Get Ethically Clean
Get Ethically Clean
Ethically Engineered is a local company that handmakes sustainable soaps, moisturizers, balms (and more) all of which are never tested on animals. Their concepts are fun too – our favorite is the Chicago flag soap shown above. It’s all-natural, vegan and locally made with Chicago pride!
Where’s The Grass-Fed Beef?
The Tallgrass Beef Company, started by Chicago’s beloved news anchor Bill Kurtis, is proud to sell a grass-fed beef that is healthier, tastier, more environmentally responsible, and more humanely raised than any grass-fed beef available anywhere. The cattle for Tallgrass Beef are raised on Bill’s Red Buffalo Ranch in Kansas where they roam freely and graze on grass only. Tall-grass beef is believed to have many benefits to beef fed with grains, and those benefits affect the people eating it, the animals, the planet, and the dinner itself. Here’s a more detailed breakdown….
A Towel For The People
People Towels are the eco-friendly alternative to paper towels and hand dryers in public facilities when you’re on the go. Paper towels make a huge impact on our landfills every year. Every day in the U.S., about 3,000 tons of paper towel is wasted. Even if paper towels are made of recycled materials, they still carry an environmental impact while hand dryers use electricity which can also add up to be a burden on our environment.
Pret A Manger: From The UK To The US
Pret A Manger (pret ah mahn-ZHER) might be intimidating to pronounce, but it’s the easiest decision when choosing a spot for lunch in the city. They make sandwiches, soup, and everything in between fresh everyday using only natural ingredients. No chemicals, additives or preservatives are served and you won’t find any shelf dates on food in their coolers because it is all made that morning. All of their unsold, packaged food is sent daily to The Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Local Meets Upscale At Balsan
Even though Balsan Restaurant is located in the ever-so-fancy Waldorf Astoria (formerly known as The Elysian) in Chicago’s glamourous Gold Coast neighborhood, don’t be turned off my green friends. Chef Danny Grant, who has strong ties with local farmers, creates amazing artisanal, rustic fare using the most fresh and local ingredients.
There’s A Baggu For You
BAGGU reusable bags are super cute, affordable and come in a ton of varieties, styles, sizes, and colors – even a natural milled leather! Simply put, BAGGU makes simple, high quality bags that are durable and fill many uses so you can own less stuff. The orignial BAGGU design holds 2-3 plastic grocery bags full and all their nylon bags are machine washable. Check out all of the varieties they sell! And, there are even more on their website.
A New Idea Takes Root
Watch a watch transform the earth! Sprout Watches are the eco-friendly alternative to those made with plastics, leather, and other synthetic materials. They use sustainable sources in the manufacturing of their high-fashion pieces with materials such as corn resin, organic cotton, conflict-free diamonds, super strong Tyvek® and bamboo. All watches are lead and phthalate free, and they use only mercury free batteries. Plus these watches will make you look good!
A Little Texas In Chicago
Designed by Texan Nicole Musselman, made exclusively in Texas and New York, and then sold here in Chicago, Koch Clothing is a Little Bits favorite. The designer took her experiences from traveling to Africa and Asia to create a unique line of kaftans, jackets, accessories and more that feel exotic but are made right here in the USA. Creating clothing as close to home as possible reduces the environmental impact of sourcing materials, shipping finished products and other feats required of global companies. With Koch though, it’s made by local artisans, and is simple and beautiful. View the entire line on the website and purchase items locally at Perchance boutique on Southport.
Old Tees Can Find New Homes
You might be someone who takes their t-shirt collection very seriously and wears your faves until they have nearly disintegrated. For the rest of us, besides donating them or adding them to the bucket of painting rags in the closet, there is really no great use for them when it’s time for your favorite tee to retire. Talking Squid has created a fun and unique use for those old t-shirts. They cut them up to make cute and comfy area rugs and pillows. They are made to order and are all made from recycled tees. Check out the fun shapes and colors they sell on Etsy.