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MY FAVORITE ETHICAL BRANDS

Every product has a story! As a conscious consumer it is my goal to be actively aware of where my products come from as it directly affects the people making the clothes and products I use everyday. Therefore, every purchase I make has a major impact on the lives of the people making it and the conditions in which they live and work in.

Thus, when shopping for beauty products and clothing it is important to consider, the values you care about, whether it’s sustainability, ethics, natural+organic ingredients, locally sourced goods/ingredients/workers or community advancement, every value makes a difference. I personally strive to support brands that meet all or most of the values that are important to me collectively. Below is a list of some of my favorite ethical brands and their core values.


SHEA MOISTURE

BASED IN |  USA

VALUES |  Sustainability, Natural+Organic Community Commerce, Cruelty-free

PRODUCT RANGE |  Hair, Body, Baby, Cosmetics

                                                                               PRICE RANGE |   $3.99 – $29.99

Shea moisture is indeed a charismatic brand in my book. Their range of  natural, organic, sustainably-produced products are perfect for all hair and skin types and made free of sulfates, parabens, gmo ingredients. Their consumer friendly packaging, affordable price points and personal family recipes makes this brand a personal favorite.


EVERLANE

BASED IN | USA

VALUES | Radical Transparency + Ethics

PRODUCT RANGE |  Apparel, Accessories, Shoes

PRICE RANGE |   $15 – $ 365

If I had to choose one brand that described my personal style in one word, it would most certainly be Everlane. Everything about the brand including factory sourcing, quality of products, style and fit is a direct reflection of my lifestyle and taste in fashion. Everlane believes it is important for their customers to know what their products cost to make and where they were made, thus sharing the true costs of each item, the factory where it was made and the production stories behind each piece. Their minimal, modern aesthetic will remain timeless.


SOKO

BASED IN | USA

VALUES |  Artisan Craft, Community Commerce, Sustainability, Upcylcled + Handcrafted

PRODUCT RANGE |  Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Rings

                                                                          PRICE RANGE |   $15 – $ 365

Soko is an innovation in global fashion and technology: A brand that connects consumers to global makers and handcrafted jewelry from the developing world. With Soko, you can discover incredible quality and creative ingenuity made in communities that lay outside of the digital economy. Brought to the global stage using our technology, Soko delivers you exceptional style with stunning handcrafted jewelry created by artisans in emerging African economies, using natural and upcycled materials.


SAWA SHOES

BASED IN | AFRICA

VALUES | Community Commerce, Artisan Craft

PRODUCT RANGE | Sneakers (Male+Female)

 PRICE RANGE |   $$

Sawa is a fashion brand that has taken the challenge to fabricate shoes in Africa. Their streamline, bold printed sneakers feature traditional african printed fabrics and dyes in which are handmade by local factory workers. Bold colors, along with unexpected mixes of african materials makes them a personal favorite!


Thrive_Sharing_0000_1THRIVE MARKET

BASED IN | USA

VALUES | Sustainability, Natural+Organic Community Commerce, Cruelty-free

PRODUCT RANGE |  Food, Beauty, Home, Pet

PRICE RANGE |   $$

Thrive Market is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy foods and natural products to their members at wholesale prices, and  in return sponsors free memberships for low-income American families.



  SHEA BUTTER COTTAGE

BASED IN | United Kingdom

VALUES | Sustainability, Natural+Organic Community Commerce, Fair-Trade

PRODUCT RANGE |  Fabric, Beauty, Hair, Jewelry

PRICE RANGE |   $$

Shea Butter Cottage  is a brand founded by ghanian native Akua Wood, in response to her frustration in trying to find a natural range of toiletries to moisturize her skin. The brand strives to produce the finest quality at all times and is dedicated to giving back to the ghanian natives by sourcing quality ingredients directly from farmers/producers and through community projects. Shea butter cottage is committed to ending poverty in Ghana by purchasing from farmers’ co-operatives and other like minded suppliers in addition to supporting fair trade by paying a fair price/donating to farmers’ co-operatives and other related suppliers. Shea Butter Cottage also donates a percentage from each sale as direct unconditional donation to help strengthen these co-ops and building projects in Ghana. The brand has also contributed to may other projects in Africa in including, stretching a helping hand to more than 150 entrepreneurs in 34 countries through Kiva since 2007, financing the build of a KVIP [toilet facility] in Guma – Ghana among many others.


I hope that this post will inspire you to shop and support more ethical brands based on the values most important to you!

 

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