Making small lifestyle changes is imperative to living more sustainably, and the stores listed below are a good place to start...
Starting off with Northern Quarter’s McCall’s Organics, the store in the city centre offers organic fruit and vegetables, alongside tinned goods, dried foods, and refillable toiletries such as washing up liquid, fabric conditioner and toilet cleaner. They also deliver their veg boxes, which are filled with seasonal, organic fresh produce, straight to your door offering a chance for you to get creative in the kitchen at home.
McCall’s Organics, Unit 6, 7 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN
Deli Lama Wholefood Shop and Cafe
Salford’s new(ish) sustainable food store, Deli Lama has everything you need to reduce your carbon footprint at home. From dried goods to vegan cheeses and refillable cleaning products, the store is a great place to start if you want to reduce your plastic waste. Aside from the sustainable store, Deli Lama is also a cafe that serves teas, coffees and homemade vegan/vegetarian food from jerk curries to paninis, salads and pasties.
Deli Lama Wholefood Shop and Cafe, 220 Chapel St, Salford M3 5LE
The Good Life
Based in Heaton Mersey and now Stockport, The Good Life is an incredible shop that champions sustainable shopping and living. Its mission is to inspire people to make small life changes that will, in turn, make huge changes to the planet – you can buy everything from reusable sanitary pads to handmade soaps and fresh, locally baked bread.
The Good Life, 472 Didsbury Road, Heaton Mersey SK4 3BS
The Good Life, 28 Bridge Street Brow, Stockport, England SK1 1XY
Unicorn Grocery in Chorlton is a whole foods store offering organic, locally sourced fruit and vegetables alongside fair trade deli products. It’s probably Manchester’s largest sustainable supermarket, and the range of food available here is second to none. They’ve even got the biggest selection of plant-based milks in the North and an array of great natural and organic beers, wines and spirits.
Unicorn Grocery, 89 Albany Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 0BN
The Eighth Day Shop and Cafe
Located just next to Manchester Met University, Eighth Day has served veggies, vegans and the planet conscious since the early 60s. The cafe serves a menu of tasty plant-based meals that are hearty, healthy and homemade and the food on offer differs every day due to the craftsmanship of their expert chefs! You can also grab a good range of groceries at the store that have a big focus on sustainability.
The Eighth Day Shop & Cafe, 111 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7DU
Village Greens is a friendly, local community store in Prestwich offering people a wide range of delectable, locally sourced and organic ingredients. It aims to change the way its customers shop, helping them to lead happy, healthy and sustainable lives. The store is community owned, and run by a lovely bunch of staff and volunteers who connect with local businesses and suppliers to provide a little more than what you can get in your regular big chain supermarket.
Village Greens, 1 Longfield Centre, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1AY
Lentils and Lather
Sustainable shopping based on Burton Road and in Marple, Lentils and Lather is an eco-friendly and ethical store eliminating pointless plastic from everyday items such as food, drinks, household goods and personal care products. A large part of the store is dedicated to supplying bulk foods, bathroom products and household cleaning liquids, but it also goes beyond this offering items such as fresh breads, ethically sourced coffee, vegan chocolate and dental care products.
Lentils and Lather, 50 Burton Road, Manchester, M20 3EB.
Lentils and Lather, 107 Stockport Road, Marple, Stockport, SK6 6AF
Bernie’s Grocery Store
Serving organic fruit and veg, alongside a selection of sandwiches, cheese, wine and freshly baked treats, Bernie’s – owned by Will France – has gained its expertise from Manc institutions including Pollen and Wolfhouse. The independent store specialises in organic food and drink from local suppliers and sustainable businesses AND you can even get Patel’s freshly baked Indian pies at the store, too.
Bernie’s Grocery Store, 3 Hawthorn Grove, Heaton Moor, Stockport SK4 4HZ
Bernie’s Grocery Store, 30 Central Way, Altrincham WA14 1SB
Goodness Zero Waste
Zero waste shopping in the heart of Urmston, Goodness provides a place to shop sustainably by being part of the plastic free revolution. Everything you find in the shop is fully sustainable, from sweets to sanitary products and clothing made from 100% organic cotton. It even sells children’s books that highlight climate change and the impact of excessive human consumption on the planet.
Goodness Zero Waste, 10 Crofts Bank Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 0TS
One Small Step
Founded to help tackle the severe plastic pollution problem the planet is currently facing, One Small Step is a positive solution that allows people to reflect on their behaviours and make small, meaningful changes. Set up at Altrincham Market and run by the wonderful Rachael, they’ve got everything from reusable face wipes to organic hand balm and bamboo cutlery.
One Small Step, Altrincham Market, Greenwood St, Altrincham WA14 1PF