EcoConsciousness Today And For All Tomorrows

EcoConsciousness.  That looks like it’s spelled incorrectly.  What is it anyway?  It’s being aware of our own personal actions and how those actions either help keep the world clean, or not.

I stopped and thought about my actions on any given day.  For the most part, I feel that I am doing a decent job of picking up after myself and putting things in a garbage receptacle.  [Why is that important?  Because whatever we don’t put into a garbage can, and usually do, end up in the sewers and is washed out into sea.  There, our garbage can strangle sea creatures to death.  Or worse, animals such as turtles eat soft plastic (like bags) thinking it’s fish and starve to death as more and more plastic takes up space in their bodies.)]

However, that’s not even scratching the surface.  There are people who pick up after other people to ensure that waste does not go out to sea.  Then, there are those who go a bit further and in addition to picking up waste strive to put LESS WASTE into the system by using less packaged products in their everyday life.

YOU: What…huh?  Come again?

There are people who have as their goal a zero waste lifestyle.  Meaning, they do their best to have nothing to throw in the trash bin.  They use reusable containers.  They carry reusable bags with them to the grocery store.  They find Bulk Food stores where they bring their own containers with them to fill with whatever they need.

A few who are extremely passionate about getting our environment cleaner go an extra step and go  dumpster diving.  Yep.  They go into trash dumpsters to see what they find that can be reclaimed and utilized.  freegan.info‘s dumpster directory page details that some locations are ‘weirdly competitive’.  This is very extreme, in my mind, but if one is passionate about saving the planet (one dumpster at a time??) I cannot be mad.  Less waste means more space for other things, ahem — new people — in the future.

Zero waste is truly a thing.  There’s a movement out there and Bea Johnson is one of the thought leaders in this space.  The picture (from Bea’s website) below shows her family’s waste for the entire year of 2016.

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My brain cannot fathom how an entire family can have so little waste!  Clearly this is a passion for Bea and a very noble one.  I know it will take some time for me to wrap my brain around the changes in thought this lifestyle requires.  Well, at least a major shift in consciousness.

Of course, we’ll talk more about this later.  In the meantime, what do you think about ecoconsciousness?  What is your current level of comfort in regards to how much of your household’s waste goes to your sanitation department each year?

Eco Friendly Fashions and shoes!

I’m on an eco-revival.  Uhm, yeah.  Okay, I’ll go with that! 🙂

Getting my home cleaned the green way so now I need to think about dressing in a way that is better for the planet.  Easier thought than done, right?  Maybe not!

Here are a few companies that are making the job much easier (and cuter!).

While not all sustainable, the premise and mission is great “no sweatshops & no photoshop” and “expect more from your wardrobe”.  Who is this company? Birdsong in the UK.  Clothing made from batik in Ghana.  Hand-painted T-shirts with a very feminine message.  Handbags, shoes and rompers, oh my!  These stylish sandals are sustainable.  They’re made from reclaimed leather.

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Okay, want cuter sustainable shoes and not clothing?  Check out Cammina Leggero vegan shoes.  Cammina Leggero’s shoes and accessories are “cruelty-free and made out of eco-compatible materials.”  My favorites are the Mary Janes in Mustard Yellow.  Yep, Italian vegan shoes.  You can’t get any better than that!

yellow Mary Jane vegan shoes_Cammina Leggero

Okay, now don’t shoot me!  I’m about to tell you about Soul of Africa and their shoes.  Yes, they use leather but it’s from free-roaming cows purchased from small-scale farmers in Ethiopia.  The funds help support the farmers and their families.  The company’s underlying mission is: Products that Build Communities.  Below is pictured the Daisy shoe in Tan.

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D Boutique (Australia) has VEGAN shoes! 🙂  And, one of my favorites is the Love Tassels sandal.

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Another cute pair of wedges from D Boutique is their Peacock Pumps…

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I would be remiss if I didn’t mention VERRAH vegan shoes.  I mentioned them here on this blog before.  I discovered them when I visited the GreenFest 2017 at the Javitis Center (NYC).

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The Maya (in red!!)

For a refresher on who, and what VEERAH is all about check out my previous green post here.  Oh, and here.  Nah, that’s it. 🙂

Okay, let’s just show the shoe first…

Nicora Studded Boot_eco shoe

OMG — right?  Nicora American made shoes.  This is the Wynonna Studded Ankle Boot in Sand.  It is almost sold out and you can see why!  Made from recycled materials, lined with recycled plastics with hand-cut wood heels all one can say is — bellissimo!

We will definitely speak more about great eco-friendly shoes in the future but for now…

Ta-ta,

Rochelle

Weekend Inspiration: Mother Earth & Sustainable Shoes

For a long time I felt the desire to take a look at the Earth and help her heal, and be stronger and better than she was last generation.  But how?  I am just one tiny, teeny little person, right?

Wrong.

There are so many ways we can help our planet, and ourselves.  We just have to think about a few things differently.  For instance, I love shoes.  [What woman doesn’t, you say. :-)]  But, if you think about it, shoes, as we know them to be, are NOT sustainable.  They use up plenty of earth’s resources (animal kingdom, plastics, polymers, and other man-made materials…)  What if there were shoes that…ahem…walked lightly on the planet?  And, looked good?  Impossible, you say?  Well, take a look at these inspiring footwear.

Adidas UltraBoost Parley Shoes (sneakers)

Made from reclaimed plastic from the ocean!

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Adidas Terrex Climacool Boat Shoe

In the same Parley line as the previous shoe.  This Terrex boat shoe is also made from reclaimed plastic from the ocean.  Read the May 1st, 2017 article from Forbes discussing its release.

Ocean Boat Shoes

 

VivoBloom Shoes

Made from algae from harmful algal blooms in high risk bodies of water.  Blue-green algae is a polymer!  Who knew?  [Yep, you did!]

These shoes will be available in July 2017.  You can read the Smithsonian article from May 31st, 2017 here.

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VEERAH Shoes (Vegan!)

VEERAH, the Sanskrit word for ‘warrior’, is an appropriate name for these stylish shoes that are making a statement while turning heads and saving the planet simultaneously.  These fashion-forward shoes have an organic cotton lining, Italian resin outsole and is PETA-approved.  Read more about what VEERAH shoes are made of here.

I first came across these shoes at the Green Festival Expo held at the Jacob Javitis Center in NYC on June 11th.  That’s why you see an array of shoe designs below.  I was there and fell in love with these shoes instantly.  They are comfortable and you’ll be the belle of the day, night or ball! Did I mention the accessories (tassels & clip on jewels) are interchangeable?  And, you can wear them on your wrist, or around your neck if you so choose?

Veerah shoes 6 11 2017

As you can see, this topic inspired me to dig and find out more!  I will definitely write more about sustainable shoes in the future.  But for now, please check out these shoes, and the companies that created them.  Then, share the word with your friends and family.  We can help our planet one step at a time. [Pun totally intended.]

Ta-ta for now,

Rochelle