Shopping for that eco-friendly family member or friend is easy with these DC stores that will make you feel good about your sustainable giving. From women’s clothing to something for baby, you’ll find the best of the holiday green and even something to wrap it all up in.
1530 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Master tailors and jewelry artists Erin Derge and Kristen Swenson married their love of repurposing textiles with modern style and art in their eclectic and unique shop on U Street. Their niche originally grew out of the desire that Washingtonians had to reuse items they had in their closet that they loved, but weren’t wearing. Tailoring these items into a new piece that people loved spawned the sustainable idea of taking other garments and turning them into works of art. Check out their ladies’ ties for that perfect neck piece to add to any outfit.
The G Truck
Giving is receiving, especially in the case of the G Truck. One of the most sustainable things to do with apparel is to reuse it. If there are things in your closet that you simply don’t wear anymore, check out the G Truck, that sells vintage and gently used clothing. Drop off the clothing that you don’t want anymore and you can get cash for your fashionable items. Buying someone a thrift store item is perfect for a sustainable friend or family member. Not only are you keeping the item out of the landfill, but also this truck tends to have very unique items that you can’t find in any other store. The G Truck comes to you, so be sure to check out its website to find out where the truck may be.
4007 34th St.
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Offering the best of eclectic, Nisey’s Boutique in Mt. Rainier will even put together a gift basket for your green gifts. Nisey’s offers jewelry, natural fiber clothing and natural hair and skin care products. Grab one of the 100-percent organic body butters to add to any basket. They also offer natural soy-based candles, which are a natural way to burn scents without the use of chemicals.
Yiro And Tugooh Toys
4823 Bethesda Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
For the eco-friendly kids in your life, don’t forget the sustainable toys. Yiro and Tugooh in Bethesda offers a wide selection of organic and green toys. Children’s toys contain many chemicals used as flame retardants or to make plastics feel softer. These chemicals are absorbed in the body and can be toxic, so it’s important to buy as many organic toys as possible. You’ll be sure to find something for every kid from wooden toys to stuffed animals and everything in between at Yiro and Tugooh.
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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.