Guide to Shopping Sustainably in Acadiana

Over my years of blogging, one of the things I've enjoyed most is seeing more businesses come to Acadiana that focus on sustainability in some way. It's encouraging to see more demand for secondhand goods, locally made goods and waste-free shopping!

So today, I'm rounding up a guide to shopping sustainably in Acadiana! Whether you live here or plan to visit when it's more safe, this can help you find a place to start if eco-friendly shops are something you value. Many of these businesses I've written about before, so click on their name to read the post! Scroll to the end to find a custom Google map as well.



Note: This list doesn't include restaurants, as I'm working on putting together a separate guide that highlights local restaurants that use compostable takeout products and/or source local ingredients.

Guide to Shopping Sustainably in Acadiana


SugarWolf Outdoor Exchange

Sans Paquet

Hub City Cycles

I am combining these three shops because they share a space in Downtown Lafayette, making it a great one-stop eco-friendly shop. SugarWolf Outdoor Exchange is a new consignment store for outdoor gear and clothing, Sans Paquet is a package-free shop where you can find beauty goods and household items, all plastic-free. You are encouraged to bring your own containers. And Hub City Cycles, which recently moved from their previous location downtown, sells and repairs bicycles - an essential for eco-friendly transportation and exercise.



Deuxieme Vie Creative

This newer shop downtown is a great place for secondhand arts and crafts materials, and throughout the pandemic, they've been sharing Facebook Live craft hours. They also used to open on Saturday evenings during ArtWalk and will resume once ArtWalks are on the calendar again.


Clothing Loft

Clothing Loft is a locally owned consignment shop for women's and kid's clothing and shoes. I've written about them before because they're a great option for eco-friendly formal gowns, although many formal events are on hold right now.

Clothes Mentor

Once Upon a Child

Plato's Closet

While these three stores are national brands, they're locally owned franchises and great sources of clothing and accessories for babies, children, teenagers and adults.
 

Baby & Me Boutique

ARC of Acadiana

LARC Beads n More 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

All of these local resale shops benefit nonprofit organizations, so you can give back while you shop!

Hub City Farmer's Market

Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market

Earthshare Gardens

For instant shopping from local farmers and vendors, visit a local farmers market! I included the two in Lafayette here, but you can find a list for Louisiana here.

Earthshare Gardens is not a farmers market, but it is a community garden that you can become a part of each season and enjoy the fresh produce!

Vermilionville

St. Landry Parish Visitor Center

While these are not strictly shops, they are great attractions in the area that spotlight Acadian living and eco-friendly principles. Vermilionville is operated by Bayou Vermilion District, and they do have a gift shop where you can find unique Acadiana goods.


Tee Tiny House

When you're done with shopping, spend a night or two in a custom-built tiny house north of Lafayette!


Lafayette Public Library

Always an excellent resource for books, movies and magazines! Friends of the Library typically holds a used book sale each year, although they haven't said anything about the Fall sale yet.

Bonus: No Waste Lafayette

No Waste Lafayette is a local organization focused on zero-waste efforts. They have held many Fix It Cafes, which are such a great resource for the community. There are none currently on the schedule, but the group is still holding virtual monthly meetings. If you'd like to learn more or get involved, join in on a meeting!





If there's a shop that I've missed, let me know in the comments and I'll update the guide!

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