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BIPOC-owned brands are drastically underrepresented, especially within the sustainable and eco-living sector and on websites like ours.
We realize this, which got us thinking, “what can we do to help highlight amazing sustainable founders making a difference.” That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite brands to create this ever-growing list of BIPOC-owned brands creating sustainable products.
We strive to ensure a diverse range of brands is included across our recommendations, not just on this list. Still, this article is a great place for anyone wanting to discover BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) owned businesses creating sustainable products.
We’ve included fashion, beauty, and homeware brands, so there is something for everyone.
1. BLK + GRN
Best for: Natural beauty and skincare
BLK + GRN is an online marketplace showcasing black artisans creating sustainable and eco-friendly products.
The platform allows customers to browse from hundreds of black eco friendly brands. Their selection includes natural skincare brands such as Black Girl Sunscreen, and make-up brands such as LUV + Co.
All of the products BLK + GRN showcase are non-toxic, natural, and cruelty-free.
Best for: The latest innovative sustainable homewares
GOODEE is a black-owned online platform offering its customers the best on-trend innovations in the sustainable homeware market.
As a certified B corp, the brand prioritises people and the planet above profits. GOODEE helps to support marginalised communities, and works to reduce poverty by ensuring its artisans are paid a fair price for their products.
Best for: Sustainable activewear
Sustainable activewear brand Wolven is a female-founded BIPOC brand creating sustainable activewear with a sexy twist. Wolven uses recycled plastic bottles and turns them into its pieces.
In addition, Wolven collects 1 pound of ocean-bound plastic for every order through its partnership with One Earth – One Ocean.
4. House of AAMA
Best for: Slow luxury fashion
House of AAMA is a slow fashion brand which takes its inspiration from African cultures. The fashion house was founded by mother and daughter duo, Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka.
House of AAMA collections are bespoke, offering a refreshing take on luxury designs. House of AAMA designs are available to pre-order, a system which helps to reduce textile waste.
5. Two Days Off
Best for: Sustainable fashion / Eco-friendly linen clothing
Women-led eco-conscious brand Two Days Off creates dreamy linen clothing ethically and sustainably.
The brand is certified carbon neutral, and takes care to ensure people and the planet aren’t harmed to creates its clothing. All of the brands unique pieces are ethically cut and sewn in Los Angeles, California.
6. Back Beat Co.
Best for: Sustainable fashion and organic essentials
Back Beat Co. is a WOC-owned clothing brand focused on ethically made organic essentials. The brand prioritises low impact fabrics like recycled or organic natural fibers instead of environment polluting virgin polyester and cotton.
Expect to find colorful t-shirts, shorts, and other organic basics that you won’t be able to live without.
7. The Tiny Closet
Best for: Made in the USA women’s sustainable clothing
Handmade in Los Angeles, The Tiny Closet is a black owned business creating a collection of effortless statement clothing.
The brand is women owned and creates its clothing on small batches to reduce waste, and each piece is produced from deadstock fabric that would otherwise end up in landfills.
Best for: Ethical jewelry
SOKO is a women-led marketplace connecting jewelry making artisans in Kenya with the world.
The global online platform offers people the chance to support jewelry makers in Kenya, who create ethical jewelry from sustainable materials such as recycled brass, reclaimed materials, and beads. SOKO is a registered B corp, meaning it takes car of people and the planet in its supply chain.
Best for: Luxury leather bags
Founded by self taught designer Valerie Blaise, VAVVOUNE is a brand creating luxury and bespoke leather goods, in the heart of New York City.
Each bag is designed and handcrafted in small batches in NYC using recycled deadstock Italian leathers left over by luxury brands.
10. The Good Tee
Best for: GOTS organic cotton T-shirts
If you’re looking for an organic cotton t-shirt, The Good Tee should be your go-to brand. The women founded company ensures ethical production of its t-shirts by partnering with Fair Trade.
GOTS organic cotton is a more sustainable alternative to cotton as its grown with less water usage and without pesticides.
Best for: Bespoke woven bags
Founded in 2014 by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi AAKS celebrates and raises awareness of the bespoke weaving techniques of women in Ghana.
The brand does this by showcasing beautifully crafted baskets and bags, woven by artisans in Ghana.
12. Naked Clay Ceramics
Best for: Homewares
Naked Clay Ceramics is a UK-based ceramics brand, founded by Carla Sealey. Carla creates her designs in small batches 3-4 times per year.
If you’re looking for minimal style ceramic tableware, you should check out her brand.
13. Aliya Wanek
Best for: Sustainable fashion, ethical clothing
Another great sustainable black owned clothing brand is Aliya Wanek, who creates refreshing vibrant styles in using sustainable fabrics including resp sourced linen and other natural fabrics.
Aliya creates pieces in her collection herself, and works with other small local production businesses in the San Francisco Bay area.
14. Cheekbone Beauty
Best for: Natural cosmetics
Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned clean beauty brand innovating sustainable cosmetics for eco-conscious consumers.
Founded by Jen Harper in 2016, Cheekbone stays true to Anishinaabe roots ands ensures the planet isn’t hurt to produce its cosmetics.
Cheekbone is a certified B corp, and its products are cruelty-free.
15. Reel Paper
Best for: Eco-friendly toilet paper
Reel Paper is a sustainable BIPOC-owned business that creates eco-friendly toilet paper from bamboo.
Reel ensures its paper is biodegradable and made without harmful inks or dyes. Plus, Reel paper is made with 100% tree-free fibers making it one of the most sustainable toilet papers in the world.
16. MAW Supply
Best for: Vintage clothing
MAW Supply which stands for Man and Woman, is a Texas based vintage clothing and accessories brand founded in 2012 by husband and wife, Norman and Rachelle Clark.
Norman and Rachelle take their passion for vintage and pre-loved clothing to carefully curate their online marketplace. Selecting stylish second-hand pieces that both rival and reflect the style of modern day trends.
You can find their unique handpicked pieces on etsy, or through their website MAWsupply.com.
17. Retro Rhapsody
Best for: Vintage clothing
If you’re looking for vintage clothing, check out Retro Rhapsody, who sells unique vintage finds through her Etsy store.
Based in Florida, Retro Rhapsody has helped over four thousand customers find vintage treasures.
18. NaturAll Club
Best for: Natural haircare
NaturAll Club is the leading brand in natural frozen hair care. the haircare brand creating shampoos, styling creams, and frozen hair care from natural plant-based ingredients.
NaturAll club is cruelty-free and ethically-sources all of its ingredients.
Best for: Sustainable underwear
Proclaim is a dreamy sustainable lingerie brand that ethically creates its comfortable and supportive designs in its Los Angeles studio.
Proclaim is a female-founded brand redefining nude underwear to include and compliment every skin tone.
Expect to find styles including bralettes, triangle bras, and bodysuits in size-inclusive sizes up to 3x.
20. Eco Vibe Style
Best for: Plants, plant pots, eco-friendly homewares
Whether you’re looking for chic plant pots to home your abundance of greenery, or you’re looking for natural eco-friendly homewares, check out Eco Vibe.
What started as a shop based in Portland Oregon in 2010, has grown into an eco online business, selling on-trend natural, eco-friendly homewares.
Eco-vibe style is run by husband and wife duo Len and Dre with a passion for the environment. The business is part of 1% for the planet, which donates 1% of all profits to environmental non-profit organizations.
Wrapping Up: Sustainable BIPOC Owned Brands
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of BIPOC-owned brands. We want to keep expanding this list, so if you know about a great sustainable brand that you think should be featured here, let us know in the comments below or drop us an email.