We understand firsthand the importance of highlighting Black-owned sustainable businesses, given we are a black-owned sustainable blog. Representation is important to see in all segments of society.
In the challenging times we’ve had to witness this year, minority communities need support now more than ever.
We’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some amazing eco-friendly businesses run by people of color. Here are 18 black-owned sustainable businesses you should support.
Black-owned Sustainable Clothing Brands
1. Taylor Jay
Coming from the city of Oakland, California, Taylor Jay is a clothing line that offers high-quality designs that are eco-friendly. The environmentally-friendly wardrobe is made from ethically-sourced, recycled and upcycled threads.
Their goal is to create clothing that’s not only good for the environment, but caters to women of all shapes and sizes.
2. House of Aama
This black-owned sustainable business was founded by a mother-daughter duo. Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka create clothing that’s heavily rooted in African culture, history, and spirituality.
All pieces from House of Aama are made of 100% organic cotton and are made-to-order.
Sancho’s was inspired by two women witnessing the negative effects of the fast fashion industry in Ethiopia, from low wages to environmental destruction. All of their clothes are constructed with sustainable natural materials.
Every garment and accessory is certified fair trade, which means the workers who produce the materials are paid fair wages.
Black-owned Sustainable Swimwear
4. Avid Swim
Avid Swim provides luxury style swimsuits for both men and women. The swimwear is designed by Gionne Nichole. She creates the swimwear with low-impact dyes and eco-friendly fabrics.
5. JADE Swim
Brittany Kozerski Freeny wanted to create a swimwear line that was based on minimalistic aesthetic. All of her designs are made from eco-friendly sustainably-sourced fabric in Los Angeles.
If you’re looking for something simple yet stylish, Jade Swim may be the swimwear for you.
Diarra Bousso set out to create swimsuit designs that highlighted Africa’s bright colors and unique patterns. If you want to make a statement with your swimwear, these bold prints can do that for you.
Recycled materials are used to create all of the designs. Diarrablu also strives to do all of their manufacturing locally in Senegal, which offers job opportunities for the community and safe working conditions.
Black-owned Sustainable Beauty Brands
7. The Lip Bar
Melissa Butler, the founder of The Lip Bar, had originally been working at a job on Wall Street. She decided one day to leave her job and create clean cosmetics from home.
Now her brand can be found on Target shelves. From metallic glosses to attention-grabbing red lipsticks, she has a design that can fit whatever mood you’re in.
All of her products are vegan, and she also avoids using any unnecessarily harmful chemicals.
8. Mented Cosmetics
Mented Cosmetics was the brainchild of Amanda E. Johnson and KJ Miller. They struggled to find a “nude” lipstick that was perfect for their skin complexions.
They created nude lipsticks that fit any and all skin tones. They make use of organic materials to create a non-toxic and cruelty-free makeup line.
9. Base Butter
Base Butter was founded by She’Neil Johnson and Nicolette Graves. Their mission is to make skincare easier for those with oily skin. They sell sustainable makeup remover and reusable cleansing cloth
One of the great things about Base Butter is they sell their Radiant Face Jelly in glass jars with no metal lid. This packaging makes the product recyclable, reusable, and plastic-free.
Black-owned Vegan Skincare Brands
Dehiya is a skincare company that was inspired by ancient beauty traditions and Moroccan folk beauty. Founder Mia Chae creates skincare products that are plant-based, all-natural, vegan and cruelty-free.
The brand is named after Dehiya, who was one of Northern Africa’s greatest warriors, known as the queen of Amaingh.
If you’re looking for a luxurious beauty brand, Shimirose is just the one for you. The brand was founded by Akua Asiedua Asare, and it’s based in the U.K.
Sustainability is at the forefront of this brand’s mission in every way. All products are vegan, cruelty-free, and 100% natural. The majority of products are packaged in zero-waste glass jars with metal lids.
Additionally, the company makes use of bamboo and wood displays, and paper or fabric is used for labels, bags, and promotional materials.
Nyakio is another black-owned sustainable business that has its products available in Target. Among the vegan skincare products this company sells includes Sweet Almond Cleansing Oil Balm and Kenyan Coffee Face Polish.
Nyakio Kamoche Grieco started the company to share some of the skincare secrets that her grandmother gave her when she visited Kenya as a child.
Black-owned Zero Waste Store
13. Tabii Just
Tabitha grew up in Trinidad and moved to New York when she was an adult. At age 25, experiencing a quarter-life, she decided to study fashion design.
This would eventually lead her to start the zero waste brand Tabii Just. She continually strives to make all of her clothing responsibly produced and zero waste.
14. Bohicket Apothecary
Bohicket Apothecary produces a variety of different eco-friendly products that are zero-waste. They offer plastic-free, handmade fragrances, body scrubs, and organic soaps.
You can get all the self-care you need while also providing care to the planet. Treva Watson is the founder of this brand and is a self-taught soapmaker.
15. Ivy’s Tea Co.
Ivy’s Tea Co. is a black-owned zero-waste store that’s all glass-based. You can purchase a variety of teas, tea infusers, and honey.
Black-owned Sustainable Brands UK
16. Bmuse Vintage
The "B" in Bmuse stands for Brenda. She has put together a vintage boutique that’s both stylish and sustainable. Through handpicking pieces that are reusable, she helps to reduce the waste of textiles.
The company believes in encouraging their audience to think responsibly shopping, and to support diverse talent.
AAKS was founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi. Her business creates hand-woven bags that are put together by women in Ghana.
While they do not use eco-friendly materials or minimize packaging as much, the products being made by hand reduces climate impact, and they also use low impact non-toxic dyes.
In these difficult times, it’s important to support diversity in our global community. All of these different black-owned sustainable businesses provide quality products. We hope you’ll consider giving these diverse and talented black business owners your support.