This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that sparked the LGBT rights movement. These three eco-friendly brands are celebrating Pride this year by selling merchandise that supports LGBT community.
Known for their affordable built-it-yourself furniture intentionally packaged to fit inside a compact car; Ikea honestly isn’t the first brand to come to mind when I think about Pride, but is one of the first brands that comes to mind when I think about sustainability. Not only has the brand recently introduced vegan versions of their famous meatballs and hot dogs, they’re also working on using mushroom based packaging as an alternative to polystyrene and by 2030 plans to only use recyclable/renewable materials.
For Pride month Ikea is teaming up with the Human Right Campaign by selling a limited edition rainbow version of their iconic Ikea shopping bag.
Also check out this Ikea ad featuring a gay couple from 1994: https://www.adweek.com/creativity/20-years-it-was-cool-cast-gay-couples-ikea-made-pioneering-ad-161054/
Best known for their comfortable and durable hiking sandals, this year Teva will donate $15 from each pair of rainbow platform sandals sold on their website and at Nordstrom to the Tegan and Sara Foundation. The Canadian musicians have identified as queer since their career began in 1998 and started their foundation to specifically address the needs of LGBTQ women and girls.
Not only do these sandals look awesome but the webbing is made from 100% post consumer materials including recycled plastic. You can read more about their commitment to sustainability here: https://www.teva.com/environment.html (and yes these shoes are vegan!)
REI celebrates Pride with #OutsidewithPride 5% of the sales from all their Pride merchandise goes to organizations that help LGBT people connect to the outdoors. Prices start at only $4.95 for this colorful bandanna and go up to $140 for rainbow Chaco sandals.
Not only are they selling really cool Pride merch (I really want the rainbow hammock from ENO and their backpack with rainbow webbing) but they also encourage their employees and their families to celebrate Pride as well by participating in Pride marches around the US.
REI has a long history of working toward sustainability and plans to be carbon neutral by 2020.
Do you know of any eco-friendly sustainable brands that support Pride? Please comment, I’d love to hear about them!
Please note: Throughout this article I use the term LGBT as an umbrella term, but not an all inclusive acronym for the many identities that are celebrated as part of Pride. You can read more about other acronyms and words that have been suggested to truly represent the community here.