From the city that brought you the Sierra Club, the Plastic Bag Ban, and the most green space of any municipality in the US, these responsible San Francisco businesses are making an effort to blend environmental ethics with financial success. Furthermore, they’re showcasing premium products worthy of your hard-earned dollars.
You’re going to spend a few extra bucks by shopping SF-made, but if that item lasts three times as long a mass-produced competitor, you could potentially save money in the long term. This is why Danny Hess strives to craft wooden surf boards that you can pass on to your kids, and the same reason companies like Timbuk2 have a lifetime warranty. Below is a list of must-visit SF businesses offering a fresh alternative to disposable consumerism.
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Ritual Coffee RoastersSan Francisco, United StatesRitual is at the forefront of the coffee revolution in SF. They take fair trade to the next level, and their coffee is ultra-premium, yet priced fairly. #coffee
WoodshopSan Francisco, United StatesDanny Hess crafts high performance surfboards from wood, recycled EPS, and Entropy Bio-Epoxy. He shares the work space with Luke Bartels, who builds equally eye catching furniture from locally salvaged and sustainably harvested hardwoods. Currently by appointment only! #high-end
Timbuk2 Factory Store
The Church of Surf
Other Avenues Grocery CooperativeSan Francisco, United StatesRad little worker owned co-op near the beach. Local produce, artisan foods, bulk items, toys, t-shirts and more. #cheap-eats #coffee #souvenirs #bargins
Rainbow GrocerySan Francisco, United StatesRainbow Grocery was conceived in an ashram in the early 70’s. Now secular, it has evolved into an impressive worker owned cooperative. The building is decked out with with solar panels, beaming skylights, and a sunlight harvesting system.