It’s no secret that Amazon is the giant these days. Four out of every $10 spent online in the US is now spent with Amazon. Amazon is cheap, and price is naturally a huge factor in what we buy and where we shop.
But with all kinds of goods coming from questionable supply chains utilizing unpaid or underpaid labor, poor working conditions and pay for employees in Amazon’s own warehouses, and the environmental effects of all this two-day shipping—many consumers are starting to rethink the ethics of shopping with Amazon. Customers are starting to realize that these cheap products often come at a high cost, they just aren’t the ones paying it.
If you’re one of those customers who is starting to have second thoughts, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to find affordable Amazon alternatives (that’s kind of what we do). So, we looked at Amazon’s best selling products in August and found some DoneGood alternatives that are similar, affordable, and make the world a better place. Sounds pretty good, right? Let's check them out!
Women’s Apparel | Maxi Dress with Slits
In women’s apparel, Amazon has had a black maxi dress with high slits as a best seller for weeks now. And it is no wonder, it looks unbelievably comfortable and versatile—easily able to be dressed up or dressed down.
If this sounds good to you, I’ve got great news: Tamga Designs has the exact same style dress and right now it’s just $5 more! Yep, for just $5 more you get the same dress, made by free people receiving a fair wage, out of eco-friendly tencel. By buying this dress instead of its Amazon alternative, you’ll also be helping save 5 gallons of water and 5 kg of Co2 emissions. We think that’s worth the extra $5.
Tamga offers 3-5 day shipping, free shipping on orders over $99, and free returns and exchanges. And with the promo code DONEGOOD20, you save 20% off your first order!
Men’s Apparel | Plain Black Socks
While women are buying up the super cute maxi dresses, the men are keeping it basic. The best selling men’s apparel item right now is a pack of plain black socks.
So, you know, keep treating yourself guys, but if you want to up the wow factor, get those plain black socks made from 100% bamboo. This $27 multipack of socks from Boody gets a 5-star rating from everyone. Customers talk about how they love the moisture-wicking and the fact that they show no signs of wearing down even after months of wear. Of course, you can also love the fact that they are sustainably-made by people receiving a fair wage.
Boody offers free shipping to the continental US on orders over $49 and offers a “feel-good guarantee” for your first pair of underwear or socks.
Toys and Games | Pack of Crayons
With back to school comes a lot of crayon purchases, making several different crayon packs high on Amazon’s toys and games best sellers. But I guarantee you that these crayons from Global Gifts are better (even if I can’t guarantee that they’re exactly what’s on your child’s school supply list).
These crayons are hand-carved in Ecuador, and that attention to handiwork shows in the beautiful colors and detail on each of the animals. This $13 pack is sure to be a special and memorable toy for your child. And you can tell your kid that their cool new art supplies helped provide well-paying work for artisans in Ecuador.
If you start looking around at Global Gifts and decide you want more than just the crayons (you probably will), make sure to use the promo code DONEGOOD15 for $15 off a $100 purchase.
Electronics | Electronic Stickers
While not technically electronics themselves, several sets of electronic stickers are best sellers on Amazon right now. Of course they are! Who wants their phone charger or laptop looking just like everyone else’s?
That’s why UncommonGoods offers these whimsical character iPhone stickers. This $12 four-pack includes durable, vinyl stickers for the charger, USB cord, and headphones. And yeah, the characters love to stick their tongues out when they’re in use. Dare you not to smile.
UncommonGoods offers unlimited free 3-5 day shipping for $14.90/year. Not bad when you see all the ethically-produced goods they have to offer.