Sunday, December 10, 2006

Handmade Organic Cotton and hemp clothing hand dyed with low impact dyes

Mystery School Clothing Co. offers great original design clothing made from Organic cotton and hemp blend fabrics and hand dyed with low impact dyes. These dyes are better for the environment because the dye bath contains only 5% of the dyes after being used. Supporting Organic clothing makes a difference for our future because the amount of pesticides used on growing conventional cotton makes a horrible impact on our environment. The shirts pictured above are stylish and made in America by a small woman owned business. We can all make a difference by spending more consciously and supporting ethically produced eco-friendly clothing. Check the site for other great items and gift ideas.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Yummy all natural handmade soaps

Natural Magic Soaps has an awesome selection of handmade soaps, some all natural and some nearly natural. You can find a scent for everyone on your list, including yourself, because once you see the yummy choices you won't be able to resist. You can find a list of ingrediants and info about the soap right on their page. The all natural spa bar pictured above features Green Tea and Feverfew infused into the base. It is then combined with Organic Sea Salts, scented with Ginger Essential Oil, Bergamot Essential Oil and Lime Essential Oil.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Little Acorn has great gifts made from reused computer parts

This is just one of the great gift ideas that you can find at Acorn Studios makes items by reusing old computer parts. Computers are becoming obsolete at a really fast rate and this is an awesome way to save all of these parts from the landfill. Also if you are looking for a unique, eco-friendly gift idea you will definitely find one at acorn studios.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Check out Nature Gear

Nature gear carries a variety of handmade and hand dyed clothing. All of Natures' creations are amazing! I especially love her sweaters and owned one that was awesome. I loved my sweater so much that I have ordered another one to replace the one I lost. They are made with quality and love and as a bonus they are eco-friendly! Check out her site and see if you can get away without buying something special for yourself or as a great gift.

Friday, December 01, 2006

These braclets would make awesome gifts

I love these bracelets! They are made by reusing old typewriter keys. This site also has some other great gifts that reuse other materials. Check out their site -

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Eco-friendly fashion Show in Vegas, Baby!

The Faux Rocks Fashion show will be on November 18th at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson, Nevada (10 mins from the Vegas strip). This will be the first of it's kind in Vegas. There will be students from the local Fashion Institute who have been working with faux furs and leathers, as well as other eco-friendly materials. Established designers will also be featured, including Mystery School Clothing Co. , which is my clothing company. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Las Vegas Humane Society and the local SPCA, as well as another local shelter. For more details go to this link and-

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

San Francisco Green Festival

The San Francisco Green Festival will be happening November 10th - November 12. You can see all kinds of things that are making a difference for our future there, plus you can get a head start on the holiday shopping for unique, eco-friendly gifts you can feel great about buying for your loved ones. There will also be tons of speakers and workshops, so this is a great opportunity to learn some new things about being eco-conscious. Considering that a recent article on Yahoo yesterday states that we will run out of resources by the year 2050, this is an imperative time for all of us to be making changes in the way we think and live.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Harmony Art, Beautiful Organic fabrics

Here is an example of one of the beautiful organic fabrics dyed with low impact dyes offered by Harmony Art. Her fabrics are 110 inches wide, so you can make more with each yard. Harmony has been nominated for the Co-op America's People's Choice Award for Green business of the year. Check out her site and other fabrics at
The winner will be announced at the Green Festival in San Francisco on Nov. 10.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Handmade and dyed tote for kids on Etsy

Have you heard of Etsy? It is a place where only handmade items can be sold. You will find a variety of great items, including eco-friendly items and items made from recycled clothing. This really cute little tote is handmade and dyed with an adorable little fish applique. Made from Hemp and cotton blend muslin this little eco-friendly tote is just one of the great gift ideas you will find on Etsy.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Look at this Yummy Vegan yarn

Midnight Sky Fibers has a great selection of unique vegitarian and environmentally friendly yarns.

The yarn pictured here is vegan, imagine what could be made from such beautiful fibers. If you knit or crochet watch out, you might want to buy everything on the site!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Organic Corderoy for Toddlers and Infant

What could be better for your little sweetie than Organic Cotton and Hemp Cords handmade and dyed with love. They are so cute and comfy plus you can feel great about buying them because they are made from sustainable fabrics and dyed with low impact dyes.

Hand dyed Organic cotton T-shirts for infants and toddlers

These little Organic Cotton American Apparel shirts are part of Mystery School Clothings organic childrens line.
They are hand dyed with low impact dyes and then washed with all natural laundry soap. They have been screened with graphics based on sacred geometry- see here for info on sacred geometry

You can feel great about buying these for your little ones because they are american made and eco-friendly. That means that they help to make a greener tomorrow for the little ones who will be wearing them.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Adorable Organic Dolls

Honey Suckle Dreams creates adorable organic dolls, stuffed animals, pillows, and quilts. They are 100% organic cotton from the thread to the stuffing and hair. They are handmade and dyed with natural dyes in Maryland. This site is filled with wonderful gifts that you can feel great about giving or buying for your little ones.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Why choosing organics can make a huge difference

Every time we choose to buy organic, not only are we using our buying power to send a message to the companies that produce our food and clothing, but we are helping to support sustainable practices that will make the future better for our children.
On September 1, 2005, Chensheng Lu at School of Public Health at Emory University, along with colleagues at the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and at the University of Washington, released an important study that will soon appear in the NIH journal, Environmental Health Perspectives. At the beginning, every child in the study was found to have pesticides in the urine everyday, in every urine sample. The children were healthy American, suburban, elementary school kids. The pesticides were organophosphorus pesticides commonly used in food production – malathion and chlorpyrifos (Dursban) – both known to cause neurologic problems in animals and in humans. After establishing the baseline pesticide exposure, the researchers made the simplest of changes: the kids were switched to organic versions of the foods they were eating anyway. They didn’t make any changes in the types of foods they enjoyed. They didn’t make any other changes, such as in home gardening or insect control. With this simple diet change alone, the pesticides virtually disappeared from every child’s urine – within 24 hours! They enjoyed a pesticide-free holiday for 5 days, and then went back to their ‘normal’ diets. Within 24 hours the pesticides returned. They were again seen in 100% of urine samples, twice a day, in 100% of the children. Health outcomes were not followed in this study, but the authors believe intuitively that, “children whose diets consist of organic food items would have a lower probability of neurological health risks,” a known toxicity of these pesticides. For people who want to decrease chemical exposures in their kids, the many possible interventions that one could take can feel overwhelming. This study is the strongest evidence ever published that one simple change can make a difference, that “an organic diet provides a dramatic and immediate protective effect.” The study was supported by the EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program
"Pesticides pose special concerns to children because of their high metabolisms and low body weights. More than 1 million children between the ages of 1 and 5 ingest at least 15 pesticides every day from fruits and vegetables. More than 600,000 of these children eat a dose of organophosphate insecticides that the federal government considers unsafe, and 61,000 eat doses that exceed benchmark levels by a factor of 10 or more." Source: Food for Thought: The Case for Reforming Farm Programs to Preserve the Environment and Help Family Farmers, Ranchers and Foresters, pages 12-13, found at Original source: Environmental Working Group, Overexposed: Organophosphate Insecticides in Children’s Food, 1998, pp. 1-3.
Toxic chemicals are contaminating groundwater on every inhabited continent, endangering the world’s most valuable supplies of freshwater, according to a WorldWatch paper. Cotton uses approximately 25 percent of the world’s insecticides and more than 10 percent of the pesticides (including herbicides, insecticides, and defoliants).Eighty-four million pounds of pesticides were sprayed on the 14.4 million acres of conventional cotton grown in the U.S. in 2000 (5.85 pounds/acre), ranking cotton second behind corn in total amount of pesticides sprayed, according to the US Department of Agriculture.Over 2.03 billion pounds of synthetic fertilizers were applied to conventional cotton the same year (142 pounds/acre), making cotton the fourth most heavily fertilized crop behind corn, winter wheat, and soybeans.To put these numbers in perspective, it takes roughly one-third of a pound of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) to grow enough cotton for just one T-shirt.The Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in 2000 in the United States as “possible”, “likely”, “probable” or “known” human carcinogens (acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, fluometuron, pendimethalin, tribufos and trifluralin).
We can all help to reduce the amount of pesticides used each year, by using our consumer dollars to buy products that are organic.