Ethical shopping has been quietly making its mark in Paris. Forward-thinking boutiques are happily embracing an eco-friendly approach to cutting-edge, durable style. From earth-loving denim to vegan delights to take home, here are five sustainable shops making eco-activism look seriously cool.
Potted plants and creepers hang from every corner at ruggedly hip Welcome Bio Bazar, a two-storey concept store and organic café near Bastille.
Its covetable goods are both aesthetically and environmentally sound, and nearly all are from French designers. Browse pop embroidery from Britney Pompadour, contemporary crockery from Faïencerie Georges and Lamazuna’s zero-waste cosmetics.
From oversized denim trench coats and industrial-style sneakers to hot pants, purses and jewellery, everything at Manifeste 011 is sourced ethically.
Respecting animals, the environment and human rights, twin sisters Judith and Maud Pouzin have made their dream of a 100 per cent vegan clothing shop a reality. It’s their urban-chic dernier cri, though, that takes the headlines.
No need to check the label at this vegan grocery store in the third arrondissement.
Stock up on cruelty-free deli delights to take home. If you’re feeling peckish, the meat-free burgers and sausage rolls could fool even the most hardened of carnivores. Most enticing are the desserts: choose from tempting coconut, peanut or sesame mochi; or grab a tub of dairy-free salted pecan praline ice cream to savour in the nearby Square du Temple gardens.
Bric-a-brac gets a boutique makeover at this sprawling charity shop near the canal, full of retro furniture, vintage clothing, crockery, books and vinyl.
The chances of unearthing a bargain is high and you’ll do so with a clear conscience, as all proceeds go to charity. Feel empowered by the sense of community, with locals working towards their goal of sustainable city living.
With boutiques dotted around the city’s most trendy neighbourhoods, ethical fashion label Ekyog sends out a clear message to the fashion industry.
Its jeans are made from biological cotton using earth-kind processes and the only bleaching agent approved by Greenpeace. Produced from renewable eucalyptus-based fibres, its range of carefree playsuits, summer dresses and linen blazers will freshen your wardrobe.
Paris isn’t the only city where sustainable shopping is growing in popularity. Discover the ‘greenest’ places to shop in Amsterdam, for your next trip to the Dutch capital.
Image credits: © Ekyog; © Ekyog; © PRESS_Welcome-Bio-Bazar-1; © Manifeste 011; © Mon Épicerie Paris; © Emmaüs Défi; © Blom & Blom