Fab Five Eco-Product Picks for Earth Day

April is not only the new marker of summer, but also the poster month for celebrating and supporting our Mother Earth. With Earth Day reigning on the 22nd, the entire month has become a beacon for eco-chic awareness. Here are my fab five picks to better look after yourself and our planet in style:

1. FEED NATURE BAG, Feed Project, $50. Made from cotton canvas, this carryall is the perfect shopping and toting companion.

2. DEODORANT CREAM- TEA TREE, Meow Meow Tweet, $13. A completely natural cream to help you stay fresh smelling without the aluminum (and other cancer causing chemicals found in most underarm antiperspirants).

3. WAX + CRUZ PROUD MARY HAT, Proud Mary, $85. Limited edition collaboration with Wax + Cruz using our Navajo fabric combined with a denim visor. 

4. 3-FREE NAIL LAQUER IN FIVER, Butter London, $18. Nails get a high-gloss shine with this deep, rich lacquer in the season’s most stylish shades. These vibrant nail colors offer consistent coverage; the vitamin rich formula promotes nail strength and does not contain formaldehyde, toluene, camphor, or DBP.

5. LIV TEE, Amour Vert, $75. Made from supremely soft modal, and for every tee sold a tree is planted.

Factory 45: Online Accelerator Program for Eco Entrepreneurs

Time and time again, we’ve all heard that wise phrase… many minds are better than just one. Well, the incubator and accelerator startup community is certainly capitalizing on that and helping churn out entrepreneurs and products under their combined tutelage. Now, there is a new wave in the field as we turn to online platforms for shared community accelerator programs to take a person and product from zero to market.

The newest one is called Factory 45, and what’s unique here is that Factory 45 is only interested in working with aspiring or established entrepreneurs who incorporate fair wages and sustainable materials into their vision.  Pretty perfect, if you ask me! They are currently accepting applicants to join their community for a six month online program (with weekly group calls and one-on-one bi-monthly mentoring sessions). If you are ready to take your idea to the next level, this might be the golden ticket you’ve been waiting for. Apply here- you have until April 28th to apply and the accepted applicants will be announced May 5th. Good luck!

Recycled Skateboard Deck Sunglasses from Silvano

What’s more steezy than a great pair of sunglasses on a skateboarder? A pair of sunnies made from recycled skateboard decks! Just in time for spring, Silvano announces their newest collection of fashionable sunglasses with a signature twist through the use of reclaimed skateboard decks. Each pair boasts broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection lens, and quality construction. Ready to stand out from the crowd in the coolest way possible? Pick up a pair! Priced at $125 per pair.

Sporty Chic in Outdoor Voices Athletic Wear

I don’t know about you, but I can use all the help I can get in pumping up my motivation to get active! Enter Outdoor Voices, a made in the USA brand that not only has its production ethics right, but also scores major style points. Revive your workout routine with these awesome sportswear basics. Prices range from $45- $120.

Bardessono: the LEED-ing Eco Boutique Hotel in Napa Valley

Last week I took a break from sunny Southern California and headed north where we lucked out with just a light misting (good for the skin), some mystic fog and lots of wine. An hour and thirty minutes outside of San Francisco many small towns dedicated to the production of wine and relaxation are patiently waiting to welcome visitors. We decided on Yountville, the quiet little town that boasts some big names including French Laundry, Bouchon and Bardessono.

If you are looking for an eco hotel that’s hip, tasteful and central to Napa Valley- Bardessono is the best you’ll find. LEED Platinum certified (there are only three hotels with this rating in all of the US!), Bardessono checks all the eco boxesGorgeous woods used throughout the hotel are milled from salvaged trees. Non-toxic, non-allergenic materials were used in construction. Organic linens and cleaning supplies and recycling and composting programs are standard. Products in the restaurant and spa are sourced primarily from local organic or sustainable producers.

What I enjoyed most at Bardessono was the luxury experience which seamlessly interfaced with their environmental initiatives. The food at the restaurant, Lucy, was beautifully presented and is locally sourced. The bath products (including some of the beauty lines used and sold in the spa) are recognizable non-toxic brands like Ren, EmerginC, and La Bella Donna. The room comes with complementary triple filtered water that is bottled in reusable glass bottles.  Sensors in the guest rooms respond to empty rooms and adjust the temperature to conserve heating or cooling and overall energy use. When you do take a break from your guest house haven (each room is designed to accommodate in room spa services), They have cruiser bikes on the property available for guests to take out and tour the town.

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IMG_0287The nook-like settings in both the indoor lounge and bar area, as well as the outdoor seating set up make you feel right at home. We enjoyed drinks on the deck with friends over a cozy fire while watching the sun set behind the distant mountains.

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Overall, Bardessono gets a five out of five in my book- both for their luxe atmosphere and commitment to leading the eco focused charge for boutique hotels. It was a joy to be a guest, and I look forward to a return visit some time soon!

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