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It’s a sad truth but it’s almost impossible to go through a day without negatively impacting the environment. The good news is that while some things are out of our control there are lots of ways that you can turn these negative impacts into positives.

Greening your banking, savings, utility provider and your consumption is not as hard as many people think and if we all did it, it would send a huge message to business and government that we want to change. Buying second-hand clothes or packaging-free food are great ways of being ethical consumers and supporting small local businesses at the same time.

This page provides lots of information on local resources in and around Lambeth that can help you green your life and make a small but positive difference to the climate and ecological emergency. For information on how to green your finances and utilities check out our Personal Greening page. Please note that XRL is not responsible for content on third-party websites.

Packaging free shopping

Herne Hill

Naked Larder: A low cost packaging free shop run by XRL members offering food, self care and cleaning products. They are offering 15% off your first order, quote “XRL website” when you register.

Jarr: Packaging free shop offering food, self-care and cleaning products.

Brixton

Pipoca: Packaging free shop offering food, self-care and cleaning products and a vegan cafe.

Guzzl: Refills of olive oil, olives and gin!

Streatham

Healthier Without: Packaging free shop,  offering food, self-care and cleaning products.

Local Greens: Low packaging local vegetables with click-and-collect collection points in Herne Hill, East Dulwich, Brixton, Camberwell, Peckham, West Dulwich, West Norwood and Crystal Palace.

Clapham Junction

The Source: Packaging free shopping offering food, self-care and cleaning products.

West Norwood

Sustenance: Packaging free shopping offering food, self-care and cleaning products. 

Tooting

BYO: Packaging free shopping offering food, self-care and cleaning products. 

Crystal Palace

Roots and Cycles: Packaging free shopping offering food, self-care and cleaning products

The Store Cupboard: Packaging free shopping in the Crystal Palace Food Market offering food, self-care and cleaning products.

2nd hand shops

Brixton

Bookmongers: second-hand books.

Chartwell Cancer Trust: anything and everything!

Traid: fashion/retro clothing

Herne Hill

Oxfam: donated clothes, accessories, homewares and music. Also stocks Fairtrade food, greetings cards and stationery.

Oxfam bookshop: branch of the charity shop dedicated to second books.

West Norwood

Emmaus: second-hand furniture, electricals, clothes and bric-a-brac. Run by a charity offering support and opportunities for homeless people in the local area. Various stores in Knights Hill, West Norwood with another branch in Brixton.

Streatham

Occasional Books: second-hand book shop that also stocks second-hand vinyl.

All Aboard: Clothing, bric-a-brac and household goods.

Royal Trinity Hospice (Streatham Hill store / Streatham high road store): Clothing, bric-a-brac and household goods. Two branches at either end of Streatham high road.

Cancer Research: Clothing, bric-a-brac and household goods.

British Heart Foundation: Second-hand books and music.

Oxfam: Donated clothes, accessories, homewares and music. Also stocks Fairtrade food, greetings cards and stationery.

Sense: Clothing, bric-a-brac and household goods.

Shelter: Clothing, bric-a-brac and household goods.

Vegan Restaurants/cafes

Brixton

Cafe Van Gogh: 100% vegan cafe/restaurant. Non-profit social enterprise offering training for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems. 

Owee Burgers: "Deliciously dirty" vegan burgers and fries.

Pipoca: Vegan cafe with packaging-free shopping also available.

The Cure: small vegan cafe also serving cleansing juices and smoothies. 

Katakata: crepes and galettes, not fully vegan but many vegan and vegetarian options

Clapham

En Root: Indian-inspired vegan food full of "fresh seasonal vegetables, wholesome pulses and aromatic Gujarati".

Herne Hill

V Source: small cafe and takeaway offering Caribbean inspired vegan food

Peachy Goat: plant-based burger joint

Streatham

Whole Meal Cafe: vegan cafe, part of the fabric of Streatham since 1978 

Tribe: vegan food from a range of world cuisines

Vauxhall

Bonnington cafe: home-made food with great vegan options and a new menu every day 

Borrowing things, fixing or recycling

Lambeth Libraries: books, digital access to films, magazines, newspapers.

Freecycle: a borough wide free service for people to give away unwanted items away

The Remakery, Loughborough Junction.  Numerous services for fixing things.

The Library of Things: Borrow don’t buy, the closest one is currently in Crystal Palace but they are looking for a venue in Brixton.

Local Sustainability websites/publications

London Food Link and the Jellied Eel magazine

Local Sustainable community projects

The healthy Living Platform

Incredible Edible lambeth:

Plastic Free Brixton, Plastic Free Streatham, Plastic Free West norwood etc

Food Waste Reduction/community food Schemes

The Peoples’ Fridge, Brixton

Too good to go, Lambeth: Food Waste App

Brixton Pound, Loughborough Junction