Follow Friday: Sustainable + Ethical Businesses

Today Rachel and I put together a list of 7 IG accounts we follow and are inspired by when it comes to sustainable, ethical, and environmentally conscious companies. These businesses provide a wide range of services and products, but they are united in the effort to be mindful of our impact on our beautiful world, and how we can steward it well. We are including some information from each site letting you know their vision and mission as a business. I am sure you will be inspired by many of their mission statements alone! Okay, here we go...

Bambu: A small global brand of sustainably designed products for healthy living in the home and out in nature.

We come from a place (Portland, Oregon) that prides itself on local, homegrown, and eco-friendly values. We relocated to a place (China) that's often criticized for its manufacturing processes. We thought to ourselves, "How can we create interest and excitement in sustainable materials while adhering to ethical business practices?" Several years later, our small production and development team continues to design affordable, earth-friendly products that we proudly share with the rest of the world.

Handmadeness' is the term that we use to describe our process. The quality of handmadeness is central to everything we do. We work with people that work with their hands; farmers, woodworkers, and stitchers. Our bambu team oversees every aspect of our production process.

We are a local company. We source our materials locally. We work with local woodworkers, weavers and stitchers. Our team prides itself on the quality of our products. Our design and material choices result in safe and durable products that will last for year and can withstand the toughest use case: real life.

For us, sustainability goes well beyond the balance between what we take from the earth and what we return to it. It's a philosophy that applies to how we conduct ourselves as a business. We make strides to further our commitment to 3rd-party certification and testing, promote fair labor practices and safe working conditions, and green our supply chain. These efforts have been recognized by leading associations and trade groups.

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Healthy Human: Our company mission is to inspire you to live life healthy and contribute towards a healthier planet through our innovative and sustainable products.

We believe our Healthy Human products enable effective lifestyle changes. Our innovative and sustainable products are here to help improve the health of every single human.

We know that healthy humans make healthy planets. We truly believe using our products makes a difference to the health of our planet. It’s our goal to inspire you to make the changes our planet needs.

We pride ourselves in producing the highest-quality products possible. We believe in innovation and intelligent design while not compromising eco-friendliness and sustainability. We put additional resources behind our word. Not only do we ensure our products live up to our mission, we also contribute funds to environmental awareness causes such as #strawlesssummer campaigns.

Stasher Bag: The plastic-free, reusable storage bag you can cook in! Freezer, dishwasher, oven, and microwave safe. Stasher is a patented, award-winning design that is eco-friendly, environmentally safe, and long-lasting. Stasher is the smart alternative to plastic.

Website     Instagram 

Elevated Candles: Collected from local restaurants to help reduce waste and save energy, these candles are poured into repurposed wine bottles which have been transformed into candle containers using a 10-step process. Complete with a smooth, beveled top, each piece creates a warming ambience through the beautiful earth tones of glass.

Bought Beautifully: To inspire interactions that enrich lives, restore hope, and empower people while showing God’s love.

Bought Beautifully searches the globe to find ministries, organizations, artists, entrepreneurs and individuals who are living out God’s call to LOVE.

We sell their products so that you can live out your love and values through your purchases, supporting a positive and life-giving economy.

Every Bought Beautifully product is ethically made, and our partners are using their business/ministries to show God’s goodness and love to a hurting world
By shopping beautifully, you:

-Rescue & rehabilitate victims of human trafficking;

-Show orphans and widows that they have value and possess gifts and talents by which they can flourish;

-Create sustainable economic opportunity for artisan entrepreneurs in developing countries;

-Powerfully steward the resources God has given you to bring Him glory through meeting the needs of others;

-Play a critical role in breaking the cycle of generational poverty around the world.

Urban Granola: We help you make positive changes in your life, for a better self and better planet. 

We created Urban Granola as a place to help you make positive changes in your life, for a better self and better planet. Our goal is to make incorporating sustainability, eco and ethical practices in your everyday life fun, stylish and engaging.

We support everyone on their own individual paths by learning and growing together. Everyone has a role to play in their own unique way towards making the planet healthier.

Modern life is busy and can be disconnected from the source of what we consume. We connect you with the makers, creators, disruptors, thinkers, inventors, growers and crafters behind the brands we wear, the food we eat and the spaces we live in.

We understand the world isn’t black and white. There are shades of grey and splashes of colour. We won’t shy away from the tough conversations but we find joy and fun in the muck.

She Changes Everything: We empower women find what their unique body needs to be well using conscious sustainable, healthy, ethical (SHE) choices.

Different heights, different eye colors and face shapes, different different that most people don't guess that we are sisters! But we share one important thing in common: we both contracted chronic Lyme and its co-infections (at different times...what are the odds?) and had to learn the hard way that everything we do affects our health and healing isn't one-size-fits-all.

It shattered our naivety about the influence the world around us has on our health and cast a paralyzing spotlight on much we can't control. But don't worry, this story has a positive end! Because our journey opened our eyes to how many good things we can control every day - along with the unexpected surprise that what usually is in the best interest of our health almost always positively effects the quality of life of others and the health of the planet. And that's where SHE was born.

SHE stands for Sustainable, Healthy, & Ethical (SHE) and over the last 10 years we learned that sustainable, healthy, and ethical choices are intertwined and can change EVERYTHING… for the planet (sustainable), for you and your well-being (healthy), and for other people who grow your food and make the products you use every day (ethical).

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