Earth Day 2016: Part II

While just 24 hours, Earth Day provides us the opportunity to showcase and celebrate the effort devoted and contributions made to our planet all 365 days a year by individuals and companies alike. One such company is Stream2Sea. We spoke to founder Autumn Blum about their earth-friendly products and devotion to the cause.

Why is Earth Day important to Stream2Sea?

At Stream2Sea, we have chosen to celebrate Earth Day everyday, although we celebrate any occasion to focus on education and what individuals, businesses and groups can do to make a positive difference for our environment! Earth day is time to reflect on our mission to provide EcoTested products, proven safe for you and our waters.  Earth Day provides global awareness and encourages everyone to reflect and realize the consequences of our actions, and how those actions might affect our precious world.

How does Stream2Sea philosophies contribute year round?

We have a fierce love for our planet blue and all her natural resources, along with a driving desire to protect her. When it comes to exploring this amazing planet, it is our responsibility to know how we, as explorers, might impact marine environments.  The body care products we use can harm our fragile marine ecosystems, so it is important to choose wisely. We strive to educate our fellow outdoor explorers and consumers, making them aware that every product used on our bodies ultimately reaches our oceans, and how their choice in skin care does impact the environment. Our sunscreens are mineral-based, oxybenzone-free and free from any chemical ingredient that’s been shown to harm our waters.  Consumers can feel good knowing that our formulas have all been eco-tested and were formulated to be safe for humans and our waters.

Please tell us why cruelty free is important to you.

In order to prove that our products are safe for use in our waters it was necessary to test on living organisms. This was a really hard decision for us to make, but because there were no tissue models or other studies that could replicate aquatic safety, we chose to test on fish and coral larvae prior to launching.  You can read more about my tough decision here and see our test results here.

Check out other companies that incorporate the Earth Day philosophy:

WKLB.JASON.GentleBasics Facial Cream 300 v2The new JĀSÖN Gentle Basics Facial Collection targets ultra-sensitive dry skin.  The hypoallergenic formula is made with organic ingredients and is cruelty free.  The line features borage oil, which is rich in essential Omega-3 fatty acid.  The collection includes the hydrating Facial Cleanser, the softening Day Lotion, Cleansing Towelettes for on the go, and the ultra-mild Night Cream, all fragrance and gluten free.  (Available at Target)

WKLB.EOEO products are certified organic by the Coalition of Certified Organic Farmers in addition to being the first personal care company to be certified non-GMO.  And they’re cruelty free to boot!  The affordable Everyone line includes Bubble Bath in yummy flavors such as Grapefruit & Black Pepper, Everyone Body includes the 3-in-1 Lotion which can be used on the face, hands, and body, Everyone Aromatherapy Essential Oils, and more.  The EO line includes EO Ageless Skin Care, which includes the Moroccan Lava Clay Exfoliating Scrub, and Coconut Cleansing Milk.  The hair line includes Botanical Shampoo, Conditioner, and Conditioning Serum Hair Treatment.  (Available at eoproducts.com)

WKLB.JuiceBeautyJuice Beauty introduces their new PHYTO-PIGMENTS Makeup Collection.  They teamed up with Gwyneth Paltrow to create high performance makeup made with certified organic ingredients and is cruelty free.  For face, the Illuminating Primer has a lightweight formula that blurs imperfections, while the Flawless Serum Foundation is buildable to full-coverage.   For lips, the Liquid Lip has the vivid pigment of a stain along with a high shine finish, and the Sheer Lip Gloss delivers shimmer and shine with a pop of color.  For eyes, the Cream Shadow Stick features shimmering color, and the Precision Eye Pencil has an easy glide on formula with intense color.  And for cheeks, the Last Looks Cream Blush gives a healthy glow.  (Available at juicebeauty.com)

WKLB.Bliss.triple-oxygen-energizing-eye-mask-pdpFake a full eight hours with the bliss triple oxygen instant energizing eye mask.  It helps brighten, de-puff, and hydrate tired eyes.  The combination of oxygen, vitamin C and cucumber extract pack a punch in just fifteen minutes.  (Available at blissworld.com)

WKLBjane iredale’s new spring collection is called Skin is IN!  The White Tea PureGloss Lip Gloss uses Moringo Butter and Avocado Oil to moisturize.  The Flawless PurePressed Blush, infused with antioxidants and free of irritating ingredients, highlights cheekbones with a peachy pink color.  The Naturally Matte Eye Shadow Kit features five shades including soft pink, grey brown, rose brown, deep chocolate, and creamy neutral.  The GreatShape Eyebrow Kit, in Blonde or Brunette, includes a transparent wax, water resistant powder and dual ended applicator.  (Available at janeiredale.com)

WKLB.Alba BotanicaAlba Botanica uses vegetarian ingredients, no artificial colors and are cruelty free.  The Facial Mask Pore-fecting Papaya Enzyme is a five minute tropical retreat for an instant skin pick-me-up.  Clean skin on the go without soap and water with the Hawaiin 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes, it removes makeup and dirt with a soft towelette made from biodegradeable fabric.  The Hawaiian Shampoo and Conditioner comes in exotic fragrances such as Plumeria, Coconut Milk, and Gardenia.   Fight acne with the Acnedote Face & Body Scrub uses Salicylic Acid and ground walnut shell to scrub away oil, dirt, and pore plugging dead skin cells.  (Available at walgreens.com)