What it is
Love Local is an online, curated directory of small businesses, farmers markets and farms across the country that prioritize sustainability in their business practices and offer organic, sustainable products and services.
Love Local is a guide you can easily search to find locally made, small batch products. As consumers, we have the ability to vote with our wallets. Love Local makes it easy for you to support your neighbors and keep profits in the hands of small businesses that care about your health, the local community, and the environment. We’ve done our homework, so buying from a company in our directory eliminates the guesswork. You can buy with confidence that you’re supporting a local artisan, purveyor or farmer, making a purchase you know is ethically and sustainably made.
What it Takes
Each company included in the Love Local database has been thoroughly researched to ensure each company’s values, mission and actions align with the local and sustainable principles of Love Local.
Below are some of the criteria used to evaluate the companies for inclusion.
- Privately held, employee or customer owned companies
- Companies based in the U.S.
- Responsible stewardship of the environment and people
- Made in the U.S. or under fair trade principals outside the U.S.
- Anything manufactured outside the U.S. is done so with respect for the longevity and health of the local environment and community
- Eco friendly and sustainable raw materials are sourced responsibly
- Manufacturing waste is minimized or eliminated
- Non-toxic raw materials
Bath, Body & Beauty
- No ingredient or final product is tested on animals
- Packaging made from sustainable and compostable or recyclable material
- Organic, natural, biodynamic and non toxic ingredients
Farm Raised & Manufactured Food Products
- Animals are humanely raised and humanely processed
- Organic and/or biodynamic farming practices are used
- No GMO content
Who We Are
Growing up I never thought twice about using big brand skincare products, buying a cheap t-shirt without knowing its ethical origins, or the perils of eating boxed macaroni and cheese. As I got older and became more aware of corporate disrespect for consumers and the environment, I began searching for products that were made by smaller companies. Real people who cared about my well-being and were conscientious of their impact on the planet.
It felt good to support independent brands who were making sustainable products but there was nothing more frustrating than finding out a big corporation bought out a brand I liked: Clorox took over Burt’s Bees, Hain bought Avalon Organics, Odwalla sold to Coke, General Mills now parents CascadianFarm Organic and Smuckers took over Santa Cruz Organic.
It took extra time and research to find companies whose values aligned with mine and there wasn’t one place I could go to learn about and find truly independent brands, bringing Love Local to fruition.
Love Local covers so much. We list farmers markets across the U.S. with up-to-date information, making it easier than ever to buy locally grown food. You can find restaurants that source from local farmers, bakers and ranchers. Search Love Local for everyday items like linens, clothing, cleaning supplies, beauty products, pet care and so much more.
Make a personal connection with the people behind each brand, rather than supporting faceless corporations. Know that buying local supports your community and leaves a smaller carbon footprint. While Love Local might not replace your Target run, allow it to inspire you to shop small whenever possible.
Rayn Dudzikowski, Social Media Guru, Writer, Londoner in Spirit, Dog Lover
Rayn is a graduate of New Jersey’s Monmouth University where she studied public health and sociology. A lover of people and travel, she attained her Peace Corps Prep Certification and dove into social justice courses that took her to study onsite in Eastern Europe. The trip inspired the decision to study abroad at Regent’s University in London where she fell in love with city life. Currently, Rayn resides in Nashville, Tennessee trying her hand at a different adventure — Love Local’s social media. She is constantly on the hunt for the latest and greatest of all things independent and sustainable. You can find her shopping small, eating locally grown foods, creating new vegetarian dishes and composting. Read some of her brilliant interviews with small business owners on the blog.