Love Local™ is a curated directory of small businesses and farms across the U.S. that utilize sustainable business practices and offer organic, sustainable products and services. We also feature one of the only nationwide directories of farmer’s markets which we strive to keep up-to-date.
We recently launched the Love Local Shop, where we’ve curated a collection of sustainable wares from our favorite independent, low waste makers.
As consumers, we have the ability to vote with our wallets. Love Local™ makes it easy to find and support small businesses that are working to help create a green future. We’ve done our homework, so you can be confident that you’re supporting local artisans, purveyors and farmers who are ethically and sustainably minded.
Growing up I never thought twice about using big brand skincare products or buying a cheap t-shirt without knowing the environmental, health or ethical implications. As I got older, I became more aware of the corporate disrespect that exists towards consumer and environment health. I began to seek out brands who were transparent about their ingredients, sourcing practices, and manufacturing. From there I realized that I wanted to support small, independent businesses that embrace sustainable business practices and are good local and global citizens.
It felt very rewarding 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 Cascadian Farm Organic and Smuckers took over Santa Cruz Organic.
It took extra time and research to find companies whose values aligned with mine. I knew if I was seeking these products out, other people had to be too. That is how Love Local™ came to fruition. Search Love Local™ for everyday items, farm-to-table restaurants, an organic ice cream shop and so much more. We’ve done the work so you can shop with confidence from small brands that share your values.
Love Local Companies
Each company on Love Local™ has been researched to ensure their values, mission and actions align with our principles. Below are some of the criteria we use to determine if a company is right for the Love Local™ directory.
- Independently owned
- Stewardship of the environment and people
- Low or zero waste mission
- Responsibly and sustainably sourced raw materials
- Regenerative growing practices on farms
- Organic, non-toxic, cruelty free ingredients
- Humane treatment of animals
- GMO free