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A Do-Good Dozen

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Angelina Capalbo

Local retailer shares favorite sustainable brands for women, family, children and home fashion

North Bergen mom Angelina Capalbo has literally made it her business to be a conscious consumer. Her online shop, Organic Good Market, sells only American-made, eco-friendly products, sourced from ethical suppliers. So for a local take on sustainable fashion for parents and kids, we asked for her go-to brands, she suggested the following dozen:

1. Coyuchi produces GOTS-certified organic cotton and linens—primarily bedding, bath towels, robes and throws. Through their second chance program, you can send back your old Coyuchi linens, via a prepaid shipping label for a 15% discount off your next order.

2. Delilah Home is another great brand for linens and towels. Delilah Home is certified organic by GOTS and OneCert, belongs to the Organic Trade Association, and is Green America and vegan certified.

3. Cahoots is a zero-waste kids’ clothing membership service, where clothing is shared and artfully repaired for the lowest impact possible.

4. Kidizen is another space where you can support other parents by shopping gently used and new kids’ fashions.

5. Primary is a unisex kids’ clothing brand, which I love because ‘girls wear pink and boys wear blue’ is so taboo. Primary clothing is also OEKO-TEX certified, and I love their Family Matching and Rainbow Shop!

6. Pact uses GOTS-certified organic cotton and partners with fair-trade certified factories to make clothes for the whole family and bedding too. Use their “give back” (shipping) box to donate your old clothes to nonprofits.

7. Jackalo, a great brand for active kids’ clothing, also has a trade-up program: send back any of their kids clothing and get a $15 discount on your next purchase.

8. Christy Dawn, is a designer of sustainable, ethical and timeless dresses. This month they launch their new Farm to Closet collection, made from cotton grown through regenerative farming.

9. Whimsy & Row makes women’s clothing, including denim products made with certified organic cotton and recycled materials. Their wedding collection just dropped with “dresses you can commit to long after the wedding, available in five silhouettes, and in six colors!”

10. For Days makes organic, zero-waste basics, from tees, to pants, dresses and masks. Everything you purchase at For Days comes with a swap credit, swap old products for new.

11. Rothy’s diverts plastic bottles from landfills (nearly 100 million so far) and transforms them into their signature thread, which they then knit into durable and sustainable styled shoes, bags and accessories—all fully machine washable and remarkably durable.

12. Terra Thread makes organic and fair-trade backpacks, totes, cosmetic bags, duffle bags, laptop sleeves and masks. They use GOTS-certified organic textiles and fair-trade cotton, are a fair-trade-certified factory and are carbon neutral.

Capalbo also recommends downloading the Good on You app, to discover ethical fashion brands and see how they measure up. “I often use this before deciding between two products,” she says, “it’s my decision moderator.”

If you want to keep it local, check out Margo, Hazel Baby, and Dune and Salt. As well as local vintage stores like Mint Market, Find & Revive, and Vintage on First.

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