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April 20, 2012

Union Square Does Earth Day: Our Favorite Green Goods

We’re pleased to let you know that you no longer need to visit a specialty boutique to find sustainable and eco-friendly products. Retailers everywhere are realizing that there is big demand for green goods from conscious consumers, and Union Square’s shops are no exception. In honor of Earth Day, we’ve gathered some of our favorite earth-friendly products for those of you who want to go green with your next purchase. Whether you want to dress in organic duds or outfit your home with sustainable woods, you can shop guilt free this Earth Day! 

Green Getups

For a long time it seemed as if sustainable fashion was limited to shapeless tie-dyed hemp T-shirts and yoga pants that were comfy but would be totally out of place anywhere outside of the 1960’s. Luckily, for those who are both eco-conscious and fashion-forward that is no longer the case. If you’re looking for green glam, you can start by hitting up H&M on Powell Street. There you can find organic cotton, recycled materials and even organic hemp that you can don proudly and fashionably. We’re pretty smitten with their new Conscious Collection filled with pastels, whites and tropical patterns. Check out this organic cotton skirt with a lovely floral print. Pair it with this sweet shear white peter pan collared blouse, made of 40 percent recycled materials. Men can get in on the action too with these easygoing pastel shorts or this dapper white blazer. For a more high-end take on greening your wardrobe, stop by Anne Fontaine this Earth Day. They’ll be selling Eco reusable bags to support the Anne Fontaine Foundation, which helps to protect endangered forests.

If you’re looking for a way to make your casual-wear more eco-conscious, we suggest you stop by Levis.  They’re jumping in on the green bandwagon by saving water – sometimes up to 96% - in their manufacturing process. They’ve implemented new techniques like stone washing jeans with just stones instead of large vats of water to create stylish denim that has much less of an impact on the world’s water supply, and they’re asking you to do the same with their Go Waterless Challenges. Check out stylish water<less denim options like their slight curve ankle skinny jean (very cute for spring) for women or their vintage-looking, slim and dark Selvedge Goods York Jeans for men. American Apparel also offers a line of organic and recycled clothes with tons of on-trend options such as this flirty sun dress that comes in bright jewel colors and this 70’s inspired polo for the men.  

Sporty types will be glad to know that we have plenty of high-tech eco-friendly options for working out and spending time in the great outdoors! One of the newest additions to our athletic wear collection is Icebreaker, purveyor of Merino Wool clothes which are sustainable sourced with low-intensity farming, buying and raising processes. We suggest this breeze T as a versatile basic for the ladies – it would look smart over a pair of black leggings. For men, we like this suave knit V-neck sweater in black or gray. If you want to go green by avoiding animal products (which ultimately take more resources than most animal products) try out Merrell’s line of vegan-friendly footwear. They have everything from trail runners to sporty Mary Janes made with lycra, faux leather and a Vibrum sole.

Sustainable Home

You can also outfit your home with eco-friendly products this Earth Day. We’ve noticed sustainable furniture options popping up at places like Crate & Barrel and our newest home store Urban Hardwoods, so you can help keep the planet beautiful while beautifying your home. At Crate, we’re big fans of sleek furniture options like the tufted Tess chair in charcoal gray. This piece would be at home in a 19th century sitting room, yet it is made from sustainable wood and soy-based polyfoam. If you want to make your bedroom a sanctuary of sustainability, we suggest the Atwood Bed (pictured above) with just the right amount of rustic charm and modern design. It’s made with reclaimed peroba wood and a natural beeswax finish. For even more sustainable home options, Urban Hardwoods stocks only furniture made from fallen trees that would otherwise end up as landfill. The company started in Seattle salvaging fallen trees (some of which were many decades old), drying them slowly and naturally and making them into one-of-a-kind furniture. We’re lucky enough to have one of only three locations here in Union Square, where you can purchase unique dining tables, desks, benches and coffee tables, all made in an ecofriendly manner.

We hope this helps you get started on your green journey this Earth Day. Once your shopping is done, you can enjoy the official San Francisco Earth Day Celebration in the city’s Civic Center neighborhood with food, music, dancing, workshops and more. Or, if you want to learn to create your own sustainable garden, stop by Williams-Sonoma for an intro to gardening and seed starting. Happy Greening!