By Bree Coven Brown / Special to Sunday Market
It’s Earth Day on Wednesday. Let the global celebration inspire you to add more environmentally friendly products to your daily life.
With these picks, it’s easy being green.
Be ecologically conscious from head to toe. Olivia Garden’s Healthy Hair Eco-Friendly Bamboo Professional Ionic Combo Paddle Brush ($14 at Ulta) is made of bamboo, a natural, renewable resource. It’s lighter and stronger than wood, and the all-natural boar bristles gently glide through hair to add shine.
Give your hair a fresh-from-the-beach look with the 100-percent natural Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist Hair Spray ($18–20 at Lucca Great Finds, Ballard, and herbivorebotanicals.com). Made in Seattle with aloe vera, lavender essential oil and sea salt, the mist has the same salinity as the ocean to add texture and waves.
Get your veggies in the shower. Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Body Wash ($9 at drugstores) softens skin with certified-organic cucumbers and antioxidant-rich green tea. And it contains no parabens, phthalates or petroleum.
Get a natural glow with the help of the versatile Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Blush ($36 at vapourbeauty.com), made of 70 percent organic ingredients and 30 percent mineral pigments. The company uses solar and wind power at its facilities, and its new spring collection is entirely free of carmine, a red coloring made from beetles.
At the end of the day, take it all off with The Gnarly Whale Natural Makeup Remover ($8 at thegnarlywhale.com), a gentle, unscented, vegan formula made with organic hemp oil.
Despite its name, Butter London Nail Lacquer ($15 at butterlondon.com) is from Seattle, and its non-toxic polishes are formulated without formaldehyde, toluene, DPB or parabens. Paint the town green in Dosh, a metallic apple green with hints of gold.
Dress the part
Extend your eco-consciousness to your spring wardrobe. The Intertwined Designs Organic Hemp Ruffle Dress ($84), handcrafted in Winthrop, has a flattering scoop neck and flirty ruffles to show off your sustainable style. For a sportier look, the Sassy Cowl Tank Dress ($84, both at intertwineddesigns.com) takes you from day to night.
Prairie Underground’s Joey Pant ($172 at Show Pony, Fremont) is new for the Seattle company’s 2015 collection. The 100 percent organic-cotton joggers have oversize pockets and a comfy, loose fit that’s on-trend for spring. Pair them with the asymmetrical Out of Line Side Drape Top ($88 at etsy.com/shop/outofline), made in Seattle from a bamboo/organic-cotton blend jersey.
Slip on a Fun Junk Recycled Belt Bracelet ($42 at Fini, downtown), made in Olympia with a vintage Red Cross military patch, for instant eco chic.
Stash your stuff in Metamorphic’s Marble Ultra Tote ($145 at Clementine, Pioneer Square, and metamorphicgear.com), designed in Seattle and made of 90 percent upcycled materials, such as truck tarp, sail cloth liner and climbing rope.
Top off your look with Daisy Rock Designs’ Leaf Cap ($40 at etsy.com/shop/daisyrock), made in Portland from water-repellant, recycled soda-bottle fleece — and perfect for keeping you warm in style on coastal camping trips.
For the kids
Kids 8 and up can harness power from the earth with Thames and Kosmos’ renewable-energy science kits. The Windpower Kit ($49 at Top Ten Toys) builds a wind-powered generator to run an electric vehicle, while the Hydropower Kit ($50 at thamesandkosmos.shptron.com) makes a waterwheel, sawmill, water tower, water fountain and more.
Little ones can keep a light footprint while digging to their hearts’ content with Green Toys’ Sand Playset ($22 at Whole Foods), made in the U.S. from 100 percent recycled plastic milk containers. The kit includes a bucket, shovel, rake and sand castle mold.