Posted January 7, 2010 by Kate Hamman
As the capitol of the U.S., one should hope that Washington, D.C., is a leader in protecting our planet. Come shop at a store for all of your eco-friendly needs, dine at a cafe with a strong organic commitment, and stay at a hotel with environmental awareness incorporated into its artful design. Plus, you won't have to go broke experiencing it all.
Eco-Green Living: As D.C.'s premier eco-friendly, organic, and fair-trade store, Eco-Green Living is a one-stop shop for all your green home and lifestyle needs. Here, you can find anything and everything under the sun, including bamboo and cork floors, fair-trade jewelry, organic and hemp clothing, and solar attic fans. Items are priced accordingly, but you can't put a price on helping the environment.
Java Green: From its biodegradable take-out packages made from corn, sugar cane fiber, and potato starch, to offsetting its carbon footprint by purchasing wind power, Java Green is a small cafe with a big eco-conscious heart. The restaurant uses only organic ingredients to create its paninis, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and soups, as well as its smoothies and shakes. The cafe also donates 2 percent of its sales to its partner charities. Most items on the menu cost under $10.
Hotel Palomar: As part of the Kimpton group, the Hotel Palomar takes great pride in its eco program, which utilizes in-room recycling bins, conserves energy and water, and offers guests an honor bar with organic options. Located on Dupont Circle, just minutes from the downtown area, the luxury boutique hotel features 335 rooms equipped with wireless Internet, plush robes, and 24-hour room service. Rooms start at about $299, but discounts are available.
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