3Cycle: Reducing Poverty and Landfills

3cycleimage 3Cycle: Reducing Poverty and Landfills

This morning, I was happy to find an email from yet another company looking to help change the world through fashionable items. Though there are a number of brands out there that reuse materials to make accessories (juice boxes, tires, plastic bags … etc), I’ve never seen the variety that 3Cycle offers.

The accumulation of waste in developing nations is a global environmental concern. It also goes without saying that poverty there is a critically important issue. 3Cycle takes household and industrial waste material and employs disadvantaged people to reuse this material to create unique products for export world wide – products such as bags, wallets, jewelery, clothes, artworks and much more. Based in Bolivia, South America (the continent’s poorest country) 3Cycle is a 100% non-profit foundation that tackles both landfill and poverty at once – reducing the amount of landfill while empowering disadvantaged people with opportunities and a sustainable solution to poverty. 3Cycle places strong emphasis on reuse as opposed to recycling. While never compromising quality design, 3Cycle endeavors to create each product with the least negative environmental impact possible.

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New DUBAI Tower Clocks the Sun

dubaitower New DUBAI Tower Clocks the Sun

(via: inhabitat)

Wow, I couldn’t resist sharing this great post from inhabitat with everybody here at gliving.

“What is it,” you might be wondering?

It’s a new a 200-unit solar powered apartment tower – that will rotate!

“The latest spire to be added to the desert landscape of Dubai will be the Time Residences building in the City of Arabia…The complex will turn a full 360 degrees over the course of a week, utilizing stored solar energy to power the turning mechanisms.

“Sitting on a high-tech bearing system, the 80,000 ton building will rotate using solar power that will be stored and distributed from a power plant in the base of the building. In addition to the 5mm/second rotation, it will also feature a timepiece down its length, allowing onlookers to gauge the hour by studying the constantly-changing façade features.
“The $109 million dollar project is expected to start in June 2007.”

Perhaps a bit conspicuous but but at least it’s done in an environmentally responsible way?
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Green Fashion Featured on EcoTalk Radio

ecotalkradio image Green Fashion Featured on EcoTalk Radio

With all of the eco-based blogs and magazines, rarely do you get to actually hear people talk about serious issues. For the past two years, Betsy Rosenberg and her EcoTalk program have been seeking to change that. Having interviewed everyone from Al Gore, Home Depot and Wal-Mart to smaller fund-raising organizations and everyday individuals trying to change the world, this is one of the best collections of honest, in-your-face advice from those who are knee deep in “environmentalism 2.0″.

I had the honor of being interviewed by Betsy just a couple of days ago. The experience was most enjoyable; she seemed genuinely interested in how green fashion choices can help progress the overall eco-movement. We spoke initially about Twice Shy, an organic cotton company from Vancouver that I represent, but the conversation expanded, covering all types of eco-fashion. Two days before my segment, the Student Environmental Communication Network had a segment about shopping at thrift stores.

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ShopEnvi.com is Opening a Brick-and-Mortar Store

evistore ShopEnvi.com is Opening a Brick and Mortar Store

Shopping online is exponentially better than browsing a mall for hours, but I do miss trying things on before I buy them – the fundamental downfall of websites. Thanks to the success of its online business, eco-store ShopEnvi.com is opening a neighborhood store in Boston (more specifically, at 164 Newbury Street). Carrying brands like Stewart + Brown, Armour Sans Anguish, Ecoganik, and Nature vs Future on their website, I’m sure that Envi’s “traditional” store will be a hit as well.

To make holiday shopping easier, they are offering 20% off all full-priced goods in their online store; just enter the code “celebrate” at the checkout. This offer lasts until January 31st, so it’s perfect for those last-minute holiday gifts and something nice for yourself. :)

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urban clothing design + ancient textiles = modern style from MoreTrees

greenfashiongirl urban clothing design + ancient textiles = modern style from MoreTrees

If you are sick of folks saying they don’t buy more green fashions because of the cost, then promptly direct them to the MoreTrees website. Though the site itself isn’t very fancy, that is part of the appeal: San Francisco grassroots fashion that’s stylish, eco-friendly, and affordable. Fashions are available for men and women, made from 100% organic cotton, hemp, and recycled plastic (PET). Prices starts at $30 for t-shirts and go up from there. Everything from tops, pants, skirts, bags, and accessories can be bought on their website and at the Whole Foods lifestyle stores in southern California.

Why “moreTrees?” :: Trees provide the earth and humans with oxygen to breathe. Recreating an economy based on hemp and other bio-resources will end our dependence on timber and synthetics. SAVE OUR PLANET from more devastation. Support hemp, so we can breathe.

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Cultivate Your Green Toe

greentoeshoes Cultivate Your Green Toe

While I love the swagger and confidence that wearing heels gives me, my feet thank me for not sporting them every day. Running errands and exploring calls for something much more comfortable and functional; you can find both with Green Toe from Simple. Their initial collection for men and women included just four or five basic styles, but Spring 2007 brings the release of new options and a new line all together, called Green Piggies for, you guessed it, kids.

The variety of sustainable materials that they use is just as impressive as the comfort factor that their line offers. Crepe, cork, jute, wool felt, bamboo, cotton, water-based glues, and car tires; all wrapped up in 100% post-consumer recycled boxes. Some of the promotional materials that they had in their Green Festival booth were serious and humorous at the same time.

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Recycled Sweaters to the Rescue!

girlsweaterfmis Recycled Sweaters to the Rescue!

With one day left of November, it is clear that the cold season is upon us. You could spend your time browsing through oodles of thrift stores, trying to find just the right wool sweater to keep you warm this year, but who has time for that!? Instead, try buying from ekologic and Mod to Modern; both of them make all of their items from recycled sweaters.

From hats and scarves to mittens and sweaters, every item ekologic makes is unique (part of the joy of using recycled garments). “We hunt for treasures and dismantle each garment; taking time to recognize its unique character and individual beauty. The material is then transformed by joining it with other pieces. Separate elements finding harmony together. There is a little magic and a lot of love in each piece we construct. We use what we find. We deliberate over each coloration and custom create a diverse collection of clothing and accessories.” One of the most popular sellers for the fashion-forward set is the women’s cuff and collar duo (in the picture at left). Depending on the weather (or your outfit), you can wear the collar around your neck or as a snazzy hair band.

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Antioxidants 101

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(image via: denverpost.com)

We’ve all heard of free radical damage and the power of antioxidants, right?
Well, if not, here is the perfect time to learn a little bit about how antioxidants affect your health, your beauty, longevity, and more. If so, well, you can refresh yourself on the subject.

Free radicals (the antagonist) are the by-product of our bodies turning oxygen into energy. Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) are the toxic-free radicals that are responsible for cellular damage. Their highly-reactive nature is what makes them so dangerous and potentially responsible for chronic disease and also thought to be the driving force of human aging. We all have free radicals in our bodies and are exposed to them daily in the form of heated fats and oils, or as a result of atmospheric radiation, and environmental pollutants.

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Latest events

November started with the New York City Marathon. I wasn’t able to run it, unfortunately, since I tried to enter about four months ago and it had already sold out. However, we did have a Vega booth at the Health and Fitness Expo. It spanned three days and saw 70, 000 plus visitors, many of which came by the Vega booth.

It was there that I met Adam Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief of The Final Sprint, an on-line endurance sport magazine. He wrote-up Vega.

While in NYC I was able to eat at Pure Food and Wine one evening. It’s an up-scale raw restaurant that really must be experienced. It was amazing. I had eaten dessert there once before, but this time I had a full meal. In fact it was the first sit-down meal that I had eaten in about two months. Normally I just graze and keep moving, but this was a good reason to stop and take in some really special food. Sarma is the chef. She also has an excellent line of raw products that can be found on-line or in some Whole Foods Markets on the East coast.

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Nature-inspired Elegance from Xylem

fashion0012 Nature inspired Elegance from Xylem

During my two very enjoyable days at the Green Festival in SF, I found myself spending a fair amount of time in the eco-fashion area (go figure). One booth that I was continually drawn to was that of Xylem Clothing. Their basic and flattering cuts were accentuated with the sustainable fabrics that they use: organic cotton, soy, and hemp. Many of their pieces, such as the Modern Twist top (shown in the picture) can easily work for a night on the town as well as a day of running errands. Thanks to the quality of the fabrics they use, you can wear each of their items alone on a warm day or layered with others as the temperature continues to drop. The Tea Dress is a great choice for meeting your partner’s parents for the first time; the Xylem Dress would be an ideal pick for your next night out with the girls. A variety of skirts and a yoga collection in the cards affirm that just about ever G woman can find something for her wardrobe.

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Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel

img 8139 Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel

This is a raw, fresh apple pie with a low carb flourless crust. The crust seen in the photo above is not the same crust as the recipe below. To me it was a disaster and took away from the delicious filling inside. It was just too thick and too dense and chewy with all the dates in it. It makes great cookies with dates and nuts mixed together, but I like my crusts a little drier. I use unsoaked almonds for that reason, but you can use soaked.

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Blue Canoe: On & Off the (Yoga) Mat

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Whether you are a mat-friendly yogi or not, Blue Canoe has some of the best organic cotton comfort clothing that you can find. Here is a little blurb from their website to give you a better idea:

Nestled in the heart of the Redwood Forests of Northern California, a young company called Blue Canoe is busy making close-to-the-body wear with a difference. Blue Canoe was founded in 1991 by CEO Laurie Dunlap and is at present the only company in the country exclusively producing body wear from organically grown cotton. Our business practices are based on a lifestyle committed to living lightly on the earth, following good sense rather than trends, supporting sustainability, recycling and non-chemical alternatives. We are a part of the Co-op America Business Network whose members pledge to conduct business in a way that addresses the needs of consumers, employees, our communities and the environment.

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