Never before have people been so adamant about only buying eco-conscious products, and with good reason. While eco-friendly things in the past have tended to feel casual (dare we say crunchy), the world of high-end design is making big moves towards sustainability. Here, our top 10 luxury eco-conscious picks, from handbags to headphones. And honestly, could it get any cooler than a solar powered yacht?
There’s extravagant and than there’s extravagant. This multi-million dollar yacht would in most circles be considered excessive, but its solar powered, so we’re obviously obsessed. The Emax E-Volution solar hybrid yacht runs on both marine diesel and solar power, and puts out all the stops when it comes to comfort. The basic option comes with six cabins and a master suite, outdoor cinema, pool, sundeck, a few outdoor bars, wine storage, and a coat checkroom. The amenities are completely solar powered, and the yacht can reach up to a speed of 14 knots, before it starts using diesel fuel. Don’t worry, if you think anything is missing you can add it yourself, as each model is custom designed. ($40,000,000, nedshipgroup.com).
Social and environmental responsibility is at the core of jeweler Monique Péan’s values. Each stone used in her jewelry is sourced in environmentally responsible ways, and the brand is a committed supporter of fair trade policies. The jeweler has also made a pledge to abide by strict labor and safety practices for her workers and all of the metals used in her jewelry is 100 percent recyclable. This bracelet is made of fossilized walrus ivory and white pavè diamonds. Eco-conscious? Yes. Luxe? Absolutely. ($69,540, moniquepean.com).
While luxury and sustainability don’t have a great history of mixing well, Gucci seems to have it on lock. In the past, the brand designed bags and watches made of bamboo. This year during Paris Fashion Week, Gucci came out with zero-deforestation handbags made of amazon leather. The Italian house collaborated with Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge and the National Wildlife Federation on this project. Each bag comes with its own passport, which traces the production and sourcing of all the materials used to make it. (From $2,500, gucci.com).
If you're anything like us, than you love products that ooze quality. Le Labo fragrances are special because there are only 10 scents, all of which are made by hand and on demand at its exclusive New York perfumery lab using natural and eco-friendly materials. Our personal favorite is Jasmin 17, but visit Le Labo's lab and see which fragrance is right for you. ($145, lelabofragrances.com).
Lexus' 2013 LS hybrid perfectly juxtaposes luxury design and sustainability. With the ability to reach 60 mph in 5.6 seconds with an electric motor, this Lexus is fast and green. It provides state of the art technology, including rear sensors, which can notify the driver of approaching vehicles, even if they are out of camera view. The sound system has been compared to that of the best concert halls in the world, and the navigation system provides a series of apps, one that allows you to make dinner reservations and buy movie tickets. All of this advanced technology and it’s a hybrid. (Starting at $119,910, Lexus.com).
Hand-woven by Wayuu Indians in Colombia’s Caribbean coast, Miss Mochila's bags are beautiful and durable. Each design is one of a kind and made with organic cotton. Wearing a Miss Mochila bag gives the simplest of outfits a vibrant touch, and every purchase supports the indigenous Wayuu people. Look great while doing good. ($325, missmochila.com).
Eco-conscious is part of Stella McCartney’s DNA. Still mindful of producing top quality clothing (which eco material often can’t achieve), about 20 to 30 percent of each collection is made up of sustainable elements. The brand tries to use organic fabric and natural dyes as often as possible, and is constantly looking for new organic materials. The designer also never uses leather or fur. This mustard jacket is one of our favorite pieces from spring. ($1,845, stellamccartney.com).
Aside from being massive, this Los Angeles home also runs on green energy. It's built with solar panels and boasts a water recycle system. The seven bedroom home is constructed entirely of steel glass and concrete. Yes, the floating stainless steal staircase is cool, but it pales in comparison to the house’s glass wall, which opens to a professionally landscaped backyard. ($15,000,000, christiesrealestate.com).
BDDW prides itself on being an American furniture company devoted to creating timeless furniture pieces. The company uses domestic hardwoods and hand rubs each piece with natural oils and lacquers upon completion. We especially love this dining table because of its organic elegance. ($45,000, bddw.com).
These fancy House of Marley headphones are designed and built with FSC certified beech wood, recyclable aluminum, and responsibly tanned leather. Equipped with ultra-soft ear cushions that block outside noise and high definition sound, your listening experience will be crisp and captivating. It will almost feel like you’re listening to a live performance. ($199,thehouseofmarley.com).