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!

Leith Hill and Alex Oefeli

Ellary’s Greens Owner Leith Hill and Executive Chef Alex Oefeli

Best Green Restaurant: Ellary’s Greens

Serving the conscious carnivore, vegan, organic, local, gluten-free, allergic-to-peanuts set. All at once, and deliciously.

ReformationBest Eco-Friendly Fashion Brand: Reformation

I’ve never seen such sustainably sexy clothing before. This brand makes eco-friendly fashion look good. 

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Best Ethical Fashion Brand: Maiyet

Because I want everything! And because everything is made by artisans all over the world.

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Best Sustainable NYC Designer: Collina Strata

God, this stuff is so hot.

MoMA PS1 Party Wall

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!

reve en vert

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.

Hale Organic Salon in Tribeca

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.


Cameron Houser, founder of Given Goods

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.

Kirsten Gillibrand

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!

Melissa Joy Manning earrings

Best Eco-Friendly Jewelry Designer: Melissa Joy Manning

Her luxury dazzlers are a favorite of collectors looking for ethical gems, and discerning brides alike.

Clear lucite clutch by Mettle

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.

Meow Meow Twet

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.

S.W. Basics

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.

Caru Organic Soaps, made in Queens

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.)

Only Hearts Lingerie, made in NYC

Best Lingerie: Only Hearts

This made-in-NYC brand has just the right touch of romance and sass.

L. Condoms

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.

LURK natural fragrances

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.

Juice Beauty non-toxic mascara that works

Best Non-Toxic Mascara: Juice Beauty

This is the only clean mascara that works.

plastic bag NYC

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.

dog being towed by bike

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.

What can you recycle in in New York?

Everything you see here is now recyclable.

Best Green NYC Progress: New Recycling Rules

Now you can put all types of plastic except bags in your recycling bin. So much better.


Best post: It Doesn’t Get Better Than This. And That’s What Scares Me

Far and away the most popular post, this story ricocheted around the internet. It clearly struck a chord with some 9,500 people who read it!