Organic Bra for Nursing Mothers

I just found these organic bras from LeadingLady.com that look and fit just like any other bra. Not like those loose fitting sports bra-like things that organic bras used to look like. And the best part is that they’re reasonable priced. At the time of this post the underwire bra is $36 and the soft-cup bra is $30.

The only caveat is that they currently only carry organic nursing bras. So if you’re a nursing mother you’re in luck. The best thing though is that the company is committed to sustainable practices. More on that later.

Their organic nursing bras come in underwire and soft-cup (they also sell an organic cotton nursing cami)

Organic Underwire Bra Organic Soft Cup Bra

The bras are made from 92% organic cotton and 8% spandex. The cotton is said to be “100% organic from soil to finished product”.

These organic nursing bras have the following features:

  • Molded seamless style looks great under clothing
  • Natural coloring – no dyes or bleaches
  • Inner sling for support
  • Quick one handed clasp for easy nursing
  • Adjustable straps for a perfect fit

Sustainability in Practice

Although Leading Lady currently only has organic bras for nursing mothers, the company as a whole is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly practices.

Leading Lady is committed to protecting the environment and understands the effect that disposable products have on our environment. It is our responsibility to drive positive changes toward more environmentally friendly practices both in business and in our communities.

Leading Lady implemented a Sustainable Packaging Initiative in 2008. The company currently recycles all shipping cartons so that they do not end up in landfills and encourage all of their vendors to follow eco-friendly packaging practices, including:

  • The use of Recycled Paper and Post-Consumer Fiber
  • The use of Biodegradable & Compostable Plastics
  • Reducing the Product-to-Packaging Ratio

Within the company they also follow many environmentally friendly policies including:

  • Recycling all paper
  • Recycling plastics, glass, aluminum and steel
  • Recycling computer hardware, cell phones and office equipment
  • Using recycled, biodegradable, compostable products whenever possible
  • Donating discontinued products to local organizations
  • Working towards a paper-less environment
  • Encouraging our workforce to follow eco-friendly practices at home

Leading Lady also promotes The Bra Recyclers, an organization we profiled that takes donations of gently worn bras and distributes them to women in need.

So even though they only have a small selection of organic cotton bras at this point, Leading Lady looks like a good company you can feel good about buying from. Hopefully their selection of eco-friendly underwear will continue to grow.

Organic Bras from LeadingLady.com



Eco Friendly Shell Wind Chimes

Eco-Friendly Wind Chimes

These beautiful eco-friendly wind chimes are made from natural, leaf-shaped capiz shells.

The shells come in soft mix of shades of purple and are just sa pretty to look at as they are to listen to.

They are made from naturally found shells and are fair trade.

You can get this eco-friendly wind chimes for only $38 from WorldOfGood (www.world of good.ebay.com)

Now’s The Time To Harvest Your Leaves

Compost Your Leaves – Don’t Send Them Away

If you think of raking leaves as a tedious chore it might help to change your mindset and think of the Fall as a time to harvest a valuable, homegrown, natural resource. Leaves are a great addition to the compost. They’re packed with minerals and fiber and when added to the garden enhance the soil’s texture and ability to retain water. Composting leaves can be as simple as piling them up and turning them every once in a while. So even if your community has a curbside, yard waste composting system it’s better to keep them for yourself.  

Mow Your Leaves
Compost BinNormally I’ll rake the leaves in to piles and run them over with my electric, mulching lawn mower with a bag attached (as a side note, I don’t collect grass throughout the year, I only bag grass on occasion to use as mulch but I normally let the clippings fertilize the lawn.). Every few passes I’d get a bag full of chopped up leaves that break down much better than whole leaves. Then I would just take the leaves and dump them in my composter or cover my garden area with them. This year I did something a little different.

Dead Leaves and Grass – Better Together
The thing about dead leaves though is that they’re mostly carbon so without some added nitrogen they don’t break down quickly. Some people suggest adding some manure to the pile of leaves or even peeing on them (it’s a great source of nitrogen) but this year I found a nice way to get a good mix of nitrogen and carbon in one easy step. I just put the bag attachment on my mower and mowed the lawn.

This was a wet year for us so our lawn needed to be mowed quite often. Towards the end of the season I was not exactly enthusiastic about mowing it and let it go a bit. As I was raking the piles of leaves I noticed that the grass was a little longer than I’d like so I started to mow the grass and leaf piles together. When I emptied the bag I realized I had the perfect combination of green and brown compost material all mixed up and ready to go. I made a simple ring of steel fencing wire and  dumped the leaves inside to slowly breakdown over the winter and become a free soil amendment for next year’s garden.

Don’t Forget the Trees
I also used some of this leaf/grass mulch around the trees to help maintain moisture and minimize temperature swings over the Winter. It will aslo add nutrients back to the soil as it breaks down.

Used Hotel Soap Gets a New Lease on Life

global soap project Derreck Kayongo
Derreck Kayongo, Global Soap Project founder, inspects a box of repurposed soap. In its first year of the partnership, Hilton Worldwide expects to repurpose and distribute more than one million new 4-ounce bars of soap to people in need. Credit: Global Soap Project.

Have you ever wondered what happens to all the little hotel soaps that are left, half used, in the rooms? Well, in the past they would more than likely end up in a landfill. Now Hilton Worldwide has teamed up with the Global Soap Project to keep millions of bars of soap out of landfills and recycle them into new bars for distribution to populations in need.

The Global Soap Project was founded by Derreck Kayongo after his experience living as a refugee in Kenya.

I realized soap was hard to come by, even completely nonexistent sometimes. Even when available, those living on less than a dollar a day had to choose between buying food or soap. People were suffering from illness simply because they couldn’t wash their hands.

The Global Soap Project sorts, reprocesses and remolds used soap into new bars and distributes them to vulnerable populations in developing countries who are at risk of sanitation and hygiene-related disease. Hilton Worldwide expects to donate more than one million new (recycled) 4-ounce bars of soap to people in need in the first year of it’s partnership. Soap that would have otherwise been dumped in a landfill.

Occupy Wall Street with Sustainable Energy

Occupy Wall Street Replaces Gas Powered Generators with Stationary Bike Generators

This is a clip from The Rachel Maddow show (with video from the NYdailynews.com) detailing how the protesters at  Occupy Wall Street turned to bike powered generators after the city confiscated their gas powered generators.

There was apparently already a group of people trying to make the Occupy Wall Street protest sustainable and when the gas generators were taken the rest of the protestors turned to them and asked if they could build more bike generators.

The bikes power deep-cycle marine batteries and they found 10 bikes were enough to equip the entire park with batteries that would provide twice the amount of power they currently need. Now they have excess energy that can be used to power heaters and hot plates for the coming winter. So they have plenty of power using humans instead of petoleum.

They found other benefits to the bicycle generators as well. Since the entire protest is camped out in one square block there’s no shortage of volunteers looking to get some exercise, warm up or just burn off some steam.

The bikes were built by the group Time’s Up, a New York City-based not-for-profit direct-action environmental group that uses events and educational programs to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city.

Manolo Blahnik Get Greener

Manolo Blahnik Eco-Friendly Sandals

Manolo Blahnik (of Sex and the City shoe fame) has teamed up with Marcia Patmos to create a sustainable shoe line made entirely from cork, raffia and discarded tilapia skins. This is the first time I’ve heard of shoes made from fish leather and it looks like agreat way to upcycle waste from the food industry.

I think this is a great concept and should bring some more attention to sustainable materials but personally I think the shoes are a bit, well, ugly. The shoes shown above remind me of what my grandmother wore in the 70s and I find it hard to imagine someone paying $895 for a pair. But it’s definitely a step in he right direction.

via: WWD.com

18 Environmentally Friendly Vegan Shoe Brands

The website Ecouterre.com has a nice article profiling 18 ethical shoe companies that create stylish vegan shoes from eco-friendly materials. It’s nice to see such variety available in the eco-friendly fashion industry.

18 Vegan Shoe Brands That Are Eco-Friendly and Ethical, to Boot

2-Tier Stainless Steel Lunchbox for Waste Free Lunchtime

To-Go Ware Two-Tier Stainless Steel LunchboxIf you’re looking for the best eco-friendly ways to achieve a waste-free lunchtime for you or your kids then this To-go Ware stainless steel lunchbox should be at the top of your list of alternatives to standard vinyl lunchboxes and disposable food containers.

To be technically accurate this is not a box, it’s more of a bucket, so they call it a “food carrier” but I think I’ll stick with “lunchbox” anyway.

Eco-Friendly Quality
Regardless of what you call it this is a very eco-friendly way to tote your lunch to school or work. It’s made from food-safe 14/1 stainless steel which means it contains less nickel than other food-grade stainless steel and does not require a chemical sealant. 

The construction is high-quality so it will last for years. In fact, if you treat it well it could be passed down through generations.

To-Go Ware Stainless Steel Lunchbox SystemSustainable Material
If at some point it becomes unusable (maybe if a truck runs over it?) it’s easily recyclable. In fact, 80% to 90% of stainless steel in the U.S. gets recycled so the chances of this lunchbox ever ending up in a landfill is pretty much nil.

A Versatile System
The To-Go Ware 2-Tier Stainless Steel Food Carrier includes two levels of food containers and a lid that can be used as a plate. If you have a small lunch one day you can leave the bottom container at home and just take the top level with you. They also include a small stainless steel container for sauces, condiments or whatever.

One important thing to note is that these are not water tight. So you can pack foods with sauces but they’re not ideal for soups.

To-Go Ware Recycled Cotton Carrier BagRecycled Cotton Carrier Sold Separately
You can easily carry this stainless steel lunchbox by it’s handle but if you want a more comfortable option you can get one of To-Go Ware’s Recycled Cotton Carrier Sling Bags that are made specifically for these lunch boxes.

The To-Go Ware Cotton Carrier Sling Bag is handmade from recycled cotton scraps. The construction is lightweight and strong with double-stitching at all stress points.

The bags are available in Forest Green (shown here) and Plum Brown.

The lunchbox carrier features an adjustable shoulder strap and an external pocket that’s ideal for storing utensils.

To-Go Ware RePEaT Bamboo Utensil Set

Add Some Sustainable Utensils
And speaking of utensils, when packing your waste-free lunchbox you should also include sustainable utensils. To-Go Ware makes a nice set of bamboo utensils that fit into a sleeve made from recycled plastic bottles.

The RePEaT Bamboo Utensil Set includes a bamboo knife, fork, spoon and chopsticks in a compact recycled plastic carrying case. The case even has a caribiner so you can easily attach it to your stainless steel lunchbox or slide into the pocket of the recycled cotton lunchbox carrier.

To-Go Ware 2-Tier Stainless Steel Lunchbox -$24.95
To-Go Ware Cotton Carrier Sling Bag – $15.95

To-Go Ware RePEaT Bamboo Utensil Set – $12.95 


October is Bra Recycling Month

Did You Know October is Bra Recycling Month?

Pretty Pink BraA while back we posted an article about The Bra Recyclers. They’re an organization that collects new and used bras and redistributes them to women in need. They’ve designated October as Bra Recycling Month with a goal of collecting 10,000 bras and bringing awareness to Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness.

When you recycle your new or used bras during Bra Recycling Month you are entered for a chance to win prizes. 

Prizes include:

            • 4 BRAzaar Apparel T-Shirts
            • 1 $25 Gift Certificate to Cookie Lee Jewelry
            • 1 Bra Tree provided by Bra Tree ($30 value)
            • Gold and Black Lace Clutch ($40 value) from Jenneration Fix, Inc.
            • Vintage playbill clock ($30 value) from Jenneration Fix, Inc.
            • 4 – $25 Soma Intimates Gift Certificates
            • 2 – $25 Itty Bitty Bra Gift Certificates
            • 1 – $25 Bodacious Boutique Gift Certificate
            • Custom-made Necklace ($50 Value) from Yours Only, Original Jewelry Design
You can get more information and find out how to send in your bras or find a local drop-off site at BraRecycling.com.

DIY Hemp Pendant Lamps

Here’s a Cool Way to Make a Pendant Lamp from Hemp String.

DIY Hemp Pendant Lamps

I just found this tutorial on how to make a hemp pendant lamp over at Craftynest.com. The process is pretty simple and involves a kid’s bouncy ball, hemp string and a bottle of craft glue.

Full Step by Step instructions are available on the Craftynest site.

For a 14″ diameter shade they estimate you’ll need about 300 yards of 20lb. hemp twine, a bottle of craft glue and a lamp cord set.

The hemp will cost around $14, the glue is around $6, and the cord set will run from $4 to $9 depending on the style. So your total cost should be around $30 or less. Not bad considering these lamps sell for $80 and up.

You can find the big balls at Target in the toy section. I didn’t add them into the cost since they can be reused and you might already have one. You can use a balloons for different sizes and shapes.

This would be a great craft to do with kids. A bit messy but fun and it’s not meant to look perfect so with a bit of newspaper to cover a table it can be a nice stress-free project.


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