Shopping “green” in Cincinnati is easier than ever right now, thanks to variety of eco-friendly shops and businesses that are popping up around the city. Here are eight local businesses that are helping make the Queen City a greener place to live.
Fill More Waste Less
Fill More Waste Less in Madisonville is a one-stop shop that helps customers live a waste-free lifestyle. The shop’s refillery station includes laundry powder, dishwashing liquid, hand soap, body wash, shampoo, cleaner concentrates, lavender bubble bath, face cream, and more. Searching for a unique gift but want to limit your waste? Check out their plastic-free gift boxes, including boxes designed for kids, canines, and tea and coffee lovers. You’ll also find other essentials to aid you on your zero-waste journey, including tree-free toliet paper, reusable travel straws, wax food wraps, and compostable floss.
4305 Whetsel Ave., Madisonsville, (513) 390-2873
Better Bin Compost Company
Composting is an excellent eco-friendly lifestyle choice, but it can be difficult do to in an urban environment. Better Bin Compost Company is helping make it a more accessible option for Cincinnatians! Since 2019, the company has been dedicated to educating local residents on diverting food waste through their composting services. Participants can drop-off compostable food waste at the Hyde Park Farmers’ Market on Sunday mornings or at Fill More Waste Less in Madisonville. Better Bin also offers a monthly membership service that includes at-home compost pickup every week. New to the recycling and composting scene? Follow Better Bin’s Facebook page for recycling-related information and resources in Cincinnati.
Located at Findlay Market, Earthganics offers sustainably sourced and ethically created body products. Customers can enjoy natural deodorants (made with or without baking soda), lip balms, lotion bars, essential oils, and various shea butter balms and serums to help with eczema and severely dry skin, among a variety of other natural products. Earthganics also helps you limit your plastic waste by offering refillable hand sanitizer, insect repellent, and foaming hand soap bottles. You can even bring in your empty deodorant containers, and they’ll recycle them for you.
1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 239-6408
Thrift shopping isn’t just for clothes—it’s for art supplies too! Whether you need to re-home some colored pencils or need more stickers for a scrapbooking project, Indigo Hippo gives art supplies a second chance at life. You can find or donate supplies like markers, glitter, picture frames, fabric, yarn, paints, ribbon, beads, stamps—the list goes on! Even better, Indigo Hippo isn’t just an art thrift store but a nonprofit that makes art and creativity accessible with their pay-what-you can pricing scale and by collaborating with community organizations to give supplies to those in need. Keep an eye on their website and social media accounts for a peek at their inventory, but you’ll want to schedule an in-person appointment to see everything they have to offer.
1334 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 918-4917
Koko Cincinnati was founded as a resource to live a more sustainable lifestyle in Cincinnati. At Koko, you’ll find a refillery station for everyday essentials, including baking soda; room and body spray; white vinegar; sunscreen; beard oil; and various essential oils scents like lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree. Koko also has an excellent selection of reusable and eco-friendly beauty tools and products, from reusable cotton rounds to lip and cheek tints to nail polish.
318 W. Fourth Street, downtown, (614) 972-7256
Sage + Garden
What’s greener than having a green thumb? At Sage + Garden you can find both plants and products to start living a more sustainable lifestyle, starting at the heart of your home—your kitchen. Whether you’re looking for composting supplies, gardening tools, or zero-waste kitchen essentials (think reusable shopping bags, beeswax food wraps, and compostable pet waste bags), Sage + Garden has it all. New to the zero-waste lifestyle? Check out their selection of books on eco-friendly and zero-waste living, or ask a friendly staff members for advice on how to get started!
12 W. Pike St., Covington, (859) 307-8126
Scrap It Up
Scrap It Up in Pleasant Ridge is a creative re-use center that’s on a mission to reduce waste by buying and re-selling gently used art supplies. Scrap It Up is a craft-lovers paradise filled with all kinds of art supplies, including colored paper, Sharpies, fabrics, school supplies, sewing patterns, and more. Scrap It Up is run by volunteers who not only want to help the environment, but the community too, by holding events for teachers to shop for free art supplies at the beginning of each school year.
Scrap It Up is currently closed due to COVID-19. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates on reopening.
5935 Ridge Ave., Pleasant Ridge, (513) 717-0852
Are you looking to jump all in on living plastic-free? Then Simply Zero is the place to start! Simply Zero makes your zero waste dreams a reality with their wall of refillable items, including body wash, hand lotion, and conditioner. You’ll also find plenty of other eco-friendly products that can help you live more sustainably, like reusable sandwich bags, travel cutlery kits, and plastic-free laundry pods. Interested in learning more? Visit Simply Zero’s blog for tips and tricks on transitioning into a zero-waste lifestyle.
1235 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 604-0183