1. In celebrating Earth Day, we wanted to feature things we love that are both environmentally conscious and in keeping with style. First, say no to cars! This handmade Italian bicycle in signature Kate Spade green is the partnership of Adeline Adeline and Kate Spade. It's our dream to cycle to work and on weekends with a basket of flowers, and we're certain you too will be cruising around town after seeing this video featuring blogger Greta Eagen.
2. These organic soy candles by Dirt Candles are crafted with essential oils, botanical ingredients and are made with natural cotton wicks. Plus the packaging is made with recycled materials and the labels made from corn and printed with soy based inks. There is a great selection of scents with cheeky names like Heart Breaker, After Hours, and Fountain of Youth. Our favourite is Nitty Gritty, a blend of organic soil, tomato, sage, Malabar grass, and celery seed. It smells like, well, fresh dirt (in a good earthy way!) Available at Not Just Pretty.
3. Shop local! One of our favourite things to do is visit the market and bakery for fresh local produce and bread. So this market bag from Apolis Global is the perfect choice for us. Made with natural golden jute fiber harvested in Bangladesh, the bag has vegetable dyed leather straps and antique nickel rivets. The bags are part of the Bangladesh Project which is helping to rebuild the local economy and provide jobs to local women.
4. Stephanie is kind of a modern day hippie and believes in going back to basics. No chemical based products or cleaners are allowed in her home. Everything has to be earth friendly, skin friendly, biodegradable, non toxic and plant based. That said, these eco household cleaners by Vancouver's Sapadilla Soap Co. are amazing and they look good too. Made with plant-based ingredients and essential oils, they get the job done and smell wonderful. The counterop cleanser for example uses lactic acid, a natural antimicrobial to clean and sanitize. Check their site for retailers (Ecomystic for our Hamilton readers), or find them online at cookworks.
5. Having recently started a urban girl's garden (meaning organic veggies grown in the kitchen windowsill), we think these Garden in a Bag kits are perfect for city dwellers. From heirloom lavender to basil and thyme, you can grow everything from flowers to herbs and even plant your own tree with the tree-to-be kit. We think they would be perfect gifts -- think housewarmings, mother's day.. Available online at Lavish & Lime.