This is our growing ethical shopping Guide. We will continue to add to is as we find more resources.
Fast fashion and our culture of over consumption for all goods has trained consumers to want things cheaper and faster, all at the expense of human safety in factories and everyone’s health everywhere.
Consumer goods now have shorter lifespans and longer waste-spans. Consider also the amount of non-compostable packaging that comes with everything we consume. It turns out that throwing them in the recycling bin does little to divert the landfill. Recycling centers have been closing rapidly due to lower demand for recycled materials and higher costs to recycle them.
We agree with Alden Wicker of EcoCult that brands and producers should take full responsibility for their products’ end of life. (See Preserve’s recycling program) Until they institute a take-back program, or make more sustainable packaging, we should pressure them to do so and think twice about buying their products.
One-time use plastic alternative
Blue Avocado – Reusable zip lock bags
Super Bee – Reusable wax wrap
Etee – Reclaimed leather wrap
Chico Bags – Reusable shopping bags
Eco Bag – Reusable produce bags
Preserve – Compostable straws
Good Holdings Company – bulk products jar system
Sustainable cleaning products
Organic and fair-trade clothing is just as important to our health as organic and fair-trade food. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and healthy clothing minimizes toxic exposure for workers, consumers, and the environment.
Patagonia Worn Wear
Raven & Lily
The Real Real
Deadwood – Recycled Leather Jackets
Warp and Weft Jeans
Eileen Fisher Renew
Accessories and home goods:
Noon Day Collection
Love is Project
West Elm Artisan collections
Suga Yoga – yoga mats made from recycled wetsuits
Sustainable sun glasses
If we can all just buy a little slower, a little more consciously and a little less, we can give our planet a little space to heal! Happy Holidays everyone!