Leeds is not an island. We must act local, but always think globally. Environmental Justice is made up of people and spaces and is much more than simply reducing carbon. It must take into account the colonial legacies and challenge injustices. Human Aquarium believes race, social and climate justice are interconnected struggles. As organisations and businesses we must reflect that message. From this premise, we have built this list.
Adam and Eco – the smallest eco soap shop in Leeds. Address: K7 Kirkgate Market, Leeds LS2 7HY
Antiform – originally from Leeds, now based in Bristol, Antiform is a forward thinking fashion company with an irregular twist, pushing the boundaries of ethical, sustainable design by using reclaimed materials. Supporters of the Love Your Clothes network, which exists to reduce the impact of clothes on the environment.
ARK Community Cafe was setup by the charity CATCH Leeds to serve the local community. It is run by passionate volunteers who want to create a safe welcoming space and low-cost refreshments for everyone. Hovingham Ave, Leeds LS8 3QY
The Bike Mill – Community bike recycling and training. Pedallers’ Arms. 37 Mabgate Green, Leeds, LS9 7DS
Coffee on the Crescent a stylish coffee shop in Hyde Park with zero waste. Free wi-fi. Go in and buy a coffee! Address: 2 The Crescent, Leeds LS6 2NW
Cowspiracy This is the film that pushed me to veganism as the best tool I had to help the environment, there is also a 30 day plan to become vegan.I didn’t really use this though I did sign up. For me it was resolving my love of butter and milk. Easy in the end.
Cyclops Pedal Power– Using pedal-powered electronics, we teach young people practical and leadership skills to address climate change and inequality. Contact Stephanie Robinson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
EcoTopia – zero waste and eco products ( food, toiletries, household). Dropoff for Ecobricks and Terracycle/Colgate recycling toothpaste/ brush scheme. Address: Central Arcade, Leeds City Centre. Address: Unit 8, Central Arcade, Leeds LS1 6DX
Eco Wolfe – a clothing online store based in Leeds using recycled polyester, cotton and hemp.
Emmaus Leeds – Charity working to end homelessness across the UK – provides training, support & more, includes many stores where you can purchase second hand furniture, clothes, other household and personal items, and a community cafe. Address: St Mary’s St, Leeds LS9 7DP ( 4 other stores in Yorkshire also nationwide here.
EssenciabyRuth is an online eco store to by a range of eco products including bamboo toothbrushes, soap nuts and lots more.
Eat Your Greens – restaurant serving organic fish/ meat and huge selection of vegan options. Home to new monthly Eco-Market starting 17th Feb 2019. Address: 42 New York St, Leeds LS2 7DY
Fettle Cafe A relaxed, organic environment who support their local community and protect the environment. Stockists of Just Mylk organic nut milks. Great George Street Ls1 3br
Frack Free Leeds – Leeds based resistance group organising campaigns to protest fracking. #FrackOff
G.A.L.B.A. Group for Action onLeeds Bradford Airport Expansion
Green Action is a Leeds University Union Society, where hundreds of people finding how they want to contribute to and change their communities through practical environmentalism. They have a co-op ( see green guide film below). See also practical guide to sustainable living that you can download.
Green Guide – This is Mai Brightlings film and directory about eco spaces in Leeds. The film shows these spaces and interviews with people about these spaces.It includes an interview with one of our mermaids Jazmine Krokback.
Hubbub run schemes and campaigns that are creative and fun. This includes being involved in the #LeedsByExample scheme that is collecting specific single use rubbish in Leeds City Centre. @ForgeRecycling are also involved in this city wide campaign. Other contributors include Zero Waste, Leeds BID, ASDA and Cafe Nero. See their dedicated blog here.
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) – We work with partners to create a fairer future, where both people and the natural world can thrive.
Just Mylk is a small batch organic nut milk producer in leeds in glass bottles and ( soon to have) a local delivery service. You can order directly or find them at Green Basket monthly Eco-market starting on 17th February at Eat Your Greens
Leeds Community Clothes Exchange is a community project encouraging the exchange of clothes and accessories in order to develop community spirit, reduce consumption and raise awareness of unethical consumer habits. Address: 197 Woodhouse St, Leeds LS6 2NY
Leeds Wood Recycling reduce waste by reusing wood that might otherwise end up in landfill. Address: Unit 6, 24 Croydon St, Leeds LS11 9RT
Livity Plant Based Cuisine – restaurant in Croydon. Serves healthy flavourful plant-based food, cakes and juices. Address: Croydon Surrey Street Market London CR0
Love the Oceans – like us they are one of the 100 World Cetacean Alliance world-wide partners. They run a grassroots, community led approach to marine protection in the Inhambane province in Mozambique and will be speaking at our film and talks night.
Love Your Clothes exists to reduce the impact of our clothes on the environment. Loads of useful tips on up cycling your wardrobe and buying more ethically and sustainably.
Miss Claire Rose – The Online Vegan Market – vegan food and other products with a physical shop at 4A Commercial Street HG1 1TY Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Open Source Arts – Run environmental projects inc. precious Plastics, river cleanups, yoga, fermentation, practical skills (woodwork, welding etc.) Address – Unit 1A Aire Place Mills, 143 Kirkstall Rd, LS3 1JL
ORCA protecting whales and dolphins by changing the way we use their habitats. That includes shipping, fishing, noise pollution, marine litter and more. This information can be shared and used across the globe, potentially providing local solutions to a global problem.
Pedlars Arms – Leeds Bike Repair Cooperative. Learn how to repair your bike. Address: 37 Mabgate Green, Leeds LS9 7DS
Planet Walker – will sponsor walks internationally that promote environment education and responsibility. Lead by environmentalist John Francis.
Plastic Free Me Campaigning for an end to single use plastic in the heart of Armley. One of our partner organisations leading on our joint #YouthActivism project funded by @iwill_campaign
Plastic Oceans – aim to stop plastic reaching the ocean within a generation.
Race and ClimateJustice Group – Racial Justice Network
Refill – a national campaign to encourage people to refill water bottles on the go at ‘Refill Stations’ (existing businesses who sign up to the scheme). Download the free app to find your nearest station wherever you are, or email email@example.com to get involved!
The Refilling Station – zero waste pop up shop based in Chapel Allerton. Open Fridays and Saturdays. Address: 2 Stainbeck Lane, Leeds LS7 3QY
Repair cafe– aim to repair digital and electronic equipment. Address: Bridge St, Leeds LS2 7QZ, UK.
Scrap – who reuse scrap materials for art and play. Sunny Bank Mills, Paradise Street, Farsley Ls28 5uj
Seaspiracy – new film and campaign to raise awareness on what is happening in our oceans
Surfers over Sewage inspire people to unite and protect oceans including national campaigns in Uk such as their Message in a Bottle Scheme, lobbying relating to legislation, and setting up plastic free communities across the uk ( 426 and counting). You can support them here.
Toast Love Coffee a cafe in Harehills to bring people together through coffee and conversation. Address: 13 Harehills Rd Leeds LS8 5HR
Uk Plastic Pact is a tribalising collaborative initiative that will create a circular economy for plastics. It brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with UK governments and NGOs to tackle the scourge of plastic waste. Part of Wrap.
World Cetacean Alliance With the help of 100 world wide partners (one of which is Yorkshire Life Aquatic & our Human Aquarium project, the World Cetacean Alliance, based in Brighton, England, research, protect, sustain and build capacity for cetaceans worldwide.
Zero Waste Shops where you can buy items plastic free and refill your own jars/ containers here in Leeds mentioned above – (more info see our blog here and more nationwide zero waste stores: here and here. Also a Yorkshire based facebook group Journey to Zero waste is a helpful resource.
If you would like to be added to our list, or are included in this list but would like not to be, please get in touch with your details and request at: firstname.lastname@example.org