Whether you want to be green for the planet or have sensitivity to traditionally made clothing and chemicals, these shops focus on natural and organic clothing with a nod to fashion. Traditional clothing from most shops can contain chemicals like formaldehyde that are absorbed through the skin and processed in the body. To avoid chemicals and petroleum-derived products, the best way to go is to look for natural and organic clothing. These shops will keep your skin happy and your style eco-chic.
1603 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Caramel clothing store on U Street features designers from DC and around the globe. With a nod to sustainability, Caramel offers a variety of lines of natural clothing from sustainable to recycled and even vegan, making it a green choice. It offers brands like Ethos Paris, Even Keel, Panda Snack, Sameunderneath and more. Besides stocking green items, the shop is also green as it is 100 percent wind powered through energy credits supplied by Clean Currents.
5516 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
Catch Can offers a large selection of women’s fashion apparel that is made in the United States using natural fibers. The clothing is stylish, but leans more towards comfort than trendy. Located in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of DC, it stocks women’s clothing and accessories. Having the clothing made domestically of natural fibers not only helps the environment by limiting the use of petroleum-derived materials, but it also reduces the shipping miles on the products, further minimizing the environmental impact.
4600 East-West Highway, Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814
Yudu, a locally based organic apparel company in Bethesda, offers 100 percent organic cotton tee shirts and accessories. The organic cotton is grown in the United States and not made from genetically modified seeds. Yudu carries men’s and women’s casual shirts in short sleeve, long sleeve, jackets and beanies. It also offers a recycled rubber sole flip flop. All items are emblazoned with the Yudu logo. A portion of every order goes to a nonprofit. Every 90 days, the nonprofit changes, so anyone can contact Yudu to show how they’re making a difference. Order online.
Pink & Brown Boutique
1212 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sustainability isn’t about the impact today, it’s about the impact on future generations. Mothers can head to Pink & Brown for a great selection of 100 percent organic cotton garments for babies and children. From adorable onesies to girls dresses and shirts and pants for boys, you’ll be sure to find the latest in fashion and sustainability for your kids. For new moms looking for a sustainable solution to diapers, stop in for the boutique’ cloth diapering class.
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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture
Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.