Here is a small selection of The Green Shopper’s favourite and trusted shops. Click through to find some treats!
People Tree* have got everything a woman needs for a stylish and ethical wardrobe. From beautiful dresses and ethically made jewellery to organic cotton yoga clothes, pyjamas and underwear. People Tree have got it covered! They even stock a selection of Po-Zu footwear.
Neal’s Yard Remedies* is the perfect stop for loose herbs, tinctures and natural skincare treats. I’ve used their essential oils for many years, and love the fact that you can buy them by-the-drop in their shops. If you’re making a blend using an unusual oil, it’s often better to buy a small amount as essential oils usually have a fairly short shelf life. I love making potions and recipes from the book The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood.
I also use Neal’s Yard’s loose herbs to make herbal tea blends in my infuser. My current favourite is melissa and licorice.
Natural Collection* is like an online ethical department store, with fairly traded fashion from great brands like Komodo and Ethletic, as well as household goods, appliances and a brilliant childrens department.
Frugi* have a beautiful range of organic cotton baby and children’s clothing, as well as maternity wear and bedding. Their signature styles are bright colours, eye-catching prints and applique animals. I love their colourful swimwear which is made from Oeko-Tex approved fabrics and recycled polyester.
Vivo Barefoot* make shoes for people who don’t like wearing shoes! Wide shoes with thin soles help your feet spread to their natural shape. The company has a strong ethos of sustainability and a code of conduct to protect workers. Materials used include ‘Wild Hide’ leather from free roaming cows, and recycled PET. They even offer a repair service for their Hand Cut shoes. My partner Joe has worn their shoes for many years.
Ethical Superstore* have a brilliant range of brands, including lots of homewares and fair trade furniture. I use them for bulk shopping from Suma wholefoods, and plastic-free, home-compostable dishcloths and greaseproof paper from If You Care. They also have fairly regular sales where you can get some big discounts on ethical brands!
Babipur are my go-to website for ethical baby stuff. They sell pretty much everything you will need, from bigger items for the nursery like natural coir and latex mattresses, to cloth nappies and wooden toys. They also have a good range of slings in lots of different styles.
Rapanui have a wide selection of printed and plain sweaters, hoodies, T-shirts and socks and boxer shorts in organic cotton and bamboo. They are based in the Isle of Wight and have a brilliant sustainability policy, including full traceability of all their products. I totally LOVE their ‘disco’ print boxers and socks.
If you’re a charity shop fiend, but haven’t got the time to trawl the shops, Oxfam have an amazing website where you can buy vintage and pre-loved fashion online*. They also have a great section called Sourced by Oxfam* selling brand-new ethically sourced homeware, food, toiletries, cards and stationery.
La Redoute* aren’t a 100% ethical company, but they stock a few amazing ethical brands such as Veja* trainers. They also do a great value range of organic cotton, Oeko-Tex certified bedding, organic towels*, and even some clothing. They have regular sales with up to 60% off, so if you’re patient you can grab yourself an ethical bargain! My home contains quite a few of their towels, bedding sets and several of their Edgar solid wood storage cubes* which make great bedside tables.
After the organic veg stall at my local market closed down last year, I’ve started getting a weekly box delivered from Riverford*. You can get a pre-packed box or choose your own box contents, including organic fruit, bread, meat, dairy and store-cupboard items. Most items are packaged in paper bags, and the nets used for onions and clementines are made from real cotton. Packaging can be returned for recycling the following week. Read more about their company ethics here*.
Little Cherry Party Supplies are a one-stop shop for all your eco-friendly party needs. Visit their website to find stylish disposable plates made from waste material, wooden cutlery, plastic-free party bag options and decorations.