Green Living Guide: Orlando

Transform yourself into a stylish eco-fashionista and start eating organically in Orlando. Getting sudsy or looking your best with all-natural makeup is another way to stay green. Environmentally friendly services are available at your finger tips and are doing their part to make Central Florida and the world a better and greener place to live. (Photo courtesy of Green Day Cafe)

Updated: February 16, 2010

Eco Chic


Hopscotch Boutique

1620 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804

Go green and treat your baby with organic balm, a swaddling blanket, nursing cover and cotton Baby Legs, which are like leg warmers for babies at this children's shop in the Ivanhoe Village district. The eco-friendly experience doesn't end there. Moms are pampered with Happy Mama Spray, an aromatherapy mist for morning sickness or the baby blues.


Tuni's

301 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Haute eco-couture makes its mark on the racks with bamboo sweaters by Autumn Cashmere and Matt & Nat handbags created from Japanese paper and recycled water bottles at this upscale Winter Park boutique.


Kroma Makeup

670 N Orlando Ave, Maitland, FL 32751

Are you tired of breaking out or having blemishes from over-the-counter makeup? Maybe customized makeup is what the doctor ordered. This all-natural, botanical makeup company in Maitland offers custom-blended formulas made just for you. And you can even sleep with it on. How good is that?


Little Green Spa

1887 Lee Rd, Winter Park, FL 32789

Forget about your troubles and cares while relaxing in a tranquil and soothing green spa in Winter Park. Treatments include eco-friendly facials and peels for rejuvenating your skin. The business uses Eminence Organics skin-care products, which are vegan-friendly and free of parabens, mineral oils, petroleum and sodium lauryl sulphates.


Eco-Friendly Services


The Cleaning Authority

6360 Oak Chase Ct, Orlando, FL 32819

Maintain a healthy and spotless home by doing your part for Mother Earth with this green-cleaning service. The company uses Green Seal Certified house-cleaning products, HEPA vacuums and microfiber dusting cloths in order to keep your home squeaky clean and pure at the same time.


Acme Cleaners

600 N Westmoreland Dr, Orlando, FL 32805

Dry cleaners are no exception when it comes to protecting the Earth. The EPA has been coordinating with the dry cleaning industry to reduce the amount of perchloroethylene, which is a chemical that's used in dry cleaning practices, since it affects your health. Choose a dry cleaner that offers wet-cleaning services or a liquid carbon dioxide cleaning process like this one. You can't go wrong if it's better for you, your garments and the environment.


Xterm Pest Management

1901 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32804

Hire a pest control service that sprays and destroys pesky cockroaches and other insects that terrorize your home inside and out the eco way. This company utilizes the EcoSMART line of interior and exterior botanical products that are safe for homeowners, pets and the environment.


Jolly Green Planet

5415 Lake Howell Rd, Winter Park, FL 32792

Keeps your grass looking green and healthy year-round with a service that utilizes an environmentally safe, natural system that enhances the biological cycle of your lawn instead of killing it with pesticides and other chemicals. The company's method nurtures the soil and prevents annoying weeds from popping up on your well-manicured lawn.


Organic Fare


Green Day Cafe

1515 Lee Rd, Orlando, FL 32810

This restaurant has nothing to do with the alt band it shares its namesake with but instead has more in common with Mother Earth. Eco-friendly is the way this cafe rolls by using compostable products, including cups, lids and utensils made out of corn and paper straws. Besides protecting the globe, the menu is also the main attraction and features chicken, tuna and veggie wraps accompanied with a pickle spear.


Dandelion Communi Tea Cafe

618 N Thornton Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Vegetarian and organic eats and tasty loose-leaf teas abound at this bohemian restaurant. The eatery's bungalow environs are adorned with local artwork and provide diners with a homey place to grab a healthy bite to eat. The menu features a robust chili, an array of salads and a trip down memory lane with the Fluffer Nutter sandwich.


Greens & Grille

11325 University Blvd., Orlando, FL 32817

Eat veggies the all-natural way with the UCF college scene at this East Orlando restaurant. Healthy bites include whole wheat wraps and grilled meat options for sandwiches, salads and entrees without preservatives or Trans fats. The cafe also has fresh bread delivered daily.


Infusion Tea

1520 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804

Organic is the motto at this urban College Park eatery. Menu offerings include vegan soup and sandwiches and salads with the freshest organic ingredients. The restaurant's expansive tea selection features black, oolong, green, white, red and herbal by the cup or ounce.


Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar

444 N. Bumby Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803

Take a load off and drink a cup of Joe brewed with organic beans paired with a delectable vegetarian dish in an artsy and cozy coffee bar in Orlando's Milk district. Don't have time to chill? Busy bees in need of a java fix can get their order to go in the drive-thru.


Ethos Vegan Kitchen

1235 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804

Eat homemade vegan delights at this Ivanhoe Village restaurant. Menu options include a meat-free version of Shepherd's Pie called Sheep's Pie, pecan-encrusted eggplant, pumpkin seed and pesto penne pasta and an array of pizzas.


Loving Hut

2101 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

Take a trip east of Downtown Orlando where a plethora of vegan delicacies await you near the Asian district. Selections include curry barbecue, drum sticks and the Quinoa Spicy Cha Cha.