As a gal who never wants to sacrifice style for sustainability, I’m always elated to see a high fashion house do their part to be a little more eco-concious. So bravo to Gucci who just launched their “liquid wood” sunglasses!
They are made up from sustainable managed forests and natural wax which makes these frames not only chic, but biodegradable as well! These glasses are just the next step in many that Gucci is starting to make. In 2010 they replaced all their plastic laminated shopping bags with bags that are 100% recyclable. They have also been making efforts to reduce their carbon footprint by reducing their trucks by 30%. Here is a quote from Patrizio di Marco, President and CEO of Gucci, “The world’s leading brands are rightly judged today, not just on the quality of their products and services, but also on the way they act in the community and towards the environment. Since 2004 Gucci has volunteered for assessment to qualify for the certification of Corporate Social Responsibility across its entire supply chain.”
So while I’m still waiting for Gucci to ditch the leather they use…. I have two words about these sunglasses… I WANT!
I never head to the grocery store without my reusable shopping bags, but awhile ago a thought stuck in my mind: I’m bringing my reusable shopping bags to avoid using paper or plastic, but what about all those plastic produce bags? For the last few years my answer was to just not use bags for them… but let’s be honest, it’s annoying to have produce loose getting all smashed up. And it’s nearly impossible if you buy from the bulk bins to avoid plastic! I might be a little behind on this item, but heeellloooo genius reusable produce bags! Why aren’t these on the shelves of every grocery store in the nation?? I found this neat set at Crate & Barrel. I highly recommend you pick up some of these! and better yet, sew your own! Can’t be too hard, just a simple drawstring bag.
And here I am at GreenFest NYC using the bags in my Vegan Pantry presentation:
The definition according to Wikipedia of Upcycling is: ”the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher…” Great concept right?!
I got introduced to this company Tried and True on Etsy from my good friend Briana (she always knows the good stuff!). The artist behind Tried and True is Emily Lange. She finds vintage pieces and “upcycles” them into something new and fabulous! Check out one of her cake plates I used in a recent photo shoot:
photo courtesy of TheHendershotts.com
For her cake plates, Emily attaches vintage plates to vintage candlesticks and voila!
Seeing some of these vintage china settings sparked an idea. I’d love to see if Emily would do custom pieces made up from your own family vintage pieces… How cool to have a cake plate made from your Grandmothers china?! What a fun bridal shower gift!
Hope this has inspired you to find some items in your life to upcycle!
Me: What is your reaction to the explosion of the Vegan Movement?
Kathy: You mean aside from occasionally dancing a spontaneous little jig and howling with joy?! Ok, clearly I’m thrilled that people are moving away from eating animals and toward eating fabulous plant based food. It’s funny, but I still get shocked from time to time when I see baby back ribs or suckling pig or veal on a menu; I think “really?! Babies sound yummy?” I forget sometimes how far we have to go. So my reaction is mixed: I’m thrilled to see the forward movement, but I also get a impatient. I have to remember that it’s all about leaning in, both culturally and individually.
Me: I’ve been following you for a while and remember in your book you advocate eating 2 percent animal ingredients when dining out. Can you elaborate?
Me: What is your best EARTHDAY tip for Vegan AND Omnivores?
For omnivores: Go without meat for at least a day; look what you save by doing that:
Me: You seem to be everywhere, what projects can we look forward to from Kathy Freston!?
Kathy: I’m not sure what’s next! I’m loving OpenSky because I can track down amazing products – food, clothing, and accessories – that are super delish and conscientious. I love nothing more than finding fabulous swaps for things that traditionally were animal based. The idea that we don’t need to sacrifice our ethics to have great fashion or excellent taste makes my heart soar!
Me: What is your advice to someone like me, who is trying to bridge the divide between “the Meaties and the Meatless”?
Kathy: Here’s what I would say, in the words of Voltaire: The perfect is the enemy of the good. Keep pushing forward, but remain flexible. Be kind and search for common ground, and in that place, everything is possible!
And don’t forget to celebrate Earth Day with me at Green Fest this weekend at the Javits Center in New York City or just follow my adventure here online
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Spring is here and here are my absolute favorite picks for this seasons Eco-Fashion!
Clockwise from upper left:
Rainbow Dress- Eva Franco
Arizona Queen Dress- Gretchen Jones (You remember her from when she won Project Runway)
Shaggy Deer Big Tote Falabella- Stella McCartney
Alexander Organi Cotton Shirtdress- Avery by Wang
Melissa Patchuli- Melissa Shoes (ps these shoes are completely recyclable! Just drop them in the recycling bin when you are done with them! How cool is that?) They can be found at my favorite store Bella Beach in Manhattan Beach, CA
Crux Dress- Ecoskin
Some of you may have known it is World Water Day today and some of you may not have. As I sit here writing this I realize I unintentionally set a large glass of water next me… After reading about what’s happening in the world I feel so privileged to be able to have not only this glass of water, but a glass of water whenever I’d like one. Let me share a few shocking statistics with you.
-3.575 million people die each year from a water related disease.
-The human body contains from 55% to 78% water, depending on body size. To function properly, the body requires between one and seven liters of water per day to avoid dehydration.
-884 million people lack access to clean water.
-Today every 20 seconds a child dies from a water related illness.
-People living in the slums often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city.
With the help of organizations like water.org and UNICEF hopefully these statistics will eventually be a thing of the past. I urge you to go to their websites and see what you can do to help in your own community and around the world.
*Photos were taken from water.org and statistics from water.org and wikipedia.
Missi Pyle, a known vegan and hilarious actress, made quite a statement last night at the Oscars by wearing a truly “green” gown while working the red carpet. This gorgeous gown was designed by Valentina Delfino who was the winner of the ‘Red Carpet Green Dress Contest’. The contest was created by Suzy Amis Cameron wife of James Cameron. The gown is made from recycled polyester and silk from cruelty-free silkworms.
This is the official “Welcome to the New Website” launch day and to celebrate I have a fabulous giveaway to offer you!! Just in time for Valentine’s Day is this gorgeous ‘Spanish Steps’ dress from Shabby Apple. If you don’t know their clothes, you will now! They make beautiful sustainable clothing with super chic style. I’m absolutely obsessed with their new ‘Mad Hatter’ line!
So all you have to to enter is 2 simple things: 1. Like Shabby Apple on Facebook and 2. Like my page on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. And if you already do these things, don’t sweat, you are still in! Just leave a comment below and let me know what you do
The winner will be announced Monday February 13th. The dress is available in any size you like. This contest is limited to people in the US only (sorry!!) So enjoy and spread the word!
I’ve spent the last few hours online holiday shopping… I’m sure you know the story and this has played through your head: “What do you get for the person who has everything??” Well, why not give the gift that will keep giving all year long?? A wine of the month club can be a perfect gift for just about anyone in your life! I personally love the Gold Medal Wine Club. It features some of California’s best and brightest wines. The prices are reasonable and their taste is exquisite! So this year, don’t hesitate to give the gift of wine… they’ll love it!