Thursday, January 31, 2008
To view the Kuyichi Collection : http://www.kuyichi.com/kuyichi/
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
What attracted me to Gaia Conceptions was not only the brilliant earthy designs, but her concepts are brought to light with materials that are not only organic, but also local. "The Certified Organic Cotton - is grown in Texas, ginned in North Carolina, and made into fabric in South Carolina." She also designs with exquisite natural fabrics spun of hemp, raw silk, and organic wool - using only fiber reactive eco safe dyes to create a rainbow of colors. If that isn't cool enough, she will do custom orders to fit just your shape ! Check out her ESTY store full of organic dresses, skirts, tops, maternity, for baby, and more here @ http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5381559 .
The first and easiest thing to start with is paint. This one is extremely important, especially if you are painting a newborn's room. It is now a widely accepted theory in Australia, that SIDS is caused by the toxic materials in a baby's room (new paint, new bedding, new furniture). I tend to agree with this, being that scientifically we know VOCS, formaldehyde, and fire retardants to be highly toxic substances which cause an array of serious health issues. Here is a *No VOC safe paint * list put together by Ideal Bite :
"Anna Sova - get good coat from a paint that's made from 99% food-grade ingredients and renewables.
American Clay - actually a plaster ($14/50 lbs).
Real Milk Paint - for that "adobe"-style look ($46/gallon).
Yolo Colorhouse - limited range of colors, but exquisite in all other ways ($37/gallon).
Bioshield - both matte and gloss finishes. Also check out their all-natural primer and thinner ($30-50/gallon).
Benjamin Moore Eco Spec - used by some of the top eco-builders out there ($25/gallon).
Olympic - low-odor, Green Seal-approved and widely available at Lowe's ($17/gallon).
American Pride Paints - great for people with chemical sensitivities ($22/gallon).
Ecos Organic Paints - for the UK (£15/1 L).
Paint Bucket Grid - save paint and eliminate the need for plastic trays with a paint grid that you hang over the lip of the bucket ($2).
Earth911 - find out where to recycle or donate leftover paint, and check out their paint calculators so you can buy just the amount you need."
*If you take a closer look at BIOSHIELD, you will see they have an array of less toxic products(like oils) - but I want to note here, less toxic may not really be non toxic and if you are chemically sensitive you may need to discern all the ingredients and begin to really think out of the box before buying. (I did a DIY experiment once with wood oil- by boiling olive oil, vinegar, and lots of salt then applied it to a raw wood table. It is still rocking that stain I made and looks beautiful.)
*AFM SAFECOAT has an array of awesome less toxic construction products, like caulking, weather proof sealers, 3-n-1 adhesive, roof guard , oils, stains and No VOC paints (look here at their list): http://www.afmsafecoat.com/
*Insulation is usually dowsed in fire retardants & formaldehyde to prevent it from spreading a house fire (although if your house is burning that intensely the fire retardant isn't going to stop it - it's more of a psychological application then one of reality). Unfortunately insulation out gases for a minimum of 7 years. Uhg- that is a long time ! The cheapest alternative which can be easily ordered through your local construction supply company is formaldehyde free fiber glass insulation. If you live in a humid climate this would be preferable to the new recycled cotton insulation- which should only be used in dry climates due to possible mildew growth. The newest (not cheapest) thermal management option is a single cell blown foam substance called Icynene. "Icynene® is the leading 100% water-blown foam insulation that minimizes air leakage for increased energy efficiency, creates a healthier indoor environment, reduces airborne sounds and offers greater design freedom. Icynene® maintains its performance with no loss of R-value over time. It does not shrink, sag or settle. Icynene® adheres to most construction materials and is the perfect insulation for walls, attics, ceilings and floors."
* Flooring is one of personal aesthetics, and now there's a buffet of eco choices - sustainable wood flooring varnished in non toxic coating, bamboo flooring, beautiful cork floors, chemical free carpets, eco ceramic tiles - this is so endless, you will have to do an online search to find your personal floor fancy. :)
For a full and fantastic eco-home resource, try Ecological Home Magazine here @ http://www.ecologicalhomeideas.com/ ! This magazine is full of info and ideas .
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
From the moment I discovered soy wax massage candles, I was fascinated with their magical powers to go from burning candle to warm yummy massage oil. But I have chemical sensitivities, and every place I found these brilliant inventions seemed to be smothered in artificial scents, like Mango Vanilla & Mojito Peppermint. The prospect made me think more of gagging then massaging. Unscented seemed to not be an option - but finally after many months of searching I discovered an unscented, safe massage candle for those with sensitivities/allergies ! The 100% soy wax candles are handcrafted by "Pomdee" , who says she started making them so that she too could have the unscented option. "By using soy wax, you don't have the toxins you get by burning typical candles (you know the black junk that comes off of them)" and because she uses a unique wood wick she says "you don't have the lead wick burning in your home that 99% of the candles use." To complete the circle of eco bonuses, the glass container can be easily washed and re-used as a cocktail glass.
Pomdee & The Öko Box are now collaborating to bring a naturally scented version of this candle, lovingly created with true essential oils that are commonly used in massage therapy.
Try them out @ www.theokobox.com ! Just look under the intimates section :)
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
My organic olive tree from www.organicstyle.com is already making blooms ! This is amazing considering it is growing indoors- but what really amazes me is the way the tiny closed flowers look just like micro-olives :) mmm ! (See pic to the right ).
The Organic Style store was formerly the Organic Bouquet- they have now expanded to have organic gifts o' plenty - including cool bonsai trees, organic food baskets, organic pet supplies and organic clothing. And of course, great organic olive trees. If you want a really spectacular (more expensive) organic olive tree, visit www.vivaterra.com . Viva Terra has Topiary Trees (Olive, Lemon, Hibiscus), that can be ordered in handcrafted tree root pots.
FYI : Olive trees require a minimum winter temperature to bloom in the spring. Global warming may some day hit the olive industry as temperatures definitely affect crop set and size. A local winter temperature rise due to development around the tree such as buildings and asphalt which act as a wintertime heat sink, can inhibit fruiting.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
PS- Looking for something more? Find organic intimates, vintage lingerie, french organic cotton undies, organic camisoles, and organic pajamas @ The Oko Box!
Friday, January 25, 2008
Campaign for your school district or university to begin purchasing only organic and Fair Made clothing and fibers. Campus clothing represents is a $6 billion a year industry.
Get a resolution passed in your town mandating organic and fair made fiber purchasing for municipal contracts.
Buy your new clothing from socially responsible businesses who can certify that their products are organic (not genetically engineered) and Fair Made.
Fax the Gap and ask them to meet our demands!
Help us ensure that every exhibitor at Earth Day festivals and May Day Rallies are selling only fair made and organic clothes.
Organize a leafleting event and demonstration outside your local Gap!
Ask the manager of the local store where you purchase your clothes if they can guarantee that the fibers they use are GMO-free and organic and if the workers who made the garments were paid a living wage. "*
* To learn more about organic standards, and find all the organic products you need go to :
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Here (in the link below) is an article, all about the ways Walmart is going green - from cutting emissions spewed by their massive trucking fleet, to carrying organic sheets & sustainable shrimp...
What do you think of Walmart's greening, when it's corporation is well known for it's insane profits due to slave labor and environmental destruction ? I found it interesting in this article, that Walmart saves multi-millions through their greening program, yet there was nothing mentioned about donating these savings to anything but their own bottom line. (So greedy !) But then again, what if every mega monopolizing company was to go green !? What a huge impact it could have on the earth & collective mind of society.
HERE IS THE ARTICLE :
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
"Le coton biologique, une matière première de qualité"
Machja's Certified Organic Cotton is produced by 300 farmers in India, who are paid fair wages in advance for their rare crop. Organic Certification guarantees that the crops grown to create this niche fabric are free of any pesticides, therefore preserving the earth's natural biodiversity. Being that conventional cotton culture is one of the most polluted businesses in the world, and thousands of people die each year of air quality related respiratory disease - switching to organic saves more lives then that of microorganisms. This is why going organic feels so dang good !
A NICHE WITHIN A NICHE...
Machja has now spearheaded a new innovative fiber, made of milk ! Milk follows a process of extracting the milk protein: "impurity elimination, dehydration, and écrémage to subtract the fatty matters. Once this step is completed, the protein by 'polymerization' becomes fiber, thus being able to be spun into a milk fiber all ready to knit !" (That is so awesome !) Of course this fabric will not be well accepted by vegans, but innovating new fabrics free of harmful chemical processing is an earthy step in the right direction.
Machja has been tauted as the Organic "Gap ", but the designs and ethical goals far exceed the quality of The Gap. Corsican designer Sarl Machja has created simple, luxurious designs that carry a whimsy of romance. His line has extended from day wear & denim, to a ZEN collection which includes pajamas & yoga gear. Machja is available all over Europe, and in the USA only @ http://www.theokobox.com/ !