Greening the fashion industry has recently become a priority for many environmental activists. This issue is particularly pressing because many of our clothes are made outside of the United States where environmental regulations and labor laws may have lower standards than ours. We don’t often think about it, but the clothes we buy are sometimes produced in sweatshops with hazardous conditions, not to mention they are made of nonrenewable resources and then shipped around the world to come to our stores. Here are some places in Boston that sell natural and organic apparel.
5 Green St.
Boston, MA 02130
Hatched is a children’s organic clothing store. The merchandise is all highly curated clothing that is mindful to the environment, humankind and health. After all, mothers don’t want potentially harmful materials anywhere near their kids. It was rated one of the “Best of Boston” by Boston Magazine in 2008, and continues to provide high-quality products for consumers. In addition to clothing, Hatched also sells children’s toys, skin care products and essential oils.
207 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
Since 1995, The Hempest has been the world’s largest hemp clothing boutique. Hemp is a fabric made from the rapidly renewable cannabis sativa plant which requires less resources and pesticides than other fiber-producing plants. More pesticides are used on cotton than any other crop, making it a less than ideal fiber. While some are hesitant to support the growth of hemp because it is derived from the cannabis plant, others see it as a unique source for creating domestically made, organic and ethically sourced clothing. Hemp is also incredibly durable for a natural fiber which makes it versatile and long lasting. According to Earthesy, hemp is also naturally weather repellant; it deflects harmful UV rays and mold spores. The Hempest has hundreds of products in styles for the whole family. It even has body lotions, shampoos and lip balms made out of hemp.
ecolissa.comEcolissa.com specializes in vegan, natural-fiber clothing for women. From coats and scarves to yoga gear, Ecolissa has a variety of styles for every application. The e-commerce business was founded in 2010 and is based just west of Boston.
Nancy’s Gone Green
Nancy’s Gone Green eco-boutique also features sustainable women’s wear. In addition to shopping online, patrons can also find its goods at Sarida (20 Birch Street, Roslindale, MA) and at Abeille (45 Harvard Street, Brookline Village, MA). The boutique also hosts a pop-up shop that travels around the city to places like SOWA and other local festivals.
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Cameron Bruns is the founder of BostonGreenBlog.com and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.