To celebrate all the good times of this young website, I've picked my favorites for the first ever EcoCult Best Of Awards. These are the brightest, most passionate, high-quality, beautiful and fun things, events, and people in our fair city and beyond--in my humble opinion.
So take a look, click through to learn more about them, and tell me if you agree in the comments!
Best Green Restaurant: Ellary's Greens
Serving the conscious carnivore, vegan, organic, local, gluten-free, allergic-to-peanuts set. All at once, and deliciously.
Best Eco-Friendly Fashion Brand: Reformation
I've never seen such sustainably sexy clothing before. This brand makes eco-friendly fashion look good.
Best Ethical Fashion Brand: Maiyet
Because I want everything! And because everything is made by artisans all over the world.
Best Sustainable NYC Designer: Collina Strata
God, this stuff is so hot.
Best NYC Party: MoMA PS1 Warm-Up
This summer party is an instituion, and no wonder. It's impeccably run, with amazing headliners, good food, good beer, and the chance to take in mind-bending art when you need a break from the music. This year's PS1 featured art on the theme of ecosystems and sustainability--all the better!
Best Ethical Shopping Site: Zady
This site with men's and women's clothing and accessories has two founders that are nerds for supply chain management. As in, they love telling stories about the people making your purchases. It helps that all the items are beautiful!
Best Sustainable Shopping Site: Reve en Vert
Gorgeousness is the name of the game at this London-based site for eco-friendly fashion.
(And here are the rest of the best ethical shopping sites.)
Best Eco-Friendly NYC Clothing Store: Kaight
For anyone wanting to try on sustainable, designer fashion in person, Kaight is the place to go.
Best Green Hair Salon: Hale Organic Salon
Clean, helpful, relaxing and toxin-free, with hair stylists who will send you away feeling like a movie star.
Best Ethical Home-Goods Site: Given Goods
Sophisticated design meets giving back in this Colorado-based site for gifts and decor.
Best Green Transportation: GoGreenRide
It's rare you feel pampered and socially responsible at the same time, but this company does it. It's the car service to take to your charity gala.
Best Non-Toxic Skincare: MyChelle
Nothing but raves from every single person who's every tried it.
Best NYC Representative: Kirsten Gillibrand
She's a senator and a mom with a strong sense of ethics, justice, and an eye toward the environment. Plus, magazine spreads galore. Get it, girl!
Best Eco-Friendly Jewelry Designer: Melissa Joy Manning
Her luxury dazzlers are a favorite of collectors looking for ethical gems, and discerning brides alike.
Best Eco-Friendly Accessories Line: Mettle Fair Trade
Wickedly cool jewelry, head pieces and clutches from this Australian designer use recycled metal from old Cambodian bombs.
Best Song: Follow the Step by Rachel Row
The original, and two remixes are all gorgeous in their own way. Listen:
Best NYC Smoothie Joint: Juice Generation
Juice generation goes beyond organic and healthy smoothies, to eco-friendly initiatives that make you feel good all around.
Best Brooklyn Brand: Meow Meow Tweet
The name alone would win them the prize, but the organic, vegan skincare products made in Bushwick help, too.
Best Ethical NYC Business: S.W. Basics
A women-run business that provides an excellent product (non-toxic skincare) and employs several passionate people. It's clear from my work with this brand that the owner, Adina, has her shit together.
Best Queens Brand: Caru Skincare
Delicious, organic products with superior packaging say, "Take me home with you!"
Best Non-Toxic Nail Polish: Sheswai
Beautiful, glossy colors that stick, in a pretty bottle with a hand-milled cap. (Read my review of other non-toxic nail polishes here.)
Best Lingerie: Only Hearts
This made-in-NYC brand has just the right touch of romance and sass.
Best Condom: L. Condoms
The world needs more condoms. This vegan, non-toxic condom company (founded by a woman!) has a one-for-one model: when you buy one, another goes to a developing country.
Best Perfume: LURK
Hand-mixed with care in New York City, in sophisticated, bitty bottles.
Best Vegan Brand: Freedom of Animals
These sharp purses have become a favorite of celebrities.
Best Non-Toxic Mascara: Juice Beauty
This is the only clean mascara that works.
Best NYC Legislation: Bill to Tax Plastic Bags
If your plastic bag is so incredibly important to you, just pay 10 cents! GOD, not that hard.
Best EcoCult Contributor: Anna Arendshorst
For her genius advice on how to don your bike helmet, get sweat, and still come out with sexy hair.
Best Green NYC Progress: New Recycling Rules
Now you can put all types of plastic except bags in your recycling bin. So much better.
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