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Eco-Friendly Businesses to Support in Durham, NC

“Going green” has been the trend for at least a decade now, and businesses are proud to show off everything they’re doing to promote environmental sustainability. Companies are fully aware that consumers are looking to waste less while buying items that align with their morals. Based in one of the greenest states in the U.S., and a rock’s throw away from the “City of Oaks,” Durham has much to offer in the eco-friendly realm. All the businesses listed below have actively implemented sustainability measures that allow them to adhere to environmental policy standards.

Bull City Burger and Brewery

 107 E. Parrish St. #105, Durham, NC 27701

The restaurant is very much “farm-to-fork,” working closely with North Carolina pasture-raised beef farmers supplying beef with no added hormones and antibiotic-free. Central to Bull City Burger and Brewery’s core values is sustainability; their attempt is to operate while leaving the smallest energy footprint possible.

Living Nature’s Design

 5605 Mt. Sinai Rd., Durham, NC 27705 

Living Nature’s Design offers coaching, workshops, courses, and consulting to facilitate individuals, organizations, and communities in becoming proactive participants in the movement to sustain our species and the planet for generations to come.

Pompieri Pizza

 102 City Hall Plaza #101, Durham, NC, 27701

Casual Neapolitan pizza restaurant with a fine-dining approach to the food. They make just about everything from scratch and use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible and as seasonally as possible. They support local farmers using 100% pasture-raised meats and other locally sourced ingredients.

Durty Bull Brewing Company

 206 Broadway St, Durham, NC 27701

Durty Bull uses old-world brewing techniques along with their own creativity and passion to create barrel-aged and sour beers, as well as many other unconventional brews. Durty Bull is a member of the NC GreenTravel Initiative who has achieved recognition by completing a process to help them to develop and maintain certain environmental practices.

The King’s Daughters Inn

 204 N Cuchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701

This inn’s commitment to both environmentally responsible building and living drove them to find creative ways to offer their guests sustainable lodging without sacrificing the warmth and charm of a historic inn, or the conveniences of a modern, luxury hotel. Adaptive reuse of a historic structure is the ultimate form of recycling. See their section on sustainable lodging to learn more.

Fullsteam Brewery

726 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

Fullsteam’s mission is to craft distinctly Southern beer that celebrates the farm and food traditions of the American South. They express their love for community and the land through the Southern Beer Economy. Through the act of commerce, their purchases (and consumers’) foster community and agricultural pride, create wealth, and encourage entrepreneurship within the post-tobacco South.

Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club

3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club welcomes guests to a tranquil retreat nestled on 300 acres of tall pines and hardwoods on the edge of the Duke Forest. They’re constantly implementing environmental initiatives that benefit the environment and the local community, while upholding their commitment to exceptional hospitality. From energy efficiency and water conservation programs to waste minimization and environmental purchasing.

Museum of Life + Science

433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704

Explore 84 acres of open-ended science and nature experiences designed to spark imagination, creativity, and new ways of thinking about our world. This interactive science park includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits for rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves.

Hilton Garden Inn UMC Durham

2102 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27705

One of the best Durham lodging choices for your trip to North Carolina. A recognized member of the NC GreenTravel Initiative who has achieved recognition by completing a process to help maintain certain environmental practices and adhere to an environmental policy standard.

Festival for the Eno

4404 Guess Road, Durham, NC 27712

The Eno River Association is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1966 with a mission to protect the natural, cultural and historic resources of the Eno River basin in northern Durham and Orange counties. The Association has protected 7,400+ acres of natural and working lands and created numerous parks.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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