If you’ve ever conducted research to learn about a product’s sustainability attributes and searched for where to shop for environmentally friendly products online, you’ll know that a hefty investment of time and energy is required. There is often limited information, and the products are usually distributed on various websites across the internet making the shopping experience frustrating and time-consuming.
And it was exactly this lacklustre experience that propelled Ryan Lewis to develop online marketplace EarthHero, a certified B-Corp curating some of the most responsibly-made products across a wide variety of product categories that help customers to live a low-impact eco lifestyle.
“I began researching what makes a product sustainable and where to find them. It was a mess. Half of the product pages had confusing or misleading content, and if anybody was to truly shop this way… it was painful,” explains the EarthHero founder and CEO.
“So, the idea was born. Build a platform for trusted brands, and a community of conscious shoppers that can confidently and conveniently live and shop more sustainably.”
EarthHero has done the research and hard work for customers, vetting over 150+ sustainable brands producing over 4,000 unique eco-friendly products using their strict five-step sourcing methodology – Materials/Ingredients, Company Responsibility, Give-Back, Packaging and Sustainable Lifestyle. It weeds out all the noise to ensure the brands and products they offer are truly ethical.
You’ll find some of the most trusted and reputable sustainable brands on the site such as Girlfriend Collective eco-friendly activewear, Fressko reusable bottles and coffee cups, SOL Organics Fair-Trade certified bedding, SAOLA casual shoes and Pela Case, manufacturers of the ever popular eco-friendly and compostable smartphone covers.
The EarthHero website is also user-friendly with easy-to-explore drop-down menus classified under the following categories: zero waste, clothing and accessories, travel, home, baby and kids, outdoors, pets, gifts, beauty care, audio and technology. If you want to save even more time, just type what you’re looking for in the search bar and it’ll bring up closely-matched results. Better still, you can even refine your search by price, sustainability features (cruelty-free, made in the USA, contains organic ingredients etc), product type and brand.
Not only has the business made sustainable shopping simple and accessible, it even offers a best price guarantee so you’re not only helping to save the earth, but you’re saving dollars too; a priority for many people at the moment given widespread job losses and the financially uncertain times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our vision is for sustainable shopping to become the new norm, and every product is made sustainable,” says Lewis.
“We aim to be the go-to platform for manufacturers making products with the planets’ best interest in mind, and become the world’s household name for a clean, sustainable lifestyle. In order to accomplish this, we aim to have a product every time you want or need to buy something.”
Since reading Annie Leonard’s book “The Story of Stuff” and learning about the immense harm people’s every day consumption habits are wreaking on the planet, Lewis set out to build a sustainable business that walked the walk and was worthy of its name.
Aside from meeting B-Corporation’s highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, EarthHero’s shipments are also fully carbon neutral. It uses Carbonfund.org to invest in reforestation projects that offset the carbon emitted through the transportation of its products and its day-to-day operations.
The company has also embraced a zero waste business approach and has vetoed plastic from its packaging in favor of minimal packaging that features biodegradable and recycled content, reused shipping boxes, paper tape and paper fill.
In addition to curating eco-friendly products for customers and supporting responsible businesses, EarthHero also gives back. It is a member of 1% for the Planet, an international environmental organization where member businesses contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. The company also partners with non-profits on various initiatives. For instance, its collaboration with Trees for the Future, a charity focusing on ending hunger and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa through tree-planting projects, resulted in 1,000 trees being planted over the holiday season.
No matter where you are on the sustainable lifestyle spectrum – whether you’re an eco activist or someone who hasn’t spent much time learning about environmental sustainability at all – remember that by purchasing responsibly made goods and supporting conscious businesses through EarthHero, you’re directly contributing to real and meaningful impact.
EarthHero will be running a 15% off sitewide sale for Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary until April 27. For each online purchase, the business will also donate one meal through the Food Recovery Network, a college student movement aimed to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food. Use the code EARTHWEEK to take advantage of this amazing offer.
Eco Warrior Princess has also partnered with EarthHero to give readers an exclusive 10% off online purchases. Just use the code ECOWARRIOR at check out (Note: cannot be used on sale products, can’t be paired with other coupons, TerraCycle, Naturepedic or gift cards).
To shop EarthHero or to learn more, visit www.earthhero.com.
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