We, the Jewish Youth Climate Movement, are deeply unsettled by the systems in our country which allow disproportionate harm to be inflicted upon Black communities and we would like to voice our unequivocal support for those who have fought and are currently fighting for justice and reform. At this time, we believe that it is important to take a break from our work, and use our platform to uplift black owned businesses.
Blk + Grn (@blkandgrn, beauty and more)
In their own words: “Our marketplace connects Black people with natural lifestyles to high-quality, toxic-free brands that share in our mission of health, wellness and community cultivation.”
In more detail: blk + grn is an all-natural beauty company with offerings ranging from deodorant to make up to menstrual products. Their products come from specific artisans, all Black and experts in creating products for Black folks. Many of their products can be applied to people of all races.
Why you should support: Blk + Grn is incredibly dedicated to connection with the brands it sells. Its products are nontoxic, plant-based, and cruelty free. They are also committed to using products that are good for the earth and sustainably made!
Affordability rating: A
In their own words: “WHAT ALORA BELIEVES IN: Hand making and curating gorgeous jewelry for the everyday woman to feel unique, empowered and beautiful. Designing and creating meaningful pieces that inspire women to reach higher, dream bigger, and be confident in their beauty, power, and ability.”
In more detail: Alora is a Black-owned jewelry store that is incredibly community focused. They donate 5% of profits to “help women break out of poverty”, as well as providing them with the skills to make jewelry.
Why you should support: Not only does Alora work directly with its surrounding community, their team crafts many of their pieces with recycled materials to make the world a bit greener.
Affordability rating: B+ (depends on product)
Jade Swim (@jadeswim, swimwear)
In their own words: “JADE Swim™ is different, unique, meaningful. Simple but more than basic. The right cut of jade brings out beauty. It's classic with an edge.”
In more detail: Jade Swim aims to create comfortable yet stylish swimsuits.
Why you should support: Jade Swim uses eco-friendly materials that cause no harm to the planet. All of their materials are sustainable.
Affordability rating: C
Bee Love (@beelovebuzz, honey and skin/hair care)
In their own words: “We hire talented individuals with a criminal conviction in their past to provide a pathway to success.”
In more detail: Beelove’s products are meant to encourage self care.
Why you should support: As we all know, bees and other pollinators are essential to our planets’ survival, and beekeepers are lifesavers by extension. Beelove also supports its community by hiring ex-convicts, who would have issues finding a job otherwise.
Affordability rating: A
PUR Home (@purhomeclean, cleaning products)
In their own words: “Changing the way you think about clean”
In more detail: PUR Home’s variety of products, including sponges, detergent, cleaning spray, and much more make cleaning easier. They also come in huge bottles, so don’t worry about getting frustrated when you’re out of hand soap a week later.
Why you should support: Popular cleaning products can be incredibly harmful to the planet. PUR Home’s are eco friendly and use all natural materials.
Affordability rating: A+
Enbois (@enbois.originals, clothing/accessories)
In their own words: “With the help of our dedicated partners, each Enbois product sold plants ONE tree and contributes to reforestation efforts across the Caribbean.”
In more detail: Enbois has a variety of products, including bracelets and phone cases.
Why you should support: For every order, Enbois donates $3.00 to organizations planting trees in Haiti, Mexico and Jamaica. While that doesn’t seem like much, according to their website planting a single tree costs $0.80, so that plants around 4 trees per order. Enbois is also very transparent about their donation and planting process, and has options to simply donate instead of buy a product.
Affordability rating: B (depending on product)
BLK MKT Vintage (@blkmktvintage, vintage apparel and furniture)
In their own words: “BLK MKT Vintage is a collection comprised of black collectibles, cast-off's and curiosities, representing the richness of black history and lived experience.”
In more detail: BLK MKT Vintage’s specialization in black activism themed collectables makes it a source of powerful secondhand goods.
Why you should support: BLK MKT Vintage has specific activism themed collections. Additionally, the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters, and shopping second hand is incredibly good for the environment.
Affordability rating: B+