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.
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.
Pipoca: Packaging free shop offering food, self-care and cleaning products and a vegan cafe.
Guzzl: Refills of olive oil, olives and gin!
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.
The Source: Packaging free shopping offering food, self-care and cleaning products.
Sustenance: Packaging free shopping offering food, self-care and cleaning products.
BYO: Packaging free shopping offering food, self-care and cleaning products.
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.
Bookmongers: second-hand books.
Chartwell Cancer Trust: anything and everything!
Traid: fashion/retro clothing
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.
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.
Occasional Books: second-hand book shop that also stocks second-hand vinyl.
All Aboard: Clothing, bric-a-brac and household goods.
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.
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
En Root: Indian-inspired vegan food full of "fresh seasonal vegetables, wholesome pulses and aromatic Gujarati".
V Source: small cafe and takeaway offering Caribbean inspired vegan food
Peachy Goat: plant-based burger joint
Whole Meal Cafe: vegan cafe, part of the fabric of Streatham since 1978
Tribe: vegan food from a range of world cuisines
Bonnington cafe: home-made food with great vegan options and a new menu every day
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.
London Food Link and the Jellied Eel magazine
The healthy Living Platform
Incredible Edible lambeth:
Plastic Free Brixton, Plastic Free Streatham, Plastic Free West norwood etc
The Peoples’ Fridge, Brixton
Too good to go, Lambeth: Food Waste App
Brixton Pound, Loughborough Junction