The struggle of finding ethical, eco-friendly products is real. It takes a lot of time to wade through endless online stores. Plus, it can be hard to know if you can really trust the brand to be as good as it claims. The three eco-friendly online stores highlighted in this blog post do all the hard work of vetting brands and curating ethical collections, so that you can shop for sustainable, ethical products efficiently. They are my go-to places when looking for ethical, fair trade and sustainable homeware, clothing, accessories and beauty products.
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For Ethical Clothing, Furniture, Home Decor and more: Made Trade
When you think of MadeTrade, think of an ethical alternative to Anthropologie. They curate an impressive range of 6500+ ethically made products like clothing, shoes, accessories, home decor, furniture, lighting and more. You can make feel-good choices knowing that your purchase directly supports small businesses, independent makers, and artisans in the United States and around the world.
Highlights from their bedding and bath section include 100% Tencel Eucalyptus sheets that feel like silk, but are more durable and vegan. Other greats finds include beautiful fair trade pajamas made in India from modal – they’re so soft you’ll never want to take them off! Also, I love their beautifully crafted cork cases like this gorgeous tablet organizer.
Interested? Check out Made Trade’s beautiful sustainably made ethical collection here.
For Handmade and Vintage Goods: Etsy
When you’re committed to sustainable living, thrifting is an essential step in the purchasing process. With lockdowns making it more difficult to get to our favorite thrift stores, Etsy is a fantastic way to buy secondhand and vintage gems. When you browse the vintage section of the marketplace, you’ll find vintage levis, classic polaroid cameras and personalized laptop cases. One of the many reasons why I love shopping on Etsy so much, is because I know my purchase goes towards supporting independent, small businesses. People who have poured their heart and soul into making their Etsy stores truly valuable. Like you, I want my hard-earned coin to go towards deserving recipients! Some of my favorite Etsy stores include:
A shop that excels at finding amazing 80s, 90s and 00s fashion. Everything for sale is hand-selected and unused thanks to Michelle’s knack for sourcing dead-stock.
A great go-to shop for zero-waste essentials like the kit pictured above, reusable bags and they now also sell reusable face coverings. I love that you can customize the kit to your specific needs.
Truly stunning, ethereal jewelry that uses high quality semi-precious gemstones, gold filled, sterling silver and rose gold filled chains. Ashley does an amazing job of creating such beautiful handmade jewelry, and her packaging is equally gorgeous.
Interested? Check out Etsy Marketplace here.
For Ethical, Clean Beauty & Wellness: Petit Vour
Petit Vour curates the absolute best cruelty free, eco-friendly and non-toxic beauty and wellness products. We all have skincare and hair-care routines that require different products from different brands. which can get overwhelming when we also want to be conscious consumers. Petit Vour is the perfect marketplace to find the different products you need to look and feel your best, because they do all the hard work of vetting the brands first.
They have a four step standard to ensure that each and every product on their shelves will give both you and the planet the best experience. Here’s a brief overview of their rigorous testing:
- Top Shelf Performance – because you deserve to get what you pay for. They test each product before it hits their shelves.
- Ingredient Integrity – their restricted ingredients list includes toxic chemicals and all animal-derived ingredients.
- Ethical Manufacturing – they are wholly cruelty-free, which means no animal testing and clear proof of fair work conditions.
- Exceptional Aesthetic – Each products has to be good for you, the planet, the people involved in making it, it has to look amazing too 😉
Read about more in detail here.
Their beauty box has been featured in Forbes, VOGUE, Marie Claire and BuzzFeed. I recommend it as an inexpensive way to test our their incredible product range. At just $15 a box, you’ll receive over $50 of non-toxic, cruelty-free and vegan beauty each month.
Here are a couple of my top picks from their collection:
The Takesumi Detox Overnight Dry Shampoo from Kaia Naturals
This charcoal base dry shampoo has two options, blonde and brunette. This in itself is a great advantage compared to other dry shampoo products that don’t take this key difference into account and leave a white residue in your hair. Redheads should choose the brunette option. It’s recommended for use before bed because it can take around four hours for you to see results, but the results are well worth it. You’ll wake up with fresh, bouncy hair that has a lovely light citrus scent.
Check out The Takesumi Detox Dry Shampoo here.
Sienna Byron Bay Non-Toxic, Vegan Nail Polish
Moment of truth – are you still using toxic nail polish? Sienna is cruelty free, vegan and was the first Australian polish to be completely free of Benzophenone-1. They’re also the first polish company to ban all micro-plastics (like glitter!) from production. Now onto the fun stuff – what’s your go-to mani/pedi shade for fall? Do you lean towards soft neutrals, moody shades like plum, navy and burgundy or classics like red and pink?
Check out Sienna’s Nail Polish here.
Interested in Petit Vour? Check out their collection here.
Thanks for reading! I hope these ethical online stores make sustainable living easier for you. Let me know in the comments what your favorite place to shop for ethical goods is, I’d love to hear from you!
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