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Fair Trade and Sustainable Spots to Shop in Alexandria

Find another reason to feel good about shopping small by supporting fair trade and sustainable Alexandria businesses. Opt to reduce your carbon footprint at brand new Mason & Greens, help break cycles of poverty with hand-made gifts from Ten Thousand Villages, find eco-friendly fashion at Threadleaf and more. Keep reading for green inspiration.

Mason & Greens

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Find wide-ranging gift options at Mason & Greens, the D.C. area’s first zero-waste grocery and sustainable dry goods store. Visit its light and airy 913 King Street home to pick up everything from calming scented salt soaks to hand-crafted children’s toys to kombucha on draft.

Ten Thousand Villages

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Explore Ten Thousand Villages to shop for unique, handmade products from around the world including fair trade baskets, jewelry, crafts and other items from international artisans. Ten Thousand Villages utilizes a fair-trade model to break cycles of poverty while minimizing environmental impact. The marker-to-market model incorporates (and fairly compensates) women, people with disabilities and others often excluded from the global economy in order to preserve indigenous legacies, promote financial independence and provide high-quality artisan products to buyers worldwide.

Swings Coffee

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Coffee connoisseurs will love prepping Swing’s single-origin brews in their own kitchen. 25 million people depend on coffee for their livelihoods, so Swing’s makes sure to honor this industry by sourcing their beans ethically from ground to mug. Pick up or ship stylish clay mugs or coffee beans from Colombia, Ethiopia, Sumatra and beyond.

Cualtzin Salon

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Named after the Aztec word for “gorgeous,” Cualtzin Salon is an eco-friendly beauty destination on King Street. Treat a loved one to a rejuvenating and sustainable style spruce up at Cualtzin, or purchase plant-based products made from the highest-quality ingredients with the lowest carbon footprint.

Find more ways to support small businesses in Alexandria here.

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