You are committed to eating better and recycling. It’s only natural that the next step is to make a conscious decision to begin buying clothing that is more eco-friendly. Stop by any of these Atlanta-area shops that are as committed to providing sustainable, organic and environmentally-friendly goods as you are to buying them.
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m, Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Founded by a husband and wife team, Abbadabba’s has 5 locations in the Atlanta metro area. The store carries one of the largest selection of TOMS Shoes for men, women and children in Atlanta. TOMS Shoes was founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie on a trip to Argentina. During his travels, Black was moved by the impoverished and barefoot children. He modeled Toms after the traditional shoe of the country and his company donates a pair of shoes with each Toms pair purchased.
Hours: Tue to Sat – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
At The Collective is actually a gathering of local artists, craftspeople and entrepreneurs located in Inman Park. Ideas Are Us is just one of the companies that offers its goods at the conglomerate. Ruksana Hussain, born in India, founded Ideas Are Us as an Atlanta-based retail and wholesale business. Ruksana works mostly with women’s groups and Fair Trade suppliers from her native South India to create accessories and gifting items. Her bags, note cards and other gift items are made from organic materials like banana fiber or palm leaves.
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Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Body Sense is a full service spa that sells natural clothing and skin care products located in Hiawassee, 2 hours away from Atlanta, right on the border of Tennessee. “PrAna,” an ancient Sanskrit word for breath, life and vitality of the spirit, is also a clothing line inspired by athletes and yoga experts. The company is committed to using organic cotton, fair trade and wind power.
Hours: By appointment only
Atlanta based Morgan Boszilkov recently launched Natural Bridal Collection, a new line of eco-friendly designer wedding gowns.Morgan’s gowns are “green” in several ways. First, the dresses are hand-made. Secondly, the designer has promised 5 percent of profits will be donated to environmental causes. Thirdly, she uses sustainable fabrics and green business practices. Lastly but certainly not in the least, a few of the gowns in the Natural Bridal Collection are convertible, eliminating the need for a second dress for the reception.
INDIE clothing is an Atlanta-based men’s t-shirt line sold online and exclusively at Bill Hallman Studio in Virginia Highlands. Indie uses 100 percent certified organic cotton, hemp, RPET (recycled poly), or bamboo and is manufactured solely in the United States. Indie also uses natural or low impact dyes and water based printing inks.
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A Parsons School of Design trained Fashion Designer turned Fashion Journalist, Alicia Edwards is the founder of AliciaStyle, under which she reports fashionable happenings, conducts celebrity interviews, does wardrobe consulting and will help you find your personal style. Alicia’s work has appeared on Examiner.com, Type F, Kouture Magazine and other outlets. She was recently named an ACE contributor for a pilot program between Examiner.com and CBS Local. Alicia currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.