Lifestyle Expert Shares Sustainable Products

Lifestyle expert Cheryl Leahy joins WGN Weekend Morning News to share five sustainable women-owned products ahead of this year’s Earth Day.

Smaller Things pajamas for kids

  1. Smaller Things is a Chicago-based kids’ pajama brand that breaks the mold with sustainable, ethically made, and 100% organic products at their price point. The brand puts people and the planet first and uses fabrics and packaging for its whimsical and original pajamas illustrated by artists.
  2. IT’S PARENT-FOUNDED AND SELF-MADE: Creating these pajamas was co-founder Alecia Zasiebida’s passion (“UH-LEE-SEE-UH ZAH-ZUH-BEE-DUH”) because she knew that there had to be a better quality option for durable children’s clothing.
  3. The City PJs collection includes Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Boston and San Francisco. They also have Happy Birthday pajamas.
  4. The pajamas are available in sizes 0-3 months (baby), up to size 10 (kids). They are available for purchase at, $40 to $42.

Frankfurt Candle Company

  1. Unique candles that combine unique vintage containers with carefully selected fragrances.
  2. Founder Melissa Knieriem (“KA-NEER-UM” like “ka-serum”) was inspired at the start of pandemic life to create a unique, high-quality candle that was better for the planet.
  3. Each vintage candle uses the highest quality, eco-friendly and clean wooden wicks; and a luxurious coconut-apricot creme wax that is gluten-free, toxin-free, paraben-free, phalate-free, and from renewable sources.
  4. Melissa and Frankfort Candle Company will be at the Chicago Artisan Market in Ravenswood today and tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. if you want to experience them in person!
  5. Visit, IG @frankfortcandlecompany for more information, prices vary.

Aged and Infused Alcohol Infusion Kits

  1. Aged & Infused creates alcohol infusion kits that inspire everyday cocktail lovers to create a better drink at happy hour (or any hour).
  2. Founded by Jess Feller, inspired by her passion for the perfect cocktail, the brand uses all-natural fruits and spices, and their beautiful glass kits are reusable, refillable and made from recyclable materials.
  3. Each aged and brewed kit comes with everything you need to brew at home; a 16 oz. glass jar equipped with a custom filter spout, pre-measured all-natural ingredients, easy-to-follow instructions, and cocktail inspiration.
  4. This brand aims to demystify the cocktail-making process and bring the happy hour ritual to the home — they even have a Happy Hour Membership cocktail that educates and inspires cocktail lovers.
  5. Kits are $25 each, visit their website at and IG at @agedandinfused

small dollars

  1. Lil Bucks is an emerging brand from Chicago on a mission to be the Quaker Oats of buckwheat: it’s the first brand dedicated to sprouted buckwheat in the United States, and anyone who tastes it can’t live without the plant without gluten and grain free. protein based.
  2. What is buckwheat? It’s a nutritious fruit seed with superfood superpowers, and it’s long-lasting. Buckwheat is an excellent rotational crop, which means it grows well in cold climates and poor soils. Plus, it flowers quickly and it’s a soil rejuvenator, which means it draws what it needs from the ground.
  3. Founder Emily Griffith fell in love with sprouted buckwheat while living in Australia, and she returned to Chicago and created the superfood brand.
  4. Lil Bucks comes in four seed flavors; and they make Clusterbucks, which are low-sugar, adaptogenic granolas available in 5 addictive flavors!
  5. You can shop at Mariano’s, Dom’s and Whole Foods, visit and on IG on Instagram: @lovelilbucks

Sacred Serve Gelato

  1. Sacred Serve is a plant-based gelato brand made in Chicago on a mission to bring functionality to the frozen aisle. With a base of young organic coconut meat mixed with superfoods, adaptogenic herbs and medicinal mushrooms, a creamy gelato is born that is full of nutrition.
  2. Sacred Serve has launched the first 100% recyclable, compostable and biodegradable ice cream bricks! There was never a carton of ice cream you could recycle until Sacred Serve. It’s a big step towards ending our toxic relationship with single-use plastic.
  3. Founder Kailey Donewald (“Kale-E don-wald”) cured her allergies and asthma by eating a nutrient-dense diet while living in Indonesia. When she returned home to Chicago, she set out to clean out the sweetest section of the supermarket…the ice cream aisle. Now she’s on a mission to prove that ice cream can heal instead of harm.
  4. It comes in five flavors and is available for purchase at Mariano’s, Dom’s, and Whole Foods. Visit and @sacredserve

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