International Women’s Day may be March 8th, but we all know there’s never a day women aren’t making a difference. We’re celebrating its 109th year, while celebrating women 365 days a year. As we spring into sustainability this month, we’re highlighting incredible women who have made, and continue to make, their mark on the environment and the world, every day.
Using sustainable practices before sustainability was cool, Eileen Fisher and her eponymous brand have become synonymous with eco-friendly fashion. For a decade they have taken customer’s gently worn items to be resold at a lower price point, creating a circular economy before it was a buzzword.
Since 2007, they have tracked their carbon output from transportation and partnered with NativeEnergy to reduce it, before carbon-neutrality was trending. Last year, she even upped the ante on her clothing renewal program, taking the donated items too damaged to be resold, and creating interior decor to Waste No More.
If you use a reusable silcone sandwich bag, there’s a good chance you refer to it solely as a Stasher. This is thanks to Kat Nouri, the founder who gained publicity with an appearance on Shark Tank and an investment from Mark Cuban. Her company is proud member of 1% For the Planet, which gives one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. Stasher bags can be used thousands of times, with usage ranging from storage to cooking, and each Stasher is free from BPA or phthalates. She’s leading Stasher to support the critical work that nonprofits like 5 Gyres and the Surfrider Foundation are doing to study and tackle the ocean plastics crisis.
Known for her literary achievements, Canadian writer Margaret Atwood weaves themes of gender and identity into her work while opining on matters of the environment on her book tours and speaking engagements. She has publicly voiced her support for Greta Thunberg and the work she has done to inspire the rise of young environmentalists around the world.
We highlight these women who use the platforms they have started to be a lifeforce for the planet. And here at Stojo we think you’ll agree: what says Happy International Women’s Day better than brilliant women protecting Mother Earth?