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Rating Companies for Greenness

How do you know if the stuff you buy is sustainable? Here are some guides that can help.

Clothing & Accessories

Apolis Activism

"Apolis Activism is an independent contemporary brand that began with dreams and thread. Three brothers — Raan, Shea, and Stenn Parton — created a unique bridge between commerce and sustainable development." Clothing and accessories sustainably produced around the world.

Edun

"EDUN's mission is to create beautiful clothing while fostering sustainable employment in developing economies, particulary in sub-Saharan Africa. We work on a micro-level to help build the skill sets of factories where the clothes are produced. EDUN is currently produced in India, Peru, Tunisia, Kenya, Uganda, Lesotho, Tanzania, Mauritius and Madagascar."

Fair Indigo

"The Fair Indigo label was created to make much more than a fashion statement. Our mission is to create high-quality, wearable styles without the exploitation of workers and the environment that too often goes with the territory. With incredibly efficient operations and word-of-mouth advertising, we can keep our prices real too."Many items are made in the U.S.A.

Green Loop

"Greenloop is a style conscious, eco-retail company, specializing in sustainable apparel and accessories for men and women, grounded in good design. All brands carried by Greenloop employ a variety of responsible practices, including: using eco-friendly, sustainable materials; employing energy efficient and low-impact production; investing in renewable energy and carbon offsets; and maximizing recycling and waste reduction. In addition to these practices, these companies engage in fair trade, support organic agriculture, engage in sweat-shop free production, protect human rights, and donate to various environmental non-profit groups through in-kind and financial gifts."

John Patrick Organic

Men and women's organic cotton clothes, many recycled into different products.

Linda Loudermilk

"Our fabrics are made of sasawashi, bamboo, sea cell, soya and other exotic self-sustaining plants. Our belief is that the clothing and accessories we wear, the products we use and the vehicles we drive are a perfect conduit for the spirit of this complex, colorful and rockin’ earth: this is luxury eco ™."

Lara Miller

"Born and raised in Chicago, Lara Miller’s work is strongly influenced by the city’s architectural and cultural landscape. Ecological sensitivity and fascination with both the built and moving form flow through each piece."

Loomstate Organic

"Launched in New York City in 2004 by designer Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay Hahn, Loomstate was founded as a casual brand dedicated to creating demand for certified organic cotton using socially and environmentally responsible methods of production."

Loyale Clothing

" in 2005, Jenny Hwa founded loyale to provide eco-chic apparel for women who are equally conscious about fashion as they are about the environment. the intention of loyale is to inspire activism by designing stylish clothing that is crafted exclusively using sustainable fabrics and to create a shift in consciousness where commerce and compassion for the planet can coexist."

Nau

"A small group of people, committed to the power of business as a force for change, we are not just looking to make some new clothes, we are aiming to redefine what it means to be successful."

Noir

"The mission of NOIR, BLLACK NOIR and Illuminati II is to provide fashionable apparel that is created based upon Corporate Social Responsibility principles in all links of the supply chain that are meant to, at a minimum, do no harm and, at a maximum, do good in the communities, cultures, societies and environments in which the companies operate."

Of the Earth

"At Of The Earth , we spend every season researching new fabrics and solutions to offer our environmentally-saavy consumers: fabulous new fabrics, grown organically and designed for comfort and style."

Patagonia

"At its core, Patagonia’s effort toward corporate social responsibility is about this company’s relationship with the people who work in the factories that make our clothing and gear, and what we have done, and are trying to do, to ensure that Patagonia products are produced under safe, fair, legal and humane working conditions."

SANS

" With minimal sewing experience you can 1) buy and download the digital pattern / instructions, 2) print (A4 or Letter sized paper), 3) cut and sew your own SANS piece. Recycle something, decorate it, try something unexpected and then email us a pic of the remix."

Simple Shoes for a Happy Planet

" The important thing is we're committed to making our product 100% sustainable. Finding materials and processes that make our products sustainable is a method we call Green Toe. It isn't a magic formula, or a cure. It is a compass that, we hope, points to a bright green future."

Tom's Shoes

"TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we're all about."

Under the Nile

"Under the Nile offers an alternative to conventional cotton apparel for infants and children. All products are made from 100% handpicked organic cotton, without the use of pesticides or chemicals throughout the entire production process. Grown exclusively in Egypt, the products reflect the extremely soft and durable features that Egyptian cotton is known for. Under the Nile's dyeing process uses metal-free or vegetable dyes."

Wildlife Works

"Founded in San Francisco in 1997, we are the world's first business designed from the ground up around a consumer brand that stands for wildlife conservation. Our promise to every customer is that we use the proceeds of our product sales to save endangered and threatened wildlife around the globe.

We're achieving this by protecting wilderness habitats, creating jobs, building schools and providing other economic benefits for those people who share their land and resources with wildlife."

Crafts and Gifts

Etsy

"Our mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. Our vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice:Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade."

Kee-Ka: gifts that matter

"Kee-Ka (a name inspired by the sweet babbling of infants) strives to deliver expressive, eco-chic apparel and gifts for the littlest and most significant people in your life. Born in Brooklyn, New York we've applied our signature designs and packaging to a growing range of lifestyle products, bringing only the softest organic cotton in contact with the sensitive skin of the children (and soon pets) you love. We believe in protecting the future of the world that our children will inherit. This means crafting fashionable products in socially and ecologically responsible ways: using 100% certified organic cotton and low-impact dyes, as well as working with Fair Trade and Fair Wage suppliers around the world."



Green Chemistry

BioAmber

"BioAmber (formerly DNP Green Technology) is a renewable chemistry company. We use agricultural crops and transform them into green chemicals that directly substitute petrochemicals (chemicals derived from fossil fuels)." 

Living Architecture & Gardening

EcoWalls

  "...EcoWalls, LLC, has developed an innovative vertical planting panel that supports lush gardens on a building's walls or facades." This   company has been founded by two Rutgers graduates and is located in Bordentown, NJ.

TerraCycle, Inc.

"TerraCycle’s purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste. We do this by creating national recycling systems for the previously non-recyclable. The process starts by offering collection programs (many of them free) to collect your waste and then convert the collected waste into a wide range of products and materials." Located in Trenton, NJ. and started out with selling worm poop in recycled bottles and now has expanded to making new products from trash.

Paper Products

Watabaran

"Watabaran is a Nepalese company working with fair trade that produces recycled handmade paper products like Christmas Cards, paper gift bags, eco friendly gift boxes, paper notebooks."