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100 Natural Social Innovations

From Organic Zen Beverages to Educational Threads

— July 31, 2014 — Social Good
While a word such as natural seems to sometimes be void of any real meaning -- think greenwashing --, these natural social innovations attempt to give new meaning to an old, and sometimes overused, term. Even if it does seem that every product, from moisturizer to food product, can say they are natural or use natural ingredients without any kind of certification or other type of check or balance, it is also increasingly hard to determine what kinds of products to buy, especially if you want to shop ethically.

From organic zen beverages and educational threads to sustainable dog food, these natural social innovations are businesses that attempt to create and maintain trust between them and the consumer. It's easier said than done, which is why practice and method (not marketing) is at the core of entrepreneurial challenges.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Goodwill-Funding Conventions
Goodwill-Funding Conventions
The Festival de Ideias Bankrolls Community Innovation
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99
Naturally Raw Paint Products
Naturally Raw Paint Products
Waste That Comes from Auro United Kingdom is Compostable
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98
SMS-Based Layaway Platforms
SMS-Based Layaway Platforms
'myAgro' is a Tool for Farmers in Mali Aimed at Increasing Production
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97
Surgery-Giving Supplements
Surgery-Giving Supplements
InvigorateNOW Helps Combat Preventable Blindness Worldwide
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96
Sustainable Ethical Eateries
Sustainable Ethical Eateries
Wild Idea Buffalo Co Is A Humane Meat Company
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95
Aromatherapy Herbal Medicines
Aromatherapy Herbal Medicines
Bushy Tail Creates All Natural Products in Its Water-Powered Office
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94
Eco-Friendly Gift Boutiques
Eco-Friendly Gift Boutiques
90210 Organics Offers Earth-Conscious Products
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93
Clean Beauty Blogs
Clean Beauty Blogs
'No More Dirty Looks' is a Lifestyle Publication with Ethics
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92
Plant-Based Cleaning Products
Plant-Based Cleaning Products
Ecover Creates Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products with a Twist
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91
Pesticide-Free Insect Repellent
Pesticide-Free Insect Repellent
Incognito Uses 100% Natural Products to Fight Away Pesky Bugs
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90
All-Natural Sandwich Spreads
All-Natural Sandwich Spreads
Peanut Butter & Co is Committed to Social Responsibility Partnerships
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89
Economically Viable Vehicles
Economically Viable Vehicles
The Project Rwanda 'Coffee-Bike' Offers Farmers Affordable Transports
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88
Ethical Infant Stores
Ethical Infant Stores
Beaming Baby Sells Organic and Natural Baby Products
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87
Flickering Social Good Fragrances
Flickering Social Good Fragrances
Bridgewater Candle Company Feeds a Child with Every Lit Candle
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86
Sustainable Face Masks
Sustainable Face Masks
Akamuti is a Skin Care Company with Ethical Policies
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85
Natural Yogurt Mane Masks
Natural Yogurt Mane Masks
Stevie Dance Offers a Cool DIY Recipe for Dry Hair
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84
Organic Zen Hot Beverages
Organic Zen Hot Beverages
Qi Teas Offers a Range of Natural Specialty Products Prepared in China
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83
Biodynamic Wine Shops
Biodynamic Wine Shops
Waterfront Wines & Spirits Offers Sustainable and Organic Drinks
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82
Economy-Focused Sustainability Projects
Economy-Focused Sustainability Projects
Borderstep Institute Takes a Success-Driven Approach
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81
Altruistic Eye Surgeries
Altruistic Eye Surgeries
Aurolab is Eliminating Needless Blindness via Affordable Cataract Surgery
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80
Himalayan Body Wraps
Himalayan Body Wraps
Social Business Khunu Preserves Yaks and Mongolian Communities
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79
Soil-Infused Face Products
Soil-Infused Face Products
Bentley Organic Uses Natural Ingredients in Order to Get Clean
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78
Museum Social Enterprises
Museum Social Enterprises
Rainworks Omnimedia Supports Clean Water and Literacy Programs
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77
Elegant Emancipating Attire
Elegant Emancipating Attire
Liberate Apparel Provides Jobs, Opportunities for Majority World Women
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76
Sprinkled Gem Storage
Sprinkled Gem Storage
The Anthropologie Izabal Fringe Jewelry Box Features a Sugary Design
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75
Educational Threads
Educational Threads
Lonesome George & Co Teaches Youth About Protecting Natural Resources
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74
Clear Air Clothing
Clear Air Clothing
Ten Tree Restores Natural Forests With Every Item Sold
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73
Wholesome Wildlife-Inspired Snacks
Wholesome Wildlife-Inspired Snacks
BEAR Nibbles Use Unaltered Fruit and Recyclable Packaging
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72
Sustainable Vitamins
Sustainable Vitamins
MaMa Organic is Expanding into Herbs, Spices, Aromatherapy and Bath Products
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71
Handmade Humanitarian Goods
Handmade Humanitarian Goods
BHcrafts Works with Women Displayed by the Bosnian War
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70
Local Food Deliveries
Local Food Deliveries
Mama Earth Organics Lets You Choose Weekly or Bi-Weekly Produce Baskets
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69
Certified Sustainable Soaps
Certified Sustainable Soaps
LEAP Organics Uses USDA-Approved Ingredients and Recycled Packages
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68
Sustainable, Empowering Rugs
Sustainable, Empowering Rugs
'Arzu Studio Hope' Offers Employment to Women in Afghanistan
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67
Limited-Edition Upcycled Fashion
Limited-Edition Upcycled Fashion
Looptworks Uses Second-Hand Material to Create Superior Designs
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66
Sustainable Product Wholesalers
Sustainable Product Wholesalers
Honest Green is a Nation-Wide Distributor of Natural Items
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65
Conscientious Skin Care
Conscientious Skin Care
Trilogy Products Focus on Cultural, Ethical and Eco Sustainability
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64
Cruelty-Free Cosmetics
Cruelty-Free Cosmetics
Human Nature Products Offer Fair Trade Skincare Items for Men and Women
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63
Eco-Friendly Relief Packages
Eco-Friendly Relief Packages
Hemp 4 Haiti Supplies the Needy with the Means to Rebuild
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62
Community-Enhancing Natural Beverages (Update)
Community-Enhancing Natural Beverages (Update)
Runa Focused Energy Drinks Fund Development
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61
1 for 1 Snacks
1 for 1 Snacks
Each KUTOA Health Bar Also Buys a Nutrient Pack for a Child in Need
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60
Conscious Online Marketplaces
Conscious Online Marketplaces
'Ethical Community' Connects Businesses With Customers Who Care
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59
Innovative Tourism Models
Innovative Tourism Models
Aoka Offers Insightful Community-Building Trips in Brazil
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58
Moisturizing Shower Smoothies
Moisturizing Shower Smoothies
These Delightfully Scented Body Washes by LUSH are Truly Lavish
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57
Eco-Conscious Yoga Accessories
Eco-Conscious Yoga Accessories
JadeYoga Creates a Mat That is Good for You and the Environment
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56
Natural South African Cosmetics
Natural South African Cosmetics
Wema Bodycare Uses Simple Ingredients for Eco Products
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55
Local Organic Beauty Businesses
Local Organic Beauty Businesses
Snohomish Soap Company is All-Natural and Altruistic
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54
Indian Organic Farming Promotion
Indian Organic Farming Promotion
Krishi Naturals Works with Farmers to Support Biodiversity
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53
Sustainable Animal Supplies
Sustainable Animal Supplies
The Only Natural Pet Store is Powered by Wind Energy
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52
Honey-Infused Cosmetics
Honey-Infused Cosmetics
'beeline' by Sweet Beginnings Offers Natural Products
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51
Planet-Friendly Flip Flops
Planet-Friendly Flip Flops
Feelgoodz Footwear Is Constructed Using Socially Responsible Methods
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50
Paradigm-Shifting Marine Organizations
Paradigm-Shifting Marine Organizations
Blue Ventures is Funded by Non-Profit Distributing Projects
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49
Inspired Altruistic Vino Brands
Inspired Altruistic Vino Brands
Cultivate Wines is a Nonprofit That Gives Back
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48
Upcycled Inner-Tube Accessories
Upcycled Inner-Tube Accessories
Alchemy Goods Creates Bags and Wallets from Recycled Materials
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47
Plastic-Ridding Projects
Plastic-Ridding Projects
Hydros is a Social Enterprise Helping to Tackle the Global Water Crisis
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46
Calming Philanthropic Pillows
Calming Philanthropic Pillows
Herbal Animals Are Made From Naturally Occurring Materials
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45
Fair Trade Shea Butter
Fair Trade Shea Butter
Delapointe's Products are Made by Women in Burkina Faso
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44
Soulful Business Solutions
Soulful Business Solutions
Yoga Company 'I AM.' Sees Itself as an Idea and Not a Brand
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43
Rainforest Artisans
Rainforest Artisans
Chick Boss Jewelry Creates Employment Opportunities for Women in Guatemala
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42
Ethical Silk Scarves
Ethical Silk Scarves
‘Cambodian Threads’ Gives School Supplies to Impoverished Kids
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41
Sports Novel Donation Tees
Sports Novel Donation Tees
The Out of Print x No Mas: 796 Collection Revives Near-Classic Lit
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40
Eco-Friendly Condoms
Eco-Friendly Condoms
L. Condoms are Women-Empowering and Environmentally Sustainable
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39
Social Sri Lankan Seasonings
Social Sri Lankan Seasonings
The Spicy Gourmet Supports Small Farmers Through Fair Trade
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38
Luxury Ethical Cosmetics
Luxury Ethical Cosmetics
Bubble & Balm Creates Locally-Manufactured Fair Trade Products
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37
Empowering Crochet
Empowering Crochet
Fair Trade 'Pebble' Baby Line Employs Women in Bangladesh
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36
Kindness Carriers
Kindness Carriers
OAK Lifestyle Donates Backpacks and School Supplies to Kids
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35
Surfing for a Cause
Surfing for a Cause
'Much Better Adventures' Help You Organize Ethical Travel Experiences
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34
Comfy Marine-Protecting Sneakers
Comfy Marine-Protecting Sneakers
Blu Kicks Helps to Preserve the Habitat of Hawaii's Native Fish
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33
Trial-Sized Beauty Deliveries
Trial-Sized Beauty Deliveries
Goodebox is a Members-Only Website Offering Eco Cosmetics
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32
Unusually Savoury Granola Bars
Unusually Savoury Granola Bars
This Healthy Snack Company Introduces the Strong & KIND Snack Line
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31
Fair Trade Statement Jewelry
Fair Trade Statement Jewelry
Raven + Lily Features Collections Benefiting HIV-Positive Women
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30
Recycled Map Wallets
Recycled Map Wallets
Mighty Wallet Takes Intricate Recycled Paper & Makes 100% Biodegradable Goods
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29
Rainforest Energy Drinks
Rainforest Energy Drinks
Guayaki Yerba Mate Has a Unique Social Business Model
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28
Positivity-Spreading Creative Agencies
Positivity-Spreading Creative Agencies
Baldwin& Creates Brands Through Advertising and Content
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27
Stylish Eco-Conscious Swimwear
Stylish Eco-Conscious Swimwear
Curlee Bikini Makes Eye-Catching and Environmentally Friendly Suits
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26
Beneficial Statement Jewelry
Beneficial Statement Jewelry
October Anniversary Makes Chic and Eye-Catching Altruistic Bijoux
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25
Social Good Shopping Sites
Social Good Shopping Sites
'Histoire' Boutique is an Online Store Devoted to Creating a Just World
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24
Pioneering Natural Makeup Companies
Pioneering Natural Makeup Companies
JASON Cosmetics Offers Products That Aren't Harsh on Your Skin
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23
Adventures with Purpose
Adventures with Purpose
Sam Bruce Shares 10 Ethical Holiday Providers of Sustainable Tourism
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22
Affordable Eco Fashion
Affordable Eco Fashion
'Pickled Green Clothing' Makes Sustainable Affordable Accessible
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21
Artistan-Crafted Clutches
Artistan-Crafted Clutches
Ann & Arayata Creates Sustainable Income For Filipino Craftspeople
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20
Contemporary Recycled Eyewear
Contemporary Recycled Eyewear
Eco Optics Offers Chic Styles That Are Made From Recycled Materials
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19
Eco-Conscious Handbags
Eco-Conscious Handbags
'Make Love Not Trash' Provides Hip Accessories for the Green Shopper
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18
Eco Charity Condoms (UPDATE)
Eco Charity Condoms (UPDATE)
Sir Richard's Condoms Are a Philanthropic Pleasure
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17
Exotic Ethical Carpets
Exotic Ethical Carpets
GAN Rugs are a Cozy Alternative to the Persian Mats You've Been Buying
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16
Recycled Skateboard Sunglasses (UPDATE)
Recycled Skateboard Sunglasses (UPDATE)
The New Proof Sunglasses are the Perfect Summer Sunnies
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15
Fair Trade Lifestyle Brands
Fair Trade Lifestyle Brands
People Tree is a Stylish Social Business Spearhead
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14
Sustainable Change Beads
Sustainable Change Beads
The Vibrant Andean Collection Supports Artisans in Ecuador
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13
Newsworthy Flip Flops
Newsworthy Flip Flops
Paper Flops are Made Using Upcycled Newspapers
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12
Responsible Bedroom Slippers
Responsible Bedroom Slippers
The Chilote House Shoe is Eco and Ethically Principled
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11
Punchy Coco-Fiber Doormats
Punchy Coco-Fiber Doormats
Sustainable Company Reed Wilson Design Has a Sense of Humor
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10
Bamboo Bicycle Storage
Bamboo Bicycle Storage
The 'Bamgoo' Bicycle Attachment by Sara Urasin can Carry Groceries
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9
Cause-Conscious Clothing
Cause-Conscious Clothing
United by Blue Removes One Pound of Trash from Oceans for Every Item Sold
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8
Stylishly Sustainable Accessories
Stylishly Sustainable Accessories
Thistle & Thorne Knitwear Fuses Fashion and Fair-Trade
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7
Fairly Traded Bohemian Bags
Fairly Traded Bohemian Bags
The JADEtribe Line is Sustainable, Handmade and Natural
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6
Slow Fashion Shoes
Slow Fashion Shoes
Po-Zu is an Ecological Company Offering Boots and Sandals
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5
Socially Responsible Bangles
Socially Responsible Bangles
Alkemie Jewelry is Made from 100% Reclaimed Materials
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4
Sustainable Hipster Fashion
Sustainable Hipster Fashion
'Threads for Thought' is Eco and Donates Proceeds for Good
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3
Eco-Luxury Timepieces
Eco-Luxury Timepieces
The WEWOOD Watch is Made of 100% Natural Wood
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2
Mushroom Packing Materials
Mushroom Packing Materials
New York Company Makes Packaging from Agricultural Waste and Mushrooms
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1
Schoolbags That Give
Schoolbags That Give
Denim 'Benson Backpacks' Help Fund Education in Tanzania
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