11 Alternatives To Amazon For Sustainable Online Shopping

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Shopping online is convenient, and it’s an accessible option for people who live outside large cities or without access to nearby sustainable stores. While Amazon has certainly made millions of lives easier over the years, it’s unfortunately not the most ethical option when it comes to online marketplaces (learn more here).

Thankfully though, there are many wonderful alternatives! These online marketplace websites invest in small businesses, support independent artisans and makers, and showcase a commitment to ethical, sustainable business practices. Whether you need cleaning supplies, pantry staples, or some nontoxic skincare products to get you through this season, they have you covered—no matter where you live.

And for your niche needs like hardware, electronics, or gardening gear, get in touch with local businesses and thrift shops—they’ll have what you need, without the carbon emissions!

Looking for specific everyday products? Head here for our list of sustainable fashion brands, and here for the best natural and organic skincare products.

*Article updated November 2022


1. Thrive Market

Best For | Food & drink
Ships To | Contiguous USA
Why It's Better Than Amazon | Sustainable & organic products, gives back, carbon-neutral shipping

Thrive Market is dedicated to community. This online marketplace offers memberships with a mission, starting at just $5/month. A membership grants you access to over 6,000 sustainable and organic products (including wine!) at a fraction of the retail cost. With a curated selection that can be filtered in any number of ways based on dietary and lifestyle needs, Thrive is the perfect place to shop for pantry staples. We love the fast and free carbon-neutral shipping on orders over $49, recyclable packaging, the zero-waste warehouses, and that each membership sponsors an additional membership for a low-income family or first responder.


2. Made Trade

Best For | Bedding, pillows, blankets, furniture, home decor
Ships To | Worldwide
Why It's Better Than Amazon | Woman-owned, artisan & fair trade goods, Climate Neutral Certified, gives back to environmental initiatives

Founded in 2018, Made Trade began as a space to find beautiful, ethical, and sustainably made goods for our homes and closets. Today, this curated platform ensures that every single product fits into one of Made Trade’s core values: fair trade, handcrafted, made in the USA, BIPOC-owned, women-owned, sustainable, vegan, or recycled/upcycled. Stocking everything in home decor from kitchen stoneware to bedding, Made Trade streamlines the purchasing process to be more mindful and sustainable alongside hundreds of like-minded brands. The family-owned brand also donates one percent of proceeds to environmental causes and is carbon-neutral.


3. Grove Collaborative

Best For | Natural household & personal care products
Ships To | Contiguous US
Why It's Better Than Amazon | Certified B Corp, cruelty-free & nontoxic products, CarbonNeutral® Certified & plastic-neutral

Now more than ever, we’re committed to keeping a clean, germ-free home as much as possible—and Grove Collaborative makes that easy and affordable. This certified B Corp offers flexible subscriptions that deliver eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and nontoxic household and personal care products to your home. Plus, each shipment’s carbon footprint is offset to minimize environmental impact and Grove is plastic-neutral today, with a goal to be plastic-free by 2025. You can sign-up for a subscription (which comes with free shipping!) or shop a la carte.


4. Credo

Best For | Clean beauty, skincare, & fragrance
Ships To | USA
Why It's Better Than Amazon | Clean & cruelty-free brands, sustainable packaging guidelines, gives back to various causes, carries 90% women-led brands

Credo makes it easy to embrace self-care at home with its 2,000+ clean, nontoxic, and cruelty-free beauty picks. All of the products featured, from mascara to foundation, are formulated without ingredients considered dangerous, harmful, or dirty. Plus, the platform carries many of the natural and organic makeup brands we love, like ILIA and Vapour. Credo gives back a portion of every purchase. It’s never been simpler to shop for clean beauty online—all in one place.


5. Uncommon Goods

Best For | Unique & personalized gifts, home & kitchen goods, jewelry, experiences
Ships To | Worldwide
Why It's Better Than Amazon | Certified B Corp, one-of-a-kind products & experiences, eco-friendly packaging, gives back

Uncommon Goods is a certified B Corporation offering unique and thoughtful items for every occasion—including experiences! The platform boasts a range of creative products, from constellation maps to self-care kits to online mixology classes. Most items come from independent artisans, jewelry makers, potters, and painters. With environmentally responsible packaging, a Better to Give program donating over $2.6M around the world, and fair wages for employees, we love shopping at Uncommon Goods for almost everything.


6. Bookshop

Best For | Books, audiobooks, textbooks, puzzles, gifts
Ships To | USA (plus, UK & Spain-specific sites)
Why It's Better Than Amazon | Certified B Corp, Climate Neutral Certified, supports indie & local booksellers

For the newest releases, check out Bookshop which supports independent booksellers. This B Corp gives 10 percent of sales to an earnings pool that’s evenly divided between its partners—you can even pick a specific local bookstore to support with your orders! Bookshop gives away over 80 percent of its profit margin to stores, vendors, and authors, making it our go-to over other retailers. If you’re hoping to thrift your books, we also suggest Better World Books—another B Corp—offering bookworms, students, and children alike access to gently used books at affordable price points.


7. Package Free

Best For | Reusable bath & body goods, home & kitchen, bulk buying
Ships To | Worldwide
Why It's Better Than Amazon | Recycled & compostable packaging, zero & low-waste practices, gives back to various causes

You could probably tell by its name, but Package Free aims to make the world a lot less “trashy.” As a low-waste space, the company collaborates with eco-friendly brands to offer everything from mouthwash tablets and reusable ear swabs to stainless steel food trays and silicone sandwich bags. It ships the products using paper tape or wrapping, and upcycled or recycled boxes, which are 100 percent recyclable and compostable. To save money and curb CO2 emissions, you can bulk-buy items like bamboo toothbrushes and mason jars in packs of two to 12. Bundles are also available.


8. Etsy

Best For | Custom, vintage, & handmade goods, furniture, clothing, jewelry, decor
Ships To | Worldwide (dependent on seller)
Why It's Better Than Amazon | Certified B Corp, powered by renewable energy, offsets 100% carbon emissions, gives back via Etsy Uplift Initiative

During times of economic uncertainty, it’s important to invest in small businesses wherever possible, many of whom can be found on Etsy. This worldwide B Corp sells everything from paper goods to reclaimed gold jewelry, directly from artisans and entrepreneurs. And Etsy has a serious commitment to sustainability; all operations including the marketplace are powered by renewable energy. The virtual marketplace is also the first major online shopping destination to offset 100 percent of carbon emissions from shipping. Shop small and support local makers—it’s more important (and sustainable!) than ever.


9. The Little Market

Best For | Baskets, bowls, hampers, & decor
Ships To | Worldwide
Why It's Better Than Amazon | Nonprofit & fair trade, supports artisans in underserved communities, customizable options

The Little Market launched as a nonprofit fair trade shop, anchored in the fundamental belief that every person has the right to safe working environments and fair wages. Since 2013, the team has worked with over 70 artisan groups in more than two dozen countries. The brand has also provided 1.25M+ hours of dignified work for underserved communities, including survivors of sex trafficking, refugees, and people with disabilities. Now, you can find homeware, hand-poured candles, handwoven laundry baskets, and everything in between to bring an artisan look to your home, where each product has its own story.


10. BLK + GRN

Best For | Black-owned natural products
Ships To | USA & Canada
Why It's Better Than Amazon | Supports Black artisans, sustainable & cruelty-free products, eco-friendly packaging

The team behind BLK + GRN has seen firsthand how a product’s harmful ingredients can have damaging effects on members of the Black community. Founded by Dr. Kristian, the natural lifestyle enthusiast wanted to give a voice to Black owners and artisans, and provide a space to highlight their all natural and nontoxic goods. Carefully curated and quality-tested by Black health experts, the products range from hair care and home goods to multivitamins and makeup. (And it’s shipped in eco-friendly packaging!) If it’s not sustainably made, plant-based, or cruelty-free, you definitely won’t see it on BLK + GRN.


11. Earth Hero

Best For | Baby & kids
Ships To | USA, Puerto Rico, & Canada
Why It's Better Than Amazon | Certified B Corp, Climate Neutral Certified, sustainable & safe products, gives back to environmental causes

Earth Hero’s mission is to empower you to make conscious choices. This certified B Corp finds curated brands through its five-step sourcing process, ensuring that every product is as sustainable and safe as possible. From zero-waste kits to sustainable denim to baby essentials (including strollers and toys!), there are thousands of thoughtful goods here to consider. Earth Hero also offsets the carbon footprint of your order, and is a partner of 1% For The Planet, giving back to environmental causes. Consciously update your lifestyle with just one order.


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Plastic Freedom

Best For | Plastic-free gifts & gifting essentials
Ships To | Worldwide
Why It's Better Than Amazon | Plastic-free & zero-waste, gives back to various causes, refill programs

Inspired by her own plastic-free journey, founder Beth Noy wanted to make a more sustainable lifestyle possible for others. She launched the UK-based Plastic Freedom shop in 2018, and today, this one-stop zero-waste shop curates collections for beauty, clothing, home & dining and, our personal favorite, gifts. Whether you’re looking for plastic-free wrapping and adhesives, gift sets, or (refillable!) individual items, this marketplace has it all. With every order, Plastic Freedom gives back, including planting over 67,000 trees to date!


Greenbeauty Market

Best For | Fragrance & candles
Ships To | Worldwide
Why It's Better Than Amazon | Clean, vegan, & cruelty-free products

UK-based Greenbeauty Market takes the guesswork out of ingredient lists for products focused on beauty, fragrance, and wellness. Instead, the team uses its combined decade-plus of experience to find indie brands bringing you the best in clean and green (and cruelty-free!); many of these brands are ones we already adore like Noto Botanics, Aromatica, and Kind Planet Company, alongside those that are starting to scale and grow. No matter if you’re on the hunt for a home scent, personal fragrance, or a natural candle, you’ll find it here.


Hive

Best For | UK books, eBooks, & vinyl
Ships To | Worldwide; currently UK only due to COVID-19
Why It's Better Than Amazon | Supports UK bookstores

For over a decade, the team members behind Hive have been putting their own money—and values—where their mouths are. This UK-based online bookstore offers more than one million books, vinyl records, gift sets, and eBooks to consumers, with free UK delivery on all orders whenever needed. Consumers are then able to choose which independent bookshop to support with their purchase. If you’d like to support a bookstore directly, Hive also has a directory of hundreds you can scope out across the UK.


What are some of your favorite purchases from online marketplaces? Share in the comments below!


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