Eco Market

Eco Market

  • Location: online only
  • Specialty: eco-friendly and natural products from small business owners
  • Price range: $-$$
  • Website: ecomarket.com

Store History

  • Founded: 2010
  • Founded by: Liam Patterson and Jason Dainter
  • Headquarters: London, UK
  • Sister stores: Ethical Community

For years Etsy has dominated the web as the go-to source for small business, handmade, unique and one-of-a-kind goods. But to say the site's number of options can be overwhelming would be an understatement. To help streamline the search for eco-friendly and natural goods, a new website has popped up, Eco Market, which has branded itself as the "Etsy for Eco." The online retailer has focused not just on handmade, but the story behind the product — the who, what and why behind every item and business featured on the site.

The online retailer has focused not just on handmade, but the story behind the product — the whowhat and why behind every item and business featured on the site.

The site's wide range of products include gardening tools, electronics, fashion, food and even baby toys. Every item falls into one or more of the following eco categories: natural, energy efficient, vegan, biodegradable, recycled, organic, fair trade, forest friendly, water conservation, and animal friendly.

Team: Liam Patterson and Jason Dainter, both co-founders of Eco Market.

Open date: October 2010

Inspiration for opening: "Our goal as a company is not only to give (often small one man band) sellers a platform to sell products but also to give consumers all the tools and information they need to demystify ethical shopping, and to create open debates about key issues that will help shape our planet."

Merchandise source: Over 1,600 merchants from across the world, selling over 15,000 products that range from Fairtrade, to natural, and ethical to up-cycled goods.

(Images: Eco Market)

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