Angelenos know how to marry Eco-conscious with fabulous better than anyone else; our city boasts loads of Eco-friendly ways you can clear your shopping list, from sustainable baby products to shopping for gently used clothes and supporting small retailers that sell locally made items. Grab your reusable shopping bags and hit the best spots where you can shop green without sacrificing any of your (or your tot’s) personal style and taste.
Earth Baby Boutique
This is truly a one-stop shop when it comes to all things green for babies. They carry the biggest selection of cloth diapers and organic baby and maternity care products, as well as eco-friendly baby toys. Sure you can shop for green baby products online, but the benefit of heading to this inviting little shop, besides having an excuse to actually get out of the house with your newborn, is the knowledgeable, friendly staff. They are happy to answer any questions and make you feel completely at ease even when discussing things like the best all-natural nipple cream. (Oh yes, there is one, and they will point you to it.) Earth Baby also offers much-needed new mom support groups.
13454 Ventura Blvd.
It’s inevitable: you’re going to amass a huge amount of toys in your child’s lifetime. But these days you can easily avoid the neon plastic ones. This mom and pop toy shop has one of the biggest in-store selections of the Green Toys line of 100% recycled toys in LA. Though the options, from trucks and trains, to kitchen sets and play tools, are spread throughout the store, you can make it a fun eco-friendly scavenger hunt for your little shoppers to try to find them all. As you look you’ll also stumble upon plenty of other earth-friendly toy lines, like Hape, that uses sustainable materials like bamboo.
16101 Ventura Blvd.
Books! Of course you want to fill your house with them. But they get expensive, and they also outgrow them. Stock your shelves with recycled tomes here. Your mini bookworm will love this cozy shop, with piles and piles of gently loved books to rummage through. The vast collection of used children’s literature at Read Books is a treasure trove of finds for any avid young reader. Take your time sorting through the stacks, all procured by shop owner Jeremy and his wife, who is an LAUSD librarian. Grab a pile and snuggle into the couch nestled perfectly next to the kids section. Reading out loud is highly encouraged, you may even get an additional audience member in the form of the store dog, Florence, who has her own blog. Yup, meet an actual dog with a blog.
4972 Eagle Rock Blvd.
photo: The Green Bean Facebook page
The Green Bean
There are many superb choices when it comes to kids consignment shops in LA and The Green Bean is definitely among the best. It even has green in the title, which comes from the fact that you’re shopping green and the owner, Traci Green, who is uber-helpful and also the delightful singer for one of our favorite kids bands, The Hollow Trees. Not only can you shop for adorable, used kids clothes, but you can also resell some you no longer need, a win-win for you and the planet. Trade Day takes place every Monday, no appointment needed. You’ll receive 40% of the resale value in store credit, one bag of clothes per family. This cute boutique also carries new and used toys, books, and baby gear. The kids will love playing while you browse, or stop in on a Wednesday or Thursday when they’ll be entertained by the shop’s weekly sing along or story time.
5060 Eagle Rock Blvd.
The Shops at Adams Gateway
This new eco-friendly shopping village in West Adams is made up of several brightly painted shipping containers upcycled into boutiques. Besides the shipping containers, many other recycled materials have found new uses as things, like sculptures for decor, and old toy cars that will keep your curious kids happy while you browse. The shops themselves also feature plenty of fun reusable finds. Explore Dig It Vinyl, for example, and give your little music lovers a quick history lesson with the massive collection of used records.
5746 West Adams Blvd.
This adorable little shop adorned with whimsical animal wall prints and antique furniture in place of display racks, stocks some of the cutest and most earth-friendly kids brands around, like TOMS, Plan Toys and TEGU. The real treasure to discover here, however, is their line of eco-friendly kids clothes all designed and made locally right here in LA. From oh-so soft baby wear, to adorable sun dresses and hip harem pants, the elephantwear collection is made of vintage and sustainable fabrics, like 100% organic cotton grown in the US.
12053 1/2 Ventura Place
Miracle Mile Games and Toys
This local independent toy shop carries all the wonderful brands you love, including sustainable favorites like Green Toys, Plan, and Haba. What really sets them apart from a trip to the toy aisle at Target, however, is their supply of locally designed and made toys, like Spitfire Girl’s Make Your Own Terrarium kit. This one of a kind little shop also lets your pint-sized shoppers play with everything on display so that you know your purchase will be loved and not landfilled.
5363 Wilshire Blvd.
Give your mini foodies a lesson in sustainable eats while supporting local farms with a trip to the farmers market. Almost every neighborhood in LA boasts its own weekly farmers market, but some offer a little more bang for your buck when it comes to entertaining young shoppers. Besides dozens of vendors offering locally farmed produce, the Main Street Farmers Market in Santa Monica also features face painting, balloon animals, storytime with Books and Cookies, and live music from local bands. The market runs weekly on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bonus green points if you ride your bike there, and you can park it in the bike valet.
2640 Main Street
What are some of your favorite places to shop green in LA? Share any we missed in the comments!