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Bloomsy Box

We’ll be straightforward: we at Bluedot don’t generally recommend sending flowers. They have a high cost in terms of carbon, water, labor, and more. But some people love receiving flowers so much that to deprive them of a Valentine’s or Mother’s Day bouquet would seem almost unkind. For them, we recommend Bloomsy Box.

Modern Sprout

Biophilic design, an architectural and interior decorating style, connects people in interior spaces to the natural world. Modern Sprout, a Chicago-based company, took this inspiration and created the most beautiful indoor planters and grow lights we’ve ever seen. Save 15% with code BLUEDOT.

Lettuce Grow Farmstand

Lettuce Grow makes hydroponic gardens for home use that allow people to grow produce indoors year-round. Built in the U.S. from recycled plastic milk jugs, these app-connected Farmstands offer digital guidance but deliver the satisfaction of home-grown food. The indoor Nook has integrated LEDs and room for 20 seedlings.

Nature's Generator

A typical gas-powered generator is noisy, costs a lot to run, and spews pollution. That’s why we’re intrigued by Nature’s Generator, which makes solar generators that run silently and without fossil fuels. These generators are much better for the Earth than gas-guzzlers. Save 10% with code BLUEDOT

Jade Yoga

Many yoga companies talk about sustainability; JadeYoga is one that really walks the walk in terms of certifications and giving. Jade makes all its grippy yoga mats in the U.S. from natural rubber, with no mats using plastics or bioplastics. Through Trees for the Future, Jade plants one tree for every mat they sell.

Manduka Yoga Mats

Yoga teacher and Contributing Editor Mollie Doyle has been practicing yoga for over 30 years. She recommends Manduka mats above all others. “I have tried every mat under the sun,” she says. “The Manduka Pro 6mm is the best, most durable mat on the market. It outlasts every other mat by a decade.”

Manduka Yoga Props

Two of Bluedot’s in-house yogis, Mollie Doyle and Robin Jones, both love the Manduka brand for yoga. Both use the Manduka Pro mat, and recommend some Manduka props as well. Jones, who runs sweaty, always practices with one of Manduka’s “game-changing” Yogitoes towels atop her mat.

Hugger Mugger Yoga

Bluedotter and yoga teacher Mollie Doyle says that Hugger Mugger “has been a leader in cleaning up the yoga biz.” She also notes that they helped start the yoga biz here in the United States. The company launched in 1986 with shorts, D-ring yoga straps (everywhere now, but novel then), and sticky mats designed just for yoga.
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