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Ninoshka - Fashion with a Conscience

Ninoshka is a sustainable fashion brand by designer Ninoshka Alvares-Delaney. Produced in India, her products are available worldwide through several online retailers. All of Ninoshka’s products are made from natural and organic material. She uses natural dyes including indigo, pomegranate, marigold, onion peels, and coconut. Embroidery is done by rural Indian artisans and Ninoshka works with handloom weavers from across India. By working with rural artisans, not only does she create employment opportunities, but also makes sure that the artisans she works with receive fair wages. Ninoshka practices the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle philosophy. She reduces waste and the use of resources by creating minimalistic styles and up-cycled fashion. Some of her designs are constructed in a single stitch line, while others can be reused by wearing a garment inside-out or in multiple ways.

Felvarrom - Upcycled Products

Felvarrom collects thrown-out bicycle parts from individuals and bicycle stores and turns them into attractive belts, bags, coin purses, and wallets. Any scraps that can't be used are taken to the local recycling facility. All of Felvarrom's manufacturing and cleaning processes are eco-friendly. Located in Budapest Hungary, Felvarrom offers free worldwide delivery on every order with no hidden costs. You can return any product for a refund if not satisfied. Every year, Felvarrom keeps thousands of bicycle innertubes, tires, and metal parts out of the landfill.

Freecycle Network - Free Item Exchange

Freecycle Network is like Craigslist, but everything is free. Their purpose is to keep good stuff out of landfills by allowing members to give away items they no longer need and search for things they can use. Freecycle reduces waste, saves precious resources, and eases the burden on our landfills. Freecycle is a nonprofit movement of more than 5,000 local groups and 9 million members from all around the world. Just type your location on the home page and you will likely find a group nearby with hundreds or thousands or free items available. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers. Membership is free. As a nonprofit, The Freecycle Network's operating expenses are funded by donations, Google ads, and grants. In addition to reducing waste, The Freecycle Network believes they help instill a sense of generosity of spirit that strengthens local community ties and promotes environmental sustainability.

Whiner and Diner - Dog Feeders and Beds

Whiner and Diner dog feeders and dog beds are hand-crafted out of reclaimed wooden wine crates from European and Californian vineyards. Each product is one-of-a-kind. They are made with great attention to detail and are made to last a long time. There are many different sizes and styles of boxes to choose from and you can request a hand-painted name or design on the wood. Whiner and Diner only uses non-toxic finishes as well.

Baabaazuzu - Upcycled Clothing

Baabaazuzu produces men's and women's jackets, vests, hats, scarves, mittens, purses, bags, throws, and christmas stockings all handcrafted from 100% vintage materials that are reclaimed and transformed into a beautiful wearable. No two pieces of Baabaazuzu are ever alike. Upcycling is even more eco-conscious than recycling because the materials do not have to be remanufactured. Even the buttons, zippers and other embellishments found on the old clothing is removed and reused in the final designed products. Baabaazuzu switched to high-efficiency laundry machines designed to use less energy use and water. All the garments are washed with a local-made soap that is biodegradable and uses no bleach or phosphates. Baabaazuzu also reuses cardboard shipping boxes, uses sustainably-sourced office supplies, and recycles paper and other office waste. Located in northern Michigan, Baabaazuzu offers online sales.

Hipcycle - Upcycled Housewares

Hipcycle offers a large variety of upcycled housewares like home decor, floor mats, furniture, bird feeders, gift items, and jewelry. Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products. It is even better than recycling because less processing takes place. The materials used to make the products featured on Hipcycle are not purchased from stores or manufacturers. Rather, everything is made from items that would otherwise have ended up in the trash. Their suppliers, who are mostly small businesses that specialize in making handcrafting upcycled products out of reclaimed items, scour their local dump for items to upcycle, removing garbage from the waste stream. Hipcycle offers only products that are attractive, durable, and competitive in price to mainstream products. Their website allows you to find items either by category or by the kind of trash they are made out of. 

Green Products and Gifts - Repurposed and Recycled Gifts

Green Products and Gifts offers a variety of gifts items that are made from reclaimed materials. Products include furniture, home decor, garden decor, pet decor, jewelry, and organic t-shirts. They are made from materials like silverware, nuts and bolts, glass bottles, wine barrels, snow skis, milk jugs, corks, and grapevines. All products are made in the USA. The purpose of starting Green Products and Gifts was to encourage purchasing products made with recycled materials to help complete the recycling loop. Located in Texas, they offer free shipping on all items to continental U.S. locations.

VivaTerra - Furniture and Home Decor

VivaTerra offers globally-inspired goods created with sustainability and integrity in mind. They support non-profit and fair trade organizations to ensure artisans see fair wages, healthy working conditions, and sustainable development for their communities. Viva Terra uses FSC-certified or reclaimed wood, recycled glass, vintage fabrics, or salvaged metal to produce many of their products. They produce products without chemicals and their fabrics use natural dyes. In addition to fair trade imports, VivaTerra strives to support local artisans. Their product line covers a wide range of household items including home decor, pillows, rugs, mirrors, vases, beds, sofas, chairs, tables, dinnerware, cookware, bedding, apparel, jewelry, planters, potted plants, and gifts.

Boogaloo Bubbywear - Earth Friendly Clothing

Boogaloo Bubbywear offers organic baby clothes that are designed & hand-printed in Canada with worldwide shipping through Etsy. Boogaloo's baby apparel is made from 100% certified organic cotton and their up-cycled clothing line does use any new woven materials. Boogaloo Bubbywear's website is hosted using renewable energy and they use recycled paper for product tags and office use. Shipping materials are either reused or recycled.

Ibex Outdoor Clothing

Ibex Outdoor Clothing offers a wonderful selection of merino and organic wool outdoor clothing including shirts, pants, underwear, skirts, and accessories. Their super soft, lightweight merino wool outperforms synthetics and cotton year-round. The temperature regulating and moisture managing properties of Merino give you superior next-to-skin comfort. Ibex is based in a repurposed Vermont building and they take pride int the innovations they have made with wool construction and the relationships they have built with craftspeople, sheep farmers, and clothing manufacturers. When you have finally worn through your Ibex clothing, the company takes it back to repurpose into felt products.

Deborah Lindquist Eco Couture

Deborah Lindquist Eco Couture is a collection of unique eco-conscious women's clothing, accessories, home decorative accessories, wedding gowns, and headpieces created from a blend of sustainable, organic, and recycled materials. Some of the unique pieces include reincarnated upcycled cashmere clothing that can be custom made to your liking.

Calico Dragon - Handbags and Purses

Calico Dragon was born out of a simple desire to help animals. A portion of all profits is donated to charities. The Calico Dragon product line is produced by single mothers in China who have their own home based production businesses. Calico Dragon bags are completely vegan and constructed from upcycled materials. The fabric is purchased from factories out of their “scrap” material, which would otherwise end up in a landfill. Heavy duty construction along with a bold message presented in an artistic fashion make these bags truly unique.

Ecowood Retail Displays

Ecowood Retail Displays builds quality eco-friendly wooden fixtures from reclaimed wood for your retail store or restaurant. Made in America, Ecowood can supply your store with wood fixtures, displays, cabinets, and furniture. In addition to reclaimed wood, they also use sustainably harvested materials, formaldehyde-free adhesives, low and no VOC finishes, and recycled and recyclable packaging.

Alchemy Architects - The weeHouse

Makers of the weeHouse prefab home, Alchemy Architects utilizes recycling and reuse along with building strategies that reduce waste. The multidisciplinary design and build team draws inspiration from art, literature, history, and leading creative thinkers to create alternative and atypical project solutions.

Eco-Artware

Eco-Artware is a small, woman-owned online store that started in 1999. They offer all things beautiful, well-made, and both environmentally and animal-friendly. They offer a collection of sustainable products made from recycled, reworked, and natural materials by cutting edge artists and craftsmen. You’ll find everything from wallets made from 25-year-old British fire hose, baskets woven from recycled South African telephone wire, cuff links made from out-of-use U.S. subway tokens, platters made of reworked aluminum street signs and much more.

 

The Barrel Broker

The Barrel Broker is a recycling company working to reuse wine barrels, bungs, barrel racks and other used wine barrel accessories to help ensure the future sustainability of our oak forests. Great for planter barrels, wine making, beer aging, furniture and more. If you need barrels, they can source hard to find barrels for your specific needs from Northern California wineries. They also can supply bourbon, whiskey, and rye barrels from providers in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee.