As we continue to adapt to lifestyles that prioritize our health and wellness, it’s natural to consider more sustainable ways of living — which may include replacing everyday items with eco-friendly, cruelty-free and locally-sourced equivalents to satisfy Mother Nature.
Here’s a list of businesses around the Indianapolis area that specialize in eco-friendly products, as well as locally sourced, recycled and handmade goods to help reduce your carbon footprint.
Red’s Super Rose — 5365 E. Washington St.
Owned and operated by Lauren and Michael Bushman Hall, Red’s Super Rose doubles as a flower and gifts shop and a café. The quaint shop offers fresh and forever (dried flower) bouquets, an assortment of handmade gift goods (including imported Mexican handcrafts), curated used books, art supplies and greeting cards. Their café menu features sweet treats by Zoe Taylor of Borage, 4 Birds Bakery and Native Bread, in addition to a very large no- and low-alcohol beverage selection.
Stomping Ground — 1625 Nowland Ave.
Located in Windsor Park, Stomping Ground is a gift, houseplant and small-scale seasonal garden center that opened in February 2021. Owned and operated by Martha Latta, Stomping Ground carries art and unique gift items from other local women- and LGBTQ-owned businesses, which guests can peruse in-house and online. In addition, Stomping Ground offers a variety of Earth-friendly products, body care items and cocktail mixes.
Georgetown Market — 4375 Georgetown Rd.
Father-son duo Rick and Andrew Montieth proudly run Georgetown Market as a one-stop shop for clean personal care items and supplements, as well as non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian groceries. The market’s Eatery boasts the oldest Juice & Smoothie Bar in Indy, featuring fresh-made smoothies and a refreshing variety of vegan, vegetarian and paleo bowls, plus wraps and salads for shoppers to grab and go.
Clutch & Kindle — 336 W. Main St., Carmel
Clutch & Kindle began as a candle and clean fragrance company in 2021, but husband and wife creatives Cari and Matt Hahn added a more unique product to their “perfect fire” shop offerings just two years ago. The boutique now specializes in jewelry, hats and accessories made from decommissioned Indiana fire hoses that typically go to landfills. Items are hand-made and painted in small batches in Noblesville but are offered all over Indy, including Needlers in Carmel and Mass Avenue, Ironworks Hotel, and Bask at 336 W. Main St. in Carmel.
Four Day Ray Brewing — 11671 Lantern Rd.
With the slogan “Brewed for the Community,” Brian Graham opened Four Day Ray Brewing in Fishers as a way to bring people together. The brewery exclusively serves Indiana-owned companies such as Crazy Horse Hops and Sugar Creek Malt Co. The food menu is an elevated take on classic bar food, with flatbreads, street tacos, tenderloins, and hamburgers from Munsee Meats. The community-based brewery also gives back during Tap for a Cause Tuesdays, where they donate 5% of their profits to a local not-for-profit organization.
Tuggles Gifts & Goods — 1029 Virginia Ave.
Located in the heart of Fountain Square, Tuggles Gifts & Goods opened in November of 2020 by Brook and Ross Tuggle. With a primary focus on Indiana-Made items, the store sells handmade gifts, art and jewelry from local vendors and artists. Tuggles also carries an array of sustainably-made items — many of which are also Indiana-Made — and hosts workshops, classes and events each month.
Homespun: Modern Handmade — 869 Massachusetts Ave.
Featuring a wide selection of handmade and recycled items, Indiana-themed gifts and other distinctive goodies, Homespun Handmade Modern is a woman-owned boutique, gallery and workshop. Amanda Mauer opened the shop in Irvington in 2010 before moving into its Mass Avenue location in the Bottleworks District — which carries an extensive array of DIY crafts, jewelry, eco-friendly apothecary, ceramics and zero-waste products from local vendors.
Silver in the City — 434 Massachusetts Ave.
Kristin Kohn opened her eclectic gift shop’s first location on Mass Avenue in 2000 before adding a second location in Carmel’s Arts & Design District in 2015. Silver in the City is known for offering just about everything from quirky handmade gift items and jewelry to housewares and local art. A few of their Earth-friendly finds in-store and online include reusable shopping bags, Swedish dishcloths, reusable drinkware, jewelry made from recycled silver, and other repurposed materials.
Good Earth Natural Food Co. — 6350 Guilford Ave.
Since 1971, Good Earth Natural Food Co. has been a longstanding supplier of natural and organic foods, vitamins and supplements, herbs and spices, aromatherapy and immune-boosting beauty products. Guests can shop at the store in Broad Ripple and online for Birkenstock Sandals and Footwear, as well as organic produce and Indiana-Made products including natural foods, healthy body care, green cleaning, bulk coffee and tea.
Amberson Coffee & Grocer — 401 S. College Ave.
The coffee shop opened in Fountain Square in June of 2020 and primarily focuses on the coffee experience with an extensive offering of pour-overs, cold brews and specialty drinks like the Vanilla-Date Latte and the Hunnymilk Latte. Amberson Coffee & Grocer commits to sustainability practices by serving all drinks in glass jars — even to-go coffees. Guests pay a $1 deposit for a Takeaway Glass Jar, which can be brought back for a $1 redeposit fee that can be re-applied towards their next drink.
Rooftop Fruit — 1058 Virginia Ave.
Located in Fountain Square, Rooftop Fruit specializes in zero-waste products, personal care items and everyday necessities — from toiletries and housewares to jewelry and stationery — in-store and online. The Refill Bar in the back of the shop includes an array of natural cleaning products such as deodorant, hand soap and detergent, allowing guests to BYO refillable containers or purchase a reusable in-store.
Chloe McGowan is a dedicated plant parent, herbal tea lover, and avid soy candle burner. She’s a “transplant” Hoosier and a contributor for Indy Maven. Follow her on Twitter @chloe_mcgowanxx.
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