Basic Goods Trading Co. was established in 2021 as an environmental general store, created in response to the devastating pandemic that impacts the world.
When the pandemic struck, founder Shannon O’Reilly faced isolation at home with her three young children, all rambunctious boys. She was frustrated to truly see the number of single-use household products they used for simple, everyday tasks. She knew that there must be a better way.
This led her to multiple websites, researching alternatives for all those throwaway items, and she realized many other households faced this same dilemma, and likely discovered just how difficult it was to find high-quality, reusable or zero waste options at fair prices from one place. This was the birth of the Basic Goods Trading Company.
At the Basic Goods Trading Company, we strive to be better and show how easy making swaps to eco-friendly items can be. We are a one-stop shop offering planet-friendly products for people wishing to make a difference on the Earth. Small, everyday eco-swaps can make a big difference towards combating climate change and unnecessary waste. We believe that most companies do not need more profits - they need more purpose. Our mission is simple: we help people eliminate single-use disposable products by providing affordable planet-friendly alternatives.
Let's get back to basics. Let's return to a time when we didn’t need, nor could we afford, to waste. It is crystal clear that the planet can not afford this waste either. Together, we can do our part to support practical, every day changes with our planet in mind. as this is the path to building a circular economy. It is time to do our part.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Our Social Responsibility Pledge: Basic Goods Trading Co. commits to donating 1% of total revenue to organizations that aid in the fight against climate change and plastics in the oceans.