In addition to our Sustainable Marketplace where we list over 50 of our favorite global sustainable brands, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Durango Sustainable Business Guide. This local guide is a work in progress—meaning it is ever growing. We’ll add as we go and as our local community of Durango’s economy shifts and more and more sustainable businesses startup.
The 8 sustainable businesses described here provide a sample of the 30+ sustainable businesses in Durango. These 8 provide the breadth and depth of the sustainable, ethical, and purpose-driven brands in and around Durango, Colorado for now—from healthy dining and snacking and organic beauty to authentic vacation and ebike rental experiences. Enjoy!
1. Basecamp Plant Based Kitchen
Basecamp is a 100% plant based restaurant, bar & market located in the historic lodge at Tamarron. Basecamp is inspired by the philosophy that “food should make you feel better, not worse.” Whether swinging in for a burger & beer to watch the game or after hitting the gym or the slopes for a green juice and Buddha bowl, Basecamp has something to offer for everyone. Their full bar includes classic cocktails as well specialty cocktails made with anti-inflammatory herbs and spices, bottled and local draft beers and domestic and import wines.
Sustainability commitments & goals: 1. Low to no waste kitchen and bar; 2. Offering sustainable, low to no waste packaging of items in their market; 3. Eventually plan to grow their own produce and make their own plant based meats and cheeses in house.
2. Cream Bean Berry Organic
Cream Bean Berry is a local artisan ice cream shop here in Durango, CO. Their delicious ice-cream is made from real, organic ingredients from local farms, and they offer a selection of gluten/nut/dairy-free options.
Sustainability commitments & goals: Cream Bean Berry has also made a commitment to sustainability; not only do they support the local economy by sourcing their ingredients from local farms, but they also only use biodegradable cups, spoons, and other items to serve their ice cream.
3. Durango Like A Local – Airbnb
Enjoy Durango like a local in our fully furnished Glamping Tipi! Modern, rustic southwestern design full of Instagramable moments. This experience is hosted by the Andrew family – long time locals and vacation rental Superhosts. Come get a five star glamping experience right along the million dollar highway!
Newly renovated apartment, in the historic Lockes family home, features a bright and modern design with a splash of Southwestern flare. A five star hotel experience with the privacy you crave for your mountain vacation. Use this apartment as a basecamp for your four-corners adventure, where the desert and the mountains meet.
Sustainability commitments & goals: 1. Local foods offered; 2. Non-toxic cleaning and washing products used; 3. Referral to other local sustainable businesses, and more goals in the works around water and energy savings.
4. Farm to Fingers Grazing
Farm to Fingers Grazing is a farm fresh grazing board food company. Farm to Fingers Grazing provides unique, gourmet take-home meat, vegetable, and fruit boards and gourmet pasta and pizza boxes.
Sustainability: Farm to Fingers Grazing sources local ingredients from Honeyville, Bread, and the regenerative James Ranch.
Why Support Farm to Fingers Grazing? What’s not to love about gathering around deliciously wholesome foods (and chunks of rich chocolate!) with family?
5. Inner Joy Energy Bars
Inner Joy Energy Bars is a Mancos, CO based fruit product brand. Pairing locally sourced organic fresh fruit with organic energy stimulants like spirulina, cacoa, and other superfoods, the Inner Joy Energy Bar is both tasty and packs a smooth punch. Nothing like it.
Sustainability: Inner Joy Energy Bars use wholesome and organic ingredients and backyard compostable packaging and shipping containers.
Why Shop Inner Joy Energy Bars? What’s not to love about a bar that brings you energy and inner joy?
6. Marigold Bali
Marigold is a woman-owned conscious e-commerce business that sells Balinesian handmade bamboo and coconut home and personal items.
Marigold’s unique products include bamboo crafted re-usable and zero-waste utensils, mini-napkins, straws and straw cleaners, and coconut bowls and cooking spoons.
Sustainability: Marigold product sales support not only small Balinesian communities through economic development, but some of the proceeds of each sale support community health care programs where products are made.
Why Shop Marigold? When you shop Marigold you are supporting a next generation female ecopreneur (23 year old, Alexis Saghie), who’s business model benefits people and the planet.
7. Passion Flower Beauty
Passion Flower Beauty is based in Durango, CO. Passion Flower Beauty is for those who love natural and organic cosmetics and beauty. All products—from bath balms and soaps to hair elixers, shampoo, and conditioner bars—are made in small batches and some are even made to order. If you don’t see your favorite color, scent or shape, you can request a special order just for you.
Sustainability: Passion Flower Beauty uses all natural and organic ingredients and zero harsh chemicals. Their packaging and shipping bags are backyard compostable as well.
Why Shop Passion Flower Beauty? These ladies are beauty artists, anything is possible, and everything is hand made. Our favorites are the succulent soap and hair conditioner bars. Passion Flower Beauty has something for everyone, every age and every body.
8. Roll ebike + SUP Rental & Delivery
Roll is solar powered electric bike, SUP (stand up paddle board) rental and door-to-door delivery (by AWD Electric Prius) service in Durango, CO. We deliver to your hotel, airbnb, VRBO, or a family or friends home. Tour and enjoy Durango in a stylish & eco-friendly way! 2, 4, 8 hr and multi-day rentals available.
Roll also delivers several Local Boxes. Locals who subscribe receive a variety of fresh produce, meals, and household products all from local Durango businesses, delivered by ebike. Roll offers three different delivery boxes to choose from:
‘Restaurant Eats Local Box’: Includes a meal for 4 from a local restaurant (rotates between 4 restaurants each week), cookies, a bag of fresh veggies from a local farm, and a household or skincare product. ‘Organic Veggie Local Box’: Similar to a CSA; includes a different variety of farm-fresh vegetables each week. NEW ‘Feel Good Local Box’: A surprise box each month filled with zero waste household and kitchen items, plus sustainable and fair trade items from local Durango companies.
Thanks for shopping your values and supporting local sustainable business by using this every growing Durango Sustainable Business Guide. Hope to see you soon in Durango, Colorado!
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