Earth Day, when we focus on the environment and sustainability, is April 22 but eco-friendly products are easier than ever to find year-round.
At Lucia's World Friendly Boutique, 523 East High Street in Lexington, gifts include Haitian art created from recycled oil drums and purses from El Salvador fashioned from recycled tires.
Looking for locally produced organic lotions and soaps? Sunflower Sundries, based in Mount Olivet, is celebrating 20 years in business and sells its bath and body products all over the country.
Two of the most popular products are lavender and lemongrass soaps, $6 at Sunflowersundries.com. In Lexington, you'll find them at Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive; the Lexington Farmers Market; the Kentucky Proud Market at The Shops at Lexington Center, 430 West Vine Street; and Windy Corner Market, 4595 Bryan Station Road.
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When shopping for this year's beachwear, consider Eco Swim swimsuits made of recycled materials in the U.S.A. Select items — bikinis and one-piece styles — are sold at department stores including Dillard's, Macy's and Nordstrom.
Men and women can make a summer outfit pop with a colorful watch from Sprout (Sproutwatches.com). The company's eco-friendly materials include corn resin, bamboo, organic cotton and fish leather harvested from non-endangered species. The current collection features water-resistant styles.