Happy Travels with the Feed Bag Cosmetic Kit

We've all been there at one point or another, whether our travels have taken us far away for weeks or across town for a night. I'm referring to the moment when we open our luggage to find something gooey has spilled out from the contents of our toiletry or cosmetics bag. It doesn't matter how … Continue reading Happy Travels with the Feed Bag Cosmetic Kit

It’s Not a Hand-Me-Down, It’s a Hoakon/Helga

You know the feel of your boyfriend's really worn, totally weathered and super sexy leather jacket? Kinda like butter, right? That's what I think of when I see the recycled leather handbags by Hoakon/Helga. I think of butter. Well, not exactly. But Hoakon/Helga bags are really soft and sumptuous to the touch, not to mention … Continue reading It’s Not a Hand-Me-Down, It’s a Hoakon/Helga

A Bag Habit Not to Break

We spout a lot of eco-hoopla about toxins and pollutants and recycling around EcoSalon, and my hope is that you've gotten the message, banned the plastic and bought an eco-bag instead. I hope you have decided to make the permanent switch from plastic to recycled and reusable. And yes, we've done a zillion posts on … Continue reading A Bag Habit Not to Break

A Sweet Ending for Candy Wrappers

Candy is a girl's best friend, no wait, that's diamonds. I'll tell you what candy does do - it creates cavities and a boat load of trash. Take all those candy wrappers, put them together and what do you get? Would you believe...a handbag? Believe it. The Candywrapper Tote is made by fair trade artisans, … Continue reading A Sweet Ending for Candy Wrappers

Tuberose Lavender Tote Is Eco *and* Vegan

An oversized tote with plenty of wiggle room is just what summer ordered. Make it with eco-ultrasuede instead of leather and you get this feminine Tuberose Lavender Vegan Tote by AmyKathryn. It's large enough to support your busiest schedule at 18"w x 14"h x 3"d, and totally cruelty-free. Often, vegan products are not eco-friendly, so … Continue reading Tuberose Lavender Tote Is Eco *and* Vegan

Shop Wisely with Rising Tide Fair Trade

I'm a big believer in Mies van der Rohe's dictum "less is more". I'd much prefer that you use what already hangs in your closet. And as much as the lesser green in me would love to encourage you to buy a newer, cooler version of this or that, the greenest me would never do … Continue reading Shop Wisely with Rising Tide Fair Trade

Stella McCartney Vegan Bag: Eco-Friendly or Eco-Wannabe?

I enjoy the occasional controversy. Not the "throw one below the belt" emotionally-charged controversy, but the intelligent discussion chock full of thoughtful comments and ideas even-in-the-throes-of-opposing-views controversy. And I especially enjoy them when they're eco-related. So, here goes. Yes, I covet the new faux leather bag by Stella McCartney. (And word has it a certain … Continue reading Stella McCartney Vegan Bag: Eco-Friendly or Eco-Wannabe?

An Easy Green Dry Cleaning Trick

Next time you drop off clothes at the local dry cleaners (an environmentally friendly one, I hope), bring a garment bag along and ask them to hold the plastic and paper. I started doing this about six months ago when my dry cleaner began providing simple, black garment bags for purchase. I spent the $5 … Continue reading An Easy Green Dry Cleaning Trick

A Guide to Eco Laptop Bags

I remember when owning a laptop was considered a luxury. Now it seems that everyone who's anyone has one - my neighbor's six-year-old, my grandfather (who, by the way, forwards far too many jokes and chain letters to me. I love you anyway, gramps!), writers and investment bankers, artists and attorneys. For lifestyles (and laptops) … Continue reading A Guide to Eco Laptop Bags

The Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Rebag

One of my favorite Christmas memories is of unwrapping gifts and watching my Grandpa stick the used bows all over his balding head. And when he ran out of territory uptown, he'd start sticking the bows to his limbs, all the way down to his feet. We grandkids adored him for this - we'd laugh … Continue reading The Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Rebag