A manageable way to do something good for the environment is to consciously shape your daily shopping. Let's look at where sustainable shopping is possible in Baden.
The neighbourhood store on the Allmend in Baden offers a great range of regional and sustainably produced products in a small space, all direct from the farm. The food is freshly produced by a regional network of farmers. They plant, cultivate and harvest vegetables, berries and fruits for the Chrättli. Small manufacturers supply bread, flour and yoghurts, which are processed by hand. There is always something special to discover, such as the city honey from the neighbourhood or the freshly ground grain. The Chrättli is unique and a popular place to meet, far beyond the neighbourhood.
It can be hard to keep track of all the organic and fair trade certifications. Fortunately there are real professionals to help! Biolade Bade on Platform 1 at the Baden train station has the perfect selection to help you live ecologically responsibly. The shop offers a wide range of food, cosmetics and domestic articles, with a focus on being regionally sourced, ecology and fairness for you to enjoy. It covers everything from the breakfast croissant before your daily commute to the weekly grocery shopping for the whole family. No wonder that Biolade Bade is chosen as one of the best organic shops in Switzerland every year and can proudly display the corresponding certification.
Mass-produced products from large corporations and labels are not welcome at Changemaker at Badstrasse 27. However, what you will find – and we're all the better for it – are exciting things from small or medium-sized manufacturers that produce or process in manageable quantities. Each product tells a beautiful story that tells of the love for the product, the production method, people and nature. You will find articles for everyday use and as gifts, tested and approved by Changemaker and their seven sustainability criteria points.
Flickstatt - repairing instead of buying
Since January, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays have been crafting afternoons and evenings at Hahnrainweg 13. In the repairs workshop, anyone and everyone can repair everyday objects alone or with the help from the team. In addition to a well-equipped workshop, there is also a cosy café with a comfortable sitting area right by the furnace. The Flickstatt wants to create a new meeting place for repairing, working and spend time in good company. With this sustainable approach and the combination of "Get Together and Repair", Flickstatt was awarded the Baden Environmental Prize 2019.
Rosmarie Lang has been running her business at Untere Halde 8 for 24 years. As a true pioneer in this field, she created the first shop in Baden with an assortment focusing solely on fair trade products. On the shelves, you will find practical everyday objects, fairly produced clothes, fun board and card games and a small but lovely selection of organic food. The selection includes, among others, apple juice from the Schenkenberg valley, made from apples from standard, high-trunk trees. The perfect summer thirst quencher…
Unnecessary transportation of goods of all kinds can be avoided by shopping locally. How about a walk to Theaterplatz, where the independent bookstore Librium is located? There are a large number of books and, in contrast to online shopping, the personal help with finding the right book for you. Every now and then, Librium cooperates with Public Eye to organise events connected to the "local shopping" concept. In addition to books on sustainability and consumption, there are of course many other literary treasures, all of which have been tracked down by the well-read team. If the desired book cannot be found in the shop, it will be ordered for you right away.
Müller Reformhaus Vital Shop
Food of organic and Demeter-label quality, cosmetics without microplastics as well as a large selection of vegan, gluten and lactose-free products – this range makes life easy for green shoppers! It can be found in the heart of Baden at Weite Gasse 8, in the Müller Reformhaus Vital Shop. The traditional health food store was founded in Zurich in 1929 by sculptor and painter Rudolf Müller. After years of illness, he healed himself through "modern nutrition" and became a vegetarian. Displaying a great deal of commitment, he became the driving force in the reform movement. Müller Reformhaus shops have become among the best known of their kind in Switzerland.
It is not easy to make sustainable decisions, especially when it comes to packaging. Ohne.ch offers a clever alternative: shopping without packaging! Bring your own storage jars and bottles and bags with you and choose from around 300 different foods to refill them with. In addition, choose from more than 200 plastic-free alternatives for bathroom, kitchen and everyday life. This form of bulk shopping has several advantages: not only is packaging avoided, but since you'll only end up filling up and buying as much as you actually need, food waste is also reduced. Ohne.ch also offers a platform to exchange ideas about sustainability at various events. Lectures, discussions and workshops on current topics are held regularly; music and film are presented in an equally sustainable manner in the "ohne Strom" ("no electricity") concert series and in the solar powered "Solarkino" cinema.
Saturdays – fresh produce market
The freshest food from the region can be bought every Saturday at theweekly fresh produce market in the Weite Gasse (and in summer also every Tuesday on the Schlossbergplatz). Fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread, flowers and much more – all from (organic) farms all over the canton of Aargau! The farmers themselves serve customers at the stalls and, in addition to offering a great deal of fresh produce, they are happy to give you great tips on how to prepare the delicacies you have bought.
The second hand shops of Duchesse and Zenabu have dedicated themselves to giving a second life to clothes that have already been worn.
Sarah Studer is a trained haute-couture tailor and knows how much work goes into a well made garment. She also knows about the appalling exploitation of those who put this work into making traditional clothing. This unequal relationship, inspired her to found her second-hand boutique; Duchesse. In the boutique at Untere Halde 13, you will find unique items of clothing that have been given to Sarah Studer by their former wearers.
Maria Iten has fulfilled a dream with the opening of Zenabu at Mittlere Gasse 16. She has designed the small but exquisite first and second hand boutique with a lot of passion and love for detail. The assortment bears the signature of the owner: quirky, rare and special.
Another second hand shop is located at Haselstrasse 33 (entrance from the Bruggerstrasse side) called Szenario Secondhand
Some time ago, 'Sprungbrett' (literally 'Springboard') opened their doors at Bäderstrasse 8. Here you will find products made in the region and in small batches. Owner Michèle Mengozzi appreciates the local reference very much and is very happy when she hears an "Aahh, you have that available locally too?" from the shoppers. It offers a springboard for innovative local producers and a product safari for consumers who enjoy discovering new products. In addition, there is a constantly changing selection of fair-trade products from all over the world. Like the beautiful things from "Mama Tierra". This non-profit organisation supports the financial independence of indigenous women from around the world with its products.
vierzehnfünf quadrat offers 14.5 m2 of gift ideas, sustainable sportswear (yoga and running) with accessories, many practical items and accessories such as woollen blankets, pillows and felt products as beautiful home décor right in the old town of Baden. A lot is of organic quality or made of recycled materials and has been produced and traded under fair conditions. "The selection of our products is very important to us: responsible production, high quality, a beautiful design and a reasonable price/performance ratio are key. "Carefully selected and good for you" has become our motto", says owner Mirko Hastedt.
Shopping at Villa Paul feels a bit like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. As a store for visionary products and necessities, you will find a range of exceptional items. The products all have something in common: they were produced in a socially, ecologically and economically fair way – and they are real eye-catchers! Smart gift ideas, accessories and fashion from well-known and less well-known labels, practical stationery and much more fulfil the desire for contemporary design. Every last Tuesday of the month, Dr Denim comes for a visit: she'll repair your slightly worn and torn clothing pieces for a small fee.