Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month has arrived and we’re so excited to get started celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans. This year, we're taking the celebration a step further by spotlighting Latinx-owned businesses that are not only incredible but are also deeply committed to sustainability – just like us!
At NOTES® we believe that celebrating heritage goes hand in hand with caring for the planet we all call home. This Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to highlight the trailblazing Latinx entrepreneurs who are combining their cultural pride with eco-conscious practices. With that being said, here’s 10 sustainable Hispanic-owned brands to shop in September:
First up, let's introduce you to FICKS. Founded by Ron Alvarado and his college roommate in 2015, FICKS was an industry first to marry all-natural ingredients, low sugar, and ingredient transparency. With flavors ranging from the classic Paloma to their newest seltzer launch, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. FICKS mixers can be mixed with your alcohol of choice, or skip for the perfect no-booze beverage. FICKS keeps things as sustainable as possible with an all-natural formula thoughtfully sourced from Mexican limes and agave nectar, to California grapefruits. They also use infinitely recyclable bottles, cans, and paper boxes in a journey toward a plastic-free supply chain.
Quite possibly the most elegantly branded natural beauty brand we’ve found to date, Cuerpa combines luxury skincare with responsibly sourced, all-natural ingredients. Cuerpa boasts a product collection completely free from synthetic ingredients, parabens, phthalate, fillers, chemicals, animal testing, mineral oils, petroleum and sodium laurel sulfate. Not only are they transparent on what ingredients they don’t include, they also put a full ingredient list for every product so you what is included. Founded by Edwin Jimenez Casanova, the brand is mostly known for its face oils, but they also offer a handful of other high-quality body products.
Santos by Monica is a Latina-owned brand based in the heart of New York City and aiming to change the way consumers think about fashion. Their commitment to sustainability is at the forefront of their designs, with their bags being made from cactus-based biomaterial.
“Relying solely on rainwater, this miracle plant regenerates soil and sequesters CO2. The end result is a biomaterial with the look and feel of traditional leather, but much more ecological, requiring 80% less water to be produced than its animal counterpart.”
The list of their eco-commitment is miles long – from planting a tree for every item made to focusing on made-to-order and small-batch production. Not to mention, the bags themselves are absolutely stunning, versatile, and quality.
After building her dream home in 2017, Latin-American Ana Ruozzi found her new stainless steel appliances were quick to streaks, stains, and smudges. With this in mind, Ana created Therapy Clean – based on three principles: superior performance, safety of ingredients, and ease of use.
All products are made in the USA, USDA Biobased certified, as well as leaping bunny certified. They have a variety of specialty cleaners to tackle hard to clean surfaces like porous granite and stone, wood and cabinets, and the glass cooktop. With 16oz cleaners coming in at less than $10, it’s also a great option for those on a tighter budget.
Founder Babba Rivera grew up as a Latin American immigrant in Sweden, struggling to find herself represented in mainstream media. After relocating to the USA, she found herself for the first time able to thoughtfully reconnect with culture through a welcoming LatinX community.
“Ceremonia was born out of the desire to celebrate the richness of Latin culture, while highlighting the next-generation of Latinx. Inspired by the rituals I grew up with, alongside a new generation leading the way towards a more sustainable future, Ceremonia provides a new-age perspective to hair care for all.”
Ceremonia is a hair care brand with nature in mind. All bottles are made of at least 30% post-consumer recycled plastic, with clean and natural product ingredients free of silicones, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial colors, and a laundry list of other not-so-great ingredients. They are part of 1% for the planet, Leaping Bunny, they are carbon neutral and plastic negative. And since we haven’t flat out said it – yes their products are amazing. Their silicone-free scalp oil deserves its own special shout out.
We encourage you to join in a reflection of Latinx culture, sustainability, and the beautiful fusion of the two. Here's to a month filled with joy, heritage, and the embrace of our shared planet.