by Katherine Shi @ 10:32 am post a comment »
With St. Patrick’s day coming up, what do you have planned? The more important question is: how can you be environment friendly with all of your actions? Below, are some quick and easy tips:
- Refuse To Use – You know those cheap plastic decorations you will see everywhere on St. Patty’s Day – cheesy plastic leprechaun hats ring a bell? Yes…well those one-time use decorations and garnishes are made of plastic, which is non-biodegradable, is created from fossil fuels and pollutes our streets, water systems and landfills. A simple way to help the environment? Simply refuse to wear, or use, these decorations, and better yet- get your friends and family to refuse as well!
- Drink local or organic beer – Going local will avoid all the emissions associated with shipping your brew from remote locations and may reward you with a tasty new libation – you’ll also be supporting a local business. By drinking an organic beer that’s been brewed with organic barley and hops, you are not only drinking something that’s better for your body, but in many cases you may find a beer that’s tastier as well. Some companies that brew the top organic beers are: Eel River Brewing Company, Peak Organic Brewing, Lakefront Brewery, and Bison Brewing. An outfit called New Planet also puts out a fine gluten-free beer – for those who have issues with wheat products.
- Recycle!! – Everything from the beers you drink to the clothes you wear can be recycled! If you want to wear green, but don’t have any clothing that is green, what better thing to do but to borrow a friend or family member’s? It isn’t necessary to go out and buy an entire new outfit for just one day.
The best advice I can give: spread awareness. Get those you are surrounded by to take the same actions as you and by all means enjoy yourself … responsibly of course!
St. Patrick’s Day image via shutterstock.com
related: more green tips from www.alternativeconsumer.com
Monday, March 10, 2014
by Ross Dulmaine @ 2:48 pm post a comment »
As many of you may already know, we’ve got big love for stylish furniture made out of salvaged and reclaimed wood. Happy Home Austin, and designer/company owner Dena T., make just such items … their custom farm-style tables are created from reclaimed wood, accentuated with just enough paint or stain to create some character and visual pizzazz.
The table featured above is a great example of their straight-forward design of tables. A 65″ x 35″ table with hairpin legs will cost about $500. Custom sizes and stains are available. It’s always a great idea to purchase furniture made from reclaimed or salvaged wood. All the carbon-gobbling old-growth trees saved from the sawmill will thank you – and the furniture looks great.
related: eco home decor previously on alternativeConsumer.com
by Samantha Javier @ 8:18 am post a comment »
- First up in recent environmental news – China will toughen its environmental laws to target polluters with possible penalties, suspensions, or shutdowns of those polluting. However, these punishments towards polluters have been met with skepticism as no legal reforms have been implemented to back these statements up. Read more about China’s “war on pollution.
- Even with 97% of climate scientists agreeing that “carbon emissions are dangerously heating up the planet” and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warming that “it’s 95% likely that most of the temperature rise since 1950 is due to greenhouse gases and deforestation” there are still adamant climate change deniers. This problem is “at its worst in the Anglo-Saxon world” because we don’t have to bear the costs of the coming climate change just yet and corporate interests influence these climate change deniers. Read more about corporate influence and climate change deniers in this article from the Guardian.
- I don’t know if many of you have heard, but during an oil drilling operation in northern Ecuador, it was alleged that Chevron deliberately dumped “billions of gallons of toxic wastewater and spilled roughly 17 million gallons of oil in the rivers and streams of the once-pristine (Amazon) forest.” The consequence was “a severe public health crisis amongst the indigenous people and farmers of the region” in the form of “cancer, birth defects, and disease.” Unfortunately, for those of you who would believe that the Amazon would get its retribution, it turns out that the case was corrupted with bribery and fraudulent evidence, leading to a federal judge blocking “U.S. courts from being used to collect a $9 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron” for these damages. Read more about the tragic story and court procedures at The Huffington Post.
- To end with some good news, the Jaguar won a major victory when Federal wildlife officials set aside “nearly 1,200 square miles along the U.S. – Mexico border as habitat essential for their conservation” on Tuesday. Read more about the decision at biologicaldiversity.org.
global pollution image via shutterstock.com
Friday, March 7, 2014
by Maureen O'Connor @ 11:53 am 3 comments »
Designer Rachel Dortch of Marge and Rudy specializes in creating handbags from discarded fashion industry swatches. Dortch saves discarded material from winding up in the the landfill and incorporates these materials into handmade designer handbags that can evoke both vintage and modern sensibilities.
The Triple R Swatch handbag (above) incorporates an antique brass clasp, embossed crocodile and recycled leather; $65 @ Marge and Rudy.
(above) Subtle edginess … Eco designer Missismiss created this cuff from upcycled black leather – only $19 on supermarkethq.com
NYC-based eco boutique, Kaight has a great sale going on through the month of March: 20% off with code marchmadness at checkout. Applies to everything except sale items, natch. Here are 2 new arrivals that caught my eye:
Zero Biggie Tee (above) is made of organic cotton and created in NYC with “zero waste”. A versatile staple for spring, you could wear this boxy oversized tee as either a tunic dress or pair with jeans. ($110)
(above) From Seattle-based, Prairie Underground, Dress Code is made of soft organic cotton and features nice big pockets; comes in either solid black or a grey and black colorway. ($198)
(above L to R) Made in NYC and exuding east meets west-coast sensibilities … shop perennial fave, Feral Childe‘s new spring collection … Day Coat in Tencel Linen ($395) and Van Allen Sheath, ($295) … … where to find
And that’s a wrap for today … Join us every Friday as we feature our favorite eco-fashion finds. Remember, love what you already have and pass along your pre-loved items.
related: more eco fashion finds on alternativeconsumer.com
Thursday, March 6, 2014
by Ross Dulmaine @ 11:26 am post a comment »
The Italian design group Manoteca creates eclectic, OOAK home furnishings from recycled and reclaimed materials. The See-Clo lamp and wandering library is created from a 1960′s Italian tricycle, with an adjustable, vintage iron headlamp – the rear foot holder has been replaced with a solid piece of wood, on which to store magazines and books.
The piece is from a series of tricycle-based designs, many of which honor great Italian cyclists. A five-foot long power cable allows the piece to be freely rolled into new positions.
The group website describes them thusly: “Manoteca is a wooden house in a garden, a laboratory where old abandoned things and salvaged materials are taken care of, thought-of a second time, and re-assembled.”
All designs are one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted and treated with natural, non-toxic paints. You can contact them directly for pricing information.
related: more eco-friendly design previously on alternativeConsumer.com
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
by Samantha Javier @ 10:46 am 2 comments »
Have you ever needed convenient flip-flops for bopping around for a day or while on vacation but you don’t want to pay $10 or more for something you’re not going to use for very long? I certainly have, and the only cheap flip-flops that you can throw away are the pedicure ones you receive at a nail salon, which are flimsy and really only for women.
Well, not anymore! With the EzFlop Kickstarter crowd funding campaign, if you pledge $3 you will get your own pair of recyclable flip-flops. These flip-flops are durable, recyclable, and fold in half for quick storage in a purse or backpack … ideal for pedicures or a lazy day at the beach. (more…)