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Travel sustainably in Butler County!

Together, we can transform tourism's impact on people and our planet. If you're looking to make your next trip more sustainable, consider shopping, eating at or supporting these 15 local businesses. 

IKEA West Chester

9500 Ikea Way | West Chester, Ohio

IKEA West Chester Ohio Sustainability

IKEA has many ambitions to meet the challenges of unsustainable consumption, climate change, and growing inequality. Their Sustainability Strategy is evident at our local location— one of only two IKEAs in the state of Ohio. 

Indian Springs Berry Farm 

2840 Tylersville Road | Fairfield Township, Ohio

Indian Springs Berry Farm, Hamilton Ohio

This u-pick organic berry farm is a great experience for friends, families, and solo travelers. Everything at the farm complies with USDA regulations governing organic food production. They make sure everything they apply to the plants and ground is natural and organic! The berry season typically runs from July to August.

Liberty Farm Market

5850 Princeton Road | Liberty Township, Ohio

Liberty Farm Market Ohio

This local market is home to cooperative (co-op) partners with the mission to bring healthy, organic foods and lifestyle products to the community. It's a great place to find organic, high-quality grass-fed beef, wine, on farm produce, and other locally made artisan goods. Liberty Farm Market hosts a variety of events and workshops throughout the year in addition to their daily hours for customers to shop.

Local Farmers Markets

Throughout Butler County, Ohio

Farmers Markets, Butler County Ohio

By buying products at local farmers markets, you can further reduce your carbon footprint and support local artisans as well. Butler County has multiple markets hosted around the county with fresh produce, organic groceries and locally-made goods. Explore the Fairfield Farmers Market, Historic Hamilton Market, Oxford Farmers Market Uptown, or the West Chester Market

LUSH Liberty Center

7525 Bales Street | Liberty Township, Ohio

LUSH Cosmetics, Liberty Center Ohio

The major brand LUSH has a vision to create a cosmetics revolution to save the planet. For example, these packaging free alternative serums have all the amazing ingredients you need to be good to your skin and NO packaging waste so they are good for the Earth as well. You can shop all of their products at the LUSH location at Liberty Center.

Made to Love

6 S 2nd Street | Hamilton, Ohio

Made to Love, Hamilton Ohio

You can shop with purpose at this incredible local boutique. Not only do all of the profits provide educational opportunities for Haitian children, but every product sold in the shop is made by Haitian artisans. Their mission is to help create long-term, well paying and sustainable employment for the artisans, creating a full circle of true generational change. Made to Love has also worked with Charye Village Leader, Estime Odilon, to build schools in his village for over 300 kids.

Miami University 

Oxford, Ohio

Miami University, Oxford Ohio

Miami University is located in the charming town of Oxford with an abundance of options for things to see and do. Miami has joined more than 400 other colleges and universities that have signed Second Nature’s  PCLC commitment to carbon neutrality and will join the 111 schools that have also committed to resilience through the climate commitment. They also have additional sustainability initiatives that they're working to complete by 2024.

Northstar Cafe

7610 Sloan Way | Liberty Township, Ohio

Northstar Cafe, Liberty Center Ohio

Check out this cafe that works to incorporate sustainable practices into their business any way they can. Northstar purchases as much local, organic produce as possible and gets other ingredients from artisans. The Northstar burger (pictured) is one of the most celebrated veggie burgers in town. Made with organic black beans, brown rice and beets, it gets a topping of white cheddar, kale and traditional toppings, and is served with a side salad.

Of the Witches Cauldron Apothecary

4952 Winton Road | Fairfield, Ohio

Of the Witches Cauldron Apothecary, Fairfield Ohio

Business owner Sally opened this local apothecary with a goal to provide all natural, handmade and unique items for her community. The shop is full of natural beauty products, locally made jewelry, handcrafted candles, organic herbs and teas. She even has a program in place where customers can bring back their empty candle containers to be refilled at a discounted price. 

Oxford Coffee Company

21 Lynn Avenue | Oxford, Ohio

Oxford Coffee Company Ohio

This family-owned business was founded in Oxford where they have roasted and operated a cafe for nearly a decade. The company prides itself on their fresh, in-house roasted coffees and loose leaf teas. As a small batch artisan coffee roastery, customers are welcome to shop selections of single origin coffees from around the world. 

Sara's House

254 High Street | Hamilton, Ohio

Sara's House, Hamilton Ohio

Shop this beautiful boutique for one-of-a-kind home decor, women's clothing and gifts. Sara's House offers a mix of new and vintage items, including unique upcycled items. For example, Sara's husband makes lamps (pictured) out of old items that have been discarded. Every lamp is handmade and truly one-of-a-kind. 

Scripted Studio

306 Main Street | Hamilton, Ohio

Scripted Studio, Hamilton Ohio

Welcome to this stationery and gift shop where you can find letterpress printing, calligraphy, art prints, creative workshops and more! Owner and graphic designer Carrie makes it a priority to offer sustainable products, such as her locally-made tote bags, recycled gift wrapping, and quality products that are made to last.

Unsung Salvage Design Co. 

212 Main Street | Hamilton, Ohio

Unsung Salvage Design, Hamilton Ohio

This locally-owned screen printing business also sells a wide variety of art and home furnishings that have been repurposed, restored, or redeemed. Unsung Salvage uses the process of upcycling discarded objects to create high quality items that are truly unique. You never know what you may find!

Wildfire Hygge Goods

226 High Street | Hamilton, Ohio

Wildfire Hygge Goods, Hamilton Ohio

Business owner Sarah says Wildfire is the collection of items that she loves and that bring joy to her life. She carefully curates all of the products sold in her store to prioritize locally-made, high quality, sustainable items. Wildfire is also known for their incredible selection of plants, planters, and plantcessories. 

Yield Coffee Roasters

Cincinnati, Ohio

Yield Coffee Roasters

Yield Coffee is a humanitarian coffee roasting company dedicated to relational coffee and long-term sustainability. They work closely with coffee farmers who share their commitment to sustainability, and deliver freshly roasted coffee to wholesale partners. The traditional route of sourcing coffee has a history of abuse, improper use of power, and extortion at the farm level. The way Yield sources coffee is with full transparency, direct-trade, and through relationships with the farmers, cooperatives, communities, and importers they work with. You can try Yield coffee at two of our amazing local coffee shops– The Fringe Coffee House in Hamilton, and State Street Coffee Inc. in Trenton!

 

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow," – Anita Desai

 

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