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eThreads ecoTip #4: Send E-Cards

Is your best friend’s birthday coming up or your parent’s anniversary just around the corner? Instead of sending them a paper card — which uses paper and ink — think about sending e-cards! E-cards are more environmentally friendly because they use less paper and no ink. In fact, FriendsoftheEarth.com estimates it takes 200,000 trees to make the 1.7 billion holiday cards sent in the UK each year alone. Imagine how many trees are used for greeting cards around the world the rest of the year! Also, not only do e-cards reduce waste, they cost less too — many are free! So next time there’s a birthday, anniversary or the need to send party invitations, use e-cards to send your greetings — they are environmentally and budget friendly.

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Ruffle Tote: Red and White Paisley Woven Texture

This fabulous new design features drawstring ties on each side of the bag, so you can cinch it small or expand the bag to a massive 22″. There are two secure interior pockets and a loop to clip your keys. The padded handles are 27″ long and anchored by 4 grommets. Take this bag for a day of shopping, a trip into the city, a beach excursion, or use in your daily grind to fit in everything you need — books, bags, jackets, shoes, the kitchen sink — whatever!


This is a rich red and cream paisley fabric that has a fabulous woven texture.  The drawstring ties are made with the opposite side of the fabric as the body and handle — so it’s a little different and coordinates superbly.  The gray cotton lining lends an understated touch to this eye-catching print.

You’ll be able to design your own Ruffle Tote by Fall 2010. Can’t wait until then? We understand. There are other samples for sale in the Blog Shop or design your own; contact emily@elementalthreads.com for more details.

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Ruffle Tote: Blue Lotus Cotton

This fabulous new design features drawstring ties on each side of the bag, so you can cinch it small or expand the bag to a massive 22″. There are two secure interior pockets and a loop to clip your keys. The padded handles are 27″ long and anchored by 4 grommets. Take this bag for a day of shopping, a trip into the city, a beach excursion, or use in your daily grind to fit in everything you need — books, bags, jackets, shoes, the kitchen sink — whatever!


This is one of our most popular fabrics because it goes with everything! Blue, Green, Purple, Brown, Red, Black … it’s all in there and then some. The bag is finished with brown cotton handles, drawstring ties and lining.

You’ll be able to design your own Ruffle Tote by Fall 2010. Can’t wait until then? We understand. There are other samples for sale in the Blog Shop or design your own; contact emily@elementalthreads.com for more details.

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Ruffle Tote: Modern Brown and White Chain Link Canvas

This fabulous new bag features drawstring ties on each side of the bag, so you can cinch it small or expand the bag to a massive 22″. There are two secure interior pockets and a loop to clip your keys. The padded handles are 27″ long and anchored by 4 grommets. Take this bag for a day of shopping, a trip into the city, a beach excursion, or use in your daily grind to fit in everything you need — books, bags, jackets, shoes, the kitchen sink — whatever!


This fabric is brand new and already nearly sold out!  It’s a deep brown and white print that we like to call “Modern Chainlink” because of the crossing pattern.  The red lining peeks out of the top of the bag for a pop of color.  The bag you receive may be different than the one pictured here.  Heck, it might even be better!

You’ll be able to design your own Ruffle Tote by Fall 2010. Can’t wait until then? We understand. There are other samples for sale in the Blog Shop or design your own; contact emily@elementalthreads.com for more details.

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eThreads ecoTip #3: Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

If you like to save money you’ll love this eco-tip! It’s easy to do — simply wash your clothes in cold water. Using cold water 80% of the time (not even every wash!) can save you $60-$100 a year on energy costs according to PlanetGreen.com. Imagine what you’ll save if you wash your clothes with cold water 100% of the time! It’s easy to do: just push the “Cold/Cold” button on your washing machine before starting the load. That’s it! I’ve been doing my laundry in cold water for months and the clothes feel just the same as using hot water. Not only are you saving money, you are reducing your waste. According to PlanetGreen, 90% of the energy used in washing clothes is to heat the water! So if you use cold water you’re using only 10% of the energy used in a typical laundry load. Washing your clothes in cold water saves money and reduces carbon dioxide emissions! Sounds pretty good to me.

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New Bag Design: The Ruffle Tote


Meet a new design in our family — the Ruffle Tote!  This fabulous bag features drawstring ties on each side of the bag, so you can cinch it small or expand the bag to a massive 22″.  There are two secure interior pockets and a loop to clip your keys.  The padded handles are 27″ long and anchored by 4 grommets. Take this bag for a day of shopping, a trip into the city, a beach excursion, or use in your daily grind to fit in everything you need — books, bags, jackets, the kitchen sink — whatever!

I road-tested this new design on a recent trip to L.A. and loved it. It carried everything I needed to go from day to night — jacket, sweater, scarf, book, notebook, flat shoes — PLUS all my usual stuff — several pouches for my wallet, camera, purse oddities, etc… On the days I carried less stuff, I just cinched the tote smaller and it looked like a cute little bag!

You’ll be able to design your own Ruffle Tote by Summer 2010. Can’t wait until then? We understand. There are samples for sale in the Blog Shop or design your own; contact emily@elementalthreads.com for more details.

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eThreads ecoTip #2: Watch Your Windows

Spring has arrived, but there is still a chill in the air.  If you’re feeling the frost, take a look at your windows.  One-third of your home’s heat loss usually occurs through windows and doors, according to SimpleSteps.org, a website for better health and sustainable living.  Luckily, there are a few easy fixes to reduce energy loss and retain the heat in your home.

First, you can install window films to retain heat.  According to GreenYour.com, a guide to green living, adding one isolating window film to your window can help retain 55% of the heat in your house!

If you rent your home or just want to save money, install heavy drapes or curtains to regulate the heat in your home.  When it’s sunny keep the curtains open to absorb heat, and as soon as the sun sets close close your curtains to trap in the heat.  I made curtains for my apartment out of some old corduroy and we can totally feel the difference!  So when you want to feel the heat, keep your windows closed and use the curtains.  It will save you money and cut down on your waste!

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Square Frame Purse, Silver and Black Brocade

A modern take on a favorite classic. This rich silver and black brocade fabric adds shine and sophistication to any outfit — dress up jeans for a night on the town or dazzle up your dress. This frame purse measures 7″ tall and 10″ across; and the hot pink roomy interior includes an inside pocket. Like the fabric? Get a Small or Large Ring to match!

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Kiss Frame Purse, Silver and Blue Brocade

A modern take on a favorite classic. This rich silver and blue brocade fabric adds shine and sophistication to any outfit — dress up jeans for a night on the town or dazzle up your dress. This frame purse measures 7″ tall and 10″ across; and the grey roomy interior includes an inside pocket. Like the fabric? Get a Large Ring to match!

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Square Frame Purse, Gold and Black Brocade

A modern take on a favorite classic. This rich gold and black paisley brocade fabric adds shine and sophistication to any outfit — dress up jeans for a night on the town or dazzle up your dress. This frame purse measures 7″ tall and 10″ across; and the red roomy interior includes an inside pocket. Like the fabric? Get a Large Ring to match!

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