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Cardinal, Ontario, Canada
African Bronze Honey aims to fight deforestation and climate change and alleviate poverty by supporting beekeeping projects across Africa that protect pristine forest environments and create economic opportunity through the sustainable harvest of wild forest honey. This raw forest product is rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, bioflavonoids, and minerals and tastes different than the pasteurized agricultural honey available in supermarkets. The health benefits and unique flavor come from honeydew, a liquid produced by aphids and other forest insects and harvested by bees. African Bronze Honey works with more than 10,000 African beekeepers who farm wild honey sustainably and helps make their products accessible to businesses and consumers across North America. In addition to pure organic honey, they offer skin care, beeswax candles, and a range of other value added products. African Bronze Honey has chosen recyclable food-safe plastic packaging over glass to reduce the carbon emissions of shipping. Until a biodegradable food safe option is available, they will pay offsets for the plastic used in their packaging. These offsets contribute to recycling projects in developing countries that reduce ocean plastic pollution. African Bronze Honey has locked their social and environmental purpose and their commitment to stakeholders into their articles of incorporation. They donate to their local food bank and startup business community and mentor new entrepreneurs in the social enterprise space. African Bronze Honey has B Corp, Ecocert, EU Organic, USDA Organic, and Canada Organic Regime certification and is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
London, England, United Kingdom
Redemption Roasters is the world’s first behind bars coffee company. Prisoners are 50 percent more likely to reoffend if they leave prison without skills or a job. Redemption Roasters helps reduce reoffending in the United Kingdom through specialty coffee. Their roastery is inside the walls of HMP the Mount men’s prison, and their network of barista academies operate in justice sector institutions across the country. Offenders are trained in professional roastery and barista skills, and on release, Redemption Roasters helps them find work with their network of more than 100 wholesale clients or through their expanding chain of London coffee shops. Coffee is ethically sourced through direct trade relationships or collaborative importer partnerships and roasted with the most environmentally responsible machine available. Redemption Roastery is a member of Social Enterprise UK and The Forward Trust.
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Passion Lilie is a fair trade and sustainable apparel brand that features classic, streamlined silhouettes in unique hand woven and hand block printed fabrics. Products are designed in New Orleans and made by artisan groups in India. Passion Lilie is committed to preserving artistic and cultural talent; providing dignified employment opportunities with fair wages and safe and healthy working conditions; maintaining long-term trade partnerships based on transparency, trust, and respect with producers in underserved areas; and prioritizing environmentally responsible practices and materials. They use azo-free and natural dyes and organic, pesticide-free, and non-GMO cotton and work with producers to reduce energy use, water consumption, and waste. Scrap material is upcycled into accessories and other crafts. Passion Lilie uses a portion of profits to support a training program for women in India and donates to nonprofits that fight racism and poverty, support people affected by natural disasters, and protect the environment. They are a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
Koggala, Sri Lanka
KOLA offers vegan meals, desserts, and boat tours on Koggala Lake in southern Sri Lanka. Eating vegan is one of the most important changes you can make to help the environment. KOLA wants to provide an example of how delicious vegan food can be to encourage other businesses to make the transition. They grow as much of their own fresh produce as possible and source locally to minimize food miles. Food and garden waste are composted, and cardboard, metal, plastic, and glass are separated and recycled. KOLA monitors plastic waste weekly and works to reduce it. They helped start Eco Lanka as a local charity that organizes weekly recycling and trash collection and environmental education in the local village. KOLA preferentially hires from the surrounding community and invests in job-related training and coaching, English classes, and environmental education. Staff members are able to walk or cycle to work. They are in the process of re-greening their land by encouraging mangrove growth and planting native trees and vegetation to support birds and other wildlife and keep temperatures low.
Dollar, Victoria, Australia
Sunrise Organic Flowers combines beauty and sustainability by offering field-grown cut flowers, edible flowers, indigenous flowers, foliage, and seeds. They steward 3 acres of land within 297 acres of forest that has been protected through a Trust for Nature conservation covenant. As a certified organic farm, they ensure no excess nutrient runoff or toxic sprays disturb the delicate ecological balance of this protected land. Sunrise Organic Flowers contributes to the SEED Indigenous Youth Climate network. They are members of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, CSA Australia New Zealand, Friends of the Earth, and the Australian Greens.
Burlington, Vermont, United States
Muichic offers fair trade jewelry that is designed in Vermont and ethically handmade in Colombia using tagua seeds and other sustainably sourced natural materials. The tagua palm grows wild throughout the rainforests of Colombia. When the fruit is ripe, it breaks from the palm, and the seeds are harvested and dried for 6 to 9 months until they become rock solid. After drying, tagua seeds resemble ivory in color, texture, and hardness and can be cut, polished, and dyed. Tagua “vegetable ivory” helps raise awareness about the tens of thousands of African elephants killed each year for the ivory trade and provides an environmentally responsible alternative. A single female tagua palm can produce up to 50 pounds of seeds in a year, which is the amount of ivory in an average African elephant tusk. The tagua palm also provides valuable habitat to animals and assists with rainforest preservation by preventing tree cutting for farming or cattle. Muichic works with skilled Colombian artisans based on fair trade principles including safe, healthy, and empowering working conditions and fair and prompt pay. They are a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
London, England, United Kingdom
Stroodles pasta straws provide an easy zero waste alternative to single-use plastic straws and soggy paper straws. They were designed to be flavorless, smooth, strong, and fully compostable. Stroodles partners with Work for Good to share profits and support mission-aligned charities working on ocean pollution and environmental conservation. They use their platform to raise awareness, inspire action, and help create a movement around sustainable choices and eliminating single use plastic waste.
Nia OT is focused on developing regenerative agroforestry initiatives to support food security, environmental sustainability, rural livelihoods, and community development. They grow moringa, a popular superfood, intercropped with plantain, a local staple. Vetiver is cultivated for erosion control, and citronella and lemongrass are used as soil covers to conserve moisture. Nia OT plans to continue developing the land as a diverse food forest with fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and staple food crops. Produce is offered to the surrounding communities at discounted rates in order to improve access to healthy, nutritious foods. Workers have a flexible work plan and funding to support personal development. Profits are used to support local education, health care, sanitation, and afforestation initiatives. Nia OT is a member of the Global Ecovillage Network, Global Regeneration CoLab, and Black Sustainability Network.
La Plantation was started in 2013 to grow and deliver sustainable fair trade spices and support rural communities in the Kampot region of southern Cambodia. They specialize in black, white, red, and green Kampot pepper, which has PGI status for its unique terroir. La Plantation also produces turmeric, galangal, ginger, chili, herbs, sea salt, seasoning blends, and infusions. Products are hand harvested and immediately processed in their onsite facilities to maintain the quality and aroma. Packaging is made from unbleached recycled paper, natural jute bags, and traditional krama scarves. The La Plantation certified organic farm functions as an agritourism center, gives free guided tours daily, and provides training on sustainable agriculture, permaculture, and crop rotation. La Plantation is committed to fair trade practices for all workers, suppliers, and partners. They provide safe and healthy working conditions, premium prices, and skill development opportunities. Profits are used to support educational programs for children living near the farm. Their nonprofit, Les Ecoles de la Plantation, directly funds a nearby primary school and provides scholarships for secondary school students. La Plantation is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization.
Sarasota, Florida, United States
Lucuma Designs specializes in natural, fair trade housewares, garden products, finger puppets, accessories, and more. They have been working with artisan cooperatives and family-run workshops in Peru since 1998 including gourd carvers in Huancayo, knitters in Puno, clay artists in Lima and Arequipa, and alabaster carvers in Ayacucho. They also partner with indigenous balsa wood mask carvers in Boruca, Costa Rica. Their collection is available online and in more than 500 specialty gift shops, museums, fair trade stores, botanical gardens and nature centers, and boutiques. Lucuma Designs is a member of Fair Trade Federation and One Percent for the Planet.
London, England, United Kingdom
Served was started to provide a healthier alcoholic choice that reduces food waste and environmental impact. Their hard seltzers are crafted in the United Kingdom from natural spring water, ServedPure spirit, which is four-times distilled from locally grown wonky beets, and fresh wonky fruit. The finished product has a touch of natural sweetness with no added sugar, artificial colors, flavors, or other additives. Served is vegan and gluten free and packed in BPA-NI recyclable cans. Five percent of profits are invested in environmental projects and saving critically endangered species around the world.
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Media Cause is a mission-driven marketing and creative agency that helps nonprofits, social enterprises, and NGOs grow their reach and accelerate their impact. They specialize in branding, creative strategy and design, website design and tech, fundraising, advocacy, advertising, Google Ad grants, and social media. Success is measured based on results: supporters engaged, actions taken, lives changed, and milestones achieved. For emerging nonprofits and low-income organizations that aren’t able to afford the traditional agency model, they offer Media Cause Rise, a collection of low-cost digital marketing services. Media Cause is committed to diversity in recruiting, an inclusive company culture, equitable and transparent career growth, transparent reporting, and accountability. A portion of profits is reinvested to expand employee benefits, offer pro bono services, and enable employees to donate to a cause of their choice. Media Cause has offices in San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, and Atlanta to support close relationships with local clients.
Los Angeles, California, United States
Dunitz & Company has been partnering with artisans in Guatamala to create hip, fair trade earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and other accessories since 1989. They are best known for their beaded jewelry, but they also offer fused glass, laser cut, and embroidered designs, as well as pieces made from recycled rubber, telephone wire, and newspaper. Priority is given to reused and recycled packaging materials. Dunitz & Company is committed to creating opportunity for people who might not otherwise have it, treating people with respect, paying fair and living wages, ensuring worker safety, and sustaining and promoting those they have nurtured. When possible, they contribute to local facilities in the communities where they work. Dunitz & Company is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, a Gold Certified Business member of Green America and a founding member of Fair Trade Los Angeles.
Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
Paradise Farm was developed to promote sustainable agriculture, train nearby villagers in effective organic practices, and instill a love and respect for nature. The property includes an 80-acre organic tea garden, waterfall, natural swimming pool, and rooms with mountain and jungle views near Kithulgala, a popular white water rafting destination in Sri Lanka. In addition to employing local community members, Paradise Farm works with more than 30 families in Ganepalla to develop their own livelihood activities and sell to Paradise Farm visitors and the community. They also focus on reducing waste with the goal of developing a circular economy and becoming a sustainable ecovillage. Paradise Farm has USDA organic certification for green tea and spices.
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Jaljeevika Centre for Aquatic Livelihood enhances livelihood opportunities, food security, and community resilience in rural India through sustainable aquaculture, fisheries, and water-based livelihoods. They work with marginalized groups through an integrated livelihood approach that includes resource management, institution building, enterprise development, appropriate technology, access to credit, inputs, and markets, value chain development, research, and policy advocacy. Since 2013, they have supported more 20,000 small-scale fish farmers in Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Maharastra. Their AQUA+ model leverages the power of local extension agents and microentrepreneurs, self-governed producer organizations, and existing water resources with a particular emphasis on supporting women fish farmers and self-help groups. Jaljeevika set up AquaFund to support development of the aquaculture and inland fisheries sector and engage all stakeholder groups—civil society, NGOs, the private sector, foundations, and government agencies—to address challenges and find solutions in a comprehensive and coordinated way.
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Salty Swamis is a cafe and surf shop in southern Sri Lanka that celebrates food, culture, coffee, and surf inspires people to create with one another, and prioritizes lifestyle and sustainability over profits. The shop features products from locally based artists and social enterprises. The cafe offers all-day breakfast, meals, snacks, smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and specialty coffee made from natural, locally sourced ingredients. Vegan and vegetarian options are available, and clean filtered water refills are free. Salty Swamis works to minimize plastic waste and does not sell plastic bottles or use plastic straws. They partner with The Parrotfish Collective on environmental fundraisers, events, training programs, reforestation, and other conservation initiatives.
Local Women’s Handicrafts (LWH) is a fair trade women’s collective that creates unique ethical fashion and housewares. The founder worked as a child laborer in a Nepali sweatshop and started LWH in 2008 when she was still a teenager. Today, LWH production facilities provide a safe space for women who have escaped exploitation, abuse, forced marriage, and other injustices. They have the opportunity to heal, participate in training, develop new skills, and receive a stipend. After the training, they can choose to work at the center with a living wage or open their own business. LWH prioritizes environmentally responsible materials and practices. They minimize waste and make hand-woven, hand-knit, and felted products from recycled sari, local hemp, and wool. LWH aims to end childhood slavery, forced marriage, and other injustices against women and create a transparent textile industry that honors dignity, human rights, and sustainability.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Impact Tea helps connect tea pickers in Sri Lanka and tea drinkers in New Zealand through trade, travel, and stories. The initiative was started after the COVID pandemic to provide an outlet for small artisanal tea gardens that normally receive income from tourist visitors. Impact Tea focuses on ethically sourced, single-origin loose leaf organic tea from producers committed to community impact and regenerative practices. Tea is packaged in reusable bags made from handloom fabric by the communities surrounding the tea estate. For people that want to use their own containers, Impact Tea offers package-free bulk tea through direct sales or local refillery shops. They set aside a portion of all profits to give back to tea picking communities on an annual basis. Impact Tea is also partnering with the Tea Leaf Trust to provide educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth from estate communities.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
HoonArts specializes in handcrafted housewares, clothing, accessories, and toys from Central Asia. They work with master artisans from the Silk Road countries of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan to create products that are designed for the modern ethical consumer but are based on traditional patterns and techniques that have been passed down through generations. Examples include felting, embroidery, needlework, ikat weaving, natural dyeing, block printing, ceramics, hand forged knife making, and hand carved wooden combs and hair accessories. They also offer online master classes in felting and other textile arts. HoonArts is committed to equitable relationships, fair pay, and transparency, environmentally friendly materials and practices, and empowering women and artisan communities. They are a member of the Fair Trade Federation.
Ensoco provides affordable coaching, consulting, and workshops to nonprofits, social enterprises, and other organizations looking to be more socially and environmentally responsible. They engage a network of expert consultants and mentors to assist with marketing, strategy, impact, finance, and other aspects of business development. Services are adapted based on needs, time pressures, and budgets with a focus on producing positive, long-lasting results. Ensoco works with clients in Croatia and the United Kingdom. In Croatia, their work with young social entrepreneurs is free of charge. Ensoco donates profits to local initiatives including a group working on permaculture development in Split and Dalmatia. Since there was no legal structure for social enterprises in Croatia at the time they registered, Ensoco added an annex to their company registration documents to lock in their social enterprise values.
The Shampoo Bar Kathmandu produces natural shampoo, soap, and shaving bars that are better for your hair, scalp, skin, and for the planet. Their products are made from premium oils and Himalayan Ayurvedic herbs with no plastic bottles, animal products, detergents, sulfates, petrochemicals, or other synthetic additives. The team engages in continuous research and development and has transitioned to responsibly manufactured, plastic-free ingredients and packaging materials that are sustainably sourced and biodegradable. Popular products include neem lemongrass bars, mint charcoal bars, nettle clay bars, palmarosa whipped face and body butter, and natural deodorant. Priority is given to ingredients with organic or Demeter biodynamic certification. The Shampoo Bar Kathmandu reinvests in supporting their employees and planting trees and works closely with other organizations committed to environmental protection.
Hopewell, New Jersey, United States
Seeds to Sew International is a fair trade not-for-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of women and girls in disadvantaged communities through education and job skills training. Their retail outlet and online store feature unique gifts, clothing, accessories, and housewares made by program participants in Kenya and partners from around the world. They are best known for their Enkiteng bag, an ecofriendly reusable gift wrapping bag that is made in Kenya from upcycled material. Seeds to Sew also offers Enkisoma Masaii beaded jewelry, Githomo crafts made from banana tree bark and other natural materials, and Kiondos baskets made out of recycled plastic. One hundred percent of proceeds are reinvested to support participating communities and cover school fees, transport, uniforms, and supplies for girls in rural Kenya that would not otherwise be able to continue their education. Seeds to Sew International is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, the Green Business Network of Green America, and Girls not Brides and is registered as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
JKAB Landscape shares their passion for nature by working with clients to create healthy green spaces. They produce ornamental and landscaping plants, tree seedlings, and compost in organic nurseries on Sri Lanka’s east coast and specialize in a local dwarf variety of king coconut that is ideal for home production. JKAB Landscape emerged from the gardens and king coconut mother plants at JKAB Beach Resort and JKAB Park Hotel in Trincomalee. After terrorist attacks and a global pandemic affected the tourism sector in Sri Lanka, this green business initiative was developed to sustain livelihoods in the local community and encourage tree planting for a sustainable future. The facilities use solar energy and are accessible to people with disabilities. JKAB regularly contributes to the Thabowanam Children’s Home in Trincomalee.
Fitly Media aims to help sustainable companies find their true brand voice, make their stories heard, and share the right message, in the right channel, at the right time. They work with a network of mission aligned freelancers to engage in long term partnerships around branding, digital marketing strategies, social media, content creation, advertising, and other consulting services. Fitly Media maintains a paperless office and works to minimize their environmental footprint. They are part of CollAction and the Slow Fashion Movement.
Digana, Sri Lanka
Forest Healing Foundation is a grassroots nonprofit organization committed to protecting and restoring forests in Sri Lanka. They work with communities to conserve high biodiversity forest and regenerate degraded land. Forest Healing Foundation started with the purchase and restoration of degraded forest in Bululand near the Knuckles forest World Heritage Site. They are now expanding to protect adjacent forests through forest sponsorship campaigns, tree planting partnerships, forest healing initiatives, environmental education, advocacy, and local community initiatives. Forest Healing Foundation aims to raise awareness about the benefits of forests and trees for biodiversity protection, climate change mitigation, and human health and wellbeing. Healthy forests provide habitat, prevent erosion, and help with water retention, oxygen production, carbon capture, and temperature control.
Montreal, Québec, Canada
Dandarah is a woman-owned social enterprise that was started to sustain traditional crafts and support marginalized artisans in Egypt. They specialize in blown glass, pottery, brass jewelry, and handwoven Egyptian cotton housewares and accessories. Products are available online and in fair trade stores throughout North America. Dandarah is committed to fair trade principles including safe working conditions, transparency, fair pay, and environmentally responsible practices. They provide artisans with sustainable income, access to international markets, marketing materials, technical resources, and training and advice related to product design, inventory management, and other topics. Dandarah supports artisans’ communities through partnerships with local NGOs that focus on education, gender equality, health, nutrition, vocational training, and waste management. They also fundraise for international agencies like CARE International, Médecins sans Frontières, and Hands Along the Nile Development Services. Dandarah is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, Canadian Fair Trade Network, and the Aspen Institute Artisan Alliance.
Ginigathhena, Sri Lanka
Jungle River Farms specializes in value added food products to promote sustainable agriculture, support the local Ginigathhena community, and increase forest cover. They produce dried durian, dried ripe jackfruit, dried banana roll ups, natural fruit ice creams, and more. They also maintain a nursery of endemic plants and forest seedlings and offer sustainable agriculture consultation services, projects for volunteers, and farm stay opportunities. Jungle River Farms works with farmers to form networks and cooperatives, connect with market opportunities, and improve their products and production systems.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Isle of Gelato creates artisanal gelato and vegan sorbets from scratch using fresh, natural, and locally sourced ingredients. They provide an alternative to imported and industrial ice creams made with artificial colors, flavors, and other additives. They have worked with chefs and local suppliers to create a popular range of Sri Lankan flavors using ingredients like buffalo curd, coconut milk, Ceylon tea, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, Puttalam sea salt, tamarind, mangosteen, woodapple, jackfruit, mango, and more. As part of their commitment to environmentally and socially responsible practices, they use unbleached, compostable packaging and avoid single-use plastic. Isle of Gelato trains local community members, pays above market rates, provides loans and yearly bonuses, and offers free room and board at their production facility. Each year, they contribute to the CCC House for cancer outpatients in Maharagama, support a local children’s home, and sponsor heart surgery for children on the government waiting list. They also contribute to local charities for street dogs and animal welfare.
Bopitiya, Sri Lanka
Cultura Ceylon has developed closed loop hydroponic and aquaponic systems to produce cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, salad greens, microgreens, tilapia, and other specialty products in Sri Lanka. They do not use pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, or other biocides. The tilapia are produced with beneficial microorganisms that maintain water quality, and the facility is recognized by the National Aquatic Development Authority and Ministry of Fisheries. Cultura Ceylon aims to empower women through agriculture by providing flexible working hours, transportation support, boarding facilities, and farm land for subsistence farming and supplemental income. They employ women from the local community and women as senior technical leads. The facility uses solar energy and was designed to minimize energy use, transport, water consumption, and environmental impact. Cultura Ceylon is working towards Carbon Neutral and Zero Waste certifications.
Strategy Made Simple helps social businesses operate sustainably and expand their impact through value creation, responsible growth, and confident marketing. They offer social enterprise coaching, consulting, workshops, content production, and opportunities for social connection. Strategy Made Simple accounts for all carbon emissions used in their operations and offsets double through annual donations to Stand for Trees. This accounting includes the average energy cost for site visits and content consumption. They are a member of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet).
San Diego, United States
Next San Diego is a grassroots community of entrepreneurs who are passionate about regenerative business practices. Their vision is to connect individuals and organizations that are making positive systemic change for the world and serve as a network of networks within the San Diego region and beyond. Topics they explore include social enterprise, zebra startups, worker cooperatives, workforce development, employee ownership, community funding, democratic decision making, conscious capitalism, circular economy, cleantech, climate action, preserving cultural heritage, and dismantling racial injustice. Next San Diego membership and events are free or pay what you can. Anyone interested in learning more about regenerative business practices is welcome.
Talpe, Sri Lanka
Kat’s Coffee is a female-run cafe in the village of Unawatuna in southern Sri Lanka that offers locally sourced coffee, healthy food options, and a space to connect with community. Their bread, cakes, and snacks are made in-house from natural ingredients. Kat’s Coffee trains and employees local community members and supports other Good Market approved enterprises.
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka
Sarala Vida was started as an ethical and sustainable slow fashion brand. They aim to make informed decisions that have a positive impact on the planet and its people and continuously improve over time. Their initial collections were made from local garment factory offcuts that would have otherwise been burned or sent to landfill. Patterns are cut to minimize waste and any remaining scrap materials are upcycled into hair scrunchies, bags, and other accessories. For future collections, they plan to partner with factories that produce GOTS certified fabrics and develop natural dye facilities. Sarala Vida provides flexible livelihood opportunities for Sri Lankan women that are unable to access traditional employment due to family responsibilities. They are able to work from home, set their own schedule for a healthy work-life balance, participate in training and internship programs, and share input on future collections. Sarala Vida uses their platform to raise awareness about the impact of fashion choices, promote other slow fashion brands, and maintain full transparency and accountability.
Galle, Sri Lanka
Sunshine Superfood focuses on making nutritious, plant-based whole food alternatives more accessible. They prioritize local, home grown, and organic ingredients and ensure that all food options are vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free. Popular products include granola, pancake mix, muffin mix, vegan egg replacer, and a range of healthy drinks, spreads, and sauces. In Sri Lanka, the term “superfood” is often used for imported ingredients like goji berries and chia seeds. Sunshine Superfood raises awareness about locally available superfoods like kasa kasa and gotukola. They minimize environmental impact by avoiding animal products, collecting back glass containers for sterilization and reuse, and offering locally made beeswax wraps as an alternative to plastic cling wrap.
Bandaragama, Sri Lanka
Genius Club offers online learning opportunities for kids that go beyond traditional exam-based education. They focus on creative problem solving, environmental awareness, teamwork, and other skills that are critical for the future. The approach is being piloted with coding and electronics using Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Genius Club is committed to serving kids across Sri Lanka with a focus on low-income and marginalized communities that have limited access to these types of programs. A portion of all revenue is used for tree planting and expanding outreach through teacher training and partnerships with schools, government agencies, and other service providers.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Ali Patiya was started to spread awareness about endangered Sri Lankan elephants and mobilize resources to help protect them. Over the past three generations, the Asian elephant population has declined by 60 percent primarily due to habitat loss and human-elephant conflict. Ali Patiya helps raise funds for the Elephant Transit Home in the Udawalawe National Park and for nonprofits working on elephant conservation in Sri Lanka. The Elephant Transit Home was started by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation to raise orphaned elephant calves for release back into the wild. While at the center, contact with humans is deliberately minimized so that the elephants will not acclimate to humans. In addition to facilitating direct donations, Ali Patiya sells Sri Lankan designed and inspired tote bags, stickers, and other products and uses the profits to support elephant conservation. They work closely with Climate Action Now (CAN) Sri Lanka and Extinction Rebellion Sri Lanka.
Gonawala, Sri Lanka
Teaching Is My Superpower specializes in early childhood education, ESL teaching, and corporate communication training. Their children’s book series was developed to create awareness about Sri Lanka’s local heritage and the importance of living in harmony with nature. Teaching Is My Superpower is committed to inclusive education. They record audio books so that visually impaired and auditory learners can enjoy the storytelling experience, and they are working with local entrepreneurs to create complementary learning tools for tactile learners. Books will be translated into other local languages to increase accessibility and cross cultural understanding. Teaching Is My Superpower provides free and discounted books and services to low income groups.
Polgasowita, Sri Lanka
Fitgeek was started by an engineering graduate who realized that he’d developed unhealthy habits and decided to make some lifestyle changes. He eventually became a certified fitness trainer to help other Sri Lankans transition to healthier practices. The Fitgeek Energy Bar was developed to provide an alternative to imported products and unhealthy convenience food. It contains whole grains, nuts, and seeds, and no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or refined sugars. Fitgeek is committed to environmental responsibility and uses unbleached compostable packaging for their products.
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka
Scentural specializes in natural candles, tea lights, and wax melts handmade from beeswax and essential oils like lavender, lemongrass, and rose. They offer an alternative to products made with imported petrochemical ingredients like paraffin and synthetic fragrances that pollute the air. Beeswax is slow burning and drip free, and pure essential oils have aromatherapy benefits. Scentural takes custom orders for environmentally responsible weddings and other events.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Krémeux was started to provide an affordable, natural, and local alternative to imported cream cheese, dips, and spreads. They source milk, spices, and herbs from local suppliers and ensure that no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or other additives are used. Products are packed in glass jars and unbleached kraft paper bags. Krémeux offers customers a discount on future purchases if they return the glass jars for sterilization and reuse.
Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
Ayusha specializes in traditional Sri Lankan foods made from natural, local ingredients with no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or other additives. Their value-added products benefit local farmers and fisherman and help minimize food waste. Ayusha offers young jackfruit curry, ambarella curry, mango curry, breadfruit curry, ambulthiyal, chutneys, sambols, pickles, and more in glass bottles that can be sterilized for reuse. They actively volunteer in community programs and support social service organizations like Leo Club and Lions Club.
Piliyandala, Sri Lanka
Eco Friends Gardening aims to make it easier for people to grow their own food and cultivate toxin-free fruits, vegetables, and other plants in their own background. They provide home gardening kits, seedlings, seeds, compost, natural fertilizer, clay and ceramic pots, and gardening equipment. Training and after-sales support are also available. Eco Friends Gardening ensures that all planting materials are from government certified sources.