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eco-fashion friday finds: red carpet, green dress + more from LA to Scotland


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Dara Gerson and Ashley Lowengrub of Alkemie Jewelry make all their wonderful pieces by hand from 100% reclaimed metals in their Los Angeles studio. Pictured above (l to r) are the Cicada ring and Egyptian Cobra and Lion necklace.

RedCarpet_GreenDressAcademy_Awards_March_07_2010_011_1_1.jpgThis year’s winner of the Red Carpet Green Dress competition has just been announced. Suzy Amis Cameron (photo on right in an earlier winning design), founder of the Red Carpet Green Dress design contest has announced the winning dress and surprise actress who will wear the sustainable gown to Sunday’s 84th Academy Awards.

Actress Missi Pyle, the vivacious actress recently seen in the Academy Award nominated film “The Artist,” will wear a design by Valentina Delfino, who was born in Venezuela and is now based in Miami. Delfino’s design was chosen from among hundreds submitted by designers who entered a sustainable dress design in the Green Dress competition, which began last November.

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Swan & Stone created this mens style fedora hat (above) from Dijon yellow and azure blue, hand-felted wool. The designers make their hats entirely by hand, from fibers harvested on their Vermont farm.

Farmer/felter Samantha Stone raises the animals and makes gorgeous felts using home-grown wool and other locally-sourced natural fibers like alpaca and mohair. Designer/milliner Nora Swan uses her years of experience as a theatrical and fashion milliner to transform Sam’s felt into striking couture-grade hats and accessories.

$175  @ the Swan & Stone Etsy shop

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Gray Harris Tweed Effie Bag (above) is made from luxurious Harris Tweed. Harris Tweed has been hand woven by islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, and made from pure virgin wool, also dyed and spun locally in the Outer Hebrides.

$105 @ the Mairead Etsy shop

related: more eco fashion featured on The Alternative Consumer

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Friday, February 24, 2012

the most innovative energy saving technology for the home in the last 10 years


This post is written by Appliances Online’s eco- expert Cerys John.

When it comes to energy saving in the home we all know to turn the lights off when we leave the room and not leave the TV on standby. But what else is there? What else can really make a difference to the amount of energy you use? There are now state of the art energy efficient appliances which cost a lot less money to run, and they’re affordable.

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Perhaps the most revolutionary is the Samsung Ecobubble (photo above). This washing machine’s technology is completely revolutionary — saving 70% of energy compared to a standard 40° wash. Bubbles are created helping to dissolve the detergent 40% quicker than in a normal washing machine. The detergent gets straight to the fibres of your clothes meaning the water temperature can be reduced while still giving your clothes a really impressive wash. It operates at on 15°, saving you a huge amount of energy every time you wash.

Appliances which have weighing technology are at the top end of efficiency as they don’t waste any excess energy. Laundry and dishwashing have become a lot simpler as the appliances work out the optimum duration and power level for what’s needed, but over the past year it has become much more advanced…

The Siemens I-dos for example automatically works out the amount of laundry you have, how dirty it is and what texture of clothes you have. It then adjusts the spinning speed, amount of water and detergent used, so there’s is no waste of electricity, water and detergent, clever eh?

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Bosch dishwashers also have crafty ways of saving water; they check how dirty your dishes are by measuring how dirty the pre rinse water is. If the water is only slightly dirty, it is reused in the main wash, saving around 4 litres of water per wash- 20% of the amount ordinarily used.

So you can see energy efficiency in your home has moved on quite a bit in the last 10 years. Manufacturers are continually trying to think of how to give your clothes and pots the best wash, while using the least amount of water, and they’ve done pretty well so far. If you want some more info on how much money energy efficient appliances can save you, have a look at our blog.

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a mixed bag of green news


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child hugging tree tree photo via shutterstock.com

related: more eco news on The Alternative Consumer

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