July 4th Style: Eco-friendly Blue

04Jul06

According to color studies, the world’s most favorite color is blue. Blue to me has more emotional range than any other color family (which is why I nicknamed my emotionally-versatile husband Blue). Light and cheerful, melancholy, or mysterious, there is a blue out there to suit almost everyone’s personal taste.

These salad bowls are perfect for summer dining alfresco. Bringing together the earthy quality of traditional bamboo with modern bursts of color, these bowls are design-friendly and durable. There are 8 colors in all, but in the spirit of Independence Day, we’re highlighting the one in Robin Egg Blue. Made by bambu, a sustainable company that was the first to use certified organic bamboo materials. They also donate 1% of profits to the environemental non-profit One Percent for the Planet. Available through Whole Foods, Crate&Barrel, Sur La Table, Bloomingdales, Dean & Deluca or through online retailers re:modern(another One Percent Member) and greenfeet.com.


These gorgeous hand-made felted pillows beg to be touched. Made from soft certified organic materials, Looolo Textiles was one of the first to use yarns to create biodegradable furnishings (they can actually be composted and absorbed by the earth in one year). Looolo spent five years to develop a dyeing process that would be toxin-free, and still bring a strong palette of colors like these beautiful blues. Sustainable and styling, Looolo’s pillows are available through Vivavi.

The Six Easy Pieces Rug by Interface FLOR is a great eco-friendly accessory for folks on a tight budget ($50). It’s a thoughtful mix of carpet tiles from FLOR’s broad collections pieced together to form a variety of handsome ensemble rug. Long time pioneers of sustainability in the carpet industry, FLOR is one of my favorite design companies. Available directly from Interface FLOR.


Angela Adams rugs have become iconic in recent years. Angela’s couture designs have expanded into handbags, stationery and even tiles for kitchen and bath. But rugs was where she began and thankfully, they are made from 100% New Zealand wool and bear the Rugmark label which means no child labor was used in making this newly released baby blue Lulu Rug. Available through re:modern and other stores.

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