In addition—this week only—$1 per order will be donated to PlantaBillion.org, an organization dedicated to planting one billion trees in the Atlantic Forest, a tropical rainforest in Brazil which has been heavily deforested as a result of urban expansion, agriculture, ranching, and illegal logging.
Baltimore Etsy vendor CottonMonster makes one-of-a-kind stuffed creatures out of upcycled blankets, clothes, and sheets. Each stuffed animal is handmade without a pattern, so no two are alike. Some are a bit creepy while others are irresistibly cute. Prices vary from $35 to $95 per critter. Learn more at her website.
Give new life to empty soup cans by converting them into storage. The cans above have been glued to magnets so that they can hang on metal filing cabinets, refrigerators, or old cookie sheets.
Green roofs—like the one on this Norwegian residence—rely on grass, plants, and even trees to provide natural insulation for the home.
California shoe manufacturer Simple makes footwear from recycled and certified-organic materials without sacrificing aesthetics. This sleek Take On Hi sneaker blends in perfectly with current trends in mens footwear, but differs from the others in that it is made with eco-certified leather, organic cotton, recycled car tires, post-consumer recycled paper, and a biodegradable footbed. This particular shoe comes in three different colorways (black [pictured above], charcoal, and white) and costs only $70. [This style also available for women.]
Simple additionally makes shoes for women and children of all ages, as well as some bags and variety of products that are vegan-friendly. To top it all off, Simple adheres to the Ethical Supply Chain Guidelines, which certifies that they do not do business with companies committing human rights abuses.
BabycakesNYC is a bakery specializing in vegan and mostly-organic, gluten-free foods. Ingredients are important to owner Erin McKenna, who never uses refined sugar in her products and additionally strives to accommodate those who require kosher, egg-free, wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and/or casein-free treats. BabycakesNYC has enjoyed so much success and so many great reviews that it was able to open bakeries in two additional locations—in Los Angeles and Downtown Disney, Orlando.
BabycakesNYC’s menu includes cinnamon buns, macaroons, muffins, brownies, scones, crumb cake, various breads, cupcakes, and even ice cream sandwiches. Prices range from $1.50 (for one cookie) to $45 (for a whole apple pie or a loaf of frosted pumpkin bread).
Whitepod Resort in the heart of the Swiss Alps won Word Prize for Sustainable Tourism in the 2005 Responsible Tourism Awards. The ski resort consists of a group of fifteen dome pods situated on wooden platforms overlooking the breathtaking alpine wilderness.
Whitepod was designed to provide a sustainable and viable alternative to mass tourism in the Alps […] Produce is purchased locally, often directly from the producers; the cheeses are made by local farmers, the fish is supplied from the local lakes by small independent fishermen, and the game meat is local and purchased directly from the local butcher.
Whitepod’s website lists that its goals include using minimal water and electricity throughout the day, reducing the production of waste, favoring the use of renewable resources, and increasing clients’ awareness of environmental conservation.
In addition to these incredible geodesic tents, visitors have access to an authentic mountain lodge with a traditional Swiss restaurant, 7km of ski slopes with private lifts, a spa, and a traditional wooden chalet boasting excellent cuisine.
It costs about $443 per night to rent a dome tent with a single or double bed in Whitepod camp. Visitors also have the luxury of choosing between four packages, which range in price from $1,330 to $2,660.
[…] These fair trade puppies are handmade by Guatemalan artisans and cobblers, use recycled tires for soles, and are wearable damn near everywhere.
A team of just thirty artisans works for this company, cutting and assembling each pair by hand. At the end of construction, the sole of each shoe is signed by its maker. The shoemakers employed by Osborn work in a sweatshop-free environment in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Osborn shoes come in a few different styles (slip-on, bootie, oxford) and pretty much any pattern imaginable. Most are wild and crazy, but there are more neutral shoes for the less daring dresser, too. Some vegan styles are available. Prices range from $78 to $185. The shoes can be purchased online or in select stores.
MEKA makes incredibly inexpensive, beautifully-designed, environmentally-friendly prefabricated homes from recycled shipping crates. They promise that, with a foundation in place, your home will be completed in seven days or less. Aside from that, all that is required is a contractor, a septic tank, a water catchment system for the roof, and a crane (for installation).
The homes come in four different sizes—ranging from $39,900 for 320 ft² to $128,000 for 1280 ft²—and can be shipped anywhere in the world. (Pictured above is the largest model, the HELA1280.) The floors and walls are constructed from bamboo, and kitchen counters are stainless steel. Each unit comes 90% complete and allows for some small customization.