THE GOOD SHOPPER
1. Miss Daisy Blue Vintage
It’s will be no surprise to Cork locals that Miss Daisy Blue landed on the list of the best places to shop sustainably in Cork. Located in the iconic English Market, owner Breda Casey has built her shop to this iconic status by careful curation of wonderful garments from the 1930’s to 1980’s. Be it classic, high-quality denim, to a couture gown, these pre-loved items will become stand-out pieces in your wardrobe.
2. Quay Co-Op
Established in 1982, The Quay Co-op is located on Sullivan’s Quay, in the heart of Cork City. The shop features an acclaimed vegetarian restaurant, in-house bakery, whole-food store and many natural cleaning products and cosmetics. Their dedication to locally sourced, organic food, green operating policies and friendly staff have been part of the Cork scene for decades. Keep an eye out for their eco-friendly electric delivery van as it whizzes around the city to deliver their fresh, local produce.
3. The Glucksman Gift Shop
Sustainable gifting can be a tricky task to master, but the gift shop in The Lewis Glucksman Gallery makes it possible in a pinch. With beautiful craft options, jewellery, treats and stationary, there’s something unique and special for every gifting need here, with a strong green focus. The perfect way to end a morning in the gallery.
4. Modern Botany
Brand partners of The River Lee, Modern Botany are always high on our list of our favourite sustainable Cork brands. The core of the brand is to provide healthy and natural alternatives to everyday personal-care products. From their award-winning multi-use oil, to their ground-breaking natural deodorant anti-perspirant, these products are inspired by The Wild Atlantic Way, and you can rest assured that their environmental impact is minimal.
5. Twig Refill
We all know that packaging is a large contributor to landfill. Twig Refill is a store dedicated to minimizing the use of plastics and wasteful packaging. Customers are encouraged to bring their own bags and containers to stock up with bulk buys of grains, legumes, herbs and spices, dried fruit, nuts, olive oils, apple cider vinegar and more! They also offer refill chemical-free household cleaning products, shampoo, and skincare, and a wide range of refillable containers, coffee cups, and canteens. Located in stunning Clonakilty, it’s a perfect sustainable shopping trip on the way back from a day at the seaside.
6. Olori Boutique
Sustainable shopping doesn’t always mean pre-loved or vintage clothing. Investing in high-quality, timeless pieces that will last a lifetime is also a sustainable way to shop. Olori Boutique in Cork City fills this void. Ran by sister duo SusanJane Corbett and Lisa Grainger, this luxury Cork boutique offers a mix of Irish and international designers who will appeal to women who want quality tailoring that is stylish, distinctive and timeless.