Why are you spending so much time out shopping this holiday season? That’s a silly question, Cause you love your family and friends and want to buy them special gifts they can cherish for years to come.
But would you agree, it’s also important to buy from reputable companies that treat their employees fairly, sell quality products produced in an ethical manner, and of course a company that cares about their impact on the community and world around them.
I just received an email from Green America who has a mission to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.
The email is to remind us that “Amazon.com may be the #1 online retailer in the world, but when it comes to sustainable practices this company is at the bottom of the barrel. Amazon won’t even track its carbon emissions and has no plan to reduce them, and its warehouse workers make less than Walmart’s. If you plan to shop online for your loved ones this season, choose a responsible company that cares about the quality of the products they sell you, their employees, and the impact they have on the earth.”
Here are some amazing alternatives to Amazon:
Ecoplum – ecoplum.com
Is the green shopping rewards site with eco friendly products and green living ideas that makes it fun, easy and reward to go green. Featured them in episode # 52
Books, Audio Books, DVDs
Operates a fleet of biodiesel-powered trucks, purchases wind power, and generates electricity from solar panels on their roof.
Better World Books betterworldbooks.com
Books, e-books, DVDs
By circulating previously owned merchandise,has recycled over 216 million pounds of books and offset 44,000 tons of carbon emissions.
Viva Terra vivaterra.com
Eco home décor, accessories,artisan goods
Offers a wide range of organic, all-natural, fair-trade, artisan-made, recycled, chemical-free products, all made in the USA.
Artisan-made crafts, jewelry, art
Connects shoppers directly with sellers of artisan-made crafts, jewelry, and art. Robust environmental reporting program ensures the company minimizes their resource use and carbon footprint.
Ten Thousand Villages tenthousandvillages.com
Fair Trade arts and crafts, jewelry, music, food
Handmade art, jewelry, and textiles are focused on providing equitable returns to artisans in developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Terra Experience terraexperience.com
Fair Trade Mayan arts and crafts
Supports environmental education in supplier countries, uses energy efficient technologies, post-consumer recycled paper, hybrid vehicles, and website hosted by 100% wind power.
Fair Trade gifts
All products are handmade, often locally, and are shipped using recycled paper, packaging material, and boxes.
Fair Trade/Eco Clothing
Makes high-quality clothing honoring both the people and the planet from natural and organic fibers such as cotton, silk, wool, alpaca, and Tencel; committed to using environmentally-friendly dyes.
Maggie’s Organics maggiesorganics.com
Fair Trade, organic clothing
All clothes are made with certified organic fibers, fair labor practices, using low-carbon production methods.
Equal Exchange equalexchange.coop
Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate
Imports organic coffee, tea, chocolates, candy bars, cocoa, sugar, nuts, cereal bars, bananas, and olive oil. Helps sustain 75 farmer co-ops in 30 countries.
Green Pages Online greenpages.org
Everything green—home décor, clothing, jewelry and beyond. Thousands of great gift ideas!
The over 3,000 businesses listed on GreenPages.org have undergone a rigorous certification for social and environmental sustainability.
There are better ways to shop online. Download Green America’s cheat sheet with direct links to each website: