This Saturday is obviously our country’s independence day…and hopefully New England weather will cooperate in the spirit of what we are celebrating…if it does…here are some ideas on how to wake your July 4th party eco-friendly…including cocktails and wardrobe!
Your wardrobe for July Fourth can be a way to do your part in aiding the planet…try checking out Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal Line which recycles old clothes into new ones!
I love this red and white skirt from the Urban Renewal line ($48)…its patriotic in color…yet feminine in pattern and style…pair it with a simple white organic tank.
Add this Urban Renewal Denim Jacket to an organic cotton white tank or dress for a true Americana look. It will keep you warm as you hang out at a cookout or on a rooftop in Boston watching the fireworks!
Pair the denim jacket with the above white skirt frmo IdigenousDesigns organic clothing.
Ecosandals.com is a non-profit e-business derived out of Nairobi, Kenya and is completely run by volunteers dedicated to reusing waste in a city that’s being over run with pollution. Buying a pair of sandals helps!
Joe’s Jeans are also taking their Socialite line and using organic cotton for it! check it out here.
I also love this Urban Renewal “Super Lucky Tank Dress” that was sewn together from vintage fabrics. It’s a bit of a splurge at $78 but it still reatins that pretty and yet patriotic motif…
This red DeuxFm Mystique bikini is perfect for a July 4th pool/beach party!
For something more formal…check out this gorgeous red dress from Peopletree.com. the site is a UK site, but it offers 20% shipping and its clothes are not that expensive to begin with. They have won numerous awards for their ethical clothing endeavors.
Another beautiful dress.the blue empress dress from Peopletree.com
To accessorize try checking of the World Of Good site on Ebay. I found the above real turquoise necklace with red orchids on it, and the below blue necklace there. Both would be great with a simple organic black or white tank or dress.
I also love these bags made from recycled sails! Great for carrying all your July 4th picnic/barbecue needs! Find them at Seabgas.com.
For a cheaper version, that’s made from organic cotton instead of actual recycled sailcloth, try reiter8.com version.
iWood sunglasses are a great sustainable fashion choice for the summer!
Don’t forget your organic cotton beach towel…these great and inexpensive patriotic colored towels are from seaglassorganics.com
And for all you men out there….
A pair of Recycled sandals to spend the weekend in comfortably from Splaff. They are made in California from recycled tires and inner tubes! They are apparently very slip existent and are much classier than a more casual hemp or Chaco sandal.
Patagonia’s clothing is all made by 100% Organic Cotton. Try their Polo’s or Graphic T-shirts…there’s even a Patagonia outlet nearby in Freeport, Maine.
This simple American Flag t-shirt is also made of organic cotton from cafepress.com
Here’s a great lightweight summer shirt from the aforementioned People tree.com.
For jeans…these Yaletown Jeans are certified organic and look great! Levi’s also makes organic cotton jeans now!
For some protection from the sun…try this organic sun screen, dubbed “Green Screen“, from seaglassorganic.com.
Grilling can be green if you use the right ingredients…and that includes CHARCOAL. Try the all natural “Wicked Good Charcoal” from nearby Maine, and it is available at many local stores…including Whole Foods.
For the Party…Branch makes great biodegradable disposable plates and cups that are stylish and sustainable.
These recycled outdoor fabrics from Mokum textiles would be great to make a table-clothe or festive pillows for your patio/deck or to bring to the esplanade for a picnic!
For decorations try using these recycled glass votive lanterns….stick some soy tea lights in there as well! Hang them up or leave them on a table for some great atmosphere.
Also, to chill drinks…try this set from West Elm.
And if you really want to embark on some environmental hedonism…
“Tru” makes a line of Organic Vodka’s…not only are they certified USDA organic but they also are one of the world’s most carbon-negative product! Tru has planted over 50,000 trees in response to the purchase of its products!
Mix with some organic cranberry juice and you have yourself an July fourth appropriate “Cape-codder“!
And for you Tequila-lovers out there…there’s also Casanoble Tequila…
Recently USDA certified organic, there are no additives in the tequila. Also they operate out of a 200 year old farm distillery in Mexico.
Try a cocktail with some organic tequila, a little organic orange juice and pineapple juice, some lime and ice!
Add some organic grenadine to make it red to be patriotic!…yes they even make organic grenadine at Naturesflavors.com…click here.
Now it is also important to remember this weekend all the countries that are not afforded the same liberties as we are. After living in Dharamsala, the Free Tibet campaign is very close to my heart.