The Heart of Art: Dead Star

A mound of dead batteries is reborn as a colorful sea creature. A battery powers everything from appliances to watches to your car, and when it's out of juice, well, that's the end of it. Nowhere else to go but the landfill. Artist Michel de Broin had another idea. He gathered hundreds of old batteries … Continue reading The Heart of Art: Dead Star

Home Is Where the Art… Should be

I'm a down to business, cut through the clutter, don't beat around the bush type of gal. So when it comes to the home and "collecting" I agree with Mies (van der Rohe, that is) that 'Less is More'. That is unless we're talking art. Collecting art is not an elitist activity, nor is it … Continue reading Home Is Where the Art… Should be

Is That a Woolly Pocket on Your Wall, or Are You Just…?

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…?

DIY and Wear a Recycled Tee on Your Wrist

When I was young, still living at home, I'd leave the house for a run and hide my key under the potted plant near the front door. I'd never try this trick today. Instead, I might use one of these simple Wrist Cuff Wallets I found on Etsy. They couldn't be cuter or cheaper ($5) … Continue reading DIY and Wear a Recycled Tee on Your Wrist

The Hip Bag May Be Helpful But Is It Hot?

Can a hip bag ever be a hip bag? I can't help but raise the question since they keep showing up. Years peacefully pass and then, oh! There's another fanny pack, I mean hip bag. My first hip bag was a navy nylon number I wore while trudging through Europe with a backpack and Eurail … Continue reading The Hip Bag May Be Helpful But Is It Hot?

Pot Your Plants in PAD’s Recycled Aluminum Pod

Say that six times fast, and then find your favorite pair of gardening gloves and let's play with dirt. These pots are worthy of plenty of playtime. Whether you want to grow your green indoors or out, the metal spun recycled aluminum Pod by PAD is the perfect planter. It's sturdy, lightweight and powder coated … Continue reading Pot Your Plants in PAD’s Recycled Aluminum Pod

Right Brain Terrain Says It, Simple & Green

No one annoys me more than a constant quoter of clichés. Especially irksome is the motivational kind of cliché - overused, inane and just plain tired. When I'm in the midst of something challenging (good or bad), the last thing I need or want to hear is "when the going gets tough" or "when this … Continue reading Right Brain Terrain Says It, Simple & Green

Outsapop’s Trashion Is Cool DIY Fashion

I was an artistic kid, but I had not an ounce of interest in learning how to sew, much to my mother's chagrin. She was quite the seamstress. Her Singer sat prominently in our playroom where she'd stitch and sew me new dresses, always searching for the coolest Vogue patterns"¦but nothing could change my mind. … Continue reading Outsapop’s Trashion Is Cool DIY Fashion

The Tote That Takes Your Laptop Traveling

With all things digital nowadays, it's not surprising that my friend's 12-year-old didn't know you could still shoot 35 mm slides. Some of us remember when you couldn't shoot anything but... ...but let's move on. I have fond family memories of my dad's slide shows. He's a photo fanatic who never went anywhere without a … Continue reading The Tote That Takes Your Laptop Traveling

A Waste Can You Can Trash (But You Won’t)

I was in a purely pleasure-seeking mood when my eyes fell upon these quirky waste cans from Umbra. I instantly fell for the modern graffiti-like graphics, not to mention the eco-friendly material. Designed by artist Joshua Davis in collaboration with Umbra product designer David Quan, the Artala Trash Can is made from degradable plastic. The … Continue reading A Waste Can You Can Trash (But You Won’t)

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

Little Orphan Trudy Recycled Plates

Poor little plates, unwanted, unloved and discarded. That is, until Daddy Warbucks, or rather Christopher Jagmin gets hold of them. Then the magic happens. Jagmin finds his "orphans" at estate and garage sales and flea markets. Any shape, size or pattern will do. A complete "makeover" follows that involves cleaning, polishing and the application of … Continue reading Little Orphan Trudy Recycled Plates

Mollie Dash: the Name, the Jewels, the Green!

Before I proceed to all the drool-worthy jewels by Mollie Dash, can I just say, how great is her name? Mollie Dash. It's a little like "Nancy Drew" - maybe that's why I think it's so cool. Now that you've got way too much information on how I spent the majority of my youth, let's … Continue reading Mollie Dash: the Name, the Jewels, the Green!

Grateful for a Little…Is a Lot

During a particularly frustrating period of my life years ago, I was told by a mentor, "It is virtually impossible to be grateful for a lot until you can be grateful for a little." She went on to suggest I begin searching for the willingness to want what I have. At first I didn't get … Continue reading Grateful for a Little…Is a Lot

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

The PETal Lamp Shade

Timing is everything. And sometimes timing is just plain bad. To wit, I recently bought a pendant lamp for my dining room, installed it and was really pleased breaking bread below it...and then I came across the petal lamp shade. Now I'm experiencing a serious case of buyer's remorse. The Petal Lamp Shade has approximately … Continue reading The PETal Lamp Shade

Handmade By Heidi & Seek

My grandfather used to tell me, "Things aren't made the way they used to be". We were probably looking at some item made within the last 30 years, and he was referring to its lack of craftsmanship and attention to detail. I agreed, and not just because he's my gramps. There's something special about handmade … Continue reading Handmade By Heidi & Seek

For Eye Candy and Finger Food, Call KYYOTE

What's a girl to put on her fingers if diamonds or their counterparts are off-limits or out of her budget? All kinds of green options exist to glam our hands without gouging the environment or supporting civil warfare - from vintage to recycled to reused to repurposed. The jewels created by Los Angeles designer Amanda … Continue reading For Eye Candy and Finger Food, Call KYYOTE

What’s Your Type?

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?