Since Boston is a pretty compact city, I was surprised by how many ethical fashion stores I found. They’re in neighbourhoods you already want to visit, South End and Back Bay.
The second half of this post is a little travel guide of my personal recommendations: green beauty shops, conscious eats, and fun stuff to do in one of America’s oldest cities.Â I put it all together in a Google Map at the bottom of this post.
Ethical Fashion + Accessories
in South End, Boston
VIOLA LOVELY,Â 1409 Washington St â€” Curated designer pieces with a focus on craftsmanship. (Where I tried on that silver BlazÃ© Milano blazer.)
BOOMERANGS SPECIAL EDITION, 1407 Washington St â€” Charity thrift store supporting AIDS Action. Boomerang has various locations throughout the city, but their Special Edition store has curated designer goods.
OLIVES & GRACE, 623 Tremont St â€” High-quality gifts that are ethically sourced or made by locals. Green beauty products are available here too.
THIRD PIECE,Â 623 Tremont St â€” Knitwear made in house. Also offers knitting classes.
PATCH NYC,Â The Courtyard at 46 Waltham Street
(corner of Washington Street) â€” Home and fashion accessories, many designed in house.
ASH & ROSE,Â 460 Harrison Ave suite c6 (GPS address: 367 Albany St) â€” Eco-conscious womenswear. This is the only shop I couldn’t visit in person because I found out about it too late.
in Back BayÂ
ATHLETA, 92 Newbury St â€”Â Athleticwear brand owned by Gap, but they are a B Corp and 60% of their materials are made with sustainable fibers.
M.M. LAFLEUR, 119 Newbury St, Floor 1 â€” Elevated clothes for the office. A showroom for their online shop where you can make an appointment with a stylist and try things on. Works with ethical factories in NYC and abroad.
ILLESTEVA, 182 Newbury St â€” Sunglasses designed in New York, made in Italy and France.
ALLBIRDS, 205 Newbury St â€” Comfortable walking shoes made with natural and recycled materials. B Corp.
CREDO BEAUTY, 177 Newbury St â€” Stocks the cleanest indie and luxury beauty brands.
FOLLAIN, 65 Charles St & 53 Dartmouth St â€”Â Tightly curates the best of clean beauty brands. Salespeople are helpful and knowledgable.
BY CHLOE., 3 locations â€” Popular vegan and plant-based fast-food chain. Â Uses organic, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Their plastics are compostable.
LIFE ALIVE ORGANIC CAFE, 431 Boylston â€” Quick eatery with the most delicious healthy meals and smoothies.
TATTE BAKERY, various locations (I frequented the one on 399 Boylston street) â€” Instagram bait cafe chain with hearty pastries and filling healthy meals.
FOMU ICE CREAM,Â 655 Tremont St &Â 140 Brookline Ave â€” Ice cream made with coconut milk and a blend of organic, natural sweeteners. All natural, preservative-free and made by hand.
MOTHER JUICE, 291 Newbury St & 100 Hangover St â€” fresh juice, smoothies, and healthy meals.
COPA ENOTECA, 253 Shawmut Ave â€” Made-in-house pastas, pizzas in a cozy neighbourhood enoteca.
BOSTON PUBLIC GARDEN, 4 Charles St â€” A large park in the heart of Boston, itÂ was the first public botanical garden in America, established in 1837. It’s gorgeous!
BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, 700 Boylston St â€” One of America’s oldest libraries and theÂ fourth-largest public library in the United States by total collection. Â Take a tour, study in the Reading Room, or unwind in the beautiful courtyard.
ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUMÂ â€” Museum housing European, Asian, and American art. The building, which emulates aÂ 15th-century Venetian palace, was commissioned to be built in 1903 by Isabella Gardner, a prominent art collector.
Do you have any conscious travel recommendations for Boston? Let me know in the comments below ðŸ™‚
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