Founded by Eliza Strode, a clinical social worker, A Thread of Hope supports artisan cooperatives in Guatemala by providing economic stability and living wages to rural Mayan women while allowing them to conserve their cultural traditions. A Thread of Hope also employs widows and young women in Santiago Atitlan through the Creaciones Chonita cooperative, which provides basic living supplies and scholarship funds for children.
A Benefit Corporation, All Across Africa creates market-driven employment opportunities to improve and empower the lives of rural and poor people across Africa. Fair trade certified, All Across Africa employs fair labor practices and provides their artisans with safe working conditions. Their baskets are lovingly handmade using all natural fibers and organic dyes.
Since 1995, Alternative Apparel has been recreating updated versions of that comfortable lived-in look and feel of your favorite vintage tee. Innovating from thread to finish, their timeless collection is the epitome of slow fashion—wardrobe staples with modern silhouettes with a timeless style you’ll want to wear today and tomorrow. Incorporating organic and recycled materials, Alternative is more than a name and a brand, it’s a philosophy woven into the fabric of their company.
Located in Brooklyn, Apotheke was founded by Chrissy Fichtl and Sebastian Picasso (with love and support from their 2-year-old baby and 2 mini Dachshunds). Apotheke’s soaps are handmade, hand-cut, and hand wrapped. Their skin products are all natural, 100% plant based, and free of parabens and synthetic fragrances.
Inspired by a college class that taught them how to grow mushrooms entirely on spent coffee grounds, Alejandro and Nikhil, two seniors at UC Berkeley, gave up their corporate job offers to become full-time mushroom farmers. What started as a curiosity about urban farming turned into the passion to reconnect families back to where food comes from through fun and delicious ready-to-grow and ready-to-eat products. Their plant fertilizer care bag is organic and made out of eco-materials.
Moving production closer to locally sourced materials and in partnership with local woodworkers, weavers, and stitchers, Bambu products are created sustainably in China with the philosophy of preserving the simplicity of a raw material while shaping it in a way that is classically modern. The bamboo is grown without the use of chemicals and certified USDA Organic, USDA Biobased, earning the Green America Gold Seal of Approval for their commitment to creating an environmentally sustainable society.
Beyond Beanie is a growing new social clothing company that makes awesome beanies and accessories. Every time you make a purchase, you are supporting the work of a talented artisan in Bolivia who proudly hand-signs her work while also helping to provide meals, school supplies, school uniforms and dental care to children in need.
Their goals are straightforward: help protect the planet, change lives, and have fun. Inspirited by their Santa Barbara, California roots, Blue Planet designs eco-friendly eyewear made with recycled and reclaimed materials. Best of all, for every pair they sell, they donate a pair to someone in need.
Horrified by the sheer number of single-use plastic bags that litter our landfills (the average shopper uses and throws away 500 per year), founder Andy Keller created the first ChicoBag brand reusable bag with the mission to help humanity bag the single-use habit. ChicoBag advocates for waste reduction—all ChicoBag employees pledge to refuse "The Big 5" (single-use bags, cups, utensils, bottles and straws)—and design the highest quality, longest lasting reusable bags. Chico Bag products are reusable, made from eco-materials, and can be returned to ChicoBag at the end of its life through their repurposing and recycling Zero Waste Program. ChicoBag is B Corporation certified, a Green America Approved Business, and a member of the Fair Labor Association.
Collared Greens is a 100% American-Made clothing brand dedicated to conserving the great outdoors while supporting U.S. jobs and manufacturing. Look good, feel good, and do good.
Divine Chocolate is co-owned by the 85,000 farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo, the cooperative in Ghana that supplies the cocoa for each bar of Divine. As owners, they get a share in the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace. Divine chocolate is made with fairly traded natural cocoa butter and vanilla, lecithin from GM-free soya, and contains no vegetable fat substitutes or palm oil.
Established in 2009 by Karen Salcedo, Earth’s Berries was a way of leaving the planet in a better state not only for her children, but for all future generations. An eco-friendly alternative to the toxic chemicals found in many laundry detergents, Earth’s Berries soap nuts are all-natural, chemical-free, and compostable. Every purchase of Earth’s Berries products supports children in developing countries through Elephant Thoughts, a Canadian educational charity.
Change can begin at lunchtime, so ECOLunchbox created a plastic-free line of bentos, bags, and food to-go accessories that have successfully averted tens of millions of pieces of mostly plastic trash from ending up in landfills and our oceans. Built to last using traditional, non-toxic materials like stainless steel, cotton, and plastic-free silicone, ECOLunchbox reduces dependence on plastic to safeguard against exposure to toxins.
By establishing a sewing center located south Kathmandu, Elegantees gives hope to survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal. Survivors are provided a living wage, skill-building, and meaningful work. This reliable source of income reinforces independence, a healthy self-image, and confidence. Your purchases restore lives one elegant tee at a time.
Equal Exchange's mission to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers, and to demonstrate the contribution of worker cooperatives and fair trade builds a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world. Their coffee is certified fair trade, organic, and kosher.
Started by four friends over a Thanksgiving dinner in Shanghai, Full Circle believes in developing a new way of making products and impacting major changes in the industry. With help from local growers, manufacturers, and distributers, the result is innovative, well designed, responsibly made tools that help keep your home beautiful. Every material in their products is hand selected for durability and products are made from recycled and eco-materials. Full Circle is certified B-corporation.
Global Goods Partners (GGP) is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to alleviating poverty and promoting social justice in the Global South. They offer fair trade products, handmade by women artisans in more than 20 countries. Their workers are paid living wages and the GGP provides them with product development, operational expertise, and capacity-building grants.
When husband and wife Bill and Courtney set out to start a business based on sustainable giving, they wanted to create a truly eco-friendly product. That meant that not only did every ingredient have to be natural, they also had to be ethically harvested and grown in an environmentally friendly way. Hand in Hand products are hand-crafted in small batches and are American made, cruelty-free, vegan, free of pal oil, parabens, and petrochemicals, while using fair trade and organic ingredients. For every product purchased, Hand in Hand donates a bar of soap and provides a month of clean water to children in need.
Inspired by travel, Inkkas founder Dan Ben-Nun works with local artisans in Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Mexico to make sustainable footwear. Founded on the principles of fair trade and global philanthropy, Inkkas are crafted with respect for the environment and the people who make them. As part of their OneShoeOneTree project, Inkkas plants one tree for every purchase.
Proudly dubbed “Brooklyn’s happiest company,” The Jam Stand began with two best friends, a Williamsburg kitchen, and a whole lot of positivity. By combining unique flavors and imaginative personalities, The Jam Stand pushes the limits of what packaged food can be. Their jams are made in small batches using fresh fruits from local farms.
Liberty bottles are made with recycled materials and are entirely recyclable. Committed to developing new processes in design and fabrication to make their products last longer and consume less waste, Liberty BottleWorks is the only American-made bottle from a zero-waste manufacturing facility. They pledge 1% of sales and 1% of working hours to large, local, and grassroots efforts.
With the mission to replace plastic with smart, sustainable solutions that are easy to use and accessible to everyone, LunchSkins was created by three moms who have since replaced more than 1 billion plastic bags with their reusable products. Their products are certified lead, BPA, and phthalate free. A single LunchSkin bag can replace 500 plastic bags in its lifetime, keeping plastic out of our landfills, our oceans, and our future.
Maika is a design studio based in San Francisco with a simple mission: to delight and inspire through exceptional design and uncompromising quality, using eco-friendly sources whenever possible. They make functional goods that are simple solutions for everyday. Products are made in the USA.
Fashion a better world. A design-driven, ethical-fashion company, Mata Traders merges an uncommonly vibrant style with fair-trade practices to make an impact on global poverty. With apparel and accessories handmade by artisans in India and Nepal, their original designs provide a stable source of income for families in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Started in 2006 with the mission of creating opportunities for women and minorities to realize their creative, economic, and leadership potential, Matr Boomie is a fair trade collection from India that marries modern design sensibility with inspiring traditional art forms, bringing people and cultures closer together. All of their products are handcrafted using traditional art forms by over 20,000 artisans in 40 partners communities throughout India.
Mayan Hands is a non-profit organization that partners with approximately 200 women weavers in Guatemala to create sustainable, fair trade, and high-quality goods. Workers are paid a fair wage and are able to weave in healthy and safe working conditions, often in the comfort of their own communities and artisan cooperatives.
Handcrafted in Northern California in small-batch production, the McEvoy Ranch’s 80 Acres Body Care products use organic ingredients whenever possible. Their entire body care line is free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates, and is never tested on animals. Their packaging is recyclable and BPA-free.
Mitscoots makes gear with a mission: Get + Give + Employ. Their products are 100% American made and for every piece of gear you purchase, they partner with local and national charities to give an equal quality item to someone in need across the U.S. Even better, they employ the transitioning homeless to help package things up.
Native Peruvian and entrepreneur Paola Delgado set out to build a company that would be a reflection of her values, and created Mujus, which means “seeds” in Quechua, an ancient language of Peru. Through its beautifully designed jewelry and accessories, Mujus connects Paola’s traditional roots with urban life by mixing indigenous materials to create contemporary pieces of jewelry. Paola’s company operates under the belief that people should be employed under fair work standards that help them develop and grow without a goal of gaining any particular certification or to be a trendsetter, but rather applying good business practice in places of the world where it is not mandatory to do so.
Made from 100% certified organic fair trade cotton and printed with eco-friendly dyes, PeopleTowels contain no harmful chemicals, no arsenic-laden dyes, and are made without child labor. PeopleTowels is a certified women-owned business with a mission to empower people and socially responsible companies and organizations to contribute to a sustainable environment by replacing paper towels with reusable PeopleTowels.
Designed by a Beverly Hills podiatrist and flip-flop aficionado, Planet Flops are made with bio-degradable and environmentally safe natural Brazilian rubber. Through their “Buy One, Get One Tree” program, Planet Flops also plants a tree in the Brazilian rainforest for every pair of Planet Flops you purchase.
This socially conscious company believes that supporting women’s entrepreneurship and harnessing the immense resources of the global marketplace is the most effective way to achieve long-term impact. Prosperity Candle invests in women entrepreneurs as a solution to help end poverty. Every candle purchased helps provide a living wage for the resettled refugee artisans who hand pour each candle.
Serrv is a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty. Behind every product they offer, you'll find a story of positive change—an empowered artisan or farmer who works in a safe environment, can send his or her children to school, and can save for the future with the reliable income he or she earns through fair trade. Serve works with over 55 small-scale artisan/farmer organizations and cooperatives to bring you unique, handcrafted collections.
This social justice nonprofit that supports vulnerable farmers, helping to reforest and build rural economies in Haiti. They help farmers to cultivate and process great coffee and purchase it at above fair trade prices. By opening new markets, Singing Rooster is assisting Haitian small farmers attain economic stability. In addition, all proceeds from coffee sales are returned to coffee farming communities, where coops reinvest in projects such as seedling nurseries, sustainable land management, harvesting and processing trainings, equipment upgrades, and small business management skill-building. You can increase this social impact by drinking farm-direct Haitian coffee.
Non-GMO, direct trade, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan, Taza makes its stone-ground, perfectly unrefined, minimally processed chocolate with organic cocoa beans in its Somerville, Mass., chocolate factory. A pioneer in ethical cacao sourcing, Taza also maintains direct relationships with their cacao farmers and pays a premium above the fair trade price. Taza partners only with producers who respect the rights of workers and the environment.
Manufactured in Oregon, TreeSmart is dedicated to the idea all of us are responsible to our environment. By using products made from recycled material, we are doing our part to preserve precious natural resources, reduce the waste stream, and promote recycling of one product into another. TreeSmart pencils are manufactured from recycled material without toxic chemicals—and the pencils sharpen easily and last longer than wood pencils!
An outdoor apparel brand located in Philadelphia, United by Blue is driven by the idea of associating the sale of each product with a concrete environmental action. They believe that for-profit businesses have as much of a stake in the future of our environment as every citizen and consumer. For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through company-organized and hosted cleanups. Its apparel line focuses on earth-friendly fabrics.
A women-owned and women-run business, We Dream in Colour is a vibrant jewelry collection inspired by nature that takes steps to minimize its environmental impact in ways both big and small. From working with socially conscious suppliers, to repurposing materials, and handcrafting pieces with earth-friendly processes, kick up your look with glamour pieces or find the perfect wear-with-everything style that you'll never want to part with.
The brainchild of an Italian watch lover and two eco-smart entrepreneurs, WeWOOD fashions wooden timepieces from mostly scrap-wood and uses state-of-the-art Miyota movements for the guts, a hybrid of technology and nature resulting in a unique watch that's both handsome and earth-friendly. In collaboration with American Forests and Trees For the Future, their goal is to help restore Mother Nature, one watch a time. For every watch purchased, WeWOOD plants one tree. Their goal is to plant 1 million trees by 2020.
A small family-owned-and-run company based in Gilsum, New Hampshire, Badger blends the finest ingredients to make the safest, most effective products to soothe, heal, and protect your body. Badger only uses ingredients that fit their rigorous natural standards for healthy agriculture, minimal processing, sustainable supply chain, and health giving properties. Their products are certified Fair Trade, USDA Organic, Leaping Bunny cruelty-free, gluten-free, B-corporation, and are free of synthetic chemicals, fragrances, parabens, and GMOs.
4-rth (pronounced "for earth") has a simple mission: to combine the most comfortable and durable eco-friendly fabrics with unique design for superior fit and style. Their sustainable, organic clothing is proudly made in Los Angeles, California.