In honor of Earth Day, today’s Color Friday features objects that are green in two ways: color and environmental impact. While I realize that often times the greenest thing is not doing (or buying) anything at all, I also know that that isn’t a practical way to go about being fashionable, and there are many ways to have style while consuming with conscience. Take, for example, these great earrings made from recycled skateboards. I got a pair a few Christmases ago, and I love them just as much as I did when I opened the box. Not only do I get a neat pair of earrings, but one fewer skateboard goes in a landfill!
Here are several more green-colored products that are green in some other way as well. One of them used to be a wine bottle, another is made from seat belts. Some use low-VOC finishes, some use very little energy, and one is just…well…really old.
In addition to consuming with care, be sure to keep the whole product’s life cycle in mind and dispose of your home goods in a sustainable way. Give an unwanted table to a friend who always liked it, donate your old clothes to charity, resell your child’s changing table or rocker before you put it out on the curb, and always always always dispose of your paints, solvents, and compact fluorescent light bulbs properly. This is a great site that allows you to find recycling centers for specific items in your vicinity - use it.
Hope your Friday is green and happy, and that you have a great weekend enjoying some (hopefully) nice weather! I’ll be painting (not joking).