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Sock Dreams Ups Its Eco Edge


It’s been nearly two years since I first told you about Sock Dreams, and I continue to love this business enough to share an update.  Sock Dreams now has an entire page devoted to eco friendly socks and related wearables available in hemp, recycled, and organic fibers.  I couldn’t be happier!  I was initially drawn to Sock Dreams when a friend recommended their website to me and I realized that there were options beyond jackets for perpetually cold people (yes, I am one of those southern Californians who complains about the cold).  In addition to reasonable prices, shipping is always free, which is no small feat for a small business.  I was hooked after my first purchase.

Usually I’m reluctant to make online clothing purchases because I never know how the item will fit, but the folks at Sock Dreams try on their products as often as possible and detail accurate sizing information on their webpage, including whether a product runs smaller or larger than its label suggests and how generous the stretch is.  sock_dreams___chevron_red.jpgToday I am wearing these dark red Chevron Sleeves, made from 68% recycled cotton.  The following sizing tip turned out to be precisely correct for my long arms: “On people with smaller arms, these will probably go up to the middle of the upper arm, while folks with longer or wider arms will find that these come to rest comfortably at the elbow and bell out around their fingers.”  With other descriptions that remark on whether the socks will dent the thighs, which sizes of feet should wear them, and more, Sock Dreams makes online shopping a breeze for environmentalists of all sizes.  I really appreciate having an expectation of how the pictured products will fit me!  Thus far I’ve had no surprises.

I got to visit this charming, cozy little sock haven a year ago when I was staying in Portland, and the employees were friendly and helpful.  The photography on their website is beautiful and just may make you want to wear things you wouldn’t have notice sitting on a shelf.  Now that Sock Dreams has a whole page devoted to stylish, environmentally friendly socks and more, I will have even more fun shopping.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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jewelry from upcycled computer parts


Whodathunk that computer waste like resistors, capacitors, diodes, oscillators (lead solder free) could be transformed into geeky earrings, bracelets and pendents?   PeriwinkleDzyns created the earrings pictured above from the factory remains of computers which, saved from the landfill, are now making an eco fashion statement.

The perfect accessory or conversation starter for anyone hitting the cocktail party circuit at this week’s CES.

(this geekery ranges in price from $7.50 to $15.00)

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Ecotourism – Top 10 Destinations for 2010


At the start of each new year, my mind always returns to the question:  What will I do and where will I go in 2010?  Of course, both of these questions can be answered literally or figuratively, but as a wanderlusting traveler, I’m apt to choose “wheres” that are actual locations.  At the top of my list for 2010 is a focus on ethical travel – globetrotting with an acute awareness of the impact of my journey creates, environmentally and socially.


To help narrow the infinite list of must-see locales, has deemed their top ten best ethical destinations in the developing world based on environmental protection, social welfare and human rights.  (Note that only nations classified as “developing” are considered.)  Countries to make the cut include:

  • Argentina
  • Belize
  • Chile
  • Ghana
  • Lithuania
  • Namibia
  • Poland
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Suriname

The well thought out list is an annual project for the organization and provides convincing arguments for each nation that will likely leave you questioning many of the tourism dollars you’ve dropped in the past. For the full report, visit

photo credit: ethical traveler

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light switch plates – from recycled tin cans



For those with a retro vibe permeating their kitchen – Maine’s TinCanSally makes wall switch plates out of repurposed and recycled classic tin cans.  She offers a large selection of switch and socket covers…a great way to keep consumer waste out of the landfill.

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