green-products

We can’t show you the front just yet, but as noted in today’s Daily MTG we’re happy to announce that we’ll be doing something a little different for Modern Masters 2015 Edition. We’re trying out a recyclable packing material for our booster products with this release! 

This packaging will only be in the English version of the product. Chinese (Simplified) and Japanese will be in the traditional packaging.

Things that aren’t going to save the environment:
-reusable water bottles, hybrid cars, ethanol/biodiesel fuel, commercially produced “natural”/“organic” food, and other supposedly “green” consumer products
-“population control” that targets developing nations that are barely contributing to global pollution
- pretending that “clean coal” is a thing

Things that will save the environment:
- large scale green energy projects using clean technologies such as solar, hydroelectric, wind, and nuclear power that substantially reduce the use of fossil fuels
- reduction of overall global energy usage such as long term sustainable manufacturing and agricultural practices, localised production of goods and energy that reduce the need for freight transportation
-the end of first-world consumerism and global industrial capitalism
-full communism now

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Bathroom Furniture | Swoon

Swedish designer Fredrik Wallner has created more customisable bathroom furniture in block colours for Stockholm brand Swoon. The freestanding vanity units feature slim wooden fronts and tall metal legs. Both stone and ceramic countertops are available, as are mirrors in different geometric shapes. To coincide with the launch of the new products, Swoon has expanded its wide array of available colours with the addition of Saddle brown, Seal grey and Seaweed green.

Reaction whenever I see """"green products"""" in the store
  • roll my eyes
  • look at the price
  • Laugh because they charge double for nothing
  • Look for the same products but not “"green”“
  • See that it is half the price
  • Laugh again
  • Buy the regular product 

I have a burning hatred for "green products.” Might as well label your product as “BUY ME THIS IS A COMPLETE SCAM!!!”

Blogging About Green and Eco Products (Fashion Mash-Up & Tech Forum) Jan. 20, 2011

San Francisco Fashion And Merchants Alliance, Inc.

- & -Eco-Fashion Events

Present: FASHION MASH-UP & TECH FORUM

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Sponsored By: Pretzel Crisps, Pigment Cosmetics

and Terry Hines & Associates

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  • TOPIC: Blogging About Green and Eco Products

  • When: January 20, 2011, Thursday, 6pm

 

  • Where: Pigment Cosmetics, One Market Street, Studio # 2, San Francisco

  • Entrance Fee: $5 for Students and SFFAMA Ning members, $10 for non-members (Online/Door)

MISSION: To examine the application of social media in the eco-fashion industry. In attending this event, you will learn from our ecopreneur speakers about why blogging is an essentail marketing tool and why green product(s) might be an ideal business to venture into.


PRODUCT PRESENTATION BY: 

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  • SET Boutique retails clothing and accessories that are made ethically, with no ties to worker exploitation or sweatshops. Learn more about the Support Ethical Trade philosophy by visiting the About page.  The purpose of SET Boutique is to promote alternative shopping options that will end modern day slavery and exploitation. We scour the globe for clothing, jewelry, bags, and unique gifts made by socially responsible suppliers. Your purchase supports hardworking people trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. And click here for an article on the story behind SET Boutique.

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As the owner of SET Boutique, Lindsay is an unlikely champion of ethical trade and victims of human trafficking. Growing up in suburban New England largely sheltered her from the harsh realities of international trade and exploitation. Soon after moving to San Francisco in 2005, she read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle that changed her life. “Diary of a Sex Slave” opened Lindsay’s eyes to the horrific plight of thousands of young women living as slaves right in her own neighborhood. In her role as a production manager for a large consumer goods corporation, Lindsay had traveled on business to Southeast Asia, where a high percentage of women are trafficked. She had seen the crushing poverty and lack of new opportunities facing many women, and after reading the SF Chronicle piece, decided she had to do something to help.

FEATURED SPEAKERS :


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Ciara is at ech geek by day and vegan fashionista by night, this Bay Area native and 20-year vegetarian made the commitment in 2009 to eliminate all animal-derived materials from her wardrobe, but couldn’t find high-fashion animal friendly designers. Realizing there were probably many others in the same predicament, Ciara set out on a mission to prove that one could be ethical, fashionable, and fabulous at the same time and founded the vegan fashion blog Animal Friendly Shopping. Through her research, she discovered not only dozens of amazing animal friendly designers and retailers, but also the horrors of factory farming, and decided to take it a step further, becoming vegan in Summer 2009. Ciara currently lives in San Francisco with her three kitties, continues to write for Animal Friendly Shopping, and designs software for a high-tech corporation.

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Domenica is the founder of Global Action Through Fashion, a non-profit organization founded with the vision to create a more equitable and sustainable world through the promotion of socially and environmentally responsible fashion. Domenica’s professional career has focused on using fashion as a tool to solve global problems and she has multiple years experience in international development, ethical fashion and couture fashion. She has led social entrepreneurship organizations, coordinated international aid projects and worked for the U.S. based Fair Trade pioneer TransFairUSA. She worked in London doing public relations for the Fair Trade Fashion label PeopleTree and in Brussels sewing for the couture fashion label NATAN. She is also an artist and loves sewing and fashion design.

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 David is a Regional Director for Izigg mobile Media, a mobile marketing company creating a global community through our 90210 mobile media platform by providing business owners to brand and connect with customers in real time. David originally hails from Peoria, IL and graduated from Bradley University in 2004 with a BS in Multimedia focusing on web and graphic design. As a freelance designer he moved to San Francisco to find a new exciting place to live and grow. when he’s not spreading the word about mobile media, he spends his time playing music, attending social events and fitting in a round of golf with friends.

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Jules is an eco fashion designer, stylist, writer and Founder of The Green Stylist. The mission of The Green Stylist is to empowers consumers to vote with their dollars to make sustainable fashion and beauty mainstream by showcasing the very best sustainable fashion and beauty products in the market. Jules graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Biology & Studio Art, and from Parsons school of Design in Fashion Design. Jules also studied fashion design at London famous Central Saint Martins. when she’s not raising awareness about how fabulous sustainable fashion is, she enjoys yoga, running, surfing and drinking lots of organic tea.

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Steffany Boldrini, CEO andFounder Born and raised in a small ranch in Brazil, Steffany was destined to be a future green entrepreneur.An environmentalist at heart, her love and passion for nature was awakened by her mother at a very young age.She instilled many of the “green values” that drove Steffany’s curiosity for the environment – providing an enriching experience for learning to compost, recycle, and eat healthy. Ultimately, her upbringing was an important life-changing event, which culminated into what is now, Ecobold, a leading marketplace for green products providing online video reviews of various green and eco-friendly products. As an active ecopreneur and social activist, Steffany also spends part of her time writing on green issues for the San Francisco Green Living Examiner and Life360 Blog – Green Living.

TOPIC:  Blogging About Green and Eco Products.


DISCUSSIONS:

  1. What is the idea behind your product or your blog (site)?
  2. Why are eco-products (green/ sustainable) relevant to market/sell or write about?
  3. How do you apply technology in marketing your green product? What do you utilize in using social media? (Open Apps: Twitter, etc’s, Mobile Tech and Apps)
  4. Who is your target market? Who are your followers? Who are your clients?
  5. How do you buy green? What should the public be aware of in buying green products?
  6. What do you think about the local green movement? Where can the public find more about other green services or events that showcases the green movement?
  7. How do you educate the public about your green product?
  8. Do you consider yourself as a green activist, how has it changed your life?
  9. What type of impact do you think are you contributing by being eco-conscious.


VISIT: FASHION MASH-UP TECH & WORKSHOP.  BUY YOUR TICKET HERE

MEDIA CONTACT: Owen Geronimo.Produced by: SFFAMA @ http://sffama.com/

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As seen on Techcrunch, CNET, Business Times & Green Drinks Singapore!

Aspiring for simplicity in design, beauty in sound and excellence in ethics, the Sustainable Living Lab (SL2) brings you iBam 2 - the world’s first compact electricity-free bamboo speaker for your smartphone. SL2 engineers focused on the natural resonance of the bamboo and the signature slit design, amplifying every note of your music. Now you can enjoy your favourite music a little louder and greener any time anywhere - without any power source.

A portion of revenue from every iBam 2 goes towards supporting makers (traditional craftsmen, disadvantaged women) and the regeneration of bamboo forests for wildlife conservation and disaster risk reduction in Southeast Asia. 

Available at CHOOSE.

ecowatch.com
50 Ways You Can Help Save the Earth
So you’ve ruled out living on an off-grid community on some remote island or building your own tiny home? That’s okay. Tiny living isn’t right for everyone. Just ask Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen. But there’s still plenty of small things you can do on a daily basis that add up to making a big difference, especially if everyone does them

Long, sorry about that, but fun. I wanted to extract the whole infographic so you can maybe learn a few things (I did) by sticking with your Tumblr and not linking back into another article.

Watch on ecofashionshow.tumblr.com

Fashion Team: Waterless Eco-Jeans. What is a waterless pair of jeans? Levi’s has figured out how to save 42 liters of water to create 1 pair of jeans. Fashion Team finds out just how their new jeans manufacturing process uses far less water to create their product.

Fashion & Green Series: 7 Questions With Ciara Peter of Animal Friendly Shopping

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SFFAMA: Tell us about yourself and what you do.

CP: I am the founder and writer at Animalfriendly.me, a vegan and eco-friendly fashion, beauty, and lifestyle site. My blog features high-end animal friendly products, as well as my favorite vegan brands and blogs. I launched the site two years ago to act as a directory for anyone interested in making their wardrobe more ethical, without necessarily changing their look.

SFFAMA: Why is eco-fashion important?

CP: The more eco-fashion options we have, the easier it is to express our individual personal styles, therefore eliminating stereotypes about what it is to be green or what an environmentally conscious person looks like. Once we can start to break down those stereotypes, more people will realize they don’t have to change their style to be green and hopefully become more open-minded about green living.


SFFAMA: Explain to us how you apply eco products or sustainability to your design (or your product/services)?

CP: While the first criteria for inclusion on my site is that a product is vegan, most vegan products are inherently green. Also, the vegan community as a whole is generally very interested in greening their lifestyle. Also, the high-end vegan consumer doesn’t want to wear a lot of PVC or unsustainable synthetics, so I usually showcase designers who use innovative green materials whenever possible.

SFFAMA: Who is your target market and why?

CP: My target market can be described as the new generation of green. Style conscious, career oriented folks who just want to make less of an impact on the earth and animals. While the products I blog about are all vegan, I take a non-exclusive approach and encourage everyone to learn about green fashion, regardless of their philosophy. If I have convinced an omnivore to buy a vegan purse, I’ve taken a step in the right direction.

SFFAMA: How has the green movement changed today’s society?

CP: Behaviorally, it has made people *think* about consumption. Which sounds like a simple concept, but before the green movement people sort of had the attitude that resources were unlimited as long as you could pay for them. So now people, at the very least, think about waste when they go to the recycle bin and are beginning to care about where their food comes from when they go to the store or a restaurant. The green movement has been somewhat mainstream for about 20 years but the rise of social media, especially facebook and youtube, have been the real catalysts for change in the last 5 years. We can no longer avoid the truth about our environment when video of the effects is so easily accessible.

SFFAMA: How do you see the green movement in the future? Where is it heading?

CP: Green is becoming cooler. People want to drive hybrids. They want to eat less meat, or at least meat which was farmed “sustainably”. People are just learning about green fashion and seeing that it’s a lot like theirs. Philanthropy as a whole is becoming the “it” thing. People are using sites like Causes to show off how much they give. I think this trend will spread more and more to the green movement. People will want to show people they are greener than the next guy.

SFFAMA: How do you educate the public about eco-fashion (or your product)?

CP: I specifically look for products people wouldn’t think are green or vegan. My favorite shoes right now are a pair of microsuede OlsenHaus stilettos made of recycled TV screens. So I wear items like these, figure out what gets the most complements from people, then surprise them with the fact that they are green and vegan. The goal is to make people like the product before they know it’s green, so when they do find out, it’s just an added bonus. Online I educate the public through my blog, Facebook, and Twitter. I guest post on other vegan sites and participate on online fashion communities (like this one!). I am also personally very active on Facebook and Twitter. I join social conversations, and comment on FB posts, blogs, and especially mainstream media sources. I use a nondefensive stance to articulate the point I’m trying to make and back it up with sources. Unfortunately there are still a lot of people in the vegan community that attack others for their actions, but they forget that the point is to start an discussion and educate folks. I try to provide alternative perspectives for people and hopefully open their minds to the idea of living a greener, more animal friendly lifestyle.

~ Ciara Peter is a tech geek by day and vegan fashionista by night, this Bay Area native and 20-year vegetarian made the commitment in 2009 to eliminate all animal-derived materials from her wardrobe, but couldn’t find high-fashion animal friendly designers. Realizing there were probably many others in the same predicament, Ciara set out on a mission to prove that one could be ethical, fashionable, and fabulous at the same time and founded the vegan fashion blog Animal Friendly Shopping.

Through her research, she discovered not only dozens of amazing animal friendly designers and retailers, but also the horrors of factory farming, and decided to take it a step further, becoming vegan in Summer 2009. Ciara currently lives in San Francisco with her three kitties, continues to write for Animal Friendly Shopping, and designs software for a high-tech corporation.

She is an active member of SFFAMA. She’ll be speaking at ’Fashion Mash-Up’ on January, 20, 2011.

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Pura Naturals Stink Free Cleaning Sponges

The stink free guarantee is what really sold me on these sponges!

I am only familiar with traditional type sponges, which I think are pretty much all alike. These sponges are very different, though! I was pleasantly surprised after trying my sponges, they actually work really really well. I am used to having to soak heavily soiled dishes and/or scrub them a lot, but somehow these sponges took the need for all that elbow grease away. I appreciate that these sponges are plant based and made from renewable resources, very cool.

The pack came with 3 rectangular and 3 leaf shaped sponges. The leaf shape has been great for getting into corners and other small areas, and the rectangular one is good for everything. The sponge side is very soft, and the scrubber side is rough but not abrasive. The sponge part is firmer than a traditional sponge, reminds me a bit of the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge texture, but not as dense. I saw other reviews that said their sponges were stiff, but mine are soft and flexible. My set did not come with soap in them (note: on Amazon you can purchase ones with soap in them, or without). The other person in my family who does the dishes has a bad habit of leaving our sponges wet on the sink. Within a handful of days, they smell so bad that I have to throw them away, so I put these sponges to the test. So far, no smell! I was sure I would smell a little bit of something after a week, but nothing, so I am impressed.

The bottom line is that these sponges work well, they don’t get an odor, and appear to be very durable, so I am very happy with them. I recommend these sponges to anyone, especially those who wash their dishes by hand. I have not been able to find any flaws with this product, I will report back if anything changes. I received this discounted product for my honest review, but my opinions are my own and unbiased, not influenced in any way by receiving a discount. I welcome both positive and negative feedback!

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From www.choose.sg:

As seen on Techcrunch, CNET, Business Times & Green Drinks Singapore!

Aspiring for simplicity in design, beauty in sound and excellence in ethics, the Sustainable Living Lab (SL2) brings you iBam 2 - the world’s first compact electricity-free bamboo speaker for your smartphone. SL2 engineers focused on the natural resonance of the bamboo and the signature slit design, amplifying every note of your music. Now you can enjoy your favourite music a little louder and greener any time anywhere - without any power source.

Community contribution: A portion of revenue from every iBam 2 goes towards supporting makers (traditional craftsmen, disadvantaged women) and the regeneration of bamboo forests for wildlife conservation and disaster risk reduction in Southeast Asia. 

EverBlade - Keep it Sharp

I just received an EverBlade for a product review. I will start using it in the morning with my (somewhat) usual Saturday morning shave. As far as what it does, I’ll let the EverBlade PR department take it from here:

During the time between each shave the copper plates inside of the EverBlade create a mild energy field to repel rust and corrosion from your razor blade. This keeps your blade sharp much longer than it would without using the EverBlade.

So, it appears, my razor will be kept nice and sharp if this works. That’s not a bad thing, as we all know nicks and cuts are inevitable when shaving.

Here’s to hoping this works.