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Green Is In
Just to help all those demoralized individuals who wanted to crawl into a hole after my article on The Problem With Plastic Bags, and who also think that they'll have to give up every modern convenience and turn into one of those awful "Crunchy Green people" in order to save the world: I am happy to report that you can relax and continue to shop, albeit responsibly. In fact, the business world is running to your aid as fast as its stumpy little economic legs will let it.
Let's start with those terrible, cloth re-usable bags, shall we? Cloth bags have been, since the dawn of time, the most bland products ever. Not a stick of personality sewn in. You can't stand to be seen with them, right?
May I introduce you to the Reisenthel Mini Maxi Shopper? This bag comes in the most delicious art deco prints. How could you resist?
To which you respond, "And how much does this cost?" - because, my dear friend, you are used to having to mortgage your firstborn in order to afford even the smallest of eco-friendly items. To which I am happy to reply, "Just $8.99 (US)"
If you've landed on the floor, you'll have to get up in order to keep reading.
No, you're not dreaming. This is a lovely shopping bag, designed to fit into its own little traveling pouch. Not only that, it is considered a fair wage / fair trade item. You have just hit the green and crunchy jackpot!
All that for $8.99. Shall I continue?
Hip, Hot, Bamboo
If you buy yoga wear from Lulu Lemon's, then you might just like TranquiliT. This lovely clothing is made from bamboo fabric.
And why would bamboo be such an eco-boon you ask? Well, dear reader - I'm happy to answer.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the earth, outstripped by only certain kinds of seaweed. It grows and grows and grows, needing nary a drop of insecticide, herbicide or other chemical nasties. It's completely renewable and unlike other trees, takes very little time to grow to maturity.
In addiiton, bamboo makes a nearly perfect fabric with all the luxurious qualities of a high-end Egyptian cotton without the agricultural intensity of conventional farming.
As another bonus when you order from TranquiliT, they will plant a tree for every order they ship. Another plus is that these clothes are designed and sewn in the good old US of A, which means that you are keeping a North American employed when you purchase.
Purses To Tickle Your Fancy
Purses are the worst. They are made from animal hides, which makes all those PETA people cringe. The same animal that produced the hide - normally a cow - has also produced methane to foul the environment and contribute to greenhouse gases. Purses are an environmental nightmare.
Not so, say I.
May I introduce you to Ecoist, a company that produces purses of every description from the kind of garbage you'd never expect - candy wrappers, food packages, soda labels, subway maps and newspapers. Again, you have scored the eco-friendly trifecta when you buy these purses: you've stopped trash from hitting the landfill; you've bought a fair trade, fair produced item; and, every bag you buy results in a new tree. You can buy one of these delicious handbags for as little as $22 (US).
I would not lie to you, dear reader.
If you are already a confirmed "greeny", eating organic and composting in your own backyard, can I suggest the purse made from Luna bar wrappers?
The Growing Realm of Eco-Chic
These are not the only products out there who have taken the challenge and gone green. You can find everything from high-end lingerie to toilet paper that's greener than green. So - don't despair just because you want to save the world, but still want to have fun! I'll be back with more interesting and desirable eco-chic in my upcoming Hubs.