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Buying Greener

Need stuff? Here is a working list of stores in our area that sell locally-made wares, items made out of organic, sustainable, or recycled materials, or anything that might be considered a greener purchase. Note: this list is primarily for non-edibles, except what you might buy as a gift.

For greener food buying, see Natural Food Markets & Restaurants. See also Second Time Around for consignment, resale, and thrift venues.


Books & Co. (Hamden)
1235 Whitney Avenue
Along with second-hand books, this store sells locally-made jewelry, sun-catchers, and other gifts, as well as stationary printed on bamboo paper and sustainable “tree-free” gift bags made from stone!

Charigami (New Haven)
Talk about a conversation starter in you living room. Check out this furniture made by a recent Yale grad out of cardboard–no joke. Everything is manufactured “with Triple Wall, a three ply corrugated board . . .  made from 70% recycled cardboard and 30% FSC certified virgin fiber.” Awesomely cool.

Dava Boutique (Hamden)
Find “presents for Children of all ages,” including locally made pottery, handmade stationary, mobiles and more.

On a given evening, 75 items for children hand-made by artists in New Haven. Another 18 from Hamden. And so on.

Evan’s Toy Shoppe (Hamden)
1647 Whitney Avenue
In addition to the usual books, puzzles, and dolls, this independent store also carries a number of greener choices, including adorable eco-friendly water bottles, stainless-steel play cookware,  a gorgeous bamboo rainstick, and really neat hand-crocheted pocket discs (think soft frisbees) made of fair-trade cotton. No working website, but check out the store’s Facebook page:

Jesse’s Toy Shoppe (Orange)
Jordie’s Toy Shoppe (Guilford):

FairHaven Furniture (New Haven)
Beautiful, locally handmade furniture and much more.

Ten Thousand Villages (New Haven)
Plenty of green gifts in this 60+ year-old fair-trade retailer of artisan-crafted home products and accessories. Beautiful bags made of recycled platsics; gift boxes from 100% recycled content, imprinted with water-based inks; organic chocolate, tea, and coffee; and more.

Urban Miners (Hamden)
Buy used building materials that haven been carefully “deconstructed” from spaces undergoing renovation, including cabinets, doors, lighting, furniture, flooring, appliances, and more. Check out the featured products under the online used goods store tab–rights now there’s a gorgeous oak mantel and cool steel lab cabinets, or visit the showroom Tu-Sa, 9-5. (And before you consider a demo on your home–talk to them!)

Also check out the Center for Green Building (Bridgeport):

Wave Gallery (New Haven)
This space downtown is packed practically floor-to-ceiling with jewelry and decorative gifts, among which you will find some lovely green products and gifts, including specialty jams made in Connecticut and the Greenscape skincare line–organic, homemade, and multigrain.


What are we missing? Please comment below! (back to greenHaven home page)



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  1. Sam #

    Whitneyville Food Store in Hamden sells milk from a CT farm (in returnable glass bottles – bonus!), and I believe several of their cookies are from local bakeries, too.

    January 27, 2012
  2. greenHaven #

    Sam–Great suggestion! I’d forgotten they do that. I think they also sell bread from Judies bakery. I’ll start putting together a local food buying guide to go along with the Natural Markets page and the info on farmer’s markets that’s in the works. Thanks!

    –Green Mama

    January 28, 2012
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