12/30/2008

The green bed

The green bed: how to have an eco-sensitive snooze
by Jess Chamberlain

YOU CAN GET an environmentally friendly. car and an environmentally friendly washing machine. But can you get an environmentally friendly night's sleep? The answer is yes. As we become more concerned with the state of the planet--and more aware of how personal and planetary health are linked the marketplace is responding with linens, mattresses, bed frames, and more that are beautiful, comfortable, and green.

Gustavian Vintage Bed (king) with White Glove Delivery ($525 surcharge)Bed frames

Look for reclaimed or sustainable materials, including bamboo or Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood.

Reclaimed Douglas fir Gustavian Vintage Bed (pictured) from Viva Terra.


Mattresses

Wool is a natural flame-retardant, so mattresses that contain it don't need to be treated with chemical retardants.


Pillows & Comforters
What's best: natural, untreated fibers like PureGrow wool or organic cotton.

Amenity Organic Willow Duvet - Cream+Sienna
Inspired by nature and committed to preserving it, Amenity's 320 thread count, organic cotton bedding collection is for the bedroom that looks and thinks modern.


SpunSilk Sheet Set - White (queen)Linens

Choose pesticide-and chemical-free fabrics.

SpunSilk Sheet Set As breathable and anti-bacterial as other silk, this silk is spun with a sophisticated matte finish and tactile cotton-like hand, a winning combination for health, beauty, and supreme body comfort.


3 free ways to make your bedroom healthier

1. Open windows to increase ventilation. Inside air can be more polluted than outside air, thanks to dry-cleaning solvents, aerosol sprays, cleaning products, and off gassing from furnishings, carpets, and paints.

2. Bring in houseplants. They're nature's little air purifiers. Move in a couple from your living room.

3. Go barefoot. Keep grime out by checking shoes at the door.

Buzzwords

A few eco terms defined:

KAPOK Fluffy, fibrous material harvested from the seedpod of a tropical tree; often used as nonsynthetic pillow fill.

NATURAL LATEX Thick foam made from the sap of the rubber tree; often used in mattresses and pillows. Don't confuse it with synthetic latex, which is derived from petroleum.

PUREGROW WOOL A trademarked brand of wool from California and Oregon ranchers who adhere to strict environmental and quality standards. Often incorporated into mattresses because it's naturally flame-retardant.

COPYRIGHT 2008 Sunset Publishing Corp.

12/16/2008

30 UNusual gifts under $30


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1. A wonderful balance of earthy and urban, these graphic tumblers feature brightly colored glazed interiors that contrast wonderfully with the unglazed rough exterior and hand carved circles. Designed by Tammy Milani and handmade in Peru. Sold individually. Available in red, yellow, turquoise and pistachio. Uncommon Goodsicon


2. Christmas figurines don't always it in a contemporary decor, but Alessi winter themed figurines are a perfect match for modern homes. Alessi US

FROSTED GLASS VOTIVE HOLDER

3. This FROSTED GLASS VOTIVE HOLDER adds a natural look to your decor. The elegance of this candleholder is apparent. The natural aspen leaf design featured on this votive holder works with most any decor.You'll love the look and appreciate the quality of our stylish home accents. This frosted glass votive candle holder sits on a wood base and features a brown colored aspen leaf design. For a great look, order the complete set. Home Decorators Collection

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4.Made from supple, easily tied Dupioni silk, the three color-coordinated furoshiki wraps enclose presents with exceptional grace-and then find use as scarves or elegant table decor, among many wearable and decorative options. The versatile 27" x 27" square wraps packages up to 8"L x 8"W x 8"H. The oversized 54" x 54" square, wraps items up to 15"L x 15"W x 15"H. Viva Terra


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5. Funky and eclectic, this handcrafted vase could make anyone reduce speed for a second look. Whether displayed on its own or filled with fresh flowers, you'll be helping the global environment while decorating your own. How well rounded of you! Lined with a recycled plastic water bottle to prevent leakage. Handmade in Indonesia. Uncommon Goodsicon

Bangle Box
6. Recrafted by hand from Indian women's ornamental colored jewelry, these radiant bangles become a brilliant iridescent box that shimmers in reflective light. Smooth to the touch,its luminous crescent and rib pattern sets aglow the photo it handsomely displays. Viva Terra

Salad Plant by Black and Blum
7. The Black and Blum Salad Plant has "leafy" salad servers that stand upright in their own pot bringing life to any tablesetting. The ultimate salad decoration when stuck into the salad upright. The pot can also be used for mixing and serving your salad dressing. The Salad Plant features melamine. Lumens

Bejeweled Cocktail Shaker - Chrome with Rhinestones
8. If there's a more chic and glamorous shaker than this Bejeweled Shaker by Epic Products®, it's probably not available on this planet. This mirror finish stainless steel shaker has enough bling for you to do your thing. Your guests will be dazzled by the sparkling rhinestones which cover the top and run along the base. Unique and functional, it will do the job in style. Mix and shake your favorite elixirs for a night of cocktails and glitz. The shaker makes a wonderful gift for the avid party host or cocktail lover, and already comes packaged in a gift box. Organize.com

UniPoker Set
9. What's UniPoker? Two of the four royal UniPo figures and a deck of cards (face cards customized by UNKL) packed in a really cool collectible tin. Collect all four: King, Queen, Jack and that wily Joker. Feel More Human

Flowie Saki Zipper Bag - Yellow & Gray
10. Flowie Saki Zipper Bag - Yellow & Gray is an adorable little bag for your makeup, knicknacks and other little essentials. Fully lined. All the fabrics (linen or cotton) are hand screen printed, and sewn locally in the California Bay Area. Design Public


11. Made in India, these beautiful journals are eco-friendly and wood-free to protect our environment. Each sheet of paper in the journal is handmade using recycled cotton fabric. The image on the cover is hand painted. These journals feel really good in your hand not only because they are natural but also because they are beautiful in a simple way. Use your special journal for your thoughts, sketching or getting started on that book you have always wanted to write. Daily Om


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12. Nearly weightless spoon, fork, knife and chopsticks set makes a great gift! Carry with you to eliminate the need for plastic utensils as you eat on the go. Utensils are crafted from sustainable bamboo and the cotton carrying case is sewn by a women's refugee cooperative in Thailand. Gaiamicon


13. The last links in your style chain. Silk-blend yarn. Reversible. Fixed backing. Land's End


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14. The perfect mug for holiday winter days and beyond. Mikasaicon

Buddha Bowl
15. Designed to nestle with perfect comfort in the palm of your hand, the Buddha bowl allows you to enjoy tea, soup, cereal, and hot cocoa with ease. Slip your thumb through the hole, seat the bowl in your hand, and experience the Zen of sublime, tranquil simplicity.Viva Terra

Blue Flora Vase Set
16. notNeutral's beautiful Blue Flora Vases will add style to your bedside or dining table. Pair with another vase or simply use for a small flower arrangement. Feel More Human

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17. Celebrate the holidays with peace and love with this Peace Love Sex and the City™ t-shirt. The 100% combed ringspun cotton t-shirt is adorned with peace, love, and martini graphics in gold shimmer ink detailing and faux (screen-printed) stitching on the front. The Peace Love initiative was conceived with the spirit of the holiday season in mind and as a means to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the peace sign. HBO storeicon

Sushi for Two Gift Set
18. This Sushi for Two Gift Set is a great gift idea for couples. The set comes with two plates, two sauce dishes, two chopstick holders and two wooden chopsticks. Or perhaps buy it to create a special sushi dinner just for the two of you. Comes in a box ready for gift-giving. Microwave, dishwasher and oven safe. Wrpables


19. Fantastic in plastic is a table top collection of melamine and acrylic designs based on Warhol's original works. Create you very own 15 minutes of fame when you entertain using these fantastic pieces, 3-3/8" nesting bowls, 7-1/4" tray. "Art is what you can get away with"... Andy Warhol Plum Party


20. These stylish candleholders play on the traditional form of a house, replacing the chimney with a candle. Exclusively Home

Love Bandit Necklace
21. Watch out - just one look and this one will steal your heart away! Created in solid .925 sterling silver, the Love Bandit Raccoon Charm flaunts a playful, graphic style and is set upon a flexible 16" nylon-coated sterling-plated steel cord with sterling silver lobster-claw clasp. Charm may be removed for use with other chain types. Handcrafted in California. Modern Artisans

Cup of Yarn Scarf Knitting Kit
22. The classic art of knitting has been rediscovered and repackaged into a fantastic scarf kit perfect for beginners! Each "Cup of Yarn" contains all the ingredients needed to create a multi-colored full-length scarf! Kit includes 270 yards of acrylic yarn, a pair of 14" bamboo needles and a knitting instruction booklet. The finished scarf is shrink-proof and machine washable.
Choose from 4 gorgeous "flavors":
Very Berry (magenta, pinks and purples)
Passion Fruit (a darker mix of deep rainbow colors)
Cool Mint (a cool mix of blues and greens)
Rainbow Sherbet (a bright mix of rainbow colors).
Modern Artisans

X & O Coasters (Set of 4)
23. Protect your coffee table from stains and rings in style with our sleekly styled X & O Coasters (Set of 4). Constructed of stainless steel, these coasters will help to protect your table and counter tops while adding that artistic touch to your table decor. Easy to clean, simply wipe with damp cloth. Makes a perfect gift! Set of 4 coasters. Available in two styles. Wrapables

Vinyl Record Coasters
24. Designer Jeff Davis puts a new spin on recycling by rescuing vintage LPs and turning them into groovy coaster sets! Each coaster is cut from the center of an actual vintage vinyl LP record and has the original label intact. The coasters are protected from moisture with a clear mylar seal. Each set includes a clear case and 6 coasters in a wide variety of artists/bands/music styles with a diverse selection of label colors. Heralded for the fun, creative use of recycled materials, Jeff’s vinyl creations have been featured in numerous museum exhibits and magazines throughout the world. Made in the USA. Modern Artisans


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25. Stop fumbling for all your tools! This pocket-sized item carries out seven handy functions — offering a super bright LED flashlight, liquid-filled and freeze-resistant dial compass, digital thermometer, magnifier, mirror, whistle, and match-sized dry-storage compartment — all in one tool. Perfect for adventurers of all types. 1.5"W x 0.75"H x 4.33"D. 1.5 oz. Includes a lanyard. Gaiamicon


26. Certain personalities in popular culture shape and inspire our perspective, taste and philosophy. And some will always be just plain cool. We like to think these personalities fit both categories. Artistic interpretations of icons John Cleese, Deborah Harry, Frida Kahlo, John Coltrane, Tom Waits and Audrey Hepburn are graphically illustrated by our Texas artisan. Individually silkscreened on durable cotton fabric, these graphical throw pillows create the perfect statement in your urban abode! Modern Artisans


27. The Accessory Collection by Padma's Plantation uses all natural material and is a stylish addition to any d├ęcor. This is a natural element. Sizes are approximate and will vary. Founded in 1997, Padma's Plantation is known for its use of natural materials. Every chair's seagrass weave, every rattan curve in a table is an echo of nature brought indoors. Home Elements


28. Inspired by the homey aromas in a family kitchen, this soap collection features the fresh, pure scents of milk, cream, honey and vanilla. Each bar of is individually wrapped in paper reminiscent of classic kitchen linens. Presented in a handsome 2.75" by 2" wooden box, this set of 6 soaps makes a graceful hostess gift. 2.6 oz. / 75 g. Individually wrapped. Plum Party

Photo-Opoly Monopoly Board Game
29. Make it personal with our Photo-Opoly Monopoly Board Game! Choose 22 of your favorite photos and create a game for any occasion! Materials and instructions are included for creating your game in many different ways. Choose from 100 pre-printed titles or create your own. Hand-letter with the enclosed art pen or use a printer to create your cards and property labels! This is one version based off monopoly that you can make one-of-a-kind! For 2-6, ages 8 to adult. Wrapables


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30. This BPA-free aluminum bottle keeps your water clear and fresh, while keeping disposable water bottles out of landfills. Generous, 20-oz. size with ring-top screw cap. 9¾"H x 2¾" diameter. Gaiamicon