Every year, each of us discards approximately 14.4 times our body weight in garbage. To lessen this negative impact on our lovely planet and its environment, Forest & Bluff has compiled some of our favorite and fashionable ways to “go green.” Every small action can make a big difference!
EcoTools uses only earth-friendly materials such as bamboo to create their luxuriously soft brushes. 1 percent of their annual sales is donated to 1% for the Planet, an alliance that is dedicated to creating a healthier planet.
Brush set by EcoTools, $11.99, available at Ulta in Vernon Hills, 847-918-0795.
RunRunRun Reusable Bag
This very second, 6,000 plastic bags are being used across the world. Cut down on your use with RunRunRun’s tote. Double stitching, waterproof fabric, and the capacity of three grocery bags makes this a sturdy and reusable option for toting errands.
“Italia” bag by RunRunRun, $13.50, available at runrunrun.com.
Instead of discarding unused fabric scraps left over from creating saris, artisans in India have begun collecting the fabric and hand-weaving them into bracelets.
Sari bracelet, $32, available at uncommongoods.com.
prAna’s 100 percent organic cotton dress can truly boast that it is giving back to the earth. Organic farming replenishes the earth to build a biologically diverse agriculture.
“Seaside” dress by prAna, $70, available at Uncle Dan’s in Highland Park, 847-266-8600.
Melissa’s Ballet Flats
Melissa’s uses 100 percent of the materials needed to create their ballet flats. With guest designers such as Jason Wu creating new styles, it’s no wonder Melissa’s are at the top of every eco-conscious fashionista’s list.
“Zig Zag” ballet flats by Melissa’s Shoes, $79.90, available at Akira at Old Orchard Mall, 847-763-8820.
Just keeping your appliances plugged in uses about 4–5 gallons of water each day to produce the electricity. Unplug with iBamboo’s acoustically engineered speakers. Made out of a simple rod of bamboo, this product is constructed to amplify your iPhone’s speakers.
Speakers by iBamboo, $25, available at ibamboospeaker.com/shop.
The always eco-conscious Aveda introduced their soy-wax candle “Light the Way” to benefit the Global Greengrants Funds. 100 percent of the profits go to the fund and their efforts to bring clean water to underprivileged areas. The glass for the organic Lavender candle is made from an old beer bottle!
“Light the Way” lavender candle by Aveda, $12, available at Aveda at Northbrook Court, 847-509-0254.
Telephone Wire Platter
Repurposing materials is one of the easiest ways to lessen waste output. Lucky for us, an artist in India saw beauty in unused, colorful telephone wires and wove them into an elegant platter.
Telephone wire platter, $238, Mustard Seed in Lake Forest, 847-735-0211.
Bring a little bit of the outdoors indoors with Uncommon Good’s Moss Terrarium. A repurposed wine bottle and recycled glass enclose the mini eco-system while sustainable bamboo makes up the base of the terrarium.
Moss Terrarium Bottle, $38, available at uncommongoods.com.
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—Words by Kendall McKinven