Women-owned businesses that you really gotta check out
We buy things all the time, as the need or want arises and guided by our reserves of disposable income. But, where we are directing these funds is what really matters. Whose business are you supporting? You don’t have to look hard to find women-owned businesses to support.
And you should!
Not only to mark some arbitrary date or month on the calendar during which we all celebrate women. Do it all the time. Make it a point to support woman entrepreneurs in your day-to-day life.
Putting your money behind the economic empowerment of women creates growth not only for them and their families but also for their communities. Research has shown that women reinvest up to 90% of their income in their families and communities compared to 40% for men.
And, there are a ton of amazing businesses out there with a woman at the helm. While you should certainly go and find some for yourself, we have a bunch to get you started.
You were going to buy that stuff anyway, so now just buy it from a woman-owned business.
A bunch of amazing woman-owned businesses
This Seattle-based shop is all about that Zero Waste lifestyle. It’s easy to reduce your waste when there’s a shop that has everything you need.
To top it off, the ladies at Eco Collective now have a podcast! A great listen for Zero Waste enthusiasts.
Photo Source: @ecocollective_
Sticking with the theme of living more sustainably, we have Recycle2Riches, a nonprofit organization that runs a sustainable marketplace and educates their community about conscious consumption.
They’ve even started a custom & repairs service, where customers can ask for repair or customization quotes for stuff they have laying around their closets.
Photo Source: @recycle2riches
With Modern Theory, scientist Michelle Tu decided to merge the creativity of her childhood with the science she pursued in adulthood. Her clean-burning, sustainable candles come in nuanced and unique fragrances, which are sure to help the vibe of your space.
You can learn more about Michelle and Modern theory by checking out our interview with her from last year. And, then you can go buy some candles.
Photo Source: @modern.theory
A good pair of jeans lasts. That, in and of itself, is sustainability. KEEPER is a woman-owned, woman-run, and woman-designed denim label made in Australia.
Ethically made by fairly paid workers using sustainable, organic fibers, these jeans are definitely (wait for it) ...keepers.
Photo Source: @keeperdenim
Another friend of the Sendle Blog (here’s that feature), HOZEN makes chic, designer-quality bags that are completely vegan.
Emphasizing sustainability, ethical manufacturing, and cruelty-free sourcing, HOZEN is an easy choice for the conscious consumer.
Photo Source: @hozencollection
Make your skin breathe a sigh of relief by treating it to some body butter. Handmade by Ashley Cummings while she’s not working as an Oncology Nurse, this natural and super moisturizing body butter will help heal your dry skin.
Personal note: I have some and our whole family LOVES it. Learn the story behind the butter by checking out our interview with Ashley!
Photo Source: @naturalashbody
Sustainability-focused clothing brand Theo the Label makes clothes that are made ethically by skilled makers in Australia.
Apparel is about more than just a great fit. Locally- and ethically-made clothing makes the fit that much better.
Photo Source: @theothelabel
This cruelty-free and vegan woman’s apparel brand makes super comfy dresses, jumpsuits, skirts, and tops.
Owner Teshani’s goal is “to be one of the most eco-friendly and transparent fashion labels in Australia” and we hope she achieves that!
Photo Source: @luna_and_sun_label
Started by sisters Lauren and Catherine Lee (and backed up by Lauren’s husband, Matt), Semaine wants to break down taboos around womxn’s health and treat their very real period pain, which is often not taken seriously enough.
Their scientifically formulated, plant-based products treat inflammation and alleviate pain. Learn more about them by watching their interview on our Hey Sendler series.
Photo Source: @semainehealth
A Seattle-based shop full of amazing US and Canadian-made products, Velouria curates a selection of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and self-care items that are created by sustainable makers.
While their brick-and-mortar shop is currently closed due to COVID, you can find everything they sell online.
Photo Source: @hellovelouria
There’s nothing quite like opening a mystery box that you know was assembled just for you. We may get fewer care packages than we did in Summer camp, but luckily there are companies out there that can give us that same level of personalization.
That’s where Wanderful Boxes comes in. You are sure to find that perfect gift for whoever you surprising. Choose one of theirs or assemble your own!
Photo Source: @wanderfulboxes
Make your skin happy by treating it with care. basedSKIN. is the cruelty-free plant-based skincare line that can help your relationship with your skin.
None of the bad stuff, all of the good stuff.
Photo Source: @basedskin
Reduce the waste in your cosmetics and skincare routine with this Baltimore-based brand. Finding out how dangerous and wasteful her usual cosmetics were, she decided to create her own line.
They even offer a container return program so that you can keep that waste to a minimum.
Photo Source: @zerra.and.co
Everyone wants to love that person in the mirror. The Source makes clothes that fit all women so everyone can love that person in the mirror.
With a focus on body positivity and sustainability, their everyday clothing is a simple choice for the conscious consumer. Learn more about Alexis and her brand by checking out our interview!
Photo Source: @wethesource
Hailing from Western Australia, BIANKO was “born out of Belinda’s desire to make luxurious jewellery pieces fun, affordable, and most importantly, eco-friendly”.
With 30 years of family experience in jewellery, BIANKO offers women everyday luxury with their unique pieces.
Photo Source: @_bianko
Coffee comes in all different forms. Some is made for utility only, solely for caffeine delivery. Other coffee is grown and roasted with care, taking care of the taste buds first and providing the caffeine boost as a welcome addition.
Tostado is, of course, the latter—coffee beans grown in Chiapas and Oaxaca and roasted with love in Portland, Oregon.
Photo Source: @tostadocoffeeroasters
Seeing the lack of literature by authors of color available, Marina and Xuan decided to create their own online bookstore to feature all the great BIPOC authored books.
Representation matters and they are trying to do their part so that BIPOC readers can see themselves in the books they read.
Photo Source: @amplifybookstore
With years of experience in the fashion industry, Elisa Yip decided to go out on her own with her knitwear brand SSKEIN. Made of super cozy alpaca wool, her scarves, beanies, jumpsuits, and more will keep you quite warm and dry.
Elisa even joined us last year for our webinar series, Hey Sendler, to talk all about starting her brand during the pandemic.
Photo Source: @sskein.co
The fact that hot sauce comes in so many different forms just makes life worth living. Even when you think you’ve found all the hot sauces, something else pops up to make your mouth water. Like Gloria’s Shito sauces.
A wonderful mix of hot peppers, ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and (often) fish, these Ghanian hot pepper sauces are truly out of this world.
Photo Source: @gloriasshito
- TwoRootsShop - Handmade and modern earrings from Oakland, California.
- Melody Ehsani - Comfy apparel, custom jewelry, and more from Los Angeles.
- Darling Clementine - Curated shop for children’s products.
- Wasi Clothing - Bolivian-inspired apparel, accessories, and homegoods in Los Angeles.
- Nguyen Coffee Supply - Vietnamese coffee roaster from New York.
- Phenomenal Woman - Clothing that makes a statement.