If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly products and services, you may not realize that there are some great options right here in Kitsap County, Washington. Go for these reusable, natural, local, or waste-free options when you can. These products and services help mother nature, and we hope this list serves as a great starting point.
Products for Your Home That Are Eco-Friendly
At Frog Soap in Bremerton, you’ll find eco-friendly options for zero waste dish soap, laundry powder, wool dryer balls, glass soap jars, and more. They also sell a variety of personal care items as well, including hand soaps and shaving products.
Cloth napkins are the perfect alternative to single-use paper napkins. Earthtastic, a vendor at Red Plantation Marketplace in Poulsbo, offers alternatives to napkins, paper towels, snack bags, and more.
Whether you are a gardener growing some of your own food or not, Kitsap Fresh is a great local resource for buying local produce online. Additionally, you can purchase eggs, meat, dairy, baked goods, and more. Buying local goods instead of long-haul shipped items lowers the carbon footprint of your meal. It also keeps dollars in our local economy. An online farmers market co-op, Kitsap Fresh connects you to more than 40 local food producers. Some local brands and farms include CB’s Nuts, Oxalis Kitchen, Bremerton Produce Co., and HeyDay Farm. Every weekend, you can easily order online and then pick up your order on Wednesdays at one of their many pick-up locations. Also, they offer home delivery in most Kitsap communities.
You can also shop locally and sustainably by visiting Kitsap’s farmers’ markets. Bring your reusable bags and fill them with fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, and more. Watch our video to see some of what they offer.
Another way to help the environment when it comes to food is to buy dry goods and other foods in bulk. It can reduce packaging and help you save if you use reusable jars and bags. We recommend stores like Kitsap Food Co-Op in Bremerton, Sprouts in Silverdale, and Town & Country Markets in Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island. Most stores also sell containers next to the bulk food sections and employees can suggest containers that best fit each food type.
Green Ideas for Personal Care and Clothing
From made-in-store sugar scrubs and lotion to reusable makeup wipes, Away With Words in Poulsbo has a lot to offer for personal care items. And, if you bring your glass jar back for reuse, you’ll receive 10% off your next lotion purchase. Hippie Witch Skincare in Port Orchard carries a variety of natural items made with essential oils including deodorant, body butter, and bath salts, as well as hand-poured soy candles.
Keep great outfits from ending up in a landfill by donating or shopping at local second-hand shops like Lucky Star in Silverdale and Kingston, Second Season Thrift in Poulsbo, and Bella Luna Consignment Boutique in Bremerton.
Natural Products for Babies and Kids
With a variety of natural products from maternity through young childhood, Blossom Baby Boutique in Silverdale is a great resource for families. You’ll find everything from skincare to wooden, Montessori-style toys.
If you’re looking for a gift for a little one in your life, check out local Poulsbo shop Toys Etc. You’ll find a fun selection of toys made from recycled materials, as well as cute wooden animals. Or, you can visit the newest addition to Bay Street in Port Orchard, Brick Ally. They specialize in the resale of legos and lego sets – some even dating back to the 1960s. Purchasing second-hand legos keeps them in circulation and out of the trash.
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services
If you are looking to have some of your delicate clothing items cleaned, Evergreen Cleaners is an eco-friendly option. They use wet cleaning (vs. typical dry cleaning), which doesn’t use harsh chemicals.
Buy Nothing Groups
Local Buy Nothing Project groups are popping up all over. Each neighborhood or town usually has its own. Most are run as Facebook groups, so do an online search to see which one is closest to you. Essentially, it’s an online swap-meet where you can find almost anything you might be looking for – a great community-building project, and a way to keep items in use.