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Keep things light and neutral with a clean palette and fresh slate.
(above) Perfect for spring/summer and straight from Raleigh, NC, is the Macon Thin Fit Jean in a cool ice blue, made from locally sourced organic cotton ($224) – pricey, but as long as you can fit your butt in them, you’ll wear ‘em everywhere. @ junoandjove.com.
(above) Starting Memorial Day – more great go-tos … 100% lightweight linen Shawl Collar Blazer $110 in oatmeal @ kaightshop.com. And an organic cotton black cami $42 also @ kaight in NYC.
(above) It’s all good. This handmade, hand-dyed bamboo and organic cotton fleece hooded dress even has pockets. Features a snug, sexy fit, super soft bamboo fabric and a flirty length. $95 from CrossFox
(above) Add a little spice. This foxy, eye-catching little mini-dress is inspired by that Native American fashion icon, Pocahontas. Handmade, ‘Pocahontas’ sports an abundance of flirty hand-cut fringe. $122 @ the RehcyVonne Etsy shop.
And that wraps up today’s collection of faves. As always, we point you to the source, we don’t sell directly. Remember – love what you already have, pass along when you’re through, and support brands and designers whose values are in keeping with yours.
related: more eco fashion finds from The Alternative Consumer
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
by Ross Dulmaine @ 9:46 am post a comment »
As we await the iWatch and the next generation of watch-related gadgets, we thought we’d feature a line of timepieces that are both conventional in form, and unconventional in production process and execution. A while back, we reviewed WeWood’s handsome wooden watches, but a little company called lolly, has taken wooden watch design to a new level by creating eco-friendly, wood-based, scented watches. Lolly creates its watches using a naturally sustainable polymer, sentanite that’s derived from softwood processed from fast-growing, renewable trees.
The company’s featured line is the Juice Collection – available in 8 vibrant colors that embody the following scents, orange, apple, black currant, pineapple, grape, blueberry, coconut and strawberry.
Sentanite™ is made from 100% softwood material, compounded with permitted additives and uniquely treated to ensure constant emission of a variety of ‘tantalizing fragrances’. No petroleum-based materials are used in the sentanite production process, it’s BPA-free and hypoallergenic.
Lolly states that they are committed to making watches from sustainable eco-friendly materials – they are a “Plant-A-Tree Partner” with the Trees for the Future non-profit organization. Lolly plants a tree for each and every watch they sell. Take a moment to check out their tasty collection of scented, non-plastic watches – $85 @ lolly.com
related: more green gadgets
Friday, May 10, 2013
by Maureen O'Connor @ 11:45 am 1 comment »
(above) With an organic design aesthetic, Silvana K’s creations are inspired by mother nature. Along with her husband, they created the first ecofriendly jewelry manufacturing in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. They use only recycled metals and follow Green Methods which earned them the distinction of becoming a Green Seal member from the Green Business Bureau. Whispering Leaves Earrings ($120) and Laurel Ring ($120) @ nimli.com
(above) Protect her pretty eyes in sustainable style … choose from 3 classic styles of WearPanda frames handcrafted from easily renewable, lightweight yet durable, bamboo; with TAC polarized lenses providing 100% UVA and UVB protection. Comes with bamboo case … $120/each by WearPanda. Above, the Monroe Glass – in black, brown or natural. $120 @ modavanti.com
(above L to R) True to Fair Trade practices and supporting local artisan communities, founder Amanda Judge offers two stunning hats for spring/summer … a handwoven straw beach hat, Del Sol ($108) or the beach/street-ready Lupe ($80) both made in Ecuador and available in an array of fun colors. find @ The Andean Collection.
(above) Loving the design and muted colors of this beautiful silk scarf …using ecofriendly inks and dyes, ZigZag Blossom is Fair Trade made by artisans in India. Your purchase will not only make mom smile, but also help transform the lives of those who made the item. ($180) @ connectedgoods.com.
Enjoy your mother’s day weekend, remember to be mindful of mama earth, we only have one.
related: more eco fashion on The Alternative Consumer
Friday, May 3, 2013
by Maureen O'Connor @ 10:52 am 1 comment »
(above) As the weather and all related things begin to heat-up, slip into a sexy beachy number like this Long Island dress from Horny Toad. The comfy and versatile dress works either surfside or accessorized for a more classy evening rendezvous. Made from eco-friendly tencil and organic cotton. $82
(above) Here’s a modern yet edgy bracelet made from recycled sterling silver. This handmade piece by designer Lisa Lehmann features a hammered cuff adorned with an elegant rosette and a delicate beaded silver chain. $182 @ thebeadedgirl
(above) Look sleek and stay active – this streamlined jacket is perfect for those cool spring or early summer gad-abouts town (more…)
Friday, April 26, 2013
by Maureen O'Connor @ 1:01 pm 2 comments »
(above) Here’s a cute, scoop neck dress from Conscious Clothing – they specialize in hand-dyed, eco-conscious styles. You can easily transition from beach to street, and wear it just about anywhere. Comes in natural; take your pick of soy or organic cotton fabric. $90
(above) Amandi Sloan Designs creates whimsical handmade clothing for women and children from upcycled materials. This coffee-colored blouse with upcycled tatting goes for $36.
Nifty note: All of ASD’s pre-loved materials are thoroughly washed in organic lavender soap before re-purposing. (more…)
Friday, April 19, 2013
by Maureen O'Connor @ 4:46 pm 4 comments »
If you’re a steady reader of ours, it’s obvious we strongly support the idea that everyday is Earth Day – not just April 22. Today’s roundup of Eco-fashion Friday Finds answers the burning question: What do you do when you’re through with those threads and accessories?
As tempting as it may be – because it’s so easy to do – do NOT toss your pre-loved clothes in the trash. Take a little time to figure out the best alternative course of action. You can bring them to Goodwill or The Salvation Army, pass along to a friend, have them refashioned, or get them recycled properly. The EPA estimates that a typical US citizen throws away an average of 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles per year, that’s a big heap of waste on our ever-growing landfills. Stop. Here’s how to keep that material out of the waste-stream:
- nycgrow.org – Live in NYC and need a way to keep textiles out of the waste-stream? You can bring clean clothing and various items to 18 green markets located in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. “The average New Yorker tosses 46 pounds of clothing and other textiles in the trash each year. All told, NYC residents discard 193,000 tons of textiles every year.” So buy your fresh veggies and unload some unwanted clothes at the same time.
- Bring a bag of your unwanted clothes to H&M and get 15% off your next purchase. For every bag of clean clothes (any brand) you donate, you can receive a voucher for 15% off your next purchase. Launched in February, every H&M store in the USA is currently participating in this program. (more…)