There’s been a lot of talk about the upcoming 40th anniversary of Earth Day (it’s next week, April 22). And I realize that the whole point of Earth Day is not to consume but to conserve. Alas, there is no denying the greedy, consumption hungry nation that we are. (Some would argue that our economy could use the jump start.)
So recycle those cans, bike to work, keep doing all those little things it takes to help our Earth. And if you have to buy a baby shower gift, something for mother’s day, or even another little trinket for yourself, try to shop green. It’s the least we can do.
One of my new-found favorite sites to shop for gifts is Bundlelove. It seems I’ve reached an age where everyone and their mother (no, sometimes literally!) are having babies. Bundlelove, co-founded by Asian Americans Sandy Lee Carpenter and Kailyn Tan McCracken, makes it so easy to give a cute, smart, “personalized” gift without having to go through the torture of visiting your local Babies R’ Us. I really dig their “Tree Hugger” bundle set, perfect for getting your friends’ little one off on the right foot.
The prepackaged gift bundle includes a hooded towel, cotton kimono, diaper shell, bottle, tote and rattle, all organic, all chemical-free. Get it at Bundlelove.
I’m always amused by this next line, as much for its eco-chic products as its name. Baggu. Exactly the way many of our Asian parents would say “bag.” It may well be something founder Japanese American Emily Sugihara heard growing up a lot.
Modeled after the iconic plastic grocery bag, a Baggu replaces anywhere from 300 to 700 disposable bags in a year. And it makes grocery shopping so much more chic. (And have you tried putting groceries into a flat cotton tote? Not pretty, my friend.)
If you’re in the market for a new spring bag, try Linda Wong’s line of eco-friendly handbags, Canopy Verde. Now there’s even more reason to take a second look at her bags with her new rose gold leather metallics collection. I’m a sucker for rose gold and it looks so good next to the creamy ivory cotton. (Rose gold flatters most skin tones, especially Asian ones!) And even better, Canopy Verde‘s bags are all under $250.
Last but not least, we’re always fans of Rosena Sammi, the South Asian American (from New Zealand, no less!) jewelry designer who creates gorgeous, affordable jewelry. Her Sanskrit “Earth” letter necklace is a work of art. And 20 percent goes to the New Zealand charity Trees for Travellers. You can get her “Earth” necklace here.