Our city's eco lifestyle is way beyond Birkenstocks. In fact, everywhere we shopped for clothes, home décor, beauty products and accessories, we found sustainable, conscientious choices that are more than good for the environment—they’re fashionable, luxurious and cool.
The Paper Trail leaves no carbon footprint at The Note Patch, a Sarasota green online business that prints its delightful notepads ($9.95) and coloring books ($3.99 to $5.99) with soy inks on unbleached, recycled eucalyptus-based paper. The Note Patch, thenotepatch.com
Green Zone Sarasota Green Marketplace is ready to green your home with everything from zero-VOC paint to organic mattresses and hip architectural products like Plyboo (bamboo/plywood), the new designer must-have (price on request). Sarasota Green Marketplace, 2864 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota (941) 953-9553.
Glam Up Green Big Buddha bags in all shapes and sizes are the “it” bags of 2009. Affordable, vegan and totally recyclable, they save money while saving the planet. Fashionistas even tote laptops in the Hamilton design ($105). Addison Craig, 28 S. Boulevard of Presidents, Sarasota (941) 388-3400.
Conscientious Coiffure? The newest salon in town is also the greenest, with eco cosmetics and haircare products like Simply Organics, a veggie-based line that’s so pure ($26 for shampoo) salon owners Dan Taylor and Erika Lopatinsky say you could eat it. The Studio on 5th, 1375 Fifth St., Sarasota (941) 954-1121.
Make a Statement Tote your groceries in conversation-pièces-de-résistance: 100 percent cotton organic bags (from $16.95) with slogans that are creating a buzz all over town. Sarasota sisters Kim McLeod and Nikki LaBelle shout their green message while saving the environment. mineorganics.com
Eco Couture is not an oxymoron at Juno and Jove, where sustainable clothing by couturier Linda Loudermilk is ultra-chic. Designs are all made from organic and responsibly grown fibers (cotton velvet, hemp and raw silk coat/dress, $696). Juno and Jove, 100 Central Ave., Sarasota (941) 953-0000.
Pure Indulgence Get smart and treat yourself to lusciously soft towels made from sustainable bamboo or organic cotton ($22, bath; $14, hand; $7, wash). They’re even more luxurious when you get them custom monogrammed. Company Outfitters (Say it with Stitches), 5750 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 925-3855.
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Check out 100 percent green, non-toxic house cleaning ($80 a week for a 2,000-square-foot house) at www.greenworldhomecleaning.com or call owner Julianne Tremblay at (941) 923-1717.
Try the fave beauty secret from France, Vrai Beauty Oil from Fragonard ($59), made from agrean oil grown organically in Morocco. Lotus, 1451 Main St., Sarasota (941) 906-7080.
Stop by Sarasota’s go-to organic clothing store for Green Toe flip-flops ($55), surf-shorts, T-shirts and the carefree lifestyle. Freaky Tiki Surf Shack, 1516 Main St., Sarasota (941) 955-8454.
Set your table with organic cotton placemat/napkin sets ($14.99) colored with low-impact dyes. The stunning Kyoto pattern is at the Chef’s Marketplace, 6552 Superior Ave., Sarasota (941) 922-3748.