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Your Favorite Eco-Conscious Finds Just Got More Sustainable

by Jackie Buddie

Apr 1, 2021

Learn about Etsy’s commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and celebrate with some of our favorite eco-friendly finds of the moment.

An eco-conscious ceramic travel mug from Etsy.
Photo by: Libby Ballard Ceramics

Descriptions of the environmental attributes of any items on Etsy are based solely on Seller’s listing information.

One of the things we love most about the Etsy community is our shared commitment to making a positive impact on the planet. Whether you carry your coffee in a washable to-go cup or rock vintage dungarees, it’s eco-conscious consumers like you who inspire us to constantly strive to do better for Mother Earth. That’s why today, we’re so proud to say we’re taking our next big step toward operating more sustainably, and—in addition to offsetting 100% of carbon emissions from shipping and packaging—working to reach net zero emissions by 2030. To celebrate the good news and keep you groovin' down the path of greener living, we've rounded up 12 delightful items designed with the Earth in mind. Ready to do your part? Just click “add to cart.”

A glass cup filled with a set of reusable glass drinking straws decorated with colorful dots from Scarlet Impressions.
SHOP: Reusable glass drinking straws with colorful dots from Scarlet Impressions, from $7 each

The only thing better than saying “no thank you” to disposable straws? Sipping your beverage of choice (hot or cold!) from a handmade alternative as vibrant and playful as these glass pretties, which come dotted with festive colors ranging from lilac to lemon.

An eco-friendly ceramic travel mug with a crocheted grip from Libby Ballard Ceramics.
SHOP: Ceramic travel mug with crocheted grip from Libby Ballard Ceramics, from $39

Coffee runs are decidedly more fun when you get your fill of caffeine poured straight into your own special mug. With its softly speckled surface, soothing ocean blue stripe, and grippy crocheted sleeve, this travel-friendly ceramic cup is ready to take you places—and spares the planet the cardboard waste in the process.

A woman models a vintage floral mini shift dress.
SHOP: Vintage floral mini dress from Better Stay Together, $65

Hot tip: going green looks good on you! Dressing in vintage duds not only gives pre-loved pieces a happy new home, it gives your wardrobe an enviable, one-of-a-kind edge. Our current fave? Mini shift dresses perfect for park walks, flea market foraging, and general romping in the sunshine.

A woman carrying fresh produce in a pink dip-dyed netted market tote.
SHOP: Netted market bag from OOWLSTUDIO, $18

It’s a BYO-bag party and you’re invited! Carry your farm-fresh produce in style with this expandable cotton market tote, dip-dyed in your choice of vibrant oranges, lush greens, and beautiful blue-grays.

A trio of washable paper market bags in various sizes, shown storing bathroom staples like cotton swabs and toothbrushes.
SHOP: Washable paper storage baskets from FIBALA, from $8

Whether you're organizing your bathroom staples, stashing fresh fruit, or even potting a leafy new plant friend, these machine washable paper baskets—available in five versatile sizes—have got all your storage needs covered. Constructed from durable cellulose, they’re a simple and sustainable way to keep clutter at bay.

A set of peach-colored tie-dyed cotton napkins.
SHOP: Hand-dyed cloth napkin set from Apricot LA, from $25 for 2

Make every meal as peppy as a picnic with trendy tie-dyed napkins in invigorating citrus hues. These chic, hand-dyed cotton cloths are a washable way to wipe up spills, and set a fresh, sustainable standard for setting the table.

A crystal-studded vintage silver necklace pendant.
SHOP: Vintage necklace pendant with crystals from Earthly Past Times, $32

For even more proof that “green” goes with everything, look no further than this crystal-studded vintage pendant. Bejeweled with an abstract cluster of citrine, peridot, moonstone, and more sparkly stones, this eye-catching silver piece is a stunning reminder that some of the best trends in fashion are timeless.

A set of natural-colored reusable linen bowl covers shown covering bowls of various sizes.
SHOP: Reusable bowl covers from We Are Simple Shop, from $6

Crafted from natural linen and available in a variety of fridge-friendly sizes, these reusable fabric bowl covers (complete with handy elasticized bands) are an elegant replacement for sheets of plastic wrap. Leftovers have never looked so good! 

A pastel set of textured, recycled craft papers.
SHOP: Handmade recycled paper from Dragon Fly Papery Co., $18 for set of 25 sheets

What do you get when you mix recycled pulp with a sprinkling of dried botanicals? This textured, pastel craft paper, which serves as an organic canvas for all your favorite creative projects, from card-writing to scrapbooking. Even cooler? The sellers collect residual water from the paper-making process, filter it, and use it to nourish their gardens. 

A set of patterned, hand-sewn fleece makeup remover pads pictured spilling out of a fabric bag.
SHOP: Reusable makeup remover pads from Farm Girl Design, from $13 for set of 16

Treat your face to a scrub that’s easy on the skin and the environment! These reusable makeup remover pads are sewn from two soft yet durable layers of cotton flannel, so you can wipe away the remnants of the day with a touch of TLC, then pop them straight into the laundry.

A woman holding up a cork planter with succulent inside.
SHOP: Cork planter from Mind the Cork, $43

The perfect home for a sturdy succulent? A minimalist planter carved by hand from cork. A little bit modern, a little bit earthy, this versatile vessel blends naturally with any decor scheme, whether you arrange it alongside your mood-boosting desk accessories or set it in a sunny spot on the windowsill.

An assortment of knotted cord keychains in various colors.
SHOP: Knotted keychains from Norio Knots, $11 each

You’ll never forget where you left your keys again with a macramé-inspired tassel as memorable as this, knotted from OEKO-TEX-certified recycled cotton cord in a rainbow of charming colors. Simply affix to any bag or keyring and strut your sustainable stuff.

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Jackie Buddie

Jackie Buddie is a writer and wilderness explorer working full-time as a content producer at Etsy HQ in Brooklyn.