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Clutch Lust

Everyone needs a tiny purse for a night out on the town. In fact, I am in desperate need. My friends always tease me for being the girl in the bar with the huge tote that looks ridiculous and gets in everyone’s way. So, what’s small and copper and cool […]

I'm Tired of Bracelets That Do Nothing For the World

Thanks to our newly chosen President Elect, there’s a lot of hope for change going around these days. But there are still a lot of major unsolved problems in the world, and though many people are doing their best to find solutions, sometimes I need to express a little bit […]

Wearing of the Green

"Just a little green, like the color when the spring is born," is how my childhood idol, Joni Mitchell, waxed poetic about her favorite color. I concur, there’s nothing fresher and more natural than that shade found in wild grasses, sparkling emeralds, fragrant limes, mint ice cream and avocados. Jewelry designers […]

Go Paperless While Carrying Up to 200 of Your Favorite Reads

You’re on vacation or commuting to work, and realize that your book simply stinks. Instead of harping in hindsight (why didn’t you also take along that novel from your nightstand?) you can now press a button and wirelessly download a new book or your favorite blog in under two minutes. […]

Antiques of the Future

The antiques of the future might be a bit difficult for dealers to classify. For instance, in the year 2060, when an antiques dealer is inspecting some Verdier Jewelry, she might have some trouble in determining if the piece came from 2008 or 1933. This is because Verdier uses authentic […]

Feel the Beat on Your Feet

A little graffiti for your feet? This graphic shoe du jour by Ndeur, a Toronto-based company, is taking the streets in style. Using vintage pumps and sneakers as his canvas, Parisian artist Mathieu Missiaen hand-paints bold patterns on his customizable designs. Harking to my favorite decade (the 80s, of course), […]

New Favorite: Lucy Notions Vintage Handmade Headbands

It’s getting to be summer, a time of year when head candy is the perfect accessory. Just think of balmy days spent cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway in your sweetie’s old Mercedes convertible. Surely you need something to hold those precious locks back while the wind whips by. I […]

Turning a Mountain into a Mobile

There are so many great design magazines on the newsstand today, how do you choose? Usually I’m able to resist buying them all, but some months they’re too delicious and I bring home more than I have the precious time to read. Then I watch in guilt as the stack […]

Unraveling the Waste: A Peek Inside Etsy

Even old sweaters deserve a second chance. That’s the thinking behind the community of knitters that forms a part of the oh-so-addictive Etsy, which sells accessories made from the reclaimed yarn of old garments. In knitwear, you’ll find that many of the headbands, bags, gloves and baby wear are all […]

10 Eco Friendly Gifts That Aren't Crunchy, Preachy or Political

Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations – whatever the event, a gift is in order. And being eco-conscious, you want to give a gift that doesn’t leave a huge footprint. All the same, no one wants to be political or preachy (well, I hope no one). Here are some eco gift ideas that […]

Philanthropic Shopping in Need of Green

We’ve learned through all of our green reading and research that there are many different ways to define what it means to be eco-friendly. While not inherently natural, recycled, or sustainable, Joan Hornig Jewelry is devoted to philanthropy. 100% of profits from her designs are donated to a network of […]

Brush Up on Your Tools

Bamboo cosmetic brushes are the fashion buzz, being touted in the December issue of InStyle as one of many new little ways to go green. As the magazine observes, “they’re making floors out of this prolific woody plant, so why not hair rollers and makeup brushes?” The ECOtools, which we […]

Fresh Look: Wavy Bud Vases at Hip and Zen

With the ubiquity of vases available on the market today, I have been searching in vain for something a little more creative than the standard IKEA and West Elm selections. When I discovered the Large Wavy Bud vases at Hip and Zen, my search was complete. These unique vases are […]

Much More Than Just Decor

If you ask me, when it comes to embellishing my living space, the only thing better than stylish objet is stylish objet with a story behind it. These stunning, hand-painted Bamboo boxes are much more than just home décor: They are the fruits of unrelenting artistic ambition and a brilliantly […]

Plight of the 'Eco-Birkin'

I’m not one to knock working hard and rewarding yourself with a few indulgences from time to time. I do draw the line, however, at overindulgence. You’ll still catch me rolling my eyes at anyone who aspires to one day own the infamous Hermès Birkin bag. Not only does the […]

Rad Fad or Bad Fad?

While recently scouring the internet for great eco fashion finds to blog about, I discovered a few designers who are turning vintage camera parts into wearable accessories. Now, I certainly wasn’t the first to discover Craig Arnold, the Aussie whose passion for cameras and recycling led him to develop his […]

A New Way to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Attending the Natural Products Expo East in Boston last week was like going trick-or-treating. The largest trade show of its kind on the East Coast, I carefully went from booth to booth scouring over 1,200 natural, organic, and healthy products to share with you EcoSalon readers. From vegetable-derived stainless steel […]

Record Breaking Jewelry

I sometimes wear my music, but usually it’s just the iconic white earbuds of an i-pod. With Vling! earrings and pendants, I can now wear my music in the form of reclaimed vinyl records. Because of the cutting process and the fact that the grooves are unique on each records […]

Eco-Friendly Tope at db clay

Have you seen those duct tape wallets teens are so fond of? In 1998, a group of college students began hand-making duct tape, or Ductbills, wallets and selling them at street markets in Portland. Ductbills became a major success and, while the original craze continues, the Ductbills team have grown […]

Stone-Cold Style

When I come across a room in need of a subtle, decorative boost, my mind always turns to candles. Serving as ideal accent pieces, they not only cast a cozy, romantic glow and release fragrant aromas, but their use also helps us to conserve precious energy. Now, with these beautiful […]

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Over-the-Door Mat

Meet the rubber beach slip-on that became an urban fashion staple: The Flip Flop. So popular are these rubber thongs, you’ll find barrels full at your favorite boutiques in mod patterns, as well as more sensible Eco versions for the camping set.  College kids (male and female) ride bikes to […]

Hand-Me-Downs Come Out of the Closet

A friend of mine wants to keep it hush-hush when her daughter is gifted a hand-me-down dress, as if wearing used garb signifies poverty or shame that might not fly in her affluent social circle. My friend is a European whose family often struggled to make ends meet. And although […]

Take Back The Filter

Having happily sworn off bottled water in favor of refillable pitcher filters (like Brita or Pur), many of us save countless plastic bottles from the landfill. But now we have bulky plastic filters to throw out every couple of months. Sure, it’s less trash than bottles, but still, what gives? […]

Brush Up on Your Tools

Bamboo cosmetic brushes are the fashion buzz, being touted in the December issue of InStyle as one of many new little ways to go green. As the magazine observes, “they’re making floors out of this prolific woody plant, so why not hair rollers and makeup brushes?” The ECOtools, which we […]

Top Drawer Sachets for Scent and Shooing Moths

Sometimes my daughter Syd’s drawers smell a bit gamey, like her soccer uniform after a match of  living up to her title as “the finisher”. She’s a darling girl, don’t get me wrong. But she has a frightful habit of  tossing items into her drawers to avoid that exhausting chore […]

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