The Best Eco-Fashion Shopping in NYC, LA, SF, Chicago and Austin

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Written by: Samantha Rill

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Planet Access Company Store
4727 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
This brick and mortar store takes social responsibility in fashion to heart. Their brand selection includes socially responsible brands Horny Toad, PACT Apparel, Nau Sustainable Clothing, Kayland, and more. One hundred percent of their proceeds go to their parent company, Search Inc.’s, non-profit organization to help mentally challenged people find jobs and services needed to be successful in their communities. Their products range from clothing to accessories, including outerwear and vegan bags.

Greenheart Shop
1714 N Wells St., Chicago, IL 60614
This little shop in Chicago provides shopping experiences that support fair trade, eco-friendly products and local social enterprises. They sell hundreds of products from clothing to accessories, including home goods, bath essentials and beauty items. They are a proud member of Green America and Chicago Fair Trade.

Wolfbait & B-girls
3131 W Logan Blvd., Chicago, IL 60647
Wolfbait & B-girls is dedicated to showcasing local designers; with the wares of over 170 local artisans as well as Chicago-based fair-trade companies. Buying local is one of the first steps to becoming more eco-fashionable since locally sold items require less transportation distance and therefore produce less emissions from planes, trains, and automobiles. At Wolfbait, they refuse to use plastic packaging and instead use recyclable, hand-stamped paper packaging. Wolfbait is a one-stop shop for unique and practical clothing, playful accessories, and one-of-a-kind handcrafted treasures.

Andersonville Galleria
5247 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
The Andersonville Galleria, in the heart of the thriving Andersonville retail corridor, is a retail market building that features over 90 tenants offering apparel, jewelry, artwork, home furnishings, giftware, accessories, antiques. fair trade, and gourmet treats. Its mission is to maintain a unique shopping experience that cannot be duplicated anywhere. Andersonville Galleria prides itself on its dedicated support of locally owned businesses and small independent retailers, introducing emerging eco-friendly fashion retailers as well as established eco-fashion vendors.


275 Mott St, New York, NY 10012
Coclico proves that leather shoes can be both fashionable and eco-friendly. It’s part of their mission to use ethical and environmentally responsible materials and manufacturing. In addition to only sourcing leather from accredited tanneries, they also use organic linens, recycled cork for internal platforms, recycled foam, non-chrome leather lining, and lead and nickel free hardware. These components are sourced from as close as possible to the production facility in Spain, which is known for providing livable wages, high safety standards, and environmental reliability.

Rainbow Sandals
245 Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10012
Cotton caps, crews and tees as well as boots, loafers and sandals in eco-friendly hemp and leather are created by hand in this boutique shop. The clothes, shoes, and accessories are meant to last and Rainbow is the place to go for beautifully made, comfortable footwear for him and her. Their goal has always been to make a quality product that will not end up in a landfill. The commitment to that goal does not end when the products leave the store. If the sandals are worn and past warranty, they can be returned to the store in order to be repaired for resume and donated to protect the feet of the homeless, orphaned, and victims of natural disasters.

382 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
Kaight was founded in 2006 with the premise of stocking independent designers that meet the following criteria: local production, organic textiles, reclaimed materials, fair-trade or zero waste. This is the place to find cutting-edge silhouettes constructed from organic and sustainable textiles as well as vintage jewelry, bold-modern handbags and non-toxic nail polish.Their selection often includes one-of-a-kind pieces from emerging and established designers.

With & Wessel
247 Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10012
With & Wessel was started from the founders’ recognition that the use of wool in its modern form was underutilized in today’s fashion market. The company established a line of fashion forward basics in 100 percent wool which aims to take the Norwegian tradition of dressing in layers into a modern and smart layering concept. The versatile styles in W&W’s chic neutral palette can be worn alone, next to the skin, layered together, and seamlessly incorporate into your wardrobe for many purposes. Wool reflects modern lifestyles by adapting to different temperatures and climates. Better than cotton and synthetic fibers and since wool is partly composed of protein, it is odor-absorbent and anti-bacterial. Wool is, by its nature, one of the world’s most eco-friendly fibers: it is natural, renewable, and biodegradable.


Alternative Apparel
219 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Alternative Apparel started as a brand committed to social responsibility and change through responsible business practices that respect people and the planet. Their sustainable fabrics are 65 percent of their offering and they always work to push that number higher. They utilize non-toxic, low-impact dyes on all eco-fabrics as well as natural dyes and their G2 Eco-Wash finishes garments with 60 percent less water and no chemicals than traditional finishes. Their factories throughout the world are in accordance with the Fair Labor Association Workplace Code of Conduct and certified by the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production nonprofit team of global social compliance experts. They stock clothes for women and men as well as athletic apparel and accessories.

Grace and Greene
1612 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
The mission at Grace & Greene is to bring high-quality and fashionable yet comfortable and sustainable products to the public. They believe that fashion, comfort, and environmental consciousness can all coexist and they offer a range of products including men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, surf gear and artwork all made from a variety of materials in a sustainable and environmentally conscious manner. Their line of eco-swimwear, Odina, is made from recycled nylon and reclaimed fabrics. Grace & Greene puts sustainability into practice by incorporating many green elements, including bamboo flooring, low-emission lighting, biodegradable and recycled packing materials into their store. The boutique also has bike parking directly in front of the store!

8253 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Founded in 2009 and based in Los Angeles, designer and founder Yael Aflalo uses sustainable fabric to create limited edition items without sacrificing style. Reformation limits its impact on the environment by using environmentally friendly and recycled content fibers, repurposed vintage clothing and excess fabrics made by other fashion companies, and significantly reduces its impact on water, materials, and energy. The company designs, manufactures, and ships from L.A., which is the first sustainable sewing factory in the US. 100 percent of their electricity comes from renewable sources and within the factory, everything from pens to cleaning products to packaging is eco-friendly. The three boutique store locations (L.A. and N.Y.) reflect these green initiatives by using recycled hangers, reusable tote bags and LED efficient lighting.

Carol Young I Undesigned
1953 1/2 Hilhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Founded in 2003, Carol Young wanted to create a collection that explored the use of “undesigned” recycled-clothing and active-wear materials into new urban nomadic apparel. Her collection is a series of beautiful, seasonless clothing designed for the modern woman and uses a combination of durable performance fabrics, sustainable organic and recycled blends, and designer surplus fabrics for flavor. Each piece is handcrafted, distinct and individually made with TLC in Los Angeles.

Earth Baby Boutique
13454 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Eco-fashion is not just for adults, but babies as well! This baby boutique carries one of the largest selection of cloth diaper brands as well as babywearing, organic baby and maternity care, baby feeding products, and unique eco-friendly toys. Earth Baby was born from the idea that the Internet shouldn’t be the only place to find cloth diapers. After learning about the toxic substances found in disposable diapers and the environmental impact, founder and owner Renee Powers decided that cloth diapering was more than just a necessity, but a passion. It became a passion to spread the word about the great benefits of using cloth diapers and becoming more eco-conscious in fashion, even fashion for babies and new moms!


BeGood Clothing
2127 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94123
Many of the women’s and men’s clothing options are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified. Organic cotton farms use no pesticides or herbicides that end up on skin or in groundwater. They also use biodegradable and naturally-occurring textiles like silk, modal, and bamboo, all of which are toxin-free, healthy and luxuriously soft. Their dyes are low-impact fabric dyes, meaning that they are non-toxic and chemical waste is nearly eliminated. Given how much water is contaminated by conventional clothing production, BeGood has partnered with Evidence Action, a non-profit that distributes purifying chlorine at stations across Kenya and Uganda, to address the historic industry wrong. For every purchase, BeGood will make twelve gallons of water in rural areas,where drinking contaminated water is the norm, safe to drink.

3043 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Foxglove offers a carefully chosen selection of fashion, gifts and accessories that reflects the modern ideals of todays conscious consumers. The products are locally made, organic, and high quality. Their selection is wide and includes both women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, home items, gifts, and baby!

302 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
A brick and mortar store of the global, eco-fashion brand dedicated to sustainable, eco-friendly, and fair trade clothing.They use recycled polyester, organic cotton, and lyocell in their fabrics to eliminate waste and negative environmental effects. The store carries women’s and men’s apparel as well as accessories and a few outerwear pieces.

Synergy Organic Clothing
969 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110
This boutique and online store carries many different options for women, from dresses to yoga apparel to accessories. They even have a plus-sized selection, allowing sustainability and eco-friendly fashion available to every woman, no matter the size. Their materials use organic cotton, grown using methods and materials that have a low-impact on the environment.Their fabrics are colored with low-impact, sustainable, and non-toxic dyes and they manufacture all their pieces with fair labor trade practices. They are a Gold Member Green America certified business and GOTS certified.


Baby Earth
106 E. Old Settlers Blvd, STE D-100, Round Rock, TX 78664
Located just outside the city of Austin, BabyEarth is a great place for eco-fashion parents, parents to be, and their bundles of joy. Founded in 2003 as an online retail, BabyEarth has implemented many eco-friendly items into their inventory over the last 11 years. The line includes baby clothing, cloth diapers, furniture, sleep items, accessories, products for moms, feeding products, health and hygiene items, toys, and more!

Blue Lux
4477 S Lamar Blvd, Ste 590., Austin, TX 78745
The boutique promotes, supports, and sells products from socially and environmentally friendly designers, clothing labels, and local artists. Their desire to is provide a new kind of conscientious shopping experience, one that combines socially ethic and conscious minds with the fun experience of shopping organic, fair trade, and local clothing. They sell women’s clothing, accessories, and shoes at their brick and mortar store as well as provide products online.

110 West Elizabeth St., Austin, TX 78704
Since 1990, Eco-Wise has been the green building, eco-everything store. They have supplied Austin and beyond with non-toxic, sustainable products for building, gardening, working, and all-around living. From rain barrels to men’s and women’s clothing to baby clothes, Eco-Wise has it covered.

Whole Earth Provision Co.
1014 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Whole Earth is a specialty retailer offering a broad array of innovative, high-quality products which engage those who share our robust enthusiasm and concerned commitment to learning about, experiencing, preserving, and enjoying the home planet. They sell a wide range of products from women’s and men’s clothing to outdoor gear, home accessories, shoes, toys for children, hammocks, and more! Founded in 1960s with catalog sales and then in 1970 with their first brick and mortar store, Whole Earth Provision Co. has been spreading the word about eco-conscious products for more than 40 years.

Raven + Lily
2406 Manor Rd, Ste C, Austin, TX 78722
A socially-conscious lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering women through design, Raven + Lily currently helps employ marginalized women in India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cambodia, Pakistan, and the U.S. at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. Raven + Lily is committed to providing products that are made by hand, follow fair trade standards, and honor our eco-friendly commitment. They have a wide selection of jewelry, women’s apparel, accessories, and gifts in multiple collections from around the world. They are proud to be a B Corporation (businesses certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency) as well as a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum.

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