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Friday, January 31, 2014

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eco-fashion Friday finds – organic style


eyeball leggings organic cotton and bamboo

We’ve always got our eye out for clothing items that feature organic cotton. Growing organic cotton eliminates harmful pesticides and fertilizers from our ecosystem – we also feel that clothing items created with organic cotton feel better on your skin and last longer. Of course they also have to look great – like these organic cotton and bamboo “All Eyes” leggings (above). On sale for $62.15 from London’s Komana Design

organic cotton ribbed cardigan sweater

Need to stay stylishly comfy and warm? This two-tone, ribbed cardigan (above) with sweet shawl collar should do the trick. $225 @ indigenous.com

organic cotton elephant graphic t-shirt

This organic cotton women’s tee (above) features a lovely family message – the silhouetted outline of a mother elephant and her baby (note the birdie on mom’s back).  $32 from Uzura

organic hemp hoody (more…)

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Suja Juice – Tasty Organic Nutrition Without the GMOs


organic suja juice

I’m sure all of you have heard of Naked Juice and Odwalla – both popular brands that feature the unregulated “All Natural” designation and do not bear the no GMO label – not good. There are tons of other  juice brands out there, but have you heard of Suja?

suja juice bottle labels

All of Suja’s juices are 100% USDA certified organic and non-GMO, so you know that you’re getting pure fruits and veggies. Suja is one-of-a-kind in its cold pressing and high pressure processing methods. These methods result in nutrient-dense juice and a great taste, while maintaining maximum nutrition and lasting freshness.  (more…)

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

eco art: salvaged materials become signs, wooden collages and assmemblage art


assemblage art from vintage salvage

Artist, illustrator and designer, Elizabeth Rosen, creates handmade assemblage art, wall art and collages – primarily from: salvaged, antique and found materials. Elizabeth now resides and works in New York’s Hudson Valley, fertile ground for her vintage raw materials. (above) Titled ‘Black and White and RED All Over‘, this piece of assemblage art is composed of vintage sign letters blocks and an eclectic assortment of found antique items (note the paintbrush handle and watering can nozzle). $155
vintage wood 'Love' signAll you need is love … created with vintage/reclaimed wood and architectural salvage. This ‘Love’ sign features a deep, weathered grey vintage wood backboard in a slightly irregular shape – adding to the piece’s charm. Hanging hardware is attached on the back. Several coats of satin varnish protect the piece.  $175
'Amour' antique wood collage
(above) This Valentine Day-inspired “Amour” artwork is slightly primitive – perhaps a visual expression of your personal brand of love – or, more probably,  your affinity for rustic decor. BTW – the “Amour” text was created from an old Armour Company (you know, that famous breakfast sausage company) crate – the first ‘r’ was removed from the graphic and the wood reassembled. $225
tea kettle wood mosaic wall art
(above) This ‘Turkish tea pot’ is a patchwork of architectural salvage assembled into a charming wooden mosaic – perfect for a shelf or wall in your country kitchen. $215
zen wall sign from salvaged wood
(above) The “Zen” sign is an original typographical wood collage using a variety of woods. Materials include parts of antique furniture the designer brought back from Asia and 200-year-old wood trim with original (real) gold gilt. The backing is reclaimed crate wood. $112

You can find the pieces featured above @ Elizabeth Rosen Art See Elizabeth’s commercial design work @ elizabethrosen.com

related: more eco art featured on The Alternative Consumer

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

PaperKarma – eliminate waste – stop all that junk mail


Do you ever feel like so many unnecessary things are sent in the mail and use an unacceptable amount of paper? I definitely feel that way and I’ve recently found an app that can help you lessen the amount of paper that is delivered to you. Unsurprisingly, businesses do not want to waste money printing and delivering material to you that you’re simply going to recycle – or worse, throw directly into the trash.

The free PaperKarma smartphone app enables you to “unsubscribe from catalogs, magazines, credit card offers, etc.”, turn it into email correspondence or remove it all together. Each US household gets about 850 pieces of unwanted mail per year, which leads to more than 100 billion pieces! Of this wasted mail, about 44 percent goes into landfills unopened. So, instead of feeling bad about all those offers and advertisements you get, you can avoid this environmental damage completely.

PaperKarma is very easy to use – just snap a photo of the junk mail, flyer or publication, hit send and you’re done. The app automatically contacts the mailer who then removes you from their distribution list. PaperKarma can stop most unwanted mail that is addressed directly to you. In about 24 hours you will receive the unsubscribed notification and move on with less paper waste clogging up your mailbox and your ‘karma’. I know that I am going to take advantage of this, and I suggest you try it out for yourself. For more info, or to download the app go here: paperkarma.com

related: more green tips from The Alternative Consumer

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Green Valentine’s Day Fashion: A Romantic Night Out


Oh my, this year is whizzing by like nobody’s business. February is just around the corner and we all know what that means, Valentine’s Day! This day may not be to everyone’s taste – but it’s still a special day designated to celebrate love, whether it’s love for your significant other, family, or friends. To make the day extra special, I have decided to round up some fashion inspiration for a romantic night out or a day with the girlfriends. Today, I’m focusing on a couple of outfits (eco-friendly of course) for either a romantic night out … whether you’re going to a fancy restaurant or keeping it casual – these outfits will make you feel extra confident and beautiful.

very cool green fashion outfit

(above) Outfit #1:
Sleeveless Shirt Dress ($325)
Arctic Jacket / Reformation ($478)
Clutch / ethica ($300)
Needle Necklace / Zady ($148)eco-friendly Valentine's Day outfit

(above) Outfit #2:
Victoria Dress  / Stella McCartney($1,865)
Crystal Illumination Earrings / Alex & Ani ($48)
Yves Klein Large Pouch ($89)
V Cuff / Marisa Haskell ($40)

Stay tuned for my post on outfits for a girl’s night out … see you next week!

related: more eco-fashion finds from The Alternative Consumer

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