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Green offerings from online heavyweights

You'll notice that I tend to favor little eco boutiques here. Partially that's because the service is so personal, and partially it's because I have a soft spot for the little guys. But sometimes it can be reassuring to shop at bigger, more familiar stores, especially if you're new to green shopping or even online shopping. If it's your first foray into eco fashion, you can feel confident about customer service, shipping and returns when it comes to a familiar name (although I have to point out again that I've had absolutely amazing service from the small eco boutiques I've ordered from.) So here are three of my favorite larger retail spots with good eco friendly selections -- check them out, and if you like going green, try some of the smaller shops to the right next time!

Barneys - You'll have to wade through a ton of (lovely) organic beauty and skincare, but Barneys' organic section is worth it for the fashion. The highlight, of course, is the exclusive Loomstate for Barneys Green, but you'll also find a few choice pieces like a white organic dress by Philip Lim and a classy pair of organic Earnest Sewns.

Nordstrom - No, they're not exactly fashion forward. But with brick and mortar stores in many neighborhoods and historically fantastic customer service, I'd call Nordstrom an ideal choice for the nervous first time eco shopper. Their offerings range from the amazingly luxurious Viridis Luxe brand to the inexpensive series of adorably printed Tilden organic cotton boyshorts.

Shopbop - So what if their models tend towards the brain-washed alien look. Shopbop is fantastic about taking the kind of photos that leave no surprises when their clothing ends up on your doorstep. Then there's the free shipping thing -- fabulous. They carry hard to find organic tees and dresses from C&C California, trendy organic denim from Sling & Stone, and a series of cute printed tees from ZOOEY.


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Anonymous said...

Does anybody know about this site ( http://www.earthlab.com ) ? I have seen other environmental sites with carbon calculators like yahoo and tree huggers, but I am wondering what the deal with earthlab.com is? I saw they also published a list last month of the top ten greenest cities ( http://www.efficientenergy.org/Top-Ten-Green-Cities-in-the-United-States ). Does anyone know if this site is better than the others? Fill me in!

I took their carbon foot print test and it was pretty interesting, they said that I put out 4.5 tons of carbon, does anyone know about any other tests?

Kate said...

Also at shopbop, all of the Beau SOleil stuff is drastically discounted! Still spendy, but you know, on a cost-per-wear basis...They also have the adorable 'beau bag' back in stock.

I agree, I've had wonderful service from the small boutiques as well. Beklina, Green with Glamour especially. Also Tobi and Earth Girls Boutique.

ckr said...

Hi Kate! NIce to hear I'm not the only one psyched about smaller eco boutiques :) And thanks for the heads up on the Beau sale!

ckr said...

On a side note, is earthlab.com spamming me, or are you (adrian2514) really that passionate about carbon calculators? Anyway, assuming the later, here's my completely non-expert take:

Finding the true carbon cost of even a single product is ridiculously difficult, so I doubt a few online checkboxes are going to offer more than a vague estimate. So carbon calculators are mostly useful because they get you thinking about the environmental impact of your everyday choices (and give you a rough estimate of that impact.)

But these sites can only make an difference if they cause you to make real life changes that reduce your carbon usage. So I'm going to go out on a limb and say that there's no way for one site to be the "best" because all carbon calculators keep the dialogue going.

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