By Becky Striepe on August 15, 2012
We love furoshiki around here – the Japanese method of folding cloth for everything from wrapping presents to toting groceries. Who needs wasteful giftwrap, tape, and synthetic ribbons and bows when you can use beautiful, durable fabrics to wrap presents instead, right?
By Becky Striepe on July 9, 2012
When you’re getting ready to head to the beach, it’s easy to hit the big box store for essentials like your beach bag and towel, but those purchases tend to come with a hefty carbon and social footprint. Chances are that cute beach gear was produced in a sweatshop using conventional cotton and petroleum products, then shipped all over the world. Boo on that! Luckily, you can find handmade and vintage beach gear that’s just as cute with way less guilt.
By Becky Striepe on June 20, 2012
I don’t have any kids, but I do have a soft spot for kid-oriented crafts. Maybe it’s that my mom is a preschool teacher or maybe it’s that my inner crafty child never grew up. Whatever the reason, I love kid crafts!
By Becky Striepe on June 18, 2012
Last week, I attended a great webinar hosted by Green Business Owner on plastic bag reduction strategies for businesses and communities. Scott Cooney hosted the webinar along with Priti Ambani, Managing Editor at Ecopreneurist and Sustainability Consultant at GreenDen Consultancy, and Suzette Bergeron of Bulletin Bag.
The strategies they’re talking about aren’t how to get folks to use fewer bags but how to get individuals, businesses, and local officials on board with an all-out single use plastic bag ban, and I have to say it was a really inspiring talk.