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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at York U chapter.

Women have been transcending limitations for a significant amount of time. This year, on March 8th, we celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the globe. International Women’s Day aims to provide us women with recognition and appreciation for all that we do and all that we have accomplished.

In light of this, I will be spotlighting three women-owned businesses that are doing their part in supporting sustainable practices. This is only three of the many amazing women entrepreneurs that have and continue to leave their imprint on the consumer market.

Aya Paper Co.

SaVonne Anderson, founder and CEO of the Newark, New Jersey, company Aya Paper Co, through her eco-friendly venture, sells cards, journals, desk essentials and much more! With the well-being of the earth at the front of mind, Anderson ensures that Aya Paper Co. doesn’t perpetuate any environmental issues. Another one of her goals is to provide people of color, like herself, ways to authentically express themselves through the giving of her products. 

All of her sustainable products are customized with a specific focus on the desires of Black individuals. She has forged relationships with major retailers like Nordstromand Macy’s, so if you find yourself in any of these stores, be sure to check out what her company has to offer. This company is committed to improving sustainable practices, as they invest in actions that strengthen the environment rather than deplete it.

Sade Baron

The mother-daughter duo, Sade and Rachel are the founders of this natural and vegan body care brand. Utilizing green ingredients, Sade Baron carries a variety of lotions, moisturizers and soaps. Each product is made without the use of silicones, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic dyes or fragrances. These high-quality vegan products are full of nutrients that are good for both your skin and the environment.

Sade Baron products are specifically designed to naturally heal and repair the skin so that it looks better, feels better and is better. This women-owned and operated company seeks to provide body care products that compliment your skin through nourishment, all while utilizing cruelty-free products, clean formulations and sustainable packaging.


After many years spent working in the beauty retail industry and acknowledging the harmful products that composed countless skincare products, Temi Shobowale decided it was time to create her own alternative and take matters into her own hands. Shobowale has formulated skincare products with organic plant-based ingredients, keeping luxury and wellness in mind. 

These handcrafted essentials practice clean beauty by solely utilizing natural ingredients that are cruelty-free. Essentials is dedicated to keeping their carbon footprint low; thus they use reusable, recyclable and sustainable packaging. Her line of skincare products has become loved by many, due to its luxurious formulations and rich scents.

What I admire most about the three companies that I have listed above, is their naturality and their sustainability. When dealing with any sort of product, it is imperative for them to be composed of ingredients that aren’t harmful to the well-being of us, as well as the environment. Personally, utilizing skincare products that do not contain any sort of synthetic additives is definitely a preference. 

Through their dedication to creating such authentic products, all three of these female entrepreneurs have made a significant impact on society and have undoubtedly left a positive imprint on the consumer market. Make sure to give these businesses a browse. I definitely will!

Krizia is a part-time writer for York University's chapter in the Her Campus magazine. She is interested in a wide array of topics, including wellness, life, fashion, culture and career. As a full-time graduate student at York, she is attaining a Masters degree in English. Krizia has made many meaningful contributions to this chapter since she was previously part of the HC team during her undergraduate years.