September, 2009


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Sep 09

Kamal Meattle on how to grow fresh air

Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.


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Sep 09

To thinking Global and Buying Local. We love being part of the MADE IN NYC community and thank them and Crains for believing in us enough to highlight RESTORE CLOTHING along with EcoSystems who we look forward to connecting with.

Green database helps firms stay local

Eco-friendly entrepreneurs now have a virtual marketplace to connect with like-minded vendors.

By Joyce Hanson

Going green is hard for most companies, but for Brooklyn-based furniture startup EcoSystems Brand, environmental sustainability is the fun part. It’s connecting with potential customers and eco-friendly suppliers that’s the challenge.

That’s why EcoSystems has placed a listing on the Made in NYC online directory. Created as a business-to-business resource in 2002, the Web site gives manufacturers throughout the five boroughs a place to list their products, and buyers a place to find local suppliers. In 2007, the same year EcoSystems went into business, the directory upped the ante by adding a section geared specifically to green products.

Made in NYC is a nonprofit initiative of the New York Industrial Retention Network (NYIRN), the Industrial & Technology Assistance Corp. and the Manufacturers Association of New York City. The directory, whose 795 listings include 83 green entries, can be found at www.madeinnyc.org.

“I think Made in New York is totally critical,” said Andrew Personette, executive director of EcoSystems, which uses recycled materials in its furniture. “It’s a great way to find out what’s actually made here instead of in China.”

As more consumers demand green products, companies are seeking to reduce their carbon footprint. Along with learning how to make everything more sustainable, from raw materials to production to distribution, these companies are eager to do more business with local suppliers—especially if those suppliers are also going green.

Just this month, the Harvard Business Review published “Why Sustainability Is Now the Key Driver of Innovation,” a study which says that, in the future, companies that make sustainability a goal will enjoy a competitive advantage.

“The initial aim is usually to create a better image, but most corporations end up reducing costs or creating new businesses as well,” the study finds. “That’s particularly helpful in difficult economic times, when corporations are desperate to boost profits.”

Finding nearby suppliers can be tough in this era of greater-than-ever global imports. So Amanda Kaminsky, a sustainable construction manager working with Bank of America and the Durst Organization, was glad to learn about Made in NYC from contractors who recommended the site.

During the specification process and when working with contractors to source materials, Ms. Kaminsky searches the Web site for local producers. For example, she has done business with IceStone of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, listed in Made in NYC as a green producer of recycled glass and concrete surfaces.

“Made in NYC is one of the only resources around that summarizes local businesses, manufacturers and products,” she said. “It aids in the communication process if the fabrication of material is local. There’s a social aspect that’s lost if the manufacturer is much farther afield. You also don’t have to do a site visit across country, and it saves everybody time. Plus, it feels good to employ people in your community.”

While the Made in NYC Web site was initially created as a business-to-business directory during the post-Sept. 11 economic downturn, green-focused consumers are now using it to buy local, according to NYIRN Executive Director Anne Seifried. To guard against greenwashing—the attempt by some companies to appear more environmentally responsible than they really are—NYIRN staffers vet listings before they’re posted. They look for evidence of certification, written environmental policies and other green attributes.

“The vast majority of manufacturers right now are small businesses employing their neighbors,” Ms. Seifried said. “We can’t produce everything here, but we want to encourage economically viable products that can be made locally.”

Like EcoSystems, fashion startup Restore Clothing in the Garment District uses the online directory. Restore, which started shipping work-to-workout clothing to spas in May 2008, uses Made in NYC to find seamstresses and manufacturing partners for its clothing, made with materials including recycled zippers and fabric made from coconut shells.

Celeste Lilore, who founded Restore with her husband, Anthony, said that even though they’ve yet to see any customer orders from the site, they’ve encouraged their independent designer friends to register on Made in NYC because of its “unbelievable” networking opportunities.

“In the green space, people are willing to try new things and work with small companies that are innovative,” she said. “It’s better to band together, especially in a difficult economy. We would normally [view one another] as competitors, but in the green space, we all read each other’s tweets and Facebook pages.”

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20090918/SMALLBIZ/909189995


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Sep 09

Thank you Mom Buzz for letting us all know that if you look better you feel better! To anything that makes working out as constructive as it can be! In this case we are honored that it is RESTORE™CLOTHING.

WIN: Restore Clothing and Active Wear

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

I’ve been thinking for a long time that I need to post about going to the gym as a woman and your individual style. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect anyone to get dolled up for going to the gym and reshaping your physique. But I noticed on a personal level that there is a difference in how I feel when I go to the gym in baggy shorts (that I stole from my husband) and a t-shirt (that I also stole from my husband) versus a stylish work-out outfit that complements my physique.

You see, I walk to the gym so I have time to think about this topic during the walk there and back. As much as I tell everyone no one is paying attention to what you wear or do at the gym, you personally can’t shake the feeling. You may want to hide your figure, so you wear baggy clothes. Or maybe you think it doesn’t matter, so you wore the same workout outfit you’ve owned (and barely used) for the past 10 years. It’s a little tight, the material is a little itchy. Oh well, who cares.

YOU DO! Do you know you will probably have a better work out if YOU feel good about yourself. It’s like a job interview – DRESS FOR THE PART! You are working out because you want to look and feel fabulous. Show it from day 1 at the gym! When I am wearing clothes that make me comfortable and make me feel cute, I seem to have boundless energy and can push out that one extra rep that just might make the difference and really tone my muscles!

Where can you find these cute clothes? Well, the eco-friendly mom behind the muscle (that’s me) says you have to check out Restore Clothing. Restore Clothing is responsible, earth-friendly, sustainable, organic, recycled and STYLISH. They are committed to environmentally and socially responsible practices. They source and manufacture domestically in New York City from North American Textiles and use low impact dyes. They also support and contribute to the environment by committing 1% of their revenues to 1% For the Planet. Plus, Restore Clothing is Third Party Certified Organic.

Restore Clothing is transitioning to Dream Repreve Recycled Nylon. They are the first to adopt Repreve® Nylon in a commercial application to reduce new material consumption and keep their impact on the resource supply chain to a minimum. Additionally they use Post Industrial Coconut Carbon (Cocona®) as a moisture and odor managing fabric.

Did you ever imagine that the clothes you work out in could be so environmentally conscientious? Now, Restore Clothing has both men and women’s apparel, but I am going to assume that 99% of you reading this want to know about chic styles for women that you can wear to the gym, out shopping, picking up kids – and feeling good with every step.

Me personally, I was attracted to the crossover bra and active shorts. Especially in Florida, where it can get quite steamy, I like to workout either in shorts and sports bra with a tank over it – or sometimes just the sports bra with shorts. Both the crossover bra and active shorts from Restore Clothing are available in expresso or black. I loved the expresso for a change of pace! A find it to be a nice, natural color that would work well with most skin tones.

The crossover sports bra is available in sizes XS to XL. It is a medium-impact racerback bra, so it would be good for the elliptical, power walking, hiking, walking, yoga, pilates and weight training. I love the stylish crossover front, which would work well for women with petite busts, as well as larger sizes. It is soft, stretchy and comfortable. Plus the Cocona® Knit Lining is awesome for odor and moisture management! (Yes, I sweat when I work-out … and sweat can be stinky if not controlled!). Better yet, the Cocona® Knit Lining technology lasts for the lifespan of the bra! I requested a medium, because I feel like I have a wide back at 36 inches, even though my bust itself is small. I find the fit to be perfect for me – exactly what I expected. The crossover bra is $50 from RestoreClothing.com.

If you like the crossover sports bra, but want more coverage, check out the crossover tank. You could easily wear this to the gym or even out for a Moms Night Out (MNO) with some jeans!

I wear the crossover bra with the active shorts. The shorts are form-fitting, but that helps show and slim your shape instead of making your hips look larger in baggy shorts. There is a contoured waistband that sits comfortably below your natural waistline. I like that better, so I don’t feel restricted when lifting weights. Plus, it’s cut lower in front and higher in the back to keep you covered whether you are doing a yoga pose like halasana or working abs with leg lifts.

The active shorts and crossover bra were my top picks from eco-friendly Restore Clothing’s selection of active wear. But you have to check out the complete selection of stylish clothing designed for fitness and fashion!

One buzz reader will have an opportunity to win active shorts and a crossover bra from Restore Clothing. To enter, check out the complete selection at Restore Clothing and and tell me your favorite piece – other than the shorts and crossover bra. (We already know they rock!)

EXTRA ENTRIES:
To receive these extra opportunities for entries, you must fulfill the first REQUIRED entry. But for extra entries, you can:

  • Add the Mom Buzz to your Twitter and Tweet the contest. Leave your Tweet Link!
  • Blog about the contest – add a link to the Mom Buzz and the Sponsor
  • Add the Mom Buzz button to your site OR add the Mom Buzz to your blog roll.
  • Subscribe to the Mom Buzz via e-mail or RSS feed. (See right sidebar)
  • Leave a comment on any other post (like Mom Buff and News) and/or enter another Buzz contest. Let me know where!
  • What are your fitness goals?

Contest ends 10/1/09. Please refer to complete contest rules. The entries listed above are the ONLY entries for this contest. Winners will be notified by e-mail (if supplied in the entry or on profile page), as well as on the Winner’s Wall.

This is solely the opinion of the Mom Buzz. Thank you Restore Clothing for providing the shorts and crossover top for review. Other people may have different experiences with the product. And don’t forget to enter my other hot contests so you can win and try buzzworthy products!

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Sep 09

We are getting excited for NOW SHOWCASE and loved finding this write up! Please to see the SUST Van and Sustainability Across America Tour!

Eco-Designers Put Aside Ego

September 1, 2009 at 8:00 am by Amy DuFault

I love that

designers are creating new road rules.

WWD recently printed a study saying a Mintel survey of 2,500 adults found that 54 percent said they would buy more . The report concluded that even in a period of reduced consumer spending, competitively priced green merchandise may do well because it stands out. Still, sustainably-focused designers realize they’re not exempt from the recession. And in an eco-pool so full of talent and expertise, is there really room for everyone to survive?

A handful of

designers have some amazing takes on making their lines not only stand out but thrive.

We’ve written recently about Sustainability Across America and their cross-country drive to inspire and be inspired by the green community. Other new collaborations in the sustainable design world keep popping up, as well, like the NOW Showcase this September 20-21 in New York City as well as Content 09 October 18th in Portland, Oregon.

The NOW Showcase will feature 20 eco-designers in thelab, an integrated production studio and sustainable space powered by wind energy from upstate New York. The Now venue will feature a well-appointed collective of womens’ and menswear, accessories, organic body care and lingerie for wholesale viewings.

These men and women are opting for more transparent marketing targeting loyal buyers and lovers of their lines, reacquainting them on a more personal level.

For its inaugural CONTENT 09 event, 31 of Portland’s finest independent clothing and accessory

designers will inhabit 28 rooms in the city’s Ace Hotel. Attendees will explore at their leisure while enjoying live music, libations, art installations and more. Founding group How We Develop intends on expanding CONTENT annually, with hopes to include the best national independents under one roof. Both venues will provide to buyers the ability for more personalized, one-on-one time with the

designers
and their Spring/Summer 2010 lines.

The natives are getting restless with the same old, same old. They have aggressive ideas that go beyond finding safety in three-season color palettes and cuts.

And we can be inspired to see egos put aside as

designers embrace the reality that a powerful sustainable design market requires more than an organic cotton or bamboo tag.