A one-stop-shop for vegan products
Founder Jess Bailey started the business out of her bedroom when she was frustrated at how hard it was to access vegan products, now the Cruelty Free Shop on Glebe Point Road puts on an annual Vegan Day Out and hosts frequent book launches. Go here to stock up on certified cruelty-free cosmetics like Natio make-up and sun cream, Kester Black nail polishes, Sukin moisturisers and household cleaning products by Earth.
Trade in your old threads for fresh style
This funky little store is offering something otherwise lacking among the Inner West's many vintage and second hand shops: a community marketplace where clothes are currency. Sydneysiders can bring their unwanted retro, vintage and high quality on-trend clothes to Swop, in exchange for store credit or cold hard cash. In an attractive $20-$50 price range, you'll find everything from from ’70s go-go mini dresses in neon floral prints to '80s leather bomber jackets, classic R.M. Williams boots, acres of colourful silk headscarves and even some early 2000s flares and tube tops.
Seasonal produce by text message
We’d all like to shop for our veggies at the farmers markets, but sometimes it’s just no convenient. That’s where Gill Bethell comes in with her text-message ordering system at the Ethical Grocer. The Dulwich Hill-based company visits Flemington Markets to bulk buy local produce that’s fair trade and seasonal. You simply choose the fruit and veg you’re after for the week and the Ethical Grocer delivers it to you on a Friday or Saturday for a small fee.
Where one man’s trash is another person’s treasure
Marrickville’s recycling institution is celebrating its 40th year of saving unwanted items from ending up as landfill. It’s a hodgepodge of backyard furniture, former Mardi Gras decorations and plastic CD cases, so the best way to see what’s for sale is to follow their Facebook page for updates. If you’re feeling crafty, you can fill a recyclable bag with loose materials like fabric offcuts, ribbon, paper and plastic cups for $5, or fill a large hessian sack for $20.
Know exactly where your clothes are made
The Social Outfit specialises in ethically produced clothing and accessories made in collaboration with social enterprise projects. The store has a sewing school out the back and offers employment and training opportunities to people from migrant and refugee communities living in Sydney. They make silk scarves, tops and fabric clutch bags in vibrant print designs that are often one-off or limited run patterns as the fabric is donated from the fashion industry (saving the offcuts from landfill). And it’s good to know that the person who made it worked in Newtown in a safe environment, earning a living wage.