5 Locally Made Products for the New Year

These items can help clean your slate and kick off new habits that are good for the environment and your body
Gustola Granola
Gustola Granola

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1. Gustola Granola

Angela Gustafson is just the type of maker you’d expect to turn out Gustola Granola. A “granola“ herself, she is equally as happy on a running trail as  she is in the kitchen. Using natural ingredients, she blends authentic food to put “vroom” in the daily grind, saying, “There is no greater privilege than to feed people food that tastes great and is good for them.” A portion of each sale benefits the Wilderness Inquiry. Hazelnut Almond Blueberry Granola, $8.99; gustolagranola.com

Soak It Up Cloths
Soak It Up Cloths

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2. Soak It Up Cloths

Minnesota art director and mom Carla Scholz decided it was time to create something that appealed to her growing interest in all things green. That something is Soak It Up Cloths, reusable Swedish sponge cloths, and now eco-friendly Soak It Up Clards, unique greeting cards that double as cleaning cloths. One Clard is the equivalent of 3,000 paper towels. It’s a Beautiful Day Clard, $10; clards.com

Willa's Oak Milk
Willa’s Oak Milk

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3. Willa’s Oat Milk

No one cooks for their families like grandmothers, and that’s why granddaughters Christina Dorr and Elena Dorr Zienda use namesake Grandmother Willa’s recipe for their creamy oat milk. Their latest creation, Dark Chocolate, follows the same recipe with a touch of maple sugar, sea salt, and Raaka’s Peruvian cacao. Dark Chocolate Oat Milk, $42.99 for six; willaskitchen.com

Sunleaf Naturals
Sunleaf Naturals

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4. Sunleaf Naturals

Founded in 2007 by Teresa Andrys, a product development chemist, SunLeaf harnesses the power of pure plant ingredients to make clean, effective products for bath, body, and home. The Fresh & Clean Kitchen collection is made with grapefruit and tea tree oils and includes an air purifying spray, a purifying soap, and an essential oil blend. Fresh & Clean Kitchen Collection, $33.95; sunleafnaturals.com

Shor Products
Shor Products

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5. Shor Products

Micah and Cassidy Rude are raising a family that loves the water and wants to do their small part in making the shores plastic free. Each handmade beeswax wrap is an alternative to plastic wrap that adds beauty as well as sustainability. From a starter set to the larger “hot dish” size, there is a wrap for every dish and a design for every kitchen. Beeswax Wrap Starter Set, $18; shorproducts.com

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Jerrod Sumner is Minnesota Monthly’s aesthetic editor. His work covers all things local in the maker community. He is sought after for his understanding and promotion of the modern, American-made maker movement, and is a contributor on FOX 9 Good Day, sharing stories and goods. Follow him on Instagram @mrjerrodscott.