Welcome to Oh Eco!
My name is Alyssa, and together with my husband Patrick, and our two boys Santiago and Camilo, we run Orlando’s one stop eco-friendly shop. But, how did we get here? And why sustainability? Opening a sustainable store was always a dream of mine, but I never imagined it could be a reaility. However, the true motivation for Oh Eco was twofold.
When we became parents we realized the urgency to protect our planet for our children, so that they may have a planet to enjoy. We slowly began making simple swaps into a more mindful lifestyle. We would run out of our old laundry detergent and swap it for a cleaner version, then dryer balls, slowly ditched plastic - and even cloth diapered our first! It was, and still is, a journey into sustainability. Sustainable-ish I like to call it. Still, at this point, we never thought to do it as a business!
One of the hardest things when moving to Orlando was finding my eco shop. It was impossible, it didn't exist. When we lived in New York, I would go to my local refillery weekly. It was easy to spend a few hours there (and I often did!). It was an amazing community space and I longed for that in The City Beautiful. We took the risk to recreate that here in Orlando, and I am so grateful we did. Making sustainability not only accessible, but easy for our community.
We decided to become business owners because we wanted to make it easy for people to do the right thing. I wanted to teach people about the importance of the small things, and trying your best. We don’t expect everyone to be perfect, we aren’t. But if we can all try together, well, together we can make a difference in the world.
We are so honored to be Orlando's one stop eco-friendly shop. Our store is located in Audubon Park, also known as The Garden District. We are open daily to help you make a swap, do your part, and make a difference!
We have refills to help you divert your waste, tons of eco-friendly options for your home, children, and gifts! We host classes, clothing swaps, community clean ups, and a little free library in store! Come visit us as well as our friends who share our space:
- The Flourishing Spot, with gorgeous plants, greenery, and accessories
- Coutonic, sustainable fashion boutique
- O-Town Compost, Orlando's composting made easy
Our mission when we started Oh Eco was to make sustainable options accessible to our community. We wanted to educate people that sustainability is not an “all-or-nothing” lifestyle, but rather, the small conscious decisions we make every day. This is still our mission today. We can all take small steps to create positive change for our world. I love that this is a family business. My husband Patrick and I are so hands-on with the business and having Santi and Cami close to us at the shop, and being able to teach them about sustainable living through hands-on experiences is such a huge blessing.
We appreciate you being here!
With much love,
Alyssa, Patrick, Santiago, and Camilo.