Under the Canopy has just launched a gorgeous new collection of organic bed linens and towels! My fave is the Garden Shadow style shown below--love the girly eyelet design and crisp, summery, boho vibe.
The cherry on top? Eco-deals site White Apricot is promoting a 15% discount at Under the Canopy - just enter code UTCWhiteApricot01 at checkout!
I love home accessories that have a beachy vibe...but even I have to admit the whole coral trend has gotten a bit out of control. From pillows to candlesticks, seems like you can't stroll into a design shop these days without spotting some serious coral action. Still, despite its prevalence, I really do like the look. So I'm digging this gorgeous little handmade bowl with its subtle coral relief pattern--it's beachy enough to make me smile, but not so over-the-top that it would make me feel like a trend victim. Plus it's made with earth-safe glazes in an antique low-fire kiln. $65 at Green with Glamour.
Need an eco-alternative to the dreaded plastic watter bottle? Check out Love Bottle! I adore their crisp, simple designs and old fashioned, water-tight, ceramic swing tops...just like a retro milk jug! As perfect table-top as they would be jaunting about town in your bag or fancying up your guest room, Love Bottles are made with 100% recycled glass. Water really does taste best out of glass, don't you think?
Afraid you might break yours? They sell handy-dandy neoprene carriers. Want to wow your wedding guests? Order a whole bunch of custom-labeled bottles! Best yet: They're dishwasher-safe.
Drink up! It's (almost) the weekend!
Calling all eco-chic mamas! Have you guys heard of Green Kids Auction? It's basically like eBay for kids gear, allowing you to recycle your gently used stuff! Such a great idea. And they're running a "Stroll Into Autumn" Sweepstakes right now where you can enter your name to win this downright futuristic Kid Kustoms custom stroller made with surplus Lockheed Martin airplane material (valued at $3,500!).
It kinda reminds me of a rolling iPhone...and I mean that in the best possible way.
How many times during the work week do you find yourself dashing out to your local salad/soup/noodle restaurant for some quick takeout lunch and yet another set of those landfill-clogging plastic utensils? These ToGo Ware reusable utensils might just be your new best friend! I know the earth is seriously digging them. The utensils are made of sustainably harvested bamboo and the cute wrap holder is made by WEAVE, a women's cooperative on the Thai-Burma border. They'd be perfect for a picnic! Available here, for $19.95.
Wow. It's like a sale bonanza around here! Remember when I first wrote about Beau Soleil and her fab organic cotton and bamboo dresses? They're on sale now! Lots of great styles are 50% off or more! My fave, the Beau Ball style up top, is down to $100 from $325. Ooooo la la....
Remember when I first wrote about Environment Furniture? I know, I know - how could you forget!? If you've been saving your pennies for one of their sleek reclaimed wood pieces ever since you read about 'em and you live in or near New York, next weekend is gonna pretty much be a bonus birthday for you: Environment Furniture is having a sale at their 876 Broadway location from July 25th - 27th! Lemme know what you score, you lucky dog.
In other news you can use:
Wanna know how make your office super green? Check out my How to Eco-Chic Your Office piece over at Sprig.
Need a refresher on the big bad beast that is global warming? Check out my The Facts About Global Warming piece at Sprig.
Wanna read something I didn't write? Why would you? Just in case, there's a nifty list of which fruits and veggies are most important to buy organic (and when to not bother) over at the Environmental Working Group. (Too lazy to make the jump? Apples, peppers, celery, and cherries top the list of what you should buy organic.)
I was clicking through Sprig's great summer dress slideshow when this funky, sunshiney Viridis Luxe number caught my eye. The pintuck Grecian mini--gotta love the detailing on that neckline--is made with 70% bamboo and 30% organic cotton. Pick it up at Revolve Clothing--your closet will thank you.
I can't express strongly enough how much I adore letterpress stationary. It's so modern and yet vintage-looking! Classic yet hip! Yes, letterpress, you study in exciting contradictions: I salute you.
I love these rounded-edge letterpress cards from Copper Willow, a small stationary company that uses soy-based inks and recycled paper and repurposed cotton mostly manufactured in mills run with wind power and hydroelectricity. Copper Willow also makes beautiful wedding invitations...
(Via InStyle / Top photo: Time Inc. Digital Studio / Bottom photo: StyleMePretty.com)
With the first birthday of Cole, our rescue pup, fast approaching, I've had my eyes peeled for a perfectly dogtastic birthday gift for the little scrapper. Right now, I'm feeling pretty enamored with this adorable Woof Sachet. It's filled with lavender - a delish smelling natural flea repellent - and slips right onto a dog collar. It could be an excellent quasi-bow-tie look for Cole on his big day. Of course, since he can't eat it or even chew on it, Cole probably won't think the Woof Sachet is half as cool as I do. So I'll also let him dig into a big bag of his favorite natural Zuke's treats. Woof Sachet, $13.50, available at Zanisa.
The Wooden Duck, my fave reclaimed wood furniture store is having their annual sale this weekend! 50% off outdoor furniture, 30% off indoor stock, and 15% off custom orders from July 18-20! We have great outdoor and indoor furniture from this place...one of these days I'll take some pics around the house to post here!
By George, the blokes across the pond have really done it! The just-opened Club Surya in London has a dance floor (pictured above) that harnesses the movements of club-goers to generate energy to power the club! Plus, if you arrive by foot, bike, or public transpo, you get in for free...and they serve organic drinks in biodegradable cups (why not reusable cups, I wonder? Too much crazy dancing makes them wary of glass?).
Anyhoo, this gets me thinking... I totally want a motion-harnessing floor in my dream house. How cool would that be? You could power the stairwell light just be walking up the stairs! Power your fridge just by walking up to it, opening the door, and tapping your feet while scarfing down some hummus! Let's dream big, peeps! And dance as often as possible.
Happy Friday! In the spirit of Summer weekend trips to places near and far, I give you: The perfect Weekender bag. There are so many fab options, I had trouble picking just 3 to feature here. At $220, it's not the least expensive bag you'll ever own (or maybe it is - aren't you fancy!), but it might just be the most useful bag you'll ever own. Go ahead and try to pick your fave bag from the countless featured on the website - pack a snack, you'll be there for hours. Here's what Rising Tide Fair Trade has to say about their bags:
Our bags are created from repurposed vintage quilts and cruelty free leather (from naturally deceased animals) and canvas.
Rather than using a system of mass production, our bags are produced in a women’s cooperative, which has a lower impact on the environment.
Our bags are made one at a time by individuals paid a fair wage and treated with dignity and respect.
This is the most swoon-worthy dress I've seen in a long time. Major, heart-aching love. Also, my birthday is a mere 9 months away. I'm just sayin!
Ryann dress, made sweatshop-free in the USA with 67% bamboo, available at Fashion Ethic (on sale for $215).
Update! Turns out SSTW's new sponsor, Fashion Ethic, is having a sale and the price of this dress is now $165!
I love me some accessories. But I hate how an innocuous purchase like a cute necklace can turn out to have exploited a worker or the resources in a developing country. So I hunted around and dug up some great designers who work with recycled, reclaimed, vintage, and Fair Trade materials and often donate a portion of sales to charities. A few of my favorites are posted here, and 8 more are posted over at StyleHive - check 'em out!
Above, the Love Heals Giving Tree Support Necklace - 50 trees are planted with each purchase! $182, here.
Lucina Fair Trade Citrine and Silver earrings. A steal at $28, available here.
And Cheeky Monkey's Recycled 10 K Gold and Fair Trade Stone Horseshoe Necklace. It ain't cheap ($320), but it sure is pretty! Available here.
Carly Margolis, a wallpaper designer and co-founder of NY-based Cavern Home traveled to the Casa de Milagros orphanage in Peru and helped the children create designs that she then incorporated into a wallpaper print. Even the repeated geometric symbol in the wallpaper is taken from the kids' drawings--it's called the "Chakana," a spiritual Peruvian symbol. I love how all of the kids' images peek out in unexpected places from the pattern - a perfect pick-me-up for a drab bathroom! Best of all, proceeds of wallpaper purchases go directly to the orphanage. Buy here in olive, turquoise, and brown for $155/roll.
OMG, how excited are you to be back at work today??
Yeah, same here. Let's think about something else.
Like travel. And perfume! It's a pain to lug your favorite scent around airports, isn't it? Especially if you're attempting to travel with only carry-on luggage and need to keep liquids small. Solution? I love these beautiful Tsi-La mini fragrance bottles, and of course dig that they're alcohol-free with 100% organic and natural ingredients. They'd make a great gift, no?
You can find them online at the newly launched FutureNatural.com, a beauty products website smartly billing itself as the natural/organic alternative to Sephora. Here's what they say about themselves:
Happy almost-4th, everyone! In honor of beach days and BBQs, I thought it fitting to share these chic 99% recycled leather sandals from Begoodesigns. With their little tassles and leather straps, they're like a cross between preppy boat shoes, beachy flip flops, and hipster gladiator sandals! Love. Plus they're handcrafted, Fair Trade, and the company is a member of 1% For the Planet.
Enjoy a floptastic long weekend!
(Spotted on Ecofabulous)
The kind folks over at Eco-Me were kind enough to send me an Eco-Me Starter Kit. Rather than taking this to mean they assumed my home needed a good cleaning, I took this to mean they believed I would love their products and rave about them here on SSTW. And they were right! About the raving thing. Eco-Me is super fun because you get to mix up the products yourselves, and therefore know just what you're about to rub all over your kitchen counters, etc. The wood cleaner, for example, is just water, olive oil, and a few drops of their really nice-smelling essential oil blend. I've been using it on our dining table and coffee table and, man, our house smells good. And I get to pretend I'm a mad green scientist for a few moments, mixing stuff up. Huge bonus, obvs.
It's a sure sign that green has moved into the mainstream when even fairly traditional-looking drapes are now made using sustainable bamboo materials. Drape Style's bamboo and linen drapes are the epitome of grown-up cool - while a couple of the patterns are a bit stuffy for my taste (above), I love the leafy, stylized Bordocano Angelus and fun polka-dotted Tapla Angelus patterns (below). Custom made in the US, you pick the size, pleat style, and lining. Available here, starting at $279/panel.