Thursday, April 20, 2006

Buy Quality, Help the Planet

"Buy quality products that will last longer. Over time, you'll obviously buy fewer products that way."

That's one of the tips for helping to combat climate change offered by the Earth Day Network. And Greenjeans is a great place to buy quality products, all of which are handmade in very small quantities by thoughtful artisans.

From sturdy wooden toys made from untreated Maine pine and soft cotton toys made from recycled quilts to high quality furniture built to last for generations and studio-made tableware that'll beat your big box blues, Greenjeans is filled with beautiful works of art-you-can-use that are made to last.

Buying quality doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune (although you can if you like!). The wooden toys start at $7, little stuffed animals made from recycled blankets are $15, and handmade pottery (mugs, plates, bowls) start at $16. The Shaker furniture is definitely pricier, but it is also in museum collections, so the fact that it can be had at all is the bargain. In a few weeks, however, we will be offering wonderful chairs made from reclaimed wine barrel staves for $160, a price even Ikea would love.

In honor of Earth Day (which is this Saturday April 22), we will be showcasing as many green colored items we can find in the shop, so come by and take a look! (I'll post a picture on the blog, too.)

Meanwhile, click here to take a quiz to measure your impact on the earth's resources. It's a little vague, but it did help me to see areas of my life where I could do better.

And no matter what anyone else says to discredit our efforts,
every little bit DOES count!

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