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Zem Joaquin

Ali Hewson of Edun's Fillmore Pop Up Shop: "Buy Less But Buy Well"

Last week’s opening night for Edun’s Pop-Up Shop at Clary Sage Organics in Pacific Heights was a huge success - the store was filled to the brim with Bay Area fashion aficionados sipping on wine and sampling eco-conscious skin care products while taking turns trying on Edun’s new Spring Line.

Zem Joaquin's 6 Simple Tips for Greening Your Kitchen

When I embarked upon a green remodel of my home in 2006, the kitchen took center stage. I employed such energy-saving technologies as LED lighting, Energy Star appliances and a simple fan to replace the defunct AC. To save water, I installed a high-efficiency dishwasher, a foot pedal for the faucet and an on-demand water heater. I especially love our whole-house water filter, which has helped the entire family eliminate plastic bottles. Don’t get me wrong—you certainly don’t have to engage in a major overhaul to turn your kitchen into a healthier hearth, and what’s the harm in taking a few steps in the right direction—especially if wine and chocolate are involved?

Happy Owlidays from Night Owl Paper Goods

There are many choices for 100 percent recycled, eco-conscious holiday cards, but Night Owl Paper Goods makes the ones I find most charming. I first received one from my husband on Valentine’s Day, and I cannot bear to part with it. Printed on FSC-certified paper made to look like birch wood, this messenger is as compelling as the message. $15 each (less when your order in quantity);

Happy Paint Comes from California

By now you have probably figured out that it is far easier to do the right thing from the beginning than it is to undo the wrong thing.

 

Take paint for example: Did you know the EPA estimates that 64 million gallons of paint are diverted away from landfills and incinerators thanks to responsible disposal and recycling? The only problem is that the EPA also estimates it could cost close to $500 million to keep a handle on all that incoming paint.

 

Yikes!

 

Rest Easy

We’ve long been fans of cushions by LoooLo Textiles, which marry artful design with biodegradable yarn. Still, we can’t help but sing their praises once more with their introduction of a new line of cradle-to-cradle home accessories, which return to the earth within one year of repose.

Art for Little Whiskers

Think of it as fine art china for your cat. The Whisker-Wide Bowl for cats is handcrafted in the USA, using 100 percent recycled glass. The bowls are shallow and wide, so they won’t disrupt your kitty’s whiskers while she is eating, and they are attractive enough that they won’t disturb your décor when she isn’t (if that is your look).

The Humanitarian Way to Burn Fat




Enjoy being outdoors? Need some motivation to turn off Top Design and actually do something? Want to provide people in Africa with clean, safe drinking water? Blue Planet Run is the humanitarian way to burn some fat.

Valley of the Roses Artisanal Soaps



When it comes to hitting the bubbly, we’ve got a soft spot for all things sweetly beneficial. That’s why it was love at first sniff when we chanced upon this splashy bouquet of artisanal soaps at the local Farmer’s Market in San Francisco. Creators Nancy and Arthur Rosenthal have been gathering and lathering buds from their organic garden in Sebastopol, California for 10 years in the quest to cross-pollinate intoxicating fragrance with supple skin-tone, yielding their Valley of the Roses collection.

Easy Rider


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