NYC is a haven for innovators, and artisans inspired by climate change have stitched together more than one way to make fashion and home products eco-friendly. This sustainable shopping safari will guide you from the Upper West Side all the way down to Brooklyn. If you get hungry, stop by your closest Sweetgreen, a NYC salad chain that uses compostable serverware and local veggie sources.
281 Lafayette St, New York NY 10012
Using organic and recycled materials, Alternative Apparel makes everything from t-shirts to coats for men, women, and children. And duffle bags. And boxer briefs. And skirt shorts. With fun names for their clothing like “Keeper” and “Boss,” they’re open about their favorite bestsellers and the brands they trust for going green.
262 Mott St, New York NY 10012
Fjall Raven uses sustainably sourced wool/down materials in its outdoor clothing line, ensuring both you and the planet are ready for whatever’s coming next. Clothing here is for the adventurer, with trekking tights designed for rough terrain and damp ground. Right now their fall line is in, and that means some seriously soft flannel could be coming home for Christmas.
163 1st Avenue, New York NY 10003
Boody Wear is a pioneer in a durable, sustainable, bamboo-based fabric called bamboo viscose. With it they produce soft undergarments including bras, leggings, socks, and boxers. Know a new mom or dad? Boody makes luxury onesies, and has a baby beanie/bootie set in pink, blue, and white. They also offer free delivery.
488 Amsterdam Ave, New York NY 10024
If you’re hunting for eco-friendly gifts for your family (or yourself), Magpie in the Upper West Side has everything from Alpaca blankets to a vintage bark cloth clutch (try saying that three times fast). They also stock stationery, jewelry, and organic soaps. The store has such a sharp eye for design you will find it surprisingly difficult to choose between the handwoven cotton napkins for anyone with a dining table, and the notebook necklace for the writer in your life.
242 Wythe Ave., No. 4, Brooklyn NY 11249
What’s an eco-tour of NYC without a dip into Williamsburg, the headquarters of all things new, hip, and green? The now famous Baggu started as a mother-daughter shop, crafting purses and totes from canvas, nylon, and washed denim. They sell everything from reusable bags to eco-friendly wallets, but if you’re going shopping be sure to start with their signature shaped totes in dark denim.
238 W. Tenth St., New York NY 10014
If shopping for a woman, check out the 100% natural products at Cap Beauty. Bath salts, make up, and body scrubbers are here, in addition to hair strengtheners, stylers, and shimmers made of eucalyptus and lavender. This is one location you won’t have to work hard to find – just follow your nose.
432 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn NY 11205
Maybe you don’t want to buy someone eco-friendly clothes and souvenirs, but rather get them household goods that are good for the planet. Green in Brooklyn has you covered. They stock household essentials that don’t drain the planet. Everything from kids products to cleaning supplies, blankets to laundry detergents, this shop stocks items that are organic, biodegradable, and fair trade.
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