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Hit the road, Desert Companion readers! And while you're at it, have a look around. This issue invites you to not only escape to the outdoors, but also to think about the environmental issues affecting our pursuits and our world.

Earth Way

A woman sprays Nectarlife's lotion on her hands

These local shops are doing their part to solve the plastics problem

Eco-friendly living is more than about reducing, reusing, and recycling. In line with this year’s Earth Day theme, Planet vs. Plastics, these three local businesses give customers creative ways to reduce plastics and microplastics, while stocking up on products for travel, the outdoors, and the environment.

  1. Live the Nectar Life
    Nectarlife CEO and cofounder Tom Taicher believes in indulging the senses without harming animals. The company’s beauty and bath treats are made from vegan, cruelty-free, and ethically sourced ingredients; it reuses containers; and it’s microplastic-free. Nectarlife’s mess- and waste-free hand spray lotion ($6) comes in Fruit Smoothie or Vanilla Musk scents. It’s handmade in Nectarlife’s Las Vegas factory. Oh, and it hydrates, too!
    A woman holds a bamboo toothbrush
    Me Mother Earth
  2. Me, Myself, and Mother Earth
    At Me Mother Earth, husband and wife Alberto Gomes and Amanda Runkle are about living plastic-free. It’s not easy, but the little things they did initially, such as swapping plastic straws for a stainless steel one, led to their pop-up events on sustainability and, now, an e-commerce site. Their compact all-in-one bamboo travel toothbrush and case ($8.99) solves outdoor dental needs for light travelers. Did I mention bamboo is naturally anti-microbial? Also, this one is Bisphenol A (BPA)-free.
    Two jars of Yay for Earth's sensitive skin face lotion
    Yay for Earth
  3. Feeling It
    Filling Earthy is a mobile refillery based in Henderson, offering low-waste and bulk refill options for household and personal care products. Buyers bring their own containers and get as much or as little as they want. Owner Angela Ying carries Yay for Earth’s sensitive skin face lotion, a salve that fans say is so versatile it can be used for sunburns, bug bites, and itch. It’s available in a one-ounce travel tin ($21) or two-ounce jar ($34), and for pick-up in Henderson only.