16 Brands Kicking Ass for the Environment (with or without Trump)

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Dear world, Americans have not given up on the fight to preserve our environment. And we don’t give a damn what Trump says about it. We, the American people, understand the obvious — climate change is real, the earth is getting warmer, we face an all-hands-on-deck moment. Many of our states and municipalities will move forward with Paris. Our people will do their part. And our businesses will continue to lead the way.

Here are 16 American brands kicking ass for the planet; we’re really proud of them. If all businesses were like them, we’d likely meet the Paris Accord goals anyway!


Patagonia

What They Make | Outdoor Gear
What You’re Supporting | The Environment (in almost every way), Supporting Workers, and a Revolutionary way of doing business

Pioneers continuing to lead us all up the mountain. First, Patagonia continues to make outstanding gear. It lasts a lifetime or they’ll fix it. They support locally.com to help you find what you need near you instead of shipping it. They encourage you to get used gear through their worn wear program. They advocate for our natural lands. They make stuff out of dried beetle poop (seriously). Simply put, they’re the best.


Atayne

What They Make | Running and Cycling Shirts
What You’re Supporting | Using Recycled Materials, Supporting Progressive Causes, Non-Toxic, Made in the USA
Discount | 20% off with DoneGood

Jeremy, the founder of Atayne, was running a race and the red dye from his shirt bled all over him. He thought it was gross and that things should be made without garbage chemicals, so he quit his job that week and started making athletic tops out of recycled plastic bottles. All the dyes are non-toxic. To reduce waste, shirts are made when you order them instead of mass produced ahead of time. And they’re all made in Brunswick, Maine, about 25 miles up the coast from Portland. America (actually) first.


Preserve

What They Make | Everyday Home Products
What You’re Supporting | Using Recycled Materials, Non-Toxic, Made in the USA
Discount | 25% off with DoneGood

Another pioneer, Preserve has been making everyday home goods from recycled material for over 20 years. At the time it was considered icky to put a toothbrush in your mouth made from recycled material, so they helped lead the way in messaging the fact that recycled stuff is clean as well! All along, they never compromised quality and kept prices competitive. They continue to make beautifully designed, affordable products from recycled material, no toxins, all made in the USA.


LEAP Organics

What They Make | Soap and Personal Care Products
What You’re Supporting | Certified Organic, Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Supports Environmental Non-profits, Made in the USA
Discount | 25% off with DoneGood

What do Luke Penney and Tyler Durden have in common? They both make soap. Granted they make it in different ways—Tyler (in the movie Fight Club) steals discarded bags of human fat from liposuction facilities and uses the proceeds to fund his homegrown terrorist organization in an effort to undue civilization as we know it. Luke’s company LEAP Organics uses all 100% certified non-toxic, non-gmo, organic materials (plant-based not human!), never tested on animals, made with renewable energy, comes in recycled and recyclable packaging, and is using the proceeds to fund environmental non-profits in an effort to save civilization as we know it. But other than that, they’re pretty much the same guy. Plot twist: maybe Luke IS Tyler Durden?!!


Mightybites

What They Make | Websites
What You’re Supporting | Sustainable Web Design and Technology

A web studio proudly based in Chicago, and proudly (like all other companies named so far) a Certified B Corporation – which is basically the gold standard assessment for businesses who are crushing it on social and environmental impact. It seems the guys at Mightybites keep finding new ways to be more sustainable! The founder recently authored a book on how to reduce your digital footprint (yep, those servers require energy). They also blog regularly about the intersection of sustainability, design, and technology. Their work is pretty rad too.


Under the Canopy

What They Make | Bed, Bath, and Home Goods
What You’re Supporting | Sustainable Production, Organic Materials, Non-Toxic, Fair Trade
Discount | $25 off (min. $100 purchase) with DoneGood

Is Under the Canopy certified for sustainable production? Hell, company leaders helped CREATE certifications like GOTS certified organic and others through the Textile Exchange, a global non-profit helping companies make supply chains good for people and the planet. And yeah the company’s products are themselves certified Fair Trade, GOTS organic, Forest Stewardship Council, and Cradle to Cradle (good practices from start to finish) and more. So yeah they done good, and can prove it.


Tabii Just

What They Make | Women’s Clothing
What You’re Supporting | Sustainable Production, Made in the USA, Woman-Owned

Zero waste women’s clothing that’s made in the USA. For those not in the fashion industry – zero waste is hard. It’s a dirty business (the second biggest polluter next to big oil). That’s why Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, the founder of Tabii Just is so committed to not leaving anything behind. Her clothes are beautiful too. In her “spare” time she helps to lead the Women’s March. Yeah, that Women’s March.


allison parris new york

What They Make | Women’s Dresses
What You’re Supporting | Using Recycled Materials, Made in the USA, Woman-Owned

From the beginning founder Allison believed that being able to wear beautiful, well made clothing and to use sustainable production processes were not mutually exclusive. Ecocult describes allison parris new york as, “Sexy, Cute, Eco-Friendly Cocktail Dresses”. Alison tries to keep things green by utilizing recycled materials, whenever possible, and having everything manufactured nearby in New York.


Indosole

What They Make | Sandals and Shoes
What You’re Supporting | Re-Purposing Tires, Non-Toxic, Fair Trade
Discount | 20% off with DoneGood

How many sets of car tires have you been through so far? Ever think about where tires go when they’re spent? Yeah, we don’t want to know (psst… 1.5 billion are dumped each year). Indosole is working on it. They’re turning old tires into shoes. In fact, the brand is on a quest to save 1 million tires from landfills and give them new life as soles for our footwear. The idea of turning tires into soles came from the Indonesian people — where the shoes are made today with workers earning a fair wage. Hence, the name: Indosole.


The Refill Shoppe

What They Make | Natural Care and Cleaning Supplies
What You’re Supporting | Less Plastic in the World, Non-Toxic, Cruelty-Free, Woman-Owned
Discount | $10 off (min. $50 purchase) with DoneGood

We use a ton of plastic, disposable bottles in the bathroom. The Refill Shoppe can help reduce the amount. Instead of ordering a new bottle, they make it easy to refill what you already have, reducing a ton of waste. They’ve refilled 23,575 bottles to date. And their stuff looks cool, and can be customized for you. Cruelty-free, toxin-free, they’re an all around kick ass company.


Pictureframes.com

What They Make | Frames
What You’re Supporting | Using Reclaimed Wood, Zero Waste Production, Made in the USA, Woman-Owned
Discount | 20% off with DoneGood

High-quality picture frames, all made in the USA, using reclaimed wood – zero waste. Pictureframes.com was started by a husband and wife team of artists, and is now led by the daughters, Lauri and Robyn, from the headquarters in High Point, North Carolina. Their frames are no joke. My mom is an artist (work pictured here with frame from pictureframes.com) and she vouches for them. If you’re looking for a frame, check them out.


United By Blue

What They Make | Outdoor Clothing and Goods
What You’re Supporting | Clean Waterways, Organic Materials, Fair Trade

These guys make picking up trash cool. They have clean-ups where you basically go and hang out with people cool like you and pick up trash from rivers and waterways. Then you go out and have food and beers after. For every item you buy, United by Blue commits to removing a pound of trash from the water. They’re closing in on a million pounds of trash collected. That’s cool. If you like the outdoors, you’ll like their clothes; all super durable, all made responsibly.


MPOWERD

What They Make | Inflatable Solar Lights
What You’re Supporting | Clean Power, Light for people who need it, Good Jobs
Discount | 20% off with DoneGood

MPOWERD was started by five friends who went to Haiti to help following the 2010 earthquake and realized aid workers and families had no access to electricity, so they created inflatable, lightweight, solar-powered lights to brighten your home or next outdoor adventure – with purchases helping provide lights to 1.25 million people without electricity in the developing world.


Newly

What They Make | Home Goods
What You’re Supporting | Using Recycled Material, Made in the USA
Discount | 25% off with DoneGood

Also started by five friends, this time in Tennessee, Newly is making luxury home goods, all made from recycled materials. They became the first public benefit corporation in their state! Benefit corps are a newer legal entity that bakes a stated social mission right into the corporate charter. They’ve produced a beautiful product line, that’s all the more impressive when you learn how each product was made. Think of them for parties this summer or for your next gift registry.


The Simply Co.

What They Make | Detergent
What You’re Supporting | Non-toxic, Organic, Vegan, Made in the USA, Woman-Owned
Discount | 20% off with DoneGood

Lauren gave up trash. Yep. She’s lived an essentially zero-waste life for the last four years (all the trash she produced in that time can fit in a mason jar). She documented how she did it. She made a lot of her own stuff, like homemade laundry detergent. People liked what she was doing and asked if they could get what she was making. So she started the Simply Co., focusing on laundry detergent to start. All 100% non-toxic, made from organic ingredients, vegan, comes in a refillable mason jar where the label is printed on the bottle (so no label trash!), and made in the USA. I use it. It’s good.


Tuckerman & Co.

What They Make | Men’s and Women’s Dress Shirts
What You’re Supporting | Organic materials, Good jobs, Made in the USA, Woman-Owned
Discount | $25 off with DoneGood

One of our all-time favorites, Tuckerman & Co. is making super high-quality dress shirts from 100% organic materials, using the finest fabrics in the world, and stitching it in Fall River, Massachusetts, by workers earning a living wage with benefits. I have one of their shirts and I feel (and look) like a million dollars every time I put it on. See what goes into making a Tuckerman shirt with a recent video we shot featuring Amanda and Jonas, the wife/husband founders of Tuckerman and good friends to the DoneGood team.


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