5 Sustainable E-Marketplaces to Shop Now
Going green and doing good all in one spot
by : Jillian Vieira- Jul 5th, 2021
GOODEE, Know The Origin
These days, we’re all trying to live a little more consciously. Whether it’s cutting out single-use plastics, skipping out on next-day shipping or carrying around a trusty tote in case of impulse buys, making more sustainable switches has become a moral imperative. Over the years, this cultural shift has spurred a crop of online marketplaces with similar standards, offering goods across the spectrum that ultimately do good by the Earth. Here, we detail these one-stop sustainable shops that cater to your closet, beauty routine, décor choices and every ritual in between.
GOODEE’s “less but better” ethos—one that underlines ethically made, personality-plus homewares—has resulted in a highly covetable collection of pieces from across the globe. Bestsellers include Baba Tree’s colourful, handwoven baskets sourced in Ghana, delightfully fish-shaped soaps from Japanese heritage brand Tamanohada and the stunningly modern children’s furniture from EcoBirdy (seriously, you’ll want it in adult size). The brand makes it easy to buy by your morals, too: a do-good legend accompanies each product page, noting sustainable benchmarks like heritage craft preservation, carbon reduction and use of natural materials.
Ample + Good
With green-washed products becoming even more common than the green principles that inspired them, Ample + Good seeks to sort through the market for daily wares you can actually count on. As such, the Bradford, ON-based brand purveys low-impact, non-toxic goods with an emphasis on Canadian makers. (We’re fans of the plastic-free hair ties by Kooshoo and Nelson Naturals’ zero-waste toothpaste tablets.) The outcome is a curated space where one can purchase “unpaper” towels, wool dryer balls and menstrual cups in a couple clicks.
The Detox Market
Talk about high standards: at The Detox Market, every beauty product worth the brand’s seal of approval is scrutinized for a pure ingredient list, cruelty-free formulas and ethical founders. They’re choosy; like, really choosy. In fact, less than 2 percent of submitted products every year make the e-store shelves. Good-for-the-earth winners include tried-and-true cult brands like Pai, Rahua and Tata Harper, plus a collection of low-waste alternatives to beauty’s single-use problem (think: plastic-free, use-forever razors by Well Kept and reusable cotton pads from the market’s in-house brand.)
Know The Origin
Stocking contemporary-cool fashion brands like Hara, Saye and Girlfriend Collective, e-tailer Know The Origin completely eschews the granola aesthetic that often goes hand in hand with good-for-the-earth design formulas. Expect pastel boilersuits made from surplus fabric, ethically produced wide-leg jeans done up in organic cotton and Scandi-inspired sneakers constructed from recycled material. Plus, KTO’s cost-per-use calculator—included on every product page—helps soften the sticker shock when spending a little more on sustainably made goods.
Package Free Shop
Taking on the zero-waste lifestyle requires real commitment, no doubt about it. But if you’re even a little bit determined to reduce your footprint, checking out Package Free Shop is a smart start. This well-stocked marketplace makes it easy—and honestly pretty affordable—to incorporate simple swaps to your everyday routines. Celebrating a birthday? Top the cake with long-lasting, toxin-free beeswax candles. Snacking on the go? Skip the Ziploc baggies for a reusable silicone pouch. Applying meaningfully sustainable practices to your life has never been easier.
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