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Trade-up Your Old Bridesmaid Dress for a New Little Black Dress

May 10, 2011 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Little Black Dress

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the NEWLYMAID bridesmaid dress "exchange" program is no longer active.

I wanted to share with you a new site that launched today, NEWLYMAID.com. They offer a unique way to trade up a bridesmaid dress after a wedding for a new little black dress that can be worn for any occasion. NEWLYMAID is the first service of its kind to offer women a way to enjoy savings, reduce their carbon footprint, help others in need, and get a fabulous dress they can wear for any occasion.

NEWLYMAID accepts bridesmaid dresses and special occasion dresses from ANY designer brand. In return, you get a special 30 - 50% credit value towards a new 'any occasion' black dress. The little black dresses can be styled to work for many occasions from a sophisticated office look to flirty looks fit for a night on the town.

The gently worn bridesmaid and special occasion dresses will either be donated to charity or recycled. Dresses which are suitable for reuse will be donated to Clothes4Souls. Clothes4Souls brings shoes and apparel to people in need around the world. NEWLYMAID will also work with UNIFI to recycle qualifying dresses that are 100% polyester. And, future NEWLYMAID styles offered will include REPREVE (R)- recycled fibers made by Unifi.

If you have an old bridesmaid or special occasion dresses just hanging around in your closet, visit NEWLYMAID and send in your old dress for credit towards a new little black dress perfect for work, brunch, or girl's night out.



Eco-Chic Wood Bangles from Mango Tree

February 21, 2011 | posted by ecomodish | 0 Comments

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Mango Tree Eco Chic Bangles

Mango Tree offers hand-carved, hand-painted, wood bangle bracelets made from organic Grade A mango trees that are only timbered for use when the tree can no longer yield fruit. Mango Tree believes that every little bit helps, which is why they recycle and use natural materials for their eco-friendly, handmade jewelry. Mango Tree also donates a portion of their proceeds to various charities. Each month a different organization is chosen to donate to - February 2011 is The American Heart Association.

Each Mango Tree bangle bracelet is designed and painted using special techniques and colors. Colors and patterns vary from bangle to bangle, making every bangle bracelet unique. Mango Tree offers their eco-chic bangles in 3 styles, 50 colors and 4 sizes. The multitude of colors guarantees a perfect compliment to any outfit.

Mango Tree Bangle Bracelet Combinations

Check out Mango Tree's hot color combinations. Or try out their Mix & Match section, designed to allow you to play with endless color and style combinations. They even have an option to select skintone, so you can see what colors will look best on you.



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.



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.



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.



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!



Handcrafted felt, resin & sterling silver jewelry

May 26, 2010 | posted by ecomodish | 2 Comments

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Etsy Favs: I've spent time browsing Etsy, the last few days, and I wanted to share one of my latest favs - close your eyes hold out your hand. I love the contrast of the fuzzy wool felt against the smooth silver in their one-of-a-kind, handcrafted necklaces and earrings...

Felt and Sterling Silver Jewelry

"close your eyes hold out your hand is about beautiful, wearable items combining the ideas and materials I love: simplicity, contrast, synergy, colour and texture." says Marsha Oza, designer & owner.

Felt and Sterling Silver Jewelry

Check out their clean, colorful collection of handcrafted jewelry on etsy or, if you are in the UK, Folksy.



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.