Portland is considered one of the greenest cities and is fast becoming a major player in sustainable fashion, food and culture. But did you know that Portland has historic architecture? It's true. The famous "Made in Oregon" sign (image above) sits atop the historic White Stag building, built in 1907. Portland also has people more … Continue reading Remade in Oregon: The White Stag Block Renewed
I've rarely been accused of being 'at a loss for words,' except when it comes to small talk. Inane chit-chat serves a purpose, I understand, but I'd rather just hear the silence in between. Call me anti-social, aloof or just plain boring, but my shutting up leaves plenty of room for observing, which has made … Continue reading Moss Talking
I'll get my mind out of the gutter and onto the green, where it belongs, and tell you about my latest obsession - plants in pockets. I'd heard of hanging plants and plants that are potted, but the idea of putting a plant in a cloth-like pocket wasn't in my repertoire. That is, until I … Continue reading Is That a Woolly Pocket on Your Wall, or Are You Just…?
The kitchen could be considered the hub of a home. It's the spot where people congregate at parties, despite protests from the hostess; it's the place a family gathers to break bread as often as three times a day. There are all types of kitchens. We've shown you recycled or sustainable parts and entire islands … Continue reading Cutting Edge Concept: the Flow2 Kitchen
It wasn't the answer I had hoped for, in fact it threw me. And when I finally landed it was clear I had my next topic for EcoSalon. Is ceramic an eco-friendly material? Not really. Ceramic is certainly not 100% eco-friendly, although it does boast an honest list of good intentions. But first the aforementioned … Continue reading The Ceramic Industry: Is a Little Green Better Than None at All?
Judge these belt buckles by their covers and all you'll come up with is a serious case of eco, clever and fun. And maybe an urge to go to the library. I'm a serious book lover, and these one-of-a-kind Literary Belt Buckles are too cute for words. I call them the bookworm's belt buckle because … Continue reading Judge This Buckle by Its Book Cover
It happens to the best of us. Our mission is to clean out the storage unit in the garage. We plow through a few bags and boxes, tossing stuff in the large blue recycle bin or putting other stuff in a pile for goodwill. Then it happens - we stumble upon the box. The one … Continue reading Save a Tree. Keep a Journal
It's true what they say: time flies while you're having fun. 2008 at EcoSalon was chock full of fun, from the top of our eco fashionista heads down to the bottom of our little greenie toes. This was a spectacular year for the art and business of green garb. Environmentally conscious fashion designers from all … Continue reading Eco Fashion Favorites of 2008
They're watching you - the advertisers and marketing gurus - keeping track of your every eco-purchase. And since the so-called green "trend" doesn't seem to be such a trend after all (see What's the Story), these marketing experts are watching more closely, and with green colored glasses. Who is this green fashion consumer and what … Continue reading What’s Your Type?
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
I already know there's a reader out there who will find this post extravagant, excessive and possibly even outrageous. And if that reader is you, rest assured that I can hear you already. You're saying things like "don't waste our time. It's ridiculous to pay that for a dress or a coat, when the sky … Continue reading I Dare You to Read This Post About Alabama Chanin
I've never been good at sending holiday cards to friends and family. I enjoy keeping in touch throughout the year via e-mail and phone calls, but when it comes to spreading holiday cheer I fall tragically short. But this year could be different. I've come across a line of stationary that might just cure my … Continue reading Red (and Green) Aphrodite
I'm not one to clutter my closet with the latest trends - my fashion focus is more about quality than quantity. But when I see a sexy tee the likes of which has graced the cover of one or two fashion mags, I don't shy away. Mostly because I wear my tees until they're torn … Continue reading Eco-Trendy Tees at Sublet
It's not often that my design senses are stimulated. But there's something about Amy Adams' pottery at perch! that tickles my fancy. We first raved about her designs here and here, but there's more. Adams has a special skill when it comes to ceramics - her designs are modern, playful and charming. All perch! pieces … Continue reading A Lovely Little Perch!
It was late July when Allison told us in her post The New Nau, not to worry, the eco-clothing brand Nau would be back. And she was right. Having been rescued out of its pending demise by the Santa Barbara-based clothing company Horny Toad, the new Nau is ready to roll. The entire Fall '08 … Continue reading Nau Now
I know we talk endlessly about tees at EcoSalon, but there's always a new design popping up that catches my eye. And even in the winter months, a short-sleeve tee worn over a thin long-sleeve tee is perfectly stylish and appropriate. I recently found two tees that are on my to-buy list for fall. The … Continue reading Two Tees for All Seasons
You need only to read a few of my previous posts (here, here, here) to learn of my fascination with the eco kitchen. Lest you start thinking that I actually cook, let me set the record straight. While I appreciate a well-designed kitchen, and I am whole-heartedly green, I do not use them or even … Continue reading A Paper Kitchen
I'm a California girl so I don't talk much about wool coats or down jackets. Maybe 5/365 I'll need more than a sweater, scarf and light jacket, so I'm set with my two timeless cold-weather coats. But sometimes it's hard to resist all the hoodies and leather jackets and pea coats! The eco-movement has inspired … Continue reading Hard to Resist Eco-Coats
Call me skeptical, but when an eco item claims to be the one and only or first ever, I start to wonder...is it an exaggeration or flat out green washing? Journalism 101 taught me to fact-check. And for those of you not old enough to remember a time without the interwebs, fact-checking used to require … Continue reading A Case of Hot (Green) Air?
Less is more. Form follows function. If you're an architecture aficionado, these three-word manifestos should bring visions of van der Rohe, Sullivan and Le Corbusier to your mind. But if we're referring to modern furniture with an eco-edge, then Dror Benshetrit and his Pick Chair are a more likely pair. The Pick is made of … Continue reading Take Your Pick