Zero Waste Grocery Shopping in London

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If you're interested in London grocery shopping recommendations from someone who has never lived there but who always pokes around for new zero waste finds while on vacation, this post is for you. (If not, it's probably not, wink wink!).

When we were in London earlier in April, we did a lot of non-zero-waste-specific things, of course. You don't need a cloth produce bag to lie on a bench in St. James Park and feel the sun on your face, and you don't need a reusable water bottle to walk on cobbled streets in the slight misting rain. But, of course, I wanted to visit a few of the zero waste spaces in the city, because I'm always interested in that kind of thing. As well you know.

In case it's helpful, today I'm sharing a few spots you might go yourself if you were on the hunt for bulk foods in London. These places also sell a small selection bulk snacks in addition to the more typical beans and oats that you typically see in bulk aisles, so they're good spots to keep in mind for visitors to the city, too.

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Here's what I found:

Hetu: The photographs in this post are all from the gorgeous Hetu, a small zero waste shop in Clapham Junction (though they may move in the future, so stay tuned on their site for updates). Hetu sells package-free foods, cleaning supplies, and zero waste gear that you might need; you'll find lots of dry goods for cooking, dried fruits and vegan chocolates for snacking on, and reusable gear for your home and bathroom. One thing I especially loved: they had a small shelf of extra jars and containers that community members had donated from their own cabinets and pantries at home, which ensures that jars have a chance to get reused before being recycled. Such a thoughtful detail. (I borrowed one for filling with chocolate-covered ginger. Score.)

Unpackaged: I also visited two of the bulk aisles that Unpackaged maintains at Planet Organic grocery stores (you can find their locations here). These offered reusable cotton bulk bags for purchase and paper bags for those who arrive without a container brought from home. Expect to find mostly dry goods for cooking (like lentils and beans), but also some chocolates, nuts, and dried fruits. Unpackaged lists the products available at each site on their website, here, in case you'd like to check before you go.

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The Source: Australia's favorite bulk foods grocery chain just opened their first location in the United Kingdom! I didn't have time to visit their Chiswick shop, but a friend told me it's a great spot for stocking up on bulk foods and other zero waste items. If you've been there, please leave a comment with how you liked it!

Bulk Market: I believe Bulk Market is currently between locations, but it's another completely package-free spot in London to keep your eye on.

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Londoners, have other shopping suggestions for us? Your city has so much wonderful work happening in the waste space - I loved getting to sample a small portion of the good offerings during my trip.

City Guide: Nashville

Zero Waste City Guide: Nashville

This city guide comes from Bailey Basham, who is navigating zero waste and post-grad life in Nashville, the city she calls home. If I didn't already want to plan a road trip down there (spoiler alert: I did already want to), I sure would now. Here's Bailey on the places she recommends:

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-Live music: It seems like there is always some sort of live music going on in Nashville. Whether you're looking for some of the expected country music or for something a little different, there is usually a bit of something for everyone! My favorite venue is Exit/In; it’s a relatively small venue, so if you get there early, chances are you can get a spot right in front of the stage. And if you go to Exit/In for a show, check out Café Coco afterwards. It’s super close by - within walking distance - and is open 24/7, which is perfect for those late-night, post-show fried food cravings. 

-Oz Arts Nashville: In March, I saw a women’s panel/installation celebrating International Women’s Day at this local contemporary arts center; you'll love this spot if you’re into art and are looking for something a little smaller than the Frist.

-McKay’s: One of my favorite places to shop in Nashville, McKay’s Used Books & CDs is an enormous book-and-music-lover’s paradise. There are rows upon rows of bookshelves stacked high with secondhand books. Plus, they have a floor entirely dedicated to CDs and vinyl. What’s not to love? 

-Radnor Lake State Park: Go for a hike or spend an afternoon swinging in a hammock at the park. Radnor Lake also has a schedule of events on their website - things like wildflower walks, moonlit hikes, canoe floats, and live animal shows.

-Music City Thrift: Hands down, my favorite thrift store around my neck of the woods. They do student discounts (30% off!) on Wednesdays, and they usually have color tag sales every other day of the week.

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-Baja Burrito: Baja serves delicious burritos, tacos, and salads with fresh, locally sourced ingredients - but be sure to go prepared. They wrap burritos in foil, which isn’t too bad because foil can be recycled. Their to-go boxes are plastic, so order “for here!” They also have small plastic bowls for salsa and Styrofoam bowls for queso, just so you know. (Vegan/vegetarian options).

-The Pharmacy Burger and Beer Garden: The Pharmacy uses Tennessee-raised beef for their burgers and pure cane sugar in the sodas; plus, they make all their own condiments. They use paper cups for water, so either bring your own water bottle, or plan to order a homemade soda (served in a real glass) or a canned drink that can be recycled. (Vegetarian options). 

-Istanbul Restaurant: Istanbul is a true hole-in-the-wall, but the food is amazing, and the people are so, so kind. Plus, when you dine in (and refuse a straw!), you make no trash! If you are into Turkish food or are open to trying new things, put Istanbul on your list. If you do go, be sure to try the Tarhana yogurt soup. To an unadventurous eater like me, just the sound of that is scary, but trust me: it. is. amazing. (Vegan/vegetarian options). 

-The Flipside: A low-waste joint! Their napkins, plates, and utensils are all reusable. I am not sure about their to-go boxes because I've never needed one - the food is so good! (Vegetarian options).

-Jeni’s Ice Cream: Jeni’s serves my all time favorite ice cream - their dark chocolate is so, so decadent. Their spoons are plastic (but their tasting spoons aren’t, so no worries about sampling!), so make sure to bring your own. But if you get a cone, you don’t have to worry about any waste at all! Bonus: Jeni's also has locations in other states, too!

-Crema Coffee: Crema is a zero waste coffee shop in Nashville! They go beyond just offering reusable coffee mugs - you can read about their full zero waste initiative here. I’d recommend taking your own to-go cup (unless you plan to stay for a while to drink your bev) and your own straw. Ps: I recommend the Iced Cuban coffee.

-Taco Week: August 21 through 27, Nashville Scene, a local magazine, is sponsoring a taco week—that means you can get $2 tacos at participating restaurants for the whole week. What's better than that?!

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-Farmers' markets: There are several different farmers markets to choose from - East Nashville Farmer’s MarketWest Nashville Farmer’s Market, 12 South Farmer’s Market, and the Nashville Farmer’s Market  - for fresh, local produce, meats, and baked goods. Sometimes, you might even spot a cute little flower truck around! 

-Zero waste grocery shopping: Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and The Turnip Truck are grocery options that offer bulk sections for your perusal. And, at White's Mercantile, you can purchase refillable, nontoxic soaps and household cleaners made by Common Good and Co.

-Compost: Compost Nashville offers a weekly food scrap pickup service - they provide the bucket, you fill it with kitchen castoffs, and they'll pick it back up! They'll give you back the compost if you want it for your garden, or will donate it to local gardens and urban farms if you don't.

Thanks so much for sharing, Bailey! If you'd like to see more city guides, there are more right here. Photo of Crema via

City Guide: Oakland, CA

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This city guide comes to us from Lily and Max out in Oakland, California. I'll be in Oakland for a few days next month, so I was thrilled to hear what they recommend!

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-Kevin Feinstein Foraging Course: The author of Bay Area Forager has been researching local edibles for over 13 years and offers 2-hour guided walks through parks in Oakland and other East Bay locations. Learn how to identify edible wild flowers and plants that you can use in smoothies, salads and other meals.

-Temescal Alley: Once used as horse stables, Temescal Alley now houses artisan shops and eateries. Go to Crimson Horticultural Rarities for succulents and curios, Esqueleto for jewelry from local designers and vintage pieces, Homestead Apothecary for handcrafted tinctures for a healthy body and mind and Curbside Creamery for gourmet ice cream and soft serve with vegan nut-based options.  

-Secret Stairways: Take a walk through the historic stairways of Oakland and Berkeley, developed in the early 20th century. The stairways were originally designed to get homeowners up and down the steep hills to streetcar lines. The street cars are gone, but the stairways remain (some with original street lights) and are a wonderful way to get your heart rate up while exploring a side of Oakland that’s off the beaten path. Be sure to pick up a copy of Secret Stairs East Bay to help guide your walk.

-Picnic at Lake Merritt: Also know as the “Jewel of Oakland,” Lake Merritt is a picturesque saltwater lagoon with a 3.4 mile walking and jogging trail around its perimeter. During warm summer days, Lake Merritt’s grassy shores are ideal for laying out picnic blankets and bird watching. Or, take a romantic evening stroll under the “Necklace of Lights”—pearly lights strung between antique lampposts that line the walking trail around the lake.

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-Cafe Colucci: Get your fill of savory Ethiopian flavors at family-owned Cafe Colucci. Share an abundant veggie combo with eggplant served on a large stainless steel platter. The atmosphere is relaxed, giving you plenty of time to eat with your hands and feast on the injera (traditional Ethiopian bread).

-Ramen Shop: Located in the Rockridge neighborhood, the menu at Ramen Shop features local, seasonal ingredients and changes daily. The ramen noodles are handmade and there is always one vegetarian-friendly option. There is often a line for Ramen Shop on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to go early or drop into their adjoining cocktail bar for a drink.

-Nido: An intimate, homey spot for farm-to-table Mexican food from the central and Pacific coast. Nido translates to “nest” in Spanish and true to its name, the small restaurant is adorned with local building materials—including sections of shipping containers and wood pallets native to the industrial Jack London district of Oakland. The menu is seasonally driven and everything is made in-house—be sure to try the blue corn quesadilla with mushroom, rainbow chard and salsa poblana.

-Super Juiced: Located in Old Oakland’s Swan Marketplace, Super Juiced features 100% organic smoothies, juices, acai bowls and chia pudding. Try the Emerald Moon smoothie with housemade coconut milk, kale, spinach, pineapple, medjool dates, coconut chips and cinnamon. Super Juiced is a women-owned business on a mission to bring healthy food options to the Oakland community.

STAY ZERO WASTE

-Grand Lake Farmer’s Market: Every Saturday from 9am - 2pm at the intersection of Grand Lake Ave and Lake Park Ave. There’s lots of seasonal produce to choose from, over 40 farmers, and a nice section of prepared foods by a small bistro area with live music. Be sure to stop by the dim-sum booth—the ladies there (a mother/daughter duo) utilize what’s in season (asparagus in the spring and sweet corn in summer) and will give you extra dim-sum for bringing your own container.

-Whole Foods Oakland: Great selection of bulk items (nuts, seeds, grains, flours, spices, etc) and store employees are more than happy to have you bring your own containers and reusable produce bags. You can weigh containers at the customer service desk and be sure to fill up a jar with their fresh churned almond butter. You can also bring a container to the meat counter and they will weigh and fill it for you.

-Oaktown Spice Shop: The mecca of all things spice related. Herbs, spices, tinctures and tools line two rooms, floor to ceiling, and are artfully displayed in glass jars. The wood paneling and vintage tools decorating the shop give it an old general store vibe and they will happily fill your glass jars for you.  

-Pretty Penny: A favorite vintage shop with carefully curated women’s and men’s sections. For the ladies, be sure to check out the beautiful selection of dresses sorted by era and the shoe section in the back with a nice mix of leather boots, sandals and loafers sorted by color.

Thanks so much for sharing, Max and Lily! If you'd like to see more city guides, there are more right here.

City Guide: Portland, OR

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My friend Chloe just published an zero waste guide to Portland, Oregon, where she lives. You already knew this, but Portland is pretty much a zero waster's dream. Compost, co-ops, community - so much good stuff is happening there for people interested in living more sustainably. You can check out her tips for where to shop package-free and secondhand in Portland, ideas for places to eat and hang out, and sign on to get involved in the PDX zero waste community. If you're interested, you can find her city guide here.

Photograph via. You can find more zero waste city guides right this way, if you'd like.

City Guide: Houston

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Liz of Green Revival Blog kindly offered to share a zero waste city guide to her home of Houston, Texas. It's full of outdoor activities, local restaurants, and some tips for visiting the city zero waste style. Thanks, Liz!

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-Buffalo Bayou Park: Hike, bike, or run along the Buffalo Bayou and enjoy the fruits of a $58 million, 160-acre project to revamp Houston’s most popular greenway. Bikes are available to rent at any B-cycle station, or you can rent a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard at Allen’s Landing.

-Hermann Park: Watch a free open-air performance at Miller Outdoor Theater. Wander around the Japanese Garden and Reflection Pool.  Grab a snack at the Pinewood Café and trace the spiral mount in the lush new Centennial Gardens for a sweeping view of the city. Hermann Park is our favorite spot to escape the city’s hustle and bustle.

-Museum District: The diverse, expansive museums make Houston a beacon of culture. The butterfly center at Houston Museum of Natural Science is stunning, and a fun activity for kids. The Museum of Fine Arts is an architectural gem in and of itself; the permanent and visiting exhibitions are excellent. For travelers on a budget, the Menil Collection offers free admission.

-Arboretum: Hit the trails in this wooded haven for native plants and animals. The Nature Center is replete with puzzles, discovery boxes, interactive exhibits, and microscopes for kids to learn about wildlife.

-River Oaks Theatre: Catch an indie film or lecture at this historic movie theater.

-The Heights: It’s easy to lose track of time wandering around this neighborhood packed with cute craftsman bungalows. 19th Street is the central retail area, packed with mom-and-pop shops (Casa Ramirez sells beautiful Oaxacan folk art, and Retropolis is the place to find cool vintage costumes). When our feet grow weary, we break for a coffee at Antidote and a salted chocolate chunk cookie at Red Dessert Dive. Fill up your growler with local beer on tap at Premium Draught next door.

-Montrose: This neighborhood is popular for good eats, low-key cafes and cocktail bars, and great boutiques and thrift stores. Pavement has the best atmosphere and widest selection of women’s and men’s vintage clothing. Menil Park is an idyllic spot for a picnic, and West Alabama Ice House is always packed during gametime. I live for the vegan emapanadas and beet-juice mochas at Campesino Coffeehouse, a Latin café in the heart of Montrose.

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-Local Foods: Houston is brimming with a surprising number of farm-to-table restaurants, but Local Foods is at the top of our list. Their casual, aperitive entrees are paired with healthy sides like cauliflower + pomegranate tabbouleh, and their house-made kombucha is available on draft.

-Ruggles Green: Find local and organic ingredients, extensive gluten-free options, and wood-fired organic pizzas at this casual certified “Green Restaurant.” Don’t miss the quinoa mac ‘n cheese.

-Down House: Our favorite cozy, science-themed nook in the heart of the Heights, Down House is beloved for electic food and cocktails alike. Menus note the farm where each ingredient was sourced. Weekend brunch is legendary, but expect a long wait.

-Baba Yega Café: Baba Yega’s is a Montrose institution and a mecca for Houston vegan cuisine. The cozy restaurant is situated in a converted bungalow.

-Tout Suite: We never have trouble finding a table at this industrial EaDo café full of natural light. There’s something for everyone – fresh-squeezed juices, macarons, cupcakes, small bites, wine, and of course, excellent coffee. Many ingredients are local. A small note painted on the floor near the juice bar pays tribute to its roots as a Ford dealership constructed in 1904 (pretty old for Houston!). 

-Other recommendations: Kanomwan ThaiPho BinhChilosos Taco House,  Fat Cat CreameryMoving Sidewalk’s nitrogen-infused mint cocktails, and Hugs & Donuts. For a fancier date night, we love farm-to-table restaurants UnderbellyColtivare, and Pax Americana.

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-Grocery shop: Central Market is our favorite grocery store – the produce department is beyond anything I’ve ever seen, with an incredible selection of local and organic produce (including bulk salad greens and mushrooms – hooray!). Central Market also has a large bulk food section, where we stock up on dry goods and spices. Its sister store, H-E-B, also provides many spices and dry goods in bulk. For bulk oils and vinegars, head to Urban Eats. Bring your own container to Houston Dairy Maids to scoop up some local cheese. Central Market’s bakery will satisfy any bread craving, but if you’re looking for more, try Common Bond Café or Weights + Measures.

-Compost: The concept of composting hasn’t taken on in Houston yet, and it is difficult to find locations to dispense your food scraps around the city. For now, take advantage of the compost bins at MOD Pizza and Whole Foods. You can also drop off compostable material for the garden at Houston Food Not Bombs.

Thanks so much, Liz! Be sure to check out her blog, Green City Revival, if you want to read more of her writing about zero waste and minimalism. Photograph via. Find more city guides, here.

City Guide: Atlanta

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Next up in the series of city guides - tips for zero waste locales in places around the country - is Atlanta, Georgia, courtesy of reader Casey. Below, a few of her favorite places in her city.

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-Atlanta Beltline: Birthed under the motto “Where Atlanta Comes Together”, the Atlanta Beltline is a path that repurposed the cities old railways to be paths for pedestrians and cyclists. Its currently still being built, but stretches a long distance in and around the neighborhoods on Atlanta’s east side. The path is lined with always-changing art installations and leads to many of the city's hot spots including Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, and Piedmont Park. Rent a bike at Beltline Bicycle and explore a little bit!

-Piedmont Park: One of the largest green spaces in Atlanta, Piedmont park is usually the host to Atlanta’s best events including Music Midtown, Atlanta Jazz Festival, and the weekly farmers market. When there are no events on the calendar, Piedmont is the perfect place for a day outside. Sit by the pond and watch the birds, walk or bike that path through the park, bring a picnic, spend a day at the pool, or bring your furry friend to the dog park. There is always something going on and the people watching is incredible.

-Sweetwater Creek State Park: Just 20 minutes outside the city, this park offers wonderful hiking trails that are by a beautiful creek. Its the perfect summer get away to spend some time out in nature. Just so you all know, a parking pass is $5.

-Ponce City Market: The market is home to a ton of great boutique stores and locally owned restaurants. Citizen Supply is one of the boutiques at the market and is an artisan marketplace which gives independent companies and small batch makers a brick and mortar store to sell their goods. Alternative Apparel also has a store at the market and they are known for their ethical standards and impeccable quality clothing. 

-Wander: Two of my favorite neighborhoods to wander through are Candler Park (check out Paper Ghost Studio, Dr. Bombays, and the Indie Craft Experience pop up), and Little Five Points (check out Rag-O-Rama and Clothing Warehouse for second hand clothing, and Sevenanda for bulk groceries).

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-Homegrown: The perfect southern breakfast. They also have a wonderful lunch too. Its all the comfort food just like mom used to make. There’s usually a wait, but it is worth it. My favorite dish is their famous Comfy Chicken Biscuit. Be sure to bring a jar for leftovers and your own cloth napkin. Though they don’t offer reusable napkins or takeout boxes, the food is locally grown and its a local favorite.

-Radial Cafe: A breakfast/lunch spot in Candler Park known for its small carbon footprint. All of their takeout boxes and cups are plant-based, and 80% of their waste is composted to go back to Georgia farmers or recycled. 

-Soul Vegetarian No. 2: The second of a great vegetarian restaurant. With reusable napkins and all vegan options, this is one of the must-eat-at stops in Atlanta. The food takes a little bit to be made, but its all fresh. They make their own meat alternative called Kalebone made from wheat-gluten and all natural spices. Be sure to save room for desert! Their vegan ice cream is just as delicious as their food!

-Krog Street Market: The market is FULL of delicious food! Here are my favorites: Jeni’s Splendid Ice-cream (homemade ice cream from Columbus, OH), Superica (AMAZING Mexican dishes!!! Its fancy and a little pricy, but it is delicious), Fred’s Meat and Bread (a yummy sandwich shop for meat eaters. They’ve got an awesome burger too! Their bread is made fresh daily which makes for a wonderful sandwich), and Yalla (modern Middle Eastern food with lots of vegetarian options). If you’re eating at the market, bring a napkin and utensils. Its not always guaranteed that the different spots will have reusable things, but the food is so fresh and good that its worth bringing some from home. Also, if you want a drink, HOP City serves local brews and wines to be paired with your food. Want to take some home? Bring a growler and fill her up at their market store. 

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-Grocery Shopping: Sevenanda is the BIGGEST bulk retailer in the southeast and is a functioning co-op with lots of member benefits. The staff is extremely helpful and loves zero waste shoppers! Fresh Harvest is another great resource for zero wasters. This food delivery service delivers their locally grown produce and locally made products every week or every other week depending on your preferences. You can request that nothing get wrapped in plastic and that no stickers or rubber bands are used in the packaging of your delivery. They deliver all of their baskets in reusable totes with reusable icepacks. If you’re looking to pick out your own produce, there are farmers markets all over the city at all different times of the week. In a giving mood? Check out the Atlanta Food Swap to trade home grown or homemade items for other local food items. Some things come wrapped in plastic, so bring your own containers for a zero waste swap. For farm fresh meats, check out Spotted Trotter in two locations within the city. All of their meats are sustainably sourced and are raised locally. When in doubt, there is always our local Whole Foods on Ponce De Leon, which just got a MAJOR renovation and now has a kick butt bulk section not only in their produce department but also in their beauty department too! 

-Compost: There are a few options to compost in Atlanta. You can collect your compost at home and have it picked up every week or every other week by Compost Wheels, or you can collect compost yourself and drop off at the Wylde Center in Decatur or any of their community gardens around Atlanta. 

-Shopping: For second hand clothing check out Rag-O-Rama, Buffalo Exchange, Clothing Warehouse, or Lucky Exchange. For ethical shopping to support small and local business check out Citizen Supply (a small boutique at Ponce City Market with various products ranging from apparel to home goods - all of it is local or from small independent companies who hand craft their goods or ethically and sustainably source them), The Beehive (a collective boutique for clothing, accessories and more by local artists), or HomeGrown Decatur (another collective boutique known for fun and eclectic finds)

Thanks so much for sharing, Casey! Photographs via Citizen Supply. More city guides, here.

City Guide: Denver

Zero Waste City Guide: Denver, Colorado

Julie Fathy writes the blog The Beauty in Simple, which offers inspiring peeks into her family's attempt to live lightly on the planet. She lives in beautiful Denver and graciously offered to share her favorite things to do around the city, as well as her favorite local zero waste resources. Here's Julie:

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It’s easy for me to name my top three places in Denver to visit, as all have had a profound impact on my 25 years of living in the city. 1. The Denver Botanic Gardens is a beautiful, inspiring, and peaceful place to visit, but beyond that they offer an amazing selection of classes, lectures, and programs. 2. The Denver Public Library has an impressive library system with 26 branches throughout the city, each with their own unique architecture, history, and community. In addition to providing free access to books, periodicals, and music they have a wide range of classes and events. 3. Washington Park is one of Denver’s most loved parks. It has a rich history and provides a beautiful setting for outdoor and social activities. It’s also home to Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, an organization that motivates and enables people to become stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. (The park is featured in the photograph at top!)

For more entertainment, I might suggest watching a movie at one of Denver’s independent movie theaters, such as the Sie FilmCenter or Landmark Theatres. My favorite place to catch a concert in the city is Swallow Hill Music, which also offers music lessons. If you’re in the mood for browsing independent book stores, The Bookies, especially for children’s books, can’t be missed, and The Tattered Cover Book Store is a longtime favorite.

Get involved with one of Denver’s organizations whose work encourages thriving communities that are environmentally and economically just. A few that I’m familiar with include Denver Food Rescue, Denver Permaculture Guild, Foraged Feast, GreenLeaf, The Growhaus, Grow Local Colorado, and Slow Food Denver.

If you’re interested in supporting green businesses, you might check out the ReDirect Guide as a starting place. The best transportation in the city is by foot, bike, or public transit. Bikes can be borrowed from Denver B-cycle (check out Denver’s bike trails) or take a city bus or light rail

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My favorite place to eat is at home and my favorite food to put on the table is that which is locally grown or raised. Some ideas on sourcing local food is visiting Denver-area farmers’ markets, joining Community Supported Agriculture that delivers in Denver, or grow your own at one of the Denver Urban Garden plots.  

If you’re dining out, I might suggest the SAME Café, Denver’s first nonprofit restaurant that allows patrons, regardless of economic status, to set the price for the mostly local, organic cuisine. Denver is also home to many farm to table restaurants that are worth visiting.

Stay Zero Waste

-Shop: My favorite place to fill my own containers is the bulk section of Whole Foods, but I’ve been told that Sprouts also has a good bulk section. I buy most of my produce at Natural Grocers, which carries only organic produce, and labels the place of origin, whether it be Colorado, the USA, or elsewhere. For loose tea I shop at Capital Tea. The difficulty here is not going zero waste but choosing from the 75+ varieties of tea they have available. To support a zero waste life, not to be missed is the Zero market, which is soon to reopen in the Stanley Marketplace, and EcoMountain Home Store.

-Compost: Keeping organic and recyclable material out of the landfill is an important step of going zero waste. For Denver residents, the city offers compost collection and recycling services.

For more ideas on a zero waste lifestyle, you can check out the zero waste category of Julie's blog. Thank you so much for sharing, Julie! Photograph via.

PS - Have zero waste resources in your city that you want to share? Add the suggestions to the list of grocery stores + compost locations I keep. Leave a comment, or send me an email!