September Essentials

Around this time of year we are bombarded with countless ads and promotions for 'Back to School' products but how much do we really need? This year, I'm paring down my September shopping list to only the essentials and forgoing the rest (and the mall). I've collected my very favorite 'Back to School' items for everyone from mamas to college-goers  -- all are made with the greater good in mind and are friendly to our environment and your wallet. Enjoy! 

 

Nisolo Oliver Oxford in Slate Grey - $158

As someone who lived in South America for the better part of my 20's, Nisolo's ethos resonated with me. Nisolo, which means not alone in Spanish, creates classic,  beautifully made goods by artisans in Peru for above fair trade wages in an effort to increase transparency for consumers and improve the lives of their producers. Check out their social impact and expertly-crafted goods here.. 

 

BAGGU Weekend Bag in Sailor Stripe - $72

BAGGU products are principally made in the USA and ethically in China, are 'designed to be as eco friendly as possible and are constructed to minimize material waste and ensure high quality'. I'm loving their weekend bag and fun prints. Get yours here


  Weleda  Citrus Deodorant Spray - $14  This zesty spray from natural body products company Weleda functions as both deodorant and pick-me-up body spray. Residual odor from naturally detoxified skin gets neutralized and freshened and with no risky antiperspirants such as aluminum salts, your body’s natural detoxification process is supported while bacteria that cause unpleasant odors are neutralized. Smell great without toxic chemicals?  Yes please! 

Weleda Citrus Deodorant Spray - $14

This zesty spray from natural body products company Weleda functions as both deodorant and pick-me-up body spray. Residual odor from naturally detoxified skin gets neutralized and freshened and with no risky antiperspirants such as aluminum salts, your body’s natural detoxification process is supported while bacteria that cause unpleasant odors are neutralized. Smell great without toxic chemicals? Yes please! 


  Navitas Naturals  Cacao Lip Balm - $3.99   This antioxidant-rich lip moisturizer made from pure, cold-pressed oils of the cacao bean leaves lips hydrated and buttery soft. This family-owned company is devoted to sustainable business practices and all of their products are organic and non-gmo verified.  Your lips will thank you . 

Navitas Naturals Cacao Lip Balm - $3.99 

This antioxidant-rich lip moisturizer made from pure, cold-pressed oils of the cacao bean leaves lips hydrated and buttery soft. This family-owned company is devoted to sustainable business practices and all of their products are organic and non-gmo verified. Your lips will thank you

  Good Society  Women's Bootcut Jeans Black One Wash - 135 euros  Good Society does more than just great jeans: they use only GOTS-certified finest quality, organic cotton, whose farming standards are the most environmentally friendly and where attention is paid to both nature and working conditions. When they can, they use recycled materials for accessories, all their materials are vegan and they treat their garments largely without the use of chemicals.  These guys care about their social impact and  their beautiful jean collection is a standout.  These black beauties are perfect for Fall.    

Good Society Women's Bootcut Jeans Black One Wash - 135 euros

Good Society does more than just great jeans: they use only GOTS-certified finest quality, organic cotton, whose farming standards are the most environmentally friendly and where attention is paid to both nature and working conditions. When they can, they use recycled materials for accessories, all their materials are vegan and they treat their garments largely without the use of chemicals.  These guys care about their social impact and their beautiful jean collection is a standout. These black beauties are perfect for Fall. 

 

  Bario Neal  Notch Necklace $148  I use the word 'obsessed' very sparingly but I'm throwing it down in reference to Bario Neal's jewelry collection in its entirety and this notch necklace in particular. Made to order in Philadelphia (yay!) the beads were originally cast from beads handmade in Ghana and Bario Neal works with ethically sourced stones, 100% reclaimed metals, and Fairmined gold whenever possible. They are true trendsetters in their designs and their commitment to sustainable and conflict-free initiatives. Check them out  online  or better yet, visit them in person at their Philly post. 

Bario Neal Notch Necklace $148

I use the word 'obsessed' very sparingly but I'm throwing it down in reference to Bario Neal's jewelry collection in its entirety and this notch necklace in particular. Made to order in Philadelphia (yay!) the beads were originally cast from beads handmade in Ghana and Bario Neal works with ethically sourced stones, 100% reclaimed metals, and Fairmined gold whenever possible. They are true trendsetters in their designs and their commitment to sustainable and conflict-free initiatives. Check them out online or better yet, visit them in person at their Philly post.