I’ve found some many wonderful shops on etsy, and I would like to help promote them. Supporting small businesses is essential, as well as shopping local. Since shopping local can be challenging at times, it is good to know that there are wonderful alternatives out there like etsy.
This shop is called the Green Thread Shop. It features a line of organic baby linens and clothing called All Wild Co. These designs are unique, stylish, and fun.
“All Wild Co. creates organic baby linens and apparel. They take great care in producing each item – we hand-dye, hand-print and appliqué to create original designs. Only high quality organic fabrics are used, which are free from pesticides, water-based inks for printing and low-impact dyes for dyeing.”
I purchased my first pair of Okabashi flip flops and I absolutely love them! They are the most comfortable thongs that I’ve ever worn. I noticed the comfort immediately and I didn’t want to take them off. I can’t wear flats because I need a little bit of an arch and heel for my feet. The Okabashi Splash flip flops give me everything I need, plus they are eco-friendly.
Okabashi sandals and shoes are made in Buford, GA using a zero-waste production process. Their products are made of Microplast, which is comfortable, durable, washable, vegan-friendly, and 100% recyclable – a feature combination that is extremely rare in the footwear industry. Their designs are based on the studies of reflexology, support, and proper body alignment. Okabashi is dedicated to overall wellness, delivering shoes that are both good for you and good for the planet.
I love walking into this store and smelling all the different types of soaps. The scents are subtle and fragrant. They use the finest, natural ingredients without leaving residue behind. The quality is superb and leaves you feeling clean.
“Soaptopia creates all natural soap, handmade bath products, organic perfumes and green gifts. Their eco-friendly vegan soaps are handmade in their shop in Los Angeles using pure vegetable-based ingredients like raw shea butter, olive oil and essential oils. In addition to natural soap, Soaptopia crafts shea butter lip balm, handmade shaving soap, massage candles, balms and body lotions.”
“Soaptopia provides natural yummy soaps and skin products that not only nourish the body but also awaken the senses and promote self-awareness. Their responsibility in the eco-centered community is to devote themselves to identifying more environmentally friendly ways to bring you the finest and freshest, 100% JUNK-FREE body care products available anywhere.”
Guest post by Jakob Barry
If you’ve been thinking about going green at home the kitchen is the perfect place to start. That’s where we spend much of our time preparing and eating food and it’s probably where ninety percent of our household waste originates.
Alternatively, when it comes to water and electricity usage a good portion of our household utility bill can almost certainly be traced back to the kitchen. Resourcefulness when it comes to utilities is another way to cut down on waste.
That being the case here are a few essentials that can transform the kitchen into a more efficiently working eco-friendly environment.
1. Recycling bin: Since one of the easiest ways to go green in the kitchen is reuse and repurpose, recycling is a good place to start. What’s needed is a bin sectioned off for plastic, paper, and glass that can be placed under the sink or off to the side in the pantry. If there’s room having three bins for better organization is the preferred option. Either way the point is for the recycling station to be in a non-obstructive place but easily accessible so it’s ‘used and reused.’
2. Compost bucket: Second on the list is something to round up all fruit and vegetable peals and various other scraps of food for composting. This will cut down on waste sent to the landfill but more importantly once the compost is ready it will provide spectacular nutrients for your garden’s soil. Eventually, between recycling and composting you’ll find you may not need garbage bags again.
3. Eco-friendly cleaners: So many of the products we use to scrub dishes, tiles, and floors are made from chemicals that harm our environment. Replace these with eco-friendly brands which won’t taint soil, contaminate aquifers, or produce unsafe fumes that can affect our breathing and cause illness. Useful natural cleaners could also be made from household staples such as vinegar and baking soda.
4. Energy saving bulbs: You may think that when there’s a lot of daylight the type of bulb in the kitchen ceiling doesn’t matter because you won’t use it often. However, even in sunny states like California, San Diego electricians will tell you switching from incandescent bulbs to compact florescent lights (CFLs) is worth it. As energy savers they will last hundreds, sometimes thousands more hours and leave less of a carbon footprint on the world both during manufacturing and when in use.
5. Local produce: Much of our produce comes from across the country which means it leaves a long trail of various carbon footprints just trying to get to your neighborhood supermarket. Whenever possible stock up with products grown and manufactured locally.
6. Organic food: Local is one thing; organic is another. When fruits and vegetables are not organic they’re usually covered in chemical pesticides known to be extremely unhealthy. Part of the problem with buying organic, though, is the price which is usually more than regular produce. One solution is to research and find out which fruits and vegetables in a regular market carry the most pesticides and buy them organic. That way the produce in your kitchen is on the lower end of the pesticide scale.
7. Non-Teflon pans: In recent years it has been confirmed that cooking with non-stick Teflon can be very dangerous because of the fumes that leach into food and the air. Go with eco-friendly non-stick options which aren’t Teflon or consider other materials like stainless steal or ceramic.
8. Green cookbooks: If you like to cook try going with healthy and hearty recipes from ‘Green’ minded cookbooks. They will provide eco-friendly tips not only when it comes to ingredients but on how to be more resourceful in the kitchen.
9. A resourceful faucet: Of all the water in our world only a minute percentage is of drinking quality. That’s why conserving as much as possible, especially in our kitchens, is important. There are a number of devices that attach to nozzles which prevent the maximum flow of water from pouring out. Other faucet mechanisms are specially made for better water conservation.
10. Reusable bags: In most of our kitchens we have a plastic bag or drawer full of non-biodegradable plastic bags brought home with the groceries. All of them are unnecessary because they take hundreds, if not thousands of years to degrade and when they do will leave environment unfriendly residue in the earth. Having several reusable ones readily available when going shopping will prevent the need to use more plastic and greatly improve our situation.
The Design Pallet is a modern and organic home furnishing shop from Seattle. They make sustainable furniture, candle holders, business card holders, key and jewelry trays from local salvaged and reclaimed wood. I got a couple of the salvaged tea light holders and they are very nice quality. These items would make a great addition to any home decor.
The Design Pallet Website:
Green Garmento is an eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastic dry-cleaning bags. Every year an estimated 300 million pounds of single-use plastic garment bags clog US landfills and waterways. Take a leap forward to change that by switching to a reusable garment bag such as, Green Garmento. The bag is versatile and can be used as a hanging hamper, a carrying bag and duffel bag.
I have two of these bags and I use them for storing formal clothing in my closet. I rarely use dry cleaners, and I’d use one of these bags if I did. I would also use an eco-friendly dry cleaners. If you’d like to help keep plastic out of landfills and the ocean, please use a Green Garmento bag.
I’ve had a worm compost in a Rubbermaid container for a couple years now. It is ok, but I’ve had a lot of trouble balancing the moisture levels. I finally decided to get a stackable worm compost bin and I couldn’t be happier. I like how it separates the worm tea, and the compost in different level trays. It has a convenient hand operated spigot to dispense the worm tea. It doesn’t take up much space and it’s very compact.
“These systems are 3, 4, or 5 interlocking trays in depth and allow the worms to remain undisturbed while you harvest the vermicompost. The principle is simple: Composting worms will naturally migrate upwards toward the new bedding and food. Once they all migrate up through the holes in each tray, you harvest the remaining castings in the tray(s) below and then add the empty tray to the top of the stack.”
Learn more about worm compost bins: http://www.vermicompost.net/worm-composting-bins/
LocalHarvest is a wonderful resource for people who want to eat sustainably grown food in their area. You can have sustainable food delivered to your door on a weekly basis. This is great for people who are busy and don’t have time to shop locally. At LocalHarvest, find farmers markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area.
“People worldwide are rediscovering the benefits of buying local food. It is fresher than anything in the supermarket and that means it is tastier and more nutritious. It is also good for your local economy–buying directly from family farmers helps them stay in business.”
“The best organic food is what’s grown closest to you. Use the LocalHarvest website to find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies. Want to support this great web site? Shop their catalog for things you can’t find locally!”
Do you ever wonder what to do with used wine & champagne corks? I usually save them, because I never really knew what to do with them. Cork is a renewable, recyclable material that doesn’t belong in our landfills. I discovered that you can return corks to Whole Foods Market who has partnered with Cork ReHarvest in a cork recycling program so that shoppers can recycle their natural wine corks.
“Cork recycling helps to reduce demand placed on cork plantations while maintaining the delicate ecosystem of the Mediterranean forests and helps thousands of producers maintain a sustainable income to support their families.”
Cork ReHarvest: http://www.corkforest.org
On Saturday, February 4th, Enrich LA built a beautiful reading garden at Glenfeliz Elementary School in Atwater. We built benches and tables for students to read, study and just enjoy. This is a already beautiful campus with murals and signs around encouraging kids to read, learn, and eat healthy! Here are some photos from the build. If you’d like to see more, please visit the eco enthusiast Facebook page and Enrich LA.
Note: I’m mixing things up a little. This weeks posts will be Sun, Tues, and Thurs. Normally: Mon, Wed, and Fri.