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Earth Day: 7 Products That Give Back

by Myron Mariano

There’s never a bad time to think of protecting your eyes from the sun. These sunglasses feature a bamboo wood frame, with polarized lenses that offer 100 percent UV400 protection. Trinity; woodzee.com

Earth-saving initiative: Each pair is crafted from upcycled materials such as old skateboard decks, bourbon whiskey barrels and reclaimed hardwood flooring. When you return your old sunglasses, you’ll get a 50 percent discount toward the purchase of a new Woodzee.

The vintners behind Westmount’s eminently quaffable wines want their bottles to be enjoyed sans pretense—a bottle of their smooth pinot gris or silky pinot noir will not feel out of place next to fine china or by the campfire. Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir; westmountwineco.com

Earth-saving initiative: Each step in the winemaking process is done with as little intervention as possible, from sustainable farming and harvesting methods, to bottling with state-of-the-art tools combining old- and new-world techniques.

In India, elephants symbolize strength and calm. Evoke these very same qualities in your practice with this non-slip yoga mat, made without the six most harmful phthalates and with five millimeters of cushioning. Elephant Reversible Yoga Mat; gaiam.com

Earth-saving initiative: Gaiam company launched the world’s first carbon-neutral product shipping program in 2006. It uses 100 percent recyclable and biodegradable packaging for all media, and it has purchased trees to offset the carbon dioxide impact at its headquarters.

The special-edition, summer-weight merino wool men’s T-shirt bearing The Conservation Alliance’s logo is Ibex’s ode to protect access to the country’s wild lands. Art T; ibex.com

Earth-saving initiative: For the spring season, Ibex will donate $5 from each Art T-shirt to The Conservation Alliance, a group of outdoor industry companies that disburses its annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. To date, the alliance has contributed $17 million to help save more than 50 million acres of wild lands and 2,991 miles of rivers.

This lightweight lotion is rich with the moisturizing benefits of tamanu-, olive- and coconut oils. Tamanu, an oil found in Southeast Asia and in the South Pacific Islands, is renowned for relieving many skin ailments. Flourish Hand and Body Lotion; to112.com

Earth-saving initiative: A portion of sales of is donated to Water.org. The international nonprofit grants easily repayable loans to areas that most need the facilities to sanitize and distribute clean water.

The simple addition of a footbed to the insides of your favorite footwear can make a big difference in your comfort level. It’s even better when this insole helps control odor. Did we mention that they are crafted from 100 percent recycled wine corks instead of the usual foam and plastic? District Open sandals and footbeds; yoursole.com

Earth-saving initiative: Sole participates in charitable donations to organizations such as Big City Mountaineers and Protect Our Winters. Its cork recycling initiative is carbon-negative, achieving this by using hydro-electricity to power its factory and by planting corkoak trees.

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