Sustainable Living in East London

In recognition of Sustainability Day 2023, we’ve set out some of our favourite local businesses in East London to help you make more conscious choices.

Sustainable Living in East London

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If you're passionate about sustainable practices, you'll be thrilled to know that East London offers a treasure trove of low-impact shops, restaurants, and community spaces. In this guide, we've compiled a list of must-visit places for those who want to reduce their carbon footprint and live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Low Impact and Zero-Waste Shopping

Zero Waste Bulk Foods, E10
Delicious, ethical zero-waste groceries delivered in reusable packaging.
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Stone Mini Market, E11
Stone Mini Market was voted one of Leytonstone's most loved shops, featuring a zero-waste refill store and a bottle shop to support small breweries from around the UK.
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Greener Habits, E17
Vegan, plastic-free and sustainable essentials shop offering beauty, cleaning, food and homeware products as well as garden and children's items in Walthamstow.
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Nourished Communities
Nourished Communities represents over 200 independent growers and producers. As Farmers Markets, they are 100% committed to supporting local small-hold farmers and producers.
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Support Local

Soapsmiths
Soapsmiths is a luxury hand, bath & body care company founded in Walthamstow. All products are handmade from recyclable, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and natural ingredients.
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Draft Drop
Draft Drop is the milkman - but for beer. Delivering locally sourced draught beers and wines to East & North London weekly, in reusable bottles, to your doorstep by bike.
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SAW Chocolate, E17
Delicious handcrafted artisan chocolate that’s made in Walthamstow.
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Jo & Kesi, E11
Supporting independent makers in Leytonstone with a range of products including jewellery, candles, homeware plus ladies' and children's clothes.
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Phlox Books, E10
Phlox Books Today offers the best selection of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books pairing books with a fully integrated bar/café serving locally roasted Allpress Coffee, local craft beers such as Beavertown and delicious wines.
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Sustainable Restaurants

Silo, E9
Silo is an innovative restaurant that prioritises environmental respect and nutrition by creating food from its whole form, minimising food miles, over-processing, and preserving ingredient integrity.
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The Spread Eagle, E9
The Spread Eagle is London's first fully vegan pub on Homerton High Street, offering sustainability with a seasonal plant-based menu, a warm, inclusive atmosphere and a focus on celebrating diverse cultures.
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Black Cat Café, E5
Black Cat Café, Hackney is a vegan cafe committed to promoting plant-based living, offering tasty food, supporting independent business, advocating for various causes, and providing a space for education and awareness, with vegan products and a bookshop run by Active Distribution.
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The Culpeper, E1
The Culpeper's contemporary English bistro emphasises regenerative farming, waste reduction, and offers an ever-changing three-course menu of elevated yet straightforward dishes, complemented by a weekly aperitif and digestif.
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Personal Wellbeing 

Walthamstow Wetlands
For fresh air and a deeper connection to nature, visit the Walthamstow Wetlands. This nature reserve boasts a diverse range of wildlife, and it's a paradise for birdwatchers. Take a guided tour to learn about the site's history and conservation efforts or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll.
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Pause, E11
Pause is an air-conditioned yoga, barre, pilates and reformer pilates studio based in Leyton offering a range of classes plus pre and postnatal, and treatments from therapists and practitioners.
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East of Eden, E17
East of Eden is an inclusive, wellness hub based in Walthamstow, offering yoga, barre, hot yoga, Inferno Pilates, mat Pilates and reformer Pilates.
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Vintage Shopping

The Reloved Club, Various
The Re-Loved Club is a community fashion resale market.
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Go East Vintage, Various
A fun, festival atmosphere combining sustainable shopping, music, eating and drinking under one roof.
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Hackney Flea Market, Various
Hackney Flea Market is a monthly curated event, offering marketeers, and creative independents, a space to sell their wares, and promote their business.
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Brick Lane Vintage Market, E1
Brick Lane Vintage Market has over 40 independent traders, making it London's biggest vintage clothing market.
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Wood Street Indoor Market, E17
Wood Street Indoor Market is a unique historical market with 30 amazing little shops selling everything from vintage clothing, antiques, vinyl, jewellery, toys, leather goods, gifts, plants and more.
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Charity Shops

The Salvation Army, E17
'Sally in The Stow' offers affordable pre-loved clothing, furniture and other goods.
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Oxfam Shop E17
Oxfam Walthamstow offers clothes, shoes, homewares, books, toys and more.
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British Heart Foundation, E17
BHF Walthamstow offers a great range of preloved items and new items, from clothing, shoes and accessories to books, toys and homeware.
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Sue Ryder, E17
The Sue Ryder Walthamstow charity shop stocks a wide range of quality yet affordable clothing, books, toys and household items.
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Scope, E17
Scope Walthamstow sells a range of items including books, bric-a-brac, clothes, accessories, homewares and music.
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TRAID, E17
TRAID Walthamstow sells high-quality second-hand clothes for women, men and kids, plus homeware, accessories, books and more.
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TRAID, E8
TRAID Dalston sells high-quality second-hand and vintage clothes, shoes and accessories for women and men including saris and African clothing. Plus homeware, books, haberdashery, linen and a great range of children’s clothes.

British Heart Foundation - Furniture & Electrical Store, E11
Offering a great range of quality preloved furniture, electricals and homewares from sofas, tables, beds and wardrobes to TVs and home appliances.
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A vibrant hub for sustainability, East London has a lot to offer, with new initiatives and businesses popping up regularly. So, whether you're a resident or just passing through, be sure to explore the options that there are to offer. Together, we can make a positive impact on our environment, one mindful choice at a time.

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