Eco friendly shops

It's not all hemp and recycled sandals

If you've seen 21 Jump Street then you'll know it's not cool to live your life at the expense of the planet. Not even Channing Tatum can get away from that fact.

So do yourself - and the planet- a favour and be kind to Mother Earth; look after her and she'll keep on spinning for years to come.

Plus, things have moved on from the 70s - not everything Eco is made of hemp, there's some pretty cool, desirable stuff out there.

C'mon... let's hug.

Ganesha Textiles
Gabriels Wharf 56 Upper Ground Lambeth SE1 9PP
Region: Lambeth
Nearest Station: Temple (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Named after a Hindi god with the head of an elephant, Ganesha sells homewares, accessories and gifts from their riverside shop. All their products are fair trade, and they work directly with small producers in India. The shop uses a green energy supplier - Good Energy - and is furnished with recycled items.

Unpackaged 197 Richmond Road Hackney E8 3NJ
Region: Hackney
Nearest Station: London Fields (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Unpackaged sells organic food and beauty products, but rather than use plastic bags and packaging customers are encouraged to bring their own tupperware and carrier bags. As well as keeping costs down this means reducing harm to the environment by producing less waste that would end up on a rubbish tip.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Natural Shoe Store
70 Neal Street WC2H 9PA

Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This shoe shop in Covent Garden has been selling footwear made from natural materials for over 30 years. They stock shoes for men, women and children, a vegan range, and famous brands like Birkenstock.

167 Lordship Lane Dulwich SE22 8HX
Region: Dulwich
Nearest Station: East Dulwich (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: Karavan's clothing and household goods are made from renewable sources and produced in the UK wherever possible. T-shirts made from bamboo viscose, gardening equipment and recycled metal barbecues are a few of the wares on offer.

Content Beauty
14 Bulstrode Street Marylebone W1U 2JG
Region: Marylebone
Nearest Station: Bond Street (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: For cosmetics to be stocked by Content they must contain no chemicals, and the companies must not do animal testing, be Soil Association certified, and make donations to developing areas. You can either by products from the shop or choose one of their treatments, such as facials, accupuncture and cupping.

193 Upper Street Islington N1 1RQ
Region: Islington
Nearest Station: Highbury & Islington (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: If you're looking for unique homeware and furniture the ethical shop Folklore in Islington is a good place to start. Their tables, chairs and light fittings may not be the cheapest around, but they're built to last, helping to reduce waste. Items are from small producers or individual designers rather than being mass-produced, and each year they donate 10% of their profits to charity.

Portobello Green Designers 23 281 Portobello Road North Kensington W10 5TZ
Region: North Kensington
Nearest Station: Ladbroke Grove (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The ethos behind Portobello Road's Danaqa is to support female producers of jewellery and clothing around the world. The jewellery is made by women in Nepal who have suffered domestic abuse, and leather for handbags is purchased from Ethiopian families whose livelihood depends on it.

Family Tree
53 Exmouth Market Clerkenwell EC1R 4QL
Region: Clerkenwell
Nearest Station: Farringdon (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: Family Tree specialise in gifts like jewellery, handprinted scarves and scented candles. As all their products are handmade numbers are limited, but this means you're buying something few others have while contributing to the livelihood of individual printmakers and designers, rather than huge corporations.

The Third Estate
27 Brecknock Road Islington N7 0BT
Region: Islington
Nearest Station: Kentish Town (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: This independent shop sells shoes, clothes and wallets for men and women that are animal-friendly, made from recycled materials, and/or manufactured in Britain. Whether they're in the UK or overseas, The Third Estate only stocks products from suppliers that pay a fair wage and ensure their employees have safe conditions to work in.

Stella McCartney
30 Bruton Street Mayfair W1J 6QR
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Green Park (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Top designer Stella is commited to sustainability, from providing employment crafts people in Kenya to using green energy provider Ecotricity in all their stores and offices. An item from this luxury brand certainly doesn't come cheap, but at least your money is (at least partly!) going somewhere worthwhile.


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