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SPF 50+ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Butter

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all good

Made in CA 

Product Details

Smooth, creamy, organic. No, they’re not talking about guacamole – they’re referencing our SPF 50 Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Butter. Made with zinc-oxide, this reef-friendly butter physically blocks UVA/UVB rays and is tinted with iron oxides to blend with most skin tones. Leaves a “barely-there” matte finish.

Made from a mineral blend of Zinc oxide and botanical ingredients, this SPF 50 Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Butter uses plant-based iron oxides to blend seamlessly with most skin tones. Super hydrating and goes on smooth thanks to a blend of coconut oil and jojoba oil. This facial sunscreen won’t leave your skin greasy and won’t clog your pores (sensitive skin, rejoice!). The most active ingredient, zinc oxide, actually sits on top of your skin to physically block UVA and UVB rays and beeswax gives this butter an extra “oomph” in the waterproof department. Broad-spectrum SPF in a handy dandy portable tin – can we get an “Amen” for plastic-free packaging? Rub a dub dub, the best-tinted sunscreen butter in a tub.

Benefits of this Tinted Sunscreen Butter

  • Protection from HEV (blue light) from video calls and screens
  • Topical mineral sunscreen for face or body
  • Strong UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sun protection
  • Oxybenzone-free, made with only Reef Friendly ingredients
  • Great for extreme weather, even greater for sensitive skin
  • Very Water Resistant (80 minutes)
  • MORE GOOD THINGS
    • Certified Organic by USDA/NOP
    • Leaping Bunny certified (that means cruelty-free!)
    • Plastic-free packaging
    • Made with mineral ingredients deemed ‘safe’ by the FDA
    • Active ingredient: 25% non-nano particle zinc oxide
    • Coral reef friendly (does NOT include oxybenzone, octinoxate, octocrylene, PABA [Aminobenzoic Acid], enzacamene, octisalate, homosalate, avobenzone, toxic preservatives, or additives)
    • GMO-free
    • Gluten-Free
    • Paraben-free
    • Hypoallergenic and great for sensitive skin
    • Prevents sun damage
    • Biodegradable
    • Made in the USA
Use & Care

Head’s up! This product is made with iron oxides, which have been known to leave a stain on light, and particularly WHITE fabrics. If you’re rocking tinted sunscreen, try to avoid rubbing your face or body on light-colored clothing, towels, and furniture.

If you’ve ever gotten that weird orange-colored stain on your clothes after a day at the beach, we assure you that zinc sunscreen was not the culprit. It’s more than likely that the sunscreen that dyed your clothes orange included the chemical Avobenzone – a “gateway” ingredient commonly used in chemical sunscreens that we deem a BIG NO-NO. If your stain is white from zinc sunscreen or a light brown color from tinted zinc sunscreen varieties, assemble your ingredients and get to work. You’ll need: a dull-edged knife, baking powder, white vinegar, hot water and a little laundry detergent. What to do: Scrape off the excess zinc with the knife. Sprinkle a bit of baking powder over the stain and let it absorb the grease for a couple minutes before brushing off the powder. Soak the stained article in hot water mixed with detergent and gently rub out the stain. Transfer the article to soak in white vinegar for 15 minutes, and then put it through the washer/dryer as you normally would. Sunscreen, pasta sauce, butter… same stain-removal technique. You’re welcome. 

About the Company

Environmentally-friendly Body Care Products

They’re on a mission to prove that humans and nature can live in harmony.

Certified B-Corporation

B-Corp, as in the “Batman of Business World.” Being a certified B Corporation gives them official street-cred because these sustainability vigilantes certify that they balance purpose and profit while considering the impact of their decisions on their employees, customers, suppliers, community, and environment. All Good is a proud triple bottom line business – meaning social and environmental responsibility is equally as important as profits. Send up the bat signal.

1% for the Planet

There are 8 billion people on the planet and – yes, they’re getting preachy here – we all gotta do our part to be better to each other and our home. Through our 1%FTP partnership, they give one percent of their annual sales to important global causes. They’re proud to support POW, Outside Now, Conservation Alliance, Sustainable Coastlines, Kokua Foundation, Kohala Foundation, Na Kama Kai, United Plant Savers, Pacific Whale Foundation, and Ecologistics.

Certified Organic Ingredients

“Organic” isn’t just for hippies and baby food anymore – it’s for all living things. They source organically grown herbs, oils, and raw ingredients to ensure their products are free from nasty stuff (harmful pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers) and promote good stuff (diverse ecosystems, healthy soil, clean groundwater). It’s organic, man.

Non-GMO Materials

Yep… they’re real. They like their materials the way nature intended, so they pass on genetically modified organisms. They don’t have a ton of rules, but they do their best, always, to source materials that do not contain GMOs.

Wild Land Farming

WWRCD? That’s “What WouId Rachel Carson Do?” If they can’t source it, they grow it. They grow their own calendula, lavender, and yarrow using wildland farming techniques to promote biodiversity, build natural habitats, build healthy soil, and attract the birds and the bees (heyo).

Powered by the Sun

Photosynthesis – even buildings are doing it! Their production facility in Morro Bay, CA is powered by photovoltaic panels on the roof and plenty of outdoor board meetings.

Girl Power

For anyone sitting in the back: More women in leadership! They’re proud to be a Woman-owned and founded company (shoutout to Caroline!) and run a business full of badass lady power. Their production facility is run and staffed by women, they have women farmers, women in finance, women in sales… are you seeing a pattern? Hats off to you, ladies (and, obviously, to the men who love them too).

Cruelty-Free Testing

They test on actual humans! They’re all about cruelty-free cosmetics and partner with membership affiliates like PETA and Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (Leaping Bunny) to encourage consumers and companies to say no to animal testing. It’s the 21st century, people – let’s just test on humans or robots. Paging the Terminator.

Reef Friendly Products & Initiatives

Things they like: Finding Nemo. Things they don’t like: Dead Nemo. They’re committed to protecting the coral reefs of the world by making ONLY reef-safe sunscreen. Quick science lesson: pollution caused by chemicals found in common sunscreens (notably octinoxate and oxybenzone) contribute to clogging up the pores of coral reefs (yes, they have pores too) which is no bueno for these creatures. (Here’s more science if you want to geek out). They stay faaaaar away from these ingredients, instead of making 100% of their All Good mineral sunscreen products with topical ingredients that sit on top of your skin to physically block the sun’s rays. These non-nano particles won’t absorb into your bloodstream or into coral reef systems, either. If it’s good enough for Nemo, it’s good enough for you.

Serious Bug Stuff & Serious Hand Scrub

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SERIOUS LIP BALM, INC.

Made in Jacksonville, IL

Product Details

SERIOUS BUG STUFF

Are you looking for an all-natural, grease-free, simple way to keep those biting jerkface bugs from ruining your day?  You are covered! This amazing Bug Stuff glides on like a balm in a tube and will keep you bug-free for hours!

Contains: Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Carnauba Wax, Beeswax and Coconut Oil and these essential oils: Orange 10X, Lemon Eucalyptus, Citronella Java, Lemongrass, Spruce, Litsea Cubeba, Peppermint, Spearmint, Catnip & Menthol Crystals… AND NOW WITH VANILLA TO REALLY PISS OFF THE GNATS. FOR REAL.

 

SERIOUS HAND SCRUB

Know what your hands need?  A good scrubbing so that they can feel fresh and new!

Serious Hand Scrub is made of a mixture of things that scrub (salt), things that clean (Castille soap), things that moisturize (coconut oil), and things that smell clean and bright (lemon essential oils!). 

Use & Care

SERIOUS BUG STUFF

Apply to the skin as needed when outdoors during bug season.

SERIOUS HAND SCRUB

Apply a small amount to hands, rub together and rinse well.

About the Founder

It was November of 2014 when Khara Koffel decided to make some all-natural, handmade lip balms for the lovely teachers and aides at the daycare center where her little boy attended (wooohooo, Bright Beginnings! We love you!). She roped Megan Luckey into helping her since she knew she would have more fun that way and because Luckey is like her twin from whom she was separated at birth.

Two months later, they were making them to sell in a coffee shop. Two months after that? Etsy. A year later? Wholesale and vendor fairs. Next Stop?…

WORLD LIP BALM DOMINATION!

After more than five years of kicking ass and taking names, they’ve gotten pretty close to dominating in the lip balm world…so much so, they now have more than 15 products (not just lip balms) and hundreds of SKUs! 

Need some non-greasy whipped lotion for your dry skin? They’ve got that. Beard balm to tame a dude’s facial hair? They make that, too! How about some Bug Stuff to keep the mosquitoes from ruining your picnic or a whiskey-scented lip balm for Uncle Brian? OF COURSE, THEY MAKE THAT.

 THE BEST PART?

Everything they create is lovingly handmade from the best ingredients, works like a charm, and doesn’t contain any of those nasty chemicals that we all worry about.

 All-natural, handmade products are what they do and they’re SERIOUS about it!

THE TEAM

Megan Luckey

Luckey loves her kid, her dog, and figuring out how to build things from scratch. She’s passionate about using products without chemicals or funny-sounding ingredients and that passion led her to Serious Lip Balm. Luckey is happiest surrounded by gnomes, half-finished home renovation projects, and bright colors. When she isn’t whipping up balms or scratching bulldog bellies, she is a freelance sign language interpreter.

Lula

It doesn’t take much to tickle Lula’s fancy. The only things she expects in this world are belly scratches, high-quality kibble, and approximately 23 hours of nap time per day. Lula is easy-go-lucky but she has no patience for being locked in the kitchen or dealing with bad customer service. Lula will do everything in her power to make sure you are 100% satisfied with your Serious Lip Balm, and she is always available for a belly rub. She can be reached at Lula@SeriousLipBalm.com and you can check out her adventures with the Instagram hashtag #thingsluladoesntunderstand.

Khara Koffel

An ex-pat of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Khara lives and works in Jacksonville, Illinois, but she’s had a lot of addresses from New Jersey to Alabama. She loves her family, sculpture (here is what she makes when she is not balming – www.kharakoffel.com), learning, making, going to parks with her son, professor-ing, anything having to do with Pope John Paul II, and talking to new people who can share a story with her. If there’s a kitschy store, she’s probably been to it, if there’s a nail polish color, she probably owns it, and if there’s a really awkward facial expression, she’s probably made it, photographed it, and posted it on the internet. She’s a little of this, a little of that and a little extra to lick off of the spoon… and she loves every minute of it.serious-lip-balm-founders

About the Company

In 2014, they started a Lip Balm business…

and they did it without realizing what they had started. They just knew that they wanted a way to have soft lips without all of the nonsense.

Once they perfected their all-natural, handmade formula, they started work on a lip scrub, a beard balm, a bug repellent, and more! Now, they’re kicking butt and taking names with more than 15 lip care and skin care items in their inventory!

They are Serious Lip Balm and they’re SERIOUS about making as close to a perfect product with good ingredients that help you be your best without adding any funny stuff.

Vegetable and Herb Garden Seed Collections

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URBAN LEAF

Made in New York, NY

Product Details
VEGETABLE SEED COLLECTION
If you’re going to invest your time and effort into starting a patio vegetable garden this year, you want to make sure you’re doing it the right way. Growing (and enjoying!) your best ever veggie garden starts with making sure you have the best possible seeds.
This classic selection of fruit & vegetable seeds will keep you and your friends enjoying high-quality fresh, organic-grown fruit & veggies for the whole season. Include squash, cucumber, lettuce, broccoli, carrots, strawberries, tomatoes, and bell peppers. 
Comes with a vegetable planting guide that lays out how to sow, space, and care for each plant as well as enough seeds to cover a 128 sqft growing area, or four 4’x8′ raised bed planters (16 sqft per seed variety/packet)
Sprouts in 1 – 3 weeks, depending on the variety
Ready to harvest in 2 – 4 months
Requires 4 – 7 hours of direct sunlight per day
Water 2 – 3 times per week
HERB SEED COLLECTION

Your best ever herb garden starts with your best ever seeds. Get all the essentials in this one gorgeous collection. Carefully curated and compact, these 10 dwarf and compact herb seed varieties have been carefully selected for attributes that are favorable to indoor and urban growers, which includes things like denser foliage, compact stature, pest and disease resistance, suitability for hydroponics (although not all herbs like growing this way) and where possible; lower light tolerance. The collection includes Sweet Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Globe Basil, Mint, Parsley, Chives, Oregano, Rosemary and Thyme

Sprouts in 1 – 4 weeks, depending on the variety
Ready to harvest in 2 – 4 months
Requires 4 – 7 hours of direct sunlight per day
Water 2 – 3 times per week

Click here to access the grow guide for this product

Use & Care

Each collection comes with seeds, planting, and germination instructions. Follow the directions in each guide for optimal results.

About the Founder

Words from the co-founder, Nate Underwood:

My first ever career aspiration was to become a chef, but at the age of about 10 my mom told me that to do so would mean getting up at 4 am every day for work. Back then I liked sleeping in! Although I never became a chef, food is something that’s remained important to me. A couple of years ago I discovered a guy named Michael Pollan , who has served as a source of both inspiration and education. 

As someone who enjoys spending time outdoors, it was with horror that I learned about the damage we were causing to the natural environment through our eating choices. For most of us, there is unlikely to be a decision we make today that has a greater impact on the planet than what we decide to eat.

The health consequences of our food choices are pretty scary too, and the fact that there’s such a good correlation between food choices that are good for the planet and those that are good for us personally has only amplified my desire to become a change-maker in this field. I believe that our relationship with food is one of the biggest challenges our generation faces.

 Legacy, purpose, and impact are my core values. Urban Leaf is about improving the legacy we leave behind for future generations. 

About the Company

Mission

Urban Leaf exists because they believe that the environmental impact of our food systems represents one of, if not the, biggest challenges our generation faces. They want their kids, and your kids, to live on a happy and healthy planet.

By facilitating a relationship that brings people closer to their food, their mission is to motivate, encourage, and inspire healthier and more sustainable food choices.

Respect for our planet is engrained in everything they do. They recently became the first gardening company in the world to set ‘Net Negative’ emissions targets, they are currently pursuing their B Corp Certification, and they go out of their way to make thoughtful material selections in all of their products.

How They’re Different

Urban Leaf specializes in teaching people how to garden, not machines. If you are looking for a machine to produce basil for you like Nespresso produces coffee, then they are not the right company for you. They believe that whilst technology can have its place in gardening, too much of it is a distraction. Too many gadgets deprive us of the very ‘experience’ of gardening that they seek to provide. They believe that a direct connection with nature is what many of us in urban environments are so desperately lacking.

Urban Leaf caters to Indoor and Urban Edible Gardeners. That’s it. They put a large amount of time and effort into cultivar selection, and some of their suppliers tell them that they are the fussiest and most annoying customers they have. They’re very proud of that.

When they select seeds to put in their kits and seed selections, they screen the available options for attributes that make them well suited to indoor and urban gardening. This includes things like dwarf size or compact stature, disease resistance, drought tolerance, and low light suitability. That’s not to say that their plants don’t need TLC, but if you’re wanting to grow a gigantic tomato ‘tree’ in your backyard then you should probably buy your seeds somewhere else. Their focus is fitting as much as they can into small spaces.

Their Promise To You

All Urban Leaf products come with a Green Thumb Guarantee, which means that if you can’t get them to grow or are not satisfied with the results they will refund or replace them for free. They do this not because they think their products are perfect. They’re not. Rather, they do this because they recognize that gardening is a voyage and not a destination, and if you’re completely new to it then the truth is that there’s a bunch of things that could go wrong. But there is so much to be gained from fixing our food system and having you experience the magic of gardening that they don’t want an initial setback to deter you. Not only are they willing to replace your product for free, but they will also happily offer 1-on-1 coaching and support to make your next attempt a more successful one.

Wildflower Seeds

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SEEK GEEKS

Made in St. Louis, MO

Product Details

Beneficial Bug Blooms Seed Mix

This mix is an organic gardener’s best friend. This blend of herbs and flowers attracts beneficial insects such as lacewings, lady beetles, hover flies, syrphid flies and parasitic wasps. Plant around your vegetable garden to bring in the beneficials and help control garden pests.

Seeding rate: 

Planting Rate/acre 9-18 lbs.

Planting Rate for 1/2 acre or less 7 oz./1000 sq. ft.

Mix Includes: Baby Blue-Eyes, Bergamot, Bishop’s Flower, Black-Eyed Susan, California Poppy, Candytuft, Cilantro, Dill, Dwarf Cosmos, Fennel, Gayfeather, Globe Gilia, Indian Blanket, Lance-Leaved Coreopsis, Purple Prairie Clover, Rockcress, Shasta Daisy, Siberian Wallflower and Sweet Alyssum.

Quantity:
2.5g – Seeds approximately 50-60 sq ft

 

Deer Resistant Wildflower Seed Mix

If you live in an area where it seems like the deer eat everything, this is the flower mix for you! A diverse blend of annual and perennial garden flowers and wildflowers that are known to be resistant to deer browsing. This mix will bring loads of colorful blooms to your landscape all season long.

Seeding rate:
Planting Rate/acre 5-10 lbs.
Planting Rate for 1/2 acre or less 4 oz./1000 sq. ft.

Mix Includes: Bergamot, Blue Sage, California Poppy, Corn Poppy, Four O’Clocks, French Marigold, Gold Yarrow, Lavender, Lemon Mint, Perennial Lupine, Purple Giant Hyssop, Rocket Larkspur, Sweet Alyssum, Sweet William Pinks

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2g – Seeds approximately 50-60 sq ft

Bird & Butterfly Wildflower Seed Mix

A delightful mix of annual and perennial flowers designed to create a naturalized backyard habitat for attracting your favorite winged wildlife. Provides colorful blooms all season long as well as nectar and seed for songbirds, hummingbirds, and butterflies.

Seeding rate:
Planting Rate/acre 5-10 lbs.
Planting Rate for 1/2 acre or less 4 oz./1000 sq. ft.

Mix Includes: Bergamot, Blue Sage, California Poppy, Corn Poppy, Four O’Clocks, French Marigold, Gold Yarrow, Lavender, Lemon Mint, Perennial Lupine, Purple Giant Hyssop, Rocket Larkspur, Sweet Alyssum, Sweet William Pinks

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2g – Seeds approximately 50-60 sq ft

ABOUT THE SEEDS:
• Non-GMO
• US-grown
• Open-pollinated
• Untreated (no fungicides, pesticides, herbicides, etc.)
• Tested regularly to ensure they meet the highest germination standards
• Include full, detailed growing instructions

All seeds are professionally packed in eco-friendly resealable, full-color packets made from recycled content and printed with vegetable-based ink (see photos). (No plastic Ziploc bags!)

 

Use & Care

Follow the directions for use and care on each seed packet.

About the Founders

SeedGeeks was started by Marc and Angela Adler and naturally grew from their desire to live more sustainably, reconnect with their food sources, and help others to do the same. They strive to educate on the benefit and necessary preservation of heirloom variety seeds, seed saving, and organic gardening.

About the Company

Their 50-acre heirloom seed farm serves as a trial and demonstration garden for the many varieties of seeds they offer, as well as a successful, working model for sustainable agriculture. Along with the heirloom gardens, their farm is home to honeybee hives that have ample forage of flowers and free-range chickens that provide help with pest control & composting. They strive to make use of all the abundance that their farm brings by sharing with friends & family, canning & preserving, and using much of what they produce in their products including lip balms, soap, and raw honey.

They are passionate about all aspects of sustainable living, but the harvest begins and ends with a reliance on heirloom open-pollinated seeds. Each seed tells a story, not just of their history, but also of their future. According to the FAO, since the 1900s, 75% of the world’s edible plant genetic diversity has been irreversibly lost. In the U.S., this figure is a staggering 95%. Once a seed variety is lost, it is lost forever. By growing and offering only open-pollinated seeds that can be saved and shared by home gardeners and farmers alike, they aim to help keep these stories alive for many generations to come.

6" Garden Dibber

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BRANDT WOODWORKING, LLC

Made in Palm Harbor, FL 

Product Details

Plant dibber Mini 6” length 1 1/4” dia. Perfect for planting spring flower seeds. Turned out of beautiful Virginia Cherry wood. The ideal tool for sowing small seeds.

Use & Care

Apply a few drops to your clean face and neck as a daily routine. Safe to use morning and night. If you have toner, apply face oil after is applied.

MULTIPURPOSE MANIFESTO
Not just a face oil, use in your beard and hair to soften tresses.

About the Founders

Gar Brandt is the Founder and Owner of Brandt Woodworking, LLC.

As a boy growing up in a small town in Indiana, he enjoyed building things out of scrap lumber brought home from the local lumber yard. His first official accomplishment with wood crafting was his Woodworking merit badge in the Boy Scouts which helped him earn his Eagle. The smell of freshly cut lumber appealed to his senses and today he continues that same passion by turning on a wood lathe. Transforming a piece of wood into something that will be admired and appreciated by others gives him great satisfaction.

About the Company

Brandt Woodworking creates quality handmade wood products, barn quilt paintings, drink muddlers, plant dibbers, saxophone end plugs, nostepinnes, handmade footstools & more! Their shop can be found on Etsy.

BioBag

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biobag americas

Made in Dunedin, FL 

Product Details

BioBag Small 3 Gallon Compostable Food Scrap Bags. This product has been verified by the Non-GMO Project.

Use & Care

Save your compostable food scraps in these bags. Keep in a covered container or store in the freezer until ready to add to your compost or planters.

About the Company

BioBag® is a world leader in providing bags and films for the collection of organic waste for the purpose of composting. Their mission is to keep organic waste from ever entering a landfill. Unlike regular plastic bags, BioBags are made from a resin derived from plants, vegetable oils, and compostable polymers and can be consumed by micro-organisms that live in our soils. Because of this, our BioBags can be readily composted along with organic waste at municipal composting facilities.

Over the years, the BioBag brand name has become synonymous with high-quality, certified compostable bags with consumers and businesses across the country. They work closely with community governments to establish food waste separation programs and help educate consumers on the benefits of keeping food waste and other compostable items from entering landfills. BioBags play an important part in the collection of organic waste for composting. Simply said, “They Get It!!”

Today, BioBag is the leading retail brand of compostable bags in the country! (SPINS/IRI). They are proud that “You Get It,” too!!!