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Friday, April 11, 2014

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eco-fashion friday finds – springtime fresh


mohop flat sandalMohop is an innovative company that makes eco-friendly custom footwear. Their Bespoke low sandals (above) are completely custom made for you from a tracing of your foot, and you choose all your personalized details. You can choose the type of wood and ribbon and loop color. Wood for the Bespoke line is reclaimed from Chicago’s urban forest and includes – classic walnut, maple and cherry. Most of Mohop’s components are interchangeable, creating footwear that can last a long … long time. $499 @ mohop.com

 

nudie jeans crinkle denim jacket

A classic, distressed denim jacket is a must for any guy’s spring fashion arsenal. One of our favorite denim creators – Nudie Jeans – makes some the finest denim fashion – their organic cotton and sustainable manufacturing process creates some great pieces. Their Perry Organic Crinkle denim jacket (pictured above) is a great example. $299 @ nudiejeans.com

french terry bamboo nursing dress

Made from luxurious, anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic bamboo — this French terry bamboo cowl dress (above) was ecofashioned to function as a comfy everyday top, or as an elegant nursing tunic.  $84.51 from Rebecca Duyzer and Replicca.

jute beach toteThis 100 percent jute tote (above) is the perfect bag for trekking to the beach or your local farmer’s market stand. What makes it even more perfect — it’s been marked-down from $75 to $19.99 @ nimli.com

birch bark bangle

Wrap your wrist in nature — this woodsy bangle contains pieces of real birch bark encased in eco-friendly resin. Each unique bangle is created from hand-pigmented eco resin that is poured into a mold and cured for seven days. When removed from the mould the bangle is hand-sanded to a fine finish. $79 – from designer Sloane Swayze and Sloan Jewelry Design.

And that’s a wrap for today – join us every Friday for our eco-fashion finds roundup. Remember, love what you already have and pass-along those gently used items for others to enjoy. Have a beautiful weekend.

related: more eco-fashion finds from The Alternative Consumer.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Years of Living Dangerously – an important documentary series on climate change


years of living dangerously

I’m sure many of you have watched the news, tuned into a program, or went on social media to learn or voice your opinions about global climate change. Well, starting Sunday April 13th, a new Showtime documentary series is coming out highlighting the effects, consequences, and reach of global climate change.

This series, Years of Living Dangerously, sheds a light on the global impact of climate change and is a call to action for people to participate in fighting it. The program includes a few big TV personalities such as Harrison Ford and is being produced by the renowned producer/director of award winning blockbuster films like Titanic and Avatar, James Cameron.

If you visit the website to find out more info – the producers and 350.org are promoting the premiere by having watch-parties on Sunday starting at 7pm ET all around the country and you can join a live web-chat afterwards, at 8:30 ET. This online video-chat features some climate change experts and people who have worked hard to produce this 9-part series. The first episode is being hosted free on Youtube, whereas the next episodes will be on Showtime, so gather up some environmentally conscious or curios friends and watch what looks to be an interesting and enlightening show. Here’s a look at the trailer:

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I’m definitely going to tune into this show … this documentary will hopefully help to mobilize a broader movement in fighting against global climate change. If you want to host a screening, visit the site at: act.350.org

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

scraplights – designer pendant lamps from recycled cardboard


scraplight sun pendant light

I just discovered these striking designer pendant lights created by cutting-edge, Seattle-based design firm, graypants. The company’s flagship “Scraplights” series of handmade lights is finely crafted from recycled, corrugated cardboard.

scraplight moons

scraplight drum light urban

The lights come in a variety of elegant shapes and provide warm, intimate light that can work stylistically in a wide range of interior spaces – from rustic to modern.

scraplights production

Rugged and sexy, each unit is precision cut with a laser and assembled by hand using a nontoxic adhesive. All scraplights are treated with an environmentally friendly fire retardant. Custom shapes and sizes are available. (prices range from $235 – $8,000)

scraplight drum detail

about graypants:
Seattle architects, Seth Grizzle and Jonathan Junker founded “graypants” in 2007 as an expansion of their architectural work and the Scraplights series was one of their first creations. The Seattle design firm now has a sister office in Amsterdam.

related: more eco-friendly home decor finds from The Alternative Consumer

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Nature’s Art Melbourne: Natural Healing Stones for your Heart


nature's art melbourne necklace

I am always on the lookout for unique and beautiful pieces of jewelry, and the best way to do this is to spend some time searching on Etsy. I recently came across the shop called Nature’s Art Melbourne. The pieces featured on the site are not only breathtaking but also naturally found and handmade with love.

fossil pendant

There site features several pages of jewelry, and each piece is different from the last — made from rocks, wood, feathers, fossils (pendant just above, Ammonite, $53) and other found materials. The stones, wood, and feathers are found and collected when the shop owner, Martina, and her husband go on their “winter walkabouts” in Australia. (more…)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

eco wedding: handmade wildflower bridal bouquets


wildflower wedding bouquet

Spring is a time for new beginnings, fresh starts and the blossoming of relationships. We’re sure that many an outdoor, rustic wedding is planned for the coming months. The bridal bouquet up top is made of dried French lavender, English lavender, Montana wheat, Montana lavender, larkspur, dried white flowers, broom corn, ivory dried flowers and French wired ribbon ($39).

To accessorize and create a keepsake of that momentous occasion, here are some lovely handmade wildflower bridal bouquets and boutonnieres.

boutonniere

Of course, they can be customized to your heart’s delight, and created for the entire wedding party. (more…)

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Friday, April 4, 2014

eco-fashion friday finds – hope springs eternal


vegan shoes

From perky pastels to classic black patent and solid bone, Beyond Skin has gorgeous vegan shoes in every heel height – from flats and sandals to stilettos and platforms. Yes! Handmade in Spain, this ethical company makes top quality, fashionable vegan friendly footwear. (above)

Delray Fedora

For every day, nothing may say fresh better than a spring/summer hat. These happen to be on the high-end, price-wise but they’ll last a lifetime … handmade Helen Kaminski hats from Sydney, Australia are of the finest materials and craftsmanship. Channel a beachy vibe in the Delray fedora. It’s lightweight and provides UPF 50+ protection from strong daytime rays. ($195)

ekosin kapoli dress

(above) An alternative to the little black dress … understated elegance with a little edge, this Kapoli Dress by Ecoskin is (more…)

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