10 Eco-Friendly Affiliate Marketing Programs

Linc Wonham
by Linc Wonham 26 May, 2010

The disastrous Gulf Coast oil spill has had us here at Website Magazine wondering what roles Internet professionals can take in protecting our environment. There are many ways in which a website owner can contribute to a greener, more sustainable planet, and joining an environmentally conscious affiliate marketing program is one of the easiest and potentially most rewarding. Below are 10 such programs that we recommend.

Recognized by the EPA's Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative, EcoDiscoveries provides household cleaning products that are healthy and safe for the planet and the people who use them. Managed through the Performance-Based green affiliate network, this program offers two tiers of commissions and a 365-day cookie duration. First-tier commissions are 15 percent, second-tier commissions are 3 percent, and payouts are made monthly. EcoDiscoveries has several popular product lines including glass cleaner, mildew/mold remover, baby-safe cleaner and fabric deodorizer.

Mountain Rose Herbs
This respected supplier of organic herbs, spices, teas and oils offers 15-percent commissions for every online sale made from traffic generated by your site. Mountain Rose provides a free affiliate program with no obligation, complete online access to accounts activity, traffic reports and payout information, and provides setup assistance and high-level support from their qualified staff. Mountain Rose also provides visually appealing banners and graphics that will add a nice earthy touch to any website.

Eco Chic Holiday Cards
Made from recycled stock and designed with vegetable inks, these Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-approved customizable cards are printed using 100-percent wind power to further reduce the carbon footprint. Commissions are paid on two tiers of 10 percent and two percent, with a one-year cookie duration. This affiliate program is also managed through Performance-Based, and Eco Chic plants a tree for every order placed through the network.

These innovative, durable and practical office products are FSC green to raise both brand and environmental awareness. Managed through the Share-a-Sale affiliate network, ReBinder's program operates on a 20-percent/10-percent, two-tiered commission structure and pays incentive-based bonuses during promotional periods. Web orders average $180 and cookie duration is 60 days. ReBinder provides a highly visual banner to promote its recycled and recyclable products.

Lily Organics
Since 1986, Lily Organics has been handcrafting award-winning skincare products without using any synthetic chemicals. Lily is the only facial care line on the planet to grow its own ingredients on its own USDA-certified organic farm and make fresh products weekly in its own FDA-inspected lab. Commissions are 20 percent on the first tier and 2 percent on the second tier, and cookies last for a full 365 days.

Eco Mugs
Affiliate partners earn 15-percent commissions from every sale they generate of the most eco-friendly mugs and custom-design, reusable water bottles on the planet. The company specializes in large, custom orders for offices, organizations and clubs, offering great potential for big commissions. Eco Mugs is an exclusive merchant at the Share-a-Sale network.

Home Efficiency Report
Partners earn 20 percent commissions on home energy efficiency reports and subsequent home energy audits under this unique green affiliate program. Commissions run three tiers deep with a generous 30-percent payout at the top tier. A member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Home Efficiency Report's affiliate marketing program is managed by the Green and Save network.

Itzy Ritzy
Specializing in baby supplies made of organic cotton and sustainable bamboo, Itzy Ritzy sells blankets, cloths, high chair covers, car seat covers and more. The affiliate program is built on two tiers of commissions, starting at 10 percent for the first tier and 2 percent on the second tier. The products are not only sustainable but very fashionable as well, lending to nice visual elements for any partnering website.

Neutral Existence
Weatherization supplies and energy-saving home products are the focus of Neutral Existence's business, and they are one of the only such retailers with an affiliate program. Using Quality Unit's Post Affiliate Pro software, this two-tiered program pays 12-percent commissions on the first tier and 3-percent commissions on the second tier. Solar and wind-power supply systems are among the hard-to-find green home building products available.

Sea Chi Organics
Passionate about the purity of its ingredients, Sea Chi makes high-vibrational organic and wildcrafted skin and hair products from Kombucha Tea. Affiliate partners earn 10-percent commissions on each sale made by visitors from their sites, with no limits on the number of visitors or the volume of orders. Sea Chi has hundreds of products to choose from, all of them rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and Vitamin C, creating an antibiotic effect to promote bodily cleansing and a healthy lifestyle.