Updated: 5 days ago
**We are not sponsored by or affiliated with any of the below companies**
Here at Banks Sustainability, we exist at the intersection of sustainability and social justice.
We make it a priority to support not only local small businesses but businesses owned by people of color. Until recently, the green and sustainable industry has been dominated by non-POC. One way to ensure that our future is both green and equitable is to vote with our purchases to ensure that the brands we support not only serve their intended environmental purpose but promote social and economic equality for marginalized people as well.
As a Black-owned and led company, we have always prioritized supporting and uplifting Black-owned green and sustainable companies both large and small.
Below are some Black-owned companies providing eco-friendly products.
Ujamaa Lighting sells residential, commercial, and industrial LED lighting LED light bulbs. The company is named after Ujamaa, which is the Swahili word for "extended family" and is a principle of Kwanzaa. Their mission is to "design and manufacture long-lasting, energy-efficient, affordable lighting solutions so that our family (our customers) can focus on what matters most".
Tubman Battery is the first Black-owned rechargeable battery company selling rechargeable batteries and charger packs. Named after the Black American abolitionist and activist Harriet Tubman, the company launched during Black History Month 2018. Their goal is to "utilize our proceeds to help with research for energy efficiency".
A Jersey-based family-owned business, this company sells 100% unbleached tree-free bamboo toilet paper.
Blk + Grn offers a variety of Black-owned products including vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and organic home and beauty products. Their mission is to connect people with high-quality toxic-free products that support wellness and to cultivate forward-thinking Black artisans and entrepreneurs.
Melanated Organics offers non-hybrid organic fruit, vegetable, and herb seeds for your garden. This company believes that vegetable gardening should be accessible to everyone, and encourages everyone to grow their own food.
Have you purchased from these companies? Are you interested in trying any of them? Let us know below!