by Lauren Sloat - 260 Reviews - 86 List
Going green is no longer just a trend for hippies and hipsters--it's the wave of the future. Washington, D.C., shops and restaurants utilizing recycled materials and those that sell sustainable goods and vegan foods are leading the way in protecting the environment. As more and more businesses jump aboard the green bandwagon, a few local favorites stand out. Whether you're picking up supplies for Fido, getting a massage or looking for a sweet tooth fix, there's a green option nearby.
Updated: April 07, 2010
Environmentally conscious pet owners rely on Green Pets as a one-stop shop for toys, treats, food and other supplies. In fact, the dog food is so organic that one of the mangers has tried many of the flavors. He personally recommends the turkey, sweet potato and peas variety by Nature Organics: "Tastes like Thanksgiving dinner," he says. Stop by the 14th Street pet store for leashes from recycled mountain-climbing rope and plastic bottles, kitty litter made from coconut, and dog treats made from recycled materials.
This U Street shop sells everything needed to live more a more green and energy efficient lifestyle. Go from personal care (makeup brushes from Eco Tools, and handmade soap from the local District Suds), to house care (Meyer's cleaning products and recycled Marcal paper products such as toilet paper and paper towels), and you'll even find the same corn-made cups found in the offices of many environmentally-conscious senators. Check out the working composters (ask to see the worms!) and the staff can set you up with contractors who will help "green" your home.
Logan Circle residents can grab comfort food at this popular neighborhood cafe in good conscience: The restaurant uses 100 percent green power from wind energy and other natural sources, is furnished with recycled materials and only uses recyclable or biodegradable materials throughout. The company is in the process of certifying Commissary (along with its sister restaurants Logan Tavern, The Heights and Grillfish DC) with the Green Restaurants Association. Not to overlook the food, the menu focuses on organic, local ingredients; meat is free-range, fair trade and free of hormones and antibiotics--all good news for the green foodie.
Beauty junkies can get a pampering fix while being good to their bodies and the environment all at the same time. Not only does the Natural Body Spa and Shop sell organic beauty products from brands such as Jurlique and even its own algae-infused line, but almost every aspect of the business relies on sustainable practices. The floors are made from recycled materials--such as old school bus tires--while much of the rest of the spa is crafted from post-consumer materials. Even the spa's paper products are printed on recycled paper with soy ink.
Columbia Heights' Sticky Fingers Bakery has the market cornered when it comes to vegan treats. The bakery and cafe champions an animal-free diet to reduce animal suffering and promote environmental sustainability. Everything served here is 100 percent vegan--meaning no animal ingredients whatsoever are used--and it's also a treat for health-conscious sweet tooths with dietary restrictions; most everything is dairy and lactose free, as well as cholesterol free and low in saturated fat. Nut- and gluten-free products are also available. Going green never tasted so good.