Archive for February, 2012
Sure, there are all the traditional Valentine’s Day gifts that you can give. But this year why not take your presents up a notch and give the eco-friendly version instead? I’ve compiled a few options so your ‘I Love You’ can be both red & green.
1. Bouquets of flowers are the most traditional and foolproof gift option for Valentine’s Day. But not all flowers are eco-friendly, so make sure you do it right. Check out your green flower options here.
2. I’m a fan of jewelry for Valentine’s (I mean who isn’t?), but nothing says I love you quite like green jewelry. Among all the shops out there, Linhardt is a personal fave.
3. Why not give a practical gift this year? I love the funky red design of this Baggu reusable grocery bag. Even better if you fill it with organic food.
4. A little red in your life is always welcome. And how cute are these felt purses from Canvas?
6. Give organic or locally produced chocolate. One option is Dagoba, a chocolate company dedicated to sustainably grown, organic cacao.
7. What better way to say I love you than with a heart? I love these hand crafted French ceramic hearts from ABC Home.
8. Make your own Valentines with this eco-friendly stamp kit from Branch.
9. Give a Valentine’s Day card made from recycled paper like this cute French Bulldog from Sycamore Street Press.
I love a leisurely bike ride as much as the next person, but I have always been in awe of the subset of New Yorkers who are brave enough (or crazy enough?) to navigate the insane traffic of this fair city. Maybe someday if I ever move to a less populated (read: fewer cars) area of the country, I’ll get myself a bike. In the meantime, I’ll stick with walking, taking public transport and living vicariously through these brave souls. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a good looking and eco-friendly bicycle.
Panda Bicycles was created by three friends at Colorado State University, obsessed with making the world a better place. They set about making a bicycle that had it all – a unique, classic design with well-crafted, innovative, safe and hi-tech details. The bamboo frame of this vintage inspired piece is not only good looking but also eco-friendly, naturally hefty and non-corrosive. As Panda Bicycles says, “we’re growing bikes,” which I think couldn’t be more true. As for me, just imagine me on one of these bikes with a basket, sundress, jaunty little hat and no traffic.
Photos by Panda Bicycles