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Finding Green Around Detroit

Posted on Friday, March 01 2013 in Shopping


Go Green in Detroit

If you’re concerned about your environmental footprint, you’re always on the lookout for new eco-friendly products. For truly guilt-free shopping, check out any of these Detroit businesses that offer green goods of all varieties.

Green Markets

When you think Detroit shopping, you may not think of organic produce or homemade jam, but the Eastern Market district of Detroit surprises with a community of more than 250 independent merchants and market vendors specializing in organically grown fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meat and handmade goods. The Saturday Market is the biggest draw, featuring an “Artisan Village” of Michigan merchants who sell jewelry, handbags, candles and more. The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale also plays host to local merchants and artisans, many of whom use recycled and organic materials in their products.


Green Design

Detroit’s burgeoning design community is concerned with form, function and eco-friendliness. Fotoula Lambros Design creates chic and utilitarian looks for women under the brand name fo2la using natural fibers and a pattern maximization technique that eliminates waste in the production process. Another Detroit-based design line, Homeslice, also specializes in women’s apparel made from organic fabrics and low-impact water-based dyes.


Green Gifts

The Pure Detroit shop sells Detroit-themed products that embody the spirit of the city and also make the best use of resources that otherwise would have ended up in landfills. Some of their most popular items are their messenger bags and belts made from recycled seatbelts — a fitting tribute to the Motor City. Along the same lines, the 313 Collective makes items out of 100 percent post-consumer recycled tires crafted into Detroit-inspired architectural designs. Such gifts are perfect for Detroiters and wannabees. Catching Fireflies also sells a variety of gifts made from recycled materials, like their cheese platter boards made from old wine bottles, at each of their three locations.


What’s the best Detroit gift you’ve ever given or received that was once something else?