Author Archives: Carin Lynn

Product of the Week – From Scratch Doggie Tees

From Scratch Doggie TeesLooking for trendy yet socially responsible clothes to keep your pooch warm this winter? Well, From Scratch is just the company for you. They offer eco-friendly doggie apparel & accessories that are way cute.

From Scratch Doggie TeesAll of From Scratch dog tees are made from 100% recycled ringspun cotton/poly jersey that was reclaimed from 65% cotton waste + 35% plastic bottles (approx. 1.5 plastic bottles is in every shirt that is made). Plus each tee features a “Go Green” message and everything is 100% handmade in USA.

Love the planet & your pup by buying a comfy cozy eco tee for the winter from From Scratch.

DIY – Coffee Cup Cozy

coffee cup cozyFor all you coffee and tea lovers that don’t bring their own travel mug when getting their daily java, this one’s for you.

It maybe a hassle or you just forget, well just because you’re stuck with the disposable paper cup doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with the cardboard sleeve too. It’s easy to toss your DIY cup cozy in your purse or computer bag. There’s no washing or big clunky cup to deal with.

Supplies Needed:

  • Old sweater
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins

Let’s Get Started:

Step 1:
Cut about six inches or less of a sleeve off an old sweater.

Step 2:
Flip the material inside out and pin a slightly curved line just below the recently cut line.

Step 3:
Sew along the pined curved line and cut off the extra fabric and flip right side out.

Product of the Week – Macbeth Vegan Footwear

Macbeth Eilot Womans Shoe - Black Orchid Flower PrintMacbeth Footwear is a super fun shoe company that was founded back in 2002-2003 by Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus, who are members of the punk rock band, Blink-182.

As you can image, Macbeth is heavily influenced by music due to it’s founders, but they are also influenced by the eco lifestyle. All of Macbeth’s shoe styles are offered in a vegan version, and the company as a whole has gone above and beyond to create shoes in an environmentally sustainable way.

Macbeth offers a wide variety of shapes and styles, however, The Eliot was the first style that they created and remains one of their most successful today.

The Eliot Vegan Footwear From Macbeth Features:

  • Premium quality heat molded natural rubber for flexibility and comfort
  • Glue made from custom water based synthetic adhesive that is 100% free from animal by-products
  • Upper materials that are either organic canvas, denim or other unique woven vegetable fibers

Love animals & your feet by buying Vegan shoes from Macbeth today.

Tip of the Week – Composting

October is the perfect time to starting composting!

I know I’ve talked about starting your own compost pile before, but if you haven’t started one yet, now’s the time to do it. Just rake a pile of leaves, toss your old carved pumpkin in and viola…you got yourself a compost pile that will supply lots of rich soil for your flowerbeds in the spring.

Don’t have a yard, try the The Worm Factory 360. It’s a composter that can be used indoors. Now, you have no excuses.

DIY Tin Can Halloween Lanterns

Tin Can Halloween LuminariesLight up your porch this holiday weekend with some super fun DIY recycled tin can Halloween lanterns.

Supplies Needed:

  • Recycled tin cans
  • Soy or beeswax tea light candles
  • Pencil, crayon or permanent marker
  • Paper and scissors (optional)
  • Coat hanger or sturdy wire for hanging (optional)
  • Towel and firm work surface
  • Hammer
  • Large nail
  • Freezer
  • Water
  • Spray paint

Let’s Get Started:

Step 1:
Clean and dry recycled tin cans, fill with water, and freeze overnight. The ice will provide support for the can as you drive in the nail holes.

Step 2:
Get your design ready. You can either use a paper pattern or draw a design directly on the can.

Step 3:
The next day, lay a thick towel on your work surface, to absorb the melting ice and to prevent the can from rolling as you work. Place the tin can on the towel. If using a paper pattern, wrap the can in the paper and tape the pattern in place. If drawing the pattern directly on the can, use a fine marker, in the the same color that you have chosen for the spray paint to draw the outline.

Step 4:
Use a hammer and a large nail to punch the holes in the outline of your design. (optional: If you want to make a hanging lantern, also punch two holes at the top, on either side of your design, to fasten hanger.)

Step 5:
Once complete with the design, immerse the can in hot water to melt the remaining ice & let dry.

Step 6:
Once can is completely dry, use your spray paint to paint all sides and bottom of the can.

Step 7: (optional)
To hang your lantern, cut a piece of sturdy wire, or use a potion of wire from a coat hanger, and bend it into an arched hanger shape. Bend up the ends and insert them into the two holes that you punched at the top of the can.

Step 8:
Place a soy or beeswax tea light candle inside the can & hang outside to welcome all the trick or treaters to your home.

A special thanks to the folks over at Natural Mommie for sharing their fun eco Halloween crafts with us.

Product of the Week – 31 Bits

31 bits31 Bits is an inspirational do-good company that sells jewelry made from 100% recycled paper by internally displaced women in Northern Uganda.

31 Bits was formed in 2008 when 5 Southern California college students traveled to Uganda and met some of the local women. The students saw there was a need for change: the women needed shelter, food, medication, school fees for their children, etc. The women attempted to provide for their families by creating hand-made jewelry, but due to the lack of market, their income was hardly sustainable.

And that’s when 31 Bits was born!31 Bits Bracelets

31 Bits works directly with the women in Uganda, providing access to the international market for their fashion forward jewelry. This allows the woman to earn an instant income, and provide homes, food, and education for their families.

31 Bits offers bracelets, necklaces, headbands, and more. Buy yours today! Not only will you look super stylish, you’ll also be helping families in Uganda, and keeping trash from going into the landfill.

Eco-Friendly Halloween Costume Tips

Halloween is coming up fast! Do you have your costume ready? If not, no worries we’re here to help. Here are the top 4 eco-friendly Halloween costume tips:

1- Homemade Face Paint
Eco-Friendly Halloween Costume TipsInstead of purchasing overpriced plastic and rubber masks, or using toxic makeup, make your own face paint by combining cornstarch, solid shortening, and food color (optional). With a little creativity, the perfect faux mask can be created.

2- Borrow A Friend’s Uniform
If you have a friend who has a job with a very recognizable uniform such as fast food cashier or delivery person, ask to borrow their uniform.

3- Hit Up The Local Resale Shop
Go to a local thrift store & you’ll most likely find a huge selection of clothing just waiting to be transformed into the perfect Halloween costume for cheap.

4- Reuse That Old Costume
Have a costume swap party with your friends & family, or check out freecycle for used costumes in your area.