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The 4 Most Eco-Friendly Buildings in the Bay Area

Green buildings are nothing new in the Bay Area, but it takes a special kind of project to reach the prestigious level of LEED Platinum (the top tier of four LEED rating levels: certified, silver, gold and platinum). Raise a beer (or recycled rain water) to these uber eco-friendly buildings in the Bay Area. 

Paper Culture: Extreme Green Stationery

As much as we all utilize Evite or Paperless Post, there is still nothing as charming as an old-fashioned paper invite. With the holidays right around the corner, now is the time to get your festive cards ordered and organized. Local stationery company Paper Culture has every occasion covered, and they're as green as stationery gets.

P.L.A.Y: Redefining the Pet Bed Experience

Pet accessories have certainly evolved. For Bay Area pet owners with discerning tastes, an eco-friendly, ultra stylish brand has emerged: P.L.A.Y, Pet Lifestyle and You.

Rub-A-Dub Your Dog at Green Pawz

Rub-A-Dub Your Dog at Green Pawz

Dogs get dirty. That’s what they do. And that’s eco-friendly pet boutique, pet wash and full service pet salon Green Pawz’ mantra. Located in the Haight and conveniently near dog friendly Golden Gate Park, owner Julianne Morales Walsh keeps things local by formulating her own grooming products in Marin and sourcing homegrown organic pet food and treats.

The Modern Canine: Reused Fashion For The Dogs (And Cats)

Eco-friendly dog clothes

The term eco-friendly is commonplace, but let's not forget about it's predecessor “reuse.” It may not be as buzzy, but it's just as smart. Reuse is the premise of The Modern Canine, a local petwear company delivering distinguished outerwear and accessories for dogs, and a few fun things for cats, all made from discarded fabrics from the fashion industry.

Jeffrey Campbell + Convert = An Exclusive Eco Equation

If there were a time to venture to Berkeley, it would be now. 1809B Fourth Street to be exact. Amidst the promenade, lives sustainable clothing and accessory boutique, Convert. They do innovative eco things and the latest involves LA-based shoe designer Jeffrey Campbell and dead-stock fabrics.

Socially-Responsible Style Takes Charge at Ethical Fashion Night

On Thursday night, one Bay Area-based group hopes to wow San Francisco style hounds with fashion that not only looks good, but does good at the same time.

Mixing educational displays on topics such as fair trade and sustainable production methods with fashion displays from labels such as PACT, Stewart + Brown, Indigenous and Vagadu, the first Ethical Fashion Night hopes attendees will learn about environmentally- and socially-responsible fashion while checking out looks from local companies and having a good time, thanks to the music, food and drinks that will be on offer throughout the evening in new SoMa venue The Hub.

Green Hot: Meet Mr. Larkin

These days, it seems like everybody wants a piece of Mr. Larkin. And who wouldn’t? Along with elegantly edgy good looks, a sense of humor and a certain way with the ladies, just about everything Mr. Larkin brings to the table is completely sustainable. We’re not referring to the latest eligible bachelor in town, but rather what we’re betting will be one of San Francisco’s most-talked-about local labels before the summer is through.

Eco-Friendly Wooden Postcards from Night Owl Paper Goods

Sending a good old-fashioned note in the mail is so unusual in this time of e-mailing, instant messaging, texting and online social networking. But I still like to send notes and am particularly fond of the postcard (bonus: no wasteful envelope).

I discovered products from Night Owl Paper Goods at an event with eco-friendly merchants and fell instantly for the postcards made of sustainably harvested yellow birch with sweet and simple designs of birds, flowers and butterflies (pictured). I bought a couple but they sat on my desk, where I admired the designs for a while—then I finally went ahead and framed them. Now I plan to go with my original intention of sending them by buying a few more.

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.




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