For those of us who are still on the millennial pink bandwagon in 2019, it looks like we have another rosy hue to obsess over thanks to Pantone’s announcement of their 2019 Color of the Year as Living Coral. The company describes the tone as a playful one that seeks to inspire optimism and self-expression in our daily life, which is certainly welcomed in a time where we are starting to demand more authenticity from the world around us and what we see in the media. The warm, peachy hue is sure to brighten up your home décor and Instagram feed, but also serves as a reminder that its namesake, vibrant coral reefs around the world, grow increasingly threatened by climate change and ocean pollution. We’ve rounded up our favorite beauty and fashion picks for the year that sport your new go-to color and score some serious eco-friendly points.
1. 4Ocean’s Coral Reef Bracelet
This dainty bracelet packs a serious two-for-one punch. For one, this piece gives off major beach babe vibes- think Miley Cyrus’s “Malibu” music video. But what we really love about this bracelet is the company behind it, 4Ocean, and their dedication to ocean preservation. For every bracelet purchased, a pound of trash and pollution is cleaned from coastlines, not to mention the bracelet itself is made out of 100% recycled plastic and glass recovered from the ocean. You can be rest assured there’ll be no buyer’s remorse here as your contribution supports the Coral Restoration Foundation, in partnership with 4Ocean, that helps protect these vital ecosystems.
2. Honua’s Hawaiian Beauty Water
Hawaiian skincare line Honua’s Hawaiian Beauty Water promises to have your skin looking as luminous and dewy as the natives with ethically sourced ingredients like hibiscus and papaya enzymes. This coral hued liquid exfoliant is cruelty free, completely organic, and will probably make you feel like the Disney princess Moana. Better yet, Honua has partnered with the non-profit Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, which will receive a portion of the proceeds from their ocean inspired product line, in addition to sponsoring beach wide cleanups.
3. Love Beauty and Planet’s Juicy Grapefruit Dry Shampoo
Grapefruit is basically the sister color of coral and we are here for it. Love, Beauty, and Planet’s Day 2 Dry Shampoo is cruelty free, silicone free, dye free and packed full of grapefruit goodness to give your second day hair a luscious bounce. The affordable beauty brand (also available at Target for my fellow Target addicts!) is made with recyclable plastic, which helps keep sea turtles and coral reefs happy by reducing the amount of pollution and plastic waste in the ocean. Plus, you’ll save water by skipping a shower!
4. Rothy’s Flats in Copper
Sure, you could spend $100 on Tory Burch flats or any other designer name brand. Or you could score a pair of Rothy’s for the same price that rocks Pantone’s color of choice and helps save our oceans. The entire shoe (seriously, the whole thing) is made from 100% post-consumer water bottles and features a carbon free vegan rubber sole. A quick peek on their website tells us that 31, 967, 125 water bottles have been repurposed. Think of how much plastic that’s keeping out of our ocean’s ecosystems! I seriously commend whoever came up with such a genius idea and also managed to make the shoes actually cute.
5. Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Lip Tint in Coral
My personal favorite way to style this year’s “it” color is with a good old fashioned lip product. The beauty of coral is that it can be flattering on any skin tone and can add an unexpected touch of color to an otherwise average outfit. Herbivore’s Coco Rose Lip Tint in Coral is the perfect balance between an airy moisturizer and a light stain that lasts. The packaging is arguably is sleek as the product itself and the fact that it’s made out of recyclable glass ups its glam factor. Who said eco-conscious couldn’t feel high-end?