Kapuluan is a brand that cares deeply about making the world a better place; improving the livelihood of impoverished coconut farming communities and helping the environment by planting coconut palm trees which acts as an antidote to global warming and helps with sustainable farming.
Our Favorite Eco Friendly Brands
Inspired by one of our favorite brands, Patagonia, our mission statement says nothing about making a profit; what it all comes down to is the amount of good that Kapuluan accomplishes. However, our company needs to be profitable in order to stay in business and to accomplish our goals. Our ethos is to treat people well, respect the environment, and make great products which do no harm to people, animals, and planet.
Our founder Will Lauder, who grew up on a farm riding horses and enjoying the countryside, now spends his free time surfing and riding his motorcycle through the tropical landscapes he calls home, so he feels a responsibility to protect the places he loves as well as the animals he has always respected. What good is money if we cannot enjoy this beautiful home we’ve been given?
So, we decided to put together a list of our favorite eco friendly brands. These are all brands that we use in our everyday life to keep things simple and contribute positively to the world.
After all, we are who we keep company with.
AMARA cares about the planet and believes ethical fashion isn’t optional for today’s consumers – it’s imperative. Our fabric is manufactured in a green energy facility that works to reduce pollution, protect green spaces, preserve water, and monitor gas emissions. We are committed to using biodegradable, recyclable or reusable packaging. Our ITALIAN fabric is made up of 78% RECYCLED post-consumer plastic recovered from our oceans through the Healthy Seas Project as well as XTRALIFE LYCRA® fibers to extend the life of each piece far beyond that of traditional spandex products. Every piece is built to last with quality and sustainability in mind. Designed and made in Tulum by local artisans.
In 2010, S’well was launched with a mission to rid the world of plastic bottles.
S’well®, is a proud supporter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, donating $200,000 since 2015 to help provide clean water to the world’s most vulnerable children. UNICEF works in more than 100 countries around the world to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities in schools and communities and to promote safe hygiene practices. For example, with just $1, UNICEF can provide one child with access to safe, clean water for a month.
Patagonia, and the book Let My People Go Surfing, by Founder Yvon Chouinard were huge inspirations to Kapuluan Founder Will Lauder.
“During the past thirty years, we’ve made many mistakes but we’ve never lost our way for very long. Although we first intended Patagonia as a way to free ourselves from the limitations of the original climbing business, precisely those limitations have kept us on our toes and helped us thrive. We still pursue climbing and surfing, activities that entail risk, require soul, and invite reflection. We favor informal travels with friends – doing what we love to do – to the camera-covered event. We can’t bring ourselves to knowingly make a mediocre product. And we cannot avert our eyes from the harm done, by all of us, to our one and only home.”
“The Banago brand was created to support and expand livelihoods of artisan communities in the Philippines where my family is from. Growing up seeing both my mother and grandmother work at home sewing clothes for the Los Angeles garment district factories while they took care of my sisters and I at home and my father went to work I understood the importance of the cottage industries and how they improve the lives of women. After about 15 years in the Fashion industry in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Tokyo I felt it was time to return to my second home in the Philippines to use the knowledge and relationships I have gained throughout my career to come back home and help people improve their lives by designing with them and promoting their love of the arts and crafts of their home villages.
Our design approach is rooted in principles of conservancy and transparency, creating mats, towels, props and apparel while also making every possible effort to minimize environmental waste. We’re constantly searching for innovative partners and updated technologies to further respect the land upon which we place our mats and our intentions.
As a company, we understand the impossibility of leaving no environmental footprint. But what we can commit to is 100% transparency, being clear about the decisions we make and, most importantly, where we have room to improve.
We consistently strive to be better, stronger, kinder and more conscious of our actions and their global impact. Sustainability isn’t simply a story. It’s part of our DNA and part of our evolving practice.
If we want to protect the future of our planet, and our own health, tree planting has to be a part of the plan.
The world loses millions of acres of trees due to deforestation every year. In just a year, one tree has the ability to produce 120 kilograms of oxygen and absorb as much carbon as a car produces driving 41,000 kms.
The tree planting program will help to:
- Improve drinking water quality
- Increase biodiveristy
- Provide meaningful work
- Restore independence in villages
- Increase crop yields
- Improve the local standard of living
- Reduce Carbon Dioxide & fight climate change
While quip isn’t a company that was founded with the environment as a core focus, we love the fact that quip allows us to buy 1 toothbrush that will last forever, and brush heads that last at least 3 months. The result is that we use less toothbrushes, and create less waste.
Aside from that, quip makes the most beautiful looking toothbrush, the rubber brush is much better for teeth than traditional bristles, and they have some great information on how to brush properly on their blog.