By Claudia Cole
Now more than ever, it’s easier to shop from the comforts of our own home. However, we understand that searching for sustainable essentials can be challenging online. Following on from our ultimate guide to creating a sustainable home, we want to make sure you have everything you need to do so.
With local businesses struggling to thrive due to the pandemic, it’s important to champion them when we can. That is why it’s crucial to support platforms that utilise local resources and help independent companies to grow. Thankfully, there are many online marketplaces that commit to ethical business practices while offering sustainable essentials.
Everything from zero-waste skincare and cleaning products, to everyday groceries and homeware, here are the best ethical online marketplaces worth considering.
Tired of limited places to shop, co-founders Imogen and Ed wanted to make it easier for people to shop and live more consciously. In 2017, Wearth London was born, a thriving community that make it easy to find products that align with your values and desires. Fast forwards three years and they now have over 150 independent UK brands that promote environmentally friendly and ethical shopping.
You can discover an extensive collection of jewellery, homeware, and gifts hand-selected by their London team with quality and style in mind. Their sustainable furniture department is excellent for finding handcrafted furniture, perfect for creating a conscious home.
With the launch of the Greenbeauty Market, finding natural and organic beauty products has never been so easy. The online platform is committed to changing the beauty industry for the better. From skincare and haircare to make-up and body care, they have it all. On top of that, all-natural cosmetics is tried and tested by the Greenbeauty community and experts.
By collaborating with the best indie beauty brands, this platform offers a range of quality products including Egyptian Magic, Kind Planet Company, Abel, and many more.
Whether you’re new to shopping consciously or passionate about sustainable living, Ethical Superstore enables you to feel good about whatever you purchase. They bring together sustainable essentials from all over the world that hold ethical credentials.
As they strive to protect the planet, this online phenomenon makes an effort to provide an eco-friendly alternative to everyday items. They even provide quality food, making sure you’re nourished from the inside out!
To help farmers and local businesses, Ethical Superstore offers fairly traded goods, guaranteeing fair prices. They also give UK based brands a platform to grow, utilising local resourcing, and helping to cut down on carbon emission through import.
In continuation of her plastic-free journey, founder Beth Noy became inspired to create a marketplace for all the products she loves. Created in 2018, Plastic Freedom is a one-stop zero-waste store that exclusively focuses on plastic-free products. They’re committed to making sure their packaging uses only recyclable materials with no excessive space, not to mention a tree is planted with every order!
With lots of practical options to choose from, you can reduce waste in no time. Their choice of on-the-go items will have you fully kitted out, helping you to avoid single-use plastic when on the move.
Established by dedicated book lovers, World of Books believe that books shouldn’t be read once or have a single owner. Thanks to the Sussex based company, we can all share the love of literature by rereading and reusing. With over 3 million of second-hand books in stock, you can browse through plenty of titles online. They keep their prices affordable low to help millions of books find new homes around the world.
On top of reducing their carbon footprint, their support goes beyond caring for the environment. Actively supporting schools across the UK, World of Books has donated £50,000 worth of books. This ensures that all young people have a chance at gaining literacy skills. So, why not treat yourself and our list of feel-good books and join one of the biggest online communities!
With plenty of ethical marketplaces to choose from, you can discover a vast collection of sustainable essentials without having to scout high-street. Everything you need to create your perfectly conscious home is just a click away.
Where do you shop for your sustainable gems? Let us know in the comments below.