How often do you think about whether the products you buy or the foods you eat are made from all-natural materials and ingredients?
While many companies sell products full of synthetic materials and chemicals, there are plenty of businesses offering products that are nature-made and nature-friendly. From gardening and cleaning products to skin care and pet food, there is a plethora of all-natural options on the market.
Whether you're looking for products, or you want to start a business that's all about bringing it back to basics, here are six inspiring all-natural businesses you need to check out.
GrowJourney is a "seeds of the month club" — a fun, all-natural take on the popular box subscription business model for people who love gardening and want to grow organic produce. Each month, the company sends its subscribers an assortment of five different seasonal heirloom gardening seeds, all of which are certified organic and sourced from organic farmers selected by the service. And if you're trying to get into gardening but don't have much of a green thumb, don't worry — becoming a GrowJourney member gets you more than just seeds. It also provides you with access to resources to help you learn how to grow your produce with ease.
Want an all-natural alternative to your favorite skin care products? Native Touch, a company with Native American roots based in North Carolina, might be just the business you need. The company was founded by Joseph and Laralyn RiverWind — Laralyn is a doctor of naturopathy and herbalist who formulates all of the company's products, and Joseph is the War Chief of the Northern Arawak Tribal Nation. Native Touch sells everything from soaps and scrubs to salves and lip balms, and every product is free of synthetic chemicals, such as dyes, parabens, formaldehyde, petroleum, perfumes and phthalates. Bonus: All of Native Touch's products are certified vegan and free of all animal byproducts, including beeswax. [Want to Improve Productivity? Go Green ]
Abel is a perfume company that produces signature scents with only 100 percent natural, food-grade, organic ingredients and without the chemicals and synthetic compounds found in most perfumes and colognes. There are several natural perfume companies out there, but what sets Abel apart is the craft behind the company's packaging. Since their perfumes lack the chemicals other perfume companies use to protect their products from light and UV heat (both of which can damage the product), Abel's perfumes come in cases hand-crafted from reclaimed wood. The company sells two gender-neutral fragrances, "Tonic" and "Vintage 13," that are made from ingredients such as ginger extract, black pepper oil, lime oil and peppermint oil, among many others.
The Honest Kitchen
Humans aren't the only ones who can benefit from going back to basics. The Honest Kitchen ensures that you can feed your beloved furry friends all-natural food and treats, too. The company makes 100 percent all-natural, FDA-approved human grade (meaning they're made to the same standards as the food we humans eat) dog and cat food, treats and supplements. The Honest Kitchen's products use dehydrated whole foods, non-GMO produce, hormone-free meats and organic, fair-trade ingredients in their foods. Employees even taste-test them for quality control. The company provides grain-free and whole-grain food options as well as a base mix for foods if you prefer to mix up your own pet-friendly meals and treats.
Better Life is a cleaning product company that sells everything from dish detergent and floor cleaner to stain remover and hand soap. Whether you're scrubbing your kitchen, disinfecting your bathroom, doing laundry, washing dishes or cleaning up after your baby or pets, Better Life has a product that can fit your needs without using any toxic or harmful ingredients. Every product Better Life offers is derived from plants and is free of GMOs, alcohol, dyes, sulfates, fragrances, petroleum, not to mention cruelty. And they're made in the USA. Better Life's products are also safe for septic systems and completely biodegradable, so you can use them without risk in your home and in the environment.
Looking for all-natural clothing? Earth Creations is a company that sells eco-friendly clothing and accessories for men, women and children, all of which use natural, sustainable fabrics. Earth Creations' products are made from hemp and organically grown cotton and natural clay dyes (the company's dyeing process uses only natural and biodegradable materials). The designs are brought to life at Earth Creations' sewing plant in Moulton, Alabama, to help maintain a smaller carbon footprint and create local jobs. Earth Creations also donates its irregular and overstock items to other organizations, such as the Audubon Society, Ogden Nature Center and Animal Acres, to help people in need.