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Groovy Green :: Eco-chic for everyone

by David Andrusia
Wednesday Mar 17, 2010

Back in the day, our college cafeteria had a pre-vegan sideshow: hippie chix with peasant blouses, Andean accessories, and much unwanted hair. They made great stir-fries, but their fashion sense made Janet Reno look like Heidi Klum.

That was then, and - happily - this is now.

Today, good for the earth doesn’t mean "salt of the earth" when it comes to style. Proof positive: this bevy of beauties that make you look good with sustainable intent.

Go groovy- and go green!

Sole Man...

...or woman.

Birkenstocks are sourced from renewable raw materials, as no trees are destroyed in the process of shoe production. In fact, this German-born company’s manufacturing process is almost 100% sustainable- even the boxes are made of 90% recycled paper and printed with inks that are environmentally friendly.

The comfy, classic Arizona style will step us through the summer, for sure.

$120 at Birkenstock stores nationwide and at

Green Light

The makers of the 70 Watt BlueMax Desk Lamp are committed to environmentally friendly engineering. Cool and white, this is the ultimate in sustainable lighting: it emits no harmful UV rays, and can be dimmed from 100% to 20% for enhanced energy savings.

The lamp’s six phosphor blend adopts the brilliant qualities of sunlight at noon while enhancing the healthy blue spectrum for maximal clarity, day or night.

$169 (white or black); $199 (nickel or brass) at

You Tiger!

Made from a special material called Ecoweave (a PVC-free, harm-free coating), this messenger-style laptop bag is created with sustainable components and toxic-free dyes.

With a plushly padded compartment big enough for a 15 inch laptop, it does double duty with eco-chic: stylish enough for town outings, yet durable enough for country forays and seaside sashays.

$40 at

Pact and Packed

Who says you can’t look green and great?

PACT’s collection of undies for women and men are fashioned of responsibly grown and manufactured organic cotton, transported in zero-waste packaging, and delivered with a minimized carbon footprint. Looks like there’s no waste here.

This is one Pact we’d very much like to make.

$26 exclusively at


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