Shopping sustainably and locally without sacrificing quality? It’s not only possible – it’s even easier than you think.
There are many different ways to introduce sustainable options into our routines, from where we buy our essentials to where we get our nails done. Added together, the small things we do make a big impact.
Whether you’re looking to #SpendLikeItMatters at eco-conscious businesses to celebrate Earth Day or all year round, here are 10 small businesses in the Seattle area where you can eat, drink, shop, and experience sustainably.
Eco Collective #WomanOwned
Through Eco Collective, Genevieve Livingston, Marimar White-Espin, and Summer Hanson strive to make low-impact, sustainable living accessible and fun. Eco Collective offers a diverse collection of sustainable products and also hosts events and workshops on low-impact living.
The Cura Co. #AsianOwned #WomanOwned
The Cura Co. is the brainchild of Kiko Eisner-Waters who sought to curate an art gallery and design boutique to highlight woman-made, sustainable, artisan goods from all around the world. The Cura Co. is committed to cultivating more socially conscious consumers and connecting people through the origin stories of its merchandise.
Sky Island Farm #BlackOwned #WomanOwned
Sky Island Farm boasts 15-acres brimming with fresh vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. Owners and farmers Kate Harwell and Bil Thorn make a point to use only organic, sustainable, and regenerative methods on their farm where they run Grays Harbor’s biggest and largest community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Sky Island Farm also works with Coastal Harvest’s farm to pantry program where they provide fresh vegetables to food banks around Grays Harbor County.
Fun Fact: The Washington State Tilth Alliance awarded Bil Thorn Farmer of the Year for his hard work and dedication to feeding his local community and beyond.
Fair trade, socially-conscious, and eco-conscious. Those are the guidelines for the curated collection of goods sold at Anders. From beauty products to home decor, all of the beautiful products sold at Anders are sourced from U.S. makers and companies. After many years in the fashion and retail industry, co-owners Sally Honeycutt and Molly O’Bryen opened their ethical shop in 2017. A major bonus? Everything at Anders is delightfully chic.
Maize & Barley #LatinoOwned #WomanOwned
This Caribbean-fusion restaurant and alehouse is an experience unlike any other. Focused on building community around sustainable food, owners Venus Forteza and Anthony Kjeldsen have created an LGBTQ-friendly, kid-friendly, and pet-friendly (outdoor seating) community hub. The walls showcase a rotation of local art, and local farmers and breweries come to share and connect with the community on a monthly basis. Maize & Barley offers menu items to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diners.
Scoop Marketplace #WomanOwned
Ditch your groceries wrapped in plastic, grab your empty (and clean!) pasta sauce and peanut butter jars, and head to Scoop Marketplace — Capitol Hill’s zero-waste store. There, owner Stephanie Lentz has giant containers of everything from pantry staples including rice, dried beans, and spices to household goods like shampoo and laundry detergent. Why go through the trouble of opting for packaging-free goods? Lentz wants to help you lighten your carbon footprint and feel good while doing it.
Greenhouse Nail Spa #AsianOwned #FamilyOwned #WomanOwned
Looking for an eco-friendly nail salon? Greenhouse Nail Spa is committed to using natural, vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainable products for their beauty services. Many of the ingredients at Greenhouse Nail Spa are locally sourced, and some even come from owner Kelly Huynh and her mother Ann Truonggarden’s garden in Mount Vernon. Their luxury manicures and pedicures are unique in style and ingredients, and you can even get treatments with CBD.
Footprint Wine Tap #BlackOwned #LGBTQOwned
When you’re getting a little existential about climate change on your third glass of wine, it’s comforting to know that at least you’re drinking sustainably. Owned by Kenneth Dillon, Footprint Wine Tap is Seattle’s first and only sustainable keg wine on-tap bar. Sourcing fine wines from the Pacific Northwest, they specialize in biodynamic and organic wines. From wine production and transport to the furnishings in their space, Footprint Wine Tap aims to reduce their carbon footprint on all fronts.
Two Big Blondes Plus Size Consignment #WomanOwned
Getting your clothing from consignment shops is one of the most sustainable ways to buy new items for your wardrobe. Owned by Lisa Michaud, Two Big Blondes Plus Size Consignment offers a warm and inviting place to shop for everyone, and quality clothes at great prices. It’s the only consignment store in the region that specializes in plus-size women’s clothing.
The Dazzle Cleaning Company #LGBTQOwned
The Dazzle Cleaning Company is an eco-friendly cleaning service and self-proclaimed gayest cleaning company in America. Owner Logan Jay Tyler started Dazzle in 2015 out of his love for cleaning and turned his favorite hobby into a business. Dazzle’s detail-oriented and reliable team will make sure your home or office space looks immaculate whether you need a deep, regular residential, or moving-related cleaning. Come to Dazzle with your cleaning needs so you can spend more time doing the things you like with the people you love.
Bonus: Dazzle donates part of the proceeds from each home they clean to organizations invested in building healthier communities, like St. Francis House.
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