July 23, 2008

Terracycle and Kraft: The Largest Upcycling Program Ever!

terracycletote Terracycle, one of my absolutely favorite green companies, and Kraft, one of my least favorite food companies, have teamed up to create the largest upcycling program ever! Taking Kraft's packaging, which is challenging to recycle, Terracycle is making bags. Terracycle's brigade programs divert waste from landfills, and individuals and organizations can participate:
The Drink Pouch Brigade collects used drink pouches and donates to participating school or community group two cents for every pouch collected. The used pouches are then sewn into tote bags, handbags and other durable items...
I love the concept of upcycling, but I am not a fan of carrying a bag that is a walking advertisement for a product that is not natural or organic, but I support anything Terracycle does. My daughter says the bag still smells like juice.
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June 30, 2008

Flip And Tumble - Eco Friendly Shopping Bag


The Flip and Tumble bad is both eco-friendly and fashionable. We received one, and have really started to use it for our quick trip shopping over the past few weeks. It collapses into a ball, and best of all doesn't look like other reusable bags.

Bag Features:

  • bag size = 12" x 14" x 5" = large enough for 3 half gallons of milk and then some
  • ball size = 3" in diameter = the size of a peach
  • weight capacity = 25 lbs. = strong enough for a bowling ball or two
  • material = ripstop nylon
  • plastic bags spared = 1,000+
  • at the end of the bags useful life = more landfill. instead send it back, they'll recycle it.

At Flip and Tumble

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March 26, 2008

Green Jeans from Del Forte

315quXrXGGL._SS400_.jpg I really do have a thing for expensive jeans, as they fit well. Less is more when it comes to fashionable denim, as most Americans have more clothes than they need. Del Forte Denim offers sweatshop-free, organic cotton, designer jeans. These jeans combine high fashion with sustainability. Del Forte Denim participates in the Sustainable Cotton Project (SCP).
Since 1994, SCP has been building bridges between farmers, manufacturers and consumers to pioneer markets for certified organically grown and sustainable cotton, including working on the ground with local farmers. SCP's guiding philosophy of "cooperation for a change" has fostered a new level of shared information among farmers, manufacturers and others in support of creating a cleaner cotton industry.

By purchasing organic cotton denim, I feel less guilty about the price tag. Sustainability does come at a high cost to the consumer but a low cost to the planet.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

March 5, 2008

Green Toe Shoes Made by Simple

41qsGeKd2ZL._AA280_.jpg These shoes are vegan and super cute for spring. Simple Women's Toepaz Flat is available in five colors: cub, Adriatic blue, natural, black, and lint. Simple is leading the way for the shoe industry by making a 100% sustainable product. These shoes are made from hemp uppers and lined in bamboo. A natural latex footbed with an organic cotton canvas cover and recycled car tire outsole complete these eco shoes. The shoes are assembled using water-based cements and 100% post consumer paper pulp foot forms. Simple ships the Simple Women's Toepaz Flat in "totally state-of-the-art/back-to-the-future post-consumer recycled box."
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February 28, 2008

Is Bamboo Really Green?

bamboo-forest.jpg There's no doubt that bamboo grows like a weed, but what about the processes used to turn bamboo into fabric and flooring?
  •  LA Times: Green clothes: How green is my bamboo T-shirt?- This article states that farming is what makes bamboo clothing green, but that "strong chemical solvents such as sodium hydroxide (NaOH - also known as caustic soda or lye) and carbon disulfide in a process also known as hydrolysis alkalization combined with multi-phase bleaching" is used to break down the woody shoots and leaves.  These chemicals are especially harmful to workers.
"growing it is really green, but manufacturing it into useful plywood boards, for anything that the tubular stalks won't do on their own...well, not so much. It's a pretty messy, intensive process; as such, it's important to look for bamboo made with water-based, formaldehyde-free adhesives with low/no-VOC finishes, if you're looking for some grass-based interiors."
"the manufacturing processes where bamboo the plant is transformed into bamboo the fabric are where the sustainability and eco-friendly luster of bamboo is tarnished because of the heavy chemicals, some of which are toxic, that are often required. Very, very little bamboo clothing would qualify as sustainable or organic clothes."
Bamboo can be processed naturally, similar to how linen is processed from flax, but "very little bamboo linen is manufactured for clothing because it is more labor intensive and costly."
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February 20, 2008

Blue Canoe Organic Yoga Bra

A132.jpg If you are going to practice yoga, you might as well be wearing an organic yoga bra from Blue Canoe for optimum health.  Of course, you don't have to wear it just for yoga. This bra is comfortable, supportive, made in the USA, and 90% organic. Princess seams create a beautiful shape, and the wide band won't ride up, pinch or bind while you are flowing through your vinyasas (or grocery shopping).
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February 13, 2008

Hip, Eco-Friendly, Recycled Shoes Made by Terra Plana

41MTHVT9S4L._AA280_.jpg Eco-friendly footwear just got hip with Terra Plana's Worn Again brand (and they are on sale right now)! Worn Again creates new shoes from recycled materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. Not only is Terra Plana concerned about the materials they use, but they also aim to improve social, economic, and environmental conditions in regions where they operate. What is better than a profitable business with the coolest recycled shoes around?
While our first collection kept old men's suits and prison blankets from ending up in landfill (good), the transport of materials sourced in the UK to our factory in China was by no means 'environmentally economical' (bad).

Progress has been made. Now into our fifth season, we are sourcing nearly all materials regionally in China and Hong Kong for production in our Chinese factory. Now that we have also started production a bit closer to home in Portugal, we are using the most fashionable disused seatbelts, bicycle tires and military tents from the European region.

Although these shoes aren't entirely vegan, the small amounts of leather used by Worn Again comes from recycled leather car seats.  Recycled leather may be a more sustainable option than petroleum-based vegan shoes, anyways. 
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January 28, 2008

Maggie's Functional Organic Tights

I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more. No, I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more... Well, maybe I would work on Maggie's farm if she grew organic cotton, which is similar to the story behind Maggie's Functional Organics:
Believe it or not, the idea for Maggie's Organics began with an Organic Tortilla chip. We were in the food business, busy selling both blue and yellow corn tortilla chips, when one of our farmers recommended adding cotton to the crop rotation to improve the quality of the corn. His experiment worked. However, his cotton yielded a crop and we were expected to sell it! (Maggiesorganics.com)
Founded in 1992, Maggie's is one of the first companies to offer US consumers affordable, organically grown cotton clothing.

Maggie's Functional Organics make the best organic, fair trade cotton tights! These tights contain 73% certified organic Peruvian cotton, 22% nylon, 3% lycra, and 2% rubber. I lived in these tights when I was pregnant, and I recently bought another pair.

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January 9, 2008

Prana Organic Divine Pants

Prana clothing products have long been the favorite of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. Comfort and durability are synonymous with the brand, and now organic cotton material and sustainable energy practices make the prAna Divine Organic Cotton Pant truly eco-friendly. Perfect for yoga or just lounging around, these pants truly live up to their name "Divine". They are made made from 90% organic cotton with 10% spandex for stretch. Not only are these pants made from organic cotton, but they are manufactured using renewable wind energy. They also come with a lifetime warranty, so it is definitely worth the extra money to purchase these sustainable casual pants.

Wearing clothing made from organically grown fibers is just as important as eating organically grown food for our planet's health. 25% of all pesticide applications worldwide is used on cotton crops. Supporting organic farmers is vital, if we are going to move away from conventional agricultural practices that harm our environment and health.

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November 29, 2007

Astrotot: Organic with a Sense of Humor

ATFOSH-BS-ON-PH.jpgGone are the days when organic cotton meant hippy dippy. There are A LOT of folks using organic cotton for their baby clothes these days. So a parent can be discerning.

Astrotot now makes an organic line of baby clothes and kids t-shirts with a sense of humor. According to the press release for the new organic baby gear,

Astrotot prides itself on providing uniquely funny, insightful and expressive infant and toddler gift wear while supporting sustainable cotton farming practices and ecologically responsible printing methods....All designs are printed in-house using a revolutionary eco-friendly digital printing process and packaged in distinctive gift boxes made of recycled cardboard.

ATWEDG-BS-ON-PH.jpgWe haven't seen the shirts in-person, but on the website they look to be high quality. And "I Have a Wedgie" and "Fo'Shizzle" are pretty darn funny.

Be sure to select from the organic line, if that's what you're after; other shirts are sweat-shop-free American Apparel, but not organic.

Now through December 15th, Astrotot is offering free shipping on orders over $40.

At Astrotot.

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