While some can argue that Amazon is amazing, it’s not that great for the world. It’s considered unethical in terms of how it treats people, the planet, and even animals. This is why it’s better to shop from Amazon alternatives that don’t exploit the planet to make a profit.
Additionally, lately, more people are deciding to shop from small businesses instead of large corporations. Supporting smaller businesses also makes someone’s dream come true. On the other hand, when you shop from Amazon, you are just making the richest company on the planet get richer.
Here are just a few ethical and eco-friendly Amazon alternatives for you to choose from. After reading this, you’ll wish you never used Amazon in the first place.
Best Amazon Alternatives
01. Eco Roots
This one is perfect for homeware and kitchen products as well as skincare and beauty products. Eco Roots provides individuals with affordable, sustainable solutions to help them reduce their waste and plastic consumption.
Additionally, all their products are plastic-free. But you won’t just find their own products, you will find a range of other independent businesses who are also trying to do good for the planet.
All their packaging is recyclable and more importantly plastic-free.
I highly recommend taking a look at their website. You will find some amazing products that will make your sustainability journey much easier.
02. Earth Hero
Are you looking for a store that has all sustainable products in one place? This one is a great option. Earth Hero is perhaps the closest thing to a sustainable Amazon right now. They have a huge range to choose from, and they have excellent prices too. Just some of their collections include: Travel, Outdoors, Zero-waste, Pets, Homeware, and much more. This is definitely one to check out.
*Right now they are only shipping to the US but they will soon introduce international shipping to keep an eye for that.
03. Wearth London
Wearth London is based in the UK and offers a variety of eco-friendly products from different independent eco-friendly brands. Whether you are looking for clothes, jewelry, or toiletries, they have it all.
They also have a great collection of gifts for every kind of person. And they don’t test on animals either. Everything is vegan, so you can feel guilt-free when shopping from them.
To top it all off, all their shipping is carbon-neutral certified.
04. World of Books
The best place to get books from is your local library. But if that’s not an option, World of books is a great alternative. They have a huge selection of books to choose from and they are all second-hand. This company initially started because they didn’t want to let perfectly good books go to landfill. The planet is always their priority.
Another similar website to get books from is Better World Books if you want to check that one out too.
eBay is a great place to buy second-hand items from. Giving clothes and products a second life is hugely important and eBay is the biggest platform for this. You can find nearly anything you can imagine. It’s essentially an Amazon for second-hand items.
Since (nearly) everything is second-hand, most items are at a very good price. Whether you’re looking for clothes, gadgets, or sports equipment, you are most likely going to find what you want.
I love the concept of eBay because it’s a perfect example of how keeping things in a closed loop can be profitable for everyone.
06. Plastic Freedom
As the name suggests, this company is plastic-free. You will find many different items on their website ranging from beauty products to homeware and cleaning products. I think Plastic Freedom is definitely one of the best Amazon Alternatives as you can find nearly anything. You can find products from countless brands on here like Georganics, Eco Panda, and Upcircle.
I love their brand and highly recommend taking a look. What they are doing is very inspirational.
Moreover, every time you make a purchase, they plant one tree.
08. Thrive Market
Thrive Market is a website that offers healthy food. It has a great selection to choose from. My favorite thing about them is that you can choose your dietary preferences such a vegan or gluten-free and they will show you what they have for you.
If you get a membership, which is very cheap, you will be paying towards making your delivery carbon-neutral too. They also give part of the money to help people in need. This is definitely one of the best places online to get your food from.
07. Life Without Plastics
Life Without Plastic ships to the US and Europe and mainly provides customers with items that help them reduce their plastic consumption. Check out their plastic-free essentials if you are only just starting out on your zero waste journey.
You will find so many cool plastic-free alternatives to common everyday items.
10. Zero Waste Store
This one is aimed at those who are trying to reduce their waste and so they offer a wide range of products that help people do just that. Zero Waste Store has pretty much everything you will need in your everyday life. It even has travel items like backpacks.
They have vegan-friendly items too and finally, if you are just starting out on your zero-waste or plastic-free lifestyle, they have a collection of essentials that you could find useful. Its large range is what makes this one stand out as of of the best Amazon alternatives.
07. Wild Minimalist
This is another great website and very popular in the sustainable community. Wild minimalist provides all the essentials for those trying to live more sustainably and who want to minimize their environmental impact.
Some of their collections are: Kitchen and Dining, Cleaning products and Bath & Beauty. Wild Minimalist is one of my favorite sustainable Amazon alternatives because of their unique, good-quality products, and their wide range.
Hive is a website where you can get books CDs, DVDs, and more. You have the option of ordering the books straight to your local bookstore. When you choose this option, part of the money you spend goes to the bookstore which is great as it supports your local community.
However, if you don’t have a bookstore near you, you can always order it to your home.
If you don’t like collecting loads of books on your shelf, they have ebooks that you can buy instead and they send them straight to you via email.
12. Bower Collective
Bower Collective has mostly personal care products and general items for around the house.
You will find great quality products that are both good for you and the planet. The aim of Bower Collective is to help you reduce your waste and therefore help protect the environment. Not only are all their products sustainable, but they also look amazing. They even have some great gift sets.
Bower Collective has an initiative in place which I just love where you can buy reusable pouches to refill your products. For instance, washing up liquid. Instead of buying new plastic bottles every time it runs out, you can simply return the pouch for free for them to refill. This uses up fewer resources and produces less waste.
13. Thrift plus
Thrift Plus is an app/ website where you can buy and sell second-hand clothes. It’s cheap and you get to give clothes a second life and divert them from landfill. You can find so many good and unique garments on thrift apps like this one. But it’s not the only one. There are many more out there.
If you want brand new clothes instead of second-hand ones, why not try shopping from a sustainable fashion brand like Patagonia or Encircled. There are so many eco-fashion brands, you are spoiled for choice.
14. And keep
And Keep is based in the UK but currently, they are shipping to their countries in Europe too. I love their plastic-free bundles which are perfect for anyone trying to make their life a bit more sustainable.
If you have children, I’m certain you will enjoy browsing through their Plastic-Free Parenting collection. Everything on their website in general is plastic-free.
Some of the brands you will find on And Keep include Bambaw, Hydrophil and Earth Conscious.
15. PHB Ethical Beauty
PHB Beauty is all about ethical and sustainable beauty products. I love this company because a range of their products is locally handmade in the UK. They are also palm-oil free and none of their ingredients or products are tested on animals.
On their website, you can find skincare products, makeup, and body/hair products. They work hard to ensure that everything they sell is sustainable and organic so that they don’t have a big negative impact on the environment.
Last but not least, there’s Esty. You may be familiar with one since people use it to sell their crafts like homemade jewelry and accessories. By shopping from Etsy you’ll be supporting individuals who are trying to make a business using their talents. I love how everything is different than the things you usually see.
It’s a unique platform perfect for those trying to create their own unique style.
While Amazon is the go-to option for most people, it’s important to remember it’s not the only option. These are all great alternatives to Amazon but that’s not to say they are the only ones. I encourage you to find local, independent brands to shop from.
Become a more conscious consumer and choose to buy more ethically and sustainably.
Let us know if you shop from a different eco store so we can add it to the list!