Friday, December 31, 2010

Eco-Friendly, CONTEMPORARY Calendar

"I want to take a moment to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!"

Everyone needs a new calendar at the start of the new year... This beautiful botanical calendar, inspired by a hummingbird's perspective is created by Susy Jack. The colors are bright and cheery and the patterns are so eye catching and alive. I love the idea of 3 months displayed together as artwork!

What makes this lovely calendar eco-friendly? It is:
  • printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper
  • printed with soy ink
  • made in the USA

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Eco-Friendly, MODERN Table Top

I love these modern placemats, doileez, and coasters from Modern Twist. They are created by hand silk screening silicon. I like the "Modern Twist" on old fashion doileez - they are so fun and different!

What makes these table top accessories eco-friendly? They are:
  • non-porous and germ-free
  • free of BPA, lead, latex, phthalates, and other harsh chemicals
  • socially and environmentally conscious company
  • made in the USA

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Eco-Friendly, NUT Jewelry

These beautiful, bright jewelry pieces by Muichic are made from tagua nuts. The tagua nut is also know as vegetable ivory. The nuts are collected off the rainforest floor, dried, carved, dyed, and polished. Each nut has a different gain and once dried they are extremely hard. I love the chunky designs and bold colors!

What makes this wonderful jewelry eco-friendly? They are:
  • made from organic tagua nuts (no pesticides or foreign chemicals are used)
  • protects elephants
  • protects the rain forest
  • eco-friendly dyes
  • non-toxic and allergen free
  • made by artisans who are given a fair wage and healthy working conditions

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Eco-Friendly, ORGANIC Art Prints

I fell in love with these precious art prints by Alena Hennessy. I'm disappointed that they are currently sold out, but more will arrive in 2011!

What makes these cute prints eco-friendly? They are made with:
  • organic cotton
  • earth-friendly ink
  • hand screen printed
  • made in the USA

Monday, December 27, 2010

Eco-Friendly, HIP Boots

Hip boots from Simple Shoes. I love the casual, hippie styling. They sell shoes and sandals as well, but since it is Winter I wanted to feature the great boots!!

What makes these boots eco-friendly? They are constructed with:
  • eco-certified suede and leather
  • recycled PET, organic cotton, and hemp uppers (vegan)
  • certified organic cotton linings
  • nickel and lead free buckle
  • recycled nylon buttons
  • latex foam and polyurethane pedbed
  • biodegradable sole made of natural rubber or recycled rubber from car tires
  • foot form inserts are made of post consumer recycled paper
  • shoebox is made of post consumer recycled paper, soy based ink, natural latex, and starch based glue

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Organic, HOLIDAY Cocktail #3

This "Gingerbread Apple Cocktail" from Marie Claire looks so delicious! I modified the ingredients to be all Organic. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Here is my organic version of the "Gingerbread Apple Cocktail"
  • 2 oz. Koval Organic Ginger Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Tru Organic Vanilla Vodka
  • 2.5 oz. Organic Apple Cider
  • A few drops of Organic Lemon Juice
  • Organic Orange zest
  • Organic Agave syrup

Line a chilled martini glass lightly with agave syrup on a dish followed by spiced graham cracker crumbs. Place all ingredients except for orange zest in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into glass. Freshly grate orange zest on drink and serve immediately.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Recycle, LOVELY Table Lamps

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this lamp from Shades of Light!! The colors are beautiful and dreamy. The shape of the base is a replica of an old jug used to brew wine and beer. I adore the natural imperfection found in the recycled glass. I love everything about this lamp!!

What makes this lovely lamps eco-friendly?
  • made recycled glass
  • natural burlap shade
  • uses a compact fluorescent

Monday, December 20, 2010

Recycled, IDENTIFIABLE Glass

The Green Glass Company makes glass products out of discarded bottles. What I love is that you can recognize what bottle was used - unique wine, beer, and pop bottles made into lovely glasses and vases. Their products remind me of a Summer day relaxing on the porch.

What makes their glassware eco-friendly?
  • made from bottles labeled for the waste stream
  • eco-friendly processes including sandblasting by aluminium oxide
  • made by hand in the USA

Friday, December 17, 2010

Eco-Friendly, RUSTIC Ornaments

These cute ornaments by Merritt Hyde would look great on your country Christmas tree or clustered on a wall for that vintage feel. They have great detail and rustic style... They would make wonderful gifts!

What makes these precious ornaments eco-friendly? They are:
  • made from recycled rusted barn roofing and old flooring nails
  • made by hand in the USA

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Eco-Friendly, PEACH PIT Flooring???

When I saw this picture, I had to tell you about peach pip (or pit) flooring. It was first used by settlers in South Africa - the peach pits where set in various materials like ox blood & cow dung, clay & aloe sap, and wax. Today Stone Fruit Floors uses glues, resin, and urethane. It is all installed by hand and has a low carbon footprint (at least in South Africa). All the sharp edges are filed off for barefoot comfort, and colors can be added to the resin to customize the application. Peach pit flooring can also be install on walls, stairs, exteriors, and even showers. I can't find a USA supplier... But I will keep on the lookout, because this is one of the most interesting flooring materials I have ever seen!

Eco-Friendly, Furniture by Tucker Robbins

I am impressed with Tucker Robbins furniture - it is the perfect marriage between the luxury of natural solid wood and fabulous modern design. All his pieces are unique, extremely well made, and very substantial. There are so many piece that I love, it was hard to only include the few below!

The furniture of Tucker Robbins is eco-friendly because they:
  • strive to use salvaged and responsibly harvested wood
  • work with tribal industry - honoring the past, present, and future
  • create long lasting heirloom furniture
  • promote sustainable practices
  • support artisans and tribal cultures