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Aigle – natural latex rubber rain boots


The past four weeks of fairly steady rain getting you down?  We may not be able to chase away the clouds, but we can chase away the drab rainwear blues.

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Handcrafted in France, this extensive line of rubber boots from AIGLE (meaning, “eagle” and pronounced, Eh-gleu) has you covered, no matter what the pastime — from hunting, fishing, gardening and sailing — to a walk in the park.

Most rain boots are made from PVC, polyvinyl chloride, which contains nasty toxins such as dioxin (a carcinogen) and phthalates (endocrine disrupters), but this natural-based collection is made from a renewable resource, the rubber tree.  Currently, most of Aigle’s boot linings are made of cotton, but an upcoming collection promises to have organic cotton.

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With both pastel and bold solids or perky patterns, kids’ styles and prices range from $39 (Baby Flac) to $77 (Izard Kid).

Adult styles and price range begins at about $89 (Malouine).  My favs are the Bison ($110), Messina ($129), and Chantebelle ($129), @ aigleboots.com.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

a new eco-lodge opens on Alaska’s cool coast


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There’s nothing like a few sweltering days to get summer travelers dreaming of Alaska. This month, there’s another reason to start planning your trip: the opening of Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, the first and only property actually located inside the Native-owned, 1,700-acre Kenai Fjords National Park (…and if you haven’t seen ‘em yet, the awe-inspiring fjords need to be added to the bucket list).

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Travelers will have to hop a boat from Seward to reach Alaska Wildland Adventure’s eco-lodge, where they’ll find 16 log-style cabins and loads of outdoor activities to choose from (think kayaking among marine wildlife, glacier cruises and guided hiking). Once the sun sets, the main lodge becomes a dining room and lounge that features scenic views of Pedersen Glacier.

Choose from 2- to 4-day stays, starting at $475 per person ($425 for kids) – based on double occupancy. Meals, accommodations, activities, boat tour to and from Seward, and daily fees to Pedersen Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary included.

Read more on the lodge’s environmental commitment here.

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a mixed bag of green news


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