As thoughtful human beings, we are faced with moral dilemmas on a regular basis. A trip to the grocery store can riddle us with guilt, as we fill our carts with plastic-wrapped, disposable, non-recyclable, and completely unsustainable items.
Apart from changing buying habits to more sustainable ones, there are other ways we can be more environmentally friendly, and create less impact on the environment. In this article, we discuss a few of our favorite charities and foundations; ways you can contribute to them; and we’ll also give you some ideas on how to minimize your environmental impact.
Notable Organizations and Foundations
At Fait avec Coeur the planet is our purpose. We wanted to highlight some of the organizations that are doing some really innovative work for our mother Earth. We had some difficulty narrowing down the list, as there are so many amazing foundations out there really working hard for our planet. So bear in mind, this list is by no means exhaustive:
350.org is an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all. Founded in 2008 by author Bill McKibben and a group of University friends in the U.S., 350 is a foundation of environmentalists who are committed to fighting climate change. They have paved the way for activist groups all over the world to network and unite for conglomerate projects and demonstrations. It was named after 350 parts per million — the safe concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. That number has now risen to 415ppm, and continues to rise. To join the movement, or donate, check them out here.
Panthera utilizes the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists by developing and implementing global strategies for the seven species of big cats: cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, lions, pumas (also known as mountain lions or cougars), snow leopards, and tigers. Panthera also studies and protects the world's most threatened species of small cats through their Small Cats Program. Panthera is the only organization devoted exclusively to conservation of all 40 wild cat species, partnering with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities, governments around the globe, and citizens who want to help ensure a future for wild cats. Find out how you can help, here.
The Nature Conservancy is trying to solve dual threats of biodiversity loss and the climate crisis — two of the biggest environmental issues we are facing today. By letting science guide their focus, they can shape a better 2030 for our planet. To date, they have protected 119 million acres of land and countless miles of waterways and oceans. For anyone playing at home, test out their carbon calculator to calculate your carbon footprint, to give you an idea how much carbon you use. Volunteer or donate here.
The Alliance for Climate Education educates young people on climate change through interactive and engaging videos, and empowers them to take action. Currently 300,000 young people in all 50 States are involved in ACE’s network.The organization runs the ACE Action Fellowship, which is a yearlong climate advocacy training program for young people to build lifelong skills while having an immediate impact. You can join their active campaigns, or donate.
Seacology protects threatened island ecosystems, through working directly with communities. Islands are rich in unique plant and animal species, so Seacology have made it their mission to work on keeping these biodiverse areas alive through their conservation programs. Once these ecosystems are gone, they’re gone forever. Support Seacology here.
The Coral Reef Alliance works collaboratively with communities to reduce direct threats to reefs in ways that provide lasting benefits to people and wildlife. In parallel, CORAL is actively expanding the scientific understanding of how corals adapt to climate change and applying this information to give reefs the best chance to thrive for generations to come. This combined expertise uniquely positions them to achieve their mission by rallying the conservation community around scalable and effective solutions for coral reefs. Become a contributor here.
WeForest empowers communities to sustainably advance and implement innovative, high-standard, scalable and lasting solutions to restore forest landscapes. Their goal is to reach over 100 million trees – equivalent to around 85 000 hectares – restored or conserved by the end of 2024, making a significant contribution to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Support them here.
The Orangutan Project is a passionate group of people dedicated to saving the orangutan, led by an experienced set of wildlife experts that have been working for over 20 years to protect orangutans. Together their brand, staff, supporters, partners, and the community are working to protect orangutans from extinction. One of our brand partners, Earthwise Beauty, are proud sponsors of The Orangutan Project, and you can be, too. Adopt an orphan orangutan, donate to the cause, or protect their habitat.
Water Keeper Alliance ensures that the world’s Waterkeeper groups are as connected to each other as they are to their local waters, organizing the fight for clean water into a coordinated global movement. Earth Harbor, another one of our brand partners, contributes to this organization through your purchases with them. Or you can donate directly to the cause, here.
Water For People is another one of Earth Harbor’s chosen charities to support. Water For People is a global nonprofit that helps people bring clean water and sanitation solutions to their communities for generations to come. So far they’ve impacted 3.6 million people with their good work. Become a contributor here.
Wild Earth Allies is the third organization Earth Harbor contributes to. They work with a wide network of partners to protect wildlife and habitats in culturally appropriate ways. They select their initiatives with great care, looking in each for a pressing need and a genuine opportunity to catalyze change. Help their cause here.
1% For The Planet is a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental solutions through annual memberships and everyday actions. They advise on giving strategies, they certify donations, and they amplify the impact of their network. We are one percent for the planet at Fait avec Coeur, and you can be, too. Join here.
How to Minimize Your Impact on Climate Change
“Climate Neutral” has been a buzzword for some time now, as brands race to neutralize their carbon footprint. However, the problem we are still seeing is that the carbon that exists in the atmosphere is not being reduced, which is what we really need to happen in order to make a true impact on our environment. This has resulted in brands now looking to become “Climate Positive". What this means is, brands not only offset their carbon, but they invest in other ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere to the equivalent of at least another 10% of their emissions.
As a consumer, you can become climate positive, too. Here are some ways:
Responsible Home: Try going zero waste and waterless with your household products. When you take a look at the products in your home, the manufacturing process to formulate and bottle those products is a massive contributor to climate change. So you don’t get overwhelmed, let’s start in the bathroom:
- Shampoo and conditioner bars, like the ones from Ethique are luxurious, high quality, made in New Zealand from sustainably sourced ingredients - not only that, but Ethique is a climate positive brand!;
- Face and body cleansers, like Thoreau Lab’s face and body bars are made with the planet in mind, using only sustainable ingredients, and works well for all skin types, including sensitive skin;
- Serum bars, like DEW MTY’s Bloom Jelly Serum Bar, replaces your serums, oils, and moisturizers, comes in compostable packaging, and is formulated without water or nasty chemicals, taking clean, slow beauty to new levels;
- Body bars, like Kate McLeod’s Body Stones are a nourishing and waterless body lotion in the form of a bar, that contain only natural and sustainably sourced ingredients.
- Cleaning products, like Blueland’s cleaning and soap tablets, are formulated without water, and their bottles are made from tritan® crystal and glass — no plastic! Blueland is B Corp Certified; Cradle to Cradle™ Certified; and Climate Neutral Certified, making them one of the most ethical and sustainable companies in their industry.
Responsible Retail: Buy from retail brands that are consciously trying to reduce their environmental impact. If you’re not sure how sustainable or ethical a brand is, don’t worry. You’ll be able to find the information on their website — and if you can’t, then we recommend doing further digging on the brand. But if there is a lack of information, it’s likely that they do not prioritize the planet. Here are a few skincare brands who are certified climate neutral:
Check out more climate neutral brands in other industries here.
Investing Responsibly: finding technology to invest in is a great way to contribute to the cause of climate change. Carbon capture and utilization pulls carbon from the air and uses it to fight climate change. While there aren’t many publicly listed companies doing this — meaning, not just anyone can invest in them — it’s a space to keep a closed eye on. Another way is to invest in companies that plant trees, like One Tree Planted. Or you can check out the lists on the Carbon Fund and Carbon Footprint™ websites. There are also other companies you can sign up with that will offset the carbon for you, like Wren, Pachama, and On a Mission.
While the brands mentioned are not all certified climate neutral or climate positive, they are all working hard to minimize their impacts on the planet through their high quality and innovative products and services. The simplest way to minimize your impact on the environment is to support brands that are thoughtful and sustainable in their policies and procedures.
Lowering your impact on the environment can seem like a daunting and difficult task to tackle. However, there are so many resources and wonderful organizations available with information that can help you to become a more thoughtful and sustainable human being. We all start somewhere, you just need to take the leap.
Emma Masotti is an Australian now living in Austin, TX, and has been a trained esthetician for over 15 years. She is a sustainable skincare writer, educating and building awareness around proper skin health that doesn’t cost the earth.
Some of the products promoted in our blog are from our online store. Many others are brands we have researched and found to be great examples of sustainable, ethical, and innovative brands in their field, and we don't make any profit from mentioning them in our blog. #CollaborationOverCompetition