Sustainable Japanese brands that care for the environment

Japanese companies are becoming even more aware with the effects of climate change, and how we as humans can play an integral role in preventing crisis to further damage our planet. These companies are changing the way they contemplate how their products are manufactured, sold, and distributed. Although there are now a large assortment of products and merchandise that are kind to the environment, some deserve a special spotlight.

Kao’s sustainable packaging

Kao has been around for more than 100 years. Beginning in 1887, Kao aims to bring its customers the best cosmetic, fabric, and home care products. Although Kao is now a global company with over 33,000 employees worldwide, it also aware about being a sustainability focused company. One way it does so is to abide by the 4Rs when it comes to packaging.

Kao, for example, has gone to great lengths in order to reduce how much packaging is used in their products. By reducing packaging size for, and upping the efficacy of their laundry detergent, Kao has been able to cut CO2 emissions by a reasonable amount. This is possible by reducing the amount of resin used for packaging, which can provide up to 45% reduction in emissions per one load.

Although Kao has a long way to go before it becomes a truly sustainable company, it is taking steps in the right direction in order to provide products that are kind to the environment.

Cosme Kitchen’s organic and natural products

Cosme Kitchen is a Japanese brand that deeply cares for the relationship between humans and nature. It understands the importance of co-existing and keeping a balance between people and the environment.

Founded in 2010, the company boasts an amazing assortment of products that range from makeup, moisturizers, toothpaste, and soap. What’s unbeatable about Cosme Kitchen is that the products the company sells are 100% plant-based material. The company now has over 10 stores in Tokyo alone and many others located in and around the country. For those living in Japan looking for an environmentally conscious alternative when it comes to skin care and beauty, Cosme Kitchen is definitely the one-stop shop for all of your self-care needs.

The sustainable fashion of Modeco


Although it is important for some people to keep up with the latest styles and trends, it is also essential to know how to be trendy in an environmental manner; accordingly, that is where Medeco comes in.

Taking fashion sustainability to a whole new level, Modeco is a fashion company based in Nagoya, Japan. Modeco’s designers have literally turned what others might consider waste into wearable, as well as trendy, clothing, bags and other accessories.

According to Hiroyuki Mizuno, the company’s creative designer, Modeco is a simple way to make the best use of resources that most might deem no longer usable, overproduced or discarded. Modeco takes these things and turns them into a work of wearable art.


Modeco has even gone as far as pairing up with another environmentally aware brand, Patagonia Japan. For this collaboration, Modeco and Patagonia took “upcycled” waders and turned them into bags. Waders were chosen due to their high quality resistance against abrasion, as well as for being waterproof.

Ordering brands from Modeco is not only limited to those who live in Japan, but their website also makes it possible to order their goods from any part of the world.

Moreover, although Modeco has its hands full creating high end sustainable fashion, the company also donates one percent of sales to nonprofit organizations that work tirelessly to contribute to the environmental stability of our planet. Shopping for new clothing not only has to be trendy, but also environmentally aware.

There are a tremendous amount of brands around the world that are doing it’s best to provide its customers with brands that will have a positive impact on an ever changing environment. Although this may be the case, it will also be more important to seek out these brands in order to create a sustainable lifestyle that will protect the world and future generations.

(This article was originally published on Zenbird Media.)

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