EYEWEAR THAT CARES
Reading glasses and sunglasses that are affordable and stylish from a company that provides glasses to those in need and encourages eyeglass recycling efforts? Moraleyes may indeed have it all. Whether you are in the market for their Astoria glasses—ritzy rhinestone-studded readers in purple, red, brown and black ($20) —or some Austin Sun sunglasses, with large lenses and a cool color fade in the lower half of the frame ($15), Moraleyes donates one pair of new reading glasses for every pair sold to the nonprofit New Eyes for the Needy.
moraleyes.com —Brita Belli
JUST ADD BUBBLES
Let the little ones indulge in a warm bath without worries about black mold or hormone-disrupting chemicals like bishpenol A and phthalates in their rubber duckies, with Hevea Pond Bath Toys. The frog, duck and fish ($29.99/set) are made from 100% natural rubber, have no holes to let water enter and mold grow, no plastic chemicals and even the packaging is recyclable and biodegradable.
This Halloween, pass out treats that aren’t packed with artificial colors and flavors. Yummy Earth Lollipops ($31.96) come in a five-pound package, about 350 pops. The assorted flavors range from Too Berry Blueberry to Strawberry Smash to Very Very Cherry. They are certified organic, colored with natural ingredients, sweetened with fruit extracts (not high fructose corn syrup) and contain no traces of peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, dairy, wheat, soy, sesame, shellfish or eggs.
yummyearth.com —Kaley Belval
Get into character this Halloween—or any time—with Face Pencils by Nova Natural. The nontoxic pencils are made with palm oil and free of both lead and parabens. Each set ($16) comes with six pencils. The “basic” features blue, red, yellow, green, black and white; “fairy” features purple, pink, orange, brown, silver and gold.
Give your iPad a professional edge with Looptworks 100% upcycled leather cover. Scott Hamlin, co-founder of Looptworks, says: “in a single day, one factory generates 4,500 pounds of excess scrap leather which is equivalent to more than 9 million gallons of water.” The Luhu envelope ($70) and the Shaxi notebook ($80), which includes a stand, are both made from excess shoe leather.
Head to school or the office with your lunch stowed in a Packit Personal Cooler ($19.99) from reuseit. Featuring three color-popping patterns and three bright solid designs, the bags have a water-based eco-gel liner that can keep food cold for up to 10 hours. By freezing the bag before filling it, food can stay optimally fresh. Made without PVC, lead, phthalates or bisphenol A, the personal cooler easily folds up for storage.