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Sustainable shopping is starting to become easier in Bogotá thanks to an array of new businesses opening with a focus on being zero waste. These types of stores allow you to bring your own containers in order to reduce plastic contamination and use ingredients that are non-toxic to the body. In addition to this, you’ll also find stores that sell reusable products and you can’t go wrong with a traditional public market for fresh & affordable produce. 

These are some of the best spots to shop sustainably in Bogotá, Colombia.


Casa Ciclo 

Address: Calle 65 #5-46

Casa Ciclo specializes in high-quality personal care products like lotions, shampoos, face wash, oils, and more – all in a waste-free environment. The store is filled with dispensers so you can bring your own container to refill or purchase one of theirs to use again and again.


Herbívoro 

Address: Carrera 7 #59-38 | Av Suba #100-53

Herbívoro makes it easy to be a vegan with their wide selection of “meats”, “cheese”, “butter”, and more that you can purchase to-go or order off their restaurant menu for deliciously prepared food. They also have a full range of products like detergent, soap, grains, nuts, spices, and more where you can bring your own containers for a refill – all at reasonable prices. 


Especia Humana

Address: Carrera 24 #37-60 

Especia Humana supplies specialty spices from all over the world to take your cooking to the next level. You can bring your own containers for a refill or purchase one of their ready to go containers or gift baskets to refill during your next visit. 


The Tea House

Address: Carrera 14 #80-75 | Carrera 18C #121-40 | Ave El Dorado #68C-61

Specializing in loose leaf tea and tea accessories you can find unique, zero-waste tea options at The Tea House. The tea is sold by weight so be sure to bring your own containers or bags to avoid needing to use theirs.  


La Tortuga y La Liebre 

Address: Online 

La Tortuga y La Libre is an online “Zero-waste + Toxic-Free + Cruelty-Free” store based in Bogotá that ships out to all of Colombia. They have 180+ products in their inventory ranging from beauty products, personal care, home goods, essential oils, and more – with most of the products being produced in Colombia. 


La Despensa

Address: Calle 41 #26-41

La Despensa has a full range of products from produce, baked goods, personal care, and at-home gardening. All of their products are sourced from small businesses in Colombia making this the perfect alternative to shopping at a big-chain supermarket. 


Granel

Address: Calle 69a # 4-35

Granel is where to go for exotic spices, teas, grains, and more sourced locally and from around the world. The store is zero waste, so you can bring your own containers (you receive a 5% discount when you do) or they have paper bags or jars you can purchase. 


RERERÉ

Address: Calle 90 #11-44

The outside of RERERÉ states the slogan “Plastic Free Shop” making this an easy spot to shop and avoid unnecessary waste. They have a full line of personal care products free from harmful toxins and refill stations for when you bring your own dispensers. 


Pompa 

Address: Calle 94 #11a-44

Pompa supplies personal care goods like artisanal soaps, shampoo, deodorant, candles, and more. They focus on finding quality, innovative products with beneficial properties for the body and the planet, that through their production, reduce the negative impact generated on the environment.


Public Markets

Address: 7 de Agosto, Mercado Perservancia, Paloquemao 

It’s often easy to forget that one of the most sustainable ways to shop is at the public markets in Bogotá. These no-frills markets are where you’ll find inexpensive & fresh produce, spices, meats, seafood, and more. Some of my favorite public markets in the city include 7 de Agosto, Mercado Perservancia, and Paloquemao. Just don’t forget to bring your own bags! 

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I'm Joey, a guy from Louisville, Kentucky that packed up and studied abroad at the age of 20 and hasn't moved back since. What started as a semester trip to Panamá has turned into 9+ years of living in Latin America and becoming a full-time travel blogger where I now mostly reside in Bogotá, Colombia. Follow me on Instagram at @joeybonura for more updates on my life abroad!

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