5 Eco-Friendly Trinbagonian Brands

It’s no secret that our planet is becoming increasingly unhealthy for plants, animals and humans to live on. We’re facing climate change, land degradation, air/land/sea pollution and other issues at alarming rates due to our own bad habits.
To put it all into perspective :
-Every year, we extract an estimated 55 billion tons of fossil energy, minerals, metals and bio mass from the Earth.
-The world has already lost 80% of its forests and we’re continually losing them at a daily rate of 375 km2!
-At the current rate of deforestation, 5-10% of tropical forest species will become extinct every decade.
-Every hour, 1,692 acres of productive dry land become desert.
-27% of our coral reefs have been destroyed. If the rate continues, remaining 60% will be gone in 30 years.
-We have a garbage island floating in our ocean, mostly comprised of plastics . It’s currently the size of India, Europe and Mexico combined! (That’s 24,922,335 square kilometres of plastic)
-We are using up 50% more natural resources than the Earth can provide. At our current population, we need 1.5 Earths, which we do not have.
(www.theworldcounts.com, 2014)
Sadly, the figures above are from 2014 and by now, more damage to our beautiful planet has been inflicted.
Luckily, we have those around us conscious enough to make changes necessary to preserve our environment. And, having these environmentally friendly solutions accessible to us to do our part in saving our environment.
Check out these 5 local Eco-Friendly brands :

‚ÄĘTrop ShopNatural, sustainable and effective ingredients are at the heart of the small batch bath and body products creator. TropShop allows you to keep your indulgence in soaps, shimmer oils, body scrubs, candles and body masks a local affair. They’re super transparent about what goes into making their products and even tells us the only two ingredients they use that aren’t natural due to being preservatives. But the eco star of the show has to be their soap packaging (which is notably VERY gorgeous). Using recycled newspaper print and gentler soy based ink, it’s compostable. Meaning, that it breaks down (in a compost environment) without leaving any trace of harmful ingredients.
Plus with it being soap, this makes saving our environment an everyday thing!

‚ÄĘRosie Bags- Offering 100% Degradable Garbage Bags available in 4 different colours, Rosie Bags is doing it’s part to help us preserve our local environment.Exactly how does it degrade, according to their website “The molecular chains in our material starts to break down in the presence of moisture, sunlight and oxygen. It will then be consumed by bacteria and fungi after the material has reduced to a molecular weight which permits them to access the carbon and hydrogen.”
Available in Red(HIV/Aids), Pink (Women’s Health/ Cancer),Blue (Ocean Conservation), and Purple (Alzheimer’s) to further bring awareness to different causes, it’s safe to say these bags are Multi-Purpose through and through. They degrade in 24-36 months (as compared to the 10-1000 years it can take for a regular plastic bag to break down) and leaves behind NO toxic residue or fragments.¬† Where can you find Rosie Bags? At these locations!
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‚ÄĘThe Last Straw and More-¬†From locally grown bamboo to locally produced bamboo straws, TLSM is doing her part to preserve our environment by eliminating the use of plastic straws. The straws are 100% natural, reusable, and biodegradable.
A plastic straw takes around 200 years to decompose, and about 500,000,000 plastic straws are used daily around the world. You don’t need a calculator to tell you the extreme amounts of waste that a simple straw contributes. On the flipside, a bamboo straw, if properly cared for can last up to 5 years, and, when tossed out takes about 4-6 months to fully decompose with no harmful material left. TLSM was born out of the idea to practice zero waste in as many aspects of our daily lives as possible starting with something as small as a straw where locally, we have limited environmentally friendly options.
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‚ÄĘWakeful Wonders-¬†I’m super proud of this brand for two reasons! One- for it being earth-friendly, and two- because its created by an old high school friend of mine! Using ethically sourced containers made from natural recycled kraft paper and 100% compostable the brand WW carries all natural skincare products. For Wakeful Wonder, the name was chosen to evoke a consciousness within us all and further inspire change, the change for us to adopt more environmentally practices in our lives. The line currently carries: Anti Bug-Bite Balm, Herbal Healing Salve, Protective Lip Balm and Revitalizing Lip Balm and made in tandem with an island lifestyle.
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‚ÄĘDe.Sign Books- Giving hand- painted Bruce Cayonne fete signs a new life, De.Sign Books upcycles to create culture-rich, innovative and eco-friendly books. With two limited edition collections – Quota and Kabuki White, the idea started when the creator needed a birthday present for a friend. What happened next was “adventure in collaboration and learning which has developed my views on our evolving Caribbean aesthetic, design, collaboration, business and innovation.” If you’d like to read more on this project you can right here.
Quota CollectionKabuki White Collection

 

Are you an eco-friendly brand based in Trinidad & Tobago, or the Caribbean?
Then let’s chat!

6 Trinbagonian Skin Care Brands You Need To Know!

Skin care products are available by the hundreds or even thousands. Dry skin, oily skin, aging skin, acne prone skin and the list seems infinite, it’s difficult to make a decision on what works for you. It gets tiring especially when we’re offered a barrage of chemicals way too harsh for our skin, leaving us with more problems than when we started.¬† Worse yet, they’re high end brands that seem to charge you per sq foot of skin you have.

But, what if I told you, there’s local brands using all natural ingredients that consider both your skin and wallet?

Read on to get to know 6 local skin care brands hand- making organic products made for our skin AND climate, because well, they understand just how much TLC our skin really needs.

 

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Philippa’s Garden¬†

Ever dreamt of covering yourself in chocolate? Say no more fam- PG is here to make dream that a reality with their line of cocoa infused scrubs, body butters and soaps. This line of products inspired by matriarch, Philippa has such a strong connection to family that getting a hold of it releases nostalgia of your mum or grandma slathering you in coconut oil as a child. Alas, this isn’t grandma’s coconut oil but skin care to enrich both the soul and skin, and to make you call up those cousins you haven’t seen a while.

Cover yourself in chocolate by clicking right…here¬†

 

 

 

Nell’s Naturals

Skin care isn’t just for women! (I¬† mean, we all have skin right). But to make the guys feel special Nell is doing skin care for you too! Most popularly for the men she’s doing body oils and foot soaks because let’s be honest, ashy only looks good on chimneys. For the ladies, scrub, butter and mist your way to your most radiant skin and you can share with the beau or just get him his own.

Get Yo Man nice and moisturised rightttt here

 

Vin Natural Cosmetics 

Dry, Flaky, Crusty. I didn’t say what but you already know what I’m talking about- LIPS. You’ve been wondering why matte lipsticks look so wotless on you but so amazing on everyone else, it might be because those lips need divine intervention, ie, Vin and her lip products. With a Beet Root Balm crafted to remedy darkening lips and scrubs to stay eternally kissable, people might start speculating that you’ve had some work done.

To stay kissable, click here

Beauty Paradise by Ann

Ann already has a#1 skin care best-seller with her Tumeric & Lemon Peel Scrub (the tumeric is hand picked¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† btw) formulated to say bye-bye to those dark marks and large pores. Scratch making and hand-picking is a¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† clear sign that all her love and attention goes into moulding each individual product so that it’s made just for¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† you.

Get the coveted scrub right here

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Anthea’s Treasure Trove

Picture this, you’re sipping a mango mojito by the beach, wind in your hair, the sound of crashing waves. Now imagine that feeling but packed into a container of body scrubs or body butter and you’ve got ATT. Based in Store Bay, Tobago, uncovering a jar of Sorrel & Pomegranate body scrub, or lathering up with a Caribbean Spices soap bar, you’re instantly transported seaside for a full tropical skin care experience. Sunblock included! ATT combinations are nothing short of a Caribbean getaway neatly packaged and less expensive might I add.

Lather up here

                                                                                                                     Wholesome You

Carefully concocted to create skin care mastery, Wholesome You just does what it says provide to tender-love&care.¬† Whether you’re masking, exfoliating or moisturizing your skin’s best interest is at heart from the start to finish of your skin care routine, and from head to toe. Each product sounds like a potion (Egyptian Vanilla, Calendula & Sage, Cucumber & Geranium, just to name a few) designed to give you a magical outer glow and the most enchanting skin in all the land.

Become an enchantress here

 

A few of these brands and products I’m yet to try so look out for reviews!