Where to Shop Sustainably in Covent Garden
Shop with a conscious at Covent Garden with our round up of the most sustainable stores in the West End.
GANNI has partnered with I:CO to launch their garment take back scheme in their Covent Garden store to make it easier for their community to recycle garments and help extend the life cycle of clothes.
Customers will be able to drop off all kinds of unwanted, worn-out clothing and shoes from any brand, in whatever condition at designated collection boxes in their stores. I:CO then collects the boxes and sorts into different categories, in some cases they’ll be reused, recycled or transformed into new fabrics. For every bag/kg of clothes each customer drops off, GANNI will donate back to the I:CO circularity research project.
The creators of the jelly shoes know a thing or two about having sustainable credentials. All of Melissa’s shoes have been recognised by the Vegan Society, a UK-based institution that provides guidance on a cruelty-free world since 1944.
Plastic shoes we hear you scream, but Melissa is different as their shoes are made to be reusable as they're made of 100% recyclable raw material and will become new products. If you wear your shoes down just a little too much then Galeria Melissa in Covent Garden has a designation recycling station where your old shoes will soon become new ones for someone else.
Floral Street Fragrance made it their mission from the very beginning to create vegan fragrance that is packaged in something good for the world. Through that journey that have created a totally new way to house your perfume in a ground-breaking pulp carton with an embossed lid, made from recyclable paper packaging and held together with a re-usable brightly-coloured band.
A first for the world of fragrance, the Floral Street Fragrance box is entirely recyclable and biodegradable. The innovation does not stop at their fragrance, for their tube which house their bath and body collection they turned to 100% sustainable sugarcane bioplastic, formed by processing the crop’s high sucrose content. The end result is durable packaging that is aesthetically indistinguishable from traditional plastic tubes, but remains 100% recyclable.
You can find L’Occitane in the heart of the Market Building where they store may look small but the way they work to help the planet are big. L’Occitane has partnered with TerraCycle® to provide a collection and recycling programme for their customers to be able to simply recycle their empties at any of the L’Occitane boutiques. Simply bring in your empty beauty and skin care products from L’Occitane or any beauty brand to be recycled. What’s more, you will get 10% off a new full priced product!
What’s more, L’Occitane has a range of refills for their hero products that all you to reuse their packaging over and over again.
Available exclusively in Charlotte Tilbury boutique, her Hot Lips 2 Lipstick collection is refillable. The collection can be interchanged with any of the 5 collectible, refillable Hot Lips 2 Lipstick designs.
Hot Lips 2 was created in collaboration with 11 of Charlotte’s favourite icons including JK Rowling, Jennifer Aniston and Enigmatic Edward.
At Molton Brown, they believe that luxury and sustainability work hand-in-hand. Alongside their debut of the latest collection of 27 fragrances, the packaging for 100ml Eaux de Parfum and Eaux de Toilette can be refilled time and time again in-store after their last spritz.
The conscious refillable service allows you to get more from your one-of-a-kind glass bottle which comes topped with a stunning glass sphere.
If you have found the perfect shoes at Cheaney, ensure they are yours forever with the British shoe makers’ refurbishment service.
Their craftsmen will carefully take off the sole and heels of your shoes with the welts as well as insoles if necessary. The craftsmen will then reshape the shoes and reconstruct them with high-quality materials so the shoes look good as new! The process will take 6 working weeks for your pair of shoes to be totally new once again.
New soles are generally made of rubber and are well fitted and stitched using the well-known ‘Goodyear’ welted process. Then, the shoes are re-finished and returned to you. The refurbishment service costs £110.
In 2020, CARAT* London has brought Gentle Diamonds to their Covent Garden store. Gentle Diamonds is a new platform that combines art and science, bringing the world of lab grown diamonds to the UK. Gentle Diamonds describes themselves as a new generation of diamond for a new generation, a pure and clean diamond that is a true representation of love and the bond between two people.
Now, the platform offers customised rings, allowing customers the chance to create their ideal engagement ring online and in selected CARAT* London boutiques. Gentle Diamonds aims towards becoming a 100% carbon neutral brand made in England using fair-trade recycled gold by 2022.
Prices start from under £1,800 for a one carat solitaire ‘Caroline’ engagement ring in 18K white gold. Each diamond is accompanied with a unique diamond authentication certificate from the International Gemological Institute.
FLORAL STREET is an award-winning fragrance brand inspired by vibrant London culture and powered by flowers. They have modernised traditional floral perfumes and have a flagship store in the heart of Covent Garden. FLORAL STREET care for the environment and have created packaging with principles. Fragrances are vegan and cruelty free, certified by PETA, packaging is recyclable and they are leading the way with their eco hero – a ground breaking wood pulp fragrance carton - a first for the beauty world. Compostable and reusable, you can even grow seeds in it! They also offer a fragrance refill service in the Covent Garden store.
Simply take your empty bottle of your favourite scent to the King Street store and have it refilled on the spot for a discounted price.
A.P.C. takes back your clothes for a reinsertion of solidarity
How does the recycling programme work?
The recycling programme allows all customers to return their old A.P.C. clothing to their Covent Garden store in exchange for a credit note valid for 6 months, according to a specific rate schedule. The returned products are aggregated and donated to a charitable organisation to be sold in a network of charity shops.
POLO RALPH LAUREN
Introducing, the Earth Polo from Polo Ralph Lauren. An icon of today, made for a better tomorrow. Ralph Lauren’s pledge is to use 170 million recycled plastic bottles in their products and packaging by 2025. Each Earth Polo is made using an average of 12 recycled plastic bottles.
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