Verner Panton chairs

August 29, 2008 by greenmystyle · Leave a Comment 

Want to buy more vintage and secondhand clothing and homewares from eBay, but don’t have the time to find the best pieces amidst the…ahem…drossy stuff? Don’t fear! Help is at hand. Every day, in the spirit of re-using and recycling, I’ll bring you one gorgeous item.

Today’s discovery is this pair of Verner Panton chairs. I have two of these already and they look fantastic with my Eero Saarinen table.

These two aren’t in best shape, but the current bid price is only 99 pence, and at anything less than £50 for the pair it would be worth finding out if they can be reconditioned. They’re a sleek shape, and such a classic piece of Twentieth Century design.

Bidding ends September 4 at 10.45am.

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Gwen auctions maternitywear

August 26, 2008 by greenmystyle · Leave a Comment 

Gwen Stefani donates maternity top to charity auction

No sooner has rock mum Gwen Stefani given birth to baby number two (Zuma Nesta Rock – which sounds like some kind of health food, no?) than she’s clearing her wardrobe of maternity clothes. It’s all for a good cause though – and I don’t mean to make more wardrobe space.

Stefani is donating for auction this item, a heather grey ruched ‘kimono’ maternity top from designer Isabella Oliver, to the charity website Clothes Off Our Back. Money raised goes into a fund which supports various projects, including H.E.L.P Malawi.

The US size 6 top now bears Stefani’s signature – but I’m not sure whether that makes it more or less wearable! The bidding opened at $125 and currently stands at $300 after the third bid, meeting the reserve price. The auction ends Wednesday August 27 at 5pm PST, so it’s not too late to put your bid in.

I have to say Stefani looked seriously stylish right through her pregnancy, and what a great idea to donate the maternity wear. We’re wondering where the rest of it has gone.

See Gwen Stefani’s maternity top, by Isabella Oliver, at Clothes Off Our Back

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Top 3 Ethical White Shirts – Quail

August 26, 2008 by greenmystyle · Leave a Comment 

Organic box pleat white shirt by Quail

Why we like it: Elegant feminine fitted shirt with large box pleat detail to back and front pockets. Made from very lightweight organic cotton.

Why so green: Certified organic, from non-GM cotton seed grown in Northern India. Fairtrade overseen by Agrocel and Skal. Dyed using non-petro chemical dyes. Handloomed in Southern India. Sustainable shell buttons. Designed in London and manufactured in Devon. Phew! I think that’s the lot.

Price: Currently half-price at £29

Buy: Quailbymail.co.uk

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Top 3 Ethical White Shirts – Thakoon for People Tree

August 26, 2008 by greenmystyle · Leave a Comment 

White blouse by Thakoon for People Tree

Why we like it: It’s billowy, feminine and romantic. A great alternative when collar and cuffs feels a bit too formal. Thakoon pieces are worn by Sarah Jessica Parker (yep, that’s virtually Carrie from ‘Sex And The City’) and Demi Moore.
Why so green: Made in Bangladesh by Artisan Hut, a dynamic Fair Trade group that has supported handweavers and helped bring organic cotton to Bangladesh. People Tree works with Fair Trade groups in 20 developing countries and also funds social welfare and environmental projects around the world, such as schools, hospitals and tree-planting schemes.
Price: £65.
Buy: Adili.com

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Top Three Ethical White Shirts – Noir

August 26, 2008 by greenmystyle · Leave a Comment 

Aurelia white bib-front shirt by Noir

Why we like it: Okay, this is a super-expensive shirt from designer brand Noir, and perhaps not quite within a credit-crunch budget, but it’s so elegant and will definitely have lifelong appeal. Think about it in terms of pence per wear over a lifetime…it get’s better that way doesn’t it? I love the seam detailing and the double-bib front.
Why so green: Made from 100% Oeko Tex cotton, which means the cotton is tested to ensure it has posed no risk to people or the planet in its production. With shell buttons at chest, cuff and collar.
Price: £299.
Buy: Fashion-Conscience.com
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What’s in your lipstick?

August 24, 2008 by greenmystyle · 1 Comment 

And there was us, thinking our favourite beauty products are made out of strawberrys and stardust. Well, some of them are. Maybe.

Find out whether your favourite beauty products contain stardust, environmentally friendly natural ingredients or harmful levels of toxins at cosmeticsdatabase.org. Simply enter the name of your products into the search box and hit go.

This bra is made from wood. No, really

August 23, 2008 by greenmystyle · Leave a Comment 

Smell those pine trees

Smell those pine trees

I get so excited when I see fantastically stylish, sexy and gorgeous items and then find out that they’re eco too.

g=9.8 is a range of lingerie made from wood, by French designer Sophie Young. Yep, you read that right. Young uses Lenpur, a sustainable textile made from white pine tree clippings processed into fibres. The wood comes from forests managed sustainably, and the fabric is biodegradable. Not that you’ll ever want to throw away a lingerie set as cute as this!

Young says that the feel of her underwear range, for men and women, is as soft as silk, with the feel of cashmere and the coolness of linen. It has great thermal regulating properties and is anti-bacterial. Oh, and the dyes are low-impact.

Impressive huh? All that and it looks darn sexy too.

Buy g=9.8 at bynature.co.uk

Looking for a party dress?

August 23, 2008 by greenmystyle · Leave a Comment 

Sika silver empire line dress, £122

Sika silver empire line dress, £122

If you’re looking for a party dress and you’re not a skinny size 8, how about trying this pretty Empire line style from ethical designer Sika. The shiny finish makes it a touch more special occasion. It’s available in black and silver, priced £122.

The Sika range is fair trade and supports community initiatives. It and other ranges, including Ecoist recycled handbags and Howies, are available online from Jane Goldsmith, an ethical fashion boutique.

All the designers showcased are either fair trade, organic, recycled, or involved in community projects. A select number of vintage products are stocked too.

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10 Easy Ways To Green Your Style Today

August 23, 2008 by greenmystyle · Leave a Comment 

Yes More Katharine E Hamnett Please

There are a million and one ways to green your home, your wardrobe and your life, so many that it can sometime seem impossible to know where to start.

Well, all it takes is one step. Here are 10 easy ones to pick from. Feel free to do all 10! I do, and I swear it feels better than a splurge in Topshop ever did.

1. Make a commitment to buy less new, unethical stuff each month. Ask yourself if you really need that new pair of shoes / dress / bag. Honestly, it gets easier to say no.

2. If you really do love to shop, look for the kinder products from your favourite stores. Loads of companies, from Hennes H&M to Topshop, American Apparel and Marks & Spencer have organic and fair trade ranges now. If you have a little extra cash to splurge, we love Katharine E Hamnett’s slogan T-shirts. We’d like to order this ‘No More Fashion Victims’ tee please! It’s £60.

3. Perhaps better still, buy more secondhand items. They’re often more interesting and more stylish anyway. Take a look at iloveyou2.co.uk. It showcases the cool stuff from the auction, secondhand and vintage sites. And of course, there’s Daily eBay right here on greenmystyle. Read more

Daily eBay – Serfontaine skinny jeans

August 19, 2008 by greenmystyle · Leave a Comment 

Daily eBay on greenmystyle.com

Daily eBay on greenmystyle.com

Want to buy more vintage and secondhand clothing and homewares from eBay, but don’t have the time to find the best pieces amidst the…ahem…drossy stuff? Don’t fear! Help is at hand. Every day, in the spirit of re-using and recycling, I’ll bring you one gorgeous item.

Today’s discovery is an eco double whammy. Not only are you re-using and saving clothes from landfill, but you’ll be re-using a product that already has green credentials. It’s this pair of Serfontaine skinny jeans.

A celebrity favourite (Sienna Miller and Madonna wear them), Serfontaine jeans are manufactured sweatshop-free using methods that prolong the life of the jean. Find out more in greenmystyle.com’s Top 10 Ethical Jeans list.

This pair is a size 25 (UK 8 – waist 34cms, leg 92cms) and carries the trademark Serfontaine fat stitching. The back pocket carries a relatively modest studded pattern. The seller describes them as an ‘mint condition’.

The start bid price is £15. With an RRP of £155, it’s not bad. Bidding ends August 28 at 10.08am.

See these Serfontaine jeans on eBay.

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