5 Favorite Ethical Shops Online

Like most people this holiday season, you’ll be doing a lot of shopping. While door-buster specials may be good for some items, you’ll want to shop online, and at stores that provide ethical service and eco-conscious products that are good for you and our planet. Here are a few to consider:

1. RISING TIDE FAIR TRADE 

Founded by Virginia Dooley and Nicole Jones, who traveled independently throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, RTFT products are Fair Trade Federation certified and Green America approved. The store works with artisans in India, enabling them to earn a fair wage to support their families. Materials for their bags are mostly purchased from local markets by independent businesswomen or created from upcycled textiles and finished in cruelty free leather (from naturally deceased animals). Their designs combine traditional, local production techniques with modern block printing and weaving Ikat patterns.

2. ABE’S MARKET

Offering a huge selection of green, eco-friendly products — everything from food to fashion — Abe’s Market connects buyers with natural products and the people who make them. You’ll learn the story behind each product, with the products’ creators providing the background of how and where they’re made. You can even chat directly with sellers to ask specific questions.

3. ECOUTERRE

Devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design, Ecouterre is dedicated to showcasing and supporting designers who follow today’s trends in cut, form and drape. They also consider a garment’s social and environmental impact — everything from fiber cultivation to its use and disposal. Created by founder Jill Fehrenbacher, Ecouterre was awarded TreeHugger’s Best of Green award for “Best Fashion Website or Blog.”

4. HIPCYCLE

A great online store for upcycled goods. Compared to similar mainstream products, their offerings are durable and priced fairly. They search for the best in upcycled products from some of the world’s most creative small businesses and offer the convenience of one-stop shopping. You can shop by category (everything from furniture to jewelry) or by material (skateboards to silverware). Their goal is to address the problem of global waste through upcycling.

5. UNCOMMON GOODS

Offering one-of-a-kind gifts and products, Uncommon Goods strives to ensure that its items are safe and cruelty-free. They offer a wide range of products — everything from art and jewelry to kitchen items. You’ll also find a variety of handmade goods (identified by the blue hand icon). A percentage of each order is donated to non-profits like City Harvest, American Forests, AmeriCares and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. You can also pick up some interesting tid-bits of information about many of today’s more common products — things like early candles were often eaten rather than burned; or that Leonardo da Vinci invented the scissors.

 

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