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10 Black-Owned Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Businesses to Support

Support these Black-owned eco-friendly and sustainable businesses during Black History Month and beyond. There's beauty, fashion, and more.

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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, you can also uplift the Black community by supporting businesses owned by Black leaders.

We want to use our platform to support Black-owned businesses during Black History Month and beyond. No matter what you're in the need of—be it sustainable fashion, home goods, groceries, beauty products, jewelry, and more—here are some of our favorite places to shop for eco-essentials.

Black-Owned Sustainable Businesses to Support

Our California-based team members have loved their Zero Grocery deliveries. We're able to get great produce, dry goods, and more while supporting a local business founded by the very inspiring Zuleyka Strasner.

Ever notice how much plastic your grocery deliveries come in? Zero Grocery delivers fresh goods without the waste, and they'll even pick up their signature glass containers the next time they head to your house.

Oui The People is a one-stop shaving revolution. Founded by Karen Young, the brand has body care and shaving products that incorporate many ingredients that protect and nourish the skin.

All of the products are free of parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, petrolatum, and synthetic fragrance. Then there's the containers, which are glass, recyclable, or refillable. 

3. Golde

Golde, the buzzy wellness brand founded by Trinity Mouzon Wofford, makes health-boosting ingredients—like matcha, cacao, and turmeric—accessible, exciting, and easy to use.

Aside from being delicious, each product is also organic, vegan, and cruelty-free. You'll find matcha (which is made with 100% pure, shade-grown green tea leaves from Uji, Japan!), latte blends, superfood face masks, and more.

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 and sustainably easy and impactful.

We love the assortment of products that the BLK + GRN team has discovered, and they've got an awesome loyalty program as well. So brew up a cup of Fair Trade coffee and enjoy browsing the hundreds of products they spotlight.

Everyone has that one swimsuit sitting in their closet that looks great but is extremely uncomfortable. JADE Swim is solving both needs by creating soft, chic items that look good and do the planet good.

Founded by Britt Freeney, JADE Swim makes eco-friendly, sustainable swimwear out of materials that aren't harmful to the planet. The second you put one on, you'll never want to take it off.

6. Mented

Ethical and 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—and the idea came over a glass of wine. They realized they couldn't find their perfect shade of lipstick, and Mented was born. Since then, they've touched the lives of thousands of women with their innovative and kind-to-the-planet formulas.

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.

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.

8. beelove

Beelove is a Chicago-based organic honey and honey-infused body care brand created by Brenda Palms Barber. Its nourishing balm has become our go-to salve for chapped lips, bug bites, and more!

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 its products have everyone buzzing.

9. AAKS

Akosua Afriyie-Kumi founded AAKS with the goal of introducing the world to the weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana, as well as creating jobs within Africa.

Handcrafted, ethically made handbags in colors this gorgeous make AAKS' offerings hard to resist. Knowing the bags are made sustainably by female artisans makes them even more special.

10. PUR Home

Traditional cleaning supplies are often filled with chemicals that are hard to pronounce and are harmful to the environment.

PUR Home, created by Angela Richardson and Michelle Richardson, focuses on all-natural solutions with waste-saving innovations (like opting for concentrate over large bottles). This helps clean and do good for the world at the same time.