Where to do some environmentally friendly shopping in Abu Dhabi

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Where to do some environmentally friendly shopping in Abu Dhabi

This store specialises in organic, healthy produce that is affordable and fresh. It will deliver fruit and vegetables, grains, breads and more right to your door when you spend Dhs500 or more.

Coco Yoca
Coco Yoca is a raw, vegan, gluten-free range of desserts that you can buy online or snap up at various pop-up events, including Ripe Markets. Founder Turner Francis began whipping up the range of ice creams, cheesecakes, cream cheeses and tarts back in 2014, and has dedicated her life to making sure the vegans of the UAE get their sweet fix. We salute you, Turner, and your matcha mint chip ice cream, too.

As well as delivering a huge range of fruit and veg (including organic options) and wholesale prices, Kibsons has a great vegan department including dairy-free cream cheese, coconut butter and nut yoghurts. But the big sellers, if you’re pushed for time (or just can’t be bothered scouring the virtual shelves), are the DIY recipe boxes.

My City Centre Masdar
Contained within the already forward-thinking Masdar City, the recently opened eco-friendly mall My City Centre Masdar offers 70 brilliant eateries and cool places to shop.

But it’s also focused around sustainability and looking after the environment.

The Carrefour sells locally grown produce, and it has become the first supermarket in the UAE not to offer single-use plastic bags at the counter.

The parking bays are shaded by roofing housing photovoltaic cells, generating electricity equivalent to one-fifth of the mall’s annual energy usage. A proportion of the parking has also been set aside for electric, hybrid and car-share vehicles, and many are equipped with charging points.

It plans to recycle at least 80 per cent of its operational waste and all the escalators and lifts are energy efficient.
Open daily 9am-midnight. Masdar City (02 613 5600).

Organic Foods and Café
This family-run business sells fresh organic groceries. Instead of buying its products from traders, the company goes straight to the farmers themselves, who have all been handpicked for their exceptional produce. The fruit and vegetables are all brilliantly colourful and fresh, and as well as being better for the environment, they also taste so much better too. The shop is found at Nation Towers and there’s an online shopping service too, where you also buy organic cosmetics like soaps, sun creams and baby oil. It’s the perfect way of shopping guilt free.
Open daily 9am-11pm. Nation Towers, West Corniche (04 338 2911).

Ripe Market
Although it’s a bit hot for outdoor farmers markets at the moment, Ripe Market is one of the best place to be on a Saturday afternoon during the cooler months. Here you can support local businesses and purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, before exploring the many stalls selling tasty bites to eat and a range of hand-crafted gifts and fashion and homeware items.
Dhs5 (entry to the park). Sat 3pm-9pm. Umm Al Emarat Park, Mushrif, www.ripeme.com (02 666 9559).

The Honest Counter
After starting out in 2008 selling produce from local UAE farms, The Honest Counter now offers a huge range of packaged vegan items, including cheeses, cold cuts, tofu, vegan eggs, dairy-free milks, snacks and sweets. There’s even gluten-free, organic vegan tuna, if you think you’re brave enough… We’ll stick to tofu chicken masala for now. Delivery is free for orders of local fruit and veg over Dhs120, and Dhs300 for other deliveries.

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