The Arcadia Earth pop-up shop is located at 718 Broadway, at the end of the immersive climate change exhibit and is open to the public. The shop addresses many of the key issues highlighted throughout the installation including as single-use plastic, micro-plastics, food waste and coral bleaching. In an effort to tackle those issues, the Arcadia Earth shop offers goods such as reusable cups, polyester washing bags, durable to-go containers, non-toxic beauty products and reef-safe sunscreen.
By educating consumers on how their daily decisions have a larger, collective impact, we hope that our shop can be a resource for those looking to make a change. We offer simple, healthier solutions for your daily routine that benefit both the planet, small businesses and you, inside and out.
The sustainable shop was curated by The Regeneration Magazine, a publication that highlights creatives, thinkers, artists, and entrepreneurs who are making waves in the environmental movement and changing the conversation about climate change. After almost three years of covering sustainable entrepreneurship and climate activism, The Regeneration is now a proud partner of Arcadia Earth.
We aim to help people connect with goods and services that will help to regenerate ourselves and the planet. To create the shop we decided to choose companies that are doing the most good, reducing as much packaging waste as possible and giving back to their communities.
Many of the brands we stock have a non-profit partner or strong planetary mission statements. We are also proud to say that over 70% of the brands in the shop are also women-owned small businesses.
All brands in The Arcadia Earth pop-up shop have been vetted and must meet the our four core requirements. We we trust brands have done their own due diligence in verifying these qualifications.
Conflict Free: Diamonds, precious stones, metals, and other materials are ethically sourced and did not come from companies that engage in violence, abuse human rights, or degrade the environment. Diamonds must be conflict-free certified. Businesses must report their sourcing, which is vetted by the team. This does not apply to recycled, upcycled, or second-hand materials.
Cruelty-Free: All animal products come from ethical farms where businesses can vouch for the integrity of agricultural operations. All animals should have appropriate diets, be free-range, antibiotic-free, and be ethically treated. This does not apply to recycled, upcycled, or second-hand leather materials. Further, products were not tested on animals. All cosmetic products must be labeled with “Cruelty Free” and/or “Not Tested on Animals”. We rely on company reporting to verify this.
Non-toxic: Currently, there is no universal certification or standard for non-toxic products. The following substances are prohibited from all events: lead, mercury, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), bisphenol A (BPA), and chemicals listed as known carcinogenic materials (California State Standards).
Sweatshop Free: Products produced internationally were not made in sweatshops or by low-pay workers in dangerous work conditions. We rely on company reporting to verify ethical factory practices overseas. Products and materials made in the USA are considered sweatshop-free due to the United States’ sweatshop laws. This does not apply to recycled, upcycled, or second-hand materials.
Many products exhibit several additional qualifications which are noted in the shop.
Handmade: Products are not mass-produced in a factory and are instead made by hand. These products are often valued for their craftsmanship and/or low-carbon footprint in production. We rely on company reporting to verify this.
Local Business: Supporting your local businesses means supporting a more diverse local culture and economy. These businesses are located in the New York metropolitan area and greater New York State.
Local Supply Chain: 90% of materials are sourced locally and products are completely produced and distributed within a 150-mile radius. This reduces a product’s carbon footprint considerably since the materials don’t travel long distances. We rely on company reporting to verify this. We ask companies to provide as much information on their supply chain as possible.
Natural Materials: Synthetic or unnatural materials were not used in the creation of these products. Natural materials include those from plants, animals, fungi, minerals and metals that have not undergone extensive processing. Products do not use herbicides or pesticides. This can apply to food, agricultural products, cosmetics, bath & body products, clothing, accessories, jewelry and art. We rely on company reporting to verify this.
Non-GMO: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) were not used in the making of these products. GMO products are not inherently negative, but some forms promote excessive use of herbicides and pesticides. Products must be certified Non-GMO, provide the certification, and their product must bear the Non-GMO icon. Learn more here.
Vegan: No animal-based materials or ingredients were used in these products. Vegan products are usually plant-based and are never tested on animals. These products must be Vegan Certified, and certifications must be presented. Learn how to get Vegan Certified here.
Recyclable: Products and/or packaging are made with recyclable materials, or materials that would have otherwise been put in a landfill. Products and/or packaging must include the recyclable logo.
Organic: Products are USDA certified organic, and made up of at least 75% organic materials. Organic products are grown without toxic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and added hormones, and are not genetically modified. This applies only to certified organic foods and other agricultural products. Certification must be presented. Learn how to get certified here.
Recycled or Upcycled: Products are made and/or repurposed using existing materials or products as opposed to creating new materials. The most sustainable materials are those that already exist. We rely on company reporting to verify this.
Second Hand: Products are previously owned, offering a new life to an existing product without needing to produce another. These products can be valued for their history, design, rarity and limited quantities. The most sustainable product is the product that’s already made! We rely on company reporting to verify this.
Sustainable Innovation: The company uses invented materials and/or products that improve on resource-intensive processes or promote sustainable design. We love companies that are finding innovative solutions to complicated problems. It’s not just about how it’s made, but also how it’s used and what it might be replacing.
Value Sharing: Companies contribute resources to a community in need. Contributions can include a portion of profits, free products, program funding, employment, or other necessities. We rely on company reporting to verify if significant community value is being created for each sale.
Fair Trade: Producers in developing countries are paid fair prices for their goods. Products must be certified Fair Trade with Fair Trade USA (and present certifications), and/or be a member of The Fair Trade Federation or The World Fair Trade Organization, and be present on their current member list.
Zero-Waste: Products divert at least 90% of their waste from the landfill by making sure it is either recycled or composted. Waste is either recycled or composted.
We hope that we can make these qualifications open-source and that more companies choose to adopt these as principles for companies they choose to work with.
To learn more about our brands, visit our shop or check out their websites.
For a full list of our brands, check out the dropdown in the navigation. Brands are listed in alphabetical order.