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Friday, September 24, 2010

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eco fashion friday finds – turn up the green


On the heels of NYC’s Fashion Week, the GreenShows, and Nolcha runway events last week, there was a green Catwalk Event of another sort the other day in honor of a new kitty litter called, Yesterday’s News.  Four of today’s top sustainable designers – Bahar Shahpar, Anthony Lilore, Lara Miller and Samantha Pleet stepped up to the sustainable challenge:  Create a runway-worthy fashion item from yesterday’s news – old newspapers.

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The designs will be auctioned off (9/22-9/29) and you can bid on them if you like…proceeds will be donated to each designer’s favorite green charity, including:  Trees for the Future, Riverkeeper, The Land Connection and Kiva.

Also up for auction are three award-winning handbags designed by “non-professional” designers. These Best in Show Sustainable handbags were brought to life by Elias Abadi, president and head designer of Nahui Ollin handbags. Coincidentally, one of these winners, Dr Deborah Ekstrom is a friend of a friend of mine.  There were hundreds of entries submitted and Dr. Deborah Ekstrom snagged a top spot for her handbag creation.  Cool.  Visit dogooderchallenge.com/ for bidding info and all the links you probably were hoping for in this post.

For all you kitty cat lovers, Purina’s new kitty litter is non-toxic, made in part from old newspapers and sawdust. Just curious – which is your favorite — the trench coat, top, or one of the kicky dresses?

There were 10 eco designers featured at the GreenShows last week…in case you missed them, here are our exclusive videos highlighting 4 runway shows featuring fair trade, sustainable style for spring/summer ’11:  Luis Valenzuela, JoAnn Berman, Ashton Michael Black Label, and Samantha Pleet.

Here’s to a fabulous, first weekend of fall!

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

eco friendly kitty litter options


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We can’t forget the furry creatures on Earth Day…this one’s from the archives.  America loves cats. Those tens of millions of felines need more earth-friendly and cat-friendly choices when it comes to the litter box. Historically kitty litter has been made from the clay-based combo sodium bentonite which is not a renewable resource and which, if ingested, can cause respiratory and digestive problems for cats.

Thankfully for cat lovers there are some greener, healthier alternatives. Here are some healthy choices:

  • Purina’s Yesterday’s News is made from recycled paper, is low dust, 3x more absorbent than clay, fragrance-free and recommended by vets for post-surgery cats.
  • Feline Pine made of recycled pine chips has no artificial additives; it’s dust-free, chemical-free and all natural. No trees were cut down to make the litter.
  • World’s Best Cat Litter has an understated name and is made from whole-kernel corn which is said to be good on odors, 99% dust-free, has no respiratory or ingestion problem and can be disposed of as clumps without emptying the whole litter box.

We all know how ‘particular’ cats can be so they might not immediately take to the texture and feel of a new litter. You may have to put some of the old stuff on top to get them ‘going’.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

eco friendly kitty litter choices


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America loves cats. Those tens of millions of felines need more earth-friendly and cat-friendly choices when it comes to the litter box. Historically kitty litter has been made from the clay-based combo sodium bentonite which is not a renewable resource and which, if ingested, can cause respiratory and digestive problems for cats.

Thankfully for cat lovers there are some greener, healthier alternatives. Here are some options: (more) (more…)

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