An online shopping guide for the conscious consumer
15 Jul 11

toybreaker

Toybreaker’s tagline is Ties That Don’t Suck, and that just about sums it up.  Although many of the styles would fit seamlessly into a ‘corporate goth’ wardrobe, you’re also just as likely to find something for your dad.  Toybreaker’s huge range of motifs from subtly subversive to stylishly scientific are printed on silk or microfibre ties, scarves and bow ties.  Check out the featured seller interviewer with owner/designer Bethany Shorb, or just go browse the goods at her Etsy shop.

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17 Jun 11

tortillagirl

Etsy star, TorillaGirl makes everything in her shop by natural daylight, in order to reduce her carbon footprint.  What else?  She uses only cruelty-free, local textiles sourced in France where she lives.  What else?  She makes lovely understated things, from linen tunics to knitted accessories – all with craft and care and attention to detail you can see in the finished products.  See more on her website or buy on Etsy.

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21 May 11

art history 101

Designing for a delightful niche, Art History 101 highlights those interesting facts you learned in Art History class but were sadly never able to use in everyday life.  Words and illustrations like Chiaroscuro and Repousse are celebrated on eco-friendly heather t-shirts for both women and men, while Art History sayings and slogans are available on button badges.  From their Etsy store.

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08 May 11

under the root

Fancy some fancy undergarments? If it’s good old-fashioned boudoir style you’re looking for, look no further than Under the Root. Inspired by Victorian pre-lycra knickers and fables of woodland elves, these handmade goodies are made from vintage trimmings and sustainable fabrics where possible.  Available on Etsy.

 

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18 Apr 11

lila ruby king

Lila Ruby King is a jewelery label based in both Greece and Australia.  Pieces are handmade using silver, porcelain, wood, glass, bamboo…  all with an understated playfulness and contemporary style.  The same designer sells paper products in the Etsy shop Anna Ruby King.  You can read on her Etsy profile about how she’s trying to make her business carbon neutral and if you’re really curious about what she’s up to, check her blog.

 

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11 Feb 11

simone’s rose

Gorgeous clothes in the latest Simone’s Rose designer collection from Michelle aka Pyxus.  She says of this collection “I choose to use organic, fair trade, locally purchased or vintage fabrics for all of my designs.”  The Vintage Gold Label pieces in this collection are all made from salvaged kimonos, and are absolutely gorgeous.  Available on Etsy and Shrimpton Couture or you can follow her blog or be her friend on Facebook.

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06 Jan 11

maryink

Real cute illustrations on tees, including organic cotton and bamboo.  Styles range from folk-art inspired to scandinavian style to hippie-chic to just nice drawings, somehow remaining very current without looking like all the other printed t-shirts out there.   All handmade in Nashville, USA.  Read about them on their website, buy them on Etsy or watch the Etsy handmade portrait mini-documentary about their creative process.

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03 Dec 10

partybots

Seattle-based Karl Addison is the creative talent behind Partybots.  His illustrations range from the strange to the subtle to the simply cool, but what seals the deal is his commitment to low environmental impact production methods and materials.  Printing on organic cotton and using platen glue, soy-based cleaners, and screen printing solvents that utilize renewable soy.  Buy online from Dawanda or Etsy.

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22 Nov 10

dmetal + lunaticart

Dmetal sells body jewelery on Etsy, such as shoulder jewelery, fine chain harnesses and feather epaulettes.  All components for her jewelery are fabricated locally in Paris.

The Dmetal designer has another range on Etsy called Lunaticart, where she sells her silver jewelery, all made from reclaimed, recycled silver.

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27 Sep 10

talking squid

The Talking Squid Etsy store is where you can buy these shag-a-licious rugs made from 100% recycled t-shirts.  The simple, modern designs are created on the premise that recycled products don’t have to look “recycled”.  Choose from a range of different sizes and colours.

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