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Green your bedroom with a vintage, reclaimed wood bed

June 23, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Reclaimed Plank Bed

This Reclaimed Plank Bed from VivaTerra offers a vintage spin on a contemporary design. It is constructed with, up to a century old, vintage Douglas Fir that is hand-planed to smooth its surface while preserving it's distinctive character. It is then finished with eco-friendly wax that highlights the wood's rich hue, deep patina, and tight grain. Browse natural home décor at VivaTerra.



Summer Essentials: Safe sunless tanners and bronzers

June 12, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Sunless Tanner & Bronzer

Looking for a healthy way to get a sun-kissed glow this summer? There is no need to bathe in the sun's harmful rays or harsh chemicals. For a safe, instant tan; sunless tanners and bronzers are a great alternative. But not all sunless tan and bronzer products are healthy for your skin. Check out these self tanners and bronzers rated low to moderate hazard by the Environmental Working Group:


Sunless Tanners:

Caribbean Solutions Beach Colors Natural Self Tanner, 6 Ounce
EGW safety rating: 2 low hazard [?]

Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner
EGW safety rating: 2 low hazard [?]

Nature's Gate Glow Lotion
EGW safety rating: 4 moderate hazard [?]


Bronzers:

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Liquid Bronzer, Fair Skin
EWG safety rating: 3 moderate hazard [?]

Ada Cosmetics Mineral Bronzers
EWG safety rating: 1 low hazard [?]

Everyday Minerals Everyday Bronzer
EWG safety rating: 1 low hazard [?]

Afterglow Cosmetics Organic Glow Bronzer
EWG safety rating: 3 moderate hazard [?]

 

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Amazon Kindle: Paperless, Portable Library

Amazon Kindle

I know there are many book enthusiasts out there that are hesitant about using an electronic paper reading device, such as the Amazon Kindle, instead of curling up to the classic paper-bound books that are so familiar and even comforting for many of us. But the Kindle can make a great, green alternative to paper books, magazines and newspapers - if you can keep an open mind to it. I was hesitant at first too - but the flexibility, convenience and customizable features make it easy to warm up to.

How it works: The electronic-ink screen uses ink, just like books and newspapers, but displays the ink particles electronically. The screen reflects light providing the readability of printed paper - there is virtually no glare and there is no back-light needed. So, unlike computer screens and other electronic devices, the Kindle can be read outside as well as inside.

On-Demand: You can browse, purchase and start reading your next book in just a few minutes. Choose from over 285,000 books and you can even sample the first chapter for free. Books and periodicals are delivered in under 60 seconds via Amazon's optimized technology, Whispernet, over Sprint's 3G high-speed data network. There is no wireless fee or setup - and, unlike WiFi, you never have to hunt for a hotspot.

Features: It has six adjustable font sizes, so whether your prefer a larger font or your eyes are tired you can set a larger font with the click of a button. You can highlight passages and bookmark pages; as well as add, edit, delete, and export annotations. It includes The New Oxford American Dictionary in case you come across a word you don't know. And each Kindle has a unique and customizable e-mail address that allows you and your approved contacts to e-mail personal document files and pictures to your Kindle for a small fee.

Power: You can read on a single charge for up to 4 days with the wireless on, and up to 2 weeks with the wireless off. The Kindle charges fully in about 4 hours.

Portable Library: The Kindle 2 weighs only 10.2 ounces and holds more than 1,500 books. A copy of every book you purchase is backed up online at Amazon.com, including your last page read and any annotations you made; so you can make room for new titles, or download any title from your collection to reread whenever you want.

Experimental Features: Text-to-speech - Kindle can read newspapers, magazines, blogs and books out loud to you, unless the book is disabled by the rights holder. Basic Web browser - works well for simple, text-centric web sites such as Google and Wikipedia. PDF Document Conversion - you can email PDF documents to your Kindle, just like other personal documents. MP3 files - transfer MP3 files to play as background music while you read. Amazon is looking for user feedback on these features, as they are not perfected yet.

Why its green: Dramatically reduces the amount of power, transportation emissions and paper consumed for each book you purchase.

If you want to try before you buy, you can see a Kindle in person in a city near you by connecting with current Kindle owners.



Eco Bridesmaids Gifts: Handmade clutches & wristlets

Emma Gordon London Clutch

Etsy Favs: Handcrafted clutches and wristlets by EmmaGordonLondon - offers discounts for bridesmaid orders, custom color combinations and free shipping worldwide.



Pacifica Solid Perfumes: The Perfect Travel Accessory

June 01, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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pacifica solid perfume

Pacifica Solid Perfumes are a modern take on the most ancient form of fragrance, made with organic soy and coconut wax and signature perfume blends of essential and natural oils. Solid perfumes are portable, spill-proof fragrance and perfect for traveling whether its just around town or an out-of-state adventure - just toss it in your bag and go. Pacifica's yummy natural fragrance collection of fresh florals, exotic fruits, intense herbs & spices and earthy woods & resins can be worn alone or layered to create your own unique fragrance fusion. Some of my favs include: Island Vanilla, Tuscan Blood Orange, Tahitian Gardenia, Hawaiian Ruby Guava and Lotus Garden.

Pacifica uses only safe, sustainable materials formulated without: Animal testing, animal ingredients, FD&C color, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan, and other ingredients you don't want on your skin. All Pacifica products are gluten-free, 100% vegan, and cruelty-free. And they are working towards carbon neutrality - so enjoy!

 

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Help Ecomodish Plant Trees in the Atlantic Forest

May 26, 2009 | posted by ecomodish | 1 Comment

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The Atlantic Forest in Brazil is considered one of the world's most endangered tropical forests, with only 7% of its original area remaining. Tropical forests play a special role in the global climate change fight. By planting 1 tree in the tropics, about 1 ton of CO2 will be taken out of the atmosphere over the course of the tree’s life. The Plant a Billion Trees in The Atlantic Forest reforestation effort will remove 10 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year. That's equivalent to taking 2 million cars off the road.

Please help Ecomodish reach our initial goal of planting 1,000 trees in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil this year. You can work your way towards planting trees by becoming active on ecomodish.com and earning ecoPoints. For every 100 ecoPoints you earn, Ecomodish will plant one tree through the The Nature Conservancy's Plant a Billion Trees program.

Please join Ecomodish today.



Summer Essentials: Candy-colored natural nail polish

Zoya Nail Polish

Warm weather means trading in your stuffy, winter footwear for something more breezy and revealing. So now is the perfect time to pretty up your toes with some natural nail polish. Treat yourself to a natural manicure or pedicure with these vibrant, summer-inspired nail color collections from Zoya.


Zoya Nail Polish

Zoya La-Di-Da Collection (Cream Finish) - America: Bright orange-y red, Dita: Classic cherry red, Renee: Ultra bright cherry, Paz: Ultra bright neon orange, Ali: Ultra bright neon pink and Pippa: Ultra bright neon yellow.


Zoya Nail Polish

Zoya Ooh-La-La Collection (Metallic/Frost Finish) - Katy: Pink purple with multi-color metallic highlights, Tallulah: Vibrant metallic medium blue, Midori: Unexpected metallic apple green, Goldie: Multi dimensional metallic yellow gold, Emme: Shimmering soft pink and Ginessa: Multi dimensional metallic frosty white.


Zoya Nail Polish

Zoya Chit Chat Collection (Metallic Finish) - Gaia: hip white metallic, Erika: soft pink metallic, Bekka: cool chartreuse metallic, Lianne: ultra tangerine metallic, Annie: bold berry metallic and Elke: hot rose metallic.


Zoya Nail Polish

Zoya Gossip Collection (Cream Finish) - Audrina: red-purple cream, Whitney: hot fuchsia cream, LO: electric cerise cream, Elodie: bold poppy cream, Heidi: hi-beam orange cream and LC: Summer red cream.


Zoya Nail Polish

Zoya Candy Collection (Metallic & Cream Finishes) - Tart: Blue metallic, Yummy: Robin egg blue cream, Sweet: Bubble gum pinic cream, Creamy: Yellow cream and Tangy: Lime green metallic.


Zoya Nail Polish

Zoya Smitten Collection (Metallic Finish) - Ariel: shimmering magenta pink metallic, Shiloh: shimmering summer red metallic, Sylvie: shimmering mellon red metallic, Pia: shimmering tangerine metallic, Hayden: shimmering pale hot pink metallic and Vivi: shimmering bold pink metallic.



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

View more eco-friendly swimsuits

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