Juta Shoes: Sustainable espadrille shoes handmade by East London women

Everyone loves a pair of comfy slippers to dart around the house in? But how about owning a bespoke pair of slippers for you or a loved one? Juta Shoes, a social enterprise empowering women through craft, make bespoke espadrille slippers using reclaimed leather for the upper and environmentally-friendly jute for the soles. Given the nature of working with upcycled leather, Juta’s leather selection changes monthly. Each … Continue reading Juta Shoes: Sustainable espadrille shoes handmade by East London women

Xmas Gift Ideas: Wildflower seed paper doves

Want to encourage friends and families to plant wildflowers and to do their bit to help bees thrive and survive? Pop a cute seed paper dove in with their Christmas card. Cut from paper made from a combination of recycled paper and cotton, these novelty seed paper doves are embedded with various wildflower seeds which can be planted. The seed paper doves by Wildflower Papers are … Continue reading Xmas Gift Ideas: Wildflower seed paper doves

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

Poole-based shopping centre setting out to be a sustainable hub for shoppers

A shopping centre in Poole, Dorset is setting out to be a sustainable hub for shoppers with its sustainable rooftop garden, Eco Hub events space, and zero-waste policy. Dolphin Shopping Centre’s rooftop garden was created with recyclable materials, including pallets and seven large wooden trugs, all of which are eco-friendly. The sustainable rooftop garden, which is the home to two beehives, also houses thousands of bees … Continue reading Poole-based shopping centre setting out to be a sustainable hub for shoppers

Brandless: Online grocery shopping made more affordable and more conscious

Brandless is an online grocery store making “better stuff accessible and affordable for more people”. The online store, which sells over 300 everyday essentials all priced at $3 each, cuts out the middleman and ships direct to consumers. The San Francisco-based start-up aims to take on major brands with its direct-to-consumer online offering based on non-branded products. Among Brandless’s 300 or so products sold online are … Continue reading Brandless: Online grocery shopping made more affordable and more conscious

Eighth Generation: Native-owned lifestyle store supports “Inspired Natives”

Merging traditional cultural art with a modern aesthetic, Native-owned store Eighth Generation is bringing authentic Native art – including clothing, home decorations and accessories – to the forefront. There is a high demand for cultural art in today’s market, but a majority of these products are counterfeit, using appropriated designs by non-Native artists. Louie Gong, founder of the Seattle-based store, Eighth Generation, is seeking to … Continue reading Eighth Generation: Native-owned lifestyle store supports “Inspired Natives”

ReTuna Recycling Galleria: The “world’s first ever” mall selling only recycled and upcycled goods

Sweden’s ReTuna Recycling Galleria is the world’s first ever shopping mall where shoppers can find only reclaimed, recycled and upcycled products. ReTuna Recycling Galleria, located in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, is host to 14 stores, a restaurant serving organic food, and a conference centre. The idea behind ReTuna Recycling Galleria is that customers visit the mall where they can donate old furniture and clothing … Continue reading ReTuna Recycling Galleria: The “world’s first ever” mall selling only recycled and upcycled goods