by Ross Dulmaine @ 8:00 am post a comment »
Going “green” doesn’t have to be complicated and painful. Here are five relatively easy steps to take to make your lifestyle a smidgeon greener.
1. Buy less and buy smart: Check those labels. Search out brands and products that reflect your eco-friendly lifestyle. There can be tremendous differences in the contents of everyday items like laundry detergent …. and don’t rush out to buy the next Snuggies or Furby. Garages and basements all over the world are filled with products and gizmos that we really didn’t need – the solution – don’t buy that junk in the first place. It’s important to support brands and products that reflect your values (stay out of that big box store). Don’t be a victim of fads and the mega-brand marketing machine. Look for items that perform more than one function so you can Do more with less.
2. Keep it local: Shop at your local hardware store instead at the big box. Buy veggies from local farms and farmers. Search out local craftsman for things like furniture and home decor – items that can often be made of reclaimed wood are usually of the highest quality. Keep small businesses alive.
3. Recycle and reuse more: Make sure you go the extra step in getting your refuse into your local recycling stream and out of the landfill. Also, forget using paper towels and small versions of things (like bottled water) that come in plastic containers. Start using simple things like reusable dish towels, reusable water and drink bottles and reusable grocery bags. Little things can make a big difference.
4. Try to live more sustainably: Install programmable thermostats in your home, you’ll save time and energy. Start a garden. If possible, grow your own fruits and veggies. Even apartment dwellers can start a container garden or kitchen herb garden. Gardening can help both your pocketbook and your waistline. Purchase vintage clothing and used products to save money and add some character and style to your home or wardrobe. If you’re at the beach or a park, pick up some trash to help the community – you can never have enough clean, natural space (or good karma).
5. Drive less and drive ‘green’: Be aware of your driving patterns. Drivers can increase their gas mileage and reduce their emissions by driving sensibly. No quick starts and stops. Use that HOV lane and cruise control. If you have a short commute or your grocery store is nearby hit the streets on your bicycle and save on fuel and emissions. Make your next car a fuel efficient model.
New Years 2013 image in sand photo via shutterstock.com
Friday, December 28, 2012
by Maureen O'Connor @ 10:04 am post a comment »
Let’s keep it warm and festive …
Designer Darryl Black specializes in crafting her wonderful fashion pieces from ucycled, found and vintage fabrics. Her fun + toasty ‘Teddy Bear Scoodie Hood Scarf’ is made of fluffy gray fake fur. $65 @ the darrylblack Etsy shop
(above) The Sleeping Bag Coat by Prairie Underground – in graphite, (now $273, was $365) @ kaightshop.com
A cute take on a simple button down – the Unified Crop Shirt by popomomo, black ($178) @junoandjove.com
(above top to bottom) by JADEtribe.com – stylish body adornments ethically sourced and handmade in South East Asia:
- the Medallion bracelet ($44) via junoandjove.com
- the Triple Wrap Bracelet in Black can also be worn as a necklace (138)
- the Bianca Cuff in black & white ($44) @ juno and jove
- the Cleo Cuffin Green – brass and wood beads ($60)
(above) The Mali Dress in eco-chic Tencel with a dash of Spandex for extra comfort & superb fit. on sale now ($105, was $140) Choice of 3 pretty colors @ nimli.com
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
by Ross Dulmaine @ 4:40 pm post a comment »
by Maureen O'Connor @ 8:28 am post a comment »
Mommy’s little helper may cause chaos when preparing cookies and cupcakes, but it’s still loads of fun. Here’s an adorable apron to help catch all the spills as the spatula’s licked clean.
Made in North Carolina from organic cotton + low impact dyes & available in small or large. buy @ btcelements ($32 or $38)
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
by Maureen O'Connor @ 1:00 am post a comment »
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! May your holidays and nights be warm and bright … green:) Peace. Love. Joy.
photo credit: green Christmas ornaments shutterstock.com
Monday, December 24, 2012
by Ross Dulmaine @ 1:31 pm 1 comment »
Designer and woodworker, Erin Norton, creates all manner of modern, industrial furniture from reclaimed wood. She can produce a contemporary, industrial console table with wine rack like the this one (pictured above + below) from reclaimed wood up to 150 years old.
The table can provide the perfect surface for serving holiday snacks and beverages or working on your laptop – just order the console without the wine rack. Multifunctional, it could serve nicely as either a foyer or hallway piece.
The console retails for $525 @ the urbanwoodgoods Etsy shop
by Maureen O'Connor @ 7:55 am post a comment »
We all know how important is to our health to have proper food storage containers. We don’t want toxins from non-BPA-free plastic containers leaching into our food. Rather than grab a disposable plastic bag or Ziplock – which are expensive and in most circumstances, entirely unnecessary – simply equip your kitchen with safe to use, reusable containers.
My favorite storage container of choice is clear glass – rectangular and with clear lids! They’re so practical – you can see what’s stored inside as they rest in the fridge, they’re dishwasher safe, and easy on the planet. Many glass options are microwave, oven and freezer friendly, as well. Here are a few of my favorite options:
Stainless steel is food-safe, but since it’s not transparent, it’s not my number one choice of material.
Whatever you do, be sure to avoid cheap plastic containers which can leach toxins into your food. For safe, lightweight and safe “plastic” options, check out Preserve.com for a wide array of BPA-free food prep & storage containers.
Feel free to let us know your favorite way to store prepared food and leftovers, just drop a comment.
Friday, December 21, 2012
by Maureen O'Connor @ 9:17 am post a comment »
- recycled sterling silver stacking rings with Swarovski crystal – handmade in Texas @ lovestrucksoul on Etsy (set of 2, $37)
- Ethically sourced Amethyst Twist Pendant in recycled sterling silver necklace @ brilliantearth.com ($225)
- handmade Hearts and Doves Pendant in recycled 18k Gold @ greenKarat.com ($300)
- upcycled tin + sterling silver necklace; handmade in Napa, CA @ btcelements.com ($46)
- Rolling Wedding Ring in 14K Yellow Gold, Blackened Silver & Conflict-free diamonds @ onegarnetgirl on Etsy ($998)
Today’s curated collection of eco-friendly jewelry features a handful of rings and necklaces at different price points, all ethically sourced and made in the USA. A special shout out to Moonsword’s Chamber – thanks for inspiring a couple of these finds!