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eco fashion friday finds: turn up the green

Hey, cheer up – spring’s just around the corner. Here’s today’s roundup of earth friendly fashion delights…


(above L to R) Catch a fleeting piece of Emma Watson’s third and final collection of casual eco-minded wear available at Fair Trade, Ethical Fashion online etailer, People Tree. Polka dots, stripes and solids make their way across a line of undies, tops, dresses, harem pants and blazers. stripe tee £28 and Emma Blazer £95. But never fear, Emma’s future eco designs will be through a new collaboration with Alberta Ferretti.


(above L to R) Two sweet designer frocks on sale at NYC eco boutique, Beklina, where there’s always free shipping: Virginia Johnson T Dress, $98 Julie Park dress, $90.


With an Out of Africa vibe, designer Vivienne Westwood is featuring a trio of eco totes available exclusively online@ Utilizing recycled tents and advertising billboards, the bags are handmade by women in Nairobi, and proceeds will assist them via the Ethical Fashion Africa Project. Pictured above is the Westwood Purple Gai Heart eco tote @ $135


(above) This woodsy necklace features circular and rectangular pieces of lovely white birch recovered from a wind-fallen dead tree and refinished into this unique eco fashion accessory by Utmost Ink.

The cross section of the branch was sealed to preserve its three deep cracks, a visual feature that gives it additional character and detail.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

fashion democracy: ebay and designer derek lam let the people vote


Democracy is sweeping the planet…the fashion planet that is. Earlier this week designer Derek Lam and eBay unveiled their new collaboration involving Lam’s 16 piece Spring Collection to be sold on eBay this fall. eBay users can vote on which pieces from the collection get produced and ultimately sold, on eBay.

Why waste resources and create clothing items that people really don’t want?

via: our very good friends @ shefinds

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alternative home: outdoor solar security light


Save some money on electricity and shed some light on those hard to light outdoor areas like, driveways, patios and backyards with an off-grid, solar powered light like this Concept SL-100 solar powered security light.

The unit features 32 wide angle LEDs, a compact design, a 2W amorphous solar panel and a 4V 4.5AH lead acid battery. The light will illuminate a roughly 190 square foot area for up to 10 hours on full charge. A built-in motion detector with photocell light sensor allows auto-on/auto-off after you define your timer setting.

No wires, no electricity – just make sure the solar panel gets direct sunlight for a good portion of the day.

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chef republic: a tried and true green product review


The Chef Republic provided us with a Pastry Tote and Eco Market Tote, each made of 100% organic cotton, for the purposes of this Tried and True Green Product Review. We put them to the test, and here’s what we think…

backstory – Written by foodies for foodies, is a must-see for anyone passionate about food. Founders Arielle L and Dan V have cultivated a gourmet food lifestyle destination that’s earthy and fun to visit. Organic, vegetarian, going local, sustainable farming, and being relaxed yet stylish are the orders of the day. They’re especially sweet on chocolate and Italian fare.


Their blog features easy to follow recipes for delicious snacks, mains, desserts and drinks, as well as first-hand tours of vineyards and breweries — all accompanied by lush photos.

Their online shop features a fresh and original line of handmade tote bags, aprons and t-shirts with designs inspired by the creative process of: growing, cooking and eating food. All items are thoughtfully created utilizing 100% organic or recycled materials, grown or found in the USA. Prints are screen printed by hand using non-toxic water-based inks in the Chef Republic Studio in beautiful, Saratoga Springs, NY. Prices are reasonable, too.


(above) I love the Eco Market Tote – especially the short handles and clean graphic. I’ve been toting everything from wine bottles to fresh produce and it holds everything beautifully. It makes for a great gift for anyone, especially someone passionate about food, cooking or baking. The organic cotton is grown in Texas; the bag is made in New Hampshire and screen-printed by hand using non-toxic water-based inks in New York at the Chef Republic studio.
dimensions: 18″w x 17.5″h x 7″d ($25)

The Eco Messenger Bag is made of more lightweight materials and suitable for lightweight goods. It comes in 3 different designs: Rooster, United under Food and Bake 3x Daily ($18)

Taken by their graphics and quality materials, I found myself browsing their online shop. Their aprons looked very cute, but I captured a couple of personal faves from their t-shirt collection (below):


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friday’s eco news roundup


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