Aug 04, 2011
Shopping Green: The Best in Eco E-Commerce
The next time you’re looking for a home accessory or some new threads, go green and shop on an eco friendly e-commerce site! Whether or not we admit it, everyone loves to shop online, and these vendors sell fashion and furnishings for a cause. Here are a few of the most stylish around:
EcoPlum is the place to go for eco friendly soy candles, handbags, jewelry, clothing, cosmetics and skin care products. You could outfit your home, your closet and your makeup bag in one trip! At EcoPlum, every purchase earns you EcoChipz, which you can use for discounts on future purchases or to make a donation to environmental causes like Greenpeace and The Rainforest Alliance. And when you’re done shopping, make sure you check out my green design tips on EcoPlum!
Velocity offers a huge eco friendly section filled with artwork, kid stuff, pet stuff, and so much more. It’s fresh, colorful and funky, and the site has a lot of really cool conversation pieces like interesting animal pillows and uniquely-shaped vases. Pick up something unique and when your friends ask where you got it, you can brag that it’s an eco friendly find—hopefully they’ll follow suit on their next shopping excursion.
Miki Organic sources stylish accessories and gifts that are both ethical and eco-friendly. Miki’s mission is to change the world one gorgeous purchase at a time. Though organic can often be way more expensive than regular products, Miki tries to keep prices in line with quality chain stores, and touts making small decisions to save the earth (i.e., less pesticides are used in the making of organic bedding, saving the environment and the health of the workers on farms).
At Canvas (which also has an NYC storefront at 199 Lafayette Street; 212-461-1496), a neutral palette reigns over a collection of textiles, furniture and accessories. Both the online and physical shop are full of finds from around the world including curated collections of pieces made by artisans and craftsmen stateside and beyond. The buyers clearly have a focus on fair trade and sustainability and many of these pieces are truly works of art!
From bedding to furniture to accessories, Branch offers the best-of-the-best in "sustainable design for living!" For end-of-the-summer picnics and Labor Day parties, check out their selection of compostable napkins, plates and cutlery. Post-party, toss everything into a bio-bag and then the compost pile. Clean up doesn’t really get any easier--or greener--than that.
When California native Jennifer Bennett grew tired of carrying around her favorite threads in plastic garment bags, she did what any great entrepreneur does...find a solution! Her stylish solution is Jendarling, a line of garment bags, shoe bags, totes and pouches made from eco-friendly materials like organic cotton twill and hemp blends. Her creations have celebrity following including Rachel Zoe and the dudes from the New England Patriots. In addition, five percent of every purchase goes to the Surfrider Foundation, an organization that helps protect oceans and beaches. Totally rad!