Hi there, we’re Oriane and Victoria, the founders of Ecolabo. Two friends passionate about sustainability who want to share their love for creative, elegant and green products. Spreading knowledge on sustainability is our way of making a difference. We feel that an informed consumer can change the world. We both met 3 years ago during our digital marketing studies in Geneva and it was the beginning of a true friendship. After exploring veganism in 2015, we realised that biodiversity was not just threatened by the food industry: behind every product we buy there are costs for our planet & people. As we researched, it became obvious that every purchase could change a little something. We’ve grown together into mindful consumers and we try to inspire others to try it too.
Ecolabo is an online marketplace that connects you with amazing artisans, designers, and makers of all kinds who are committed to eco-friendly, ethical, and low-impact manufacturing. We want to help people find responsible products the easy way, which means, without searching through the whole wide web. Our careful curation of eco brands come together in one spot to supply you with green goods for every aspect of your life. One of the best ways to change the world is to vote with our wallets and decide what type of products we actually want in our lives. In a world of fast consumption, we decided to give a platform to the real artists and makers.
Our carefully handpicked pieces are always the most aesthetic, the ones that will get you excited about a sustainable lifestyle. We encourage these brands by offering them a platform to sell on, providing extra visibility and influence to their projects. We searched a long time to find a business model that would create the least waste and carbon emissions possible. We chose to build a marketplace because this way, we are just the connectors between conscious brands and businesses and their customers, without the extra transport through a middleman (us). Our platform puts the spotlight on different vendors, each proudly showcasing their products. When you make an order, the goods will be shipped by the vendor directly to your home, no extra stop.
Our goal is to support businesses who want to challenge the current models and generate a positive impact in terms of sustainability. The selection is built on two main aspects: ethics and ecology, which are the main pillars of sustainability to us. We want all of our partner brands to propose both fair production conditions and to bring at least one ecological aspect to the mix. Our choice always goes to the brands made by real people who are born with a positive message and a will to change the status quo.
Check out our drop down menu below to understand the values that are close to our hearts.
The baseline of our selection goes towards the impact on human lives. Our priority is that human lives are respected. We always investigate to know where the materials come from, where the products are made and in which conditions. Unfortunately, green is trending and many cheap but eco-friendly items are made in China in factories that do not respect fair working conditions. Even if the options that we propose are higher priced, it’s to ensure that they are ethical. Brands that empower local communities are also on our radar. All of our products come with a story regarding their designer and manufacturer because our first goal is to celebrate real makers and shakers. We do not have a category for ethical goods in our shop because you can be sure that they all are !
The pollution of our soils is a big concern to us, which is why we strongly advocate for organic products and ingredients, whether it be textiles, cosmetics or foods. Organic products benefit our health as well which is super important as we are becoming more and more sensitive to chemicals in our environment.
Natural can be a tricky word because there are no regulations around its use on products. For us it means using only raw materials which are not polluting. Natural textiles, materials, ingredients come with lower costs to the planet because they are renewable and can return to the soil. They are also a lot healthier to use. Basically we want to exclude everything that is made from synthetic origins like plastic or other petroleum based derivatives. We do not state that products are natural unless they are 100% natural.
In a capitalist world, the slow movement aims to reduce our ever growing thirst for new things. Regarding production, going slow means taking the time to manufacture each product with care. It’s a symbol of quality as well as respect towards workers and the planet. It also guarantees that products are not over-produced and do not generate unnecessary waste.
We are particularly supportive to our Swiss entrepreneurs and we are centering our marketplace around them to create more cohesion and support in our region. Artisanal goods are definitely our preferred option, we always look twice to see if we can find local, handmade versions of the products we need. For brands manufactured elsewhere, we carefully look at how brands encourage local production in small communities. We believe in giving back when it is done fairly.
While we understand that not everyone is involved in a vegan lifestyle, we still keep away from animal sourced products as much as possible. It is known that most leather tanneries do not follow ethical practices, slaughterhouses are a cruel place and livestock is very polluting. On the other hand, we’re not too fond of vegan alternatives that are made from plastic. Veganism and sustainability are intertwined on our platform because we pick brands who respect animal lives and nature, no matter what.