As the number of shutdown orders is extended indefinitely, online shopping has become a lifeline for people who are forced to avoid the outside world. You often choose to buy from a mega-company like Amazon. Walmart or Target is the path of least resistance, but there are many reasons to patronize an alternative.
There are ethical issues currently around, such as worker safety, as COVID-19 affects the often low-paying essential workers who keep these companies going. Supporting small and local businesses is now more important than ever, and more and more bricks and mortars are announcing that they simply cannot recover after the catastrophic economic effects of the closure.
Not every company listed below is a small company (Chewy, for example, belongs to the animal care giant PetSmart). However, the list below, compiled by our editorial team, should offer a good selection so that you can confuse your online purchases.
Food / household
Thrive Market: Organic and non-GMO brands of food, household and beauty products, including healthy foods, clean beauty and bath additives, safe food supplements, and non-toxic household cleaners.
Ideal for: Get healthier foods for the pantry and other household purposes.
Grove Collaborative: Eco-friendly household items, including detergents, personal care, bath, baby / child and pet products.
Ideal for: Get concentrated cleaning agents that reduce plastic waste and save trips to the store.
Boxed: Online wholesale of food, household products and health items.
Ideal for: An online alternative to Costco and Sam’s Club for items you want to buy in bulk. (However, T.P. is often not in stock!)
Chewy: Online pet store that offers food, toys, garbage, and other pet needs, including over-the-counter medicines and prescriptions.
Excellent for: High quality foods and goodies, as well as skipping the vet for prescription refills.
The Farmer & # 39; s Dog: subscription for the delivery of natural dog food. The food is proportioned for your dog and delivered to your door.
Excellent for: Delivering fresh feed and those who want an option to set dog food to set and forget.
Beauty / baby items
The Honest Company: Ethical baby and beauty company.
Ideal for: diapers, baby needs and cruelty-free beauty, bath and body products.
Ulta: Superstore for beauty articles, which offers collection from the ship home and on the roadside.
Ideal for: makeup for your zoom meetings; Skin care products for all the indoor air you now live in.
Sephora: online beauty salon with direct shipping.
Excellent for: make-up, skin care and self-care items as well as gift sets for someone who needs a boost.
Glossier: online beauty brand that puts skin and make-up first.
Ideal for: skin care, body and make-up.
Books & entertainment
Bookshop.org: This newly launched offer was specially developed to support independent bookstores in a time after Amazon. You can search a variety of titles and specify the business you want to support, and they'll all get profits. With so many bookstores struggling to stay afloat long before the COVID pandemic, this could be the moment for the bookstore.
Ideal for: Supporting independent bookstores when shopping online.
Powell & # 39; s: For book lovers, there are only a few things that can gain a foothold in this Portland Mecca. Until things open up again, online shopping is the next best thing.
Ideal for: used books galore.
Amoeba Records: For psychic music releases, it is often the best choice to go straight to the label. Record stores are also a good option. California's amoeba is one of the largest small music chains in the world, but it is one of those with an uncertain future after COVID after recently announcing the expected closure of its Hollywood location.
Ideal for: New and used vinyl, CDs and books.
Forbidden Planet: This mainstay in Manhattan has become a focal point for mainstream and indie comic lovers. The store is one of many that are currently struggling to stay afloat during the COVID crisis. You have started a GoFundMe, but even better, order some comics.
Ideal for: comics, from superheroes to super indie.
Trident Bookstore: This Boston bookstore gem has survived a fire and finale season. So you know it's special. Books are currently sold throughout the United States (and if you are in Boston there will also be a brunch).
Excellent for: well-known as well as covert titles. Tip: Depending on availability, you can purchase a "creative add-on" in your package. B. a surprise puzzle or a bundle of greeting cards.
Los Angeles Apparel: This website sells triple pack face masks in different colors. All purchases help fund the ability to donate masks for essential services and provide living wages.
Ideal for: A comfortable cotton mask that is also good for you.
Donkaka.com: Fashionable face masks that are sold directly to the consumer with free shipping.
Ideal for: Stylist, reusable comfort.
Tiny delights and frills
The Little Market: This non-profit organization sells fair trade goods from people in need, from people with disabilities to women who come out of homelessness.
Ideal for: candles, bags, soaps and sugar scrubs.
Random Goods: Unique gifts, decor, games and more
Excellent for: Unusual items to overcome boredom in quarantine, especially handicrafts and toys for children whose children are fed up with every toy in the house.