What sets this line apart from any other bag company out there is, unlike many other Italian bag lines, the Braccialini collections include true collector’s items. For 50 years, women have been putting on their mantles (seriously…I kid you not, on their mantles) bags in the shapes of trains, owls, carriages, birds and butterflies.
Carla, the original designer and creator of Braccialini, does make a seasonal bag line, which is fantastic in and of itself, but she also continues to create these custom, one of a kind, iconic collective pieces that are true must-sees. These pieces are the ones she uses when paring with a charity organization.
I understand the reasoning behind Vegan Shoes. Shoes and sneakers come with their own set of environmental ramifications. Leather is heavily exported out of developing countries. I don’t think I need to go through the process of letting you know how many global warming agents are emitted when so much fossil fuel is burned to shop these shoe parts around the world. But perhaps a little history might be better to go along with it?
Leather production used to be made by leather tanning in tiny cobbler stores within cities. This process used vegetable based tans, a process that could take up to two years. Now, however, it takes about two days with a chemical soup comprised mainly of chromium, a cancer-causing agent. Still not convinced? So you’ll wear flip-flops? What about PVC?
Polyvinyl Chloride is the plastic parts incorporated in a lot of footwear. The problem is not so much at the beginning of the life of the shoe but at the end, when disposed. Rarely recycled, it is burned and the dioxins generated are chlorine-based carcinogens that are recognized as the most toxic chemicals in production. Once airborne, it can be deposited in water, through air, digesting, ingested…..
But are they cute? Will they hold up to the mean streets of the city?
You can find the line on her wind-powered website, http://www.cri-de-coeur.com/. What’s even more fantastic? She has partnered with Carbonfund.org. For each pair of shoes sold, a tree will be planted to offset carbon emissions. All shoes are hand-stitched in a factory in Portugal by local women, and all office materials and packaging are made from recycled materials.
To view the complete collection, since I can’t cut and paste the shoe, view:
Check out their site: www.ibpna.com
(Image: paint can thedailygreen.com)
Monopoly is ditching the standby utility companies: Water Works & Electric company in favor of Solar and Wind energy! It seems that even Americas board games are picking up on the environmental state of mind. Check out the rest of this article for more.
I've been wanting to write a post on Tom's Shoes for ages, finally he's done something not only socially responsible but eco friendly too! Ya Tom's Shoes!
Blake Mycoskie, Tom's Shoe founder has been making shoes since March 2006. He's philosophy is this: Sell shoes, give shoes. He sells his shoes for roughly $40 bucks then donates a pair to a child who needs it all around the world. He was inspired while travelling and picked up the idea in Argentina by copying the shoes he saw kids wearing. He added rubber soles and some spiffy colors and patterns and bam! Great shoes with a soul.
These shoe make great gifts and they also make adorable kids versions, hemp or not, I love Tom's Shoes! Check out this great picture of Blake with the kids who inspire him (I have to admit I might have a little crush on Blake)
Hemp also has huge environmental benefits as well. Because the plant is resistant to insects they require no pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. This helps reduce the runoff of chemicals into our waterways and into the soil. And unlike conventionally grown (non-organic) cotton, hemp does not deplete the soil of rich nutrients. Just to make this point hit home, ½ of all agricultural chemicals sprayed in this country are on conventionally grown cotton. Enough said.
We are planning as green of a wedding as we can afford and create. We are trying to work environmentally and socially responsible aspects into each part of our wedding, from our registry items to using local produce and flowers.
I've been noticing a small buzz around "green weddings" and it's great that magazines and websites are trying to inject some green tips into their massive content, but I find it quite annoying that there's the wedding planning sections and then separately there's green wedding planning. What needs to happen for example is the idea of using local flowers to cut down on fuel usage shouldn't be "green tip" but merely a flower tip.These ideas shouldn't separate!
In the next few months, I will be posting about the green choices we've made toward a greener wedding. Right now I am looking into what flowers are available locally and in season. Even if you're not planning a wedding, I hope these ideas and tips can be translated into birthday parties, baby showers and any large or small event you may be throwing or attending!
I've been thinking about today's Earth Day post since I began the Earth Day 22 countdown. What is important enough to be my # 1? What makes enough of a difference and enough of animpact to stand out amongst the rest. I finally found my answer:
YOU! You are the most important way to make a difference in this world. I can't stress enough the importance and sheer reality of the single change making all the difference. While nature is by no means a silent observer (this can be seen with the growing number of storms, hurricanes and life threatening disasters) it is the human voice that will ring the bell causing a ripple effect of change that will be felt around the world.
Listen carefully, nature is speaking to you. Can you hear it? Can you heart the wind howling, the birds singing, the rain falling around you, the ocean crashing against the shore, can you hear the voices speaking to you, asking for your attention?
Nature will outlive us, it will take back the earth we have destroyed. Selflessly though it is speaking out asking for the human race to stick around longer, to enjoy it's beauty and bath in it's sunlight.
Each day do your part, you owe it to yourself and the world around you.
As we are heading toward an election that may be the most important direction our country will take after a very long painful 8 years of policy making and governing, please listen how the candidates respond to questions revolving around the environment. Really look at how the future looks in their eyes. It is more important than every before.
Here's a beautiful line from Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken that struck me as I read it this morning on the train to work,
No culture has ever honored its environment but disgraced its people, and conversely, no government can say it cares for its citizens while allowing the environment to be trashed.As we celebrate this earth day today, I realize that our environment IS in fact, trashed. What does that say about the government? What does that say about how strongly our vote matters, and how important it is to push forward an agenda that supports the environment and it's people.
Take a moment today to think about this. That's all I could hope for. Happy Earth Day.
Here are some Earth Day goings-on that I've found:
www.Drugstore.com is offering up to 40% off their green & natural product lines, so now's the time to stock up on the cleaning products and skincare you've been meaning to pick up. The sale ends April 25th.
Home Depot is giving away free reusable tote bags
www.Patagonia.com and www.usoutdoor.com are offering 10% off their awesome product lines when you type in earthday08 upon checkout
If you hear of anymore great deals, events or fun things concerning Earth Day, please comment so we can all read!
It's that time of year again, weddings, Mother's day, Father's day and a few Summer birthdays...Oh what to get!
We've all regifted before, this time regifting in a new way. Give a gift that had a previous life and has been transformed into something new and beautiful. Viva Terra sells this stunning recycled glass wine carafe w/ 4 tumblers. They are beautifully etched and have a real rustic look. I adore them. Total cost $100.
Viva Terra has got the perfect gift for all occasions! They always have the environment in mind, and they choose the purest and most sustainable materials for all products. You can choose to have your items wrapped in recycled craft paper or reusable silk. So lovely. I mean, who wouldn't want to receive something this thoughtful?
Check out their site http://www.vivaterra.com/
You can find CFL bulbs everywhere nowadays from your local hardware store to Target and Home Depot. There's no excuse!
Proceeds from the program go to 1% for the Planet a great organization.
Here's a link to the article for much more information: Check it out!
Also check out Loomstate for a look at their clothing: http://www.loomstate.org/
The directions are as follows (in my own words)
1. place your hand in the hand sized flap inside and scrunch up the bag in your hand
2. wrap the first flap over
3. wrap the second flap over
4. see your bag transform into a small easy to transport ball!
The bags are $12 bucks and with a flat rate shipping of $4 (up to 3 in that shipment) it's a must.
The bags come in great colors as well:
I've also recently added Google Link ads between my posts on the 1st page. I choice to do this because the ads are extremely relevant (most of the time) to what I am posting about and my blog in general and it's a great opportunity to highlight companies and products across the Internet that you and I may have never gotten around to finding. So I hope the ads are not intrusive but are helpful at locating interesting information and environmentally responsible products!
I have really enjoyed the Earth Day 22 Countdown, we have a few more days to go, what's up next? You'll have to wait and see...
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I’m so excited to tell you about Urban Zen Initiative. I’m whole heartedly obsessed with this company (and if anyone is reading this and knows an in for me in the company, I swear to you I’ll name my first child, and maybe second, after you).
In essence, it’s a clothing store that sells really great clothes, jewelry, incense, etc. A very holistic, well-being store, if you will. But it’s the backbone of the company that makes it something amazing. They are constantly working on and launching pilot programmes at Beth Israel Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center that study integrative medical practices. They host events such as Hope – a fundraising lunch for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. They have yoga and Kabala workshops for adults and children, and so much more. It’s an amazing platform to learn, inspire, grow from and help. And I can’t describe it any better. SO buy, help, and spread the word to help CREATE CHANGE.
(The reason I bring the baggie in the first place is I am already bringing 2 other tupperwares each day, my bag gets so stuffed with square shaped boxes, something had to give!)
The bottle is made from 80% post consumer recycled material and of course there's no animal testing! This product is also sodium lauryl sulfate free, paraben free and phthalate free! Yippee!
Check out this and many more products on www.burtsbees.com
City dwellers long to sit in a patch of grass in the sun; any park that has a grassy knoll is used like the beach. Brunches are coveted on summer weekends just to be able to sit outside and enjoy the weather. Lord knows after grueling winters in New York, no one wants to be cooped up in their small apartments any more. But what about bringing a little bit of green into your home to satiate the longing to be outside? What can be more eco-friendly than bringing sanity into one’s life?
Metaphys, a Scandinavian inspired company, created these wall hangings where inside each frame is a tray of growing medium, described as sponge balls filled with nutrients (and not soil, I assume).
Sold at www.aplusrstore.com for a mere 65$ these wall hangings were created to mimic the Japanese garden obsession with greening the living space. It’s a minor change for a major concept. It’s not news that plants within the apartment help with CO2 levels. Following the Japanese mantra, plants are also supposed to evoke happiness, and more oxygen around the house never hurt anyone!
So with the depletion of ozone, and in a dirty city, it makes sense to have more plants around. Now you can change the world, one room at a time!
We all know by now to take shorter showers to save water and energy (you know, the energy that's used to heat that steamy hot water you like so much) Take it to the next level with Oxygenics shower heads. Kevin and I bought one maybe a year ago for our apartment bathroom and we love it. How Oxygenics works is as the water is coming out oxygen increases the velocity of the water, thus increasing water pressure with less water! Magic huh! Here the some raw numbers (oh I sound like Anderson Cooper!):
For the average home of 4 people, the water savings hits 40,150 gallons and 209 energy therms per year! That's a total savings of $296.52!
There are a few different styles and prices to choose from, we bought the TriSpa Series and love it, no build up and no upkeep! Check out www.oxygenics.com for yourself!
So you don't have your own compost (yet) but you can have natural organic soil to grow your plants, herbs and flowers. Kevin and I are growing basil for our homemade pizza and I can't imagine growing edible food in just any old soil (and by any old I mean soil full of chemicals that I will end up eating!).
Miracle Grow now makes Organic Potting Soil. There are many smaller companies that make similar products, but I do understand that this post is reaching people all over the country and I have to appeal to the ability for most of you to be able to find this. So if you can find organic potting soil at your local nursery that helps support a small business, go for it!
We picked up a bag of this soil a few weeks back, and I am practically counting the minutes to start planting all the flowers I have been dreaming about all winter long! Ahh!
Finally earth friendly hair care products are making their way into the drugstores more and more. Gone are the days of hard to find natural haircare!
Organix Haircare has been around for a few years, and they have an amazingly diverse line of hair care in delicious scents ranging from pomegranate, coconut, citrus to my favorite vanilla. The line includes shampoo, conditioner, styling aids, nourishing hair treatments and more....
The products include tons of organic ingrediants for your tresses. All products are sulfate free meaning less dry out for your locks! Enough said.
Check out their site at www.organixhair.com
No visit to a health food store would be complete without seeing the Dr. Bronner’s Soap shelf. His bottles of liquid soap are always there, happily enticing you with their delicious natural scents and “All-In-One” promise. Dr. Bronner and his soaps just celebrating their 60th anniversary this year! The product line includes Classic Liquid & Bar soaps, Hand & Body Lotion, Hair Care, Lip Balms, Body Balms, Shaving Gel, Baby & Sensitive Care and Home Surface Cleaner.
His Classic Liquid Soap famously has 18 uses ranging from body cleanser, laundry detergent to toothpaste and shampoo. Scents include Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender and newly introduced Rose. They are bottled in 100% post consumer recycled bottles and paper labels. You’ll also notice the USDA Organic and Fair Trade stamps on the packaging as well!
Above all else Dr. Bronner says, “Cleanliness is Godliness” and he’s mantras are written across his jam packed labels, full of interesting tidbits of information and his personal “Moral ABC’s”
My favorite quote on the bottle is “Towel Massage Body Always Toward Your Heart”
Dr.Bronner’s soaps are tried and true. With the growing number of new products on the market, it’s important to support the old favorites and let them know we still love them.
(Image of Bottle: www.naturalcollection.com)
Luna & Clif, what an adorable couple they make. Luna is sweet and sassy and Clif is hearty and satisfying. These 2 different snack and energy bars are delicious! Luna is for the ladies, and you guessed it, Clif is for the men out there. (And yes, men can eat Luna’s and women can eat Clif’s, they are simply full of nutrients that are more geared to women or men)
Both not only are made from organic and natural ingredients but they give back to the community as well. Here’s a list of just some of their partnerships: The Breast Cancer Fund, Pure Prevention, Health Child Healthy World, Greenhouse Network, Organic Farming Research Foundation and 1% for the Planet. Phew, and that’s only a snippet! And if that wasn’t enough here are some more facts:
*environmentally responsible packaging
*Uses renewable energy & plants trees
*Ingredients produced w/o chemical pesticides or chemical fertilizers, no synthetic hormones or genetically modified organism (also know as GMO’s)
My favorite is the Luna Tea Cakes and the regular Luna bar in Iced Oatmeal Raison, yum! They sell these everywhere and if you can’t find it check out their websites to find out store locaters.
Luna Bar: www.lunabar.com
Clif Bar: www.clifbar.com
(Image of Cliff Bar: blog.thisnext.com)
(Image of Luna Bar: farm1.static.flickr.com)