Amsterdam is well known for its liberal outlook, so it’s no surprise that it’s a step ahead when it comes to eco-friendly shopping. Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week is held annually, manufacturer-monitoring NGO Made-By has inspired ethical consumption and residents can even borrow clothes from a boutique ‘library’. If you’re just passing through, here’s our pick of the city’s most innovative, eco-friendly shops in town.
Stop by Moois for Scandi clothes, stylish swaddling sets, heirloom toys and more adorable things for kids aged 0-7.
Its play-it-safe range is wholly organic and toxin-free. Get your mitts on hand-knitted critters by Anne-Claire Petit, unisex play clothes from OshKosh B’gosh and Duns, tactile books or an indestructible Sophie the Giraffe. The shop stocks earth-kind grooming products and treats for pets, too.
Aptly named boutique Verse (it means ‘fresh’ in Dutch) puts a stylish spin on green fashion.
Stock up on organic separates, laser-worn jeans and slow-fashion dresses. Accessorise with a vegan clutch, or durable keepsake jewellery from Wildthings. Earth-kind beauty is considered, too, with vegan nail polish and natural perfumes. ‘Good planets are hard to find’ runs their motto – we concur.
Flanked by an imposing church and the Prisengracht Canal, the Northern Market has been running since the 17th century.
It’s a farmer’s, flea and fabric market in one, with fairtrade accessories, vintage curios, and healthy snacks for picnics in Westerpark, a 20-minute walk away. It’s within the historic Jordaan ‘hood, and former resident Rembrandt was rumoured to rummage for props here.
Kamiel Blom’s hobby for photographing abandoned DDR-era factories and military bases in East Berlin inspired him to launch a beautiful lighting workshop in North Amsterdam.
With his brother Martijn, he restores rescued lamps (pendants, tripods, neon rods, spotlights) into one-off pieces. Each item has a ‘passport’ noting its original use and bulbs are dimmable for more intimate spaces.
Made at a mill that recycles 85% of its water, and styled by stonewash and laser in an entirely chemical-free process, Mud’s jeans are impressively ethical.
And they look good, too. But that’s not the whole story. These denims can be hired for €7.50 a month until worn, after which Mud will recycle them for you. Or keep them and hand them down – either way your low-impact skinnies and slim fits are good for the planet.
Welcome to the sweetest-scented address in the Nine Streets, home to this local cult cosmetics brand.
One euro from every sale finances clean water projects. Check out the woody ‘No. 92 Objets d’Amsterdam’ fragrance, inspired by the city, then head to the cute café downstairs.