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According to a recent study, 88 percent of U.S. consumers would be inclined to boycott a brand based on irresponsible business practices. This might explain why more and more Americans are concerned not just with what they’re buying, but with how those products are produced. Thankfully, a growing number of companies are taking measures to see to it that every step of their production process is both eco-friendly and ethically responsible. Instead of only focusing on mass production and profits, these brands go a step further to ensure the well-being of workers along the way and empower disenfranchised communities in the process. Here’s why ethically sourced products are always a smart buy.
What Is Ethically Sourced?
Products that are ethically sourced are produced in a responsible, sustainable manner without compromising the safety or welfare of the workers—everyone involved in the making of the item is treated (and paid) fairly. Ethical sourcing usually goes hand-in-hand with sustainability, too, and these brands often take the environmental and social impact of production into account.
Benefits of Shopping Ethically Sourced Brands
Shopping ethically sourced products helps empower local communities and ensures that your purchase benefits the right people. And the more people buy ethically sourced goods, the more brands are encouraged to produce goods responsibly going forward. In addition, ethically sourced products are often made in smaller batches by local farmers and manufacturers—which usually means you’ll get a better quality item.
Tips for Shopping Ethically Sourced Brands
You can find ethically produced products for just about all your needs, from food to clothing to beauty brands and more. If you’re stumped to start, try referencing shopping directories (like this one) for ongoing lists of ethically produced brands. Another good thing to do is share your purchases on your social media accounts—it’s an easy way to encourage your friends and family to support ethically sourced brands too.
Top Ethically Sourced Brands
Stock up on these responsibly sourced favorites.
For nearly four decades, New Chapter has been selling organic, ethically sourced, non-GMO supplements to support natural health and wellness. The brand is committed to promoting natural health with minimal environmental impact.
Baby on the way? This easy-to-digest prenatal formula is high in folate (a pregnancy must-have) and whole-food antioxidants to keep you and your little one covered.
Our very own Thrive Market Collection offers affordable products without compromising on ethical standards. From premium buys including household staples, cleaning supplies, baby essentials, and body care products, our wide selection has something for everyone.
This pantry must-have is ethically sourced from small farms in the Philippines. Organic, cold-pressed, and never refined, our coconut oil is just about as pure as it gets.
Not only do Cocokind skin care products use only ethically sourced, pure ingredients but every purchase also supports the organic farmers who plant and harvest the seeds, too.
This multitasking favorite is made from ethically sourced and organic virgin coconut oil, beeswax, and matcha tea powder. Use it like chapstick or under eye balm, or massage into elbows, knees, or anywhere you need a little extra hydration.
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