6 ETHICAL AND ECO-CONSCIOUS CARDIFF STORES
Research for my last blog (See ‘6 Ethical and Eco-conscious Cardiff Eateries’) revealed just how many incredible eco-friendly food options there are in Cardiff. However, as we all know, there are many more ways to be eco-friendly than just shopping for locally sourced produce or eating at sustainable restaurants. In fact, there are dozens of incredible shops and businesses in Cardiff, and online, where you can buy sustainable products for every area of your life. Here are just a few!
Along with the vast range of charity shops across Roath, Cathays and Pontcanna, there are also some fabulous, tucked away, vintage shops. Hobo’s is an independent vintage clothing store, which is nestled inside High Street Arcade. It specialises in ladies and gentlemen’s 60s, 70s and 80s clothing and accessories, but also stocks POP clothing, old school watches and flight bags to name just a few. Other vintage stores in Cardiff also include Pre Fab Clothing, Fair Do’s and the Little Empire in Cardiff Market.
Whilst they don’t have a shop in Cardiff, the active clothes company, Howie’s, is a fantastic business based in West Wales. All of their garments are made in local workshops and are made of high quality, organic materials. They are committed to minimising the amount of products that end up in landfill and have created clothing that will last. Find out more here.
What can be more eco-friendly than adding a little more greenery into your life? Eartha is cute little pop-up plant shop, on City Road in Cardiff, with a great origin story. Stephen, the owner of Eartha, dreamt of opening a plant shop to remedy the lack of “decent indoor plants (and things to accompany them)” in Cardiff. His dream was made a reality in 2018, with the aid of the Prince’s Trust and a crowdfunding project. Eartha is a delightful green space in Cardiff and well worth a visit – sometimes they even give away plants for free! Find out more here.
The Castle Emporium
The Castle Emporium on Womanby Street is a hub of independent, eclectic shops and specialised professional services. The building used to be a 1920s silent movie cinema but is now a magnificent indoor market, which is spread over two floors. It contains numerous sustainable and ethical businesses, including a speciality coffee hut with an indoor lawn, a second-hand book shop, and beauty stalls which sell eco-friendly cosmetics. It also hosts a shop run by the not-for-profit mental health organisation Head Above the Waves, which sells merchandise to fund projects around raising awareness of depression and self-harm in young people. Find out more here.
Natural You Lip Balm
Natural You Balm is a lovely Cardiff based online business which sells natural, organic and vegan lip balm. Their products are sustainable, eco-friendly and plastic free, as well as cruelty free, bee free and gluten free. I stumbled across them on Instagram the other day and both their products and purpose are charming and ethical. Find out more here.
Though not specifically Welsh, Illustrate is a fantastic platform which connects independent creatives, as well as selling unique, sustainable and eco-friendly products. Check out their website to see some of their lovely clothing, lifestyle products and phone cases or, if you are artistically inclined to, join the Collective. Find more here.
These are just a taste of the incredible eco-conscious and ethical shops in Cardiff, now it’s time for you to discover the rest!
By Ilona Cabral
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