inkbox: Temporary tattoo store supporting indigenous communities and independent artists

Are you deliberating whether to get a tattoo or not? Take the plunge with a temporary tattoo from Inkbox instead. inkbox has created a 100% organic ink, derived from fruit that grows in the jungles of the Darién Gap in Panama, which lasts up to 2 weeks. Unlike temporary tattoos that are just stickers on your skin, inkbox tattoos function more like permanent tattoos – … Continue reading inkbox: Temporary tattoo store supporting indigenous communities and independent artists

Buurman: Giving reclaimed hardware materials a second life through its stores and workshops

Netherlands-based store Buurman is giving hardware materials – everything from insulation materials, construction wood, stage sets or vintage doors – a second life. The reclaimed materials are scouted at building sites, museums or other local projects and sold at Buurman’s two stores in Rotterdam and Utrecht. A haven for people who enjoy DIY, Buurman’s stores also offer workshops, as well as space for people to … Continue reading Buurman: Giving reclaimed hardware materials a second life through its stores and workshops

Selfridges removes palm oil from all of its own-brand food products

Selfridges has become the first major retailer to remove palm oil from all of its own-brand food products. The department store – which has stores in London, Birmingham and Manchester – has announced that 300 products in its Selfridges Selection range on sale in its food halls are now free of palm oil. The products include chocolates, biscuits, own-label cakes and seasonal mince pies. The retailer … Continue reading Selfridges removes palm oil from all of its own-brand food products

Thai supermarket uses banana leaf packaging to eliminate use of plastic

Thai supermarket Rimping is now using banana leaves as packaging instead of plastic. The leaves are used to hold together bunches of chillies, spring onions, and peppers, with a flexible piece of bamboo tied to keep everything in place. In tropical countries, banana leaves are a perfect alternative to plastic wraps as they’re readily available, and often get discarded otherwise. The Chiang Mai-based supermarket – … Continue reading Thai supermarket uses banana leaf packaging to eliminate use of plastic

Valentine’s Day Gifts: Zero-Waste Starter Kits

What do you give as a gift for Valentine’s Day to your eco-conscious other half? How about a zero-waste starter kit? Whether your other half is taking their first steps in to living more sustainably or is in the process of going plastic-free, zero-waste starter kits are a practical and thoughtful gift on all accounts. Wearth, an online marketplace which partners with independent UK brands making … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Gifts: Zero-Waste Starter Kits

Charlotte’s Cupboard: Mobile packaging-free shop making minimal waste living accessible and convenient

Zero waste or minimal waste shops are popping up everywhere, offering conscious consumers a sustainable way to shop for groceries. Now Charlotte’s Cupboard is making grocery shopping that much more convenient for shoppers in Sussex as “the UK’s first packaging-free shop on wheels”. The vegan-friendly, plastic-free shop, which runs on electric wheels, is a zero-emission and zero-to-landfill operation. Seeking to help locals reduce waste, Charlotte’s Cupboard provides … Continue reading Charlotte’s Cupboard: Mobile packaging-free shop making minimal waste living accessible and convenient

London’s First Zero Waste Christmas Market

Christmas need not be a time of waste which is why Zero Waste Goods is bringing together “the best UK ethical brands for stress-free shopping that don’t cost the Earth” at London’s First Zero Waste Christmas Market. Held this Saturday (8 December) at Hoxton Arches, between 2pm and 9pm, London’s First Zero Waste Christmas Market features products and produce from brands who are committed to zero plastic packaging … Continue reading London’s First Zero Waste Christmas Market

Kate Bush announces London pop-up shop, with all proceeds going to help the homeless

Pop legend Kate Bush has launched a pop-up shop in London selling memorabilia, with all proceeds being donated to homeless people. The shop, which is located at Coals Drop Yard in Kings Cross, will sell the artist’s recently released lyric book How To Be Invisible, as well as the new remastered versions of her music catalogue on vinyl and CDs. Each book sold will include an … Continue reading Kate Bush announces London pop-up shop, with all proceeds going to help the homeless

NearSt: App helping to connect people with their high street and back to buying locally

NearSt is an app that is helping to get people back into independent high street shops near them. NearSt allows people to browse and buy from shops near them, straight from their smartphone. Retailers are able to bring their in-store inventory online and users are able to search for products that they want using the app. NearSt shows users exactly who stocks it nearby in real-time, … Continue reading NearSt: App helping to connect people with their high street and back to buying locally

The Green Passage: Rotterdam’s sustainable shopping centre paving the way for more like it

Rotterdam’s green and fair trade shopping centre, The Green Passage (de Groene Passage), is somewhat of a gem – the only sustainable shopping centre in Europe, The Green Passage is a one-stop shop for conscious consumers. While “sustainable shopping centres” may be few and far between, The Green Passage is no recent contender. The Green Passage started up more than 20 years ago when seven shopkeepers with the same … Continue reading The Green Passage: Rotterdam’s sustainable shopping centre paving the way for more like it