At Lightfoot Market, we're all about transparency. We want you to be able to shop responsibly and easily, without compromise. The brands we feature at Lightfoot Market meet the highest social and environmental standards, so you can select the right products for you, based on your values.
As a small (but mighty!) team, we rely on company reporting and certifications to award building blocks, which we verify to the best of our ability.
Every product at Lightfoot Market meets these four gold standards:
Diamonds, precious stones, metals, and other materials are ethically sourced and did not come from companies that engage in violence, abuse human rights, or degrade the environment. Diamonds must be conflict-free certified. Businesses must report their sourcing, which is vetted by the Lightfoot team.This does not apply to recycled, upcycled, or second-hand materials. Learn more here.
All animal products come from ethical farms where businesses can vouch for the integrity of agricultural operations. All animals should have appropriate diets, be free-range, antibiotic-free, and be ethically slaughtered. This does not apply to recycled, upcycled, or second-hand leather materials. Further, products were not tested on animals. All cosmetic products must be labeled with “Cruelty Free” and/or “Not Tested on Animals”. We rely on company reporting to verify this.
Currently, there is no universal certification or standard for non-toxic products. However, we read every product label and investigate all questionable ingredients to do our best to ensure there are no potentially harmful chemicals. The following substances are prohibited from all Lightfoot events: lead, mercury, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), bisphenol A (BPA), and chemicals listed as known carcinogenic materials (based on the California State Standards).
Products produced internationally were not made in sweatshops or by low-pay workers in dangerous work conditions. Lightfoot relies on company reporting to verify ethical factory practices overseas. Products and materials made in the USA are considered sweatshop-free due to the United States’ sweatshop laws. This does not apply to recycled, upcycled, or second-hand materials.
For each additional standard met, we will award businesses with a building block badge so that you can easily evaluate the company values of each vendor:
Supporting your local businesses means supporting a more diverse local culture and economy. These businesses are located in the New York metropolitan area and greater New York State. All businesses are mapped to verify their location. This building block only applies to Lightfoot’s pop-up markets.
Products and/or product packaging are capable of safely decomposing via bacteria or other living organisms. These products must be BPI certified. (Learn more about BPI certification and the icon to look for here.)
The company uses invented materials and/or products that improve on resource-intensive processes or promote sustainable design. We love companies that are finding innovative solutions to complicated problems. It’s not just about how it’s made, but also how it’s used and what it might be replacing. This is judged based on company reporting and Lightfoot Team discretion.
Companies contribute resources to a community in need. Contributions can include a portion of profits, free products, program funding, employment, or other necessities. We rely on company reporting to verify if significant community value is being created for each sale.
Producers in developing countries are paid fair prices for their goods. Products must be certified Fair Trade with Fair Trade USA (and present certifications), and/or be a member of The Fair Trade Federation or The World Fair Trade Organization, and be present on their current member list.
Products are USDA certified organic, and made up of at least 75% organic materials. Organic products are grown without toxic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and added hormones, and are not genetically modified. This applies only to certified organic foods and other agricultural products. Certification must be presented. Learn how to get certified here.
Synthetic or unnatural materials were not used in the creation of these products. Natural materials include those from plants, animals, fungi, minerals and metals that have not undergone extensive processing. Products do not use herbicides or pesticides. This can apply to food, agricultural products, cosmetics, bath & body products, clothing, accessories, jewelry and art. We rely on company reporting to verify this.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) were not used in the making of these products. GMO products are not inherently negative, but some forms promote excessive use of herbicides and pesticides. Products must be certified Non-GMO, provide the certification, and their product must bear the Non-GMO icon. Learn more here.
Products and/or packaging are made with recyclable materials, or materials that would have otherwise been put in a landfill. Products and/or packaging must include the recyclable logo.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified products are those containing wood and/or paper that came from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits. Certification must be presented. Learn how to get certified here.
Local Supply Chain
90% of materials are sourced locally and products are completely produced and distributed within a 150-mile radius. This reduces a product’s carbon footprint considerably since the materials don’t travel long distances. We rely on company reporting to verify this. We ask companies to provide as much information on their supply chain as possible.
No animal-based materials or ingredients were used in these products. Vegan products are usually plant-based and are never tested on animals. These products must be Vegan Certified, and certifications must be presented. Learn how to get Vegan Certified here.
Products divert at least 90% of their waste from the landfill by making sure it is either recycled or composted. Waste is either recycled or composted. Businesses must present proper “Zero Waste” certifications. Learn how to get certified here.
Products are previously owned, offering a new life to an existing product without needing to produce another. These products can be valued for their history, design, rarity and limited quantities. The most sustainable product is the product that’s already made! We rely on company reporting to verify this.
Products are not mass-produced in a factory and are instead made by hand. These products are often valued for their craftsmanship and/or low-carbon footprint in production. We rely on company reporting to verify this.
Recycled & Upcycled
Products are made and/or repurposed using existing materials or products as opposed to creating new materials. The most sustainable materials are those that already exist. We rely on company reporting to verify this.