Ethical Business Directory

Below is a list of eco-friendly and socially-conscious businesses producing products and services that help make the world a better place. I have personally used and highly recommend these businesses with no kickbacks or commissions. Your dollar is your vote… Make every transaction count by investing in businesses that care! 

Stainless Steel Straws

Handmade Flower Crowns

Vegan Backpacks

Ethical Gift Hampers

Refillable Household Products


Reusable Stainless Steel Straws

According to Australian climate crisis movement 1 Million Women, Aussies use more than 10 million plastic straws EVERY SINGLE DAY 🐋🐢🐳😱

With McDonald’s committed to phasing out plastic straws across Australia by 2020 and Woolworths set to stop stocking plastic straws by the end of 2018, join the war on waste today by investing in stainless steel reusable straws.

I picked these beauties up for $3 each at Mandala homewares & gifts on Hyde St in Bellingen NSW, but for $9.95 + delivery you can order a 2-pack including cotton reusable travel pouch and cleaning brush from Flora & Fauna online 👌🏽

🚘 One for the glove box
👜 One for the handbag 

stainless steel reusable ecofriendly straw

Lilly and Lace Handmade Flower Crowns

These one-size-fits-all handmade artificial flower crowns from Geelong-based makers Lilly and Lace range from extravagantly lavish to everyday wear 🌺🌼🌹🌸🌻 

It was no coincidence someone else should be wearing one to the hen’s party I attended, of which the theme was “Flower Crowns”.

With 10% of profits donated to charities like Love Mercy Foundation micro-loans in Uganda, it’s a feel-good buy from a handmade Australian brand


Matt & Nat Vegan Backpack

I could not love this bag any more if I tried.

Not only is it stylish, functional and vegan, but the lining in each of these Matt & Nat BRAVE backpacks is made from approximately 21 recycled plastic bottles ♻️

Originally purchased to cart my 13” MacBook Pro around to meetings (wasn’t easy finding a backpack that fits a laptop, charger, notebook, water bottle AND wallet), it also makes a great day bag for casual outings to carry around comfortably on adjustable straps.

Super stoked with this purchase and highly recommend for anyone wanting a versatile backpack for both work and weekends that isn’t dull, black, covered in mesh or made from animals.

Check out the rest of this Canadian brand’s cruelty-free bags, shoes, accessories and more at www.mattandnat.com 🎒👜👢👓


Curated With Conscience Ethical Gift Hampers

For so long I searched for a reasonably priced Australian gift hamper business with a focus on sustainably and ethically made local products that look as good as they feel, taste and smell. 

I stumbled upon Curated With Conscience in my latest search for a gift to send to an interstate friend, and boy did they deliver! 

I’ve since placed multiple orders with Michelle, who has gone above and beyond every time honouring my requests to customise hampers and keeping me constantly updated on delivery times. 

If you’re looking for carefully curated boutique hampers featuring handmade products for environmentally-conscious recipients, Curated With Conscience ticks all your boxes.

And with a minimum of 3% of sales revenue including in-kind donations given to registered non-denominational humanitarian, social justice and environmental charities each year, it’s the gift that keeps on giving! 

These are my go-to gift hampers, but you can view the full range here.

 

 


Roving Refills Mobile Refillable Station

Get ready to pop your refill cherry with Roving Refills, the mobile refill business helping West Melbourne residents reduce their plastic waste by refilling old plastic bottles and glass containers with eco-friendly cleaning, cooking and shower products. 

roving refills claudine refill station yarraville village markets

The ‘refill-reduce-reuse’ concept is not new, but participating retailers are far and few between, hence the beauty of a mobile refill station that brings this eco-consumer movement to markets across Melbourne.

The idea is simple – BYO containers and refill them with detergents, soaps, shampoos, conditioners and oils stored in wholesale-sized drums, so you don’t purchase new plastic containers every time a product runs out.

When I hunted them down at Yarraville Village Markets, I refilled my shampoo, clothes washing powder and dish washing detergent for a weigh-and-pay, feel-good price that supports a local business doing their bit to help the planet.

One visit and I’m addicted to the refill life 😎 I’ll be fangirling these guys across Melbourne and am feeling unusually excited about getting the cleaning done. 

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