10 Alternatives to Amazon: Ethical and Sustainable Brands

10 Ethical and Sustainable Alternatives to Amazon | Amazon Alternatives: 10 Online Marketplaces

In an online world with so many options for where to shop, we each carry power with our money. As an individual, you can tell the market what’s important to you... whether that's buying high-quality artisan goods, choosing ethically made products, or giving small businesses your support. Being a conscious consumer means asking questions that may seem simple but carry great significance for people and the environment. Here at Prosperity Candle, we are focused on a few big ones: where did this come from, how did it get to me, and what impact will it leave after I’m done with it?

By keeping these questions in mind, you have the opportunity to make a positive impact with your purchase. There are many incredible businesses with shipping options that give back to the environment, provide artisans with living wages, and ensure products are made responsibly. This socially conscious shopping allows you to have a positive impact not only on the planet but also on communities that are close by and far away.

To help you use the power of your wallet for good, we’ve put together a list of 10 Amazon alternatives. Yes, Amazon is super convenient and often (but not always!) has the lowest price. But it also has unscrupulous sellers, and it's near impossible to gauge social and environmental impact.

By contrast, purchasing from online marketplaces like the ones below allows you to support causes you care about and make ethical choices all while buying the products you want. So for the next time you need to restock your pantry or find a gift to spark joy, try browsing through these alternatives to Amazon. We think you'll love it!

1. BLK + GRN

BLK + GRN  | Black-owned all-natural marketplace as an alternative to Amazon

BLK + GRN is an all-natural marketplace featuring a wide range of beauty, skincare, grocery, and home essentials. This Black-owned company connects consumers with Black artisans, creating a place for them to share their products and stories while supporting natural lifestyles. All of the products are non-toxic, plant-based, and cruelty-free too.

2. Made Trade

Made Trade | Sustainable, ethical, and modern alternative to Amazon

Made Trade features products that are fair trade, crafted by traditional artisans, BIPOC-owned, and sustainable. Their home decor, shoes, clothes, and accessories are ethically made and sustainably sourced for your modern style. Plus, they are 100% carbon neutral, so you don’t have to worry about how your package got to you. 

3. The Little Market

The Little Market | Artisan-made Amazon alternatives with a cause

The Little Market supports artisans around the world, offering a variety of products from home essentials to bath products, kitchenware, jewelry and décor. You can shop by cause, supporting initiatives close to your heart, or browse based on what you need. They work with 65 predominantly female artisan groups in 25 countries, and are certified Fair Trade. Each product has a story of where it was made and what cause your purchase will support.

4. Thrive Market

Thrive Market | 10 Sustainable and ethical alternatives to Amazon

Thrive Market's mission is to make healthy living accessible to all. With their subscription service, you have access to sustainably sourced organic foods and non-toxic beauty and household products. Make grocery shopping easy by having your shopping shipped to you with free carbon-neutral shipping. Plus, we love that they are also a certified B Corp (what does it mean to be a B Corp?).

5. Package Free

Package Free | Natural and plastic free basics as alternatives to Amazon for a zero waste lifestyle

Package Free offers a variety of products for cleaning, bath and body, home and kitchen. These basics are the staple of their mission to make natural and plastic-free products accessible, affordable, and convenient for all. Their zero waste kits are perfect for beginners looking to make positive changes to their everyday routines. 

6. EarthHero

EarthHero | 10 Sustainable and ethical alternatives to Amazon

This certified B Corp EarthHero is a true alternative to Amazon with its range of products. Find sustainable products for your home, outdoor adventures, technology needs, and even for your pet. Each brand that this marketplace features values using better ingredients, implementing clean production practices, ensuring high-quality products, and cutting down on waste in all areas.

7. Bookshop

Bookshop | Alternatives to Amazon for books, audiobooks, and textbooks from independent bookstores

Bookshop is your go-to for books, audiobooks, and even textbooks, and works to keep local independent bookstores in business. This benefit corporation has raised $14 million for bookstores nationwide. If you love digging into a captivating book but have had to rely on Amazon for your finds in the past, this is the perfect Amazon alternative for you. Find your next beach read or book club favorite here. 

8. Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods | Unique alternatives to Amazon from artisans

Uncommon Goods features a wide range of unique goods made by independent makers. From home décor and kitchen staples to jewelry, you can find the perfect gift for anyone in your life. As one of the first certified B Corporations, Uncommon Goods prioritizes supporting artisans while being environmentally conscious and giving back to organizations of your choice. With their variety of home products and gifts, they are a great alternative to Amazon year-round!

9. Hive 

Hive | Sustainable alternatives to Amazon for your general store needs

Hive is a general store for all of your pantry staples, wellness needs, and household essentials. Rooted in sustainability, Hive works to connect people with brands that match their values. Whether you need a restock on canned beans, spices, olive oil, snacks, or coffee, they will have it. Simply shop by social cause or grocery needs, and make a positive impact with your pantry.

10. Prosperity Candle 

Prosperity Candle | Unique, handmade gifts as an alternative to Amazon

And of course here at Prosperity Candle, every candle is handpoured by women artisans and former refugees who are resettled in the U.S. Whether you're looking to relax with a calming scent, freshen up your space with a bright citrus, or give a unique set as a housewarming gift, know that each candle represents a woman creating a brighter future for herself and her family. We are proud to be a certified B Corp business, and believe in ethically made goods that support environmental sustainability. 

It’s important to recognize the real power we hold as consumers. With so many online marketplaces that prioritize sustainability, ethical practices and independent makers, you can find alternatives to Amazon for all of your shopping needs. Whether you’re brand new to online marketplaces or a seasoned shopper, we hope you can find something you like from these Amazon alternatives!


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Suzanne hall
Suzanne hall

July 22, 2021

Thank you so much for this list !! I truly appreciate what you do so I feel confident with this list !

Brenda Teplitsky
Brenda Teplitsky

July 22, 2021

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