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Summer Essentials: green beach wear

Looking for earth-friendly accessories for a day at the beach? With Summer nearly here, we'll all be looking for ways to stay cool while having some fun in the sun. Check out these must-have eco beach accessories...

Eco Sunglasses

Chic shades made from bamboo and sustainable wood.

eco friendly sunglasses
1. Kayu Bamboo   2. iWood Style 314   3. iWood Boxy

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Eco Swimwear

Flirty swimsuits made from organic cotton and bamboo.

eco friendly swimwear
1. Tizi cut out swimsuit   2. Ruffled wrap bikini   3. Nadia ring bikini

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Eco Sandals

Airy sandals made from biodegradable rubber, organic cotton; and recycled P.E.T., EVA & tires.

eco friendly sandals
1. Rafters Cloudbreak   2. Roxy Eden   3. Simple Stop Global Warming

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Eco Beach Bags

Roomy tote bags made from magazine pages, eco leather and sails.

eco friendly beach bags
1. Urth Bags Devon   2. Amy Kathryn Tuberose   3. Ella Vickers Green Grocery

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The 'Best' Sustainable Shoes and Bags: Simple Shoes

May 19, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Simple Shoes

UPDATE: Unfortunately Simple Shoes is not currently open for business, but are launching a Kickstarter Campaign to get Simple Shoes back on your feet. See the details

Simple Shoes is truly committed to making 100% sustainable shoes and bags. They are continually updating to more sustainable processes and materials such as organic cotton, hemp, cork, water-based glues, recycled inner tubes and car tires; and they measure their sustainability success for each product on a scale of good, better and best. The "best" category is comprised of their most sustainable shoes and bags and stands as a goal for the rest of their products.

 

A few of my Simple Shoes favs:

Simple Shoes - Layaway in Angel Eyes
These felted wool uppers are lined in certified organic cotton knit and have a coconut button accent, a layered natural crepe outsole, 100% post consumer paper pulp foot forms and are held together with water based cements. Sustainability: Best

Simple Shoes - Feedbag in Adriatic Blue
This hemp shoulder bag has a two-ply colored wool felt base on a jute body, wide jute straps and a certified 100% organic cotton webbing. Dimensions: 11.5 in x 9.75 in x 3.5 in. Sustainability: Best

Simple Shoes - Entire-Silk in Green
These silk uppers have certified organic cotton knit linings, Ortholite/recycled car tire pedbeds, recycled car tire outsoles, a vulcanized rubber sidewall and heelcap and 100% post consumer paper pulp foot forms. Sustainability: Better

Simple Shoes - Gumbo Hemp in Bubble Gum Stripe
These vegan friendly, sustainable hemp uppers have midsoles made of carpet padding, outsoles made of recycled car tire and natural rubber with jute; and are help together with lots of stitching and less than a thimble of water-based adhesives. Sustainability: Best

Simple Shoes - Blottoe Bag in Oil Green
This eco messenger bag is made from certified 100% organic cotton eyelet, metal zippers with PET bases and unfinished brass hardware. Sustainability: Best



Locally Grown: Farmers Markets Near You

May 13, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Farmer's Markets Near You

Farmers Market popularity increases every year, which is good news because not only do they benefit the farmers but also the communities in which they operate. Farmers Markets give the consumer access to fresh, local produce and the opportunity to establish relationships with the farmers who grow it. They are not limited to just produce though. Depending on the size and location of the market; you may also find local honey, eggs, dairy, meat, flowers and more. And with minimal transportation and the opportunity to support sustainable local businesses, you can reduce your carbon footprint while boosting your community's economy.

If you live in a warmer climate, you are probably lucky enough to have access to year-round farmers markets. If not, you will most likely have seasonal markets that run from around June to October. Most markets are cash only, but some do accept payment in the form of credit/debit cards, SFMNP vouchers or even WIC vouchers. Locally grown produce is not only green, but it tastes better and is more nutritious - so don't miss out. Find a Farmers Market near you



Reduce your energy usage with custom eco curtains and shades

May 12, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 1 Comment

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photo courtesy of smith+noble

Whether you are looking to keep the heat in or out, Smith+Noble has a large selection of eco-friendly curtains and shades that can also help you reduce your energy consumption. Smith+Noble's fabric shades, panels and drapery can be made in a wide array of eco-friendly fabrics - from recycled polyester; to renewable fabrics like hemp and bamboo; to biodegradable fabrics like silk, linen and eco cotton. Their natural woven shades, panels, valances and cornices are all woven on hand-fed looms using renewable materials such as bamboos, reeds and grasses; and their PVC-free roller shades and solar shades are VOC free and 100% recyclable. You can also order up to 10 free swatches; choosing from any fabric, material or trim they offer; to be sure your window treatments are the exact fabric and color you want. Plus, if you opt for custom window treatments for the perfect fit or upgrade to add a privacy or blockout lining; you can reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and cool your home due to better insulation. Check out Smith+Noble's earth-friendly window treatments.



Unique Wedding Gift Ideas: Handblown Glass Vases

If you are looking for a unique and green wedding gift, a handblown vase is an excellent choice. This Multi Sommerso Handblown Art Glass Vase is one of many stunning handcrafted vases from Blown Art Glass Studio. This sommerso design features amber and green glass layers that are overlapped and framed with a clear crystal glass layer. Each handcrafted art vase is mouth-blown by an experienced artist, leaving no two exactly the same. Check out the full Blown Art Glass Studio handblown glass art collection.



Refresh your bedroom this Spring: organic inspired accent pillows

May 05, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Inhabit offers a bold line of handmade accent pillows with organic, modern designs - perfect for celebrating the blossoming spring season. Each eco-friendly accent pillow is handmade from 100% sustainable recycled polyester, and handprinted in the USA with environmentally friendly inks. There is no chemical waste generated and they are recyclable. My favs: Flown (shown above), Dew, and Blush. View all of Inhabit's eco-friendly accent pillows



Reduce your waste: stylish & reusable sandwich bags

April 28, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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reuseable sandwich sack

Etsy Favs: This Green Peony reusable sandwich bag by WasteNot is made with 100% cotton exterior, lined with water and stain-resistant nylon and secures using a generous strip of Velcro. After using, you can turn the bag inside-out and wipe the liner down. Or if its really messy, machine wash and line dry. Check out WasteNot's full line of colorful, reusable sandwich bags, snack bags and deli wraps.



Eco-friendly flower delivery: donate to charity when you send a green bouquet

April 27, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Organic Bouquet not only offers sustainable and organic grown flower delivery, but their Flowers for Good™ program helps their non-profit partners make positive changes in the work they do. Organic Bouquet has over 45 charitable bouquets for which they donate 5% of each purchase to a charitable organization. Each green bouquet offers a unique blend of flowers and is coupled with a non-profit organization such as Rainforest Foundation, PETA, Breastcancer.org, CARE, National Wildlife Federation and many more. Whether you are looking for eco-friendly flowers for a wedding present or you are planning to send flowers to your mother this Mother's Day, check out Organic Bouquet's charitable bouquets and support the cause of your choice with beautifully green flowers.



Eco wedding invitations: Save the planet and your hard earned cash

April 22, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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My Invitation Link offers personalized electronic wedding invitations - that means no paper, no printing, no postage and they cost just pennies per person. You create your own invitation that features an array of your photos, your song and your story. Then, choose how long you want My Invitation Link to host your invitation - three, six or twelve months. An electronic invitation is a great eco-friendly wedding invitation option because it saves paper, reduces waste and energy; and its a great way for your guests to learn more about you and your fiancé/e. If you are hesitant to go fully electronic, you could opt to send electronic invitations to just a portion of your more computer savvy guests such as friends. Check out some samples at myinvitationlink.com.



Whimsical, Handmade Felt Pillows

April 22, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Etsy Favs: Handcrafted Wool and Cashmere felt pillows by Murdock Design