Eco-friendly products for a green routine

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Earth Day is right around the corner, and lifestyle expert Val Lodato shared how greening-up your routine is easier than you might think.

From stylish bags made from up-cycled billboards to earth-friendly bug repellents and deodorants, she has some useful green products that you can feel good about.

BugBand Wristband:

Finally a safer way to keep the bugs away. The BugBand wristband is an effective, DEET-free band that works effectively to repel insects naturally for up to 120 hours. The vapors from the plastic BugBand Wristband form a protective shield around the immediate area, keeping insects such as mosquitoes, flies, gnats, no-see-ums, fleas, ticks and head lice a safe distance away. While many repellents are easily diluted or rinsed off with swimming or perspiration, the wristband just keeps working. It's packaged in an innovative reusable plastic "pod" to store that can be sealed between uses. The band comes in several fun colors for $4.95 and up at

Truly's Natural Deodorant:

You can green up your grooming routine with an all-natural, organic, and GMO-free deodorant. Truly's Natural Deodorant works all day to keep you fresh without dangerous chemicals. Made from organic coconut oil, powdered sugar, baking soda, and beeswax, Truly's is non-staining, non-stinging, alcohol free and paraben free, yet the natural ingredients make it smell like a yummy cookie. Truly's goes on silky smooth with no waxy build up, and because it's naturally powerful there's no need to reapply. $8.99 and up at

Skin care sans dirty chemicals:

Lodato recommends Dr. Sponge, a sustainable line of eco-friendly skin cleansing sponges made from plant fiber. They work better than regular bath loofahs and can be used daily. Plus, they come in several great scents and are biodegradable

Music City Suds:

Like country music? Then you'll love Music City Suds. These soaps, body washes and candles are handcrafted in Nashville using all natural ingredients. Colorants are food grade and the fragrances come from pure essential oils. Even the packaging is earth friendly, as each bar of soap comes wrapped in a sheet of reclaimed sheet music. Best of all, the names of each product, like: "I Walk the Lime," "Stand By Your Mandarin," and more. Music City Suds has also created custom soaps for some of country's biggest stars, like Lady Antebellum, Trace Atkins, and Barbara Mandrell


Your clothing can be eco-friendly, but sometimes you have to sacrifice style. Not so with Stonewear, a women's performance apparel brand that uses sustainable fabrics and ethical manufacturing processes. Stonewear is made from high quality organic cotton fabrics, recycled polyester and quick dry fabrics. For example, Stonewear's Volt Capri fabric is 85% up-cycled PET. So it takes about 6 used water bottles to create this capri. The recycled PET bottles are melted down to make polyester yarns, which are used to make Stonewear's high performance fabric.


It's in the bag! Rareform is an outdoor gear company committed to creating bags and other products from up-cycled billboards. Each month, Rareform uses approximately 10,000 pounds of billboards which otherwise would end up in landfills. They create surf board bags, duffel bags, wallets, and more. The products are so stylish, you'd never know they were once billboards!

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