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Celebrate Earth Day with cool eco-friendly finds

Celebrating Earth Day gives us the perfect opportunity to find new ways to be eco-friendly. Opting for products that utilize sustainable and recycled materials helps to lessen our impact and protect natural resources for generations to come. Check out some of our favorite green products and tune into the Everyday show this Friday to see us chat about them

C4 Belts
C4 stands for ‘Choose your Color. Choose your Cause.’ Not only do C4 Belts enable each customer to give back to four amazing charities, the belts are eco-friendly, vegan friendly and made from durable 100% recyclable (TPE) plastic. To choose your belt, you start by selecting the color buckle and the color of belt that you fancy. There are 20 various belts and 20 buckles which means that you have 400 options in front of you. We especially love the hot pink, sky blue and neon yellow colors. Plus, you can simply cut the belt to fit you so you have the right size belt to elevate your outfit.  www.c4belts.com

Applegate Organic and Natural Meats
Applegate makes is easier to get lunch and dinner on the table with options that deliver convenience and flavor without the high calories, fat and sodium typically associated with the family favorite. For more than 20 years, Applegate has been producing high-quality natural and organic hot dogs, bacon, sausages, deli meats, cheese and frozen products.  They guarantee that the meat inside is raised without antibiotics or hormones and free of added chemical nitrites, nitrates, phosphates, artificial ingredients or preservatives. Not only are choosing natural and organic meats a healthy choice, choosing hormone-free helps to eliminate the antibiotic runoff from factory farms that threatens our waterways and overall ecosystem. In addition, Applegate is reducing the plastic on its bacon packaging by 30 percent to be even more sustainable. www.applegate.com

Preserve Products
After making your delicious Applegate meal, you need something to serve it on! Preserve Everyday Tableware is made of 100% recycled, BPA and melamine free plastic and is perfect for casual dinning. The plates, bowls, and cups have been specially designed for ease of use, shaped and weighted for stability and resistance to spills. The dishes are also durable enough to last decades–they can literally be used thousands of times. Plus, each pack includes 4 plates, 4 bowls, and 4 cups for just $20.99! Talk about cost-effective AND eco-friendly! www.preserveproducts.com

Women’s essentials without chemicals

Looking for basic personal care products without any chemicals? Check out some of our favorite everyday essentials that contain natural ingredients that work great and help to protect you and the environment. Also, make sure to check us out on Daybreak this Thursday morning when we chat about how you can use these must-have products to decontaminate your daily routine.

Tom’s of Maine
Tom’s of Maine focuses on utilizing high quality ingredients that are naturally sourced and subject to minimal processing. Since 1981, they have proudly listed ingredients, purpose, and source, so you know more about what you are buying. Every ingredient supplier must meet strict guidelines for safety, purity, consistency, and social/environmental sensitivity and they also seek out organic farms that practice sustainable harvesting. Check out their fabulous toothpastes, deodorants and mouth wash for staple products you can trust. www.tomsofmaine.com

Pangea
Choose natural products to cleanse your face and body. Pangea believes that taking great care of your skin means understanding what you put on it. You’ll find standout products that transform the earth’s nutrients into a form that our bodies can utilize so you can benefit from natural vitamins, minerals and essential oils. Plus, products are free of petroleum-based ingredients, sulfates and detergents, synthetic preservatives and artificial colors and fragrances. We especially adore the hand soap which feels and smells like a little piece of heaven. www.pangeaorganics.com

Preserve
Preserve® makes stylish, high performance, eco-friendly products for daily use such as toothbrushes, toothpicks and razors. Preserve strives to combine socially and environmentally responsible business practices with groundbreaking design to create products that people feel good about having in their homes. This way choosing eco-friendly products doesn’t mean having to sacrifice quality, price, or performance. www.preserveproducts.com

Shikai Hair Care
For more than 40 years people have turned to Shikai for salon quality hair care at a very reasonable price. The secret is nature’s own natural soap-free cleanser, wildcrafted shikakai. Their special “Shikakai Extract” is the primary sudsing agent and provides rich gentle cleansing so they can use less detergent and offer gentler shampoos. Also, the addition of aloe vera and panthenol provides extra moisturizing and conditioning. www.shikai.com

Organic Cotton and Bamboo Personal Care Products
Organic cotton and bamboo are sustainable and pure choices that can be found in a variety of personal care products such as feminine products, cotton balls, face pads, scrubs and brushes. By choosing organic cotton and bamboo you are keeping toxins out of the environment and away from your body. According to the Environmental Justice Foundation, cotton is considered the world’s ‘dirtiest’ crop due to its heavy use of insecticides, the most hazardous pesticide to human and animal health. Approximately 45 million pounds of pesticides were used on approximately 11 million acres of cotton planted in the United States in 2010 (OTA). Plus, the EPA considers seven of the top 15 pesticides such as Parathion used on cotton as “likely” or “known” human carcinogens. By opting for bamboo or organic cotton, you are making a difference.