Discover eco-friendly and ethical shopping in St Albans

“St Albans is a great destination for sustainable shopping. So for plastic free produce, sustainable fashion and locally grown produce at independent restaurants, be inspired with our top eco-shopping picks.”

St Albans BID are sponsors of Sustfest21 and have collaborated on the two SustFest21 Sustainable Markets. Don’t miss the next one in central St Albans on 6th June. Yet you don’t have to wait for a sustainable market to shop sustainably in St Albans. There are many options for you….

Denise Parsons – Manager at St Albans BID – highlights some of the incredible ethical and sustainable local businesses St Albans has to offer.

“…be inspired by our top eco-shopping picks.”

Food & Drink

Beer Shop St Albans is a haven for beer lovers showcasing around 500 craft, traditional and foreign bottled beers. It’s ever-changing selection of cask and keg beers, available to try in the shop or take away, has helped this great local outlet develop a loyal following. 

Whether it’s brunch or lunch, look no further than George Street Canteen. This family run, locally sourced café serves wonderfully comforting homemade food, local speciality coffee –try Tiki Tonga coffee – and refreshing drinks and honey produced from their own bees.

Lovers of cheese should head straight to The Fleetville Larder. This independent cheesemonger offers an ever-changing counter of artisan British and European cheeses. Other deli delights are available plus craft beers, wine and Campfire Gin made by the award-winning Puddingstone Distillery in Tring. 

Zero waste? Independent food? Natural products? Tick! Tick! Tick! That’s The Refill Pantry in a nutshell and we are lucky to have this wonderful shop in St Albans. Offering ethically sourced local, organic goods – just bring your containers and fill up on all you need!

Eat Wholefoods also does a refill service from their warehouse on the Hatfield Road. Or find their dried goods in sustainable packaging on the market every Wednesday and Friday.

Eating out tonight? Don’t forget Lussmanns, with restaurants in both St Albans and Harpenden,  is a sustainable restaurant with awards from the Marine Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Restaurants Association.

Eat Wholefoods (Photo: Jefferson Crafts)


The fashion industry has a disastrous impact on the environment, it is the second largest polluter in the world. Why buy new when there are so many amazing, preloved pieces circulating out there!   Twenty Outfits source and rebrand preloved and vintage clothes so it’s easy to look effortlessly stylish, individual whilst doing your bit for the planet.

“It’s easy to look effortlessly stylish … whilst doing your bit for the planet.”

Twenty Outfits by Sustainable St Albans

Mini Megan Turner has sustainable children’s fashion sewn up! This incredible store where everything is handmade in the shop, offers funky prints, sparkly outfits and trendy styles. Megan is a firm believer in supporting small local businesses and all the fabrics and haberdasheries are purchased in Britain.


There are many businesses with great products to help limit use of disposable plastics. Market stall businesses Phase Out PlasticTrade and Retail and Jefferson Crafts have a huge collection of eco, sustainable, natural products for the home. Visit them and see what changes you can make!

Trade & Retail at St Albans Sustainable Market – Photo: Cam Ross


For those who love to be pampered, Ginger Natural Health will take care of your health and wellbeing allowing you to relax, heal and unwind. Offering the best natural therapies from facials to osteopathy and massage to acupuncture, everyone needs some Ginger time! 

“…see what changes you can make.”


“Awesome” perfectly describes Brick Traders, a family run shop for fans of LEGO®, bricks, sets and minifigures. Offering to buy, sell and trade, their purpose is to prolong and give fresh life to the humble LEGO® brick through organised, well presented hygienic recycling. 

If you are after something unique then L.A James is a great choice for antique, vintage, second hand and new items. Established over 60 years ago, it continues to sell quality items, including beautiful Tiffany style lamps, hand painted miniatures and Poole pottery.

It would be impossible to talk gifts without mentioning Raindrops On Roses which is no ordinary gift shop. Selling beautifully crafted, high quality products, and items lovingly created by local craftspeople, all profits go to support a local cancer charity. 

…and if you need to package up those eco-friendly gifts there is only one place to visit and that’s Panda Cards where you are sure to find the perfect card and gift wrap.

Visit the Sustainable Market on Sunday 6th June, St Peter’s Street, St Albans. Discover eco businesses in our directory

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