Over the past few months or so, buying local has become the big new thing among the eco-set. But there’s another way to consume that is just as buzz-worthy: buying handmade. Buying items that are handmade helps us reconnect to the human source of our purchases, and also cuts down on the greenhouses gases that are formed when goods are mass-produced.
On that note, for some truly exceptional handmade dinnerware and home accessories, check out Little Flower Designs, an independent ceramic studio run by designer and artist Linda Johnson. Linda’s wares combine simple, lovely designs with bold forms to create gotta-have serving pieces and platters, vases and mugs, and bowls and tea pots. (My personal favorite is the cookie jar, above R.) Linda says that homemade items, when made with great care, provide the user with a lifetime of satisfaction and joy, all while treading lighter on the environment. We couldn’t agree more.
All of these personal faves are tried and true, and I use everyday, except for one. (Take a wild guess.)
- Erbaviva organic deodorant – worth every penny, lasts a looong time:)
- Soladey Ionic toothbrush – Although skeptical at first, we’re now bff.
- E-cloth – thanks to these, I’ve cut back on the use of paper towels tree-mendously! I just add water and wipe clean that mess.
- Crop Organic Vodka – love their Cucumber-flavored vodka, tasty and refreshing.
- Z-Pitcher from ZeroWater – makes sipping water a pleasure again. No need to shlep bottles home from the market, and no need to recycle plastic bottles or add caps to the landfills. A great way to save money, too.
And hey, feel free to jump-in with your favorite eco and/or body-friendly finds.
This is part five of a 10-part series on how changing ones eating habits may be the most accessible and impactful way to improve the world.
With both increasingly frequent Prius sightings and fewer appearances by big “manly” trucks, it appears that many people believe that changing to a more efficient mode of transportation is the most significant way they can help to reduce global warming. According to an in-depth study* (see below for summary) conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), however, individuals are actually better off changing the destination of their forks, rather than the destination of their car keys.
The FAO study revealed the animal agriculture sector to be responsible for nearly one-fifth of human-induced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – an amount larger than that contributed by all forms of transportation taking place across the globe.
This large contribution swells from the massive amount (more…)