- Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -
Sizzling Summer Shop Picks for Eco-Friendly Celebrating
Posted By Yuka Yoneda On June 28, 2009 @ 1:00 pm In Accessories and Fashion,Design,Green Kitchen,Green Products,Innovation,sustainable style sundays | No Comments
BBQs, frosty drinks, swimming pools  and bikinis  – these are what summer dreams are made of. With all of the excitement, planning a summer that is both unforgettable and eco-conscious can seem daunting, but Independence Day (that’s next week!) is the perfect time to celebrate and commemorate all of the progress towards a less wasteful life you’ve made so far. Here are a few easy ways to make your summer sustainably stylish – right in time for the Fourth!
Hot days call for maximum foot aeration and these sustainably made slippers have got you covered (or not covered!) Made in Brazil in a factory that observes super impressive eco-conscious practices, the classic Sin  and sultry Mistery  will wrap your feet in airy comfort on sweltering days.
Asking people at your Fourth of July fete to recycle their cups is wonderful, but biodegradable tableware is so much more of a crowdpleaser! These plates are stylin’ with their sleek, bagasse look, and actually having a compost bin that people can throw their plates AND food into gets people talking. Up the ante with the included plastic-looking utensils (they’re actually made of potato starch) that can be thrown in there as well and you’ll really get a reaction. When the compost is ready, you can even re-gift it as a party favor at your next shindig and remind guests that they helped make what is in their goodiebags!
photo via BornonHeels 
Summer and sun go together like peas and carrots. Why not take advantage with a bag that turns the inescapably abundant energy of solar rays into juice for your gadgets and gizmos? May we add that charging people’s phones and iPods for them on the beach is sure to make you the life of the party?
Searching for a way to make your not quite so green guy into an environmentalist? Look no further. We know it’s not easy finding eco-friendly swimsuits that are as sexy as they are sustainable – that’s why we found one for ya! The best part about the figure flattering Mystique is that it’s made of remnant fabric. Oh and did we mention that it’s sizzling hot too?
Keep your cool this summer with these frosty fresh accoutrements made from discarded plastic bottles. Each piece is made by hand in Sweden by artist Kumvana Gomani.
photo via mandiberg 
If you’ve ever felt the frustration of trying to order catering or takeout without being bombarded with a mountain of plastic utensils and a ream of napkins that you could write your life story on, Eco to Go can help! The simple phrase was created as a way to communicate to restaurants that you would like minimal packaging, condiments and utensils. The more people use it, the more food vendors will know that they have to get on board so let your favorite spot know about it the next time you order! Better yet, make a homecooked meal for your next event – that way you won’t have to fake the funk by dusting flour on your face when your guests arrive.
Saying “Eco to Go” is $0
Article printed from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com
URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/sizzling-summer-shop-picks-for-eco-friendly-celebrating/
URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=30366
 swimming pools: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/13/natural-swimming-ponds-ditch-the-chemicals/
 bikinis: http://inhabitatshop.com/Deux-FM-Mystique-String-Bikini.html
 Melissa Summer Sandals: http://www.inhabitatshop.com/clothing/shoes/
 Sin: http://www.inhabitatshop.com/Melissa-Sin-T-Sandal.html
 Mistery: http://www.inhabitatshop.com/Melissa-Mistery-Sandal.html
 Ultimate Biodegradable Party Kit for 50 Guests: http://inhabitatshop.com/product.php?productid=16473&cat=0&page=1
 NoonSolar Sun-Powered Willow Tote: http://www.inhabitatshop.com/noonsolar-willow-tote.html
 BornonHeels: http://bornonheels.blog.hu/
 Deux FM Mystique Bikini: http://www.inhabitatshop.com/Deux-FM-Mystique-String-Bikini.html
 Icy Recycled Sno Jewelry: http://www.inhabitatshop.com/jewelry/
 “Eco to Go”: http://ecoagents.org/eco_to_go.html
 mandiberg: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theredproject/3271025494/
Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.