It’s been wild the last few weeks and many of us have seen a noticeable shift in our behaviors as consumers. As the economy slowly reopens, we are now understanding the importance of shopping local to protect our local economy and support those small businesses who have been affected by Shelter In Place.
Consciousness isn’t just about meditating and sustainability, it isn’t just about living plastic free or buying brands that promote fair wages and support social policies. It is ALSO about reducing our carbon footprint where we can by shopping locally. It is about spending your money and choosing local businesses that share the same values. It is about using your purchasing power to contribute to small businesses that adhere to the values worth promoting.
Yes, it is difficult living on an island to truly reduce your carbon footprint when most products are imported and have their own footprint, BUT, if you are conscious about your purchases, don’t intend to do a lot of returns and support local businesses, you will make a world of difference for the economy and to small business owners.
This is how I choose to show up for my fellow local business owners. This is how I #chooseBermuda.
Here are some of my favorite Bermudian brands that you should look out for. Since we are talking sustainable fashion, let’s start there!
ModBlu Bermuda – sustainable, ethical clothing edit to shop on their website:
Orange Bay Company – local consignment store, vintage thrifted clothing –
Native By Channing Elizabeth – hand made bathing suits & reusable masks
Daughters of Summer – ECONYL regenerated nylon bathing suits made from ocean materials such as fishing nets and plastics
Factor Bermuda – a refined collection of sun protective and sustainable swimwear, made from luxury Italian Lycra derived from recycled fishing nets
Tuck Shop Bermuda – general store that houses ethically made clothing and shoe brands
Eco Conscious Beauty & Wellness
Ase Naturals – vegan, plant based, crystal infused and cruelty free body oils (worldwide shipping available)
Cassine – curated collection of green beauty products that protect our environment and our reef. donates a portion of all proceeds to saving our reef
Tuck Shop Bermuda – general store that carries eco conscious beauty products including some of my favorite brands: Moon Juice, Shiva Rose, Beekeepers Naturals
Ocean Rock Wellness – holistic practitioners, sells high quality CBD and adaptogen products to support balance + overall wellness
Health Infusion Bermuda – local IV therapy lounge and home of my favorite plastic free conditioning lip balm by Remedy & plastic free CBD sparkling drink: Sweet Reason
Locally Made Small Batch Hair Care
Pink Lotus Hair and Skin – @pinklotushairandskin
Surishae – (worldwide shipping available)
Eco Conscious Home
Aroma Candles – available at ModBlu Bermuda
Orange Bay Company – local consignment store
La Petite Soiree – carries a sustainable line of party wares!
Sail Bermuda – charter experiences on Bermuda's beautiful waters
The Retreat – local, green beauty spa specializing in vegan, plant based products and treatments
Lacquered Lounge – local green beauty services located in the town of St George
Eettafel – bespoke luxury picnics, farm to table, fully sustainable