Be aware that some of these have franchises with curbside pickup so you can save money on delivery and shipping by showing up and picking it up. Check websites and/or call ahead to ensure it's contactless.
- Equal Exchange Chocolate, coffee, tea, and in some stores, bananas
- Bob's Red Mill Grain products and flours
- Clif Bar Portable food bars
- Alternative Baking Company Vegan cookies that are dangerously addicting. You have been warned. Their seasonal offerings are pretty amazing too.
- Vegan Essentials Gloriously expensive vegan items
- GTFO It's Vegan Another vegan food store online.
- Miyoko's Creamery Vegan fake dairy, but very expensive
- Tanka Bar Bison jerky. Obviously, not vegan. Infinitely better than the stuff you get at the gas station.
- Sunbutter Sunflower butter
- Red Lake Nation Foods Wild rice produced by Red Lake Nation and other products
- Living Earth Herbs High quality herbs and spices
- Trucolor All natural food coloring
- Lorann Oils Food grade essential oils, natural and synthetic flavors
- Freely Vegan Various replacement products, such as powdered egg substitute, gluten free flour, and fake cheese seasoning blend
- Frontier Coop Good herbs and spices
Candy is not good for you. Possibly almost as bad for you as cigarettes. Please consume in moderation and only rarely. That said, no candy on Halloween would be a real killjoy, so here's a hoard.
- Do Your Own Pest control shop selling cheap Promix potting soil. Why? I don't know.
- Dr. Earth Fertilizers, potting soils, and similar products. Their fish meal is pretty good.
- Coast of Maine Various garden soil nourishing products. Haven't tried any yet.
- Native Seeds Native American seed organization selling seeds mostly adapted for areas with drought. They are excellent quality.
- Seedman A huge variety of very affordable GMO-free seeds with good germination
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Seeds that are hard to find anywhere else. Never bought any myself because they're pretty expensive, but this company reimbursed people whose gardens were decimated by a hurricane (can't remember which) a few years ago with free seeds, so obviously they really care about what they're doing
- Richters They sell very rare herb seeds and herb plant packs. Shipping is so expensive I could never afford it. Don't know if the germination or survival rate is good.
- Renee's Garden Decent quality herb seeds
- Arbor Day Shop Membership is $10/year. They send you 10 trees with your membership unless you don't want them. With that membership comes many promotions for stuff to add to your garden, free address labels and stickers, and a year-round discount on the trees from their nursery. High quality stuff; the trees and shrubs grow well. They also sell fruit trees.
BEAUTY AND BODY CARE
- Dr. Bronner's Products of note: plain bar soap, liquid soap (best mop bucket soap ever), Sal Suds
- Desert Essence Seems legit.
- 100 Percent Pure Makeup made of nontoxic ingredients.
- Manic Panic Vegan makeup in various colors. Likely not good for you and also won't stay on. A thoroughly mediocre product, but the only one in the market in those particular colors.
- Funkyshop Special Effects hair dye, also Sun's Eye oils. Haven't tried either myself. Like all other hair dye, bad for you. LOL
- Giovanni Cosmetics Shampoo, conditioner, and hair care products that won't harm the environment.
- The Amma Shop In all my years on this planet nothing this organization has done has ever let me down. Generally speaking you'll probably get what you pay for.
- Liberty Natural Products The most ethical essential oil company I could find
- Freyja's Magic Aftershave, skin care, aromatherapy, that kind of thing
- Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Perfumes
WILDERNESS RECREATION ETC.
- Reef Repair Sunscreen Reef safe and cheap.
- Shine Wind Turbines Wind turbines that fold up and fit in a backpack
- Kokua Suncare - this stuff stays on when you're swimming at the beach. Reef safe. Don't let it get near your hair unless you want dreads.
- Murphy's Naturals Lemon eucalyptus bug spray and other related stuff. Don't use it alone; I would double it up with picaridin or DEET.
- REI For whatever you can't find in Bed Bath and Beyond for camping, such as picaridin insect repellent and water purification drops
- Patagonia Ludicrously expensive wilderness wear, but they work hard in their attempts to be eco friendly
- Office Depot They really upped their game and now they have art supplies, office supplies, home supplies, even cleaning supplies. Generally speaking even if you're not on the hunt for office stuff you should take a look. And it's cheap too. A franchise with curbside pickup.
- Eco Paper Office paper, journals, and sketchpads made of banana fiber
- Decomposition Notebooks 100% recycled notebooks
- Grace Rose Farm Roses grown with a minimal amount of fertilizer and chemicals, in the United States, which actually smell like roses and are not too bad for the environment. They ship nationwide
- Bed, Bath, and Beyond Impressive service and speed of delivery. They have eco-friendly home products, camping products, and self-care items. Check out their LED lightbulbs and metal folding clothes dryers. A franchise with curbside pickup.
- Pyrex Glassware that is relatively shatter-resistant. Food storage containers, baking dishes, bowls, measuring cups, and more. They also make laboratory glassware.
- Lehmans Whole bunch of off grid and manual-powered stuff, mostly hand tools.
- Ten Thousand Villages This shop was fair trade before fair trade became a thing.
- Sunbeam Candles They make high quality candles with solar power.
- Aloha Bay Candles They make palm wax candles which - as far as I'm aware - are eco-friendly.
- Milk Paint Company Nontoxic paint
CLOTHING AND APPAREL
- Beyond Buckskin Native American clothing and apparel. Changes all the time, you never know what you'll find on this site.
- B.Yellowtail Also Native American clothing and apparel but more along the haute couture end of things. Changes all the time.
- Sweetwater Dreams Native-made beaded headbands and necklaces
- Union House Apparel Clothing, games, cookware and other stuff made in the USA
- Carhartt Durable stuff that's warm and relatively weatherproof.
- Johnson Woolen Mills Woolens.
- Bates Boots and shoes normally sold to the military and to law enforcement.
- Charlotte's Web CBD originally developed for a little girl's epilepsy treatments and named after her
- Apex As high quality as Charlotte's Web
HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS
- Herbie's Herbs A Canadian company that manages to avoid overpricing their stuff or watering down their tinctures
- Lehmans Most of the stuff on this site is expensive but it is likely to save you money in the long run. They have a lot of stuff, and I mean a lot.
- Bluonics Reverse Osmosis Undersink System Relatively cheap reverse osmosis system for drinking water. No idea if it works that well or not.
- Aquasana Water filters. In theory, better than PUR and Brita. Of particular interest to people living in places like Flint, Michigan is this unit OptimH20 which costs like $2000 plus plumber fees to install and $560 something per year for replacement filters. No, I don't know if it's worth it.
- Berkey Light Water Filter It's an activated carbon water filter. It reduces contaminants better than Brita and PUR but never use it instead of a reverse osmosis system. If you take collected rainwater and boil it then cool it, then in theory you could run it through this filter and it should be drinkable. Try it at your own risk.
- One strange option for purifying rainwater: devise a system where the rainwater goes into a large food-grade bucket with a hole at the bottom on the side, backed up by mesh, with large clean rocks topped with gravel topped with a mixture of pea gravel and sand. Essentially, a DIY aquifer. Then the outflow could get boiled and cooled, and then ran through a Berkey.
- Solar oven Expensive, but hey, a fancy grill costs roughly as much
- Oh no how dare you put NSFW products in here you're ruining everything
- Shebop The cheapest place to buy condoms online. Will ship anywhere in the US, using the USPS for cheap postage fees, and discreet packaging.
- Astroglide Lube
- Smitten Kitten Condoms and other items
- Come As You are A Canadian shop selling stuff like condoms, dental dams, and other stuff. I question their anticapitalist viewpoint given that a. communism sucks and b. they're SELLING STUFF but hey, they're the only place selling this stuff online.
- RedHead Bedhead Whole bunch of advertisements for NSFW shops at the bottom of the page as banner ads to help you find what you're looking for
INTERNET RELATED PRODUCTS AND SOFTWARE
POTENTIALLY ECO FRIENDLY - warning - I haven't tried any of these yet or thoroughly researched them, they just look interesting
- Eco Roots
- Luxe Bidet
- Who Gives A Crap Toilet Paper
- Tushy Toilet Paper Etc.
- Group Hug Tech Solar panels you put on the inside of an apartment window which charge small electronics. Relatively cheap. Unknown product life, unknown supply chain, may contain conflict minerals or minerals mined by slave labor in China for all I know. Still an awesome product.
- Reverse Osmosis Water Systems, Undersink These are listed on Amazon but guaranteed can be bought directly from the source if you search 'em with a search engine. Ten years ago RO systems were priced too high for the average consumer. Not anymore, baby!
- BlueBarrel Rainwater Rain collection barrels daisy chained together at a reasonable price
- Rain Barrel Pump
- Wind Turbine Cheapest one I've found so far, but requires electricity know-how. Also: will not generate that much power.
- Parans Fiberoptic solar lighting from Sweden. Only caters to rich customers, usually businesses, who want to install large amounts, for now.
- Wonderwash Manual-powered laundry machine.
- Source Global Off-grid solar water units that suck water out of the air much like a dehumidifier, purify it, and produce drinking water in the middle of nowhere. Probably too expensive for the average consumer to afford given they don't put prices online.
- Watergen Similar concept but requires electricity to run.
- Skywater Similar concept. Also, sketchy.
- Pure Incense and Oils Synthetic fragrances
- Seedman Seeds
- Richters They sell a wide variety of herb seeds and plug packs
- Better Place Forests If, Heaven forbid, you need to have a funeral for someone, this company does it for $5000 and instead of a burial plot you spread their ashes beneath a tree with a plaque. The Arbor Day foundation also does memorial tree donations but they don't tell you where they planted them and don't provide plaques.
STUFF YOU CAN'T GET ONLINE BUT MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET FROM STORES
- Tofurkey Warning: gross
- Promix The best potting soil you can get, with the most bang for your buck. You can even fill raised beds with it, but it's probably a good idea to underlay said raised beds with brush, twigs, and compost plus a gravel underlayer to add more bulk and drainage because hey, any potting soil is expensive.
- Follow Your Heart They make Vegenaise and other products
- Earthbound Farm Most of the US's produce comes from California, pretty much. Of those options this one is probably the best.
- Sambazon Currently the only source of acai products in most US stores. A pretty good incentive for farmers in the Amazon area to not chop down the rainforest. Try making an acai bowl for yourself sometime, it'll rock your world.
- Fox Farm Fertilizers, potting soils, and similar products. They work, they're expensive, and they don't sell directly from their website for some reason.
- TN Dickinsons Witch Hazel A relatively cheap skin toner.
NOT ONLINE BUT PROBABLY GOOD
- Veterans Moving America A moving company staffed by veterans that helps people move to or from the Dallas/Fort Worth area within the state of Texas
- Veteran Owned Businesses A website that lists all businesses owned by vets in the United States; potentially extremely helpful if you need specific services such as car repair, handyman work, plumbing repairs etc. Search by state, and then by county, and you're golden!
- Veteran Owned Businesses, Different URL Seems like the same website but also seems to have different or more search results. Weird.
It's generally easier to recommend ethical online shops than it is to recommend which ones to avoid, because the list of the latter (i.e. Nestle, Amazon, Walmart) is basically infinite. By ethical I mean the better choice for the planet, for the employees, for the product creators, and for any other ethical concerns that might be involved.