Sustainable Shopping in the ’Burgh

by Natalie Bencivenga


April 16, 2023

Pittsburgh is a great place to shop — whether you're buying new or used. Taking a stroll down Butler Street in Lawrenceville or hitting up the local shops on Walnut Street in Shadyside always puts a pep in my step. And knowing that Earth Day is right around the corner had me thinking, what are some shops around the city that have the “sustainable” seal of approval? Here are some that I found so that you can shop in a more sustainable, ethical way without ever having to sacrifice quality or style. Share some of your favorite stores with me in the comments below! 

Hippie & French: Famous as the first CBD Boutique to open in Pittsburgh, they’ve started calling themselves a “Cannabis Boutique” to keep up with the ever-changing industry. You may know them for their CBD goods, but they also sell clothing, bath bombs and more! 

Costa RicArt: Turning “trash” into treasure right in Braddock, founder Ricardo Solis is a Costa Rican mixed media artist and graphic designer. He creates art from recyclable materials like shredded paper, beer bottle caps and more. His upcycled journals and greeting cards make great gifts!

Knotzland: Looking for that perfect bowtie to jazz up any ensemble? Knotzland is the landing spot! To date, the company has rescued more than 7,206 pounds of textile waste, and 4,700 pounds have already found their way to new homes as fantastic accessories. Sustainable never looked so chic! Visit their Wilkinsburg studio and showroom to see for yourself.


love, Pittsburgh: With three locations around tahn, it’s clear that Pittsburgh has a lot of love to show its maker community! Started in 2017, the locally focused, woman-owned gift shop features 100+ Pittsburgh-based artists and makers celebrating the creativity of Pittsburgh through a sustainable lens. 

Modern Merchantile PGH: Founders Larry Scott and George Arnold have curated local talent to find the perfect eclectic mix of traditional and unexpected to enhance your home. Visit them in Carnegie to explore the wide array of gifts and accessories for you, your home and your furry friends, too!  

Red Start Roasters: …Is for the birds – and for you! Founded in 2017 in the East End of Pittsburgh, their conservation mission began simply as sourcing coffees that had earned the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center’s Bird Friendly coffee certification. However, it became apparent that there was much more work to be done. In addition, they now source from growers that pass their own rigorous vetting process that accounts for ecological diversity. That sounds like music to my ears! 

Una Biologicals: One of my all-time favorite shops in the city, this woman-owned space is the perfect stop along your way when looking for natural, sustainable body care products. The company only incorporates organic, sustainable and fair trade ingredients while using recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging. Everything feels great on your skin and is great for the planet, too. 


Natalie Bencivenga is a regular columnist with The Green Voice Weekly Newsletter