My daughter goes through a LOT of pencils. She uses them for her homework during the week, but she also loves to write and draw just for fun. Needless to say, I am always looking for pencils made from recycled or otherwise sustainable materials, because I hate the idea of buying pencils made from virgin wood. It just doesn’t seem like a very good reason to cut down trees. Lisa Bacon of Write with Moxie gets that. And her beautiful, recycled paper pencils are just the kind of thoughtful gift that show we can consider sustainability in even the most humble of purchases.
I don’t know for sure that I am the No. 1 of Nostalgia Organics, but I can say with certainty that I’m no lower than number 2 or 3. I keep a regular stash of Nostalgia soaps in my bathroom, and I freak out whenever I realize I’m running low. Suffice it to say that I love these products. So when I found out they were getting ready to release two new scents, I knew I had to try them!
Many families traditionally give pajamas for Christmas. This had not been true for our family until recent years. The problem is that most kids’ pajamas are made with toxic chemical flame retardants, because most of them are made of polyester. Finding 100% cotton PJs is a challenge, and finding 100% organic cotton PJs is even harder. So when I discovered New Jammies and their stylish, kid-friendly designs, I was thrilled. Plus, they made a great addition to the Green Gift Guide.
You knew they were coming! This year, I have a slew of awesome green gift giveaways for your pleasure, starting with an awesome, handmade iPad case from Zaum.
I love Mod Green Pod fabrics — almost as much as I love my iPad. So when I discovered these beautiful pieces made from Mod Green Pod’s stylish prints and other sustainable materials, I didn’t hesitate to add them to this year’s Green Gift Guide. These fabulous, high quality pieces are handmade by Zaum. In their eco-friendly section, you’ll also find clutches, full-size handbags and totes, coin purses, laptop bags, and iPhone cases — all made of materials like organic cotton and wool felt.
I love blue. Really. It is officially my favorite among all the wall colors we’ve ever used. In turn, our finished dining room is my new favorite room. That could be because we haven’t really finished any other spaces in this apartment, but I think it’s because it really just turned out great. And I have FLOR to thank for the inspiration.
The moment I saw their Sophistikat rug last year, I knew I had to have it — eventually, anyway. And I kept finding inspiration elsewhere in similar shades of blue: the gorgeous blue Ikat dinnerware from Viva Terra and sweet cloth napkins from West Elm. Slowly, in my mind, a dining room came together.