NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- New York's popular eco store concept, Sustainable NYC has been named winner of the Green America People's Choice Award for Best Green Business.
The independent retailer's unique concept – part general store, part boutique, plus a cafe – is a favorite among New Yorkers, destination shoppers and tourists in the know who want to spend their bucks on locally made, fair trade, organic, re-purposed and alternative energy products and gifts, without sacrificing style.
The store sells everything from biodegradable cleaning products and fair trade rubber rain boots to organic lipsticks and locally made jewelry out of recycled metals and bike parts. The cafe serves locally roasted, fair trade & organic coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company which area aficionados are calling the best cup in the neighborhood. Plus local treats from Lula's Sweet Apothecary and Ciao For Now.
Sustainable NYC has an ethical and environmental criteria to verify its vendors and offerings, displays those offerings on used fixtures and antiques, recycles its waste, buys wind power and carbon offsets and even posts ads on Craigslist for free moving boxes to reuse the daily accumulation of shipping materials.
Now in its 4th year, veteran retailer and entrepreneur Dominique Camacho believes her eco concept is ready for expansion. With store sales growing monthly, the green economy outpacing the economy as a whole and a shift in consumer thinking taking hold – the time is now. "People wonder and care about the story behind the product – they are thinking about who's making it and what impact it may have on our planet. They don't need to guess at our store, they know that their dollar is supporting fairly and cleanly made products. It'll make the holidays that much more joyful!"
With an interest in seeking an established retailer to partner with – plus a franchise model underway, Ms. Camacho is looking at the best formula to expand her successful concept. Sustainable SF, PDX, DC... may come soon!
SOURCE Sustainable NYC