Ethical and Eco Stores, by City

[Note: This page is still in the works, some information may be missing.]

Key:

  • EF: Environmentally Friendly
  • RS: Responsibly Sourced
  • FT: Fair Trade certified materials / practices
  • US: Made in the U.S.A.
  • W: Marketed towards women
  • M: Marketed towards men
  • X: No explicitly gendered marketing

Chicago:

New York:

  • Baggu: I don’t have a clear picture of what their labor practices are when it comes to their reusable nylon bags, which are imported, but they have leather items that are made in the USA and are naturally milled. Their store is located in Williamsburg. (US)
  • Beacon’s Closet: This is a secondhand clothing store with a reputation for being extremely fashion forward. They’re located mainly in Brooklyn, with one Manhattan outpost. (EF, RS)
  • Housing Works: A secondhand store that carries a lot of designer and vintage goods. Proceeds go toward helping people living with HIV/AIDS in the New York area. Located all across Manhattan, and in parts of Brooklyn. ()
  • Kaight: A Brooklyn-based boutique that curates a large selection of ethically produced and ecofriendly clothing and home goods items. (EFRSUSW)
  • Renegade Craft Fair: Local artisans and makers coming together once or twice a year, what’s not to love? Check their website for fair locations and dates. (EFRSUS)
  • Swords-Smith: A boutique carrying sculptural hats and extremely unique clothing. Not every item is ethically or environmentally conscious, but there is enough of both that I figured it was worth including this store in this list. Located in Williamsburg. ()

Tokyo:

  • etienne marcel laboratoire (Etienne Marcel Raboratowa): A beautiful little shop filled with handmade jewelry and clothing. When I visited this store, the shopkeeper was very friendly and we had a pleasant little conversation in English and Japanese. Located in Shimokitazawa, Setagaya Kitazawa 2-15-1 1F (I think that is the correct address, but if you’re not sure you’re going the right way, just look for the store’s sign, which looks like astroturf).

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way to write about any organizations or businesses that I have mentioned. This post expresses my honest opinions.

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