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Family Room Inspiration: Colorful, Artisan & Handmade Throw Pillows

Vibrant Modern Handmade Throw Pillows

We recently moved, we've been in our new house for just over a year, and we are still in the process of furnishing some empty spaces. So I've been spending loads of time browsing for ideas to inspire me. I'm drawn to neutral colors and simple, modern style for my main furniture pieces and wall colors, with colorful accents to set the mood (as I don't want to get locked into trendy design choices for years to come). So I wanted to share some of the fun and colorful, and of course "green", home accessories I've come across on my journey.

Right now I'm in search of some colorful and fun throw pillows for our family room. Novica has loads of unique, fair trade and handcrafted home accessories (fair trade throw pillows shown above). I also really love to look for modern, colorful home decor on Esty - you can always find tons of creative, handmade and unique, vintage items perfect for whatever vibe you are going for. Above are some fun, vibrant throw pillows that I pulled together to help spark some colorful family room inspiration. If you're looking for a little throw pillow inspiration, check out my full fav list of colorful handmade throw pillows on Etsy.

 

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Fair-trade jewelry made from reclaimed paper by 31 BITS

January 03, 2011 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Ecomodish reader, Brittney, suggested that I take a look at the sustainable, fair-trade jewelry from 31 BITS and I'm so glad she did - their jewelry is contemporary and colorful and their mission is inspiring.

In an effort to provide the means for women to rise above poverty, 31 BITS works with 63 women from Uganda from whom they purchase jewelry on a monthly basis. The fair-trade jewelry is handcrafted into fashion-forward designs from 100% reclaimed paper and local materials. In addition to offering a steady income to these women, 31 BITS also provides English lessons, finance training, business mentoring and health education.

Thanks, Brittney! And thanks to 31 BITS for offering such lovely, sustainable jewelry and helping to lift their talented designers out of poverty and provide them a better life.



2010 Fall Fashion: fair trade & organic clothing

August 05, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Hessnatur 2010 Fall Fashion Collection - Eco Clothing

Hessnatur recently launched their Fall 2010 collection and I love all the soothing shades of purple and gray. They have a great selection of staple pieces like cardigans, tees, skirts and leggings. Their fair trade, organic eco clothing line offers comfy styles and cozy textures made from organic cotton, alpaca, silk and wool. Check out Hessnatur's fair trade and organic clothing collection for some fall fashion inspiration.



Ecoist's Mega Silver & Sex and the City 2

June 21, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Ecoist Mega Silver in Sex and the City 2

This metallic, oversized tote by ecoist, recently made it's film debut in Sex and the City 2 as Samantha's companion. “We chose the Ecoist Silver Mega because the proportion is perfect, it went great with her look…it’s got a very glamorous look...” said Danny Santiago, Sex and the City Stylist.

It's amazing that something so stylish can be created from materials that would otherwise be sent to a landfill. Ecoist handbags, including the Mega Silver, are handcrafted from upcycled candy wrappers. Not only has Ecoist has saved over 15 million wrappers from being sent to the landfill, but they also plant a tree for each bag sold. And for a limited time, you can get $30 Off the Mega Silver + Free shipping when you use the code ECOSEXY at checkout!



Environmentally and socially conscious jewelry

April 08, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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The Andean Collection's core principles of social and environmental responsibility are a refreshing addition to the fashion industry which largely relies on inexpensive factory labor and synthetic materials. Each jewelry design is handcrafted by Andean Collection artisans using beautiful, natural beads made from seeds that have been sustainably harvested from rainforests and lowlands in South America. The Andean Collection jewelry not only helps support the indigenous communities but also the preservation of their forests.

Andean Collection Acai Necklace

The Andean Collection's jewelry is comprised of funky and bold designs inspired by the indigenous jewelery of Ecuador. With pieces designed for layering, the wearer can creatively fashion a unique style all their own. The rich colors and natural seeds and nuts, make striking one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art. Some of my favorite pieces from their new Spring 2010 collection are the Layered Chain Necklace and the Tagua Bibb Necklace, shown below.

Andean Collection Layered Chain Necklace Andean Collection Tagua Bibb Necklace

The Andean Collection was founded by Amanda Judge while she was in Ecuador researching her masters' thesis – with a topic of "rural women's survival strategies in the face of extreme poverty" and a focus on ideas for how outside agencies could help. Instead of just writing about it, she decided it would be more beneficial to become an outlet for helping the community improve their standard of living. Following fair trade principles is only part of The Andean Collection's dedication to providing their artisans a better life, they also share the profits as partial owners. The video below provides a moving and uplifting look into the lives of The Andean Collection's artisans and their community.

For inspiring stories and news about the artisans, the materials and the design process visit The Andean Collection blog.

UPDATE: The Andean Collection is now called Faire Collection.