5 Great Places to Shop Sustainably in Chicago

There’s nothing like a little retail therapy...until you think about the carbon footprint of that $20 fast-fashion indulgence. Say goodbye to the guilt with these five sustainable Chicago shops, including a jewelry store that plants a tree with every purchase and a spa that specializes in organic facials.

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Theresa Cowan


Theresa Cowan makes custom engagement rings and other baubles with recycled gold and conflict-free diamonds. Plus, a tree is planted with every purchase. But of all the reasons to shop at her adorable pink Ravenswood storefront, shop dachshund Penny might be number one.

1944 W. Montrose Ave.; 773-780-0811 or

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Town & Anchor

With Town & Anchor, Parisa Morris proves that all-natural skin care can be just as effective and luxurious as the traditional stuff. Her line is made with effective botanicals like organic cold-pressed evening primrose and rose hip seed oils and packaged in chic (and recyclable) containers. This fall, she’ll open a market with like-minded vendors called Bide. Look for it September 15 at Exchange312.

Brick-and-mortar location forthcoming;

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Zak Rose

Finally found your dream home? Then it’s time to upgrade from your disposable IKEA furniture (though please pass it on to some broke college student instead of trashing it). Zak Rose makes clean, one-of-a-kind pieces you’ll love forever. All desks, dining tables, chairs and beds are made in the USA, and many with local wood. The only downside is your new furnishings may make it difficult to leave the house.

2100 N. Major Ave.; 847-372-7309 or

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Milk Handmade

Milk Handmade

If trying to make eco-friendly choices leaves you feeling lost, let Hallie Borden, owner of this Andersonville boutique, be your guide. She’ll explain how independent designers reuse extra materials and reduce overall waste, and then show you an array of tops, dresses and jewelry from just those types of designers (including her own in-house label).

5137 N. Clark St.;

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Lena Rose

This green beauty boutique and spa is our go-to for finding the best all-natural, vegan and nontoxic beauty brands. Our favorite discoveries? Sun Potion, Live Botanical and the in-house treatments, which include brow and lash tinting, waxing, manis, pedis and the signature farm-to-table facial.

4668 N. Manor Ave.; 872-806-2552 or

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