October 26, 2006

Cameron Diaz Rocks Ecoist Recycled Handbags

Cameron Diaz is touting the new Ecoist handbag collection made of recycled movie billboards. According to Ecorazzi:

“Last week, Cameron Diaz showed up to boyfriend Justin Timberlake’s William Rast fashion show sporting an Ecoist handbag. The bag was specially made for Diaz and consists of recycled movie billboards, plastic clasps and zipper.”

How cool, right? Ecoist prides itself on having a full line of handmade handbags that use 100% recycled materials. Taken from their site,

“Ecoist recycles candy wrappers, food packages, billboards, and other materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. We are finding uses for waste-bound materials and will continue to do so until those non-biodegradable materials are no longer manufactured. Apart from recycling, Ecoist utilizes organic and earth-friendly fabrics in the manufacturing of it products.”

Ecorazzi got the scoop, though it looks like they may have gotten the wrong picture. The bag pictured inset next to their pic of Cameron is a candy wrapper bag. The movie billboard bags look like the bag pictured below right. Taking a cue from Timberlake's hit song "Sexy Back," that's what we call a "Sexy Bag."

Available at Ecoist.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 19, 2006

JoMamaCo Organic Kids T-Shirts

Get us started on the organic kiddie clothes and we just can't stop.

Check out these itty-bitty hipster duds from JoMamaCo. All organic cotton t-shirts from a friendly and funky little Southern California company dedicated to earth-friendly apparel and products. Work-at-home moms started the company and still run it out of their homes. Their kids appear throughout the site modeling clothes and products.

We like the Soul Rebel t-shirt.

Available at JoMamaCo.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

Organic Onesies, Baby. Super Cool.

Thanks to Laura at Super Cool Baby for letting us know about these cute little numbers. Made from 100% organic cotton, these organic onesies are hand-screened and available in newborn to 4 year old sizes as well as in a long sleeved and short sleeved version.

Check 'em out at Super Cool Baby.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 18, 2006

Nest - Nonprofit Micro-Loan Fund and Shopping Site

John Muir once said, "Everyone needs beauty as well as bread."

So quoth the women who started Nest, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support women artists and artisans in the developing world by helping them create sustainable entrepreneurial businesses. They'll accomplish this mission "by providing micro-credit loans to be used for the purchase of the supplies and materials necessary to begin and/or maintain art or craft-based businesses." But wait, it gets better, and you can help:

The funds for these loans will be generated by selling a unique line of clothing, accessories and merchandise for the home produced exclusively for Nest by a group of artists and designers. Nest will also develop a line of ceramic pottery, women’s clothing and other items with the Nest logo. In addition to these exclusive items created by well-known designers, the recipients of Nest loans in developing countries will also make their crafts available to Nest as repayment for the micro-credit loans. These items, too, will then be incorporated into the Nest line of merchandise. In this way, Nest will draw together artists from across the globe into a cooperative network with a shared vision of mutual support.

When you buy from Nest, you have not only have purchased a unique and beautiful item for yourself or your home, you have participated in a proven effort to better the lives of women all across the globe. Through our work, and your participation, women all over the world will be able to plant their roots in a refuge filled with warmth, solace, comfort and joy. It is our sincere hope that Nest can help you create a home, both for yourself and women the world over, filled with energy, beauty and peace.

Amen, sisters. Good luck.

Via this morning's Daily Candy.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 17, 2006

Keep It Simple, Stupid: Simple Greentoe Shoes

greentoe-shuf.gifWe mentioned a while back that Timberland has begun adding a "nutrition label" to its shoes, describing the company's environmental and community impact. Well, Simple Shoes takes it one step further (pun intended) with Green Toe shoes. Available in six styles, the shoes are designed for minimal environmental impact, using ingredients such as water-based cement, cork, jute, bamboo and crepe latex.

shuf2.jpgThe "Shuf," featured here, features a "soft boiled humanely harvested wool felt upper" and "a supportive and lightweight natural cork footbed." We tried them on at our local shoe store, and were amazed at how comfortable they are. They are definitely getting added to our wish list.

Available for men and women at Amazon.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 13, 2006

Debbie Does Paris - Deborah Lindquist at Ethical Fashion Show

Also appearing at the 3rd Annual Ethical Fashion Show in Paris this weekend: LA designer Deborah Lindquist. According to her website, Linquist is

one of LA’s most sought after environmentally conscious designers (who) continues to impact the world of fashion with her mix of old “reincarnated “ and new eco-conscious fabrications. Her love for the environment and fashion inspires exquisite collections that are not only Ecologically sensitive but cutting edge as well.

Rock on, girl.

Lindquist's designer bustiers and rockstar threads have graced the bodies of Hollywood trendsetters such as Gwen Stefani, Demi Moore, , Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton, and Charlize Theron. And their dogs. Check out her adorable doggie sweaters, made of recycled cashmere (of course), which come in patterns such as a skull and crossbones, a cross, flowers, a peace sign and a fleur-de-lis.


Available at Deborah Lindquist.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 12, 2006

Ethical Fashion Show - US Designer Grace Trance

Don't just stand there, let's get to it. Strike a pose, there's nothing to it. Vogue (vogue vogue vogue)... Yep. The Ethical Fashion Show has us humming Madonna and vogue-ing at our cubicles.

Here's a quick look at one of the designers from the U.S. who is exhibiting, Grace Trance. According to the fashion show's official website, Trance is a San Francisco fashion designer,

who believes the organic origins of fabric and workmanship are the source of good design. She uses hemp for its distinctive texture and quality, organic cotton for its versatility and bamboo for its exquisite softness and drapability. In conjunction with using local, sweatshop-free manufactures, Grace Trance works to build on sustainable solutions through relating style and innovation.

Sounds good to us. We'll take the outfit with the purple tights.

Available at Grace Trance.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

Weekend in Paris: 3rd Annual Ethical Fashion Show, October 13-16

Looking for something "Really Natural" to do this weekend? Head to Paris, daaaahling, for the 3rd Annual Ethical Fashion Show. Organized by the Universal Love Association, the event will feature 60 "ethical" designers from all over the world. Its goals are to promote ethical designers, foster dialogue and information exchange between organizations and individuals concerned with fair trade and sustainable development in the fashion industry, and to provide information for designers, retailers and consumers about fair trade and fashion.

The event takes place at Tapis Rouge, 67 rue du Faubourg Saint Martin 75010 Paris. Buyers and designers only Friday, Saturday and Monday. Sunday is open to the public.

Thanks to our friends at The Natural Store for passing along the invitation.

Learn more about the 3rd Annual Ethical Fashion Show.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 9, 2006

Gisele Bunchen Saves the Rainforest

It's Columbus Day. What better time is there to sit back and reflect on indigenous people and the havoc we've wrought on them over the years? And who better to raise our awareness than...Gisele?!

Today's Ecorazzi reports that Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is starring in a new commercial calling attention to the plight of the indigenous people of the Xingu River in Brazil, who are suffering due to deforestation and clean water issues in the Amazon.

Gisele will be starring in a new commercial to educate the public on the issues. These include a controversial hydroelectric dam that is under construction and river pollution from cattle ranchers, loggers and soy farmers.

Read the full story - and check out some fab pictures of Gisele from the photo shoot at Celebitchy.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 5, 2006

Timberland Revisited: 20% Off Online Orders

Hey Folks,

Last week we blogged about Timberland's new "nutrition label" on all shoes. Well, if you're itching to pick up a pair and see for yourself, now through October 11th, they're offering 20% off and free shipping on all online orders. Enter Promotion Code DMOCT20 at checkout.

At Timberland.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

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