When you think of the City of Raleigh, a few things may come to mind. You may think of the NC Triangle area which consists of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Or you may think of the prestigious colleges such as Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Triangle has many things to offer. From the low cost of living to excellent education, it has it all. And that includes an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Spoonflower: Durham

At Spoonflower, they make it possible for you to design, print and sell your own fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. Offering eco-friendly printing, you will waste very little fabric, ink, water or electricity. They use water-based inks on natural and synthetic fiber textiles. If you’re a fabric lover, there are endless opportunities when you use Spoonflower.

Redress Raleigh: Raleigh

The people of Redress connects and champions eco-conscious designers and companies through event planning, marketing and an active membership network. The Redress goal is to be a catalyst for change within the mainstream fashion and textiles industry, making it more environmentally and socially responsible. If being green is your lifestyle, choose Redress Raleigh.

Common Ground Green: Durham

If you’re a homeowner doing a renovation project, Common Ground can help you do it in an eco-friendly way. This company is the definition of eco-friendly. The only products offered are non-toxic and safe for customers. Most of the products they carry are made locally, however, items like bamboo and cork they receive from oversea suppliers. All items used are environmentally sustainable.

Eco Friendly Beauty Bar: Raleigh

The people at Eco Friendly Beauty Bar strive to be 90 percent green. Nontoxic and natural products form the foundation of their services. Most of their products are locally made. Next time you want to pamper yourself with chemical free products, choose this beauty bar.

The Produce Box: Raleigh

Get your favorite vegetable or fruit delivered right to your door! The Produce Box works with local North Carolina farmers to give residents the freshest seasonal foods. Meats, cheeses, honey, jam and bread can also be added to your produce box. What a convenient way to eat healthy!

The Carolina Inn: Chapel Hill

If you’re looking to stay at an eco-friendly hotel, The Carolina Inn is the perfect place. It’s been an iconic destination hotel in Chapel Hill since 1924. In the most recent renovations, they’re using locally built furniture to reduce carbon emissions during delivery as well as dual-flush toilets to conserve water and a menu with sustainable food choices.