Or how to find fashion with a conscience.
There are three stores in Ottawa that carry a fairly wide range of environmentally-friendly organic cotton and hemp clothing (as well as a smattering of bamboo and soy): Karma Wear, Mountain Equipment Co-op, and Arbour Environmental Shoppe.
Karma Wear is an eco-boutique in the byward market that sells only environmentally-friendly clothing. They stock a wide and constantly changing range of clothing in silk, organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and soy as well as recycled and reclaimed materials. They stock casual trendy clothing as well as shirts, pants and skirts that would be at home in an office setting or even at a wedding. The kind of clothes that you buy when you feel like treating yourself. And I should mention the fabulous shoes they carry if you feel like an extra-special treat.
Mountain Equipment Co-op in Westboro caters to the outdoors set, carrying organic cotton and hemp t-shirts, trekking pants and shorts, yoga pants, athletic tops, sweatshirts and even jeans. They have their own brand of organic cotton clothing and they also carry Prana, Sportif, Patagonia, Carve Designs, Mission Playground, Blurr and Sickle brands. All of these brands make some of their items out of organic cotton. MEC has probably the best selection of men’s organic and hemp clothing in town. A hint for shopping for environmentally-friendly clothing at MEC: check out both the women’s clothing section upstairs as well as the “climbing” clothing section downstairs.
Arbour Environmental Shoppe in the Glebe carries a wide selection of household items, books and now clothes for green living. While their clothing selection is small it is of high quality. They carry casual sweaters, sweatshirts, socks, underwear, skirts, shirts, and pants in hemp and organic cotton. One of the main brands they carry is Ecolution, a company based in Romania that grows organic hemp and manufactures a wide selection of clothing from it. The dress in the photo above is from Ecolution. Arbour is the best place for organic baby clothes in Ottawa.
Karma Wear, 110 Parent Ave., Ottawa, K1N 7B4, 613-789-0441
MEC, 366 Richmond Road, Ottawa, K2A 0E8, 613-729-2700
Arbour Environmental Shoppe, 800 Bank Street, Ottawa, K1S 3V8, 613-567-3168