OK, so I know my taste is a little, er, eclectic, but I love these crazy suitcase chairs by Katie Thompson. Working with recycled materials — or, as she calls it, “junk” — the South African designer has created a wacky series of modern-meets-vintage pieces. The white Samsonite piece you see here is made out of found luggage, white linen, and whitewashed timber. She’s also got a desk lamp made out of a Remington typewriter and a clock made out of a scale. Environmentally friendly and chic. Now that’s a steal. [Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »
As of today, there’s no excuse for wearing those holey, chewed-up underoos we all own. Not only are they not cute, they are slowly and silently killing the planet. (Well, kinda.) Pact, a brand new line of eco-friendly underthings by famed industrial designer Yves Behar, is upping the, er, (p)ante on Victoria and her secrets. Not only do 10 percent of Pact’s sales support three different nonprofits—826 National, ForestEthics and Oceana—but the company has taken major pains to ensure that the process of producing their underwear is a green one. All of the designs are made in Turkey — 100 miles from where the cotton is grown and cultivated — which eliminates unnecessary shipping waste. To lessen the environmental impact even more, Behar et al use reusable cloth packaging and compost-able shipping bags. For the ladyfolk out there, the underwear comes in thong, bikini and boyshort styles—and you can opt for or against patterns. [Pact]
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We love it when girls steal their boyfriends’ clothes (or shop in the men’s department), because there’s something subtly sexy about taking masculine clothes and putting them on a woman. This cozy organic cotton V-neck achieves that look with its screen-printed nod to a bow-tie that’s come undone. And you can feel good about buying one — a portion of the sales from Quiksilver’s eco-friendly apparel goes to E.P.I.C., an organization that helps bring clean water to villages in Tanzania.
We’re giving away five small Quiksilver Eco-Friendly V-Neck Tees, but you have to work if you want a shirt. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, Nov. 21 through Thursday, Nov. 27 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Ninety-percent of the reason I want to own a house someday is so I can wallpaper every room in a different pattern. WalnutWallpaper.com sells wallpaper that is made from non-toxic materials such as water-based ink and untreated papers (no chemical waterproofing of any kind), not to mention wallpaper with some of the coolest and hard to find patterns I have ever seen. Designers include Allegra Hicks, Geoff McFetridge, and Neisha Crosland. After the jump are squares of a few of my faves. [WalnutWallpaper.com via EcoSalon.com] Keep reading »