News from the Green Market

After missing the NY NOW Winter Gift Market, I was excited to see what was new and noteworthy on the Sustainable Product front at the Summer show. Many of my favorite Eco-friendly vendors were present as well as some new faces.

Bags, bags, bags!

essen'tial Bags

essen’tial Bags

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I’m crazy about essent’ial . These fantastic bags, vessels, kits are made from 100% Paper. Yep, you heard me. They are washable (as in the washing machine!), recycled, recyclable, animal free, and super strong. I’m loving the trend-forward, urban design for the gals and the guys.

 

 

ON THE ROAD Collection by Paola Navone

ON THE ROAD Collection by Paola Navone

The Vacavaliente Collection produces bags, vessels, wallets…. From 100% recycled leather.. This Argentine company designs with salvaged, scrap leather to amazing effect. Paola Navone has designed her signature line, ON THE ROAD. Oh, and bonus: Vacavaliente is a BCorp!

ZAMBO by Cristián Mohaded

ZAMBO by Cristián Mohaded

 

 

 

 

Aplat culinary tote collection

Aplat culinary tote collection

Aplat makes a culinary tote collection from 100% organic, reusable & washable cotton and low impact dyes. They celebrate the Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 10.56.57 PMculture of family, friendship & generosity. Aplat’s mantra: Let’s make socializing more than a verb by making generosity a daily ritual. Whether cradling a delicious dish or bottle, let’s just
call this a perfect host/hostess gift!

 

 

 

 

 Baby & Beyond

Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 11.24.11 PMThe so:lo table by kukuu morphs from a changing table to a child’s work/play table, eventually transforming to a desk. Not since the grow with your child Stokke chair has such good design been represented in kids furnishing. Compact, sleek, economic design made from sustainably sourced birch wood. After purchasing multiple tables, desks, dressers over the years for my daughter’s tiny room, I sure wish I had this 15 years ago!

 

Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 11.56.39 PMHow about a first bike made from recycled carpets? Wishbone Design not only represents innovative Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 11.56.17 PMdesign, but they manage to divert carpets from landfills while they’re at it. The Recycled Edition bike starts as a push-trike and transitions to a balance bike from small to tall. This gizmo can accommodate a 12 mos. to 6 year old. Trick-out your little people mover with stickers to customize your frame and a 100% recycled plastic name plate.

 

Kitchen Helpers

Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 9.14.52 PMWhether you are making a concerted effort towards a zero-waste lifestyle or you are just trying to use less paper towels, you will appreciate the SKOY Cloth. A cross between a sponge and a paper towel, they are reusable and 100% biodegradable. SKOY cloths absorb 15x their own weight, are machine-washable, and one cloth outlasts 15 rolls of paper towels. Those who have gone paper towel free may not be in love with the grimey, soggy textile clothsScreen Shot 2017-09-13 at 9.15.18 PM you’ve replaced them with – especially if you don’t have a practical drying area. SKOY cloths dry quickly and take up very little space. You can keep them fresh smelling and bacteria-free by wetting them and zapping in the microwave. SKOY cloths are made from cotton and wood pulp cellulose harvested from sustainable forests. When they’ve run their coarse, cut them up and throw them in the compost!

 

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Epicurean Cutting Boards are not only ultra-durable and eco-friendly but they won’t dull your knives! Made from FSC certified wood fiber, they are non-porous, which means that they resist bacteria and unlike most wood boards, you can throw them in the dishwasher. I love the nonslip series! They also offer a series of kitchen and gourmet utensils.

 

Personal Care

Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 9.12.40 PMMatter Company and their personal care line, Substance, incorporates a holistic approach to what they characterize as Therapeutic Herbalism. Their baby care products are a best seller and the Substance Baby Sunscreens get the best score EWG’s Skin Deep site offers.

Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 8.47.33 PMOn my never-ending quest for a natural deodorant that is actually effective (for me), I think I’ve hit paydirt. I’m reluctant to share because many that I’ve tried work for the first week or so – and then I’m back to stinky-town. I realize that deodorant efficacy is highly individual, but if you are like me and have cycled through multiple natural options, check out Z Natural Life Sport Extra strength Deodorant . I regularly experience sticker-shock on many of the “most recommended” natural brands – but this one is worth it. Designed for women & men, Z Natural Life is ECOCERT approved and aluminum and baking soda free. My trial month run has included the dog days of Summer, spin classes, yoga, and tango!

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  1. melissa.ronning@gmail.com' Melissa Ronning says:

    I love all of these products – even the one’s I obviously won’t be needing!

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