Ethical Shopping

by Urbane Property

From upcycled treasures to package-free groceries, ethical shopping options abound in our progressive patch of the Inner West. Check out our round up of where to get the most bang for your sustainable buck!

 

CLOTHING

Three 5 Nine King

This Red Cross op shop has a distinctly Newtown vibe, its racks packed with rockabilly and punk-style pieces. Bag yourself a polka-dot dress or rock star jacket for under $30, and you’ll play a part in supporting the charity’s humanitarian projects.

2/359-361 King St, Newtown; redcross.org.au

Dragstar King Street

Australia’s appetite for cheap, disposable fashion results in half a million tonnes (yes!) of unloved textiles being sent to landfill each year. Designer Cecilia Morris is doing her bit to buck the trend through her Dragstar retail store, creating timeless garments that are built to last. Encouraging shoppers to build their wardrobe over time, rather than dispose of it as the next trend comes in, she designs each piece to complement previous styles, with everything made in Sydney.

535a King Street, Newtown; dragstar.com.au

The Social Outfit

The bright and beautiful designs at The Social Outfit are largely made from donated fabrics that would otherwise go to landfill. Along with helping the planet, the unique clothing store has a strong humanitarian mission, providing employment and training opportunities for refugees and new migrants. All garments are made in a workshop adjoining the retail store, giving workers a leg-up into fashion and retail careers.

Details: Moving from 353 to 188 King Street, Newtown; thesocialoutfit.org

GROCERIES

Naked Foods

Clean eating shifts to the next level at Naked Foods, with the shelves stripped of processed and unhealthy ingredients, along with excess packaging. Good for your body and the planet, the store’s products are sold by weight, scooped from drums into brown paper bags wherever possible, with customers given a five per cent discount for using their own packaging.

195 King Street Newtown; nakedfoods.com.au

Alfalfa House

Reminiscent of a local corner store before the days of price wars and grocery giants, Alfalfa House sells package-free pantry staples by weight, organic veggie boxes direct from farmers, and locally-made artisanal goodies. Cheery volunteers stock the shelves in this community coop, and, along with members, are given a discount to make sustainable shopping an affordable option.

113 Enmore Road, Newtown; alfalfahouse.org

DINING OUT

Acre Eatery

You don’t have to travel out of town to experience farm-to-table dining. The farmhouse-style eatery on the site of the old Camperdown Bowling Greens serves wholesome dishes with ingredients grown on the on-site farm, trimming food miles down to an eight-metre walk. Kitchen waste goes back into feeding the gardens and meat is sourced from secondary cuts, helping to reduce food wastage.

31A Mallett Street, Camperdown; acreeatery.com.au

Lentil as Anything

Most of the staff at this not-for-profit restaurant are volunteers, with underemployed, homeless people and refugees welcome to join the ranks and gain skills while helping others. The vegan menu varies from week-to-week, and diners from all walks of life can have their fill of wholesome cuisine, paying whatever they can afford into a contribution box.

391 King Street, Newtown; lentilasanything.com

 

GIFTS AND HOMEWARES

You, the Earth & Me

Earthy tones and natural materials create a calming ambience in this King Street homewares store, with its timber and rope shelves lined with ethically-sourced handcrafted treasures. The shop promotes the notion of conscious consumerism, supporting positive environmental and social change through the purchasing decisions we make.

345 King Street, Newtown; youearthme.com

Upcycle Studio

Whether it’s old jeans woven into rugs, or planters made of recycled rubber, the Upcycle Studio turns waste into coveted design pieces. The shop also sells reusable items to help consumers cut down on their own waste including stainless steel straws, takeaway coffee cups and beeswax food wraps.

Within Precinct 75, 70 Edith St, St Peters; upcyclestudio.com.au

Reverse Garbage

You never know what you’ll find at Reverse Garbage, but whatever it is, you can walk away knowing you’ve saved something from going into landfill. The warehouse of wonders is packed with items that can be used in artistic or DIY projects, along with unique vintage finds.

8/142 Addison Road Marrickville; reversegarbage.org.au

 

If you are just as passionate as us about sustainability in your home and local area, you want to check out Six Quick Steps to Reduce Your Homes Eco Footprint or discover the local Bike Paths.

You can also find out more about how to apply the Liveability Real Estate Framework to your current property or use it to ensure your new home is healthy, efficient, comfortable, connected to the local community and has reduced running costs.

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