai Spirit, $29.95, at

 Here’s something you can drink to — a liquor made from the Brazilian Açaí fruit. Now, lest you get confused, just because Açaí is touted as a “superfruit” does NOT mean that you should consume this beverage in large quantities. The cool thing is that VeeV donates $1 from each sale to protecting the Brazilian Rain Forests through the Sambazon Sustainable Açaí Project. That’s a cause we will happily toast! 

7. TOMS Vegan Shoes, $54,
I love these shoes! In tribute to this mix of cultural influences, these new TOMS Classics feature abstract sailing inspired patterns, and are made using vegan and sustainable materials. With every purchase, Toms donates a shoes to a child in need in developing countries. You can also donate your shoes through TOMS initiative, "One Day Without Shoes."
Everyone has old pairs of shoes he or she doesn't wear anymore - why not donate them to a good cause?

8. Bloomsberry Climate Change Milk Chocolate, $5 or $40 for a pack of 10
It tastes delicious, another reason to indulge! Climate Change Chocolate comes with a verified TerraPass offset of 133 pounds of carbon dioxide reductions, the average American’s daily carbon impact. In addition, the carbon emissions associated with the production and distributed of the chocolate bar has been balanced out. Also each wrapper features 15 tips on how to lighten your environmental impact.

 9. Ltd. Edition Açaí Damage-Protecting Toning Mist, $26 at
This 100% Organic mist with daily use, helps protect cells from destructive effects of oxidation, improves the look of radiance and rejuvenation of your skin.
As part of “Give Kiehl’s Give Back.” For every bottle sold, 100% of proceeds (up to $200,000) will go to the Rainforest Alliance. Looking beautiful never felt so good!
 10. Aveda" Light The Way" Soy Wax Candle, $12 at
100% naturally derived soy wax candle infused with organic lavender and other pure flower and plant extracts in candleholders that were once wine cooler bottles. Aveda has done many things for Earth Month over the years. This year, they’re helping protect clean water. They’ll donate all proceeds to the Global Greengrants Fund to help protect clean water for children and families around the world.

...And remember that Every Day is Earth Day!

Stylish Vegan HandBags by Big Buddha

Santa Cruz, California–based handbag label, Big Buddha has some of the most stylish vegan (but not at all crunchy) bags that are made of V-Leather, a "Green" Leather like material where no animals were harmed in the production of these bags. V-Leather is a animal friendly, cruelty-free leather like material. V-Leather is indistinguishable from leather. This young, vibrant company is causing a commotion and getting noticed, with high praise in Hollywood and such magazines as In Style, Lucky, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire and Women's Wear Daily.

In Big Buddha's Spring 2010 season you’ll find stylish silhouettes such as shoulder, cross-body and hand held bags, each complimented by luxurious features such as studded details, neutral textures, parachute quilting and amazing Tie-dye print such as this Buddha Woodstock Bag -$89 ( shown above). Even with all of your favorite flirty and feminine trendy features, I like that these handbags stay functional, fun and practical for women of any age while being animal-friendly!


Want to win a Big Buddha Handbag? Lucky Magazine is giving away 150 Big Buddha Handbags like this black hobo-style with eyelet like detailing (shown above) worth $100 each!  Enter here for a chance to win one. Giveaway ends May 3rd.

Photo credit: Big Buddha Bags