Shout out to new mommy, (and owner of BTC Elements), Summer Bowen…here are some personal favs for looking good while having fun in the sun. Be The Change is always on the cutting edge of green style. (hey, give her a baby gift by buying a little something)
Ebb and Flow tee 100% organic cotton, water based dyes, made in Cali ($25) in ocean blue
Tizi Cut out Swimsuit by Kelly Barry – 65% bamboo, organic cotton, 8% Spandex; ($130) in sun yellow
Mod Dress 90% organic cotton/10% Spandex; ($76) in midnight navy, true green, grape juice, slate gray or black
By Nature’s new collection of recycled floor mats are a nifty combination of form, function and design. The mats are manufactured entirely of recycled materials including tires, cotton and plastic bottle caps at a plant approved by the Carbon Trust. An innovative microfibre design allows the mats to absorb 95% of dust, wet mud and dirt. The mats are colored with organic dyes, washable and fully recyclable.
£39.99 @ bynature.co.uk
I love my long sweaters, hoodies and Peruvian Alpaca fiber; hence, the allure of hand-knit luxurious scarves, hats, throws and sweaters/shawls/hoodies of various incarnations from Mayu. These are high end pieces, not your average run of the mill accessories.
Chicago-based Kate Robinson spent time in Peru working for the Peace Corps, and while there, she fell in love with the work of artisans in a rural community in the Andes Mountains. With a relationship spanning the past five years, Kate asks the women who knit for Mayu to decide their wages, and then she pays them for each item before it’s shipped to the U.S. With a concern for the animals as well, Kate assures that the Alpaca are not harmed when sheared.
Mayu’s one-of-a-kind pieces are also one size fits all/most. (Above), the Rayas features an oversized hood, 2 deep pockets and 2 sets of ties in front. The back falls to mid-back. It’s a casual, chic look that I’d love to wear year-round.
(Rayas hoodie, $249).
shopmayu.com (where style and social responsibility go hand in hand)