I attended the Gotham Gets Green event earlier this week – high atop the Empire Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Featured were several eco-conscious brands with a deep concern about climate change and the future of the planet — from a kickoff presentation about sustainability by Grand Targhee Resort and Generations, a film by TetonGravity.com — to Sole Sandals made of cork and new innovations from Regen Living, Klean Kanteen, ReusableBags, Polartec and The North Face. Here’s our video with highlights:
Here’s something a little different – limited edition and custom textile wall panels made out of fair-trade organic cotton, reclaimed or vintage fabrics. Designer Ruth Singer creates these textured alternatives to traditional paintings.
The panels are mounted on wood frames, custom-made in FSC-certified wood, and covered with recycled or organic cloth. Limited stock of the small size are always available, while the other sizes are made to order, subject to availability of fabrics.
Here’s my roundup of lean, mean and green fashion finds for this week…
Seven Ply – Lynn W designs rockin recycled jewelry — handmade, one of a kind earrings, rings and necklaces from old, beat-up, recycled skateboards. Pictured above, Love to Love You, (with sterling chain, $26).
Hooded anorak style jacket comes in low-key green and has a removable, quilted vest inside. Made from 82% organic cotton; 18% decycled polyester with an easy relaxed fit. Love that graph check print. (Above, $275) @ Greenloop
Now here’s a sumptuous serving of eco chic style — with carbon emissions from all stages of their organic cotton line’s lifecycle calculated by Piqqo, you can be sure miksaniCollection is 100% carbon neutral. Garment emissions are offset through the Scolel Té project in Mexico; (above).
Founded in 2002 by Katy and Philip Leakey, the LeakeyCollection offers finely handcrafted jewelry and interior design accessories by the Maasai men and women of Kenya, East Africa. Using environmentally sustainable materials such as fallen wood, grass and porcelain, you’ll find beautiful Zuluwood beads, bracelets and necklaces like the strands of Winter Warmth (above).
And to roundout this week’s roundup – we found some high performance vegan sneaks to rock your eco world while you bop around the landscape.
Saucony‘s Jazz low pro is made of hemp canvas and comes in a variety of vegan friendly colors:) For both the guys, (above), as well as the ladies, ($55).
Love the lines of this sleek floor lamp created in renewable bamboo by Brooklyn-based ALS Designs. The Bella lamp features a kraft paper drum lampshade and 3-way brass lamp socket. The base is constructed with urea formaldehyde-free bamboo and finished with zero VOC, water resistant, 100% natural Tung Oil. Make it even greener by adding a CFL as needed.