Sustainable Businesses in Pittsburgh to Visit for Earth Day

This Earth Day, let’s go beyond the familiar “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra and explore sustainable businesses in Pittsburgh that are making a real difference with their services. Both The Refillery and Soil Sisters Plant Nursery are eco-conscious spots whose mission is to help you live a greener life. While these are just two businesses, there are many more in the Pittsburgh area that supply organic foods and sustainable living supplies that we recommend visiting. But, these two are great places to visit on Earth day and then continue to integrate into your everyday life. This Earth Day, let’s refill, regrow, and celebrate our amazing planet together with action.

The Refillery

Ditch single-use plastics and embrace a more sustainable lifestyle with The Refillery. This innovative store allows you to bring (or buy) your own containers and refill them with a wide variety of household essentials. From laundry detergent and dish soap to shampoo and cleaning products, The Refillery offers a way to eliminate unnecessary packaging and dramatically reduce your plastic waste footprint. 

By choosing refillable options, you’re not just helping the environment, you’re also ensuring you get high-quality products. The Refillery sources its products from local, eco-friendly companies whenever possible, minimizing transportation emissions and supporting local businesses in the process. You can even get your refills delivered in case you don’t have time to make it to the storefront. 

Even if you’re not looking for any liquid refills, The Refillery also carries a range of zero-waste products. Grab a pack of crayons made from beeswax. Purchase reusable menstrual products.  Or, invest in a soap saver that helps extend the life of your bar soap.

Soil Sisters Plant Nursery

Soil Sisters isn’t your average garden center. They specialize in helping you create a thriving contribution to the Earth’s atmosphere or hearty garden full of fresh produce. Their knowledgeable staff can guide you in selecting the perfect plants for your space, and even point you towards ones that help bees and beyond.

The shop is run by sisters Raynise and TaRay Kelly. The two personally look after each item that comes through the shop to ensure they get proper nurturing. It starts with the quality of the soil before the two use natural fertilizers and integrated pest management for excellent growth. 

Soil Sisters also prioritizes sourcing their plants from local growers. This reduces their environmental impact and ensures organic heirlooms that last as long as you care for them. The sisters will even inform you on care instructions for urban growing from their own research and practices. 

Start your contribution to the Earth with their seedling sales on April 19 and May 10. Here you can purchase your own seedlings to add fresh tomatoes to your meals or just bring a little green into your life.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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