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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.



Green Wedding Gift Registry and Vendor Directory

Green Bride Guide Wedding Registry and Vendor Directory

Are you interested in planning a green wedding? If so, The Green Bride Guide is a great resource for finding green wedding vendors and creating a green wedding gift registry.

Their green wedding directory allows you to search your area for green wedding venues, bakeries, florists, photographers and more. And their online shop offers hundreds of green gifts that you can easily save to your gift registry including green goodies for your kitchen, garden, dining, decorating and even your pets. And if you already have everything you need, you can even register for carbon offsets.

Also, if you're in need of some green wedding inspiration check out the real green weddings at the green Bride Guide. And browse their eco chic style blog.



Ecoist's Pink Hope Collection & Breast Cancer Awareness

October 01, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Ecoist Pink Hope Collection

Ecoist's most popular styles now come in shades of pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And for the month of October, Ecoist will donate 10 percent of sales of the Pink Hope Collection to support Breast Cancer Causes. View the entire collection.



Modern Eco Nursery Furniture: Cribs

August 18, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 1 Comment

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Oeuf Sparrow Crib - Eco-friendly Convertible Crib

The Oeuf Sparrow Collection, in gray, is one of my favorite modern, eco-friendly baby crib furniture collections. The warm gray is soothing and neutral, perfect for a baby boy or girl, and it compliments the light birch panels on the coordinating dresser and wardrobe. The Oeuf Sparrow is a convertible crib and can transform into a toddler bed simply by changing out one panel. It is a great choice for an eco crib being made from solid sustainable birch wood and a non-toxic lacquer finish. And it can be used as a changing table crib with their optional changing station. Available from: BabyEarth, Oompa & Giggle.

Muu Sam Crib - Eco-friendly Convertible Crib

The Muu Sam crib is another modern, eco-friendly convertible crib with simple lines and made from sustainable solid maple wood and non-toxic lacquer finish. I love the decorative art panel that comes in your choice of design - from flowers and vines to helicopters and scooters to elephants, whales and butterflies. Available from: Oompa & Giggle.

If space is an issue, there are some cute eco cribs available...

Eco-friendly Convertible Cribs

The Alma Mini crib is just what it sounds like, a mini crib. It's a good solution for parents who have limited space or need an extra crib for the grandparent's house. The Alma Mini crib is made from solid sustainable birch wood and easily folds down for storage, when not in use. It comes in an assortment of low VOC colors including a bold gala green (shown above), as well as the standard neutrals. User reviews advise that its best used for newborns until 10-12 months, not 24 months as it is marketed, but they love the quality and ease of use. Available from: Giggle.

The STOKKE Sleepi crib is a compact convertible crib that transitions from newborn up to age 3 with no additional parts and can then be converted to a junior bed for use through age 7, with additional parts. It also can even be configured as two chairs with no additional parts. The STOKKE Sleepi crib is an eco crib option that grows alongside your child and is made from solid sustainable beech wood. Available from: BabyEarth & Giggle.



Orglamix: Mineral Makeup with zero synthetics

August 06, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Oglamix Mineral Makeup

I am in love with all the vibrant colors available for mineral eye shadow from Orglamix. Their 100% pure mineral pigments promise to deliver smudge-proof, crease-free and water-resistant color in every hue of the rainbow. I wish I were adventurous enough to try a bold hue like Iris, Vert or Bermuda - they are so fun!

Good news - you can try new colors, new formulas, and new products risk-free. Orglamix guarantees you will love their products, or you get your money back. So you can try a shade you've never worn before...I think I just might!

Orglamix products are formulated without nano particles, bismuth oxychloride, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals or parabens - which is refreshing. Check out their store and get the 411 on their upcoming giveaways, specials, free samples & more on Facebook.



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.



The Story of Cosmetics & How you can help make them safe

July 23, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 1 Comment

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The Story of Cosmetics with Annie Leonard

Please take a few minutes to watch the video below, The Story of Cosmetics, hosted by Annie Leonard, the creator of the viral video hit The Story of Stuff. This film was co-produced by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition of over 150 women’s, environmental and health organizations, and Free Range Studios. The Story of Cosmetics examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. (learn more)

Just as this video was being launched, we received good news. On July 21st, the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (HR 5786) was introduced, which gives the Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients. Existing law, passed in 1938, granted decision-making about ingredient safety to the cosmetics industry. For the first time in 70 years, Congress is poised to close the gaping holes in the outdated federal law that allows chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other illnesses in the products we use on our bodies every day. (learn more)

Please join in support of this vital bill and Send a letter to Congress.


Sources: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and The Story of Cosmetics



Rent high-fashion evening dresses from Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway

Don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a dress that you might only wear once or twice? Now you can wear styles straight off the runway, save loads of money and be green. Rent the Runway allows you to rent designer dresses from over 50 high-fashion designers for a 4 day stretch (or for an extra fee, 8 days).

From summer weddings and garden parties to cocktail parties to girl's night out, they have loads of designer dresses and matching accessories. And the best part is, you can wear the new Proenza Schouler or Vena Cava cocktail dress to your next special event for as little as $50. You can reserve your designer dress and accessories up to 6 months in advance, and they will even send you a second size for free, just to be safe.

Using Rent the Runway is easy - Just find a dress you love, select your sizes, select when you’d like it delivered, and it’ll appear on your doorstep. When you're done, you mail it back in a pre-paid envelope and they take care of the dry cleaning at an eco-friendly cleaner.

UPDATE 2015: Rent The Runway is now offering an Unlimited Subscription that works sort of like Netflix. For a monthly fee - you add items to your queue, they send you 3 items that you can keep as long as you want, and when you are done with a piece you mail it back and they send the next item in your queue (shipping is free and they take care of the dry cleaning). Unlimited Subscription is a beta program so you need to get in line - join the waitlist.



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!



Organic skin care, perfume and handcrafted jewelry

Organic Apoteke & TSI-LA

I thought it might be useful to post periodically, introducing the newest additions to ecomodish's listings of natural and green companies. Some companies that we add are well-known, but we also make it a priority to promote small independent businesses - many of which are ecomodish readers just like you - who have contacted us to introduce themselves.

This week's new additions are listed below. Please take a minute to check out them out and if you're familiar their products, leave a review and tell others about them!

Organic Apoteke offers 100% natural skin care products made from organically-sourced vitamins and herbal nutrients that help prevent and reverse the signs of premature aging.

Tsi~La offers natural and organic fragrances made from the world's finest essential oils and plant botanicals. Their fragrances are free of phthalates, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and other harmful ingredients commonly found in traditional perfumery.

Also don't forget - if you join ecomodish to write a review, we will plant a tree in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, AND you'll also earn ecoPoints that count towards planting more trees for every review you write!