Friday, February 29, 2008
Eco Boudoir is one of the most hot, comfy, and mind boggling expensive eco lingerie brands out there... and I am totally obsessed with how beautiful each luxury design is. But guess what ?!? Some of last season's heavenly creations are now on SALE, which makes them almost affordable! Knickers, Camisoles, Shorts and Naughty Eye Masks are all 50% closer within your grasp, so when you fantasize about wearing these skivvies your fantasy is 50% more real too!
You can find these eco luxury sales @ http://www.eco-boudoir.com/ and my favorite UK store http://www.thenaturalstore.co.uk/ .
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
(In this picture -which I look really too intense in... I am wearing Organic Loomstate Jeans, thrift store 80's Pumps, a thrift dress I re-worked into a tunic, American Apparel socks, Oko Box Organic Necklace and my Kitty).
Blue Fish organic cotton clothing has their own sizing method that doesn't match any method in existence, so I will take a shot in the dark and say their clothing can go up to sizes well in the 4x range. Many of their fashions can be rather odd and pretty hippy-fied (especially this spring), but there are some cool pieces to note, like the fingerless gloves with sassy hand printed designs, various leggings, the hoody pictured here, and some other random pieces you'll have to sift through. Use your right brain, and imagine these pieces with your favorite jeans and favorite shoes, to find something that will fit your personal style.
Good Luck ! http://www.barclaystudio.com/
UPDATE!!! On April 26th 2008 I wrote another post about Plus Size Organic Clothing with some really cute eco designers!! Check it out HERE!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Check out all their dimension defying designs, like shawls, scarves, tops, coats and even table wear @ http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5356938 .
Check out other things you can do with your broken umbrella @ http://readymademag.com/macgyver/
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
You know you love poo poo - and that's why this paper made from elephant poo poo is going to be your new favorite stationary! http://www.poopoopaper.com/ is a company completely dedicated to creating beautiful journals, note cards, stationary and other paper products entirely from the grassy stuff left over from a dried elephant turd. How cool and dedicated is that ?! It is so eco friendly that just one blop of dung makes 25 LARGE sheets of paper equaling 10 standard size journals. No cutting down trees, no recycled paper production, just good ole' natural organic poop that was not being used anyway :). The most frequently asked question is does the paper smell and the answer is no, they are even working on scented poo poo paper (lemon & cinnamon flavored turd paper- yay !) The Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Company donates a portion of their profits to elephant welfare programs and conservation efforts.
PS - if you are really diggin' paper made of poop but would prefer if came from a different mammal, you can also get SHEEP POO PAPER! http://www.creativepaperwales.co.uk/how_made.asp
And KANGAROO POO PAPER! http://www.creativepapertas.com.au/
All you need:
a strand of icicle-style Christmas lights with 100 bulbs
a leather bracelet a-la 90's rocker style (although my suggestion would be a couple of white zip ties)
2 ceiling hooks, like they use for hanging plants
10 1-liter plastic soda or juice bottles
an X-acto knife or a very sharp bread knife
All you do:
1. Cut the bottom 1/3 off the bottles with the X-acto knife.
2. Remove the bottle’s lids and discard.
3. Slip 2 icicle light strands through the tops of each bottle.
4. Hold all the strands together with the leather bracelet or zip tie. You can fashion a loop with the additional zip tie (threaded through the first zip tie) to hang the chandelier from the ceiling hook.
5. Hang fixture from ceiling, and your done.
The original poster suggests that you shouldn’t leave the chandelier unattended, just in case the plastic bottles melt (!). To forestall meltage, I’d look for LED icicle lights, but they would increase your investment.
***You can order LED and Solar holiday lights from Real Goods, which are more eco friendly and healthier then melting plastic : http://www.gaiam.com/category/solar-living.do?gcid=S18376x028&keyword=real%20goods%20solar
Or for LED lights on SALE go to: http://www.christmaslightsandmore.com/Mini-LED-Lights_c_27-1-0.html
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Yes- before there was blogging, way back in the old days, we wrote stuff down with real ink pens on these white sheets of paper we cut too many trees for. With modern guilt free recycled paper we can now get in touch with our 1990's pre-blogging historical roots, and write like the ancients did.
Pomdee's Shop: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9596958
What you will need :
2. Sewing machine, or alot of patience to hand sew with needle
3. Cute colored thread to match or contrast with your fabric
4. Left over fabric, old garment you want to cut from, or organic fabric - mine was left over fabric.
5. Lacey stretchy elastic - I cut mine off thrift store lingerie, that was otherwise not wearable.
6. some type of ribbon or fabric strips to make side ties -my aunt gave me an box of ribbons she no longer wanted.
My Secret Pattern :
1. I used an old pair of panties - you know you have some too, the kind that are gettin' saggy in the butt now, the ones you use for your period so they are mostly ruined, those panties you avoid and don't feel sexy in ... Cut the side seems open, and lay it flat to voila have a perfect pattern you know will fit you just right !
2. Now cut your fabric a little bigger then those pattern panties (unless you want them a quarter inch skimpier like I did) so that you can make a seam on the inside when sewing on the stretch lace.
3. Use the stitch on your sewing machine that has a little give, and sew the stretchy lace along all the edges on the outside of the panties.
4. Sew on dat ribbon to da left and to da right......
5. Try those babies on and do a dance of eco crafty joy !
And seriously, this is such a quickie eco craft with great reward !
So here's some more structured instructions (that include putting in the cotton liner which I had skipped) from the girls at One Hour Craft : http://www.onehourcraft.com/?p=421 !
Friday, February 22, 2008
completely awesome. The girl hanging from the stripper pole looks special too, cause what could be better then an organic striptease! woo ! The only thing is, from the looks of their website here http://www.urbanfoxeco.com/ there is no where online to buy these beauties, and only two stores in California where you can go find them (you lucky gals over on the west coast!) Keep fingers crossed that I can get these designs online at http://www.theokobox.com/ sometime soon...so we all can partake in these colorful skivvies!
UPDATE : Urban Fox is of course on ETSY, my fav place ! Check them out @ http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5485698 !
Thursday, February 21, 2008
UPDATE:::(April 22 2008) :::ISADORA is a designer on http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10810680/who has designed a beautiful stylish bamboo wedding gown. At present the photo is rather blurry but even through the haze you can see it is absolutely gorgeous!!! It runs about $750, which for an all eco wedding gown is pretty reasonable, or rather comparable to a traditionally made gown (aka-sweatshop/bad for the earth).
**GAIA CONCEPTIONS : Eco Designer on Etsy, Wedding dress is made with locally grown and milled organic cotton, this is a simple formal wedding gown that you can have custom designed, starting with this basic example. AWESOME price at only $250!!!
**Brides Against Breast Cancer This is the place to buy once worn and new donated gowns, and supporting breast cancer awareness ta' boot. They tour the USA with their collection, plus it currently says their online store is "coming soon". That could be now- so check it out :) www.makingmemories.org
Also, here is an article local to Asheville NC, where our local organic clothing/fabric maker SPIRITEX has added organic, bamboo, hemp and silk wedding gowns & bridesmaid gowns to their collection. I imagine they can be ordered, and are absolutely stunning. A must see for the eco-bride!
Green Wedding Gown Guide for Asheville.
NOTE: I have now updated this article and all the links, and added new gowns!!
Go HERE for the full organic wedding dress guide - http://oko-organic-clothing.blogspot.com/2008/05/eco-bridal-organic-wedding-dress.html !!!
"6.5 bil tampons and 13.5 bil sanitary pads - plus their packaging - end up in U.S. landfills or sewer systems each year. And while some tampons contain noxious perfumes, chlorine bleach-related dioxins, and carcinogenic preservatives called parabens, reusable menstrual cups are made from safe rubber or silicone and reusable pads are made with organic cotton" (Ideal Bite).
So here's your eco-choices for your health & planetary health :
*The Keeper : Menstrual Cup made of natural gum rubber (latex). The life expectancy of The Keeper - with proper care (ex: not washing in harsh chemicals) – can be up to 10 years!! FDA approved. If you have a sensitivity or allergy to rubber (latex), please order The Moon Cup, which is made of medical grade silicone.
*DivaCup : . . . not a tampon. . not a pad. Finally a better way! Modern Menstrual Cup* Reliable* Easy-To-Use *Latex- Free *Medical Silicone *Hypoallergenic *Comfortable *Convenient *Odorless *Reusable *Ecological *Economical - Hell Yeah!
*Natracare Tampons : A tampon that is made from only certified organic cotton to avoid unnecessary exposure to chemical residuals and synthetics. Natracare Organic cotton tampons and chemical free pads are high quality products made from only pure and natural materials that are not chlorine bleached and are free of rayon, plastics and synthetic materials. (Note: even organic tampons fill up landfills!)
*http://www.gladrags.com/ : All of your reusable menstrual options! Look for GladRags reusable organic cotton pads, The Keeper menstrual cup, The Keeper Moon Cup, The Diva Cup and Jade and Pearl sea sponge tampons.
*http://www.lunapads.com/ : These guys rock, not only do they sell cute reusuable pads and the Diva Cup, but they have Luna Panties which are actually 100% organic cotton sexy bikini briefs & thongs with a built in luna pad holder. Yay !
Want More? Read a discussion at the Ideal Bite Blog, where ladies discuss why they love their re-usable cups & pads - http://www.idealbite.com/blog/comments/apparently_im_the_one_whos_ok_with_bodily_fluids/
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Thanks to Melissa of Mountains of The Moon for making such a perfect design ! "From start to finish, the collections in our Hemp Enlightenment line are designed, patterned, manufactured, dyed and tagged (using eco-friendly materials) in the USA in small, 100% sweatshop-free facilities that are family owned and operated. We choose to use eco-friendly materials like hemp, tencel and organic cotton that are known for durability and long-life. By selecting fabrics that are not only grown and processed using eco-friendly methods but that also last longer than conventional fabrics, we are able to produce clothing with longer lifecycles than the average garment."
This rad hoody will be available March 1st 2008 at http://www.theokobox.com/ .
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Get your tote @ http://www.theokobox.com/ & http://www.fresheggshere.com/
Get your Bio Bags @ http://www.ecoproducts.com/
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
"By purchasing a Wildlife Works product, you're joining our conservation revolution. You're wearing the brand that says you won't sit quietly by while the last wild things in the last wild places disappear forever. And our products are as good for the planet as they are for your soul. Our premium quality contemporary sportswear designs and home fashions are inspired by endangered species and their habitats. Made from organic cotton, hemp and other environmentally friendly fabrics. In the future, we plan to use 'Consumer Powered Conservation' to expand our activities beyond Africa, reaching around the world to more areas where animals are under threat of extinction - such as India and British Columbia."
Get you & your honey these soulful urban style tees @ http://www.wildlifeworks.com/ !
Monday, February 11, 2008
Rawganique offers a selection of organic hemp clothing in plus sizes. Items found in their online catalog include:
Unisex low-rise hemp jeans
Unisex hemp or linen yoga karate pants
Unisex hemp yoga pants
Euro-style hemp jacket
Organic cotton work overalls
Organic Pima cotton underwear
Women's relaxed hemp shirt
Audrey Hemp wedding dress and evening gown
Generous Fashions motto is "living life large." Their large selection of plus size clothing includes some organic selections:
Rose Collection – Organic rayon and satin
Organic Wearever (shirt dress)
Early Evening Batik Collection (Long)
Mixed Bouquet Jacket/Blouse Collection (Teal)
"V" Caftan Top
Soul Flower has been around since 1999 when it started as a boutique specializing in "phunky" clothing and other gift items. Today, it sells strictly online or through their mail order catalog. The selections are reminiscent of the "hippy" era:
Tier Tie-Dyed Skirt in greens purples and blues
Indian Kurta Plus Size in beige, black, white, or olive
Plus Size Patchworked Wrap Skirt in multicolor
Woman Within's online shop offers speed, privacy, and among their many styles a small selection of organic fashions:
Organic cotton stretch knit pants
Organic cotton stretch knit flyaway cardigan
Organic cotton stretch knit tank "
UPDATE APRIL 2008:::: I now wrote two other articles after this one about more Plus Size Organic Clothing - a few places which you can get adorable retail & wholesale beauties up to sizes 4X. This article/link below will lead you to all the sources I have found thus yet...
If for some reason the link above doesn't work, just look in late April 2008 Archives :) on this blog for the Title " Plus Size Organic Clothing !".
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
I won't even beat around the bush - I don't really like going to the doctor, whether they be allopathic or alternative. If they want to pump me up with pharmacopia or do a Native American sweat lodge, either way I rather do things peacefully and cheaply at home. So I give mad props to the doctors who got together to create www.healthhometest.com . Not only is it way cheaper then going to the doc or shaman, but there are many cool FDA approved tests to soothe your inner hypochondriac. Hormones, Diabetes, Thyroid, Anemia, and even some types of Cancer can be detected from a simple test at home. There are also tests for allergies, mold in the home, heavy metals, drugs, pregnancy and AIDS - some give instant results, while others need to be mailed into a medical lab who will mail your results back to you. So if you are feeling poor, have no insurance, or are doctorphobic Health Home Test may be a great alternative to neglecting your precious body.
With that being said - I have to post the traditional warning : Medical Advice Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease or other conditions. It is not intended to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. You should read carefully all product packaging. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, always contact your health care provider.
Meet Bonkers. He is one of the many doggy models @ http://www.verysupercool.com/ - a place to fufill all your doggy greeting card dreams. There is a card and breed for every occasion, and each one is created using eco friendly materials. "We were green before green was cool. All of our cards are printed on uncoated, 100% post consumer recycled paper and have been since our very first print run. When compared side-by-side with coated, mass-produced, 30% recycled card stock, our cards consume 20% less total energy and 7.5% less solid waste."
Pet Peeves: Having his ears cleaned, and those despicable paper towel rolls.
Story: At nine months and sixty pounds, Bonkers definitely turns heads. He’s full of personality and sports a very impressive under bite that is best appreciated in profile. He goes absolutely bonkers for water and has proven that he can’t be trusted near public fountains. Food and people (children especially) are his real passion--he has never met a food or a person that he did not love! When he encounters children, he immediately bows down and lays at their feet!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
BTW- Have any of you ladies seen the new digital preg tests ? I have wondered if they are even less eco friendly cause there is more technology inside them then the old school ones. Not to mention, you actually have to wait that full 3 minutes before any result pops up ... and that is a loooooooong 3 minutes.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Gardening in the city is quite different than gardening out in the woods, which is where my 5 previous organic gardens were created. The city seems to have more pollution, hungry animals, and weed killer sprayin' neighbors. Whatever the challenge, I have come to fall in love with gardening, and just the thought of pulling out my tools makes my heart flutter. Playing in the dirt and sun is so much fun !
If you are the indoor gardening type instead - here are a few tips I learned :
1. LIGHT ! You really do need sunlight, and the more the better when growing most anything edible.
2. Make an eco system in that pot - gather things from outside in your nearby park, like pine cones, bits of dried grass, leaves, and other natural elements that will decay and help your plants thrive.
3.Plant your garden in the right dirt - buy manure compost, chicken poop compost, or mushroom compost, and mix it in sandy soil or rich top soil. Find out what your plants like and give it to them. A good soil mix goes a long way, and is the best "fertilizer".
4. Make sure your pots have proper drainage - if a pot doesn't have holes in the bottom to drain water, your plant will most likely have a short lifespan due to wet rotting roots. Also, make sure your pot is made of a plant safe material. I planted my favorite lavender in a decorative pot given to me, but it had paint on the inside which slowly killed the giant lavender bush off.
Watching plants grow from seed is really awe inspiring, and worth trying out :) !
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Not many people stop to think about whether their sex toys & accessories are truely safe - because is there really an alternative ? More health conscience consumers are creating demand for eco friendly sex toys, in an industry that has been largely unregulated. For political reasons that you won't have to reach far into your imagination to guess, sex toy safety is a highly hush hush ignored subject. And the icing on the shoosh cake, is the Abstinence Only programs that have now taken place of sex education. Frankly, like most people, I had no idea what sex toys were made of. What I found out was a wee bit disturbing.
Phthalates are a substance used to soften plastic- it's used to make the toy feel more real. But phthalates have been shown to interfere with the natural functioning of the hormone system. These toxic chemicals have been linked to reproductive problems, liver and thyroid damage, can impair sperm, cause testicular cancer and damage the planet. Some sex toy industry leaders have taken their own initiative to create eco minded alternatives. A new safe plastic that has flexibility but not all the nasty chemicals has been introduced, called elastomer. "Elastomer is phthalate-free, hypoallergenic, soft, and durable" according to Babeland, and there's an ever growing selection online @ http://store.babeland.com/search?q=elastomer&submit.x=4&submit.y=7 .
If elastomer is not your thing either, you can go with glass sex toys @ http://www.babeland.com/ . Glass is an easy to clean, plastic free way to go for those who have extra sensative skin. Just be careful not to toss it off the bed and cause fractures in the glass ! Ouch !
Writer Kyeann Sayer of http://www.treehugger.com/ suggests these natural options : "Carrots and Zucchini? Some very good friends of mine have made use of carrots. Now, I am no sexologist, but if it's organic and clean, what harm could a grocery implement do? Benefits: custom picked by you, biodegradable, and a convenient post-bliss snack?"
he he- How gross and awesome !
Did you know that most children's toys (or that teddy bear you secretly sleep with) is loaded down with toxic substances ? Hazardous materials used to create most toys contain antimony -the heavy metal used as bio warfare & as a fire retardant , lead, formaldehyde, or PVC/vinyl that uses phthalates as "plasticizers," to make toys soft and flexible. Many other materials manufactured for toy production are harmful to the environment and are cheaply made by grossly underpaid workers. Which means the "affordable" toy is soon to end up in the landfill at the end of it's short lifespan. Landfills that those very children are going to have to deal with when they grow up !
Organic and fair made toys are not only safe for your kiddos, but also they are sooooo much cuter then anything the Dollar Store has to offer. Natural materials biodegrade and when your little one puts that teddy in their mouth you won't have to panic about excessive lead from China. Check out finger puppets, hand puppets, an owl backpack, the goodies pictured above and more safe toys @ http://www.branchhome.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=12&zenid=rleegm5eu9o8a3ofqf95uhqsv2 .
Friday, February 1, 2008
According to the European Respitory Journal, it is now known that smoking the substance known as cannabis increases the risk of lung cancer much more than previously believed. Inhaling the smoke of one joint, is the equivalent of 20 cigarettes - the cannabis smoke contained twice the level of carcinogens, such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons, compared with tobacco cigarettes, and the "smokers end up with five times more carbon monoxide in their bloodstream (than tobacco smokers)." They say the method of smoking has something to do with it, being that it is more deeply and fully inhaled causing a "deposition of carcinogens in the airways". It's stated that generally a joint is also unfiltered and smoked to the end.
To read more on this study go here : http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080129/hl_nm/cancer_cannabis_dc