At Brightly, we condemn hate, racism, and violence. Our goal is to help everyone live eco-friendly lives from an accessible and inclusive point of view, and we’re heartbroken over the recent violence against the AAPI community. When one part of our community hurts, we all do.
Aside from having important conversations with the people in your life about anti-Asian racism and donating to organizations, you can also uplift the AAPI community by supporting Asian-owned businesses. Here are 10 amazing eco-friendly and sustainable companies to start with.
Asian-Owned Businesses to Support
Hathorway, founded by Jessica Phann, makes ethically-made, modern jewelry you’ll never want to take off. The pieces are handcrafted with upcycled buffalo horns—a byproduct of waste that the company transforms into something beautiful. Hathorway also donates 10 percent of its profits to organizations that empower women.
Priscilla Tsai initially started creating all-natural, eco-friendly skincare products to help her own skin. Now, you can find Cocokind just about everywhere, from Target to Ulta. Cocokind puts sustainability front and center during all parts of the production process, from the ingredients it uses to its packaging.
3. Fly by Jing
Order from Fly By Jing, and your tastebuds will thank you. Founded by Jing Gao, a chef and expert on Chinese cuisine, her goal was to bring “uncensored Chinese flavors to the table.” And that she did. Aside from the unbeatable flavor, her sauces are crafted in small batches in Chengdu, Sichuan, and everything is vegan, non-GMO, and free from artificial additives and preservatives.
4. Opus Mind
If you’re looking for sustainably-made, minimalist bags, you’ll love Opus Mind. Founded by Kathleen Kuo, the products are crafted by expert artisans in a family-owned factory in Florence, Italy, with scraps of leather from a glove factory. The end result is backpacks, purses, and totes you’ll want to wear everywhere.
SiiZU, founded by Kay Wen, has one mission: Creating beautiful, high-quality and affordable jewelry and apparel made with sustainable manufacturing practices. All the fabrics used are 100 percent organic and eco-friendly, and the company only works with trusted manufacturers that align with their values. SiiZU is also partnered with American Forest in order to help plant trees.
Next on our list of Asian-owned businesses is Rooted. Founded by three friends—Kay Kim, Ryan Lee, and Johnny Wu—in order to help people reconnect with nature, the company makes plant shopping easy and eco-friendly. You’ll find air plants, cacti, tropical plants, and accessories for your indoor jungle, all in one place.
Copper Cow Coffee, founded by Debbie Wei Mullin, let’s you do two of your favorite things at once: drink great coffee and better the planet. The pour over coffee is sustainably sourced and uses natural flavors. And the fully compostable single-use filter allows you to make high-quality coffee in the comfort of your own home or on the go—wherever you want to sip.
You can make pro chef-worthy meals, minus the cooking experience, with Omsom. Founded by sisters—Vanessa and Kim Pham—the company provides pantry shortcuts for different Asian dishes, combining all the sauces, aromatics, and seasonings you need for a great-tasting meal. Aside from being committed to investing in sustainable packaging, the company also has a strong commitment to ethical sourcing for its ingredients.
Three Ships Beauty, co-founded by Connie Lo, only formulates its skincare products with high-quality natural ingredients. And when they say natural, they mean natural. The products are formulated according to the very strict European Union standards, which means the company avoids more than 1,300 potentially harmful chemicals. Everything is also vegan and cruelty-free.
10. Clean Circle
Ditch the single-use beauty products and try Clean Circle instead. Founded by Lena Chao, the company makes reusable bamboo makeup remover pads and skincare pads. It also uses eco-friendly packaging and shipping materials. And, a portion of your shipping cost is used to offset carbon emissions.