You hike winding trails in the forest, surf crashing waves in the sea, and climb the walls of towering canyons. Nature is your second home, and if you could, you’d have it be your first. And with plastic filling the ocean and forests disappearing, you don’t just want your products to be good for you, but good for the place that you run away to, nature. We want that too, so we did a little research and found five environmentally conscious brands to help you feel good about what your products are doing for your body and for nature.

1. Vapour Beauty

Boasting a wide range of products including deodorant, lotions, and makeup, Vapour Beauty products are natural and organic, containing only natural, healthy, minimally processed ingredients. Vapour Beauty isn’t just focused on making your skin healthy, but they also put an emphasis on commitment to planetary health as well. Not only have they received ‘Champion’ Safety status from the Environmental Working Group for Safe Cosmetics, meaning they never test on animals, but they also use recycled packaging, and both passive solar and wind power in their facilities. Sounds like an all around win to us! For more information, visit vapourbeauty.com.

2. Dr. Bronner’s

When it comes to soap, Dr. Bronner’s is our go to. Holding themselves to their own standards, Dr. Bronner’s practices what they preach when it comes to serving the environment. They are USDA certified organic, which means less synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Dr. Bronner’s boasts that everything they craft is 100% biodegradable and vegetable based, meaning that everything will decompose naturally. They also create super-concentrated products, meaning a little goes a long way, leading to less waste. Whether traveling, camping, or using day to day, Dr. Bronner’s soap line is a fantastic way to help your body and the environment. For more information, visit drbronner.com.

We would like to note that alongside the Leave No Trace principles, even biodegradable products shouldn’t be used in natural water sources, and you should carry water 200 feet away from streams and lakes as well as use a small amount to wash yourself, your laundry, or dishes.

3. Burt’s Bees

From After Sun Soother to their classic lip balm, Burt’s Bees has become a front runner in not only developing feel good products for your body, but for the environment as well. 89% of their primary packaging is made with recyclable materials, their bottles average 71% post-consumer recycled products, and they’ve put an emphasis on where they source their materials, paying attention to the communities, individuals, and environments. For more information, visit burtsbees.com.

4. Axiology

Axiology makes deliciously beautiful, vegan, and all natural lipsticks. Not only do they donate a portion of their annual profits to partners like the Orangutan Foundation International and PeTA, but they also make sure their packaging benefits the environment and small businesses as well. The founder discovered a small company in Bali that now creates their packaging by hand from recycled paper. Reduce, reuse, recycle? Axiology’s got it covered! For more information, visit axiologybeauty.com.

5. Rahua

Their dry shampoo is perfect for the trail, road trip, or every day use when you want a cleanse. Organic, cruelty-free and supporting indigenous economies in the Amazon, Rahua products help protect the Amazon rainforest through building sustainable communities and creating learning centers within the Amazon rainforest. Rahua is committed to creating sustainable products, so they created their own standard called Symbiotic. A symbiotic ingredient must be harvested from virgin forests in the Amazon with the same methods used by Amazonian tribes in the past. Saving the rainforest and creating safe, healthy products? We’re down! For more information, visit rahua.com.

With companies like these, showing a little love to the outdoors and your body has never been so simple. Everyday consumer choices can continue to show companies that we value and support brands that keep the environment in mind just as much as our bodies. We hope this list helps you find a few products to soothe dry hands from climbing chalk and burnt skin from backpacking trips while helping the Earth, one biodegradable package at a time.

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