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Earthly Matters: Eco-Conscious and Eco-Friendly Shopping

From Jane Birkin's stint as guest designer for Lutz & Patmos to Mrs. Meyer's turn as how-to author, here are a few more reasons to get with a greener way of life!



Jane Birkin for Lutz & Patmos Organic Cashmere V-Neck Sweater in Heather Gray, $695; Scoopneck Tank in Heather Gray, $525; and V-Neck Sweater in Mocha, $695. Available at Barneys.com

London-born, Paris-based actress/singer Jane Birkin (yes, the woman who inspired the famous Hermes Birkin bag) designed a line of gorgeous, laid-back basic pieces for Lutz & Patmos's Spring/Summer 2009 collection, all of which were made using 100% organic Scottish cashmere. The scoopneck tanks and 3/4-sleeve sweaters were designed to be worn in layers for a thrown-together but oh-so-chic look.


Hayden-Harnett Friends of AL Eco-Tote, $55. Visit HaydenHarnett.com

This natural canvas tote, featuring a funky graphic print in all-natural pigments and inks, isn't just a fashion statement: it's a conduit towards change. See, by purchasing one of these "Friends of Al" eco totes, you're also donating $25 from your purchase to global warming organizations and $10 to American Forests, so that they can plant 10 trees on your behalf (yes, that's a dollar per tree — incredible how you can stretch a buck, right?).

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Revolution Organics Lip Therapy Balm, $24. Visit Beauty.com and RevolutionOrganics.com

One of the latest additions to the Revolution Organics line, this moisturizing lip balm relies on healing apricot oil, hydrating olive oil, and antioxidant-rich palm oil (among other ingredients) to keep that smart mouth of years looking supple and healthy.

Keds Green Label Meadow Moc Toe in Aqua, $55. Available at Keds.com

Constructed with GOTS-certified organic cotton uppers and linings, recycled rubber outsoles, and a Texon cellulose insole board made wit 100% recycled materials, these sustainable slip-on sneakers are a huge step for Keds, which just launched its first completely eco-friendly footwear line, the Green Label collection.


Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home: No-Nonsense Advice That Will Inspire You To Clean Like The Dickens (Hachette Book Group), $19.99. Visit Amazon.com

The woman behind the trendiest line of eco-friendly cleaning products is sharing her invaluable advice on how to keep your mirrors sparkling, buff your bathroom floors, remove stains from upholstered fabrics, organize your closet and much more. The comprehensive book takes into account the type of surface or fabric being treated (whether you have linoleum, ceramic tile, marble or wooden floors, for example) so as to suggest an adequate technique for each given scenario — and, in typical Mrs. Meyers form, there's tons of information on greening your living space.


EcoTools 5-Piece Brush Set, $9.99. Available at most drugstores and mass retailers. Visit Target.com

With bamboo handles,animal-free taklon bristle made from synthetic hair, and metallic ferrules constructed from recycled aluminum cans, these makeup brushes are perfect for the beauty-loving environmentalist. This 5-piece travel set includes a Mineral Powder Brush, Concealer Brush, Eye Shading Brush, Baby Kabuki Brush, and a reusable linen and hemp cosmetic bag.


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Vivo Barefoot "Lucy" in Red and Sky Blue, $125 each. Visit TerraPlana.com

Meant to function as both a lifestyle and performance shoe, Vivo Barefoot's "Lucy" features: a 100% recycled rubber outsole; uppers constructed out of 100% recycled PET fabric; a breathable, quick-drying lining made of 50% recycled plastic bottle fibers and 50% natural fibers; and an insole made out of 70% recycled poly urathane and 3-5% natural corks. Beyond its "green" composition, the Lucy (like all Vivo Barefoot shoes) was designed so that it feels like you're walking barefoot — a 3mm puncture-resistant sole helps to achieve this effect.


Target "I'm Pink But I'm Still Green" Makeup tote, $14.99. Visit Target.com

It may have a bright pink lining, but this sassy cosmetic pouch is as green as can be (and it won't hesitate to let you know it!). The roomy bag is made entirely from recycled cotton and features two shoulder handles for extra convenience.



Miss Wit "Ego Friendly" Bamboo Fiber Tee and "Culture Soundwave" Bamboo Fiber Tee, $20 each. Visit MissWit.net

Want to feel pretty and witty and fly — all while doing your part for the environment? Then check out these delicious Miss Wit T-shirts, which are made of sustainable bamboo fibers blended with organic cotton. If you're the smart alec, wink-wink type, you'll appreciate the "Ego Friendly" design, which reinvents the popular recycling symbol and adds a bit of irreverent bravado with the play on words (i.e. using the word "ego" as opposed to "eco"). If you're a music fanatic or you just prefer graphic-driven pieces, then you'll be smitten with the "Culture Soundwave" design, which features an ultra-cool soundwave print. Both tees are so incredibly soft, you'll be tempted to keep them on all day and night.


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