E.C.O. Earth Conscious Optics

Over at Dragon Alliance you will find E.C.O. (Earth Conscious Optics), the first ever sunglasses with material made from 100% renewable origin. This means that Mother Nature replenishes the material used for the sunglass at the same rate that it is consumed. Includes FSC certified packaging and comes with 100% organic cotton bags, printed with water-based ink.

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And coming soon to MODO Eyewear are E.C.O., another great eyewear collection made of recycled acetate and stainless steel. The collection achieves an innovative, environmentally-sound product with no compromise in the quality, style or durability of the frame.

E.C.O. is a new collection of Earth-Conscious-Optics for men and women certified by the UL created by luxury eyewear designer MODO. Together with non-profit organizations MODO will plant one tree for every frame sold.

Organic Bikes

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Everyone knows that riding a bicycle instead of driving your car is an extremely eco-friendly and green way to go and then add in organic to that mix and you have it all! So you can imagine how excited I was when I got this link to Organic Bikes from Paul over at pacificpedaling. Organic Bikes is owned and operated by Wheel and Sprocket- a family owned bicycle shop since 1973.

These Organic bikes are made from sustainable bamboo, the alloys are 100% recycled materials and the paint is a non-VOC powder process. Even the fenders are 100% bamboo.

They have complete bikes, frames, clothing, bike parts, accessories and more. Their water bottles are 100% biodegradable, when your finished with it you can toss it and it will totally be absorbed by nature, taking 1-5 years to disintegrate.

Bamboo Bicycles, Biodegradable Water Bottles, Organic Clothing, and Recycled Messenger Bags are part of our initial offerings in our product line, but expect more on the horizon and expect great things from Organic Bikes!

Organic Bikes doesn’t claim to be fully “green” but they definitely have some great ideas and products to offer.

No Waste Lunch – A Green, Healthy and Money-Saving Alternative

1101409_80042520Reading through the Happy Hippie I found an article on the No Waste Lunch – a green, healthy and money-saving alternative. Having kids in school I find it difficult sometimes to get them out the door on time with a no waste lunch. I tend to grab the quick and easy plastic baggies that you throw away. I want to be more intentional about what I send my kids to school with, keeping in mind the amount of trash that schools throw out daily and not wanting to add to it.

The basic steps as mentioned in the article are:

  • Reduce the amount of disposable waste you pack
  • Pack reusable products
  • Recycle anything you have left over

They sound easy enough – don’t they? And yes by each of us doing our part we CAN make a difference.

They have Easy tips for a no waste lunch. To read the full article click here.

Urban Renewal from Urban Outfitters

Urban Renewal pieces are totally one-of-a-kind handcrafted in Philadelphia from vintage, dead-stock and surplus materials sourced from around the world. ~ Urban Outfitters

Urban Renewal is its own section on the site of Urban Outfitters where you can find clothing items that are essentially made from recycled clothing or material. Making it possible for you to be green and buy items like this one-of-a-kind vintage chambray shirt:

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Vintage chambray shirt - each one is one-of-a-kind

They also have various knit dresses that are pieced together from vintage knit fabrics, you pick the shade you want and they choose for you from a limited edition of dresses, similar to whats on the site.

They have vintage Hawaiian shirts that have been made into dresses and tank tops that have been made into dresses. They have used amazing creativity to make the clothing they sell on Urban Renewal.

If you are concerned about the environment and want to wear clothes that are in style check out Urban Renewal before you shop anywhere else. Recycling makes the world go around!

Ken Singh Passionate Composter

253585_5432Yesterday we were talking about how San Francisco was the first large city to start curbside composting and today I found an article about Ken Singh, a passionate composter who has acquired clients like Whole Foods, Nordstrom and Arizona State University after he started making his own compost, in huge quantities. Due to the poor soil on his land and his goal to grow healthy organic food, Ken came up with a compost that was rich and high in micro-herds, literally turning trash into treasure as a compost.

Below is from AZcentral.com.

Singh turns landscaping waste and other organic matter into a rich compost that fertilizes his farm and everything from the lawn at Gammage Auditorium to organic gardens and golf- course fairways.

Singh Farms, on 20 acres leased from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, has a growing reputation as a hub of sustainable, organic farming. Chefs rave about the produce that Ken and Lee Singh grow, and landscapers and gardeners are amazed at the results they get with the farm’s compost.

For the Arizona State University, Singh takes the landfill they send him and over the course of 6 months composts it and then returns it to the university as fertilizer, saving the university about $20,000 in dumping fees since they started.

These sustainable practices that make this rich soil are what has turned Ken Singhs barren dessert patch into a thriving oasis that has lined up business with ASU, Whole Foods, Nordstrom and the Desert Botanical Garden. This is proof that green dreams can make great business ideas too.

PDX (Portland) – The Greenest City in The States

portlandLast night I was was enjoying a dinner on Alberta St in NE Portland with my family, sitting outside watching all the people walking and riding their bikes by us and enjoying the fact that I live near the greenest city in the USA.

Portland, Oregon has 92,000 acres of green space and more than 74 miles of hiking, running, and biking trails.

Portland bike trails – Five Great Rides

Portland hiking trails –  Best Easy Day Hikes

The City of Portland is committed to clean air and water, livable neighborhoods, parks and open spaces for all, economic development that is sustainable for our environment, transportation that makes sense and much more. Learn more here about how you can be involved. Make Portland your sustainable city.

On the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability website they have a Sustainable Food Resource section to help you find the local farms, how to grow food, opportunities for donation, composting and so much more.

Portland has a ton of solutions for reducing water usage, for greening your yard and home, using energy more efficiently, reducing and recycling and finding alternative transportation options.

So if you live in Portland, take pride in your city and see what you can do to help make Portland your sustainable city.

Tropical Salvage

front_solidarityAs I was looking through the ReDirect Guide, sustainable living business directory & resource guide, I found an ad for ECOpdx and it reminded me of the beautiful table and chairs my friends had bought from them a while back.

ECOpdx, a small business founded on the belief that quality craftsmanship and personal attention are the cornerstones for a successful company, sell Tropical Salvage furniture.

Tropical Salvage, a Portland, Oregon based company, recycles salvaged timber from several different islands of the Indonesian archipelago, and produces the most beautiful household furnishings.

None of the wood comes from standing trees. The wood they use is old, some a thousand years old. It beautifully expresses its history as wild-growth grain figure, mineral accumulation, and the effects of nails, seasoning cracks & bore holes are evident in many pieces. They are a wonderful testament to the wood’s historical richness and new life.

Tropical Salvage believes in Creating job opportunities in areas of economic hardship, promoting environmental health and education and raising consumer awareness. Old-growth tropical forests are disappearing at an alarming pace—averaging 13 million hectares per year, equivalent to about 50 football fields a minute. Tropical Salvage is a working model of positive change. By creating a responsible and sustainable business model through which to bring popular products to market, Tropical Salvage enables consumer choice to become a tool of activism. If a consumer is given a choice between similar and similarly-priced products, one deriving from a responsible business model, the other from an irresponsible business model, the consumer will choose responsibly.

Tropical Salvage, collaborating with The Institute for Culture and Ecology, is helping to fund and implement a conservation, education and reforestation project in Jepara. To date, about five-hundred trees have been planted, representing thirty-five species. For more information on the Jepara Forest Conservancy click here.

Simple – Sustainable Shoes

mainlogoSimple shoes started making shoes in 1991, shoes for people who wanted shoes made simply, but it wasn’t until 2004 that they realized they needed to make a change. Realizing that if we are going to make a change, we have to start with ourselves first.

Their first introduction of sustainable shoes was the Green Toe Collection. Two shoes made from all natural materials. In 2006 Simple Shoes created a manifesto: “How we make our shoes is just as important as why we make them. We’re committed to making our products 100% sustainable.”

In 2007 they introduced recycled products into the mix, like car tires and plastic bottles. Introducing recycled bike tires, recycled inner tubes and hemp in 2008. In 2009 they took a long hard look at themselves and our world, inspiring a new campaign; a call to action for those who are fed up with the over consuming, over stuffed, super sized world we live in. It is called less>more. They introduced the Ethical Supply Chain Guidelines and a Restricted Substances Policy.

Now Simple shoes offers up many styles of sustainable shoes, made from recycled and sustainable products. Check out Simple for your next shoe purchase.

eco-SNEAKs: In addition to looking great, the ecoSNEAKS® collection uses materials like recycled car tires, certified organic cotton, PET (think recycled plastic bottles), recycled bike tires, and hemp, just to name a few. So they a leave better ecological footprint than ordinary sneakers…

Green Toe: When the Green Toe™ collection started, we were just trying to make shoes out of natural materials that did less harm and more good. Today, the Green Toe™ collection represents our most innovative and envelope-pushing constructions and materials … we’ve come a long way.

Be Green and Swap

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Swaps have become very popular these days. And not only are they only swapping clothing these days, they are even swapping seeds, childrens toys/books, baby gear and all sorts of items, you just have to be on the look-out for swaps in your area.

Why should you swap? Swapping not only helps clear the unwanted clutter in your closets while saving a pretty penny but it also saves these items from being tossed into the landfills and helps stop textile waste, which in turn causes pollution. Some contend that household waste makes up 4.5% of residential waste, or 8.75 billion pounds per year.

But not only is it good for the environment but its also a fun way to get new items. Hosting your own swap or going to an organized swap are both great ways to meet new people or enjoy a night with friends.

It is no surprise that Portland, the greenest city in the states, has people of all ages and backgrounds throughout all parts of the city embracing goods exchanges(swaps) as a regular social practice. Here are two Portland area swaps:

  • Sunnyside Swap Shop Co-op – The Swap Shop provides an inviting place for children to play in the Sunnyside neighborhood, a year-round place for member families to exchange useful goods (clothing, toys, books, art supplies, baby equipment, etc.) and a place for parents to network with and support each other.
  • PDX Swap – A group of women folks (it’s not just women anymore!) in the Portland Metro area who get together on a regular basis for a clothing swap! As far as we know, PDXSwap is the only regular, local clothing swap in the Portland Metro area!

For swapping help check out these sites –

Eco-Friendly Roofing Options

Sustainable roofing options are easily accessible and important in creating green structures. Below are a few earth friendly options to consider when roofing or re-roofing.

  • 959411_82721946Solar Tiles – Created like average tiles, solar tiles provide an infinitely renewable source of energy to those with roofs that are un-shaped and face south, they are also non-pollutant. Many solar tile users stay on-grid, but it reduces electricity source.
  • Recycled Plastic Shingles – These shingles can be lightweight, yet durable, and can stand up to sever weather and high heat; as well as act as a fire barrier system and are UV-resistant. They are comprised of recycled plastic, or rubber, and some are mixed with wood waste.
  • 1046752_30329401Metal Roofing – Metal roofing made from recycled materials, can be a viable option for sustainable roofing, as they can be recycled after use as well. Metal roofing is good for rain harvesting, is a durable material, fireproof, and lightweight.
  • Clay Tiles – Clay tiles can be low energy and extremely durable. They are however very heavy, and do require a strong roofing frame but are also non-combustible, non-leaching and a good option for water harvesting.
  • Slate Tiles –  Slate tiles can be a sustainable option for areas without high heat. Splitting slate tiles is also considerably more environmentally friendly than some roofing methods.

Here are two eco-friendly roofing companies to check out:

RPM Roofing has tested and is now manufacturing their new low cost roofing alternative produced from 100% recycled plastic that will be competitively priced with custom roofing materials in the country. This is the first time that a composite plastic (recycled or otherwise) roofing product is competitive with custom roofing shingle pricing.

Eco Shake – The eco-shake is an innovative roofing material comprised of 100% recycled materials, reinforced vinyl and cellulose fiber. The eco-shake shingle is designed to resemble and replace wood shake shingles.