Best Eco Shopping in New York City
5 Sustainably Stylish NYC Eco Spots to Shop
Whether it's earth-friendly shoes, fair trade fashion, green dry cleaners, green-minded home stores, eco-friendly beauty products, or basically anything else eco, we're game. Last week, we asked you for your favorite eco-style shopping destinations. Here are our five top picks.
- Ekovaruhuset — House of Organic (123 Ludlow St., 212-673-1753, pictured) Originally launched in Stockholm by Johanna Hofring, the "self-elected godmother of the eco-nerds," this chic boutique made its home away from home on the Lower East Side. Inside, you'll find fair made, fair trade, all organic clothing and accessories from both a local and international set of stylish designers.
- Coclico (275 Mott St., 212-965-5462) No granola footwear here. The New York-based shoemaker is committed to sustainable production practices, specifically in regards to carbon offsets. Owner Sandra Conselier is constantly looking for ways to rework and reinvent shoe making with a pure ecoconscious conscience. The proof is in the modern and covet-worthy designs, which are absolutely the opposite of hippy-dippy.
- Red Flower (13 Prince St., 212-966-5301) Luxe beauty has never been so good for you and your skin. Founded by Victor Silveira and Yael Alkalay, former Shiseido creative director, the brand has a strong fan following and celeb loyalists. Make the eco-beauty pilgrimage to Red Flower's Nolita flagship, and you'll be pleasantly overwhelmed by a diverse selection of floral teas, scented candles, skin care, hair treatments, diffusers, body oils, and more — all of which are produced with organic materials and a dedication to simplicity.
- Green Depot (222 Bowery, 212-226-0444) Consider this the Home Depot for all things green! Thinking about upping the green factor of your apartment? Green Depot stocks everything from sustainable home improvement products (low VOC paint) and building materials (cork and bamboo flooring) to design items (compostable plates and cups) and baby wares (eco sippy cups).
- Terra Plana (254 Elizabeth St., 212-264-9000) Maybe it's the shoe lover in us, but we couldn't help but include one more eco-footwear shout out! As an ethical shoes provider, Terra Plana is pretty hardcore about its sustainable practices — it's both fashion forward and highly advanced as far as shoe making goes. In order to achieve such green soles, the brand uses only recycled materials like recycled plastic bottles, foam foot beds, and nylon heels; minimizes glue usage by stitching; sources materials local to production factories; and designs lightweight shoes to reduce carbon emissions when shipped around the world. Wearing shoes from Terra Plana is as close as you're going to get to walking the streets barefoot.
Source: Ekovaruhuset - House of Organic