20 Sustainable BIPOC Owned Brands You Should Know

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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

BLK + Green sustainable marketplace for Black business owners

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.

2. GOODEE

GOODEE black owned marketplace showcasing sustainable homewares

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.

3. Wolven

WOLVEN BIPOC owned brand creating sustainable activewear

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

House of AAMA Black owned sustainable clothing brand

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

Two Days Off BIPOC owned brands

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.

Back Beat Co. WOC owned sustainable clothing brand

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

The Tiny Closet BIPOC owned brands

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.

8. SOKO

SOKO BIPOC owned brand creating ethical jewelry

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.

9. VAVVOUNE

VAVVOUNE BIPOC owned brands VAVVOUNE creates sustainable leather bags

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

The Good Tee long sleeve t shirt from organic cotton

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.

11. AAKS

AAKS BIPOC owned brands AKKS creates sustainable woven bags ethically

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

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

Alina 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

Cheekbone Beauty Indigenous owned brand

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

MAW Supply Black owned business

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

Reotro Rhapsody WOC owned business

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

NaturAll Club WOC owned sustainable brand

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.

19. Proclaim

Proclaim BIPOC owned brand

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

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.

Bethany
Bethany

Bethany Worthington BSc (Hons) (she/her) is the Sustainable Fashion Editor and Co-founder of Ecothes. She has a passion for the environment, and a long love of all things clothing, and combines those two interests with Ecothes. In her free time she loves dancing, hiking in the countryside, and laughing with friends.

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