eco chic

“to cherish what remains of the earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.”
– wendell berry
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hello friday! 
to close out another unpredictable week, i wanted to have one of my favorite eco-chic duo’s, ash & kimmy from the lovely eco shop, green eyed monster, as today’s guest bloggers. they  are the sweetest, savviest green queens around and i thought they could share some of their favorite things and green living tips to all of us.
AND, they have graciously offered all silver lining readers a 15% discount for any purchase at their wonderful shop! enter SILVERENVI in the discount code box and the special deal will be applied.
happy weekend, friends!
xo,
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names: 
ash & kimmy
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what inspired you to create green eyed? 
after college together in the berkshires of massachusetts, we moved to the beaches of california where the reusable shopping bag movement was just picking up steam. ash had been making reusable bags out of old plastic bags for a couple years and selling them at local farmer’s markets, and kimmy, as a biology major, had spent her junior year abroad in the galapagos islands witnessing the negative impact human’s unknowingly inflict on distant eco-systems.
we fused our interest in art and the environment to develop a reusable bag that was manufactured in the USA by an all-woman company using recycled plastic bottles – and the images we printed on the bags were generated by art competitions where people voted and rated the designs. this then grew outward into our blog that hosts daily giveaways of independent, sustainable designers, and finally into our latest endeavor, a shop that not only sells our reusable bags but also independent, earth-friendly designs, accessories, and goods that promote a sustainable way of life.
what are you most excited about for fall?
ash:
spending time in my new home in the berkshires – lots of hikes and time spent outdoors among the beautiful multi-colored foliage. after living in southern california for three years, it’s a welcome change of pace. i can’t wait to pull out my sweaters and jackets and put them to use on a crisp, autumnal day. my SAAKO necklace (the ever-hip, stylish and yet functional necklace/scarf hybrid that has made a splash) is an exciting addition to my cooler weather wardrobe – and I particularly dig the ones stocked in our shop since they’re made from repurposed scrap fabric from textile mills!

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kimmy:
living on cap cod, i’m looking forward to enjoying the warm water on tourist-free beaches! i also love plaid, flannel shirts and the best places to find them are thrift stores – they are already worn-in and you shop enviably/ecomindedly.

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ash and kimmy:
together, we’re taking a week in october to vacation on the beaches of malibu and ventura (our old stomping grounds) where we plan to eat as much fresh, cheap, authentic mexican food as humanly possible. we’ll burn off the calories surfing!

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what is your current favorite green brands?
ash:
for me:
i’m obsessed with all the green living designers in the shop and uses these items. i’m also impressed by the subtle, simple, timeless jewelry design from repurposed metals by lemonade handmade and raissa bump
 for my little one:
the organic baby shoes by franny & june and kaya’s kloset
recycleze upcycled wool diaper covers (a small massachusetts based company) 
for my pups:
they adore their molly mutt beds – and it’s a wonderful place to stash old towels and pit stained t-shirts. who knew they could have such a glamorous second life and exterior wrapped in those stylish dog duvets?

kimmy:

i love using my bite produce bags, and continue to use them to help corral my fruits at home. i also have a thing for covet‘s super comfortable organic cotton tops and sweatshirts.

what is your must have item of the moment?
we both wear our peace bomb bracelets, every day. they are simple. lightweight. a great conversation starter. and wonderful entertainment for ash’s 1 year old during diaper changes (i gotta distract her somehow!).
we have received so many compliments whenever we wear them and we love being able to share the story of where the aluminum material came from.

ash:
i don’t know what i’d do without my reisenthel collapsible market basket. my hubs and i received one as a wedding gift and we keep all of our reusable produce bags and grocery bags stashed in it. it makes our trips to our farm co-op and food co-op easy and organized! we seriously use it ALL. THE. TIME!

kimmy:
i have always been obsessed with straws. they really heighten any drinking experience. and glass straws by glass dharma mean no plastic headed to landfills – yay!

share with us a stylish green living tip:

our most obvious tip is “Think REUSABLE.” these days there are so many stylish, adorable, and FUNCTIONAL reusables available that there is really no need to build up excess waste with plastic bags, baggies, cups, straws, dryer sheets, etc. 

for green eyed, we’ve stocked our shop with sleek, affordable and useful reusables from glass straws, to the paperless cup, to produce bags, sandwich bags, shopping bags, reusable dryer sheets and dryer balls. all these things are an easy addition to your home and routine – and imagine never having to buy these ever again! 

living green is quite ECOnomoical, indeed. and you’ll get many a compliment and adoring look when you pass your paperless cup over the counter to the barista or lay your veggies on the check out belt held in an adorable reusable produce bag. we definitely we adore the attention and positive, green example we set by RE-using.

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    Miss ED
    08/22/2010 at 8:38 am

    Great guests to choose, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and am so excited to check out the shop!

    Ripped Nylon

    p.s. I’m hosting a giveaway if you’re interested!

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