Forget Black Friday. Let’s Make Green Friday a Thing.

This holiday season, vote with your wallet

Here’s a challenge. If you’re planning on gifts for the holidays, consider buying from sustainable brands.

Instead of amassing loads of stuff that eventually ends up in our oceans and landfills, why not get thoughtful gifts that do good for People and Planet?

We found a great company in Boulder, Colorado called EarthHero. They are an eco-friendly marketplace with almost 1,000 sustainable products. They offer unique gifts under $40.

They are giving our Well.org and Well Wallet communities $20 off your first order.

Ryan Lewis, CEO of EarthHero, says his big vision is to, “make sustainable shopping and living so commonplace, that everybody does it. There is no alternative. It simply becomes the new norm.”

What kinds of products can I get?

You can find products in almost any category. They have 1,000 products to date and are adding more every week. Here are just a few.

  1. Sustainable electronics. Yes, this actually exists. At EarthHero, you can get sustainable bluetooth speakers and earbuds.
  2. Eco Apparel for men, women, kids and baby made from organic, recycled and renewable content.
  3. Unique products like Bee’s Wrap. With this product, you never have to buy aluminum foil or plastic wrap again. It lasts up to a year, after which you can compost it.
  4. A travel backpack made from recycled water bottles. It collapses into a pouch that you can literally hold in your hand. Great for computers, hiking, and travel. And it’s only 25 bucks.
  5. Wallets made out of old sailboat sails.
  6. Bamboo and cork phone cases.
  7. …and 1,000 more ideas.

What makes these products sustainable?

EarthHero selects their brands based on a rigorous vetting process. They look at 3 things:

  1. The material make-up. They seek brands that use recycled, organic and renewable materials like bamboo, cork and hemp. There’s a lot of plastic out there. EarthHero looks for products that can use this recycled content.
  2. How they treat people. They look for Fair Trade and other certifications that prove the brand’s commitment to treating people well. This is important to them.
  3. How they give back. They look for brands that generate sustainability outside of their own company. For example, they have a sunglasses company that restores vision for someone in a developing country, for every pair of sunglasses they sell.

In all, they look for companies that have a shared ethos. They want people who have built companies with the intention to do good in the world.

This holiday, give meaningful gifts that are good for your planet and your wallet. Check out EarthHero and get $20 off your first order.

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I love this article! I know Patagonia gave all of the money they made on Black Friday last year to grassroots organizations promoting sustainability. It’s cool to see companies giving back.

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Thank you for the comment, Chris. We are happy to hear that you support these sustainable companies. Thank you for voting with your wallet!

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Love this! My family uses Young’s Living as their farm to family approach for health is tremendously sustaintable!

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Joanne Hinsperger-Scott
December 4, 2017 6:08 pm

QUESTION: So, if I found 10 different products made by 10 different vendors, do I pay 10 separate shipping fees? Or, have all these vendors agreed to send their products to one warehouse so customers pay only one shipping fee on the entire order?

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    Hi Joanne – Great question! All orders over $50 ship free, always. EarthHero stocks many of the more popular brands and products in their central warehouse located in Boulder, Colorado. However, some brands and products are shipped directly from the manufacturer. In this case, if the order total is under $50, you still only pay one charge, as if all products were shipping together.

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why is amazon not a beneficial company for all?

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    Richard, great question. Here’s a good response from the CEO of EarthHero:
    Amazon puts everything at your fingertips – but that means everything. From poor quality products made with synthetic materials, to products made through unfair labor, Amazon is supporting it all. You can find some good stuff on Amazon, but it takes a lot of research, all on the shoulders of the consumer.

    By shopping with curated shops like EarthHero, you can feel confident in your purchases. They’re doing the work to choose companies that use better materials and uphold better working standards, so you can be sure that every dollar is going towards a company that’s making a difference.

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Jenny Baboolal
December 12, 2017 7:31 pm

Do you ship to Canada?

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