We’re so thrilled to kick-off our #EarthFriendlyILM campaign. This campaign shouts-out amazing local businesses who are taking action to reduce their environmental footprints. Keep checking this page for updates on who is doing what among ILM businesses to better sustain our future!

We love Tidal Creek Co-op not only for their fresh produce, but for their emphasis on zero-waste shopping! Check out this no-brainer on our list of #EarthFriendlyILM businesses.

Here’s how they tell it:

“Wilmington’s only community owned grocery store and cafe since 1982. We specialize in local, sustainable, and organic produce and meat as well as specialty diets (Vegan, wheat-free, paleo). Our mission is to operate in the best interest of our workers, owners, and community at large and to be a resource and gathering place for everyone seeking the holistic well-being of mind, body, and planet. All are welcome!”

Vegan and Gluten free options available every day.

Midtown neighborhood, indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi.

One of our favorite stops for a bite to eat! Check out The Basics! This restaurant walks the walk.

Here’s how they tell it:

“Whether you’re searching for a hearty breakfast to start your day, a celebratory dinner with friends and family, a fun weekend brunch or a quick lunch to get you through the workday, we’ve got your answer right here. The Basics features a collection of traditional Southern recipes with a modern sensibility – using fresh ingredients, locally sourced seafood and produce, and homemade everything. We use only biodegradable paper products, and are a proud member of the Plastic Ocean Initiative, working to keep plastic off of our wonderful beaches. ”

Nothing tastes quite as crisp as beer brewed by the sun! Thanks to Mad Mole Brewing for their commitment to the earth and our community.

Here’s how they tell it:

“Friends and co-workers Martin de Jongh, Ole Pederson, Chris Worden, and Thomas Varnum are partners in Mad Mole Brewing. Ole and Martin have been homebrewing for the better part of the past decade and wanted to share their passion for beer. They are looking forward to bringing more great beer to Wilmington. The name is a combination of the “M” from Martin and Ole’s name. Adding “mad” to “mole” is a nod to “mad scientist”. As brewing is a science more than a guessing game.

The brewery operates on a seven-barrel electric system and the entire brewing process is powered by solar energy. Along with our mole theme, having beer that is brewed by the sun makes us unique. We use our passion of beer and science to carefully craft a variety of Belgians, IPAs and more.”

Don’t miss out on some of the best coffee in town at Grinder’s Caffé – a place we’re proud to give our #EarthFriendlyILM designation!

Here’s how they tell it:

“We began in 2011 with the dream of bringing great coffee to the people of Wilmingon. We brew a different flavored coffee each day. All of our caffeinated iced beverages feature COFFEE CUBES! Check out our selection of specialty beverages. We also have muffins, breakfast burritos, biscuits, and decadent treats as well as a selection of healthy food options prepared by Spoonfed Kitchen & Bakeshop. Come see local talent every Thursday 6pm-9pm for OPEN MIC NIGHT! Enjoy FREE Wifi and a comfortable, clean atmosphere.

We are committed to quality. From the coffee we source, to the precision with which it is roasted and packaged, to our constant training and pursuit of knowledge.”

Looking for a sustainable salon? Head down to Casa PRANA, a Green Circle Certified salon known for their commitment to the environment and incredible service. Read more about their sustainable practices!

Here’s how they tell it:


Our mission at Casa PRANA is to provide you with the utmost level of service under a holistic approach in a zen environment, while offering the highest quality ingredients in our products. Here at Casa PRANA we strive for a planet that is free of animal cruelty and believe it is our responsibility to be an environmental leader in the beauty industry and giving back to our community.

We donate 3% of our hair care line sales to animal rescues.”