Here is a small selection of The Green Shopper’s favourite and trusted shops. Click through to find some treats! Shops marked with an asterisk are affiliate links so you will also be supporting The Green Shopper*
&Keep* are a Dorset company who sell reusable and plastic-free homewares, skincare, bathroom essentials and clothes. They stock lots of well trusted brands such as Hydrophil*, Klean Kanteen* and Tabitha Eve*. Packaging is plastic-free and you’ll even get 10% off your first order if you sign up to their newsletter!*
Electric Rider* are a UK based e-bike retailer with a huge range of brands, including my tried-and-tested Tern* cargo bike! They also have a good sustainability policy* and plant a tree for every bike purchased. They are also partnered with the charity World Bicycle Relief.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Oxfam: 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.
Riverford veg: 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 not plastic. Packaging can be returned for recycling the following week.
Nordgreen watches have an amazing scheme where you can choose to support one of three charity initiatives for every watch sold using their Giving Back programme. They have a choice of plastic-free strap options, as well as vegan leather, and the packaging is FSC certified or recycled. They offset all their carbon emissions with a tree planting scheme.
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.
*To give you a rough idea of the tiny amounts of money involved, The Green Shopper made around £28 from affiliate marketing in 2020 – not quite enough to cover my web hosting!