Modern consumers care about how their spending habits impact the environment, with more than two-thirds of North American buyers reporting that they prefer to shop with sustainable brands.
Many brands claim to be environmentally conscious, but true eco-friendly companies create sustainable products using ethically sourced products and responsible manufacturing practices. Some common initiatives that help set the top eco-friendly companies apart include B-Corporation certification and Carbon Neutral certification.
Our list of 11 sustainable brands not only creates useful products and services but have also gone above and beyond to commit to eco-friendly business practices and initiatives.
Compared to a beef burger, a Beyond Meat plant-based burger uses 99% less water, 93% less land, and 46% less electricity to produce.
Household paper products from Who Gives A Crap are made from sustainable materials such as recycled paper and bamboo. Plus, 50% of company profits are donated to help build toilets in developing areas.
Eco-friendly outdoor clothing maker Patagonia guarantees all of its products to keep discarded garments out of landfills. The company also donates 1% of its profits to environmental conservation efforts each year.
Kids toymaker Green Toys creates fun and safe toys made from 100% recycled materials that don’t contain harmful chemicals. Toys are produced in the U.S. and come packaged in recycled cardboard.
Business consulting company Wipro EcoEnergy helps companies of all sizes achieve more affordable and energy-efficient business operations by helping them transfer to wind power.
Washable period panties by Thinx are made with moisture-wicking fabric that eliminates the need for traditional feminine hygiene products that contain one-use plastic and chemicals. A portion of Thinx profits are donated to support women’s organizations.
With the sale of each PELA biodegradable phone case, the company makes a donation to ocean cleanup initiatives. The company also sells BPA-free watch bands, earbud cases, and sunglasses that can get composted once they’re no longer needed.
Biodegradable straws by YES STRAWS are made from cane and wheat stems, diverting millions of single-use plastic straws from landfills and oceans. YES STRAWS offers wholesale discounts to businesses that want to transition away from plastic straws.
Shoe company Native Shoes makes fashionable footwear for men, women, and children. By 2023, Native Shoes hopes to recycle every pair of vegan, biodegradable shoes it produces to provide raw materials to build community projects.
Each cup of Numi Tea is made from certified organic and fair trade ingredients. Fair trade practices ensure farmers are paid a fair price for their products, which helps boost their local economies. The company also became Climate Neutral in 2020.
Eco-friendly household and personal care product manufacturer Seventh Generation makes cleaning products from environmentally safe ingredients. Their competitive prices make it easy for consumers to choose their products over leading traditional brands.