May 22, 2007

Blirt Organic Cotton Baby Clothes - Review

Kathleen from Blirt sent along a sample of her fabulously hip organic cotton baby clothes. Holy moly - how adorable!

We got a long-sleeve tee with a design based on the expression "Fish Out of Water." The clothes come wrapped in neat brown paper bag packaging with a rope cord and the Blirt logo -- kind of like the kind used for whole coffee beans, but way hipper. The shirt is super-soft cotton, with the "Fish Out of Water" graphic and the expression written out on a stitched label underneath. It comes with a little booklet explaining the meaning of figure of speech.

As we mentioned, this is a shirt you'll feel great wrapped your baby in and snuggling up to. The cotton feels great against your skin and Blirt's non-toxic dyeing and screening process ensures that the only thing touching your baby or toddler's skin is soft organic fabric.

Maybe partly because of the dyeing process, the shirts come in a more natural range of colors than your typical baby gear. "Fish Out of Water" is olive green with baby blue design; other shirts in the collection are brown, light blue, granite - hip, natural colors for hip, natural kids.

As we mentioned in our earlier Blirt post, the shirts are made of 100% organic cotton, using fair trade labor practices. So you can feel good about your purchase while your kid looks good. Super cute, and a nice gift for eco-conscious parents-to-be. As an added bonus, shipping is free!

Available at Blirt.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

May 17, 2007

Blirt Shirt - Organic Cotton Baby T-Shirts with a Message

Kathleen Tracy just sent in an email about her fledgling t-shirt company, Blirt . Her concept is to introduce infants and toddlers to wordplay, taking English-language figures of speech - e.g. "bull in a china shop" or "good egg" - and illustrating them with fun, lighthearted designs. Talk about a fashion statement.

But Blirt's statements don't end there. They're also concerned with the environment and fair trade manufacturing processes. The company's website includes an environmental and fair trade mission statement that lays out the costs of unsustainable, un-fair manufacturing processes, and then explains how Blirt makes sure its processes are eco-friendly, fair and just.

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March 22, 2007

Indigo Handloom: Fashion with a Mission

smitapaul2.jpgIndigo Handloom founder Smita Paul always had an independent streak. A former professional journalist, she found she did her best work as a freelancer. As she explains:

I love the freedom and adventure of coming up with an idea and seeing it to fruition. The thrill of watching an idea grow - there is no bigger high!

wooly_sequins_desc.jpgThis same spirit led Paul to found Indigo Handloom, a Brooklyn-based importer of gorgeous handloomed scarves and fabrics from India and South Asia. Handloom is part of the growing eco-textiles movement because it leaves no environmental footprint and requires no energy other than human energy to produce.

Purchase one of these Indigo Handloom's scarves, and know that your money is helping to support artisans and craftspeople around the world.

Check out Indigo Handloom.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

March 20, 2007

Spring Fashion in Bamboo and Organic Cotton from Doie Design and Stewart+Brown

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Looking to update your spring wardrobe with some fresh looks in bamboo and organic cotton? Clothing made from the sustainably-grown and harvested fabrics is showing up everywhere.

Sean from Pangaya just wrote to let us know about some of the season's best looks from designers Stewart+Brown and Doie Design.

Howard Brown and Karen Stewart-Brown are pioneers of the organic fashion industry. Stewart+Brown's clothes are made from organic materials, sustainably grown and produced. And unlike some of their crunchy-not-chic predecessors, the clothes refuse to sacrifice fashion for eco-friendliness -- combining the two for clothes that inspire compliments for how they look as well as how they're made. We like the yoked tee in organic cotton, pictured at right.

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Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

February 26, 2007

Nest Sale: 50% Off All Fall and Winter Items

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Our friends at Nest - the plucky little company that puts its profits toward micro-loans to help women artists and artisans in developing countries build sustainable businesses - are having a sale: 50% all fall and winter items.

red_nest800_medium.jpgOur choice: this nifty little hostess apron by Carrie Sommer of Sommer Designs.

Several items featured on the site have already sold out, so shop now to get the best selection!

Available at Nest.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

January 9, 2007

Color Me...Tan: Organic Tanning Spray

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Thanks to Really Natural reader Laura K. for sending along this blurb on organic tanning spray. The author tried the organic spray tanning at a spa in NYC, but also recommends Decleor Aroma Sun Self Tanning Milk as a great do-it-at-home alternative.

We prefer our skin pale, but if you must bronze, a more natural and/or organic tanning formula seems way preferable to the smelly chemical versions sold in most drugstores.

Availale from Decleor.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

November 29, 2006

Bottle Caps: Fleece Hats Made from Recycled Soda Bottles

It's the end of November. Are your ears cold yet? Well, warm 'em up with one of Cagoule Fleece's bottle caps. Made from 87% post-consumer recycled fibers obtained from plastic soda bottles, the hats come in a wide variety of colors and styles. According to the Cagoule website, there are 2 one-liter bottles in every hat.

Available at Cagoule Fleece.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

November 13, 2006

Really Natural Holiday Gift Guide - Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift for Everyone

It's better to give than to receive. - Paul
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - Churchill
Give a little bit, give a little bit of your love to me. - Supertramp

Yep. Deck the halls with boughs of evergreen, and potted holly plants. It's time for our holiday gift guides. Really Natural editors have scoured the Web (not to mention past and present gift guides posted by our fellow greenies over at The Green Guide, Treehugger, Grist, Co-op America, and the National Resources Defense Council) to come up with wish lists and holiday gift guides that will make your heart sing and help make the world a better place.

We'll be adding to these lists as the season progresses, so check back early and often. Happy Holidays!

For Her:

Green-knitwit-big.jpgKnitting Needle Bracelet from Australian artist and designer Liana Kabel. Made of recycled plastic knitting needles. $25. Ships from the Land Down Under and takes 1-3 weeks to get to the U.S. so order early.

Cashere Split Mittens (pictured above). Stewart+Brown cashmere is purchased and crafted in Mongolia by herders and weavers who continue to practice their centuries-old way of life. Available at Pangaya.

Recycled Magazine Evening Bag. Made in Brazil of recycled magazines. Looks a little bit like the Ecoist bags all the cool celebrity girls are wearing. Only it's even cooler. $72 at Wonders of the World.

Vintage Cotton and Hemp Lingerie. We're suckers for underpants. Honestly, who isn't?

Sugar Cane Jeans by Toyo. Vintage Japanese denim made with sugar cane fibers. Sweet! Don't like sugar cane in your denim? How about bamboo?

Green Toe Shoes by Simple. Know her shoe size? Green Toe shoes will tickle her feet. And the fact that they're designed for minimal environmental impact, using ingredients such as water-based cement, cork, jute, bamboo and crepe latex will tickle her heart.

Just about anything from Nest. This nifty little nonprofit web shop makes micro-loans to women artists and designers across the world, buys their goods and sells them to you, and uses the proceeds to make more micro-loans. Virtuous circle, indeed.

Tree-cycle Seatbelt Bags. Made of recycled seatbelts. I love you, baby. So buckle up.


For Him:

Solar Voltaic Backpack. Charge cell phones, PDAs, digital cameras, GPSs & MP3 players with this waterproof solar voltaic backpack.

Zia for Men Shaving Products. The man in my life raves about them. I like it that they're made using whole foods products and therapeutic-grade essential oils & herbal extracts, and that they're eco-friendly and cruelty-free (not tested on animals). The men's line is supposedly fragrance-free, but I think they smell terrific.

ductTri.jpgHow about a duct tape wallet? Buy one at the National Building Museum for $18. Or, make your own using the instructions on this site.

NoWet Green & Clean Car Wash, Wax and Sealant. According to their website, NoWet Green & Clean allows you to completely wash, wax, polish and seal any vehicle inside and out without water, saving 2,000 gallons of water with each 32 oz bottle. Because there's no rinsing, there's no run off of dirty contaminated water that pollutes our surface water tables. Plus, the product is bio-degradeable, VOC compliant and contains no petroleum-based products.

Cardboard Speakers by Muji. The name "MUJI" is derived from the Japanese phrase "Mujirushi Ryohin," meaning "No Brand Goods." Over the last 20 years, they have developed a worldwide following with a guiding philosophy that emphasizes innovative and simple materials, processes, and packaging. The resulting products are streamlined, environmentally friendly, and beautiful in their simplicity. Made of cardboard and electronic components. Available at the MoMA store.


Envirocycle Backyard Composter. Me strong man. Me make compost. The Envirocycle composter is the perfect urban composter. It produces quality compost quicker and easier than conventional composters by its rolling and mixing action which keeps the ingredients well mixed and aerated. The Envirocycle makes compost tea, a rich organic liquid plant food appreciated by gardeners everywhere.


For Baby:

Cheeky Baby and Mama's Belly shea butter creme and body oil. Available at Joli Bebe Boutique.

And for moms- and dads-to-be, allow us to recommendThe Complete Organic Pregnancy by Deirdre Dolan and Lexi Zissu. Great tips on how to make your home (and your pregnancy) safer by two journalists who were pregnant and figured it out for themselves.

Snuggly Organic Cotton Turtle. Take a 100% organic cotton shell, fill it with unbleached cotton clippings, embroider eyes for safety, and you have one of the most environmentally safe toys made in the world today. Hand crafted in Vermont, these animals are super-soft, adorable and best of all, machine washable and safe for all ages.


For Kids:

Organic Soul Rocker Kids Tees from JoMamaCo. For all those future punk rockers in the house.

A book about the child that you write and illustrate yourself. The joys from storebought toys and games can be fleeting. A gift like this is something your child will treasure and save forever.

Chew on This by Eric Schlosser. The author of Fast Food Nation dishes it up for kids. Read it together.


For Pets:

Recycled Cashmere Dog Sweaters from Deborah Lindquist. Spot deserves to be sexy. Woof. (Be sure to pick up one of Lindquist's matching sweaters or scarves for mom!)

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

November 5, 2006

Sugar Cane Jeans - Yummy!

Think Undesigned's bamboo denim is sweet? Try jeans made from sugar cane. Tokyo-based Toyo Enterprise Company makes Sugar Cane jeans out of Japanese selvage denim spun out of cotton thread and sugar cane fibers. According to The New York Times' Elizabeth Hayt, who had a blurb on Sugar Cane jeans in this Sunday's Style section, the jeans are woven on slow shuttle selvage looms bought from American denim factories in the 1960's. The jeans come in three styles - Okinawa, Hawaii, and Edo Ai. After 40 years in Japan, they're now being imported to the U.S. And evidently, they smell as good as they look.

Available at History Preservation, and in select styles and sizes at Amazon.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

November 1, 2006

Ooh, La La, Bamboo - Bamboo Jeans from Undesigned

Forget about Jordache or Sassoon. The hippest jeans on the block today are made of high tech fabrics like...bamboo?

Sean from Pangaya wrote in to let us know that they're carrying a stretch denim pencil skirt and jeans from Undesigned that feature bamboo and organic cotton. Both are indigo blue with black silk trim, and feature an outside pocket front and back. The jeans are cut long for a dressier fit. And the skirt just looks cool.

Available at Pangaya.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

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