Earth Day comes every April, prompting eco-friendly celebrations throughout the world. But at these local shops, the environment is front and center year round.
Style and social consciousness merge at Arcadia, Philly's premier eco-chic boutique. Stocking everything from clothing and jewelry to gifts and home goods, this unique spot specialize in products from local, sustainable and emerging fashion designers and artists. In fact, even though many of the store's items are made in Philly, they aren't sold anywhere else in the city. Arcadia operates two locations. While the Rittenhouse store caters to women only, the NoLibs location carries merchandise for both men and women. Prices range from $20 to $200. 819 N. Second St. and 265 S. 20th St., Philadelphia, 215.667.8099
Mushmina on South Street began as an innovative collaboration between the O'Neill sisters: Heather, a former Peace Corps volunteer, and Katie, a jewelry designer. Together, these entrepreneurial siblings created a clothing brand comprised of handmade goods from Morocco. In 2012, the company launched a brick-and-mortar store on South Street. This retail outlet sells sustainable and fair trade certified merchandise made by local and global designers, many of whom use eco-sound practices that yield low carbon footprints. The store offers wardrobe basics like dresses and t-shirts as well as accessories like scarves, jewelry and handbags, and customers leave knowing that their purchases are helping to promote fairness and human rights around the world. 1540 South St., Philadelphia, 215.732.5500
For locally made, environmentally conscious jewelry that's as beautiful as it is ethical, stop into Bario-Neal. The shop's exquisite pieces are designed and made by hand by owners Anna Bario and Page Neal in this Queen Village store, which also functions as a studio and workshop. The duo, who are active in the movement to improve transparency in the mining industry, use ethically sourced stones and reclaimed metals to make their custom and off-the-shelf creations. 700 S. Sixth St., Philadelphia, 215.454.2164