Sunday, May 9, 2010
Nail Polish is a product every girl loves and cant live without but many do not know the harmful effects of breathing in the fumes of non-organic nail polish. My mom was the one who informed me of this and would scold me every time I went to the nail salon to get my nails done with my friends. I used to be embarrassed when she would hand me organic nail polish and told me I could only get my nails done if I used it instead of the nail salon's nail polish. Now looking back on it my mom, of course, was right. I should have listened to her all these years. There are so many cute colors of organic nail polish that looks exactly the same as every other nail polish out there but is actually less harmful for you and the environment. For example this company called Suncoat not only makes organic nail polish but cosmetics as well. This nail polish is sustainable because it is water based and does not use harmful chemicals. It comes in many different shades and the best part is that it is affordable! It was given the Award of Excellence by Alive in 2004 and 2005 and is a national award winning product. I would recommend trying it!
The book "I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas" by Anna Getty has some great ideas about how to be sustainable during the holidays. This book was featured in Vogue and has a lot of helpful tips in it. It talks about how to save energy, how to make recycled decorations more chic, as well as recipes and much more. It not only has great ideas about helping our earth but will also save you money!!
Accessories can leave a big whole in your wallet. But instead of splurging on this seasons new "it" accessories you can make your own using some of last seasons jewelry or items that you don't wear anymore. Just by re-stringing an old necklace you can create a new look for free! It is a fun way to revamp whats in your jewelry box and you can do it with friends even. My mom and I have a great time creating unique necklaces and bracelets together from stuff we have around the house and in our jewelry boxes. Here is an example of a Vintage silver and rhinestone chain necklace that was made from old jewelry created by Lulu Frost. It was made from old jewelry that was re-strung and made into a hot new accessory. It goes for $800 but you can make your own using your old jewelry at home.
Elle Magazine features this new bag called the Elle Portable Light Project. It is a sustainable bag designed by 8 different designers including Loeffler Randall, Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Loomstate, Lutz & Patmos, Rogan, Vena Cava, and Zero + Maria Cornejo. It has a solar panel that is flexible, a HBLED light, a USB cord, and a rechargeable battery pack built into it. The idea was created by Sheila Kennedy, an architect, that wanted to create a bag that would allow people who do not have access to electricy to have it. It can charge your phone and do many different things while using clean sustainable energy and light. The bag shown was designed by Loeffler Randall.
I was reading Elle Magazine and came across their 21 day eco-chic challenge. It has so many great ideas that you can use to help the environment. They are little tips that can make a huge impact such as using a refillable make up container as apposed to one that you just throw away when you are done with it. Or even taking an old toothbrush and instead or throwing it out using it as a way to groom your eyebrows and little fly-a-ways at the edge of your hairline when it is in an up do.
here is the link for the 21 eco-chic challenge. I challenge you to try it!
Eco-friendly clothing has become so popular they are even starting to teach the importance of it in schools. I am a fashion major and one of the classes I am taking this semester is Apparel Production and a couple weeks ago my professor dedicated a whole class to inform us about how important this topic is. She told us that the fashion industry is going to be the toughest industry to change because of how fast paced it is. New fashions are constantly being made and new trends are replacing the old it would ruin how the whole industry worked. Major things would need to be changed in order to completely get fashion to change but they are on the right track. Eco-friendly clothing is one of the ways they have changed for the better. The fashion industry is slowing making positive changes to help the planet.
Although many might not think of clothing in thrift stores or consignment shops as being eco-friendly they in fact are. By shopping at thrift stores you are buying recycled clothing and the great part is most of the clothing you find there are vintage! Some may think of these types of shops filled with your grandmothers clothing but the truth is that although some are there are many that are not.Thrift stores have become the new chic thing. My favorite consignment shop has to be Second Time Around and it was voted the Best Consignment Shop in Boston so check it out! There are also many opening up in malls such as Providence Place Mall and down town boutiques.