Shopping online has become one of the easiest, most accessible ways to shop. Especially over the course of the last few years, people have become dependent on online shopping. This is in no way a bad thing. However, giants like Amazon aren’t the most sustainable or ethical option.
I want to make it very clear that there is no shame in shopping from Amazon. I still shop from Amazon when I need to and I’ve been an affiliate for them in the past. It’s truly one of the most accessible options for people when it comes to online shopping.
That being said, Amazon’s environmental footprint is steep. Their ethical practices leave much to be desired. If you’re searching for some ethical alternatives to Amazon then look no further than this list. I’m covering the top Amazon categories and where you can find them, ethically.
Ethical Alternatives to Amazon
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Made Trade offers absolutely everything you could to furnish your entire home! From decor to rugs to furniture to bedding! You name it and Made Trade has it. And they have it sustainably made!
Etsy is another wonderful marketplace where you can find home decor, handmade furniture and more! My favourite part about Etsy is that you can support small businesses over mass-produced items. Plus Etsy off-sets all their carbon emissions!
The little market is home to Artisan made home goods including decor, kitchen items, baskets and more! Their Artisans are paid and treated fairly.
Cleaning supplies, Personal care and Eco-friendly products:
Package free Shop is home to all your sustainable needs! With personal care and hygiene products, non-toxic cleaning supplies, pet and kid products, you’ll find everything you need for an eco-friendly life!
Earth Hero is an amazing online hub for all your sustainable needs! They even have clothing and accessories alongside their plastic-free and sustainable items.
Another amazing online market for all your plastic-free and sustainable living needs! From personal care items, cleaning supplies, plastic-free to-go products and more!
Credo Beauty is home to an amazing plethora of ethical, sustainable and clean beauty brands. From skincare to makeup, you’ll find it all here!
While not exclusively a market for ethical and sustainable brands, you will find a TON of ethical and sustainable makeup, skincare, and personal care items here!
This ethical and sustainable beauty market place is owned by Black women who share their love for clean beauty products with the world. On top of bath, body, and beauty products, you’ll even find some home goods and more tucked away on this site!
Thrift books is the largest independent used bookseller. They offer new and used books and all used books are closely inspected to offer only the best quality. Items that don’t meet their standards are carefully recycled.
Book Shop is a certified B-Corporation. They support independent and local bookstores by allowing you to find a local book store to place items through! How cool!
Thrive Market is home to all the organic and natural groceries you could need. Minus fresh fruits and veggies that can’t be shipped of course. If you have any food allergies this is also an amazing place to shop for your food.
Natura Market is basically the Canadian version of Thrive Market! (As they don’t ship to Canada) They offer so many allergy-friend food options as well as natural and organic groceries!
As a Canadian, it is extremely hard to find a lot of the popular vegan brands and options here. Vegan Supply offer SO MUCH vegan food and gluten-free options!
If you’re looking for some ethical clothing options, check out my list of 10 affordable ethical clothing brands here.
There are always ethical alternatives to Amazon if you look. I hope this post helped give you some ideas of where you can start supporting more ethical and sustainable options.
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