Celebrating Local Organizations Working to Protect Our Planet

Updated: May 1


We want to recognize some of our favorite Charleston area businesses and non-profit organizations that prioritize sustainable business practices. From selling non-toxic beauty products and services to advocating for clean air and water to protecting our oceans and the marine life that call them home, these organizations are all doing their part to ensure we have a safer, healthier Lowcountry!

  • CompostNow empowers community members and local businesses to divert their compostables from the landfill, and, instead, use those nutrients to build healthy soil by composting.

  • At The Water Room, your health, the health of their employees, and the health of the planet take priority. They do the research and promise to only use nail salon products that are as nontoxic and clean as possible without sacrificing performance.

  • Wildcraft is Charleston’s hub for organic skincare, healthy beauty and wellness. They also have a refill station/bulk bar and a wide range of sustainable, reusable, and plastic free cleaning products.

  • Charleston Surfrider is a grass-roots nonprofit protecting beaches, oceans, and waterways across the United States. Surfrider operates a powerful activist network dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches.

  • Charleston Waterkeeper’s mission is to protect, promote and restore the quality of Charleston’s waterways while ensuring the public’s right to swimmable, drinkable and fishable water.

  • The mission of the Coastal Conservation League is to protect the threatened resources of South Carolina — its natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, clean water, and quality of life — by working with citizens and government on proactive, comprehensive solutions to environmental challenges.

  • Did you know that for every $100 spent at a chain store, an average of $14 is reinvested in the community? For every $100 spent at a local store, an average of $45 is reinvested in the community. Lowcountry Local First works on local economic development, provides training and support for local business owners, raises awareness and education efforts aimed at the general public and advocates for policies that recognize the importance of a strong, diverse local economy.

  • The South Carolina Aquarium connects people to water, wildlife and wildplaces. The aquarium inspires conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals and excelling in education and research and providing an exceptional guest experience.

  • The Southern Environmental Law Center believes that everyone in this region deserves to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy environment. SELC works effectively at the national, regional, state, and local level to create, strengthen, and enforce the laws and policies that determine the beauty and health of our environment.

Comment below and let us know who your favorite organizations working to protect the environment are!


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