Indulge your taste for luxury handbags without sacrificing the planet -- no guilt when shopping Matt & Nat as all of their creations are made with recycled plastic water bottle linings and some even have recycled material exteriors as well. The bag shown above, for example, made of 100% recycled materials and according to the website's count (they give you a bottle count for every bag) it took 49 bottles to create -- that's a lot of plastic kept out of the landfill. It's the Davis Green Vegan Handbag and features green faux suede on the outside and khaki faux suede on the inside, decorative stitching, antiqued brass hardware, and of course the Matt & Nat logo bar. $215
See more Matt & Nat creations in the gallery below.
Eco-Me: products to keep your dog clean as well as with which to clean up, plus treats; more here
Natural Woof: exercise products, cleaners, toys & treats, beds & bowls, collars & outerwear, travel items, and homeopathic remedies; small-home dwellers, try this
Dress My Pooch: the name says it all -- clothing for dogs plus all kinds of other essentials
Zia & Tia: organics for every member of the family (humans too); pet lovers, go here for toys, beds, and apparel
Urban Leash & Treat: smaller, lower-priced items, but still all the essentials as well as some fun things (cat stuff too)
Metro Dog: all you'd expect for city dogs. Tip: keep them off your one sofa by giving them their own bed. You also can meet some real city dogs, who are allowed on the furniture, in my friend Shira's blog, Saving for Sesame. Follow The Real House Whippets of NYC on all their adventures!
If you need even more info on luxury pet products, some green (let's hope lots green), save the date for the Luxury Pet Pavilion, March 12-13, 2010, Los Angeles.
The Stave Oak Collection from Savante Wine Cellars not only looks great it uses reclaimed parts of retired wine barrels to create aged wine racks. The wine barrels, which are no longer suitable for aging wine would otherwise be sent to landfills.Wine barrels generally have a life expectancy of around five to seven years.
The Stave Oak collection uses all pieces of the wine barrel from the white oak staves, to the steel bands that hold the barrels together, to the cooperage brand on the wood. The cellars are put together using mortise and tenon construction.
Ever wonder how a wine barrel is made? It's a neat bit of artistry which requires quite a bit of preparation of the wood. It takes a craftsman about eight hours total to create a barrel. For more information check out this great summary of the process.
[via LA Times]
KOR ONE believes that being healthy and living a sustainable lifestyle is something that should be celebrated and displayed, not hidden or kept quiet in an aluminum water bottle. KOR ONE water vessels have a transparent design specially created to showcase the liquid inside, as well as a screwless lid design that is not only more convenient to use (no time-consuming twisting involved) but also more comfortable thanks to no threads and an ergonomic opening that's just the right size.
Plus, each bottle is color coordinated to support a specific earth-friendly cause. Sales of the Blue bottle supports Algalita Marine Research, the Green supports The Wetlands Initiative, Orange the Container Recycling Institute, and Pink sales go to Blue Planet Run. $29.95
Gallery: KOR ONE Water Vessels
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort – and its sister property, the Beach Resort – are making it easy to hide from the world for a few days this summer. And, I can tell you from experience, the twin Ritz properties are great places to hide. With the Spa Escape Package, you can be treated as you deserve (or, in my case, better), for a mere $259 a night ($299 at the Beach Resort).
The spa at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort services both Naples, FL properties. As part o this program, a stay at either hotel will get you a $200 spa credit, which includes both services and retail. You'll also pick up a $50 gift card for the properties' on-site stores.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa integrates organic and eco-friendly options to mitigate environmental impact without degrading the quality of the treatments provided. The Eco-Luxe Facial and Eco-Luxe Cocoon are conducted in the Eco-Room, which features soft materials made from organic cotton and bamboo and washed in a separate machine with fragrance-free and sulfate-free cleansers. The floor and chair are made from bamboo, and the massage table was crafted entirely from sustainable materials.
With domestic flights cheaper than ever (except when I'm flying, it seems), getting to Naples won't be painful, and JetBlue has countless flights into the area. And, the perks that come with the Spa Escape Package basically make the room free. I hit this spa last summer and might just make it an annual experience.
Filed under: Gadgets
Flashlights are not an exciting or even particularly interesting part of life but they certainly are a necessity when the power goes out or you hear something creeping around in the backyard at night. So whether for yourself or as an interesting gift for the gadget-lover on your Christmas list, the Light for Life flashlight is certainly worth looking at. Thanks to its ultracapacitor technology it has the longest uptime and fastest recharge available in the market today -- which amounts to 90 minutes of light after just 90 seconds of charging. And because it's made of a durable polymer and will never need new batteries this could just be the last flashlight you ever buy -- which is good for the environment. $169.99
The Daily bag by Ecoist is not only an interesting and versatile shoulder bag but it's also eco-friendly because it's handmade out of folded, recycled newspaper. It has a sturdy, structured design (meaning it holds its shape and doesn't slouch), is water resistant, and has comfortable padded handles. Self-lined with a magnetic snap closure, The Daily measures 15" x 12" x 6" and sells for $158.
And if the newspaper print isn't your thing you should check out their other designs using recycled magazines, Coca-Cola bottles, and even candy wrappers.
It looks very likely that in the near future Rolls fans will have the option of owning an all-electric version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Tom Purves, the Rolls-Royce CEO, has revealed that he'd not only like to build an electric Phantom but thinks it would fit in perfectly with what a lot of Rolls customers are looking for. Thanks to the technology used in the new BMW Mini-E the hard part of developing an electric engine that measures up is already done -- it's really just about refinement and tweaking a few technology details.
No word yet on when an electric Phantom can be expected but it sounds like it could be as soon as the next few years.
The Ray from Quicksilver: it looks tough and it means business when it comes to being earth-friendly. Designed for and made of eco-conscious materials and concepts, THE RAY features ebony wood from sustainable forests, 100% recycled steel and aluminum, 100% solvent-free links, and it needs no batteries thanks to automatic movement (which has an awesome lifespan of up to 10 years).
The watch is 86% recyclable and there's a special program in place for getting the watch back once it's long little life is over. Only 1,000 of them will be made and available starting this November for about $500 each, and you can see a cool video of how they're put together here.
Filed under: Green
Going green is all the rage and it's seeping into everything -- even into the casino gaming industry! EGM Green is now offering what they tout as the first ever 100% eco-friendly line of casino gaming products. The main attraction is their line of gaming tables (like the poker table shown above) plus they also make seating for tables and slot machines and luxury lounge furniture. Everything for indulging your hobby and getting the complete casino experience, whether in your home or business.
Speaking of that, does anybody know of any eco-friendly/LEED certified casinos?
Her hotel will apparently be environmentally friendly, although how exactly we're not sure -- except that she was quoted as saying "It's built with no fossil fuel at all... in Abu Dhabi - where they have all that oil."
Pamela was first inspired for the project after traveling to the area this past June with the Make a Wish Foundation. No word on what her hotel will be called, or when it will open for business.
I love the outdoors, and I love to bring the outdoors indoors, so it's no surprise that I'm in love with this Entwined Root furniture from Viva Terra. I agree with Daily Dose that these pieces should be used sparingly but if I get a bigger house someday I'll be looking to make room for more than just one of these unique pieces. Handmade from 100% reclaimed wood from fallen roots, branches, and trunks (trees are never cut down) each piece obviously ends up completely different from every other piece. The collection includes numerous furniture items including a table, mirror, coat stand, and stool. $149-$498
Gallery: Entwined Root Furniture
The Reef Check Foundation is an international organization dedicated to conserving tropical coral reefs and California's rocky reefs. Reef Check has been around since '96 and has volunteers in over 80 countries working on many fronts; educating the public, conducting research and managing and monitoring reefs worldwide. Recently, Reef Check volunteers conducted the first ever five year scientific study, documenting the dramatic worldwide decline in coral reef health due to over fishing, pollution and climate change. Join Reef Check in their plight to preserve one of natures most magnificent wonders!
Filed under: Green
The green movement in luxury and the new philanthropy go hand in hand and have the same basic charge, finding a way to do good and do well. Unfortunately it's not quite as easy as it sounds. After all, the luxury consumer wants to have it all they want the feeling of being green and knowing they are doing something to combat climate change but they aren't really willing to give anything up. For the companies at the American Express Publishing Luxury Summit this week, green seems to be something that they are all wrestling with, wanting to satisfy a public clamoring for green but also knowing the customer expects the same level of performance and service as they have always enjoyed. While other tiers of the green market seem to be about compromise and perhaps restraint, luxury consumers want green and fabulous in the same package.