Tag: eco Living

eThreads rePurpose: Medium Pouch Long Lots T-Shirt Bag

This Medium Pouch is made from a recycled t-shirt! The t-shirt is pink tie-dyed, says “Long Lots School” and has a picture of a lion on it.  The bag has a turquoise nylon lining and black zipper. The Medium Pouch measures 5.5″ x 9.5″ and is lined in nylon for durability. It’s a perfect size for jewelry, makeup, or everyday necessities. It’s unique and eco-friendly because we’re recycling materials — everybody wins!

Do you have a favorite t-shirt of item of clothing that you can’t bear to throw out? Repurpose it! Send us your old t-shirts, skirts, jackets, baby blankets — whatever — and we’ll lovingly repurpose into a bag of your choice! Send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com for more info.

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Pinwheel Accessories: An Eco-Friendly Accent

Elemental Threads is a socially responsible business so we’re always looking for ways to reuse materials and reduce waste.  We’ve started with eThreads rePurpose and now we’re excited to introduce our line of Pinwheel Accessories, made from remnants of our most popular fabrics!  We’re taking the small pieces of fabric leftover from projects and turning them into rings, necklaces and hair accessories.  Design a matching bag in the same fabric!  All Pinwheel Accessories are handmade in Cambridge, MA and are for sale on our Blog Shop.

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Fun facts: These fabric rosettes have a long history in textiles.  We call them Pinwheels, but they’re also known as “Yo Yos,” “Puffs,” “Suffolk Puffs” or simply “Rosettes.”  In the 19th century fabric was very expensive and people used every piece they could, so the puffs were used to decorate clothes and household objects.  In the early 20th century puffs became a fad in America when “Yo Yo Quilts” rose in popularity.  Today, the rosettes are still used to adorn clothing, bags, blankets and even greeting cards.

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November Special Charity: E The Environmental Magazine

Elemental Threads is a socially responsible custom-made handbag business.  During the month of November we are donating 10% of sales to select charitable organizations.  Below is one featured organization; click here to view the full list.

emagazinecoverGroup: E The Environmental Magazine
Code: EMagazine

E Magazine, the nation’s only independent, non-profit environmental publication, was founded in 1989, with the goal of educating and inspiring individuals who want to know how they can make a difference. From the ‘local’ to the ‘global’, E delivers award-winning, ground breaking news coverage issue after issue. As a non-profit, E Magazine relies heavily on donations which allow the publication to maintain its impeccable reputation as journalistic leaders.

To participate and help raise funds for this cause:

1) Design your own bag at www.elementalthreads.com or view our Blog Shop
2) Checkout with Google Checkout
3) Use the referral code EMagazine
4) That’s it!  Elemental Threads will now donate 10% of your sale!  You get a fun new accessory, E Magazine gets a donation.  Everybody wins.

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November Special Charity: Lesley Environmental Club

Elemental Threads is a socially responsible custom-made handbag business.  During the month of November we are donating 10% of sales to select charitable organizations.  Below is one featured organization; click here to view the full list.

Group: Lesley University Environmental Club
Code: LesleyEnviroClub

The Environmental Club at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, was started in 2006 when students wanted an organized way to encourage the campus and community to become more aware and active in our growing environmental issues. In the past they have held many events to reach these goals, including a Benefit Coffeehouse that raised over $400 to protect rainforest in Rewa, a small village in Guyana, South America that a group of Lesley students visited for an ecology course. They are a fairly new, small club with big goals. Through a purchase from Elemental Threads, you will be helping the club in their mission from raising awareness on campus to exploring programs in the larger national community, which often require travel and registration expenses.  The Lesley Environmental Group thanks you for supporting the student group and socially responsible companies, like Elemental Threads.

To participate and help raise funds for this cause:

1) Design your own bag at www.elementalthreads.com or view our Blog Shop
2) Checkout with Google Checkout
3) Use the referral code LesleyEnviroClub
4) That’s it!  Elemental Threads will now donate 10% of your sale!  You get a fun new accessory, the LEC gets a donation.  Everybody wins.

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Just Arrived: Eco-Friendly Felt!

ecofelteThreads is a socially responsible business that strives for environmental sustainability.  We offer eco-friendly fabrics, use recycled packaging, introduced a reusable shopping tote, participate in the carbon offset program ShopGreen, and now we use environmentally friendly felt in the construction of our bags!  This ecofelt is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and provides a wonderfully soft structure for your custom-made handbag.  We are proud to be using ecofelt and will continue to seek out environmentally friendly materials for eThreads’ custom-designed bags, jewelry and accessories.

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eThreads ecoTip #1: Keep that refrigerator closed!

I just introduced eThreads ecoTips as a way to provide easy and cheap ways to live more eco-friendly.  I like this first tip because it’s a simple thing to do that won’t require a complete rewiring of your habits.

How many of you get hangry (a hybrid of hungry and angry) and rip open the fridge, gazing over the array of food options while the cool frost whips over your shoulders?  I used to do this a lot, until I heard that it’s a big waste of energy leaving the refrigerator door open.

Your fridge’s compressor works to keep your food nice and cool.  This means that when you leave the door open while contemplating your next snack, cold air is rushing out and suddenly your fridge is working harder to keep the temperature cool.  This means a lot of wasted energy.  How much?  According to the good people at Ideal Bite, the average household wastes 50-120 kilowatt hours a year by opening the refrigerator door – that’s like leaving one to three 100-watt light bulbs on all year!  You could also be adding up to $20 on your utility bill.

So next time you’re hangry (which, if you’re like me, happens 5 times a day,) think about what you want to eat before opening the fridge.  Also, keep your foods in the same place so you know where to reach every time.  Additionally, let your foods cool before you put them in the refrigerator.  By adding hot objects to your fridge, you’re asking the compressor to work harder to cool the item, thus using more energy.  Finally, keep liquids and foods covered up — otherwise they can release moisture that makes the compressor work even harder.  Want more tips on keeping your fridge and other appliances efficient?  Click here for more info.

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Introducing eThreads ecoTips

We hear some tips about eco-living that seem to involve a decent investment in money, like buying new appliances or energy-efficient cars.  Those are excellent ideas, but out of reach for many cash-strapped citizens like myself.  Instead, I like to focus on simple, easy and CHEAP ways to reduce, reuse or recycle.

That’s what eThreads ecoTips is all about.  Here I’ll talk about simple things you can do to reduce your environmental impact; nothing serious or earth-shattering (pun intended) just some easy and simple ways to reduce waste and save money.

Do you have an ecoTip that you’d like to share?  Leave a comment or email me: emily@elementalthreads.com.  I love hearing about new tips because I want eThreads to be as environmentally responsible as possible.  To start, we participate in ShopGreen to reduce our carbon footprint, use recycled packaging, offer a custom-made reusable shopping tote, and offer some eco-friendly fabrics.  There is still a lot more to be done, and I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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