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- (above) You and your partner can wear these interlocking Lego rings to show the strength and eccentricity of your bond. Shannon Conrad creates these funky rings from 100% recycled sterling silver and sells them at her rubygirl Etsy shop.
- (above) Are you the literary type? If vintage jewelry suits your style this lovely typewriter key ring created by Elizabeth of KeysandMemories may be just for you. The handcrafted piece of eco jewelry was made from a recycled, early 20th century vintage typewriter key. A very reasonable $10 @ the keysandmemories shop.
- (above) The handcrafted green gold ring, ethically made from UK-based, Brazilian jeweler, Caipora Jewellery UK.
- (above) Vermont-based, Muichic, makes their funkily handsome jewelry from sustainably harvested Tagua nuts. The company’s jewelry is ethically made from the tagua seed which grows in the wilds of the Amazon rainforest. Tagua is often referred to as “vegetable ivory” for its resemblance to animal ivory. Pictured above is the ‘blob’ ring in green.
- (above) A classic trilogy ring with a large Brilliant cut Ruby centre and ethical diamond side stones 40% off now @ Cred Jewellery.
And that’s a wrap for me for 2011! Time to get ready for that bash. However you celebrate your New Year’s Eve – don’t hurt yourself, if you know what I mean.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
by Ross Dulmaine @ 9:56 am 3 comments »
Artist Dee Dee Morrison and her Morrison Studio created and installed her solar-powered Sun-Catcher sculpture as part of Clearwater, Florida’s Sculpture360 program.
The 15 foot tall Sun-Catcher is constructed of recycled aluminum and vibrant yellow lucite panels. The solar-powered totem features a solar panel that is integrated into the top of the piece. The sun’s energy captured by the solar panel during the day is used to illuminate the piece after dark – lighting up downtown Clearwater and serving as a testament to its marriage of art and sustainability.
The Sculpture360 art program is sponsored by Clearwater’s Public Art and Design Program in partnership with the Downtown Development Board.
Friday, December 30, 2011
by Maureen O'Connor @ 2:46 pm 1 comment »
Today’s curated collection of sustainable sartorial finds features some of the more ethically minded from across the pond…
(above) We’re crushing on the Girl on Fire limited ed Nancy purse by artist, Olivier Millagou. What’s it made of? Upcycled fire-hose was used as the exterior fabric, and the lining is reclaimed parachute silk. The purse unfolds to reveal smartly designed nooks for safely storing cash, coin and cards. £120.00
(above L to R) We’ve got an eye on Danish-based Noir, poised to relaunch in 2012. Committed to fair trade and utilizing organic cotton, we’re hoping they keep their edge … pieces, above, from A/W 2011/12.
(above L & R) Recycling since 1997, fromsomewhere.co.uk shows us how to stay warm and chic; find @ yoox.com
(above L & R) Famous for turning trash into treasure, Junky Styling rescues pre-loved garments and keeps material out of landfills; this MOL Basque top can be worn 4 different ways, thanks to a versatile lapel. £150.00
(above L to R) Fashion forward Vivienne Westwood is always one of the first to get it.
A perfect example of her fun, witty approach to style: her limited edition, fair trade certified organic cotton t-shirt dress made by People Tree for Marie Claire.
Emblazoned with Trees Save Lives, and signed by Viv herself, it has eco fashion written all over it … (couldn’t help myself), £25.20 + receive 10% off right now.
extra points – a portion of proceeds donated to support Bangladesh Forest Tribes.
Now start getting ready for that New Year’s Eve bash…
Related: more eco-fashion from The Alternative Consumer
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Thursday, December 29, 2011
by Maureen O'Connor @ 3:13 pm 238 comments »
UPDATE: It’s official, we have our lucky winner, Rebekah of Fort Worth, TX. Thanks to everyone for participating and stay tuned for our next Great Green Giveaway (grab our RSS or signup for our monthly enewsletter … original post follows).
This Great Green Giveaway is generously sponsored by Eartheasy.com.
The new Slimcase for the iPad 2 is an elegant, stylishly durable case for your iPad. The case has openings for all ports, a lower half that slides for easy opening and a metal stand that can be used to prop the iPad vertically or horizontally.
The winner can select between bamboo and walnut wood, both of which are renewable resources. Each iPad 2 case is handmade and has a unique wood pattern. The manufacturer, Vers Audio, plants 100 trees for every tree they use.
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An artistic use for an energy-hogging lightbulb… Designer Steve Witteveen creates his nifty little terrariums inside upcycled incandescent lightbulbs. Witteveen carefully places mosses, wood and stones inside the bulb to create tiny green environments.
The 150 watt moss terrarium featured here will cost you $45 @ the SteamedGlass Etsy shop
The low maintenance terrarium comes pre-assembled.
Related: more eco art finds on The Alternative Consumer
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
by Ross Dulmaine @ 4:01 pm 3 comments »
California furniture maker, Cliff Spencer, began using salvaged wine staves in his craftsman furniture designs a few years ago. The white oak staves, which are a component of the wine fermentation process, are placed in the steel vats used in the modern wine-making process (in lieu of oak barrels).
After imparting their oak flavor to the wine the staves are often discarded – unless someone like Spencer intervenes. Spencer uses the wine stained wood to make some stunning furniture creations.
The reclaimed oak staves arrive at Spencer’s shop coated with sugars and wine solids. All the wine aromas, except the slightest fragrance, are removed in the finishing process. Pinot Noir provides for the darkest, richest stain while the Pinot Grigio leaves the lightest. There is no other “stain” used in the furniture making process - just the rich, natural tones of the vino.
Spencer uses non-toxic adhesives, recycled cores and plant-based finishes.
The perfect furniture choice for the oenophile in your life.
Related: more home decor on The Alternative Consumer
by Maureen O'Connor @ 11:04 am 3 comments »
Safe. Healthy. COMFY. For a totally dreamy experience this new year, treat yourself to an organic mattress and pillow! We love our (USDA certified organic,) natural latex mattress from Savvy Rest and pillow from myessentia.com. Each company offers a nice selection of quality mattresses and pillows. They’re the real deal. (We lay our weary heads on them every night, and wake up refreshed and ready to go.) Shop with confidence and ease - and get a good night’s sleep.
Psst – Canada-based Essentia BOXINGDAY at checkout. Be sure to take a peek at the Jeanius, made with organic denim.
photo credits, above, top to bottom: Savvy Rest; Essentia