By Bree Coven Brown / Special to Sunday Market
Earth Day is today, but environmentally conscious Seattle makes it easy to be green every day of the year. Strut your sustainable style with these eco-chic finds.
Show off your commitment with the Official Earth Day 2014 T-shirt ($25 at earthdaynetwork.org), featuring a polar bear and wind turbine printed on organic cotton. The limited-edition tee benefits Earth Day Network’s global movement to fight climate change.
The organic Intertwined Designs Hemp Bliss Pants ($94 at intertwineddesigns.com) are handmade in Mazama, Wash., from hemp linen. The flowing, midrise design has a flattering bias cut and teardrop pockets, and the fabric is hand-colored with low-impact dye.
Or slip into the certified Organic Cotton Iberia Dress ($78 at Natural Clothing Company, Snohomish). Designed in Paris and fair-trade-manufactured in India, it has cap sleeves, an empire waist and a drawstring tie at the bottom.
Walk the walk in the Melissa Planehits d’Orsay Jelly Flat ($75 at Nordstrom). The upper, lining and sole are made from recycled PVC. Or step into spring in the new Jambu Vera wedge ($129 at onlineshoes.com), with a partially recycled compressed rubber sole, 3.5-inch platform heel and laser-cut leather upper.
The Harveys Treecycle Seatbelt Convertible Tote ($148) is constructed of recycled seat belt webbing with five inner pockets to keep you organized. An adjustable strap converts it from a shoulder bag to a cross-body. Need more room for your stuff? Try the drawstring Seatbelt Berkeley Bucket Bag ($168, both at Fireworks Gallery).
The stylish Sprout Color Bamboo Dial Cork Strap Watch ($35 at Nordstrom) is as gentle on your wallet as it is on the environment. The bamboo dial and cork strap (with organic cotton backing) make it eco, while the bold green color and lead-free Swarovski crystals make it chic.
Go organic with Kari Gran Cleansing Oil ($30 at karigran.com and by appointment at Kari Gran, Westlake). The Seattle company’s products are sustainably harvested from non-GMO ingredients and are hand-poured in small batches with no preservatives, parabens or toxins.
Beneficial Minerals’ Summer Glow Mineral Makeup Kit ($29 at etsy.com/shop/beneficialmineralsco) will add some seasonal color to your skin. The local company uses all-natural, vegan ingredients in this set, which includes finishing powder, bronzer, three eye shadows and more.
Get your kids thinking green early with Peek’s Respect your Mother T-Shirt ($29 at Nordstrom), a super-soft, all-cotton shirt for sizes 3 months to 2 years.
When you’re on the run, the waterproof Sud Smart Eco Doodle Tabletop Activity Mat ($4 at Bootyland, Capitol Hill) is a great way to keep youngsters entertained. It’s made of erasable, biodegradable stone paper, and printed with soy ink. It comes with four nontoxic soy crayons and an animal eraser.
Yakima’s Liberty Bottleworks water bottles ($20 at NuBe Green, Capitol Hill) come in a variety of cool designs — including Sasquatch, 12th Man and bacon versions — and are the only American-made recycled metal bottles on the market. They are dishwasher-safe and have a BPA-free lining.
If you’re raising a glass of something stronger, toast with a Usful Glassworks Pendleton Whiskey Glass ($17) or Corona Beer Glass ($6.50, both at NuBe Green). The Boise, Idaho, company repurposes empty wine, beer and spirit bottles into recycled glassware.
Clean up after yourself with Eco Nuts Organic Laundry Soap ($12 at uncommongoods.com), made of reusable organic dried berries from the Himalayas. Toss four berries in your washing machine to create natural detergent suds when mixed with water. Continue the Earth-friendly process with handmade wool Dryer Balls ($16 for two at Butter Home, Capitol Hill), a lavender-scented, eco-friendly alternative to dryer sheets.