There was an online store that I used to frequent around the holidays that offered an incredible selection of pretty much everything under the sun, ridiculously low shipping (or even free!) and excellent turnaround times. I won’t name names or point fingers, but their name starts with A, ends with N and has a Z in it.
I am not knocking the practice of online shopping or even utilizing this one-stop- shopping site, but this season is a reflection of our family’s project and progress over the past year. Our gift giving this year is aimed at focusing on the message and spreading the word about how each one of us can make conscious decisions when it comes to the dollars we spend. So, what if there was a magical place that resembled the conglomerate I used to hit for gifts, but pulled together products that represented our message, my message, your message?
Oh, you can get excited now – because there is. Or, ARE. Below is a list of a few of these all-in-one green-one-stop-shop places.
Trade As One www.tradeasone.com
Santa Cruz is a city close to my heart. First and foremost, my family lives there and secondly, the city’s general attitude is inline with my philosophies. A lot of my favorite companies (and people!) come out of this great beach town. Trade As One is one such example. They are an importer of fair-trade goods from around the world. The variety of products is almost endless and every single item tells a story.
You are assured that with each purchase, you are putting money directly into the pockets of the artisans who produced it. And, by supporting “fair trade” you are ensuring that these same artisans were paid fair, honest, livable wages and had suitable, safe working conditions. I love that each product highlights the workers who produced it, their individual history and the raw materials used. In addition to the virtual “store front”, Trade As One works with a number of non-profit organizations and churches to help spread their message and work.
Thanks to DOD for giving Trade As One a much deserved shout out!
Ethical Ocean www.ethicalocean.com
Ethical Ocean is a company put together by forward-thinking young adults who are passionate about free-trade, organic, reusable and recyclable products. The site went live on Earth Day 2010 and has accumulated over 2000 (!!) products to date. The company’s ultimate goal was to pull together high-quality, eco-conscious products into one location and offer a market to sellers that could reach a variety of people around the globe.
The Ethical Ocean website has two noteworthy features. The first is the “2010 Holiday Guide” that showcases a handful of products for each person on your list. The presentation is appealing and I love that the ideas can fit every size budget. The second uber-cool feature is the “ethical icons” that accompany each product. If you are looking for a well-rounded, super eco-conscious product, than you’d probably start looking for an assortment of icons and the more there the better. If you are really into supporting fair-trade or just won’t budge when it comes to organic, you can quickly browse, sort and buy using these variables.
I think that it’s incredible that Ethical Ocean has been able to amass an extensive inventory, keep their product specs eco-conscious and maintain integrity in a world of mass consumerism. And, they have done all of this on the shoulders of seven creative individuals! Ethical Ocean is a great place for year-round shopping!
Last date for online shipping delivered by Christmas is December 11th – don’t miss out!
The name of this site sums up their goal perfectly. If you want to “buy green” then swing on in here. The website is well-designed and easy to maneuver about, but my favorite feature is the “Green Standard” grade that each product is given. The company takes into account and offers a detailed breakdown of the product’s:
- Source Material
- Disposal Practices
Every product is better than your average, mainstream option, but the “Green Standard” offers a quick, easy to read blurb on just how “green” it is. The assortment of companies is varied and there is a product available to fill just about every niche out there.
Do you know of any more websites that fit the one-stop-shopping-for-Green bill? Comment on this post and lemme know!
Happy Holidays from our family to yours!