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With much of the world under lockdown or social distancing, many of us are worried about small businesses surviving the Covid-19 pandemic.
But thanks to the internet, it’s possible to support vegan businesses through the pandemic (see my guide to doing that here) and Etsy is one of my favourite way to support independent makers and sellers!
Etsy themselves are doing their best to support independent makers right now, too and have started at #StandWithSmall businesses campaign.
Looking for a unique, handcrafted gift to send to a loved one since you can’t be there or in person? Or how about sending yourself a gift?
I LOVE Etsy.
It’s the best platform for shopping for unique products from independent sellers. Many/most are handcrafted, a lot are vegan and there’s a big zero waste market on it, too. Plus, Etsy itself offsets the carbon of all deliveries now and I read they’re aiming to make the Etsy offices zero waste within a couple of years.
Plus, since it’s all online you can order purchases right now and support small busineses!
I’ve selected some of my favourite vegan Etsy products around the world below so you can choose based on where you live (you can also filter results on Etsy based on your location). Some also ship internationally.
So here are a few of my favourite vegan Etsy items or items on my Etsy wishlist:
What’s eternally popular? Vegan shirts! Etsy answers on this count, with a ton of unique designs. I try to buy t-shirts from vegan stores where possible to avoid people who are just cashing in on the vegan trend by selling vegan t shirts (plus, vegan stores tend to have more ethical vegan clothing, Etsy no exception).
I love these vegan t-shirts. Etsy store Herbivore Tees in North Carolina makes them and most are 100% cotton.
These are some very cute vegan leather bags! Etsy store Labante London make them and the linings are made of recycled plastic bottles. I have a Labante bag that I bought after a friend recommended the brand and I really love it!
They’ve got a wide range of styles, including clutches, cross-body bags and both small and large vegan purses. Etsy to the win again.
I’ve also got a guide to the best vegan backpacks and travel bags (including Etsy options) here.
Corkor, based in Portugal makes vegan & sustainable wallets, belts and bags out of Cork!
Cork is such a cool leather alternative — it’s eco-friendly and beautiful. This wallet incorporates RFID blocking technology so your cards will be safe and secure and has 6 card slots. It’s also water resistant and ultra light.
You can’t go wrong with a relaxing spa gift set. This vegan spa bath set is handmade in the UK and comes with everything you need for a luxurious experiences: two bath melts, a candle, a body scrub, soap and a bath tea bag.
Vegan, eco friendly scented soy wax candles
These Octo candles are eco friendly and the best smelling candles I’ve found. Made with soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks and essential oils and hand-poured in glass jars in London, they also smell amazing!
I currently have three (Hygge, coconut vanilla and Italian garden scents) and when I finish them, I’m planning on reusing the super-stylish amber glass jars.
You can’t go wrong with chocolate, and this vegan chocolate set is handmade in Poland by vegan Etsy shop Witerki.
The box can be personalised, with a message or name written on the chocolates. You can also leave out any flavours due to allergies.
The chocolates sound delicious, too, with flavours like pistachio, liqueur and cranberry, coffee and dried apricots or rum, peanut butter and more.
If you’re into zero/low waste living and are trying to reduce your waste, then you’ve likely come across reusable wax wraps. Unfortunately, they’re usually made with beeswax.
But this one uses a vegan formula so you can make your own wax wraps! The gift set includes three cloths, the vegan soy-free wax and an instruction booklet.
You can also find vegan wax wraps in this Etsy store if you prefer to buy them already made, but this looks like a fun project.
Prism makes handmade, indie vegan nail polish that’s also 5-free. It’s handmade in the UK. I have several and they’re my favourite nail polish!
They also have a big range of colours and styles to choose from, some of which are inspired by films or TV shows.
I recently started making my own foaming hand soap. It’s really easy, incredibly cheap (you can do it for around $0.05 a bottle!) and it’s a good way to cut down on waste.
You can make it with just a few teaspoons of Dr Bronners castile soap, water and your favourite essential oil.
You do, however, need a foaming hand soap bottle/dispenser because the mechanism is part of what makes it foam. You can easily re-fill an old foaming hand soap container; that’s what I did. However, I’ve found they don’t last long. After a few refills, they seem to stop working and I think it’s because they’re made of cheap plastic and not meant to be refilled…
This glass dispenser is made in the US and is on my wishlist because it looks so much sturdier!
This cute necklace is a fun way to show off your ethics, plus it’s made of recycled aluminum in the US.
Made by Christy Robinson design (she makes hand-forged and eco-friendly vegan jewellery), it’s hand-stamped and you select the chain length and material (also recycled metals).
If you ever use soap bars, you’ll know how annoying it is when you get to nearly the end of the bar and there’s hardly any left, yet it’s starting to become impossible to use.
Enter the soap saver. I read about these fairly recently on a zero waste blog. For a full guide to zero waste swaps, see my zero waste product guide here.
They’re hand crocheted bags (this one is made in the US of organic cotton) and you can put a whole bar of soap in it or you can put ends of soap in it and use it as a scrubber in the shower. Think of it as a self-soaping loofah of sorts!
Don’t waste those soap ends; get a soap saver.
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