(Note to regular readers: I promise that I'm not becoming strictly a green shopping blog - but 'tis the season - and since I'm a bit of a consumer product junkie, I'll be writing about every shopping opportunity that I can fit in!)
If anyone ever complains about a lack of eco-friendly shopping here in the Twin Cities, I'd say they were crazy. There are so many cool shops here that sell a 'greener' version of whatever it is that you're looking for. And as much as I love researching products on the web, I always prefer to save the shipping (both the expense and the fuel used) and buy locally instead.
I recently visited the newest of the green stores here - called Twin Cities Green - and I was very impressed. It's a big store (2405 Hennepin Avenue, S) filled with everything from furniture to toilet paper - a sort of a green Target store - although I'm not sure they'd want to be called that. Everything they sell is either recycled, reclaimed, natural, organic, sustainable, and/or fair trade.
If you're in the market for furniture, they've got beautiful pieces made from reclaimed wood, like this oak and maple washstand. They are also selling a FSC (forest stewardship council) certified crib and baby dresser and whimsical lamps made from old bicycle parts! And organic bed linens too!
If gadgets are your thing, they sell the Solio solar charger - so you can recharge your electronic appliances through the power of the sun! Look for the solar power backpacks too - a pretty funky way to keep your i-pod running!
Looking for a gift? They've got tons!
- jewelry crafted from old knitting needles
- purses made from license plates
- bags made from recycled sweaters
- dinnerware and barware made from recycled glass
- wallets using old bike tires
- maple wood baby teethers
- Bioviva - an eco-trivia game
- recycled paper cards and journals
- soy candles in reclaimed baby food jars
- and lots more...
While you're there, pick up some Mountain Green laundry detergent. I can vouch for it - it both works and smells great! Oh, and the toilet paper...it's ShitBegone recycled toilet paper. Definitely not something you'd find at Target.