Buenostyle Jewelry

Sometimes I wonder why anyone would ever go “new” when vintage and eco is just so gorgeous. Case in point: Bueno Style Jewelry. Made by Vancouver creative-eco-type Christi York, Buenostyle jewelry is fun, classical, one of a kind (or one of a few) jewelry pieces. She uses discontinued stock glass and brass from most of the 20th century that she finds in shops, sals or other secret locations, and either works them in to completely new pieces or sells the vintage jewelry as is. For example, take a look at this beautiful ornate pendant that would be certain to become a family heirloom, or these vintage filigree and Swarovski crystal earrings showing a beautiful blend of vintage and new. (more…)

EcoHandmade Studio

I love just drifting aimlessly through Etsy and seeing what might pop up. People are so creative and so innovative; it’s amazing to see what they’ll come up with when left to their own devices.

Today I came across this bit of autumn joy: Eco Handmade Studio. This crafty shop creates jewelry with recycled glass. She embeds tiny nature photographs into little glass casings, then mounts them on anything from cord and ribbon for a necklace to wire for earrings. They’re perfect for fall – or any season. So unique and such a beautiful, fashionable conversation piece!

All her pieces are available on her Etsy shop – and she’s in Canada so shipping will be a breeze. Yay!

Save Handmade!

Consuming handmade goods are one of the simplest, most enjoyable ways to be environmentally friendly. Not only does it support small business, it’s all also made locally or at least in-country, lovingly and with great care. Many of those who make and sell handmade goods also ensure the raw materials are organic or otherwise naturally sourced. And the simple fact of not being mass-produced, with the associated overhead, waste and shipping, means the footprint of handmade goods are far lighter.

However, Handmade is in danger. After the repeated lead scares coming from some goods made in China, a new law was passed to protect children: the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Under this new law, all goods sold in the US targeted towards children 12 and under must undergo stringent safety tests to ensure they are safe for kids.

The problem here is that the rules apply to all – even those creating homemade goods in their basement while their kids are asleep. And the rules mean that each individual component involved in the creation of the item must be separately tested by the creator of the item. Making a sock monkey to be sold? Then the socks, buttons, and stuffing all must be individually tested by the crafter, *not* the manufacturer of the raw goods. Meaning, most crafters will not be able to afford to continue selling their goods in the USA, because they will have prices like this.

Why am I posting this on ecochick, a Canadian weblog? Because I love handmade, and I love Etsy, and both the industry that is supporting thousands of households and the amazing website they use to sell their wares will die if this law stays in effect. So I appeal to any American readers of ecochick to do something.

Etsy has an excellent action kit. There’s an entire website dedicated to Reforming CPSIA. Take a look. Write some letters. Make some phone calls. And save Handmade.

Etsy goodness: Reusable Java Jackets

Pedro is a little disgruntled.

But you won’t be if you pick up one of these nifty Java Jackets from Kasanika’s Etsy shop. These wicked little hand-knit wool coffee sleeves are reusable, 100% washable, and will save paper every time you don’t take a paper coffee sleeve or a second coffee cup to protect your hands from your too-hot java.

Made in a smoke-free but black-lab-friendly environment in Vancouver, these whimsical little guys come in various colours and patterns to suit any fancy. And with prices ranging from $9 to $11, or in other words the price of about two triple venti vanilla lattes, it’s definitely in the budget.

Check out Kasanika’s shop on Etsy or read her blog today!