Sustainable Online Businesses For Busy People
Avoiding plastic when you work 40 hours per week, commuting 2 hours per day, going to the gym, pick up the kids, cook, clean the house and still find the time to go out with your friends is not easy every day. We don’t often have the time to go to the market, go to different stores. We also have the right to be lazy. I will share a few Irish websites to order your food and other items online. I haven't tried all of them but I hope you will find this post useful to get more zero-waste products from the comfort of your home.
Created in 2018, the below list has been updated in July 2021.
What do they sell? Zero waste, handmade and eco friendly skincare, cleaning products, homewares, candles and textiles.
Delivery cost: €5 in Ireland/Northern Ireland and free on orders over €50.
Additional info: The founders, James & Eoin are inspired by the Scandinavian concepts of Hygge. Free local delivery around Kilcullen, Co. Kildare and collection are available.
Green Earth Organics
What do they sell? Plastic-free veg boxes, dairy-free milk, juices, household and personal care products, vegetables, fruits, snacks, eggs, dairy, baking products, cereals, tea, coffee, tins, grains, rice, pasta, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, nut butter, honey, jams, ...
Delivery cost: €4.95 for a local delivery, €7.95 nationwide.
Additional info: they have the plastic-free aisle and vegan products categories.
What do they sell? Cosmetics, reusable cotton pads/ rounds, toothbrushes, menstrual cups, reusable produce bags, washing-up brushes, food wraps, stainless steel lunch boxes, stainless steel & bamboo straws, Starter kits, reusable cups and bottles, ...
Delivery cost: Fiona is currently offering reduced postage to Ireland (€3) and the UK (€4).
What do they sell? Arts & crafts, bags, packaging, catering products, cleaning products, stationery, desktop accessories, diaries & planners, notebooks, envelopes, toys, gifts, gift wrapping paper, labels, paper & cards (100% recycled), sanitary products, storage, ...
Delivery cost: €5 or Free delivery if total ex-vat exceeds €75
Additional info: The owners are really nice and reply to your questions promptly with a lot of details to help you.
Little Green Shop
What do they sell? Laundry products, cleaning products, stainless steel products (such as lunch boxes, bottles, honey dipper, straws, dustpan, ice cube tray), tea accessories, reusable wraps, cleaning brushes, candles, cotton bags, clothing, baby care, baby bottles, cosmetics (makeup included), breastfeeding products, feminine products, ...
Delivery cost: €5 and free delivery when you spend over €85
Additional info: if you just need to order 1 small item, they can ship it by weight.
Minimal Waste Grocery
What do they sell? Body care, cotton bags, dried fruit, grains, dried herbs, household products, legumes, nuts, vinegar, spices, snacks, seeds, baking products, oils.
Delivery cost: Local and courier deliveries are available (Dublin €5 / Bray €7 / Leixlip, Maynooth, Celbridge €7). Free shipping for orders over €70 (up to a maximum of 30kgs).
Additional info: 3 packaging options are available (brown paper bags, your own containers, Biobags). You can see them on Saturdays from 10 am-4 pm at the Red Stables Market, St. Anne's Park, Clontarf
What do they sell? Organic plastic-free vegetables boxes, zero waste fruits / vegetables / nuts / teas / coffees/ flours / cereals and wine. They also offer a wide range of vegan products such as tofu, cheeze, tempeh, plant-based milk and egg-free mayonnaise.
Delivery cost: Order by 10 am and get the same day local delivery. From €3.50. e
Additional info: The business is based in Dublin 7 and they will deliver your order by bike if you live within 3 km.
Pax Whole Foods Eco Goods
What do they sell? Baby & kids products, baking ingredients, beans, lentils, body care products, coffee, teas, pet care items, nuts & cereals, dried fruits, oils & vinegar, reusable items, snacks, ...
Delivery cost: From €5.e
Additional info: They also have a brick-and-mortar store in Westport where you can pick up your order.
What do they sell? Reusable silicon bags, stainless steel lunch box and food jars, bento bags, bento boxes, reusable cups and bottles, a great variety of straws (edible, bamboo, stainless steel, glass straws), food wraps, bowl & plate covers, reusable produce bags, cosmetics, wood glasses, wood watch, wood bikes, cleaning products, ceramic herb garden, sage smudge, zero waste kits, and more.
Delivery cost: €4.50
Additional info: They opened a store in Dublin 18 where they sell Minimal Waste Grocery's groceries.
The Hop Sacks
What do they sell? Veg & Fruits boxes, cosmetics, cleaning products, baking & cooking products, reusable bottles, keep cups, fermentation & germination kits and more.
Delivery cost: €4.75. Free shipping for orders over €50.
Additional info: They have a physical store in Rathmines, Dublin.
What do they sell? Zero waste groceries, cleaning products, batch & beauty, baby & child clothing, plastic-free gifts, lunch boxes, ...
Delivery cost: Shipping is calculated by weight - Free shipping to Ireland over €60, Europe over €80 and worldwide over €100.
Additional info: The business is based in Waterford.
I will try to update this list on a regular basis - don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to add an Irish business selling plastic-free products online!
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