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Zem Joaquin

Green Fashion 'Pops Up' in the East Bay

Occasionally our mind veers away from interior design and wanders into the world of fashion - a trip usually much needed by our wardrobe and much lamented by our pocket book. This time we credit Domain contributor Zem Joaquin with our foray into the fashion trenches. Her green lifestyle website ecofabulous is hosting a pop-up shop featuring eco-chic clothing lines Rogan and Loomstate that'll take place inside Oakland boutique August. Tonight is the opening party, so stop by from 6 to 10 for some good music and all the green fashion your heart desires.

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?

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).

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