16 Sustainable Retailers Fighting Climate Change & Waste
When you think of helping the earth, you typically don’t think of shopping to do it. But that can certainly be the case if you buy your goods from one of these sustainable retailers.
Below you’ll find a delightful list of 16 sustainable retailers, with our favorite seven highlighted. These shops are doing their part on Earth Day, and every day, to make the world a better place.
Allbirds is flying high with shoes made of natural, sustainable merino wool.
The ZQ-certified wool meets stringent standards of sustainable farming and animal welfare – not to mention what it does for comfort. Castor bean polyurethane insoles, used shoe donation programs, earth-friendly shoeboxes, and certification as a B-Corporation are additional reasons Allbirds makes the sustainable retailers list.
Perhaps best known for its yoga products, GAIAM has long been dedicated to providing green lifestyle solutions. And the solutions don’t stop on the yoga mat. Additional products include a wide range of stress-reduction solutions, eco-gadgets, renewable energy solutions, and household items aimed at reducing environmental impact while increasing efficiency.
From a wholly organic cotton clothing line to donating 100 percent of its Black Friday proceeds to grassroots environmental groups, Patagonia rocks as one of the top sustainable retailers. The outdoor gear and clothing company engages in efforts that include solar panels at its California headquarters, a recycling program for worn-out Patagonia products, recycled paper catalogs, and donations totaling more than $35 million through its environmental campaign. Browse Moosejaw for Patagonia.
Performance Bike counts as a sustainable retailer based on its products alone, as you can certainly go green by ditching your car’s four wheels in favor of a bicycle’s two. And the company doesn’t stop there. Additional sustainability efforts include a consumer tire, tube and chain recycling program, commuter incentive program, and ongoing environmental stewardship efforts.
With multiple locations using green energy and boasting LEED certification, the outdoor product company of REI is built on a commitment to better the earth. The retailer’s ecoSensitive labels showcase the percentage of organic, rapidly renewable, and recycle fibers used in products. Plans moving forward include becoming a zero-waste-to-landfill company as well as a climate neutral organization by 2020.
Named for its mission of nurturing the health of the next seven generations, this cleaning product company is known for plant-based products that are safe–and actually work. The lineup of products from this certified B Corp provides healthy solutions for the air, pets, people, and fabrics inside the home, as well as the environment outside. Browse coupons for Seventh Generation from Target.
In 2016, Walmart pledged to reduce gas emissions to what’s in line with Science Based Target Initiatives. In other words, a level of emissions scientists recommended for keeping global climate change within two degrees centigrade.
Considering Walmart is one of the largest retailers in the world, this initiative sets an example for the rest. It’s never been sexier to shop at Walmart.
More Sustainable Retailers
Since there’s no such thing as too much earthly good, here come some more sustainable retailers for your shopping pleasure.
- Bambeco: Low-impact, high-end home gadgets and goods. Every purchase with Bambeco results in a planted tree.
- Etsy.com: Unique, handmade and vintage items – purchased directly from the artist or seller.
- The Green Depot: Sustainable building solutions for environmental living and building.
- Hipcycle: Clever items upcycled from stuff that already exists.
- LUSH: Fresh, handmade, vegetarian bath and body products.
- NAU: Urban outdoor clothing made from durable, sustainable fabrics.
- Timberland: Awesome boots and other outdoor wear often sporting recycled content and using eco-friendly methods.
- Uncommon Goods: A seemingly endless array of earth-friendly gifts and goodies.
- Viva Terra: Home goods crafted with high sustainability and style.
Earth Day is the perfect time to give your applause – and your business – to sustainable retailers that make concerted efforts to better the planet.