Shopping: EcoChic Earth Friendly Boutique in Milford Sells Handmade, Fair Trade or All-Natural Products

Earth friendly items abound for eco maniacs.

You could buy Caldrea natural cleaning products at Target, but why not support a local business?

Teri Carter is a big believer in the independent movement—and in the environmental movement. Welcome to her EcoChic Earth Friendly Boutique, a bright, spacious place where you can buy handmade, fair trade or all-natural products to dress and accessorize yourself, care for your skin, clean your home and more.

“It’s where we’re going,” says Carter. “It’s not a fad.”

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EcoChic is no earth biscuit’s clubhouse. It is a fully fashion-forward store with a conscience. That means bright colors and lively prints. Adorn yourself in a dress by Yala, made of renewable bamboo fiber. Find a Big Buddha handbag made of “vegan” leather—an Oprah fave that’s been featured on “The Today Show.” Finish your ensemble with a pendant necklace and earrings by Jessie Driscoll, who presses old silver coins into jewelry.

Personal-care products include the Jurlique organic skin care line, Jane Iredale cosmetics, made of pharmaceutical-grade minerals (both are good for users with allergies or chemical sensitivities), Onesta organic hair care, and Kiss My Face items like sunscreen and toothpaste.

Then there are lifestyle accessories: Snack Taxi reusable lunch bags, stainless Earthlust water bottles, Scout wine totes made of 10 percent recycled polypropylene and soy candles. Among home items, include soy-fiber bed and bath linens.

With their mainstream appeal, EcoChic’s products won’t brand you an eco-whacko. And Carter promises satisfaction—she’s not only the owner and buyer, but she’s a user.

“Everything here is something I’ve used or had experience with,” she says. “I have to love it.”

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EcoChic, 28 S. Walnut St., Milford, 422-4580, —Mark Nardone

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