Amazon Alternatives: 10 Sustainable Marketplaces To Shop For Everything You Need Online

Like Amazon, But Ethical

As life with COVID-19 continues, and many of us remain sheltered at home, finding essentials proves to be a challenge. Thankfully, there are online marketplaces outside of Amazon to meet consumer needs.

We love shopping via these alternative sites to invest in small businesses, support independent artisans and makers, and showcase our commitment to ethical, sustainable business practices—all without leaving the comfort of our homes. 

So whether you need cleaning supplies, pantry staples, or some nontoxic skincare products to get you through this season, consider these online marketplaces your Amazon alternative.

Looking for specific everyday products? Head here for our list of sustainable fashion brands, and here for the best in natural and organic beauty products.


1. Thrive Market

Best For | Food & drink
Ships To | Contiguous USA

Thrive Market is dedicated to community. This online marketplace offers memberships with a mission, starting at just $5/month. A membership grants you access to over 6,000 sustainable and organic products (including wine!) at a fraction of the retail cost. With a curated selection that can be filtered in any number of ways based on dietary and lifestyle needs, Thrive is the perfect place to shop for pantry staples. We love the fast and free carbon-neutral shipping, recyclable packaging, and that each membership sponsors an additional membership for a low-income family or first responder.

Shop at Thrive Market


2. Uncommon Goods

Best For | Unique & personalized gifts, home & kitchen goods, jewelry
Ships To | Worldwide

Uncommon Goods is a certified B Corporation offering unique and thoughtful items for every occasion. The platform boasts a range of creative products, from custom maps to self-care kits to wedding gifts. Most items come from independent artisans, jewelry makers, potters, and painters. With environmentally responsible packaging, a Better to Give program donating over $2M around the world, and fair wages for employees, we love shopping at Uncommon Goods for almost everything.

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3. Etsy

Best For | Custom, vintage, & handmade clothing, jewelry, shoes, handbags
Ships To | Worldwide (dependent on the seller)

During times of economic uncertainty, it’s important to invest in small businesses wherever possible, many of whom can be found on Etsy. This worldwide platform sells everything from paper goods to handbags, directly from artisans and entrepreneurs. And they have a serious commitment to sustainability, where all operations including the marketplace are powered by renewable energy. The virtual marketplace is also the first major online shopping destination to offset 100 percent of carbon emissions from shipping. Shop small and support local makers. It’s more important (and sustainable!) than ever.

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4. Made Trade

Best For | Bedding, pillows, blankets
Ships To | Worldwide

Founded in 2018, Made Trade began as a space to find beautiful, ethical, and sustainably made goods for our homes and closets. Today, this curated platform ensures that every single product fits into one of Made Trade’s core values: fair trade, heritage, made in the USA, BIPOC-owned, women-owned, sustainable, or vegan. Stocking everything from kitchen stoneware to stunning bedding, Made Trade streamlines the purchasing process to be more mindful and sustainable alongside hundreds of like-minded brands. The brand also donates one percent of proceeds to environmental causes and offers carbon-neutral shipping.

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5. Package Free

Best For | Bath & body, home & kitchen, bulk buying
Ships To | Worldwide 

You could probably tell by its name, but Package Free aims to make the world a lot less “trashy.” As a hub for low-waste living, the company collaborates with eco-friendly brands to offer everything from mouthwash tablets and reusable ear swabs to stainless steel food trays and silicone sandwich bags. It ships the products using paper tape or wrapping, and upcycled or recycled boxes, all of which are 100 percent recyclable and compostable. And to save money and curb CO2 emissions, you can bulk-buy items like bamboo toothbrushes and mason jars in packs of two to 12. Subscriptions are also available.

Shop Package Free


6. The Little Market

Best For | Baskets, bowls, & hampers
Ships To | Worldwide

The Little Market launched as a nonprofit fair trade shop, anchored in the fundamental belief that every person has the right to safe working environments and fair wages. Since 2013, the team has worked with over 70 artisan groups in more than two dozen countries. They’ve also provided over one million hours of dignified work for underserved communities, including survivors of sex trafficking, refugees, and people with disabilities. Now, you can find homeware, hand-poured candles, handwoven baskets and bowls, and everything in between to bring an artisan look to your home, where each product has its own story.

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7. Credo

Best For | Clean & nontoxic beauty
Ships To | USA

Credo makes it easy to embrace self-care at home with its clean, nontoxic, and cruelty-free beauty picks. All of the products, from mascara to foundation to face oil, are formulated without ingredients considered dangerous, harmful, or dirty. Plus, the platform carries many of the natural and organic makeup brands we love—including Ilia Beauty and Vapour. Credo gives back a portion of every purchase. It’s never been simpler to shop for clean beauty online and all in one place.

Shop Credo Beauty


8. Grove Collaborative

Best For | Natural household & personal care products
Ships To | Contiguous US

Now more than ever, we’re committed to keeping a clean, germ-free home as much as possible—and Grove Collaborative makes that easy and affordable. This certified B Corp offers flexible subscriptions that deliver eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and nontoxic household and personal care products to your home. Plus, each shipment’s carbon footprint is offset to minimize environmental impact. You can sign-up for a subscription (which comes with free shipping!) or shop a la carte.

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9. Better World Books

Best For | Books, audiobooks, textbooks, music & movies
Ships To | Worldwide

It’s no secret we love thrifting, and our preloved ethos extends to books and media. Better World Books is a certified B Corp that offers bookworms, students, and children alike access to gently used books at an affordable price point. Each purchase provides some level of impact: To date, the BWB team has invested in libraries, given back to literacy programs, reduced waste in landfills, and offset carbon emissions. With all this time at home, pick up that paperback you’ve been eyeing or start a new hobby with a DIY guide. If you’re looking for new releases, check out Bookshop, which allows you to support local bookshops by shopping for books online.

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10. BLK + GRN

Best For | Black-owned natural products
Ships To | USA

The team behind BLK + GRN has seen firsthand how a product’s harmful ingredients can have damaging effects on members of the Black community. Founded by Dr. Kristian, the natural lifestyle enthusiast wanted to give a voice to Black owners and artisans, and provide a space to highlight their all natural and nontoxic goods. Carefully curated and quality-tested by Black health experts, the products range from hair care and home goods to multivitamins and makeup. If it’s not sustainably made, plant-based, or cruelty-free, you definitely won’t see it on BLK + GRN.

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— UK-Focused Marketplaces —


Plastic Freedom

Best For | Plastic-free gifts
Ships To | Worldwide

Inspired by her own plastic-free journey, founder Beth Noy wanted to make a more sustainable lifestyle possible for others. She launched the UK-based Plastic Freedom shop in 2018, and today, this one-stop zero-waste shop curates collections for beauty, clothing, home & dining and, our personal favorite, gifts. Whether you’re looking for plastic-free wrapping and adhesives, gift sets, or individual items, this marketplace has it all. With every order, Plastic Freedom also commits to planting one tree, with over 67,000 trees planted to date… and counting.

Shop Plastic Freedom


Greenbeauty Market

Best For | Fragrance & candles
Ships To | Worldwide

UK-based Greenbeauty Market takes the guesswork out of ingredient lists for products focused on beauty, fragrance, and wellness. Instead, the team uses its combined decade-plus of experience to find indie brands bringing you the best in clean and green; many of these brands are ones we already adore like Noto Botanics, Aromatica, and Kind Planet Company, alongside those that are starting to scale and grow. No matter if you’re on the hunt for a home scent, personal fragrance, or a natural candle, you’ll find it here.

Shop Greenbeauty Market


Hive

Best For | eBooks & vinyl
Ships To | Worldwide; currently UK only due to COVID-19

For nearly a decade, the team members behind Hive have been putting their own money—and values—where their mouths are. This UK-based online bookstore offers more than one million books, vinyl records, gift sets, and eBooks to consumers, with free UK delivery on all orders whenever needed. Consumers are then able to choose which independent bookshop to support with their purchase. If you’d like to support a bookstore directly, Hive also has a directory of hundreds you can scope out across the UK.

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What are some of your favorite purchases from online marketplaces? Share in the comments below!


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