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Fresh Picks: Earth Week Eco-Friendly Products

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With Earth Day being tomorrow and this entire week devoted to Earth Week, we think it’s important to remember that although there’s a specific week, day, and even hour dedicated to Mother Earth, we really ought to be celebrating our planet on a daily basis.

In honor of Earth Week, we thought we’d shine the spotlight (an eco-friendly compact fluorescent lightbulb spotlight, of course!) on some of our favorite earth-friendly products. They not only look good, they make you feel good about doing your part in supporting more eco-friendly manufacturing practices and materials.  

1.       Matt & Nat Stardust Elm tote

2.       Patagonia Men’s Live Simply™ Guitar T-Shirt

3.       Keen Coronado sneakers

4.       Simple Flipee Eco-Friendly Certified Nubuck

5.       Marmot Women’s Mandala Tee

6.       Horny Toad Cliff Shorts

7.       Simple Carport- Elastic sneakers

8.       NVEY Eco Cosmetics Advanced Care Lip Color

What little things do you do regularly to be kinder to the planet? Got any earth-friendly tips? Leave a comment below!

To check out even more eco-friendly clothes, shoes, beauty and accessories, go to the Zappos Eco-Friendly page.

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The Etnies Rainforest is Alive!

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Over a month ago, we featured the story of the etnies Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree program, and earlier this month,  the etnies Team Riders, the Maleku tribe and La Reserva Forest Foundation planted the very first 150 trees of the etnies Rainforest in northern Costa Rica.

With shovels in hand, Pierre-André Senizergues (CEO and owner of etnies), Alfredo Acosta Blanco of the Maleku, Roberta Ward Smiley (co-founder of La Reserva) and etnies' pro riders Ryan Sheckler, Kyle Leeper, Chris Del Moro, CJ Kanuha and Benji Weatherly, planted these first trees in what will become the etnies Rainforest on the Maleku reserve.

"The name “etnies” comes from the word tribe. For etnies to have the opportunity to unite with the passionate people of the Maleku tribe and La Reserva on this very important reforestation project is one of my proudest moments in etnies' 25 year history," said Pierre-AndréSenizergues.

With all the ongoing support behind the Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree Project, etnies is on track to planting over 35,000 trees beyond this first tree-planting ceremony. You can still do your part by purchasing a pair (or a few!) of the eco-friendly etnies Jameson 2 sneakers. Remember, for every pair sold, etnies will plant one tree, that’s one more tree to help towards rebuilding the ravaged rainforest community of the Maleku tribe of Costa Rica. Now, that’s what we call a win-win situation!

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Etnies Takes Action With Buy A Shoe, Plant A Tree Movement

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One may seem like a small lonely number, but when one brand (etnies), teams up with one tribe (the Maleku), and one foundation (La Reserva) in Costa Rica, a country committed to sustainability, the results can be incredible!  To celebrate etnies’ 25 year anniversary, etnies owner and CEO, Pierre-Andre Senizergues has decided to look toward the future.  There’s no better way to celebrate the future than by planting a rainforest in Costa Rica through etnies’ new Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree project.  For every pair of Jameson 2 Eco shoes sold, etnies will plant one tree in what will become the new rainforest.

etnies is on track to plant at least 35,000 trees on the Maleku reserve in northern Costa Rica this year.  The Maleku are an indigenous tribe with a way of life that revolves around the forest, and they are rightfully known as the guardians of the forest. For more than 150 years, the Maleku have had to fight for their trees that were depleted due to cattle farming and a horrible rubber-tree war, which led to a massacre, and nearly wiped out their tribe.  The United Nations has sanctioned their land as a biological corridor to be restored and the international organization has officially marked 2011 as the “Year of the Forest” globally.  The Maleku just need help obtaining the trees to reach their goal of reforesting the lands they live off of.  

That’s where your help comes in – anyone who buys a pair of etnies Jameson 2 Eco shoes will help reforest Costa Rica one tree at a time. Together with La Reserva Forest Foundation and etnies’ “Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree” program, the Maleku are helping to replenish the reserve with the trees that once maintained this community.  La Reserva Forest Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the recovery and preservation of indigenous tropical rainforests in Costa Rica. This will also help Costa Rica in reaching its goal of becoming the first carbon neutral country by 2021, a pledge paralleled by Pierre-Andre Senizergues who set the goal several years ago for etnies to be carbon neutral by 2020.

Check out this video to learn more about the etnies Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree project:

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Elevate to Alternative

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A lifestyle apparel brand at the forefront of the fashion industry, Alternative has elevated the tee from casual basic to fashion-forward staple, offering a complete collection of ready-to-wear clothing and accessories, including an eco-friendly line of sustainable apparel called Alternative Earth. Alternative designs and distributes products for men, women, babies and toddlers across the U.S. and abroad, including Canada, Italy, Germany, Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Atlanta with its design lab and primary showroom in Los Angeles and an additional showroom in New York.

Alternative exists to inspire individuals to share their authenticity with the world around them by providing fashion and experiences that reinforce comfort—inside and out. Their unique community of wearers and supporters want to feel comfortable in their own skin, laying the groundwork to inspire others and make a difference with how you live—and what you wear.

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Eco-Friendly Goes To The Next Level With Matt & Nat

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Matt & Nat products made a choice to never use animal by-products and are true leaders in the eco-friendly fashion movement. This brand not only has a passion for fashion, but they show true compassion for our environment. Each handbag is made of at least one recycled material and uses roughly 21 plastic bottles to recycle in order to make inner linings.

Matt & Nat just teamed up with Apple to create a new line of laptop bags that are made of vegan leather and, on average, 21 recycled plastic bottles. Although the partnership with Apple is new, making chic and beautiful handbags out of recycled products is nothing new for Matt & Nat. It’s no wonder Ellen Page and Natalie Portman have been seen sporting Matt & Nat bags.

Matt & Nat's goal is to exceed what is considered a norm and provide thrilling, cutting edge styles while still being designed and made in a socially responsible way. The handbags vary in style with beads and metal ornaments for a romantically antique feel. Years later, Matt & Nat is continuously working with a fabulous team towards their goal of fashionable, beautiful and eco-friendly products. There's nothing more beautiful than being eco-friendly, and Matt & Nat is more than just vegan. Go green!

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G-Shock Collab Watches

 

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Surfrider Foundation and G-Shock teamed up once again on some original timepieces that are not only fuctional and stylish, but eco-friendly as well. The Limited Edition Baby-G watch is a Slim Marine Series collaboration of the Hawaiian-based IN4MATION™ and G-Shock®. Featuring a metal case with a resin band, chaton style bezel protectors and buckle closure, this timepiece will keep you on-time no matter where you are with 29 time zones, city code display and daylight savings toggle. Get ready for your time in the sun with the eco-friendly design of the Limited Edition G-Shock x Surfrider GRX5600SRF-3 watch. It's the surfer's ideal watch with its tough solar power that pulls the sun in, and its water-resistant construction that leaves the ocean out. The Surfrider Foundation logo is printed on the durable resin band and engraved on the metal back case. Get yourself one of these limited edition G-Shock watches in the Rideshop.

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Color Up Your Cookware

The kitchen can be a great place to start when looking for ways to go green. Core Bamboo is the proud manufacturer of the world's finest bamboo products. Made by an experienced team of hard-working artisans, Core Bamboo is made in eco-conscious environments. They take great pride not only in the outstanding quality of their products, but also in the environment in which they are made.
 
Every product that bears their name was made ethically and in a socially responsible way. Core Bamboo has been awarded several honors by different local associations and trade groups for the standard in which they hold themselves by. All of the bamboo Core Bamboo uses is 100% organically grown. They use food-safe water-based adhesives and finish each product with top-grade natural oils. Even the lacquer comes from natural cashew trees. Wherever possible, Core Bamboo uses recycled and eco-friendly packaging. Some people talk about being organic - Core Bamboo lives by it!
 
Core Bamboo has a wide variety of creative kitchen doodads that will not only be good to the environment but also pretty easy on the eyes. Core Bamboo uses great colors to help bring your dinner to life. Check out all of the super hip Core Bamboo products and our other housewares on Zappos.com.

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Naya Shoes "Green Up" This Season's Trends

Until now, fashionable eco-friendly shoes were very hard to find (read: nonexistent). When people hear the words “earth-friendly shoes,” they often think of footwear suitable for sitting around the campfire or hiking. But if you’re the kind of woman who doesn’t believe in sacrificing style or looking “crunchy granola,” then you will appreciate Naya shoes.

Naya shoes are beautiful foremost, but they are also eco-friendly and very comfortable. The spring collection has the hottest trends, including wedges, florals and gladiator sandals, all made from eco-friendly materials like sustainable bamboo and recycled cork and rubber.

Florals

This season is all about the soft, feminine look. Add some femininity to your style with the Atwood sandal. This flirty heel is made of sustainable bamboo, with a recycled cork and rubber sole and chrome-free leather. 

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Wedges

This comfortable high-heel alternative is back with a vengeance this spring. Wedges are a very versatile style, perfect for dresses, jeans or shorts. Naya’s Mcloud has a wearable heel height with beautiful woven detail on the wedge and comes in fun colors like this one in “blaze”.

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Gladiators

This trend is still going strong, but this spring, expect to see more sophisticated, streamlined styles in neutral colors. Comfortable and chic, the Salida is ideal for all-day wear. This style also has nickel-free metal buckles to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals that enter our water systems through landfills.

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Metallics

This remains a must-have, both in apparel and accessories. Yet, this season’s metallics act as neutrals, in softer colors that subtly add shine.  Naya’s Maher in “nickel alloy” is the perfect example. This incredibly cushy style, with a beautiful leather-wrapped wedge, can add a hint of sheen to any outfit.

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Naya shoes prove you can be feminine, sexy and still be good to our earth. Plus, wearing them spreads the message that being eco-friendly is the hottest fashion statement of all.