Online directory and customized travel-recommender Vendedy relies on travelers to power its global street-market directory — benefiting other tourists and street vendors in the process. … Read More
Consumers have an ever-easier opportunity to vote with their wallets to support companies that share their values. From the aisles of the grocery store to the shelves of clothing retailers, people with a passion for using business as a force for good have more options every day to buy from conscientious businesses.
What we wear is an extension of our identity. And now, it can be an emblem of our values. Eco-friendly clothes, such as those made by Patagonia, and fair-trade jewelry, clothing, and even fair-trade shoes, like the handcrafted shoes by Oliberté, are all ways to externally present support of mission-driven companies. Learn more about ethical clothing companies and other products in our free report.
What we put inside of our bodies can promote our own health as well as the health of good business. Organic food and fair-trade coffee, chocolate, wild honey — our purchases can support regenerative agriculture and better treatment of workers and producers. We can even imbibe with good conscience: many sustainable wineries and eco-friendly breweries produce high-quality quaffs.
In the world of entertainment, business documentaries are reaching into the realm of conscientious business, and more books about business as a force for good are published each year. The arts are also part of this movement. From opening crowdfunding a la Kickstarter to more equitably promote the arts to artists upcycling and recycling materials to product their works to musical acts addressing the conscientious business movement, artists around the world are making statements about their desire to see and enact change.
We can clean our homes with eco-friendly cleaning products, replace singlue-use plastic water bottles with reusable steel Klean Kanteens — the list goes on. Choosing to align our purchases with our beliefs is part of adopting a more conscientious lifestyle. And our decisions can have an impact that reaches beyond our individual choices. Purposely seeking out products by Certified B Corporations for a wedding, as an example, exposes guests who may not know about the existence of such a wide variety of products and services from socially responsible enterprises.
The Plastic Bank is creating social plastic through its recycling efforts in Haiti. It’s an initiative beneficial for the environment, and a means of education and job creation. … Read More
By up cycling pre-consumer excess materials that would normally become waste, Looptworks is a pioneer in environmental stewardship. Its repurposed goods include bags, wallets and everyday apparel. … Read More
From lipstick to eye liner, the products we put on our faces often contain harmful cosmetic ingredients. To be kind to your body and the environment, be choosier, and pick products like these ethical cosmetics. … Read More
DoneGood taps into the world of online shopping, helping conscientious consumers find good products through its ethical shopping app and Chrome browser extension. … Read More
Seemingly innocent and now ubiquitous, smartphones leave a trail of armed rebels and abused factory workers in their creation. Fairphone is finding a better way by creating a new supply chain to create conflict-free smartphones. … Read More
Each year, billions of pounds of trash and plastic end up in the world’s oceans and waterways, causing detrimental effects to marine life and ecosystems. These five companies have developed innovative products that actively work to upcycle plastic ocean waste. … Read More