Guest Blog: Indie is the new Green by Jessica Gonacha – Some Great Green Finds

by guest contributor Jessica Gonacha

Today I thought it would be fun to highlight some things that have been catching my eye as of late. You can think of this post as a sort of eco-friendly mish-mash!

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1. Bamboo and surplus felt earrings from BTC Elements – love the organic shape!!

2. Knit laptop case from Eka – this one’s cheating a little bit, because the yarn is not organic, but at least it’s not made out of PVC like many laptop cases!! Plus, they’re fair-trade made in India, to support the town and surrounding area.

3. Yolo Colorhouse paint – this Portland, Oregon-based company brings us environmentally-friendly paints in gorgeous colors, and they are a woman-owned business and community-oriented.

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4. flip & tumble bag – the best part about these reusable bags is that once you’ve used it until it can’t be used anymore, instead of throwing it away, you can send it back to them and they’ll recycle it for you!

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5. Looolo organic kids toys – is that hamburger not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? They also make gorgeous organic textiles. (found via Tiny Decor Blog)

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6. Robin Rosenthal posters for kids – printed with soy ink on acid-free, recycled paper. (also via tiny decor blog)

7. A town in Japan has 100% Recycling! There is literally no trash removal services and everyone is required to recycle EVERYTHING. Other cities in Canada, Australia, and even the USA are following the trend. Read the article to find out more!

8. Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen – all about how to live sustainably in the heart of a city. Sounds great!

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9. beautiful upcycled flower pins by Betsy Carr of Asheville, NC, made of thrifted polyester blouses, glass beads, and pins (available at BTC Element)

GREEN CHALLENGE: start collecting rainwater to water your houseplants and garden! You can use pretty much anything: a big bowl, a canister, a rain barrel…post photos of your rain catchers in the Indie is the New Green flickr group!

About the contributor: Jessica Gonacha is an artist from Atlanta, Georgia who is endlessly creating. Her work includes paintings, drawings, illustrations, and paper goods and is vibrant, colorful, and charming. Her work can be found on her site, in her Etsy shop and in the Indie Fixx Shop. You can also read more about Jessica and her work on her blog.

One thought on “Guest Blog: Indie is the new Green by Jessica Gonacha – Some Great Green Finds

  • July 22, 2008 at 4:47 pm
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    I recently painted my kitchen with YOLO Colorhouse paint. I was so happy with the color and the coverage. I am looking at their little yolo line now to paint my daughters room.

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