At DoneGood, we’re here to help you shop your values, and we’re proud to be home to some of the most passionate shoppers and advocates around. So it’s no surprise that we’ve got passionate political advocates who are looking to boycott companies that support Trump.
Whatever your political beliefs, we believe that ethical shopping is for you! I personally have friends all over the political spectrum who are joining the movement to do good with their dollars.
But if “doing good” for you means making conscientious purchases that also send a political message, we’ve got you covered with alternatives to some of the conventional brands that support Trump.
Even better, the alternative brands we recommend are putting their profits to good use by supporting causes that actually matter. And they are leading the way in providing quality products that are good for people and the planet—values that aren't prioritized by their conventional counterparts. So who are these amazing brands?
Instead of Estée Lauder try…
Estée Lauder’s pricey products are made using questionable ingredients from dubious sources, and their founder donated $100,000 to the Trump Victory Committee. We think it’s time to find a luxury beauty line that spends its profits a little better.
Enter Beauty by Earth! They have a passion for providing beauty products with natural, high-performing, and safe ingredients. Their high quality products for your face, body, lips, and hair protect you, your family, your community, and the planet. All their products are organic, vegan, and made in the USA, and give back to promote a better planet. What’s not to love?
Brand Values: Eco-friendly, gives back, USDA organic, toxin-free, vegan, made in USA, Leaping Bunny-certified cruelty-free
Also try: Pour le Monde Parums for natural fragrances.
Instead of Hobby Lobby, try…
If you really want to do a deep dive into Hobby Lobby alternatives, you’re in luck! I actually wrote another post about that here.
Hobby Lobby’s CEO formally endorsed Trump in 2016, and we also have good reason to believe that their products are made using unfair and unethical labor practices.
Uncommon Goods does things differently. Uncommon Goods is a collective of independent makers that sources fun, original, problem-solving, eco-friendly products for your craft, hobby, home goods, and gift-giving needs.
As far as how they treat their employees, they pay double the US minimum wage and provide paid family leave. They also donate $1 for every purchase to preselected charities—and you get to choose which one your purchase will support!
Brand Values: Empowers workers, eco-friendly, gives back, made in USA, vegan, uses recycled/upcycled materials, certified B Corp
Instead of L.L. Bean, try...
Patagonia is know for amazing quality and functionality. What you may not know is how seriously they take their responsibility to their workers and the environment. Patagonia produces many of their products in fair trade factories with the highest environmental standards to ensure you get a great product you can feel good about it.
Brand Values: Empowers workers, eco-friendly, gives back, member 1% for the planet, certified B corp, Fair trade-certified products
Instead of Louis Vuitton, try…
Trump-supporting aside, what really gets me about Louis Vuitton is how they manage to charge such insane amounts of money for their products while the workers in their supply chain don’t receive a living wage and are at risk of labor abuse.
Tribe Alive offers similarly beautiful purses, wallets, and accessories, but they are all about “moving the fashion industry toward a more humane approach, where the Earth and the maker are valued equally to the customer.”
Tribe Alive empower artisans in Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, India, and the United States. Their artisans work six to eight hours a day, are paid a living wage, and even have the ability to work from home.
Brand Values: Empowers workers, Eco-friendly, organic, toxin-free, uses recycled/upcycled materials
Instead of New Balance, try...
If you like New Balance’s athletic gear, but want to avoid its questionable sourcing, as well as a chairman that donated $400,000 to the Trump Campaign, check out Cotopaxi!
Cotopaxi’s motto is simply “Do Good,” and they do! They do good for their customers by offering affordable, high quality outdoor gear and apparel that’s made to last. They do good for the planet by making products with eco-friendly practices and using upcycled materials. And they do good for people by empowering their workers and donating 1% of their profits toward addressing poverty and supporting community development.
Brand Values: Empowers workers, eco-friendly, gives back, certified B Corp
Also try: Toad & Co for ethically-made sneakers
Instead of Uline, try…
Okay, so it’s going to be hard to find another brand that offers everything that Uline does. But if you’re not cool with Uline’s president raising funds for the 2016 Trump campaign, you’ve got to make changes where you can, right?
The Raw Office is going to be a great switch for you anyway! They offer many of the same products that Uline does—office supplies, shipping materials, and cleaning products—with the goal of selling products that are doing better for the planet.
Each of their products features a “raw score” that tells you how well it does with different environmental and social factors, so you can make an informed decision on the office products you’re buying. The Raw Office also offers a free assessment and quote on for your recommended products.
Brand Values: Empowers workers, eco-friendly, gives back, member 1% for the planet, Certified B Corp, Green America Certified
Check out the full Boycott Trump List here.
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