10 Eco-Friendly Brands from California

From eco-friendly cosmetics to luxury pet beds, these 10 eco-conscious brands show their love and passion for the planet.

**Update**

We originally listed the following brands in good faith.

But with a little digging, we found that half of them have supply chains that stretch from countries that condone slave labor.

Also, shipping materials across the Pacific Ocean negates any positive environmental impact they may have had.

Unfortunately, we cannot recommend all of them anymore.

RAREFORM

Source: RAREFORM website
  • Based In: Agoura Hills, California, United States
  • Product Category: Bags, backpacks, accessories and surf
  • Price Range: Around $30-120

If you want to wear something unique, RAREFORM may be just the thing you’re looking for.

RAREFORM recycles billboard vinyl and transforms it into unique and durable bags.

Since billboards are strong enough to withstand extreme weather, yet lightweight enough to be taken down easily, RAREFORM products are long-lasting, waterproof and light.

Over the last six years, RAREFORM has repurposed 2 million pounds of vinyl that was destined for landfills.

Used billboards are shipped to their warehouse in California, then sorted, washed and hand-cut into designs, making them one of a kind.

RAREFORM photographs each bag to ensure that you’re getting the exact same one you bought.


TOMS

Toms
Source: TOMS website
  • Based In: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Product Category: Footwear, eyewear and apparel
  • Price Range: Around $50-150

TOMS is one of the world’s best recognized eco-friendly brands.

They’re not just dedicated to sustainability, but their entire business model is focused on making the world a better place — one pair of shoes at a time.

Blake Mycoskie founded TOMS more than a decade ago after traveling and witnessing countless children growing up without shoes.

To solve this problem, Blake Mycoskie started a business that donates a pair of shoes to disadvantaged children every time a customer purchases a pair.

TOMS provides clean drinking water, eye care and safe birth kits to communities in need around the world.

TOMS also respects the Earth, using recyclable and recycled materials to make their shoes and shoe boxes.

**Revision**

In keeping with the theme of this site, we found that Toms sources cotton from the Xinjiang region of China, purchases rubber soles in the Chao Yang District of Beijing and manufactures in Wenzhou, China. While they do more good than harm, we can’t fully recommend them as a brand, since some of their earnings will fund the CCP. We will continue to find evil-free companies you can be confident in.


PATAGONIA

Source: PATAGONIA website
  • Based In: Ventura, California, United States
  • Product Category: Outdoor clothing and gear
  • Price Range: Around $15-900

PATAGONIA is one of the most popular outdoor brands in the world.

With a wide selection of durable clothing, PATAGONIA aims to create the best quality products, without harming the environment.

PATAGONIA is aware that it’s nearly impossible to be 100% eco-friendly. But still, with business transparency, this brand always looks for better ways to produce products.

According to their blog, PATAGONIA contributes 1% of their revenue to Earth Tax, which funds grassroots environmental organizations to take down dams, restore forests and protect endangered species.

**Revision**

We also discovered that Patagonia does a certain percentage of their manufacturing in China. According to their Nov 2019 manufacturing report, 7 out of the 75 facilities they use are located in China. This is not horrible, but we can’t fully recommend them as a brand, since some of their revenue will end up in the hands of the CCP. We will continue to try to find evil-free companies you can be confident in.



BEYOND MEAT

Source: BEYOND MEAT website
  • Based In: El Segundo, California, United States
  • Product Category: Plant-based meat
  • Price Range: Around $6-12

BEYOND MEAT strives to feed the world in a better way.

Their mission is to create delicious plant-based burgers, beef, sausage and crumbles.

Through plant-based meat, BEYOND MEAT aims to solve livestock production-related issues (human health, climate change, natural resource constraints and animal welfare).

With science and non-GMO ingredients, BEYOND MEAT presents a meaty experience without compromise.

BEYOND MEAT offers products with high protein levels, no cholesterol, less saturated fat, and no antibiotics or hormones.


IMPERFECT FOODS

Source: IMPERFECT FOODS website
  • Based In: San Francisco, California, United States
  • Product Category: Grocery
  • Price Range: $15-43 per week

After traveling for 5 years to different farmers markets around the world, we discovered that ugly produce taste the best.

Fruits and vegetables displayed in grocery stores in the States look perfect like movie props.

And 1 in 5 vegetables don’t look pretty enough and get thrown away.

IMPERFECT FOODS aims to reduce food waste and create a better food system.

They offer imperfect-looking, yet delicious produce, affordable pantry items, and quality eggs and dairy products.

IMPERFECT FOODS provides door-to-door delivery service and offers up to 30% discounts compared to grocery stores.

This brand proves that doing the right thing for the planet doesn’t have to cost more.


STASHER

Source: STASHER website
  • Based In: Emeryville, California, United States
  • Product Category: Reusable silicone bags
  • Price Range: Around $8-87

We can easily get rid of plastic bags by using reusable bags like STASHER.

STASHER has a patented, award-winning design that’s both eco-friendly and long-lasting.

As a smart alternative to plastic, STASHER is made of pure platinum silicone from natural sources.

It’s also dishwasher and microwave safe.

**Revision**

We also learned that Stasher, *sigh*, makes their products in China. We can’t fully recommend them as a brand, since some of their revenue will end up in the hands of the CCP. We will continue to try to find evil-free companies you can be confident in.


AETHER BEAUTY

Source: AETHER BEAUTY website
  • Based In: San Francisco, California, United States
  • Product Category: Cosmetics
  • Price Range: Around $16-58

AETHER BEAUTY offers gorgeous makeup palettes that are vegan and cruelty-free.

Their packaging is 100% recyclable, which is a first in the cosmetic industry.

AETHER BEAUTY bans over 1,300 ingredients in their formulas and uses organic and fair-trade ingredients.

They also don’t contain animal-derived ingredients (such as Beeswax, Lanolin, Honey, Collagen, Gelatin and Carmine).

The brand strives to be ethically-sustainable in every way with awareness of their eco footprint.

And a portion of sales goes to environmental charities for a healthier planet.


LATHER

Source: LATHER website
  • Based In: Pasadena, California, United States
  • Product Category: Cosmetics
  • Price Range: Around $20-80

LATHER is a carbon neutral company, using recycled materials and soy-based inks for packaging.

Their products don’t contain parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances and synthetic colors.

As animal lovers, LATHER never tests on animals and never does business with any manufacturer that does.

According to their website, the brand also partners with non-profits like the Baobab Guardians Programme, which employs and empowers women in South Africa and works hard to ensure the survival of the oldest tree on Earth.

Their best-selling “Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub” is a body exfoliator formulated with powdered bamboo for softer and smoother skin.


GREEN TOYS

Source: GREEN TOYS website
  • Based In: Sausalito, California, United States
  • Product Category: Toys
  • Price Range: Around $12-250

If you’re looking for eco-friendly toys for babies, look no further.

GREEN TOYS has always been an eco-friendly toy company. They believe that “every day is Earth Day.

This brand is dedicated to sustainability and playfulness as their core values.

By using 100% recycled materials and manufacturing in the United States, GREEN TOYS raises awareness about sustainability and offers safe products at the same time.

All of their toys are made from recycled plastic milk jugs, packaged in recycled materials, and printed with soy ink.


P.L.A.Y.

Source: P.L.A.Y. website
  • Based In: San Francisco, California, United States
  • Product Category: Pet beds, toys and accessories
  • Price Range: Around $6-300

Do you want something eco-friendly and fancy for your pet?

P.L.A.Y. beds are made from sustainable materials, designed for ergonomic support, and feature removable covers that can easily be washed and switched out for a number of stylish designs.

Their website says they’re,

“Made with the environment in mind, these designer dog beds have removable covers and cushions that are machine washable, durable, eco-friendly and completely swoon-worthy.

With exclusively designed graphics and certified safe polyfiber stuffing made from recycled plastic bottles, P.L.A.Y. brings a look and feel that will leave tails wagging.”

**Revision**

After trying unsuccessfully to contact PLAY to find out where they source their materials from, we have to assume they’re from overseas. Therefore we cannot fully recommend this brand.

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