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…)
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
by Ross Dulmaine @ 2:00 pm post a comment »
Chase and Denise Mekaelian are old-school green. They set out to start a sustainable business that created aesthetically pleasing planters primarily from recycled liquor bottles. Their company, Bottle Gardens, is now a successful and sustainably green business. The stylish bottle planters the company designs are intended for growing low-maintenance air plants and succulents.
In addition to using natural (note the sea shell air plant magnets above) and reclaimed materials, the couple has endeavored to make all facets of the business green by using less energy (going solar), creating less waste in their production process and by featuring recycled, upcycled and reusable materials in their packaging and shipping containers.
The heat intensive cutting process used to cut the bottles requires large amounts of water for cooling, so California-based, Bottle Gardens now re-uses much of its water — lowering its water consumption by over 90% (more…)
by Katherine Shi @ 9:34 am 1 comment »
Did you know that less than 2% of plastic bags get recycled? How about this: Regular plastic bags often take over 100 years to degrade. Though cheap and convenient, plastic bags fill our streets, waterways, and landfills, and often do not ever become plastic bags again (even if recycled).
BioBag is a company that provides bags and films for the collection of organic (food, yard and pet) waste for the purpose of composting. Unlike your typical plastic bags which are made from polyethylene/polypropylene-based plastic, BioBags are created from an entirely unique material – a resin derived from plant starches, vegetable oils, and compostable polymers from renewable raw materials and fossil raw materials – a material called Mater-Bi. It can be readily composted (more…)
Monday, March 3, 2014
by Samantha Javier @ 1:03 pm post a comment »
(above) I’m always on the lookout for great, natural alternatives to items to add to my daily skincare regimen. I recently happened upon The Herb Appeal on Etsy, and immediately got in touch with the store-owner, Jeannine, to set up a purchase.
All of her products are homemade, completely natural, and have no artificial colors or overpowering scents. Plus, every item only has a short list of ingredients so rest assured, your body will thank you.
I purchased the Eucalyptus Mint Softening Fizzy Drops Bath Bombs, Sugared Lavender Vanilla Lip Balm Scrub and Lovely Lavender Solid Lotion Bar. I received the items in a few days and the packaging was very cute and would make the items perfect as gifts or a treat for yourself.
The Eucalyptus Mint Bath Bombs, (above), have a wonderful scent, and after using them I felt that my sinuses were cleared and I was relaxed. Sweet aromatherapy! The item comes in a set of four and you can use one or up to all four, whatever your preference. Also, at a price of $4.50 for a four-pack you can reward your skin without hurting your wallet.
(above) The Lip Balm Scrub comes in five flavors and the organic sugar helps to exfoliate your lips to make them healthy and soft. I was happily surprised (more…)