Zen Threads is one of my favorite Etsy shops. I love their clever designs and their commitment to sustainability–they use eco-friendly inks and most of the clothing they print on is from American Apparel. Another bonus? Their prices are fantastic. Most pieces are around $25 or less. Click through to check out seven of my favorite cute, casual items currently for sale in the shop…
Do you smell it in the air? Do you feel it in your bones? It’s spring cleaning time! The internet (and when I say “the internet,” I mean “Pinterest”) is overflowing with DIY cleaning recipes and ideas that make scrubbing your bathtub seem almost fun. But the real bonus? Whipping up your own cleaning solutions is often cheaper and better for the environment than buying traditional cleaning agents. Here are 10 DIY solutions for cleaning everything from floors to windows to furniture …
These days, it’s pretty cool to call yourself eco-friendly, and in the fashion world, that’s especially true. Lots of brands say they’re sustainable, but don’t actually have the environmental chops to back it up. Enter Naked Fashion, a book from author Safia Minney, with contributions from a slew of her famous friends, including designers Vivienne Westwood and Orla Kiely and actress Emma Watson. Minney and Co. give you the skinny on sustainability, covering everything from Fair Trade and the environment, styling and modeling, up-cycling and “slow” fashion, and even provide a directory of ethical brands and designers. After all, fashion and the environment impact everyone, especially women. As Watson explains, “I still find it hard to convey how much Fair Trade means to those producing our fashion – it’s just so impressive to see how the women have used Fair Trade to escape poverty and empower themselves and their children.” [$12.20, Amazon]
Bodkin is the brainchild of Brooklyn designer Eviana Hartman. Hartman started out as a writer and editor, working at Nylon and Vogue, where she developed an interest in sustainable fashion and design. And in Bodkin, she strives to maintain a high level of sustainability and transparency. Bodkin is designed and manufactured in the U.S. and Eviana is invested in using both sustainable fabrics and instituting sustainable production techniques that do the least amount of harm to both workers and the Earth. Oh, and did we mention her clothes are wearable and totally gorgeous?
Just in time for Earth Day, H&M is putting out a collection of eco-friendly sustainable evening wear called the Conscious Collection. Made from hemp, organic cotton and recycled polyester, the capsule collection has already been spotted on celebs like Michelle Williams and Amanda Seyfreid, and consists of wearable — but fancy! — dresses and short suits. Check ‘em out and get ready for the inevitable fight over these gorgeous items.
Even though geek-chic has been a colossal trend the past few years, we’re completely over thick plastic frames. We’re moving on to hipper wood frames by Sire’s Crown, which uses eco-friendly woods and plastics to make their eyeglasses and sunglasses.
It’s simple logic that eyeglasses should enhance, not detract, from your features, especially since you wear them all day, everyday. And Sire’s Crown has a frame to fit every face and lifestyle. We’re quite smitten with the Moorea frames, which are available in nine different woods and remind us of glasses Hyde would have worn on “That ’70s Show.” The Dylan Thomas frames are also available in a variety of woods and were inspired by the Welsh poet. These frames have a classic wayfarer vibe, so they’ll look chic on many faces. Sire’s Crown also produces glasses with eco-friendly plastic fronts for those that enjoy a bit of mixed media. Keep reading »