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15 sustainable products from Amazon that are Climate Pledge Friendly

An easy way to shop more sustainably.

Woman holding two children in nursery / A bottle of Dr. Bronner's soap with a green label Credit: Amazon / Dr. Bronner's

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Since Earth Day is this week, you might have seen brands posting about the various sustainability efforts they take and how they help the environment. I know I’ve definitely gotten my fair share of marketing emails. From this, I recently learned that Amazon has a special “badge” it gives products it deems to be sustainable. The program appears to still be in the early stages and the qualifications are a bit broad. To see how legitimate this program is in promoting sustainable products, I looked into the Climate Pledge Friendly badge and found 15 top-rated products that have Amazon’s green stamp of approval.

What is Amazon's Climate Pledge Friendly badge?

Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly badge is a little icon featuring a green hourglass with wings that appears below products that meet at least one of the retailer’s criteria for sustainability. Amazon “partnered with a wide range of external certifications, including governmental agencies, non-profits, and independent laboratories, to help us distinguish more sustainable products.” Though the list is not final, it currently includes 19 certifiers, like Bluesign, Cradle to Cradle certified, Global Organic Textile Standard, Rainforest Alliance, and Amazon’s own Compact by Design, which states that a product must have an efficient design and uses minimal packaging. If you come across an item with “Climate Pledge Friendly” below the price, you can click on the green text and see which certification(s) it meets.

I’m happy to see this sustainable effort from Amazon, but I’m also skeptical. Not all certifications are created equal. For example, it is much harder to obtain the Cradle to Cradle Certification or meet the Global Organic Textile Standard than others on the list. I also noticed that most of the products I selected only met the Compact by Design standard, which Amazon created itself and is a big red flag for me. All efforts to preserve the environment and reduce plastic are great, don’t get me wrong. There are brands with several certifications and some with only one that will still get the Climate Pledge Friendly badge, which can be misleading to shoppers.

I wish there was an easier way to view how many certifications the product has to have received the Climate Pledge Friendly icon for more transparency. Before purchasing anything, I recommend doing a bit of research to find the brands that are doing sustainable work across material sourcing, production, inclusive workplaces, and recycling programs. It's also a great indicator when a brand has more than one third-party certification, but the badge alone is not enough.

That being said, below you’ll find products on Amazon with the Climate Pledge Friendly badge that we feel comfortable recommending from a sustainability standpoint, based on the number of sustainable certifications it received and the company’s overall sustainability pledges.

1. A tried and true lip balm

Skincare products
Credit: Burt's Bees

Did you know Burt's Bees has a product recycling program?

Burt’s Bees is a sustainable company that’s been around for decades. The brand makes skincare, incredible lip balm, and even has a line of baby clothing that is organic. The brand meets the Global Organic Textile Standard, which certifies the brand meets strict ecological standards in the organic textile supply chain and, therefore, qualifies its clothing to meet Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly standards. Most people are familiar with the brand’s lip balm, which is both moisturizing and trustworthy, and it meets the Compact by Design standard.

Get the Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm from Burt’s Bees for $3.16

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2. Espresso pods made from sustainable farming methods

Coffe maker.
Credit: Nespresso

Stock up on espresso.

During the pandemic, my relationship with coffee grew from an infatuation to an absolute dependence. I’m not fully awake or alert until I’ve had at least a few sips. Many people invested in quality coffee accessories while working from home and some chose a Nespresso, which is the best single-serve coffee maker we’ve ever tested. What you might not know is that the Nespresso pods are Climate Pledge Friendly since they have received the Rainforest Alliance seal. This means that the production of the coffee and pods considers the farming methods to “improve farmer livelihoods and mitigate climate change.” You can also recycle the pods through Nespresso to keep the sustainability train going.

Get the Nespresso Ispirazione Variety Pack, Medium & Dark Roast from Amazon for $35

3. An organic tinted lip balm

Beauty products.
Credit: The Honest Company

Gradually make the switch to clean beauty.

The Honest Company makes beauty products for your whole family that are safe and sustainable. The brand sells skincare, like a gentle cleanser and face cream, as well as clean makeup, such as this tinted lip balm with more than 1,300 5-star reviews. The lip balm is Compact by Design certified, lightweight, and comes in a handful of refreshing tropical shades.

Get the The Honest Company Summer Melon from Amazon for $8.99

4. Organic tea you can feel good about

Iced tea
Credit: FGO

Stock up on delicious teas.

FGO stands for “Feel Good Organics” and the company sells a range of bulk products, mostly teas. This 100-pack of Nettle Leaf tea bags is Compact by Design certified and made using Certified USDA Organic Nettle Tea. The tea is also non-GMO and has no additives. Nettle tea is an herbal tea that is rich in nutrients and has been used as part of herbal practices and healing for centuries. It’s also caffeine-free so you can enjoy the tea any time of day without worrying about jitters.

Get the Organic Nettle Leaf Tea Bags from FGO for $14.99

5. A multi-purpose all-natural soap

Cleaning bottles
Credit: Dr. Bronner's

One product can go a long way.

You shouldn’t be surprised to see Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap on this list. Castile is an all-natural cleaning ingredient that’s both versatile and inexpensive. This Dr. Bronner’s soap is vegan and non-GMO and meets Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly standard because of its minimal packaging, although it does come in plastic. You can use the soap as a concentrate to make hand soap, shaving soap, all-purpose spray, cleaning paste for tough stains, and more. The options are endless.

Get the Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Pure-Castile Liquid Soap from Amazon for $15.99

6. A shampoo bar for less frizzy hair

Shampoo bars
Credit: Ethique

If Bindi Irwin uses it, I want to too!

A shampoo bar is a bar of soap for your hair. It may seem a bit foreign at first, but they tend to be zero-waste, long-lasting, and incredibly useful. I’ve tried a few myself, and I’m a big fan. They get sudsy enough to clean your hair and rinse out just as well as liquid shampoos. Ethique makes all kinds of shampoo bars for different hair types and purposes. This Frizz Wrangler bar has more than 8,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating. Ethique is also a great brand holistically. It’s cruelty-free, vegan, and is a B Corporation, which means it meets some of the highest standards for social and environmental performance. Plus, Bindi Irwin loves it.

Get the Ethique Frizz Wrangler Shampoo Bar from Amazon for $15.99

7. Snackable fruit bars

Fruit bars
Credit: That's It

These fruit bars are my fave!

That’s It fruit bars got me through college. I would take them with me to class, work, the gym, and late-night study sessions at the library. I love fruit, so I was excited to find a bar that was made from 100% fruit and that’s it. The plant-based, vegan, and gluten-free bars are light, delicious, and give me a boost of energy. The bars earned the Compact by Design certification, and are also non-GMO, certified paleo, and kosher.

Get the That's It Mini Fruit Bars Variety (24 Pack) from Amazon for $19.99

Deodorant and body wash
Credit: Native

The deodorant to rule them all.

Natural deodorants aren’t as hard to find as they used to be, but some people have rashes or reactions to many natural ingredients, like baking soda, especially once they start sweating. Native Deodorant seems to be different. It’s aluminum-free, paraben-free, and cruelty-free, which is great for armpits and anyone who’s interested in animal rights. One of our editors tested Native Deodorant and said that while it took a while for her body to adjust to aluminum-free pits, she’s glad she made the swap and that it actually worked.

Get the Native Deodorant, Lavender & Rose from Amazon for $11.97

9. Toilet paper with recycled materials

Gym bag with wipes.
Credit: Seventh Generation

Have you tried 100% recycled paper toilet paper?

Seventh Generation is a Certified B Corporation, which means it’s among the best brands in regards to its environmental and workplace impact. The brand makes a handful of household essentials like wipes, laundry soap, toilet paper, and even diapers. Seventh Generation’s toilet paper is made of 100% recycled paper and meets the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, which includes products that support “responsible forestry” while making efforts so forest environments won’t be destroyed in its production.

Get the Seventh Generation White Toilet Paper 2-Ply from Amazon for $27.58

10. An eco-friendly laundry detergent

Mom smelling laundry and kid in basket.
Credit: Tru Earth

Tru Earth makes detergent strips.

Tru Earth makes laundry detergent that you can trust. The formula is hypoallergenic, eco-friendly and the packaging is biodegradable and plastic-free, and it’s one of the best eco-friendly laundry detergents we’ve ever tested. The detergent comes in strips rather than a liquid or powder, which makes it easy to add to loads since there is no measuring or pouring required. The laundry strips are paraben- and phosphate-free, so the detergent is safe for kids and those with sensitive skin as well.

Get the Tru EarthLaundry Detergent Eco-Strips from Amazon for $16.95

11. A plant-based snack bar from Clif Bar

Protein bars.
Credit: Luna Bar

You'll love the Luna Bar while you're adventuring.

Luna bars are gluten-free, plant-based snack bars that are made by Clif Bar, and they’re a bit lighter than the brand’s OG bars. Luna bars are filled with at least eight grams of protein and often feature chocolate, like the Nutz Over Chocolate flavor. The bars are also non-GMO, Compact by Design certified, and free of artificial flavors.

Get the Luna Bar, Nutz Over Chocolate Flavor, 15 Pack from Amazon for $14.99

12. A styling cream that’s made with shea butter

Credit: SheaMoisture

Try haircare made from handcrafted shea butter.

SheaMoisture is a brand that creates hair products for thick and curly hair and pays homage to the creator’s grandmother’s recipe using handcrafted shea butter from Africa in the recipes. The brand’s products are cruelty-free and free from harsh chemicals like silicones, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and petroleum. This Curl Enhancing Smoothie is a styling cream designed with frizz control and bouncy curls in mind. Plus, it smells incredible.

Get the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie from Amazon for $15.98

13. Coffee that aims for a healthier planet

Iced coffee
Credit: Caribou Coffee

Small-batch roasted coffee? Yes please!

Each and every coffee product from Caribou is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified, and the production of coffee beans follows “water conservation methods and sustainable farming practices.” Caribou’s coffees are handcrafted and small-batch roasted, and according to reviewers, taste great because of this. The company has a variety of roasts to choose from, including a Costa Rica light roast that is juicy and chocolatey and a Mahogany dark roast that has an earthy finish. I recommend starting with this medium roast that has berry and cedar notes for a middle ground coffee.

Get the Caribou Coffee Medium Roast Ground Coffee from Amazon for $10.98

14. A body wash you can refill

Cleaning products and shaving cream.
Credit: Puracy

Order bulk refills to save plastic.

Puracy makes personal care products that reduce plastic, which saves water and energy consumption during production. The brand’s body wash refill is a plant-powered formula that is sudsy and smells citrusy. It’s also hypoallergenic, vegan, gluten-free, biodegradable, and certified cruelty-free by PETA and Leaping Bunny. To use the Puracy refill, just pour it into an upcycled plastic or other shower-safe bottle and you’re ready to shower. You can then recycle the refill bag, but be sure to check your city’s recycling guidelines on how to do so.

Get the PuracyCitrus & Sea Salt Body Wash Refill from Amazon for $32.99

15. A set of eco-friendly cleaning products

Cleaning products
Credit: Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day

Clean your home with these matching scents.

You’ve probably seen Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day at retailers like Target and Amazon, as it’s one of the more accessible sustainable cleaning brands. Its products are ECOLOGO certified, which means it meets standards that reduce the environmental impact within the product life cycle, and Leaping Bunny certified, meaning it’s cruelty-free. The scents are derived from fresh herbs like basil, lavender, and geranium. You can use this basic set in your kitchen or around your home, but I do recommend researching alternatives that are plastic-free.

Get the Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Kitchen Basics Set from Amazon for $11.97

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