Nine Ways to Shop ‘Til You Drop Your Carbon Footprint

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With global warming rising, now is the time to start doing your part for the environment. Being environmentally aware doesn’t have to mean changing your entire lifestyle. Incorporating eco-friendly habits into your daily routine can be as simple as shopping at the right store. When you purchase gently used, second-hand items, you prevent old products from piling up in landfills and reduce carbon emissions and oil usage for manufacturing. Reduce your environmental footprint and shop at one of these nine sustainable shops around Central Florida that Mother Earth will love just as much as you.

Eco-Friendly Fashion

Avalon Exchange

745 N Orange Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

This thrift store is the perfect place to make a quick buck while updating your wardrobe. Avalon Exchange will offer you cash on the spot when you trade in your used clothing items and shoes. Revamp your wardrobe as you browse their selection of second-hand designer items from Gucci and Guess to Nike and Adidas.


823 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

Diversion is your one-stop shop for classic vintage clothes representing Central Florida to the ‘tee.’ Show off your hometown and find rare apparel inspired by Orlando’s local theme parks and sports teams. Discover Diversion’s pop culture graphic tees lineup and sell or trade in your own.

Out of the Closet

1349 N Mills Ave Orlando, FL 32803

Help more than just the environment when you shop at Out of the Closet. Out of the Closet offers a unique variety of vintage clothes and donates 96 cents of every dollar to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Out of the Closet also offers free rapid HIV testing in-store without an appointment.

Decor for a Greener Home

The Vintage Chair

2609 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, FL 32806

Get a blast from the past as you shop through The Vintage Chair’s endless inventory of retro furniture from the 1950s through the 80s. Be sure to check out their craft wine and beer selection so you can sip while shopping.

The Owl’s Attic

3106 Corrine Dr, Orlando, FL 32803 

Along with its extended assortment of hand-picked vintage apparel, The Owl’s Attic has a diverse medley of aesthetic accessories, decor, and furniture. Some in-store items are handmade by crafters directly from Orlando to sweeten the deal.

The Lovely Boutique

2906 Corrine Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

The Lovely Boutique offers a range of antique treasures. Find eccentric books, furniture, lamps, decor, and jewelry while digging through The Lovely’s collection of thrifted items from the 1960s through the 90s.

Sustainable Self-Care

Indeu Apothecary

520 E. Church St., Suite 103, Orlando, 32801

Pamper yourself and the environment with Indeu Apothecary’s soothing soaps, candles, and skincare products. Treat yourself to a DIY spa day with bath and body accessories that are handmade with eco-friendly, plastic-free, compostable, and low-waste materials that will have your skin glowing.

Rogue Beauty Lab

1681 Amazing Way Bldg 2 Ste 106, Ocoee, Fl 34761

Although Ocoee is outside of Orlando, Rogue Beauty Lab’s clean products are more than worth the drive. Find your custom blend of beauty products from paraben-free, oil-free, fragrance-free, and vegan resources. Unlike the harsh chemicals used in other makeup products, Rogue only uses all-natural, pure plant waxes, botanicals, and minerals that are kind to your skin and the environment.

Good Fills

Good Fills might be the most innovative and creative way to do your part for the environment. This small business’s number one initiative is reducing the use of disposable containers. You can spot the Good Fills van driving throughout Central Florida, stopping at local markets. Bring your Good Fills reusable container and fill up on their assortment of soap, detergent, and more. When you finish your reusable containers, Good Fills will repurchase them for $2.


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Written by Jenna Greaves

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