Our Favorite Upcycled and Recycled Products
Tread lightly on the planet with shoes made out of repurposed plastic, plus other Earth-friendly picks.
Making eco-friendly decisions can be tricky. We want to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and slow the spread of microplastic. But as much as we try to tread lightly on the earth, we still need to wear shoes and clothes and occasionally drive a gasoline-powered vehicle.
Here, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite companies and products making some of these decisions a little easier. From bags to sweatshirts to yoga mats, you can buy these products knowing that you have the planet’s welfare in mind.
Check out the full list.
The Perfect Tee
Everywhere 100% Recycled T-Shirt
I’ve gone through countless cycles of buying cheap, plain shirts because they all seem to be clingy, see-through, or they lose shape immediately. Everywhere’s recycled T-shirt, on the other hand, is none of those things. It’s comfy, slimming, and stays put. Some unisex T-shirts are cut for men’s bodies, but this one looks good on all body types. The white version could stand to be a bit thicker, as you can see a slight outline of a bra underneath, but it’s better than most women’s white tees.
Each shirt is made of 50 percent recycled plastic—about four or five single-use plastic bottles each—and 50 percent recycled cotton, saving 650 gallons of water compared to standard tees. (It typically takes about 713 gallons of water to produce enough cotton for one T-shirt.) —Medea Giordano
$24 at EVERYWHERE.
Updated November 2020: We’ve added new items like the Cariuma’s Catiba Pro Sneakers, Madewell’s (Re)sourced Cashmere Turtleneck, and Elate Cosmetics’ Creme Revealer.
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