Practicing ethical consumerism does not mean giving up your weekend shopping trips! Waterford offers a ton of ways for you to make sustainable choices when shopping, all while giving back to the local community. By choosing to make ethical decisions and supporting Waterford businesses, you are not only helping reduce overall waste but are also actively giving back to the local community. This guide explores what Waterford has to offer you when trying to shop more consciously. 


Shop Sustainable, Shop Local.

Shopping local helps reduce your carbon footprint, it means fewer transportation kilometres from both you and the supplier which helps to lower greenhouse gas emissions. It is also an amazing way to give back to Waterford’s economy and support the local community. 



Bebhinn is a local Irish good store which produce their own ethically made knitwear instore! While you shop downstairs, Bebhinn’s seamstresses are upstairs in their Waterford shop making 100% Merino wool sweaters. You can find this gem located at 129 Parade Quay open Monday to Saturday. 

Finders Keepers

Showcasing over sixty small designers & makers in thier store, they really bring heart and vibrancy to Waterfod City. They also source all their goods with sustainability in mind asking questions regarding materials, processes and item longevity. You can find this cute spot located at 13 Michael St open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm

The Magpie Collective. 

The Magpie Collective is a beautiful art and clothing store located in the heart of the Viking Triangle. Their gifts, art and jewellery are all hand crafted, they also offer a range of vintage, plus sized, and homemade clothing. It is the perfect shop for a unique gift or just to treat yourself. Open Thursday to Saturday 10:30am-5pm!

CC Creatives. 

7 independent Irish Businesses got together to open this delightful shop full of local suppliers but also sourcing items from makers and designers from around the globe. From homewares to gifts and accessories, pop in here for something a little bit different. 87 Meagher's Quay; Open Monday to Thursday 10am-4pm; Friday 10-5pm; Sat 10-6pm; Sunday 12-4pm.

Spend the Day Sifting Through Charity Shops.

Beyond the bargain, charity shops give pre-loved goods a new lease on life and helps reduce landfill waste. On top of that, waste generated from manufacturing is cut out. Shopping second hand helps  promote a circular economy, where products are used for longer and waste is kept to a minimum. If you’re looking for a fun weekend activity, grab a coffee and spend the day checking out the local charity shops. 

Waterford Charity Shop Map

Time Travel by Poking About Waterford’s Vintage Stores. 

Instead of opting for online fast-fashion brands, choose to shop vintage. Vintage clothing is generally more durable and made from better materials, which means pieces you buy vintage are more likely to remain a staple in your wardrobe. Waterford is home to vintage stores such as The Vintage Factory on Michael’s Street and Narnia Vintage Emporium on Gladston Street, where you can find one-of-a-kind pieces, you can’t find anywhere else. Shopping vintage goes beyond buying clothes, look at it as a treasure hunt that helps contribute to a more sustainable world. 

Browse Waterford’s Sunday Markets. 

Shopping at markets means fresher seasonal produce and is a good way to connect with the local community. Waterford is home to a number of weekly markets, from car boot sales to farmers markets. You never know what you might find while strolling through Waterford’s markets, all while reducing your food miles from farm to fork. 

Sli’s top market pick is the Phoenix Yard Market, located off O’Connell Streat open 11:30am to 9pm Wednesday to Sunday. With a selection of different food trucks, make your way down for lunch this weekend as the days start to get longer. 

Choosing to live more sustainably does not mean sacrificing style or flavour, especially in Waterford City. By being an ethical consumer, you can show your love to our city and support local economy. If you want to learn more about sustainable living, check out our free online resources here