As we expand our reach to cover shops and services in design-minded cities across the U.S., we're on the lookout for great examples of small, independent green businesses. We've gathered together 10 (from California to Texas to North Carolina) but we need your help to build up a national green shopping guide—add your favorite green boutiques in the comments.
The Visionary (West Hollywood, CA/Online): How can we not cover a store that has committed itself to plant one tree for every item sold in their store (in partnership with Trees for the Future)? Started by Magda Rod, the store offers a selection of home accessories, bath and body products, fine art, baby items, toys, eco-friendly cleaning products, books and gifts, all chosen with an eco-conscious mind.
Organic Rush (Pasadena, CA/Online): Organic Rush is a good source for bedding, modern furniture, and housewares. Their mission is "to make positive difference in the lives of others and our environment by offering high quality organic, natural and eco-friendly products."
Treehouse Green Gifts (Berkeley, CA/Online): In addition to home accessories, they also carry stuff for the garden, gifts for kids, skincare products, jewelry and stationery. And all of it is recycled, organic, handmade, or fairly-traded, or a combination of all four.
Wildflower Organics (Austin, TX/Online): Their colorful showroom is the absolute definition of eco-luxury. They carry gorgeous bedding (including gorgeous beds), organic mattresses as well as textured and colorful throw pillows and duvets.
The White Attic (Chicago, IL): Their core mission is to revive vintage furniture through refinishing, repainting, and restyling each piece. Owner Terry Ledford scouts for the shop's dressers, tables, and chairs, while the White Attic team updates Terry's finds using low-VOC paints and varnishes.
Renegade Handmade (Chicago/Online): The mortar-and-brick store in Chicago was created as an extension of the über-popular Renegade Craft Fair, and in addition to selling wares online, now serves as a permanent location for people to buy and sell handmade items year 'round.
Plowsharing Crafts (St. Louis, MO): The store works with non-profit groups to provide income and fair pay to crafters working in developing countries. Plowsharing carries a nice range of textiles and other crafts. Unlike a typical store, they're a non-profit, self-supporting organization.
Wholly Craft! (Columbus, OH): Rather than indie craft fairs or an online only marketplace like Etsy, Wholly Craft! is bringing the handmade to you year 'round with their brick-and-mortar consignment shop in Columbus, OH neighborhood, Clintonville. Prices range from $1 for a button to $100 for a turquoise necklace (though most items tend towards the lower cost spectrum), and all are sold on consignment.
Brook Farm General Store (Brooklyn, NY/Online): Located just under the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, Brook Farm General Store is all about products that are useful, simple, and timeless—think wooden scrub brushes, linen blankets and table linens, ironstone pitchers, and organic hand soap.
Toots and Magoo (Chapel Hill, NC/Online): Toots and Magoo is another one of those stores that can't be summed up in just a couple words. What do they sell? Officially, it's Art, Antiques and Paper Goods, but they are constantly evolving —hosting letter press workshops, French social nights, and best of all, striving to maintain a good connection with the community.
Photos: Gregory Han (1), organicrush.com (2), treehousegreengifts.com (3), Adrienne Breaux (4), Sarah Coffey (5, 7), renegadehandmade.com (6), whollycraft.com (8), brookfarmgeneralstore.com (9), tootsandmagoo.com (10)