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Pop 5: Eco Shopping in San Francisco

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pop 5: Eco Shopping in San Francisco

For our newly minted Pop 5 list, we've found the five best places in San Francisco for eco-minded shopping. Thanks to everyone who chimed in with suggestions; we even got some great spots to visit in the East Bay now. In honor of Earth Day this Friday, here are the five best places to shop for eco-friendly goods in SF.

  1. For fashion: Eco Citizen Boutique (2255 Polk St., 415-614-0100) This stylish stop carries fair trade and organic fashions from labels like Prairie Underground and Marais shoes. Better yet, the new-ish space on Polk is actually next door to an eco dry cleaner.
  2. For furniture: Cisco Home (580 Hayes St., 415-436-0131) Specializing in eco-friendly furniture from names like Epoch, John Derian, and Habita, Cisco (pictured) is the ultimate destination for sustainable (if aspirational) pieces.
  3. For jewelry: Manika Jewelry (11 Maiden Lane, 415-399-1990) An alternative to its more traditional Union Square neighbors, Manika carries work by many artisans who work in eco-friendly gold and silver that's reclaimed rather than mined, and the boutique contributes a percentage of sales to local and international charities.
  4. For books and gifts: Green Arcade (680 Market St., 415-431-6800) When I first heard about Green Arcade, I thought, how can they fill a whole store with eco-topical books? The answer: by expanding the definition of eco to include natural and local history, travel and lifestyle guides, even mushroom foraging how-tos, plus a selection of stylish gifts.
  5. For everything else: Branch (345 Ninth St., Ste. 202, 415-626-1012) Even if it weren't earth-friendly, Branch would be one of the best boutiques in town. This gifting haven carries eco accessories, home accents, kitchenware and tabletop items, bed, bath, and baby products, and much more.