9 Black Owned Eco-Friendly + Sustainable Businesses to Support Right Now and Always

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written by:  Brightly Staff

editor's note:

Shopping with your dollars can make a huge impact on the world. Enable your wallet to uplift the Black community by supporting Black owned businesses – we've included a few of our ethical + sustainable favorites below.

written by: Brightly Staff

@brightly

editor's note:

Shopping with your dollars can make a huge impact on the world. Enable your wallet to uplift the Black community by supporting Black owned businesses – we've included a few of our ethical + sustainable favorites below.

At Brightly, we often talk about voting with your dollars to create change in the world. In addition to doing research to ensure your elected officials value equality for all and supporting local organizations that fight racism in your community (Who What Wear has an actionable guide on this), a small step you can take to uplift the Black community is supporting businesses owned by Black leaders.

We’re also committing to highlighting and working with more Black owned brands this year across the entire Brightly platform. Please send us an email if you’d like to partner.


1. Zero Shop

Known For:

Zero waste grocery delivery

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Signature delivery service

Our Take:

Our Bay-area based team has loved their Zero Shop delivery over the past few weeks. We're able to get great produce, dry goods, and more while supporting a local business owned by an inspiring founder!
Ever noticed how much plastic your grocery deliveries come in? Zero Shop delivers fresh goods without the waste, and they'll even pick up their signature glass containers the next time they head to your house.


2. BLK + GRN

Known For:

Their comprehensive marketplace of green, Black-owned beauty

Product That Caught Our Eye:

All Natural Deodorant

Our Take:

We love the assortment of products that the BLK + GRN team has discovered, and they've got an awesome loyalty program as well. Brew up a cup of a fair-trade coffee and enjoy browsing the hundreds of products they spotlight.
BLK + GRN founder Kristian Henderson and her team carefully curate all natural, green products produced by Black business owners in order to make shopping ethically + sustainably easy and impactful.


3. JADE Swim

Known For:

Comfortable, chic swimwear

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Apex One Piece

Our Take:

Everyone has that one swimsuit sitting in their closet that looks great but is extremely uncomfortable. JADE Swim is solving for both needs by creating soft, chic items that we're excited to try soon!
Founded by Britt Freeney, JADE Swim makes eco-friendly, sustainable swimwear out of materials that aren't harmful to the planet.


4. Mented

Known For:

Cruelty-free, vegan makeup for all women

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Semi Matte Lipsticks

Our Take:

Ethical + sustainable clean beauty formulas that perform and are inclusive to all are extremely hard to come by – Mented fills that gap with grace and seriously good products.
Mented's line of cruelty-free, vegan cosmetics was started by KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson over a glass of wine. They realized they couldn't find their perfect shade of lipstick, and Mented was born. They've touched the lives of thousands of women with their innovative and kind-to-the-planet formulas.


5. Brother Vellies

Known For:

Luxe shoes, handbags + accessories

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Crochet Sandal

Our Take:

Brother Vellies makes some of the most creative, sustainable shoes we've ever seen. They incorporate different textures and materials to create few-of-a-kind pieces you'll own forever.
Aurora James has been reinventing the way we pair luxury and sustainability in the fashion industry for years with Brother Vellies. Her sustainably crafted statement pieces are made ethically and elevate any outfit.


6. beelove

Known For:

Beauty products that positively impact people and the planet

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Restore + Protect Balm

Our Take:

beelove's nourishing balm has become the go-to salve in our house for chapped lips, bug bites, and more. You'll love it!
beelove's parent company, Sweet Beginnings empowers individuals with a history of criminal convictions and other barriers to employment. The company has already made a measurable difference in hundreds of lives, and their products have everyone buzzing.


7. AAKS

Known For:

Artisan-crafted statement bags

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Bongo Ruffle Bag

Our Take:

We can't wait to get our hands on one of AAKS' sustainable statement pieces!
Handcrafted, ethically made handbags in colors this gorgeous make AAKS' offerings worthy of appearing on your arm and in a prominent spot in your home! AAKS works directly with artisans in Africa to ensure their bags are crafted kindly and beautifully.


8. OUI the People

Known For:

Innovative + sustainable shaving

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Rose Gold Sensitive Skin Razor

Our Take:

When's the last time you thought about the environmental impact of your razor? OUI the People is here to help educate and create a solution!
Single use shaving items contribute to thousands and thousands of pounds of waste in landfills each year. OUI the People's beautiful and functional toolkit helps cut down on plastic waste while feeling great.


9. PUR Home

Known For:

Eco-friendly cleaning supplies

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Liquid Concentrate Laundry Detergent

Our Take:

Your choices matter when picking cleaning supplies to use around the home. Support PUR Home's mission to create a better world.
Traditional cleaning supplies from big box stores are often filled with chemicals that are hard to pronounce and are harmful to the environment. PUR Home's focus on all-natural solutions with waste-saving innovations (like opting for concentrate over large bottles) help clean and do good for the world at the same time.

1. Zero Shop

Known For:

Zero waste grocery delivery

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Signature delivery service

Our Take:

Our Bay-area based team has loved their Zero Shop delivery over the past few weeks. We're able to get great produce, dry goods, and more while supporting a local business owned by an inspiring founder!
Ever noticed how much plastic your grocery deliveries come in? Zero Shop delivers fresh goods without the waste, and they'll even pick up their signature glass containers the next time they head to your house.

2. BLK + GRN

Known For:

Their comprehensive marketplace of green, Black-owned beauty

Product That Caught Our Eye:

All Natural Deodorant

Our Take:

We love the assortment of products that the BLK + GRN team has discovered, and they've got an awesome loyalty program as well. Brew up a cup of a fair-trade coffee and enjoy browsing the hundreds of products they spotlight.
BLK + GRN founder Kristian Henderson and her team carefully curate all natural, green products produced by Black business owners in order to make shopping ethically + sustainably easy and impactful.

3. JADE Swim

Known For:

Comfortable, chic swimwear

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Apex One Piece

Our Take:

Everyone has that one swimsuit sitting in their closet that looks great but is extremely uncomfortable. JADE Swim is solving for both needs by creating soft, chic items that we're excited to try soon!
Founded by Britt Freeney, JADE Swim makes eco-friendly, sustainable swimwear out of materials that aren't harmful to the planet.

4. Mented

Known For:

Cruelty-free, vegan makeup for all women

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Semi Matte Lipsticks

Our Take:

Ethical + sustainable clean beauty formulas that perform and are inclusive to all are extremely hard to come by – Mented fills that gap with grace and seriously good products.
Mented's line of cruelty-free, vegan cosmetics was started by KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson over a glass of wine. They realized they couldn't find their perfect shade of lipstick, and Mented was born. They've touched the lives of thousands of women with their innovative and kind-to-the-planet formulas.

5. Brother Vellies

Known For:

Luxe shoes, handbags + accessories

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Crochet Sandal

Our Take:

Brother Vellies makes some of the most creative, sustainable shoes we've ever seen. They incorporate different textures and materials to create few-of-a-kind pieces you'll own forever.
Aurora James has been reinventing the way we pair luxury and sustainability in the fashion industry for years with Brother Vellies. Her sustainably crafted statement pieces are made ethically and elevate any outfit.

6. beelove

Known For:

Beauty products that positively impact people and the planet

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Restore + Protect Balm

Our Take:

beelove's nourishing balm has become the go-to salve in our house for chapped lips, bug bites, and more. You'll love it!
beelove's parent company, Sweet Beginnings empowers individuals with a history of criminal convictions and other barriers to employment. The company has already made a measurable difference in hundreds of lives, and their products have everyone buzzing.

7. AAKS

Known For:

Artisan-crafted statement bags

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Bongo Ruffle Bag

Our Take:

We can't wait to get our hands on one of AAKS' sustainable statement pieces!
Handcrafted, ethically made handbags in colors this gorgeous make AAKS' offerings worthy of appearing on your arm and in a prominent spot in your home! AAKS works directly with artisans in Africa to ensure their bags are crafted kindly and beautifully.

8. OUI the People

Known For:

Innovative + sustainable shaving

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Rose Gold Sensitive Skin Razor

Our Take:

When's the last time you thought about the environmental impact of your razor? OUI the People is here to help educate and create a solution!
Single use shaving items contribute to thousands and thousands of pounds of waste in landfills each year. OUI the People's beautiful and functional toolkit helps cut down on plastic waste while feeling great.

9. PUR Home

Known For:

Eco-friendly cleaning supplies

Product That Caught Our Eye:

Liquid Concentrate Laundry Detergent

Our Take:

Your choices matter when picking cleaning supplies to use around the home. Support PUR Home's mission to create a better world.
Traditional cleaning supplies from big box stores are often filled with chemicals that are hard to pronounce and are harmful to the environment. PUR Home's focus on all-natural solutions with waste-saving innovations (like opting for concentrate over large bottles) help clean and do good for the world at the same time.



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