Wednesday, September 30, 2009
So the measurement session went something like this: come on in!, play, play, play, oh trains!, play, play, play, oh a slide!, play, play, quick measure, play, play, play, play, bite of lunch on the run, play, play, play.
Overall, a very successful session for 2 two-year-old models hard at work!
Monday, September 28, 2009
The first fabric here below is a really cute and fun fabric that I found in Baby Bird Design's Etsy shop. All of the fabric in Baby Bird Design's shop is 100% organic cotton and is certified by Global Organic Textile Standards. I think this fabric would make a beautiful little girl's dress for the holidays!
I found the next beautiful fabric at Fresh Fabric Australia's shop on Etsy. Fresh Fabric Australia has a lovely collection of fabrics from independent designers and some very nice eco-friendly options. This particular fabric is a print by an independent Australian designer Bianca van Meeuwen (Hollabee). It is hand screen printed with eco-friendly, solvent free inks on an unbleached cotton/linen blend.
Some other non-Etsy sources that I have found with great eco-friendly options include:
So this is what I have so far. What do you think - any sources to add? Let's make sure our favorite places stay in business by sharing and promoting!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I first saw this really cool video clip on another blog that I read, Bacon is My Enemy. It's a clip of Bobby McFerrin at the 2009 World Science Festival. This clip is so awesome I've watched it a dozen times now. Without fail, it makes me smile.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Today, my focus has been on messenger bags. To find the perfect one, I look to Etsy. I was very happy with the selection of eco-friendly messenger bags I found and finally settled on this hemp bag from Uzura as my favorite:
The bag is 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton so it's good for the environment. It's also beautiful, durable, and most importantly, functional. I love it!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I had them done by Nina at The Paper Kingdom on Etsy. She was so nice to work with, and she chose the perfect colors as borders and accents. She gave me some great advice and tips on what would look best for me. I'm so glad I listened to her. And she lives in Athens, Greece! How cool is that?
So, the hang tag is on top, and the sticker is on the bottom:
One step closer!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
At Spoonflower, you design and print your own fabric on demand. They have several base fabric options, including organic cotton and a bamboo-cotton blend. So they use eco-friendly fabric! And Spoonflower fabrics are always printed with water-based, nontoxic inks that are wash fast and light fast.
You can browse other people's designs on the site, and there are really some beautiful creations. I could spend hours looking through all of the awesome fabric prints.
Spoonflower even has a weekly fabric design contest. Juliann Law is this week's winner and here is her fabric design:
What a cute print! This fabric is available for purchase on Etsy here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30683319.
Thank you Mary for your email!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Trips to the local fabric stores were a complete bust - terrible selection with matching terrible prices. So, I have turned my attention to the internet. As it turns out, there really isn't a great selection of fabrics that meet all of the criteria: cute, sustainable, and affordable. But I am narrowing a few sources down and have found some online stores that seem promising. So, the search continues.
In the meantime, if you know of an awesome fabric supplier with sustainable fabrics, please share!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
The best part: these are eco-friendly too!
Thank you HydraHeart for bringing us beautiful, eco-friendly shoes that are affordable!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
This week, we have been focusing on laying the groundwork to start a business - doing some necessary things like deciding on a business structure and suppliers. These are all extremely important. But I thought I would take today to talk about some of the reasons we are so committed to producing sustainable clothing at Happy Banyan.
Unfortunately, beautiful fashion often comes at the expense of the environment. Much of the time, the production of textiles is done in a way that permanently damages non-renewable resources such as our waterways, our air, and our groundwater; harming marine life and entering our food chain along the way. Sometimes, production takes place in sweat shops by workers who are poorly paid and work long hours in horrible conditions.
These are a few of the many reasons we support sustainable clothing. Sustainable clothing avoids the depletion of natural resources and seeks to conserve an ecological balance between what is used and what is replaced. To protect our environment, we believe in using natural and organic fibers, reusing and recycling, and in the conservation of resources.
We believe it is time to change the way we consume, the way we produce goods, and the way we affect the environment. Join us in our commitment to the Earth!