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Resources for Purpose-Driven, Eco-friendly Businesses

It's not enough to just say that you care about an issue. It's when you commit to doing something about it, that your audience will begin to trust you.

88% of consumers believe companies must do more than just make money; they must positively impact society as well. source

Consumers today expect brands to share their impact through all touchpoints. If you're going to create any real impact and have people believe in your mission, they need to see you walking your talk to believe in your brand, even if you're just starting out making small efforts. Or, if you're an established brand that wants to refocus or shift your values, you'll want to share that with your audience too.

Here are some resources to help inspire you to make decisions (if you haven't already done so) on how to take action, and do it.
(This page will continue to be updated, so be sure to check back)

 

CLIMATE SOLUTIONS 

https://www.drawdown.org/

https://www.climatefoundation.org/

https://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/

https://www.climateneutral.org/

https://www.edf.org/

 

OCEAN: https://www.soalliance.org/ocean-solutions-accelerator/  and https://www.surfrider.org/

BUSINESSES: https://www.business.repurpose.global/

FARMING: https://regenorganic.org/

TEXTILE WASTE: https://www.helpsy.co/

CONSERVATION: https://www.worldwildlife.org/

PLASTIC FREE: https://aplasticplanet.com/

 

THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

A not-for-profit foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. This is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. Their activities are shaped by a unique institutional culture founded on the stakeholder theory, which asserts that an organization is accountable to all parts of society. https://www.weforum.org/

 

SUSTAINABILITY

A leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. They explore global sustainability issues and trends that shape business.
https://www.sustainability.com/thinking/2020-sustainability-trends/

https://sciencebasedtargets.org/

 

SUSTAINABILITY BUSINESS CONSULTANTS

https://www.climatepartner.com/en

https://twelvefutures.com/

https://www.enviro-stewards.com/

https://greenstep.ca/

 

SUSTAINABILE FASHION - GLOBAL BUSINESS NETWORK SOURCING + PRODUCTION

https://www.commonobjective.co/

 

CARBON OFFSET PROGRAMS

https://www.carbonzero.ca/

https://native.eco/

https://www.terrapass.com/

https://clear.eco/

https://www.myclimate.org/

https://3degreesinc.com/

https://carbonfund.org/

 

CARBON FOOTPRINT TOOLS FOR THE ENTIRE FASHION INDUSTRY

https://www.allbirds.com/pages/carbon-footprint-calculator

 

SEARCH ENGINES - ECO-FRIENDLY, PRIVACY FRIENDLY (alternatives to Google)

Ecosia https://www.ecosia.org/

DuckduckGo https://duckduckgo.com/

Lilo https://www.lilo.org/

 

WEB HOSTING - SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

https://www.greengeeks.com/web-hosting (US)

https://greenhost.net/ (NL)

https://www.green-hosting.co.uk/ (UK)

https://www.shopify.com/about/environment/sustainability-fund

 

SHOPIFY APPS - TO CARBON OFFSET SHIPPING

https://ecocart.io/business/

https://www.cloverly.com/ 

https://apps.shopify.com/offset

  

VENTURE FUNDING

https://www.powerhouse.fund/ventures

https://congruentvc.com/

https://resourcegeneration.org/

 

SOCIAL IMPACT MEDIA & MARKETING

https://growensemble.com/

 

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING DIRECTORY/SUPPLIER GUIDE

https://www.lumi.com/

https://guacamoleairplane.com/supplier-guide

https://www.bluelakepackaging.com/ (Fiber-based plastic-free)

https://packhelp.com/ (Europe)

https://heropackaging.com.au/ (Australia)

https://www.ecoenclose.com/ (US)

 

SUSTAINABLE CERTIFICATION GUIDE

https://www.treehugger.com/the-treehugger-guide-to-sustainable-certifications-5119483

 

CRADLE to CRADLE CERTIFICATION GUIDE

 https://www.c2ccertified.org/get-certified/product-certification

 

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING LABELS

http://www.ecolabelindex.com/ecolabels/

https://www.betterpackaging.com/

 

SUSTAINABLE COMPOSTABLE STICKERS

https://stickerit.co/us/biodegradable-paper-stickers/

 

SUSTAINABLE COMPOSTABLE MAILERS

https://www.noissue.co/eco-friendly-mailers.html

https://thehappybagco.com/

https://heropackaging.com.au/

 

PACKAGE FREE (WASTE-FREE) SHOPPING USA

https://packagefreeshop.com/

 

ECO AND SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL

https://www.gstcouncil.org/about/

https://sustainabletravel.org/

https://www.oneseedlabs.com/

https://www.intrepidtravel.com/us

https://www.bodhisurfyoga.com/

https://www.kindtraveler.com/

https://www.legacyvacationresorts.com/

 

THE B CORPORATION MOVEMENT

https://bcorporation.net/about-b-lab

https://www.lifteconomy.com/

 

GENERATIONAL ACTIVISTS MOVEMENTS

https://thirdact.org/ (Experienced Americans)

https://nextgenamerica.org/ (Youth)

 

ALTERNATIVES TO AMAZON USA

https://www.powells.com/

https://www.publicgoods.com/

https://earthhero.com/

https://www.tenthousandvillages.com/

https://thrivemarket.com/

https://www.madetrade.com/

https://ecoroots.us/

 

UNBIASED ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCT REVIEWS

https://www.thelessen.com/about/

  

SIMPLE EVERYDAY WAYS TO REDUCE

https://oursimplegestures.com/

 

 

GREEN CREDIT CARD

https://www.aspiration.com/

 

ETHICAL BANKING

https://www.amalgamatedbank.com/

RESOURCE: The Global Alliance for Banking on Values is a network of independent banks using finance to deliver sustainable economic, social and environmental development. https://www.gabv.org/

 

ETHICAL SHOPPING GUIDE  

Compare ethical ratings of the world's leading brands. Reporting on a range of environmental, animal welfare and human rights issues, since 2001 https://thegoodshoppingguide.com/

 

TECHNOLOGY

SUSTAINABLE SMART PHONE: https://www.fairphone.com/en/impact/

ADVANCING SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY:  https://globalelectronicscouncil.org/  

 

JOB BOARDS

https://climatebase.org/

https://forpurposejobs.com/

 

 

PODCASTS

The Mindful Commerce Hosted by Krissie Leyland

Created for mindful ecommerce entrepreneurs who are keen to make a difference in the world and learn more about ethical marketing. It focuses on discussing the role of ecommerce and its place in better protecting our natural world. Listen to hear interviews with sustainable businesses and ecommerce leaders, including merchants, tech solutions, and web agencies. They have one common goal - to build awareness of the social and environmental issues in ecommerce but most importantly to discuss the ways in which we can improve this and be better - together.

WEB PAGE: https://mindfulcommerce.transistor.fm/subscribe

APPLE: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mindfulcommerce/id1538339497?uo=4

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/06N4XQ94RMNQ3RfUQPVGt7

 

How I Built This | Guy Raz

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

APPLE PODCAST: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-i-built-this-with-guy-raz/id1150510297 

 

Lead With We | Simon Mainwaring

This podcast reveals how brands survive in a crisis, thrive in a fast-changing market, and accelerate growth in a challenging future. Discover how the world’s top companies and entrepreneurs are driving growth and impact that employees and customers now demand. What worked, what didn’t and what you need to do to get everyone to build your business.

APPLE PODCAST: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lead-with-we/id1518493080

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/4fW5RkIFvvo5wmuy5zF2HP?si=RtGOpG-OTZ6Ug5LDu5tqqw&nd=1

 

Explore the Circular Economy | Elen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation welcomes you to The Circular Economy Show, a podcast about a new way to design, make, and use things, and how we can build an economy that's fit for the 21st century.

APPLE PODCASThttps://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-circular-economy-show/id1116732609

 

Well Made | The people and ideas that are shaping our patterns of consumption for the better. Hosted by Stephan Ango, co-founder of Lumi.com

APPLE PODCASThttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/well-made/id1110562334

 

The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast | Brought to you by Grow Ensemble’s Cory Ames and his expert guests shed light on social entrepreneurship, discussing the experience of running, growing, and sustaining a successful sustainable businesses, social enterprises, and nonprofits.

WEB PAGE: https://growensemble.com/podcast/

APPLE PODCAST: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-social-entrepreneurship-innovation-podcast/id1448278538

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/1IfgluvDr7Sdtthyx3Yquu?si=54seqfNMSl65tEUOL8IwlQ&nd=1

 

 

Impact Boom | Social Enterprise & Design

Impact Boom searches the globe to find the people, stories & inspiration to help you create maximum positive impact.

They interview world-leading social innovators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, designers, educators, thinkers and doers who share Insights, ideas & inspiration. 

APPLE PODCASThttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/impact-boom-podcast-social-enterprise-design/id1191408387?uo=4&mt=2

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/impactboomorg