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5 Female-Owned Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Businesses

Earth Day for this year has passed, but that does not mean we should ignore environmental protection and forget to maintain a clean habitat for the planet that has given us so much. The Earth provides us with a home, fresh air, food, sunlight and so much more. To continue to celebrate and embrace this planet, here are a few female-owned businesses that specialize in eco-friendly products.

Girlfriend Collective

Girlfriend collective makes activewear clothing for females completely out of recycled materials. Their CEO, Ellie Dinh, founded the company based on the idea that “Good things come to those who don’t waste” and now sells products that are 100% recyclable. 

Alpyn Beauty

Alpyn Beauty is a plant-based skincare company whose products are all naturally regenerating wild ingredients. Their products are derived from the mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and are very effective when it comes to skincare. Also, 1% of all profits are donated to environmental causes and their partner Grand Teton National Park Foundation

Ordinary Habit

Ordinary Habit is a company founded by a mother-daughter duo, Teresa and Echo Hopkins, who want to create products that build upon the idea of cultivating mindfulness. Their products include cards and puzzles which are made out of recycled materials. Additionally, they donate a portion of their profits to the Loveland Foundation—a foundation dedicated to empowering Black women and girls. 

Copper Cow Coffee

Copper Cow Coffee is a company founded by Debbie Wei Mullin based on the principle of sustainability. Their Vietnamese pour-over coffee is made with a fully compostable single-use filter that gives you the feel of high-quality coffee from the comfort of your own home. 

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This is by far the coolest women-owned business I have come across. It is founded by four girls who were juniors in college (Kallie, Alli, Jessie, Anna and Brooke) when they decided to open their own business. They were inspired by the hardworking women they had met during a trip to Uganda, and they said that their products should reflect the values they have learned from these women. They sell all types of jewelry that are hand-crafted by artisans in Uganda and Indonesia. Artisans get paid fair wages and have an unlimited family leave. Their jewelry is also all sustainable and made out of recycled paper.

Although April 22 is denoted as Earth Day, every day should be considered Earth Day. We should be thankful and appreciative of our environment and how much it has given us—from a shelter to fresh, clean water and air. Every small action makes a difference, whether that be recycling your old water bottles or planting a tree in your backyard!

These are just a few women-owned businesses that have sustainability and a clean habitat; there are plenty more that are based on either beauty, clothing, accessories and even fun activities. I encourage everyone to take a look at these amazing female-owned businesses, their journey and their eco-friendly products to celebrate this beautiful planet. 

Rea is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences on the Pre-Medicine track at VCU! Her favorite things include binge watching Netflix, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family! She is an advocate for women's health with hopes of becoming a physician in the future.
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