Earth Day falls on Thursday, 22 April, and this year's theme is 'Restore Our Earth', which encourages people around the globe to look towards solutions for the on-going damage being inflicted on the environment, and to innovative thinking that could restore the world's ecosystems.

To mark the occasion, we are listing just some of eco-friendly businesses based in Ireland.

reuzi.ie
Owned and operated by Pat Kane, a Brazillian woman now based in Dublin with her husband and two sons, reuzi is Ireland's one-stop shop for eco-friendly products to use at home and on the go. Determined to help shoppers swap 'dirty disposables' for durable products, the store focuses on selling objects that are compostable, recyclable or reusable so as to avoid adding to the landfill.

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Jiminy.ie
Named after Pinocchio's conscientious sidekick Jiminy Cricket, Jiminy.ie is the brainchild of Dublin mum Sharon Keilthy. Hoping to avoid buying plastic-wrapped plastic toys shipped in from overseas while shopping for her daughter, Sharon set up n eco-specialist toystore to give Irish parents more options. these days, she has over 300 toys made locally from natural or recycled materials on offer.

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at HOME style
HOME is a luxury lifestyle brand founded by three Irish ladies: Eilleen Denham, Sinead Bailey Kelly and Deirdre Young. The website is home to beautiful artisan creations including wool knitted blankets and soy wax candles.

Starting on Earth Day, everyone who makes a purchase of an at HOME style candle will enjoy a paper-seeded greeting card. They are encouraging people to reuse their at HOME style glass candle jars when they are finished burning their candles, to plant their seeded paper cards, and watch lavender grow from them. These jars can then be placed, on window sills, in gardens, and on balconies, for bees to enjoy as well.

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Faerly
Founded by James and Eoin in Co. Kildare, while surrounded chickens and their pet cat, Faerly is home to a considered collection of everyday items from small Irish makers and eco-conscious brands. They have ethical every day items such as eco-friendly cleaning agents, sanitary products and oral dental products as well as gorgeous gift boxes jam packed with Irish good ranging from soaps and candles to skincare and haircare.

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Tús
Tús - an Irish word meaning to start - is a sustainable lifestyle store that specialises in everyday homeware products that are earth conscious and made within in the UK and Ireland. Founded in 2020, the site ensure that their products and packaging are made from raw natural materials and are completely plastic free. Additionally, all products are completely toxin free and are animal cruelty free.

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Johnny Magory
Johnny Magory's purpose is to get kids outside exploring and connecting with nature and learning about Irish heritage and wildlife (but through lots of craic and grá). The latest book in the series by Kildare author Emma Jane Leeson is available this month, and readers young and old can enjoy a trip to the farm with Johnny, Lily-May, Ruairi and their farmyard friends in Johnny Magory and the Farmyard Féasta.

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Whipped
Sisters Masindi and Denga Phiriga co-founded their natural, sustainable, vegan and cruelty free skincare line with an aim to nourish and care for all skin types. Aptly named Whipped, this handmade butter is whipped up from natural ingredients so as to avoid any harsh chemicals that could irritate the skin.

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Read more: Get ready for Earth Day 2021 with UNICEF Ireland