March 26, 2010

Eco Fashion: Stewart + Brown Hemp Jersey Cinch Skirt

Stewart + Brown is one of my favorite eco-friendly clothing companies.

Karen Stewart and Howard Brown, partners in life and work, launched their ethical fashion brand in 2002 from Los Angeles, California. Inspired by their love and respect for nature and a passion for design, Karen and Howard were filled with a sense of purpose and determined to pioneer the sustainable fashion movement.

Stewart + Brown's hemp hemp jersey cinch skirt is one of my favorite items of clothing. It is the softest hemp I have ever felt and is super comfortable to wear. The drawstring gather on the side makes the skirt unique. The skirt is a little bit expensive at $98, but you won't be disappointed in its quality, and if you are like me, you will certainly get your money's worth by wearing it all the time.
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March 12, 2010

Environmentally Friendly Shoes: El Naturalista

Are you looking for a quality pair of eco-friendly shoes? I recently visited a friend of mine and tried on her El Naturalista shoes. I had to own a pair!

You do your part to recycle and be as earth-friendly as possible, why stop there? The inviting Iggdrasil mary jane from El Naturalista is comfortable, attractive, and just right for the environmentalist in all of us. The vegetable-tanned leather is churned with ground tree bark and river stones for weeks to make the hide resilient to dirt, water, and daily wear and tear. It features pretty contrast stitching, too.

El Naturalista takes social and environmental responsibility seriously, which I was pleased to learn after buying my shoes.

El Naturalista frog Eco Policy

El Naturalista is an international shoe brand that makes comfortable yet fashionable footwear inspired by nature and people.

Adherence to our environmental policy is a prerequisite for doing business at El Naturalista. All suppliers, factories, agents and sales personnel must be strongly committed to our earth friendly practices.

We are continually working to find even better and more eco-friendly ways to produce our shoes. Our customers are aware of our environmental policies and our increasing sales demonstrate that consumers approve and support- our efforts.

  • We use natural materials and dyes

  • We avoid using polluting substances and toxic products

  • We seek to protect the environment

  • We maximize the use of biodegradable and recyclable/recycled materials

  • We pay fair compensation to providers and employees

  • We promoted traditional forms of production

  • We support the use of appropriate new technologies

  • We operate with corporate transparency

Shoes and material

El Naturalista uses the least harmful materials in the production of our shoes. We use natural dyes. We use recycled materials as much as possible: for example, the recycled polyurethane inner liner and the recycled rubber insoles (N 096 Iggdrasil). When dyeing leather, El Naturalista uses the least harmful chrome combination for the environment. Additionally, El Naturalista has developed the "pergamino leather", which is treated without the use of chrome.

I am very impressed with the quality and comfort of El Naturalista, and I definitely will explore other styles by this brand.
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January 18, 2010

Sturdy Organic Canvas Tote by Dandelion

You can never have too many canvas bags when you are a parent. From shopping to simply carrying snacks and water bottles, a sturdy bag is key! The Dandelion Organic Canvas Tote is a great bag with many pockets.

Dandelion Organic Tote Bags are designed for eco-conscious Moms on-the-go. Developed with a Diaper Bag in mind, the totes have all the conveniences Mom needs including multiple pockets and pouches. Made with durable 100% Organic Cotton Canvas and feature Organic Cotton Rope shoulder straps. Environmental message printed with eco-friendly low-impact dyes. Outside features large pocket with snaps, 1 large open pocket and 2 elastic pouches.

Of course, you don't have to use it just for diapers. I think this will make a great bag for this busy teacher to carry things back and forth to school.

Disclosure: I was sent a free sample of this product to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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December 9, 2009

Eco-Friendly Bamboo Scarf Packaged in Earth Friendly Reusable Bag by Wish Wrap

I'm a scarf person. I love scarves and wear them three out of four seasons. Wish Wrap is a unique company that allows you to chose a "wish" to give with each gift.

So, let's say you've selected a blanket as a holiday present for someone special. You may choose a wish like 'warmth' to go with it. But, that's just one way to go. Perhaps the blanket represents 'peace' or 'laughter' to you. Pick your wish based on your relationship and what the gift means to you. Make it personal. When your gift is delivered, the blanket will be specially packaged to send the sentiment of 'warmth' or whichever wish you've chosen.

Wish Wrap offers many eco-friendly products, like Eco-Chic Bamboo Scarf. I absolutely love the colors of this scarf (my favorite is pistachio), and it is super soft and versatile. earth-friendly fashion accessory that the style-conscious can wrap their arms around! This lightweight, supersoft scarf is made of sustainably-grown bamboo plant fibers. At 30"x74" its extra-long - wear it like a shawl or around your neck. It travels well, and even works as a cover-up for new moms.

Not only is the bamboo scarf exquisite, the unique eco-friendly packaging used by Wish Wrap is very cool and reusable. In fact, the jute bag is a gift alone!
Our packaging is truly eco-friendly. It's made of jute - a fiber that grows faster and in less space than bamboo. It's recyclable and biodegradable. All our gift bags and boxes fold flat to take up less room in shipping and storing. Less space means less energy, another environmental offender.

Disclosure: I was sent a bamboo scarf in order to complete this review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

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November 10, 2009

Icebreaker Stylish Merino Wool Shirts for Men and Women

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I often think of Icebreaker garments as a base layering piece for cold weather play, and I especially love their eco-friendly kids' line; however, this New Zealand company makes some gorgeous, stylish clothes as well.

Icebreaker SuperFine150 Detour Polo Shirt - Short-Sleeve - Men's: This shirt is very hip, with subtle stitch details. The ultralite fabric is perfect for warm to hot weather, as it "breaths as well as cotton but won't hold odour - so you can wear it for days without having to wash it". This shirt also looks nice with a longsleeve shirt layered underneath. Certain colors and styles are on sale right now too!

Icebreaker Superfine 140 Henley Lite Shirt - Women's: This shirt is also made of superfine ultralite merino wool, which is not itchy at all and versatile for any weather conditions. The slight ruching and 3/4 sleeves gives this top a flattering, feminine shape.

Icebreaker is a sustainable company from product to packaging. Each step of the process (source, ethical manufacturing, transparent supply chain, and animal welfare) is part of the company's philosophy. They even add a compound to their plastic bags to assist in "oxo-biodegration" should the bags end up in a landfill rather than be recycled.

Disclosure:  I was given the above described products in order to complete this authentic review.  No guarantees as to the positive or negative nature of the review in exchange for this product.

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November 5, 2009

Reusable Baggu X3 Shopping Bags Go With You Anywhere and Make Great Gift Wrap

One of the things I love about the Baggu X3 Reusable Shopping Bags, besides the tough ripstop nylon fabric, is the convenient pouch that contains three bags. This pouch makes it easy to throw your Baggu bags in any purse or bag and ensures you will never run out of bags when shopping. Sure, it is relatively easy to remember your shopping bags at the grocery store, but what about your other errands? Having a few bags in your purse, pocket, or backpack means you never use a plastic bag again. Each Baggu bag can hold up to 50 pounds of merchandise.

Another great use of Baggu X3 Reusable Shopping Bags is wrapping presents! With the holidays approaching, using a reusable shopping bag instead of gift wrap is like giving two gifts!  It also gives a subtle hint to loved ones that it is time to break the plastic bag habit. With all of the bright colors and designs Baggu offers, your presents will look great.

Disclosure: Baggu provided me with X3 shopping bags in order to complete this review. No assurances were given in advance as to whether the review would be positive or negative. 

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November 4, 2009

Handmade Upcycled Bags Made from Waste in Indonesia


XSProject USA makes upcycled bags from waste in Indonesia.  

the problem
80,000 tons of flexible plastic packaging are manufactured each year in Indonesia.
The average timespan of a single-use drink container packaged in flexible plastic is only 4 seconds. Because there are no safe disposal methods for flexible plastic, it may accumulate and then sit in a landfill forever. And because there are no traditional recycling techniques for this type of plastic it has little resale market value.

XSProject uses craftspeople and trashpickers to create unique bags from Indonesian waste.  A variety of bag designs are offered, from the Shopaholic made from recycled billboard bags to the What a Waste trash receptacle

I am not a fan of the aesthetics of most upcycled type bags, but I do love the concept.  I do think the Shopaholic is a great bag, and it is interesting to read the labels on the bags to see what products are popular in Indonesia.  The bags do have a very strong odor though, which is bothersome to me.  Many of the bags still smell like the products they once labeled.  Also, there are companies like Terracycle making similar products in the US, so it would lessen your carbon footprint to support them over purchasing a bag all the way from Indonesia.

Disclosure:  XSProject sent me three bags in order to write this review. There were no assurances given in advance as to the outcome of the review. 

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September 11, 2009

Eco-Friendly, Imported Handbags and Bracelets by five ACCESSORIES

One of the things I love about imported, artisan goods is they are usually eco-friendly, in addition to being unique and aesthetically pleasing. five ACCESSORIES offers many items that include a bit of philanthropy with every purchase.

The company began while Christine Hutchison and her husband, Wells, were on their honeymoon in Bali. While there, they met a Balinese tour guide who told them how much difference five dollars a month can make to a family in Bali. While admiring the beautiful handbags and jewelry made by local artisans, the couple had the idea to start five, a company that embodies both their entrepreneurial and philanthropic zeal. The mission of the company is to create income generating programs for individuals in need, donate a large portion of it's sales to worthy charitable causes and foster the use of sustainable material in fashion.

We were sent a natural handbag from Bali and a triangular solid wood bracelet to try out. The Sayan Night bag is made from dark slats of bamboo and is on sale! It is very stylish and practical with a metal clasp closure. The triangular sold wood bracelet is also made from bamboo in Bali.
You can feel good about supporting five ACCESSORIES and will be rewarded with unique items that make wonderful gifts giving back to the communities in which they were made.
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June 30, 2009

Replace Plastic Dry Cleaning Bags with a Reusable Canvas Garment Bag

garment bag.jpg If you dry clean your clothes, and almost every wardrobe has a few items that require special care, then you have experienced the waste of plastic that occurs at the dry cleaners. Sure, you go to a "green" dry cleaner, but what about the rows and rows of clothes bagged in plastic? Natural News explains:
Are these plastic bags really necessary and at what point do people decide that sheer convenience is not worth the environmental impact? Many have begun to carry cloth bags with them when they go grocery shopping, but not enough people have looked to their dry cleaner. Not only are those giant strips of plastic a suffocation risk for children and animals, but most people only use their bags to take the clothes home and then toss them out.

One drycleaner estimated that his one dry cleaning store used between 50,000 to 100,000 plastic bags a year. This concerned business owner decided to make a difference. One Earth Day he passed out cloth garment bags to his customers free of charge. Not only would he get free advertising when customers carried the bag, but he was doing something good for the environment. About 300 million pounds of dry cleaning bags are thrown out annually. To his amazement 60% of his customers have been returning with their bags.

If your drycleaner is not offering you reusable garment bags, you can buy your own. It's important to not buy one made of vinyl (some vinyls contain lead); a canvas garment bag offers a more natural alternative. At about $10.00, switching from disposable plastic bags to a reusable garment bag for your dry cleaning needs is affordable.

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June 24, 2009

Sweet Organic Baby Clothes by Hessnatur

BABy hessnatur.jpg We've been fortunate enough to review beautiful natural fiber clothing by Hessnatur before, now we have discovered their organic baby apparel line! Super sweet, soft, and adorable, Hessnatur's organic baby line means everyone in the family can dress in eco-fashion. Hessnatur is always fair trade, organic, and sustainable, which is exactly what baby deserves against their fresh, delicate skin.

What our clothes are made of and with

  • Pure, natural fibers- organic whenever possible. Made from renewable resources: Vegetable (cotton, linen, hemp, ramie); Animal (wool, specialty wools such as angora, cashmere, alpaca, mohair, yak; silk).
  • No PVC or Teflon, anywhere.
  • Natural materials for buttons, like ivory nut, wood, horn, or mother-of-pearl
  • Trims and linings are made from natural fibers, usually 100% organic cotton or 100% natural silk
  • Any metals used for zippers, buckles and buttons are nickel- and chrome-free.  Other materials are only used for these accessories in the rare cases when natural materials or metals are not functional enough.
  • Our only exceptions: we sometimes use up to 8% of elastane/spandex for the stretch in some lingerie and socks. All the spandex we use is covered in cotton so no synthetic touches your skin.

What our clothes aren't made of or with

  • Synthetic fibers: made from chemical substances derived from petroleum, like nylon, polyester or acrylic
  • Regenerated fibers: chemically treated and re-processed fibers made from natural materials that cannot be used for textiles in their original form, like viscose, modal and acetate. Their manufacturing causes significant water and power usage.
  • Azo dyes which can give off dangerous, carcinogenic and mutagenic amines
  • Dyes and dye procedures that include toxic heavy metals, which are known carcinogens
  • Optical brighteners, which are probable allergens
  • Chemical finishes, such as moth-proofing, anti-microbial, easy-care, wrinkle-free finishes, made with synthetic resins
  • Chlorine bleach, which harms the environment

Hessnatur also offers maternity clothes from moms to be! I wish I would have had these organic maternity clothes during my pregnancies!  Unborn babies deserve the best against mommy's skin too! 

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