Categories: Green

Easy Blooming: A Self-Watering Plant

I love having green plants on my balcony. But my lack of knowledge about botanical science unfortunately leads to more than one droopy basil or tomato plants. Try as I might I never seem to be able to water them right. Herbs and plants can be a fickle lot, requiring just the right amount of sunshine and love to thrive. Thankfully one designer has found a novel solution to urban gardeners who lack gardening skills.

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Green Kids Craft Ideas

We’ve made no secret of our love of eco-friendly subscription services. Nothing like receiving a surprise in the mail every month, and even better if that surprise can help swap out some of our less-green products. We’ve highlighted Jessica Alba’s eco-friendly baby goods delivery service, and Eco-Emi’s, an eco-beauty subscription service. And now eco-craft kids are joining in on the trend. Welcome to Green Kid Crafts, a delivery service that sends your kid three new projects a month that are not only earth-friendly but also inspire kids with nature.

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Make Your Own (Professional) Cosmetics

 

 

With all the warnings about the toxins in households products, it’s often scary to think about what we’re slathering on our skin on a daily basis. Sometimes the surest way to be safe is by creating our own beauty products. While it’s easy to make an avocado face mask or olive oil hair treatment, what about more complex daily creams? European company Rowenta has created a new consumer product that lets users easily create professional products at home with naturally decadent ingredients.

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Recycle that Tie into a Gift for Dad

This weekend we celebrate father’s day, thanking dads everywhere for being such swell guys. Looking for a last minute gift? You can recycle any old tie into something useful with this handy guide courtesy of Ecouterre. Find the tackiest, most out-of-style tie and turn it into something useful. Ecouterre provides step-by-step directions for making an awesome new guitar strap, eyeglasses case, camera strap, cellphone case, and pillow.

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Sweet Summer Shades

Ooh la la summer is finally here. It’s time to pull out the beach bag, grab a swimsuit, and find some hot summer shades. Here’s a list of our summer-approved shades. We pulled out our top favorites for their sharp style and sustainable features.

First up are some gorgeous golden glasses from Schwood, a Portland-based company that makes bespoke shades from sustainable wood. We love the vintage vibe that anyone with an eye for design can appreciate. Each pair of frames is handmade and comes in a super sturdy matching wood box.  You can even order a pair made from recycled skateboards! Guaranteed to give you a one-of-a-kind look.

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American Grown: Gardening for Everyone

We’ve been looking for a good reason to start gardening, despite our lack of a green thumb, and found one with new inspiration from the First Lady herself. First-time author Michelle Obama has put together a photo-rich book, American Grown, on how her efforts to start a garden at the White House. It’s an inspiring book that shows us how to grow our own patch of green, no matter how big or how small. The book is part of Michelle Obama’s initiative in fighting childhood obesity with easy suggestions on incorporating more exercise and more vegetables into our lives.

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Play with your Furniture

If you find it hard for your kids to sit still all day, perhaps they could use a bench that turns into a seesaw. Gizmodo turned us on to this awesome new product from Dutch designer DvanDirk. We’d have to agree that we’re a little jealous this one only comes in child-sized options. Nothing like turning your furniture into a playground set with just a few simple maneuvers.

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Grow a Vertical Garden

This past weekend, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair came to New York City, showcasing the latest in great product design, with a lot of emphasis on eco-friendly home furnishings. Whether furniture made from recycled materials or furniture that is completely bio-degradable, there were several examples of innovative design. We love seeing each year more and more designers creating products with a green mindset.

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Would you buy baby products from Jessica Alba?

Lovely starlet Jessica Alba was just honored as one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. The reason might surprise you. After reading Christopher Gavigan’s groundbreaking book Healthy Child Healthy World, Alba was deeply affected to learn about the toxicity of our everyday baby products and household items. But rather than just feel saddened by the news, she brought her frustration to the author himself, telling him that while he presented a fair problem, he failed in offering a solution. So together, they started The Honest Co., a company dedicated to providing safe and natural products for your baby.

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Bring the Farm Indoors

There’s no secret to the enormous benefits of filling your home with live plants. They clean the air, uplift your mood, and increase energy flow into your space. But what if you went a step further and put a plant in literally every free space available? What if you grew kale in your couch or parsley in your desk? One artist imagined just that scenario at a new show at the aptly named New York gallery Mixed Greens.

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