Top Picks for May

By Alden Wicker

Each month I gather up my favorite launches, labels and discoveries to share with you, readers. Dive in and get see what gets you excited!

Want: Chasing Paper

Chasing Paper is removable wallpaper that will stick to nearly any surface. It’s printed on an organic cotton blend fabric instead of vinyl, is PVC-free, and flame retardant. It’s a great way to make your little apartment look expensive, without pissing off the landlord. Take it with you when the rent goes up to your next apartment.

Organic cotton removable wallpaper // great for renters! Organic cotton removable wallpaper // great for renters!
Organic cotton removable wallpaper // great for renters! Organic cotton removable wallpaper // great for renters!

Organic cotton removable wallpaper // great for renters!

Organic cotton removable wallpaper // great for renters! Organic cotton removable wallpaper // great for renters!

Love: harMonica

The new lingerie line harMonica is based in Brooklyn and made in NYC by a female-owned factory. It’s 100 percent cruelty-free, and super cool looking. All fabrics, bamboo lining, and stretch lace trim are hand selected by the designer.

Cruelty-free, made in Brooklyn lingerie Cruelty-free, made in Brooklyn lingerie
Cruelty-free, made in Brooklyn lingerie Cruelty-free, made in Brooklyn lingerie

Want: Hock Design

For the extremely discerning fitness buff, Hock Design weights and other workout accessories are sustainably made and beautiful enough to take center stage in your living room, making your workout an enticing and luxurious endeavor. The brand’s founder, Kristof Hock, worked as a product manager in the fitness sector where he sourced thousands of cheap products from China and delivered them to Europe’s leading department stores. Discouraged by the extreme pollution and horrible working conditions in the cities were most fitness products were made, he created Hock Design. The weights and tools are made in chemical-free processes from walnut, grade 303 non-reactive stainless steel, and naturally tanned leather. Unlike standard fitness equipment made in China of toxic plastic and coated metal, Hock equipment will never release harmful chemicals when used and are coated in an entirely toxin free anti–bacterial oil.

Sustainable luxury jump rope

Hock leather hand weights Hock non-toxic and sustainably made weights

Sustainably made, luxury weight set

 

Need: Level 99 Jeans

The denim label Level 99 makes their jeans in the USA with the natural and sustainable textile Tencel, upcycled fibers, and eco-friendly dyes. Last month they announced carbon neutrality for the entire life of their Forever Black and Forever White collection. They are offsetting the CO2 generated through manufacturing and use of the product by investing in green projects that reduce greenhouse gases more than the carbon created in the entire lifespan of the jean. So, they’re, like, perfect?

Eco-friendly jeans // Tencel, carbon neutral Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 4.18.24 PM
Eco-friendly jeans // made in the USA, Tencel Level 99 jeans // eco-friendly
Eco-friendly overalls made from Tencel in the US Wide-leg jeans // made in the USA

Want: Cozy Orange

This eco-friendly range of activewear is made from recycled plastic bottles and uses recycled or reusable materials in its packaging and hang tags. Most items aren’t my style, but this sheer mesh pullover stands out to me as radically cool.

Eco-friendly sheer workout pullover

Love: Stelari

This New Age-pretty workout brand makes tops, yoga mat towels, head bands and kimonos adorned with cosmic and crystal designs out of recycled polyester.

Yoga tank made from recycled bottles Eco-friendly yoga mat towel

 

About the Author

Alden is the founder and editor-in-chief of EcoCult, covering all things sustainable in NYC and beyond, including fashion, beauty, food, and events. She’s been published in Refinery29, EcoSalon, xoJane, Well+Good, Huffington Post Green, Narratively, LearnVest, Societé Perrier, and Greatist. She also runs a blog about electronic music with her boyfriend called Under the Sound, and is a co-founder of the Ethical Writers Coalition. Check her out on Twitter at @AldenWicker and Instagram @EcoCult

 

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