April 21, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
Though Earth Day is this weekend, sustainability is not just something to celebrate on one day – it’s a lifestyle that extends way beyond remembering to separate plastic from paper when taking the recycling out to the curb. When traveling, be sure to check out these makers, kitchens and purveyors, who have devoted their careers to providing customers with goods and grub that’s good for the Earth.
Chambers Street Wines is unparalleled when it comes to biodynamic and organic bottles. Though that may sound intimidating, the staff here is anything but – they don’t expect you to be armed with the knowledge of a sommelier, but they are always happy to educate and challenge their customers to try something new.
Rome probably isn’t the first place you think of when organic food is the topic of conversation, but at Fa-Bìo, that’s quite literally the name of the game. Here, you can take a break from delicious carbs with tasty salads, soups and freshly pressed juices, all made from organic ingredients.
Nearly every item in Foggy Notion is eco-friendly and handmade by local artists, from wallets and clutches upcycled from tennis racket bags and rum pouches to organic candles and skincare products to Mason Jars that have been turned into soap dispensers.
At Home on Earth, everything stocked is ethically made using sustainable resources and traditional production methods, and inspired by nature. In the market for a bamboo xylophone or jewelry made from fossils? This is your stop.
At NUBE, green goodies abound. The fashionable threads and fab home goods are all recycled, upcycles, reclaimed or reworked, and everything is made in the USA, making this Capitol Hill shop both environmentally and economically sustainable.
Tucked in an HDB block in Everton Park, Nylon Coffee Roasters pours up killer cups of coffee that are not only superb, but fair trade and single origin.
The Bird’s Nest Salon is an eco-friendly beauty parlor in Logan Square that pays as much attention to style as it does its philosophies – everything from the products used and sold to the decor are sustainable, and there’s even a recycling program for clients.
With a name that loosely translates to “What fell off the truck,” Tombées du Camion in Montmatre specializes in selling goods sourced from dead stock in factories all across France. There are retro toys, vintage clothes, stamps, antique glass and much, much more. It’s like browsing through the best, most organized flea market in existence.
Sydney’s Uashmama hawks some very cool bags. Sourced from Italy by a family-run business called Le Sorelle, the durable bags are made from woven paper. The goods feel like high-end leather, but wash like T-shirts. Not looking for a handbag? No worries at all – there are also wallets and, perhaps best of all, wine carriers.
If you’re looking for sustainable furnishings for your green home, Well Built in Georgetown is your mecca. This boutique only carries brands that pass owner Ann Blackwell’s high standards, that include considering how much energy goes into producing the piece, how long it lasts, and if it contains low- or no-volatile organics. When you shop here, you know you’re getting furniture that is not only eco-friendly, but stunning, too.
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