December 9, 2011

Gifts for Women: Ford's Warriors in Pink

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is behind us, but for those suffering from the loss or the disease, every month is a constant reminder. Ford has donated $3,063,453.00 so far through their Warriors in Pink program. We were sent the following items from the Warriors in Pink store:

Power of Pink Hoodie

This contemporary waffle-weave zip-up hoodie in a bright pink adds color to any closet. Great as a gift or a little treat for yourself.

100% of net proceeds ($24.10 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


Sweet Dreams PJ Pants
Catch your ZZZZs Warrior-style and count symbols not sheep. Cotton and cuddly, these pajama pants have a drawstring waist for extra comfort.

100% of net proceeds ($11.50 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


Warrior Power T-Shirt
Bold color matches the determination of the Warrior. This resilient 100% cotton tee is satin garment washed for a supersoft feel.

100% of net proceeds ($11.56 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


Warrior Sun Hat
There are two sides to every hat - or at least there should be. Have twice the fun with this reversible sun hat. Perfect for UV protection during your favorite outdoor activities. Hand wash cold, reshape to air dry.

100% of net proceeds ($15.05 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


2011 Warrior Tie
Get down to the business of helping to find a cure with the 2011 Warriors in Pink® necktie. Whether worn for business or leisure, this tie will let everyone know where your heart is.

100% of net proceeds ($16.75 each) goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.


I really like how Ford discloses exactly how much is donated to the cause for each item; however, I am concerned that Susan G. Komen has been accused of pinkwashing.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 28, 2011

Green Gift Giveaway and Product Review: Fair Trade, Handloomed, Naturally Dyed SLOWCOLOR Linen Scarves


As a weaver and fiber artist, I am fascinated by SLOWCOLOR. The video above not only explains the company's "trend toward more conscious gifting", but the natural, handmade processes of the weavers, spinners, and dyers inspire me. I would love to go and visit SLOWCOLOR's artisans! That would be my dream vacation!

We were sent a beautiful Boulder Scarf to review.



  • The scarf that goes anywhere. A treasured companion on your life's adventures: casual, elegant, for work, and for play. Men like this scarf as much as women.

  • Gauze Weave

  • 100% premium linen handloomed with pride and passion in India

  • Hand Made: As this is a hand made product, slight size and color variation only show the human touch of a soul and heart at work

  • Size: 24"x72"



I love my Boulder Scarf. It is the perfect size for how I like to wear my scarves, and the hand dyed linen is rich and beautiful. I can't help but think of the hands involved in making this product.  Handloomed, natural plant based hand dyed, fair trade...a perfect gift for the eco-conscious!

Good News! We have one SLOWCOLOR Boulder Scarf to giveaway to a lucky reader!

GIVEAWAY REQUIREMENTS

RULES


  • This contest is open to US residence only.  No P.O.Boxes.

  • You have until 8:00 A.M. EST December 21st, 2011 to enter.


GIVEAWAY

  • One winner will receive 1 Boulder Scarf of their choice (inventory availability dependent)

  • Value $85.00 (incl. shipping)



MANDATORY ENTRY

EXTRA ENTRIES
+ Follow on Twitter www.Twitter.com/beSLOWCOLOR
+ Like www.facebook.com/SLOWCOLOR on Facebook
+ Share this giveaway on your Facebook wall tagging SLOWCOLOR's FB page (doing this correctly, your post will show on our FB page wall)
+ Comment on another SLOWCOLOR wall post.
+ Tweet this giveaway making sure to mention @beSLOWCOLOR
Disclosure:  The products described above were sent to us as free samples.  Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given.  No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews.  The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

This giveaway is running in conjunction with Eco Child's Play. Only one winner will be selected from both blogs.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 25, 2011

Green Gifts for Mom Giveaway: Krimson Klover Eco-Friendly Fine Merino Wool Clothing

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We are super excited about Krimson Klover!  Not only are these "knits with a twist" fashionable, the company takes their "commitment to environmental and social responsibility very seriously by using yarns from sources that respect their animals, employees and Mother Earth".

We were sent a luxurious Mrs. Rose sweater to try.  This washable merino wool is super soft and comfortable. There is no itch at all giving you the freedom to wear whatever (or nothing at all) underneath it.  The knitting is of high quality, and I love how the buttons do not go all the way to the bottom of the sweater giving it a more fashionable design.  The bold design works beautifully giving the sweater an overall chic, graphic aesthetic.  The Mrs. Rose would make a perfect gift for Mom!

Good news!  We have a beautiful Krimson Klover Poppy Hat and Scarf to giveaway to one lucky winner!  The Pippy Hat and Scarf are made with the same incredible "luxurious washable" merino wool as the Mrs. Rose sweater, plus the hat is lined with fleece for extra warmth.

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Krimson Klover Pippy Hat and Scarf Set GIVEAWAY!

RULES


  • This contest is open to US residence only.  No P.O.Boxes.

  • You have until 8:00 A.M. EST December 21st, 2011 to enter.


GIVEAWAY

  • One winner will receive one Pippy Hat and Scarf set of their choice (inventory availability dependent)

  • Value $28.00 and $65


Mandatory Entry

  1. Visit Krimson Klover's catalog

  2. Leave a comment on Krimson Klovers's Facebook page mentioning what your favorite product is and why, as well as an @tag back to Really Natural's Facebook page about the giveaway.


PippyScarves.jpg EXTRA ENTRIES

  • Follow on Twitter Krimson Klover

  • Like Krimson Klover on Facebook

  • Share this giveaway on your Facebook wall tagging Krimson Klovers's FB page (doing this correctly, your post will show on our FB page wall)

  • Comment on another Krimson Klover wall post on FB.

  • Tweet this giveaway making sure to mention @krimsonklover


Disclosure:  The products described above were sent to us as free samples.  Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given.  No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews.  The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

This giveaway is running in conjunction with Eco Child's Play. Only one winner will be selected.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 3, 2011

Super Sustainable Sales: Pure Citizen Daily Deals

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Do you know about Pure Citizen?

Pure Citizen is a flash sale site with a heart. Created to use the power of the sale to give back, we have built giving back into the core of our business - from the companies we feature to the innovative donation feature on our site.

Every weekday members receive an email (our Daily Love) filled with the inspiring story of a company that is committed to making the world a better place. Not only do the stories inspire, but for 72 hours members have exclusive access on Pure Citizen to purchase a hand-picked selection of products from this company at 30-90% off.

Not only do purchases support these inspiring companies, but members have the option to save a little less and donate the difference to a featured non-profit. The beautiful thing? 20% of members have used this feature, raising thousands of dollars for charity since our November 2010 launch.


Today, I got a killer deal on a degree six dress! The short panel dress retails for $190, but if you act fast, you can get it for only $28.50 on Pure Citizen! That's a savings of $161.50 for this bamboo beauty ethically made in the USA!

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

August 24, 2011

Etsy Finds: Organic Cotton Ghost Elephant T-Shirt

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I love Alternative Women's Organic Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Tee, so when I see Etsy designs featuring them, I am in love!

RC Tees Ghost Elephant design is very cool. I had a thing for elephants as a child, and this graphic design is very appealing! 100% organic pima cotton and supporting Etsy merchants: You can't go wrong!

These t-shirts really fit nicely. I think the above photo does not do it justice!

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

July 25, 2011

Really Natural Organic Clothing: Aventura Clothing Schaffer Skirt

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Have you been looking for the perfect organic cotton skirt? The Aventura Women's Schaffer Skirt is super comfortable and super nice. It's the kind of skirt you want to wear every day!


  • A-line shape for a universally flattering silhouette

  • Contrast stitching

  • Raw edges

  • Classic fit

  • Elastic waistband

  • 19.5" length

  • 100% organic cotton slub jersey

  • Machine wash

  • Imported

It does run a little large, so it may be a good idea to order down.

I love my Schaffer skirt so much, I ordered another one in a different color. The contrast stitching and edging makes this cotton skirt unique. Another great item from Aventura!

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

July 18, 2011

Really Natural Fashion: Organic Aventura Schaffer Dress only $29!

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I love organic fashion, and when it is comfortable and fits well, that's an added bonus. The Aventura Women's Schaffer Dress is all that, plus it is on sale for $29. Great dress! Great deal!

Aventura Clothing is a new organic, sustainable label I have discovered.

2005 marked the company's 40th anniversary, an event celebrated with exciting new opportunities and adventures. most notably, sportif announced the launch of its new women's line. aventura clothing has the mission to "help the earth... one garment at a time." we want to provide our customers with fashionable "eco-friendly" products that will lower our ecologic footprint on the planet. over 80% of this casual lifestyle clothing is made from environmentally friendly fabrics so you can feel good about looking great!

I love my Schaffer dress, but you need to hurry to order one to make sure they still have it in your size!

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

March 14, 2011

Lucky Kids: Point6 Merino Wool Hiking Socks for Kids!

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Wool socks have come a long way since my youth, when after one washing they became a felted, itchy mass. Adults love point6 Hiking Tech Medium Cushion Merino Wool Socks, now kids can too!

The Point 6 Difference 
With a new spin on traditional merino wool sock construction, point6 is leading the way in the evolution of the merino wool movement.
 The spinning process turns our premium merino wool fibers into yarn, and compact spinning removes more air from between the fibers, creating a more compact, and thus softer, finer and more durable yarn. This is an expensive process, so other companies are content to use small percentages of compact spun yarns in their products. point6 uses compact spun yarns exclusively in our mens wool socks and womens wool socks. Once spun, our yarns are knit with fine gauge needles, producing more stitches per inch, to create exceptionally soft and durable mens wool socks and womens wool socks. We have created a superior wool sock with increased longevity.

Our company name is derived from 98 point 6 degrees fahrenheit (the body's optimal body temperature), and reinforces the benefits of maintaining optimum performance through the fantastic temperature stabilizing properties of point6 merino wool.


I've quit buying my children crappy, cheap socks. They do not last, and why should their feet suffer while mine enjoy fine merino socks? Lucky kids wear Point6!

Point6 also takes sustainability seriously.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

March 7, 2011

Best Green Company 2010: Nikwax Cleaning and Waterproofing Extends Life of Your Technical Gear

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If you have noticed your synthetic long johns are starting to smell, or the rain water no longer beads on your jacket, Nikwax has the solution for you to extend the life of your favorite gear. Many people think they need a new jacket when it starts to lose its waterproofing, but that is not the case! Nikwax even has solutions for your footwear too!
Nikwax Basewash:

Nikwax BaseWash is a new product created specially for cleaning synthetic base-layers.It enhances the fabrics wicking properties, stopping them from stinking and helping them dry more quickly.

Nikwax Downwash Fabric Cleaner:

Benefits of using this product

  • It prolongs the life of gear and optimises outdoor performance

  • Revitalises loft and insulation, without damaging the structure of the down

  • It maintains breathability

  • It maintains original water-repellency

  • It's easy to apply - can be used in a washing machine


Nikwax Tech Wash:
Wash-in cleaner for waterproof clothing and equipment

Safely revitalises breathability and water-repellency

This product is a non-detergent soap which can be used regularly to clean clothing and equipment without damaging the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coatings. Use this product instead of detergents or washing powder.


Nikwax Wool Wash:
Nikwax® Wool Wash is a new product created specially for cleaning and maintaining the natural qualities of wool garments. This new innovation from Nikwax® is a gentle product formulated to clean technical wool base-layers, whilst enhancing wool's natural wicking properties. Recommended for Merino.

Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel Treatment:
Benefits of using this product

  • Removes dirt and helps to release stains

  • Improves the appearance of dirty footwear

  • Prepares the footwear for proofing with an appropriate footwear product

  • Prolongs the life and performance of all types of footwear

  • Maintains breathability

  • Ideal for footwear with breathable linings e.g. Gore-Tex

  • Easy to apply

  • WaterBased - environmentally friendly, biodegradable, non flammable, non hazardous

  • Does not contain fluorocarbons


Nikwax Sandal Wash:
Nikwax Sandal Wash is a sponge-on cleaner for sandals Designed to clean safely, deodorise all sandal types - leather, fabric and synthetic, leaving you with a fresh smelling fragrance.

Whether you need to revitalize your capilene or your Smartwool, Nikwax has the product you need to keep your expensive outdoor gear lasting.

For two years in a row, Nikwax has been rated

one of the greenest companies in the UK. The Sunday Times Best Green Companies 2010 recognises that we deliver on environmental performance while instilling a culture within the business that ensures employees are doing their part as well. In fact, we are rated as having the 5th greenest workforce in the country!

It only makes sense that a company that helps your outdoor gear last longer also helps protect the environment through sustainable practices.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

December 16, 2010

Wrinkle-Free Clothing Releases Formaldehyde

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Wrinkle-free clothing is popularly promoted by clothing companies, such as Van Heusen Men's Fitted Wrinkle Free Poplin Solid Shirt. The days of ironing are behind us, but at what cost to our health. According to a recent article in the New York Times, it's formaldehyde that makes clothing wrinkle-free.

Most consumers will probably never have a problem with exposure to formaldehyde, though it can have serious health implications for people who work with the chemical in factories. The biggest potential issue for those wearing wrinkle-resistant clothing can be a skin condition called contact dermatitis. It affects a small group of people and can cause itchy skin, rashes and blisters, according to a recent government study on formaldehyde in textiles. Still, some critics said more studies on a wider array of textiles and clothing chemicals were needed, including a closer look at the effects of cumulative exposure. At the very least, they said, better labeling would help.

"From a consumer perspective, you are very much in the dark in terms of what clothing is treated with," said David Andrews, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy organization. "In many ways, you're in the hands of the industry and those who are manufacturing our clothing. And we are trusting them to ensure they are using the safest materials and additives."

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