To say Portland is an eco-conscious city is an understatement.
Portland consistently makes it on lists of the world’s most eco-friendly cities for its green initiatives. Several years ago, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability started The Sustainable City Government (SCG) program to save money, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier more equitable workplace through technical assistance and advocacy. Since 1991, the city has saved more than $75 million in utility bills and carbon emissions have fallen 46 percent below 2006 levels, despite a growing population and economy.
Did you know that Portlanders recycle 63 percent of all waste produced by the city? The city makes it easy to recycle with its many resources available for residential, multi-family and businesses.
Plus, the city maintains a comprehensive transportation system with commuter rail, light rail, buses and streetcar lines. Portland created a Bicycle Master Plan in 1973 to promote bicycling in the city, which led to the thriving bike culture we have today.
Portland is home to a number of eco-friendly shops focused on sustainability, in both their practices and the products they sell. Take a look at these green shops in Portland, from baby boutiques to furniture showrooms, and everything in between.
Photo Courtesy of EcoBaby Gear
As can be implied by the name, EcoBaby Gear is an environmentally conscious baby store. They carry natural, organic, eco-friendly and sustainable modern baby products from around the world, including strollers, car seats, decor, body products, toys, clothing and more. Shop their wide selection online or in their store in East Portland!
Acanthus is an appointment-only upholstery shop in the Boise neighborhood focused on good health, human rights and environmental stewardship. They believe you should not have to sacrifice style and comfort in your home or workplace to be mindful of these things. Acanthus offers a variety of eco-friendly fabrics, furniture and upholstery, all under one roof. They also offer custom slipcover and reupholstery services, custom-built furniture and sustainable fabrics.
Photo Courtesy of Nau
Nau is an environmentally conscious clothing company headquartered in Portland with a retail shop in the Pearl District. The company sells a variety of apparel, outerwear and accessories, all made with sustainable fabrics, including 100 percent organic cotton and 100 percent recycled polyester. For over a decade, Nau has pioneered sustainable fabrications, retail concepts, giving programs and philanthropic partnerships.
Grasshopper is a lively and vibrant children’s boutique in the Alberta neighborhood. They focus on unique, easy-to-wear and high-quality clothes that are ethically made. Plus, they ensure that their toys are non-toxic, eco-friendly, and vessels for imagination and learning. And don’t miss the incredible book selection at Grasshopper, filled with a variety of favorites, both old and new.
Photo Courtesy of Plank & Coil
Located in Northwest Portland, Plank & Coil is the area’s go-to source for organic mattresses and sustainable furniture collections. Their goal is to provide customers with clean, naturally made products to fill their homes, and they support manufacturers who share their same values. All of their furnishings are organically made without harsh chemical treatments. Peruse their showrooms filled with furniture in a variety of styles, including minimalistic, contemporary, mid-century modern, traditional and more.
ECOpdx gets back to the basics of what it means to be eco-friendly, by sourcing elements from nature to create brilliant works of art and pieces of furniture. ECOpdx offers custom built-ins and installations, custom furniture, and refurbishing/refinishing services for commercial and residential projects. They utilize reclaimed and salvaged woods and recycled metals to create much of their work, which varies from custom jewelry boxes to a full kitchen design.
Photo Courtesy of Porteco Lighting
Porteco Lighting is a stunning lighting showroom specializing in modern, eco-friendly lighting products and systems. They sell everything from light bulbs to low-voltage systems, and everything in between, all with an eco-friendly focus. Their goal is to make your environment feel comfortable, safe and secure, and they would love to be involved in your next lighting project to ensure that happens!
Paloma Clothing is a locally owned women’s boutique selling a variety of high-quality, socially responsible products. They offer a wide selection of eco-friendly clothing from brands like Cut Loose, NIC+ZOE, Habitat Clothes, Tianello, Pink Wheels and more. Paloma carries a variety of fibers, including favorites like cotton, linen, silk and wool, plus lesser-known materials like ramie and wood-based rayon, such as tencel, viscose and modal.
Photo Courtesy of Green Dog Pet Supply
We can’t leave Fido out of the eco-friendly fun! Green Dog Pet Supply specializes in environmentally friendly pet supplies and gifts for dogs, cats and their people. They make sustainability more approachable, as they believe living sustainably does not have to involve major life changes. It means simply considering where things come from and where they go when we’re finished with them. The shop has a variety of “green” pet supplies, including products made with recycled material, products with organic/natural ingredients, sustainably sourced items, durable products and locally made goods.
Green Dog Pet Supply was the first environmentally friendly pet supply store in the nation when they opened in 2004. And today, they are gold level certified with the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program. In fact, when they renewed their certification upon moving to their new location, they had the highest score of any retailer in the city — of any kind! With very few exceptions, everything in the store is built with reclaimed materials, plus LED lights.
Pie Footwear is a locally owned and operated shoe boutique with a wide range of footwear and accessories for both men and women, including a number of zero-drop/minimal footwear and vegan options. Their environmental footprint (no pun intended!) is important to Pie Footwear, so they sell brands that give back to the community and environment, use sustainable and recycled materials, and care about how their products are manufactured. You’ll also find a selection of vegan options labeled throughout the store.
Photo Courtesy of MiaDonna
Say “I do” while supporting an excellent cause by shopping for your jewelry at MiaDonna. This Portland-based jeweler handcrafts stunning, ethical and affordable fine bridal jewelry compassionately crafted with conflict-free diamonds, gemstones and precious recycled metals. Plus, profits from your purchase help fund educational, agricultural, and urgent relief programs in diamond mining communities through The Greener Diamond Foundation.
This small letterpress studio and retail space is situated in the lively Boise neighborhood. Much of the inspiration for the cards, designs, and shop decor at Lark Press comes from the beauty of the natural world. And they are dedicated to preserving nature by offering a variety of eco-friendly products, including recycled notebooks, recycled journals and plantable cards, which are embedded with wildflower seeds.
Which eco-friendly shops in Portland are you passionate about? Let us know in the comments below!