Shopping doesn't usually do much for our pretty planet. Unless you're buying one of these eco-friendly things. A handful of our favorite planet conscious things are ahead. all photos courtesy of brands/retailers
Gaia zipper pouches, $36 How it helps: Gaia bags are handmade in Dallas with vintage and repurposed materials. Through their hiring process, Gaia also aims to help empower women by helping them gain financial independence. http://www.gaiaforwomen.com/ and Five & Ten 60 Highland Park Village 214-252-0510
Eco Lips One World push-up tube lip balm in Relieve and Repair, $5.99 How it helps: It’s USDA certified organic, made with Fair Trade Certified cocoa butter, and comes in a 100 percent biodegradable and compostable tube. www.ecolips.com
Chantecaille Save the Bees Palette, $83. How it helps: With every purchase, 5 percent of proceeds are donated to Xerces Society to help protect bees and the environment. Nordstrom 8687 N. Central Expy.
H&M Lyocell-blend Dress, $19.95 How it helps: This dress is part of H&M’s Conscious line, which aims to improve their impact on the planet. They say Lyocell, made from tree fibers, has a lower impact compared to other fabrics and saves chemical and water use. H&M NorthPark
Hiatus Spa + Retreat’s April Monthly Retreat, $195 How it helps: The monthly special nixes the usual Vichy water section in lieu of a head-to-toe hot stone treatment, body wrap, reflexology session, and stone face massage to preserve water. Hiatus Spa + Retreat 5560 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 250. 214-352-4111
Aveda Light the Way candle, $12 How it helps: Every penny of its proceeds to to the Global Greengrants Fund for protecting clean water around the world. The glass is from reclaimed beverage bottles and its box is from recycled content. It’s earthy smelling, too with ginger and ginger lily. Aveda Salons www.aveda.com