Thursday, July 10, 2008

Superhero Tips from the "Green Girls" - Saving the Planet One Lightbulb at a Time


Mommy's Little Helper makes all her Boo Boo Bags with reassigned fabric and organic lavender flowers. In fact most all of Mommy's products are made with all natural / organic products.

I have to admit - this week I am really struggling to come up with a topic for the Green Girls. I decided to cast my proverbial net and see what I could catch. On etsy I put out a topic in the Forum asking sellers to show me their eco-friendly items. I came up with quite a few good ones and they pointed me to the EcoEtsy Team.

Here are some of the replies I received (and a selected item from each shop):

-RanaMuck says: I sell peacock feathers naturally shed and wild turkey feathers. Great alternatives to store feathers from mass production farms! I also have aloe vera plants. Babies from my older aloe plant :) I don't use any chemicals, not even fertilizer because they just don't need it. I'm revising the photo on some beeswax but my beeswax is from my grandpa's apiary and is unfiltered. I have recycled floater candles too. Most of my items are made of recycled, natural, or thrift store finds.

muddymuse says: 100% made of dirt...the glaze is made from natural chemicals...i think

kaboogie says: Almost all of my shoes are made from repurposed materials. All of the leather and suede ones are!!

PenguinLovePress says: My shop uses recycled materials and my new journals now have 100% recycled paper!

fluffnfixings says: I have two shops, but this shop focuses on the eco-friendly side of packaging. My other shop has some kits made from recycled goods, as well. Feel free to ask me any questions you might have.

Mulchandmore says: I'm not selling recycled but all of my yarn is from a renewable source-fiber animals grow a new coat every year and are very uncomfortable if not sheared in the spring.

thebuddhabuilder says: I use the raw materials of earth, fire and water to create my raku Buddhas, but I also incorporate the odd lay-about screws, tacks and scrap wires into my sculptures. I enjoy adding whatever strikes my fancy as a potential combustible in my garage (newspapers, salt, cardboard, sawdust). And for packing I get all recycled boxes from the hardware store and the Asian food market in Seattle. Packing peanuts recycled from local gift shops...Learning how to use what's already present is just zen. Who knew zen could be so eco-friendly?

I mentioned in my Green Girls post a few weeks ago about "CLOSING THE LOOP" ie. buying items made of recycled materials and items made with power from alternative sources. To do so will eventually drive the costs down and prove to the manufacturer's that we ARE serious about being environmentally responsible consumers. So as I was at the mega shop this week picking up a million and one items, copy paper was one of those items on my list. I am usually frugal and so when I saw the paper made of at least 30% post consumer recycled paper I swallowed hard and paid the extra for the recycled paper.
So now you know that when you receive a package from me, the receipt will be printed on recycled paper!
We have only one Earth, let’s treat it with respect so our children can learn from our example and have a great place to raise their children.


kaboogie said...

Thanks so much! Great subject to keep people alerted to! I love to reuse and evolve my work!!

fluffnflowers said...

Thanks for the mention! I think recycling, upcycling, and giving 'stuff' a new life is a wonderful thing.

Anonymous said...

Funny that you mentioned the recycled paper because I just noticed that on your receipt right before reading this article :)

BTW - I sell (and use) Wool diaper covers and cloth wipes and liners which facilitate cloth diapering, a lot less waste for the landfills :) More such products to come...

MayRae said...

Great spotlight on some sellers who keep eco. On kudos on your pursuits of being greener :)

Ashli said...

Thanks so much for featuring me!

For recycled paper you should try staples if you have one near you. They have 100% recycled paper and it's only $1 more.

Maddie and Mommy said...

Thanks for the advice ashli - I'll check them out next time.

Beth said...

I love your green posts! Keep 'em coming!

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