What We Do
J. H. Appleseed is your one-stop shop for quality eco-friendly goods. We strive to provide reliable and environmentally conscious substitutions for everyday products to minimize waste and encourage sustainable lifestyles in order to do our part in preserving a healthy planet as well as promoting a safe and equitable future for its inhabitants. We carefully vet each of our suppliers to ensure that you, the customer, can feel confident that you are getting the highest quality and most truly sustainable products available, and we vow to continue adjusting our offerings as we find newer, better, and more environmentally friendly offerings.
What We Stand For
•Honesty & Integrity •Sustainability & Simplicity •Community & Equity
We aim to minimize waste and environmental harm created by our business and consumers on all levels -- from material sourcing and production to shipping and packaging -- in order to provide our customers with easy access to various truly green lifestyle products. We encourage our customers to likewise think and act sustainably in order to lower their impact on the planet and create a healthier environment for our communities and future generations to thrive in, even if that means not buying our products until they are truly needed. All shipping is automatically carbon offset and we encourage our customers to buy in bulk to help reduce the environmental impact of shipping and packaging and reward them for doing so with our rewards program. We reuse our packaging whenever possible and purchase only packaging meeting the highest sustainable standards thanks to EcoEnclose. We also strongly value diversity and environmental justice, and work to promote products from minority-owned businesses.
Our Commitment to Our Customers: Our goal is to establish a relationship of complete trust and opacity with our customers by employing honesty and integrity, never tricks or gimmicks. We want J. H. Appleseed to be truly meaningful, not manipulative. We won’t annoy you with pop-up pleas to subscribe to our mailing lists, we won't harass you with emails begging for reviews, and we won’t even play the age-old game of calling something $15.99 to try and trick your brain about forgetting about that extra dollar. We hope these company values show through our service and do their part in inspiring the community and fellow businesses to adopt similar ideals.
Our Commitment to the Planet: We are a part of 1% for the Planet, meaning that we vow to donate at least 1% of our gross sales to various environmental non-profit organizations that work towards conservation and environmental justice. In 2022 we donated over 8% of our sales! We are also completely carbon neutral, meaning that we donate annually based on our sales to offset our carbon footprint, including shipping. We also plan to be a Certified B Corporation as soon as we have been in operation long enough to qualify, which ensures that we employ truly sustainable and equitable business practices. Check out our Donate Page to see what other charities we regularly donate to or support!
What "J. H. Appleseed" Means to Us
J. H. Appleseed refers to the age old tale of Johnny Appleseed, born in 1774 as John Chapman in Massachusetts, who was known for traversing the American countryside planting apple trees. He was known as a kind man with a strong passion for environmental conservation, and was responsible for the creation of numerous apple orchards across multiple states, some of which still supposedly give fruit today. Working off of this idea, J. H. Appleseed as a company strongly believes that small changes and efforts can have large and long-lasting impacts. Just as apple seeds planted hundreds of years ago can still be thriving and providing fruit today, we have the ability to pass on our own environmental efforts to future generations and watch as their effects spread and grow. When one person takes it upon themselves to change their lifestyle by curbing wasteful habits and implementing more conscious sustainable choices, even if that only entails small and easy substitutions, they will undoubtedly affect the people around them and make some of them reconsider their choices as well. If a family gets used to using zero-waste products and practices in the kitchen, that will become simple routine and be a no-brainer when/if the children venture out and create families and habits of their own in their own homes. Such sustainable practices could continue to catch on with other family or friends when they see the ease at which such product replacements and minor changes to their daily routines could be made to not only help clean up the house and the planet but also help you feel better about the mark you are leaving on the world for generations to come. Just spread a few JHAppleseeds and watch the orchards of our future grow.