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Earth Day is an annual reminder to live lightly on the Canada Goose Outlet land: to conserve energy and adopt cheap canada goose uk environment friendly habits like composting and recycling. Another tenet, wise consumption, is made easier now that there are many places to purchase goods made of sustainable materials, manufactured and distributed in ways uk canada goose outlet that use less energy.

As eco boutiques flourish, catering to style and environment conscious shoppers, young moms and their families, the movement has grown to include another element: fair trade goods. The category includes canada goose outlet new york city jewelry, clothing, toys and other items made by people living in impoverished areas all over the world who are using the money they earn to improve canada goose jacket outlet their standard of living. Here’s a look at some places to shop eco smart.

(Suzanne S. Brown, The Denver Post)

A. Green Logic

This Fort Collins store, a veteran in the eco boutique business, was opened five years ago by the husband wife team of Colleen Barricklow and Jason Cohencious. Located between Old Town and the New Belgium Brewery, they cater to students, tourists and residents.

Cohencious says they pride themselves on carrying, “a little of everything.” Clothing in organic cotton, bamboo and soy, baby toys and games, fair trade apparel, bedding, bath, kitchen and organic gardening products, small solar powered items and decorative items like picture frames and clocks made out of computer motherboards. For students they sell backpacks, lunch bags and water bottles made from recycled materials, as well as paper products and school supplies.

B. Topo Ranch

Any retailer that has regular canada goose uk outlet first Friday evening musical performances and beer is going to be popular, and this Boulder store is no exception. Topo Ranch makes soft, comfortable organic cotton T shirts and hoodies, along with other men’s, women’s and kids’ styles. It caters to wholesale clients and, through its retail store, also sells denim, shoes and accessories.

C. Lovely Boutique

It has been three years since Emilie Oliver and Hallie Wastell opened Lovely in Arvada’s Olde Town shopping district. They sell on trend clothing in earth friendly fabrics such as organic cotton, silk and hemp produced with minimal environmental impact.

Among the lines canada goose clearance sale they carry are Big Star Jeans official canada goose outlet made in Los Angeles using an eco friendly process, Synergy and LAmade tops and dresses in organic fabrics, and fair canada goose outlet in usa trade clothing made in Nepal. Check the website and blog for info on sales and events

E. Unity Boutique

Unity was Denver’s first fashion boutique offering clothing made in America from environmentally sustainable fabrics when it opened in a Victorian house in the Old South Pearl Street business district more than four years ago. buy canada goose jacket cheap Owner Megan Smith carries men’s and women’s clothing and denim from such labels as Reuse and LAmade. For spring there are lots of dresses and separates for women, and tanks and T shirts for men. Unity also is known for its footwear, selling TOMS for men, women and children, and new this season are Freewaters sandals for men and women. Women’s jewelry, handbags and canada goose outlet store other accessories are canada goose outlet also a draw.

F. Ten Thousand Villages

While the fair trade company canada goose black friday sale has close to 400 stores, Ten Thousand Villages locations feel like part of the neighborhood in this case, Cherry Creek North, Denver; and Old Town, Fort Collins. That might be because the businesses are nonprofit and staffed with the help of dozens of volunteers who guide customers among the handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture made by artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. The organization works with artisans in 38 countries, plus the Denver store sells local goods from the Women’s Bean Project and cards made by women at The Gathering Place shelter.

Denver store manager Judy Nafziger says prices range from $2 to $475, with a lot of items in the $10 to $50 range. Find items you like, and they’ll create a gift registry for you. 2626 E. Third Ave., 303 316 8773. Talulah Jones

Owner Robin Lohre is the canada goose outlet parka first to admit that her store isn’t 100 percent “green,” but in everything from her shopping bags made of recycled paper and the light bulbs that illuminate the space to the cleaning products that keep it sparkling, she’s working at it. She takes pride in the canada goose outlet black friday fact that the store was certified green three years ago through the ReDirect Guide. She sells fair trade clothing, children’s books and Plan Toys USA, which are made from kiln dried canada goose outlet reviews wood, as well as stationary, jewelry and home and gift canada goose factory outlet items.

I. The Giggling Green Bean

New moms can shop here for everything from infant and toddler clothing in such fabrics as organic cotton or bamboo, to toys made of wood or recycled plastic. Baby carriers, bottles, bibs and bowls are other popular items, says assistant manager Jenna Hoskinson, who cites being canada goose outlet canada able to bring her almost 1 year old daughter to work as just one of the perks of her job.

Amy Mann started the business in 2007 after having trouble finding a place to buy cloth diapers. She opened a business in her home and then expanded to open The Giggling Green Bean two years ago, offering a wider Canada Goose Coats On Sale assortment of baby goods.

GGB also offer classes on breast feeding and other topics of interest to parents and new moms.

10. Naturally Loved

Former schoolteacher Alyson Warren made the switch from classroom to retailing after having a baby. For both economic and an ecological reasons, she decided to use cloth diapers, make her own baby food and raise her daughter Eva as naturally as possible. Warren soon found herself teaching other canada goose outlet shop new moms the same tricks and, last August, opened a store selling organic clothing for infants, cheap canada goose children and moms to be; wooden toys; stuffed animals; blankets; and gear for nursing and making baby food. With a commitment to community, her store hosts classes in everything from making green cleaning supplies to yoga and infant massage.

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