I am always searching for great companies to support with reliable ethics. Come holiday season it can become even more difficult to stay committed to thoughtful and ethical purchasing, especially when it gets down to the wire. So to make life easy, we have compiled an ever-evolving list of companies who take the impact of their manufacturing processes seriously. From fashion to drink ware, there are numerous companies out there with great ethics. We are hoping that this list helps to simplify the search and make ethical buying as straightforward as possible.
Clyde’s Rebirth | Jewelry
Owner, Merl is a fellow Chicagoan so right off the bat, I'm obviously partial. But it also doesn't hurt that her jewelry designs are undeniably stunning. Merl has committed to maintaining eco conscious practices by using vintage deadstock materials and recycled metals made in the USA.
Patagonia | Outdoor Clothing + Gear
It almost seems too obvious to mention, but it also feels criminal not to. This company has made sustainability the cornerstone of their process since they first emerged in the early 70s. From using materials like recycled wool to promoting fair labor practices and safe working conditions, Patagonia is a company to be celebrated. I'll admit, their price tags can be somewhat daunting but if you're in the market for a winter coat, it is a one-time purchase. Their designs are clean and simple and you will be getting your money's worth for years to come.
Joco | Reusable To-Go Cups
Joco is one of many reusable coffee mug companies, but there are a few reasons why they are my new favorite. First, their mission is more than just to create a product that will sell, but a product that can benefit the world. Each year, more than 500 billion single-use cups are thrown out. These cups deplete natural resources, increase C02 emissions and most are sent straight to a landfill where they add to the global waste crisis. Just writing this is getting me all worked up, so I'll cut to the chase.
Joco cups are made from high quality, non-porous, borosilicate glass which makes them lightweight, durable, and resistant to thermal shock. They are made free of all harmful chemicals including BPA, lead and cadmium; and since glass doesn’t absorb the smell/flavor, you don't have to worry about that stale stink ruining your next cup of jo! There's more but this has clearly gotten too long. Just definitely get one.
ACURE | Hair + Skin Products
This company sells hair and skin products that not only work but are created with great care. Founded on sustainable principles and accessible price points, ACURE is dedicated to proving that you don't have to sacrifice your health for beautiful skin and hair. Each product is free of gluten, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, harmful preservatives, artificial colors, and is never tested on animals. They also use packaging that is biodegradable and made from recycled materials.
Lee Coren | Handbags + Accessories
Lee Coren's work is truly inspiring. Her work is contemporary, beautiful, well-made and vegan! She has handbags, backpacks and accessories which she describes as being inspired by modern exploration. Her materials are sourced locally and ethically with environmental impact in mind.