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ist2_3355521_shopping_bags.jpgTurkey Day is past us, and the rest of the holiday season is right around the corner. In celebration, and to encourage you to buy green gifts for the holidays, we wanted to provide you with a list of green stores in the Washington, DC, area. I'll keep the list short since you're probably eager to get started right away!

  • Eco-Green Living: Keith's store has been around for a few years and offers a great variety of green and fair trade products, ranging from home and building to home and personal accessories to organic and fair trade clothing. It is located in Logan Circle, one street away from Whole Foods.
  • Greater Goods: Recently opened, this store on U Street focuses on products for energy efficiency, water savings, and waste management. As a side note, Eco-Coach will be doing workshops there in the new year, so check out their website for an upcoming schedule!
  • Hoopla: Another recently-opened store, this Adams Morgan store is for the green fashionista. They carry a range of fair trade, green, and eco-friendly jewelry, handbags, clothing, and art.

And if you want to take a break from shopping and get some good, sustainable food, here are some of our favorite restaurants for you to try out!

  • Java Green: Absolutely wonderful vegan food - I'm not a vegetarian nor a food critic, but Java Green has a loyal following (yours truly being one of the disciples), not to mention that all the plastics used are biodegradable (down to the straws!).
  • Hook: For those of you who like fish but don't eat it because it's not sustainable, I've got great news! Now there's a place to go to get your fix! Did I mention that EarthEcho International helped them with their sustainability messaging? The food is great, can't say enough about it!
  • Restaurant Nora: A classic - or should I say two classics - Restaurant Nora and Asia Nora are both certified organic. Actually, Restaurant Nora was the first certified organic restaurant in the United States. Pretty exciting and, again, great food.

If you're in other parts of the country, we'd love to hear what your favorite places are - and if you're in DC and have discovered other green places, let us know!!