Lean on Green? 10 Fashion & Décor Eco Deals


It’s no big secret that our economy is in deep trouble – banks are closing, stocks are falling as fast as gas prices rose earlier this year, and McCain’s presidential agenda includes a spending freeze. Times are tough, but a strict budget is no excuse to abandon your eco instincts.

My sister and I are always swapping inexpensive green ideas (the freelance writer’s salary leaves a lot to be desired). I go to my personal décor diva, EcoSalon’s very own Tina McCarthy, for tips on beautifying my house – I’m not as savvy as she is – and she comes to me when she’s not sure if certain colors match (truth be told, she could use a few pointers). Rather than keep it to ourselves, we thought our deal swapping could benefit the greater good. So, we joined forces to bring you some great, inexpensive eco fashion and décor finds. If you know where to look, you can adorn yourself and your home without burning a hole in your wallet. Here are 10 affordable pieces to get you started (in ascending order):

-Wildflower Organics Agate Coasters: Protect your tabletops while adding an ornamental accent in an array of dazzling hues. ($13)

-Melissa Sweet Lips + I. Capeto Flats: As you’ve seen from several of my posts, Melissa shoes are hot, hot, hot and usually very expensive. I found this fun red pair on Eco Tobi for only $40.

-Pier 1 Imports Rattan Vase Baskets: For nature-inspired interiors, these will make the perfect decorative addition to your rustic décor scheme. ($45- $65)

-Stewart + Brown Eyelet Tank Dress: This intricately knit dress is both timeless and gorgeous. The layer-friendly style makes it a great piece for fall. And what a steal it is – only $48 now from an original $185!

-Bahar Shapar Pinstripe Jumper: You might have to hold off until next summer to wear this one, but this deal was just too good to keep to myself. The organic cotton dress with vintage trim comes from one of our favorite eco designers and is on sale for only $67 (originally $270)!

-IKEA Agen Room Divider: Made from rapidly renewable rattan, this divider can be used to separate open spaces or adorn a lonely corner. ($69)

-Target Shanghai Bamboo Bench: Grace your garden or front porch with the chic simplicity of Eastern style. ($70)

-Structured Green Curved Washer Wall Vase: If your minimalist living space is looking a little too bare, then embellish blank wall space with an artful ornament. ($75)

-Burning Torch Athena Top: Made of 100% silk (we’re hoping peace silk), this romantically feminine top is a classic that will withstand the test of time. Add slim black pants and strappy heels and you’ve got a great look for fall/winter. ($100)

-Edun Monarch Bootcut Jeans: Not exactly a steal, but just think how often you wear jeans. If you’re going to splurge a little, make it with something that’s going to get a lot of mileage. Forgo an eco pedi and a few bottles of organic wine and these jeans can easily be yours – without breaking the bank. ($120)

Image: Joshua Davis