Eco-Friendly Ethical Marketplaces
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Still not sure what to get someone - or multiple someones - on your list? Or perhaps you'd prefer to get on one site and browse goods from multiple brands and/or makers? If that sounds like you, here are a few ethical marketplaces to check out! They have inspiring missions and when you buy from one of them, you know you're making a positive mark on people and our planet.
Threads Worldwide sources jewelry from women around the world, bringing their artisanal skills to an abundant marketplace here in the US. Every piece in the Threads line has the power to bridge the gap between the woman who wears it and the woman who made it, creating threads of sisterhood across the globe.
Sari Bari is an ethical fashion business that employs women who have been exploited in the sex trade or who are vulnerable to human trafficking. Women are trained as artisans to create handmade kantha products from recycled saris. With each Sari Bari purchase, you’re making an investment in one woman’s life—creating a way for her to engage in fair and fulfilling work. Women receive paid training, Well Woman Check ups, School Support for their kids, Health Insurance and Retirement benefits. Sari Bari’s social business model is facilitated by both a for-profit business in India and 501(3)c nonprofit in the U.S. Together, the two entities work hand-in-hand for the benefit of the artisans.
When a customer purchases a Sari Bari product, a woman receives fair wages, health insurance and retirement benefits for her work. Individuals may also choose to donate to the nonprofit through tax-deductible gifts which expand Sari Bari's capacity to offer economic, social, and educational opportunities to the employees of Sari Bari and their children. Through this partnership, the women of Sari Bari make their own life choices and achieve sustainable freedom.
As an eco-friendly online marketplace, EarthHero has done the work so you don’t have to. At EartHero, you can pick from products that are sourced, manufactured, and shipped in a way that protects our planet’s future; products made with low impact materials, whether that’s recycled content, organic or renewable ingredients. Each partnering brand has been chosen because they’re taking the right steps and helping to create a more sustainable future.
Since 1995, Alternative Apparel has set out to recreate that soft, lived‑in look and feel of our favorite vintage tee. Their garments are crafted with sustainable materials & processes, including organic & recycled materials, low-impact dyes & water-conserving washes. Approximately 120K plastic bottles recycled annually used in our Alternative-Eco™ fabrics. 2,100 trees, 400 cubic yards of landfill, 860k gallons of water and 120 tons of CO2 conserved annually.
rockflowerpaper is inspired by the colors, textures, and textiles that we see in our travels around the globe. Launched in 2009 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, rockflowerpaper is a small, woman-owned company dedicated to creating sophisticated, affordable products—designed by women, for women. By transforming all that they love about travel into vibrant clothing, bags, and home accessories, rockflowerpaper brings the beauty and wonder of the world home.
ABLE is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty through providing economic opportunity for women. While living in Ethiopia, Barrett Ward saw firsthand how extreme poverty forced young women, generation after generation, to resort to prostitution as a means of supporting themselves and their families.
The goal was to provide an alternative that would give these women an opportunity to earn a living, empowering them to end the cycle of poverty that kept them trapped. Armed with multiple studies illustrating how the employment of women benefits and strengthens the entire community, the ABLE team set out on a mission to end generational poverty, one job at a time.
Zachary Elliott & Nicole Barton Elliott met in law school and after a few years of practice, they decided to start a company with a mission they were passionate about. In 2017, they launched Good Cubed, because as lifelong animal lovers, they wanted to find a way to help make cruelty-free beauty more the norm and less of a niche in the beauty industry.
1% of all proceeds are donated to their rescue partner, Rescue + Freedom Project, to support their work to give animals a second chance at life, and pave the way for an end to animal testing and animal cruelty. As there are still so many companies that test their products on animals and are able to market around it, Good Cubed wanted to create a place where all the background work was done for you and you could easily shop cruelty-free with a clean conscience! Their mission is to connect you with wonderful, high-quality, effective, clean beauty products that are 100% cruelty-free, while also giving animals a greater voice. All of their packaging and packing materials are 100% recyclable, and most of our materials are made from recycled materials as well; their boxes are made of 97% post-consumer content and printed using algae-based ink, which is sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable.