It’s easier than ever before to shop for ethical, zero waste and eco-friendly products online. Supermarkets and high street shops are being frustratingly slow on the uptake. But many online businesses are opening up with zero-waste alternatives. When most of our shopping is done online now anyway, it makes sense to switch to online shops that do good. Here’s a directory of the best ethical and eco-friendly UK online shops that I’ve discovered.
Books & Media
- Bookshop – a collection of independent online bookshops, visit my shop here
- eBooks.com – has the highest ethical rating for buying ebooks on Ethical Consumer
- Hive – supports local bookshops, selling books, ebooks, CDs and DVDs with free delivery
- Unbound – the ethical Kickstarter for books, helping diverse authors get published
- World of Books – a large selection of second-hand books with free delivery
Clothes & Accessories
- BAM – activewear made from bamboo (I recommend their leggings!)
- Depop – secondhand and vintage clothing
- Lucy & Yak – dungarees and other clothing made from organic cotton and recycled materials
- Mahi Leather – vegan leather bags made from cork
- Organic Basics – organic cotton and recycled underwear and essentials
- Passenger Clothing – eco-friendly and recycled outdoor wear
- Rapanui – naturally made and recycled clothes and outdoor wear
- Vinted – secondhand clothes and accessories
- Wildwatcher Collections – organic cotton t-shirts and beanie hats
- Allplants – healthy vegan ready meals
- Bother – food cupboard and home essentials
- Delicously Ella – vegan snacks, breakfasts and desserts
- Good Club – sustainable and zero waste groceries
- Huel – vegan complete nutrition
- Riverford Organic Farmers – organic fruit and veg
- The Vegan Kind Supermarket – vegan food store and snack subscription
- Babipur – ethical shopping for kids
- Ethical Superstore – fair trade, organic and eco-friendly department store
- Schpock – secondhand goods
- Wearth – high end eco-friendly and sustainable marketplace
- Earthwise Girls – sustainable periods and body care
- Gruum – skin and haircare
- Georganics – eco-friendly oral hygiene
- Serious Tissues – recycled carbon neutral toilet paper, soap and detergent
- Smol – zero waste dishwasher tablets, detergent, fabric conditioner and cleaning subscription
- Wild deodorant – Natural deodorant subscription with reusable case
- The Thoughtful Pup – eco-friendly and sustainable dog products
- Yora – sustainable insect based pet food
These are all general zero waste shops with plastic-free and reusable products ranging from kitchenware to makeup. As there are so many, I’ve highlighted my favourite products from each!
- Anemone & Basilic – they have beautiful ceramic mugs, bowls and soap dishes
- Boobalou – reusable bin liners and mason jar adaptors
- EarthBits – a unique tree free range of notebooks & greeting cards
- EcoBayt* – I love their glass spray bottles and coconut bowls
- Eco Kindly – great range of organic essential oils
- EcoVibe – has an extensive list of UK made products and their own natural deodorant
- Green Alternatives* – great gift sets and quirky items, I love their wrapping paper, outdoor kit and kitchenware (10% Discount Code: WILDANDGREEN)
- The Ideal Sunday – I like their dustpan and brush and metal pint cups
- Jungle Culture – a selection of drinking straws and coconut candles
- Peace with the Wild – best product is the toothpaste tablets with fluoride
- Plastic Freedom – beautiful recycled cushion covers and cocktail shaker set
- Zero Waste Club – an amazing wireless magnetic charger made with plastic waste
- Zero Zen – beautiful bamboo lunch boxes and storage jars
If you would like your ethical and eco-friendly online shop to be added to this list, get in touch.
It’s important to be aware that online shopping has its own impacts on the environment. To reduce this try not to buy just one item at a time. Stock up on things you will need in the near future so you’re making the most of one delivery. Only buy things you actually need. For example, do you really need travel cutlery when you have normal cutlery at home? I’ve suggested UK based shops because many of them offer products that have been manufactured in the UK. This helps reduce emissions from importing goods.
When it comes to shopping for sustainability, the worst thing you can do is throw away something you are already using simply to replace it with an eco-friendly alternative. That is not sustainable, the greenest option will always be the one you’re already using!
I’m slowly swapping to eco-friendly products as I use up the ones I have. But I’m sticking with my plastic hairbrush, plastic Tupperware and takeaway containers until they break. I’m currently using old jars and takeaway containers to store my shampoo and soap bars. Try to adapt and reuse what you already have before looking elsewhere.
Do you already shop at any ethical and eco-friendly shops? What’s your favourite?
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