LOVE these felt fruits and veggies.
I was very happy to discover the SEEDSTORE today. It’s an amazing boutique that has many eco-friendly items – upcycled jewelry, vintage clothes, and awesome garage sale art work. If you live in the bay area I highly recommend you make a visit to this store. It is owned by two sisters that both have excellent taste.
is a boutique and collaborative space that brings to the Inner Richmond men’s, and women’s apparel + vintage goods. Born out of love, sweat, and laughter of sisters, Jennifer and Cynthia Huie. We love fashion, music, art, and collecting. Our vision has been to create a space to display the fashion that we enjoy and share the stories of the designers and the love that they’ve put into their creations.
Green Goes Simple
Better for Baby
By Marisa Belger for Green Goes Simple
Look for Natural Playthings
Babies put everything in their mouths, especially their playthings. Toys made from plastic can sometimes contain not-so-healthy chemicals. To stay safe, skip gear made with PVC and choose toys made from natural materials like wood or bamboo.
Go With Glass Bottles
When it comes to bottles, glass is usually safest. Just like in toys, many plastic bottles contain potentially harmful chemicals, such as BPA (bisphenol A), which can leech into your baby’s milk or formula. Glass bottles don’t contain these chemicals — plus they can be recycled, which adds to their eco-benefits.
Wash With Cold Water
Laundry is an inevitable part of life with baby. Keep your cutie’s clothes looking fresh and new — and conserve energy! — by washing them on the delicate cycle in cold water. To get the most out of each load, look for detergents that are designed for use in cold water.
Borrow or Buy Gently Used Items
There’s no need to invest in new, fancy furniture and accessories for your tiny new addition. Look into borrowing a crib (you’ll need to buy a new mattress), car seat and high chair from a friend or family member. Visit a secondhand store for gear that’s been gently used, or check out options on Freecyle.org or Craigslist.org. Whether you’re borrowing or buying secondhand, just be sure to check for any recent recalls on CPSC.gov.
Create a Nurturing Nursery
The air your baby breathes is just as important as the clothes he wears and the milk he drinks. When decorating your baby’s room, choose paints with low- or zero-VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and be sure that lots of natural light fills the space.
I have seen the phase “Green Fatigue” mentioned a few places and to be honest I have felt it a bit myself. Maybe it’s the economy or maybe it’s because to many brands say they are “green” and turn around and do something unethical.
After reading about what “organic” “natural” and “free range” mean in the United States I don’t know who trust.
Has being “Green” become a marketing ploy versus a real life way to live?
“There are more important things then money” – My Grandma Cherry
Who do you trust? be it Brands? Bloggers? News?
Green Goes Simple: Conservation at Home
Future Fashion: Eco-conscious Style
By Alison Baenen for Green Goes Simple
For most of us, getting dressed is personal. We use clothes to convey a message about ourselves to the outside world and to express, perhaps outlandishly or subtly, our aesthetic sensibilities. As such, the questions we run up against in the closet range from the prosaic (“Do these jeans make my butt look big?”) to the theoretical (“Can I wear this on a job interview?”).
But as more and more designers acknowledge the importance of a growing eco-fashion market, we may well be asking bigger-picture questions as we build our wardrobe: What kinds of material is this fabric made of? How much energy was consumed to create this item? Under what kind of working conditions was this made?
These are the concerns facing many designers, including the burgeoning niche of fashion purveyors concerned with creating clothes and accessories that are as sustainable as they are stylish.
But what exactly is eco-fashion?
Raina Blyer, the designer behind the cozy yoga-and-lifestyle line Creem, focuses on two things to keep her line sustainable: natural fabrics and local production. “Materials like recycled or organic cotton, bamboo and hemp are much more eco-friendly than anything poly or synthetic,” says Blyer.
According to Earth Pledge — a non-profit that provides business sustainability counseling — thousands of chemicals are used to transform raw materials into fabric. Plus, up to 25 percent of the world’s pesticides are used to grow non-organic cotton. Some garments, Blyer adds, have a sometimes flame-retardant chemical finish that helps them keep their shape
For her part, Blyer buys vintage when she’s not wearing something from her own line. She also loves trading with other designers and friends. “I try not to buy things that are trendy,” she says. “Buying a lot of cheap items and throwing them out at the end of the season is really wasteful.”
As for the benefits of local production, the same arguments used by locavores — conscientious foodies who eat local grub — also apply to clothes. Less overseas shipping and international travel means smaller carbon footprints and more stimulation for the local economy. For Blyer, who works out of Manhattan’s Garment District, it’s also satisfying on the human level: “I visit my factories a few times a week. I know what the workers are getting paid and what time they go home,” she says. “You don’t really know what’s happening unless you’re there.”
Of course, harder-to-source textiles and fair trade usually lead to higher prices for the consumer. And while some fast-fashion retailers produce a percentage of their garments using organic cotton, Blyer recommends researching a company directly to learn about their sustainability policies. Currently, there’s no official certification for eco-designers, so it’s up to consumers to read labels, familiarize themselves with company policies and (more often than not) pay a little bit more for sustainably produced goods.
Alison Baenen is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her writing has appeared in Style.com, ContributingEditor.com, Epicurious.com and Concierge.com. In addition to editorial work, Alison is a copywriter for Theory, Gilt Groupe and PRPS.
Carebags can help, they are reusable bags for produce. I love them. Here’s why
- Machine washable
- Can clean produce while it’s still in bag
- Reusable – super eco-chic
- Perfect for snacks on the go
- Great for grains
For more information check out their site http://www.carebagsonline.com/
Great news! I was given a couple bags to test out and a handy pouch of three GotIt bags to giveaway(see photo).
If you want to be entered in the giveway please email firstname.lastname@example.org with Carebags in the subject line.
Friday, November 26th at midnight I will randomly pick a winner. Good Luck!