As a huge fan of Etsy, the online site dedicated to buying and selling homemade goods, I was so excited to learn that a group of sellers got together to form EcoEtsy. According to their website, EcoEsty is a “global group of like minded individuals who have come together to practice and spread the word about reducing, reusing and recycling.” Through their website and blog, the team works to promote reuse of packaging and materials, provide tips to sellers who want to be more green in their practices, raise funds for non-profit organizations through auctions and sales, and educate consumers on eco-friendly lifestyles.
Etsy itself is an excellent source for those looking to buy unique, low-impact items made by individuals around the world. I did a bulk of my Christmas shopping on Etsy and found it to be so much more pleasant than visiting a big-box retailer in the midst of the holiday chaos. Because Etsy sellers tend to only make one or a handful of their items at a time, you can be pretty sure that your item is one of a kind.
I perused through the EcoEtsy website in search of some of my favorite items. Enjoy!
I just received a new iPod Nano for Christmas and was shocked at how small it actually was – feeling almost breakable in my hands. I have been looking for a cute little case for when I travel and this is probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Akin to a tiny sweater for your iPod, the sock is made from recycled cotton yarn and comes with a clasp at the top to hold the device in place.
If I thought I needed another cute handbag, I would jump all over this. Not only is it uniquely designed with tweed patterns, it is made from old suit jackets – inside and out. This is a brilliant way to reuse old clothes and recreate something stylish.
Even though I don’t need new journals or notebooks, they are things that I can’t help but drool over. This one in particular, with its hand stitched Poe quote on the cover and it’s cloth design – my wallet is probably going to take a hit doing research for this blog post! (Side note: goodkarma, a recently found seller on Etsy, has some amazing items and is worth checking out altogether – I am coveting half of her shop!)
I am a huge advocate of buying local, and Etsy gives you the option to search sellers by state and city so you can find handmade goods in your area. Anyone interested in trying to spend their dollars on more feel good products should absolutely check out this online mecca.
Posted by: Ashley / ashleyatcaster on Twitter
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