Green Is The New Black

Sustainability and advocacy are my passions. Please check out 90 Days to Green for information on all things green and hip.

Green Cleveland



One of Cleveland’s brightest culinary, Jonathan Sawyer of Bar Cento, is opening a green restaurant in downtown Cleveland this fall. The Greenhouse Tavern, a joint project of Sawyer and his wife Amelia Satik-Sawyer (known on Twitter as @ChefsWidow) will offer Cleveland foodies a locally sourced menu in a casual atmosphere based on sustainable business practices.


Mustard Seed Market – the first full scale green grocer in this area is still going strong.

eco kiss offers environmentally friendly style and products.

Whole Foods opened last year at the corner of Cedar and Warrensville Center Road. Shop, eat in or take out – they have it all.

Revive is my choice for fair trade and organic fashion. Located on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights (next door to my favorite salon, CUT Hair Studio, 2254 Lee Road,216.932.1220).

Get Involved

Save the date for Earth Fest 2009 sponsored by Earth Day Coalition, north east Ohio’s nationally recognized leader in community-based environmental education and leadership. The 19th annual Earth Day celebration will be held in Cleveland on Sunday April 19, 2009 at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo,from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. It takes hundreds of volunteers make this event possible. To find out how you can get involved contact Earth Day Coalition.

Entrepreneurs for Sustainability brings innovation and action to business working to make the rust belt the green belt.

CLEVELAND’S OWN ECO STARS is also available at 90 Days to Green – please reset your bookmarks.

Green Fashion, Art and Design


Ohio’s very own star, Amy Butler, proves that elegant design and sustainable business equal fabulous right here at home. Amy’s designs are regularly featured in print, (Vogue Living, InStyle, Country Living, Harpers magazines, to name just a few) and in media (TBS Movie and a Makeover, HGTV and PBS and Quilt Central on PBS.) In addition to her designs, Amy is also the Author of IN STITCHES and (with husband David Butler) FOUND STYLE published by ChroniclePress.


Voltaic makes bags that work for the money, and the environment. Voltaic solar bags are mobile solar power generators designed to charge virtually all hand held electronics. Complete with a battery to store power collected by the light weight, tough, waterproof solar panels Voltaic’s generator produces up to 14.7 watts and is powerful enough to fully charge a typical laptop from a day of direct sunlight. Includes standard adaptors for hand held devices and cell phones.


Designer Rene Geneva’s 2008 line, inspired by the elegant lines of Japanese architecture, will be featured during L.A.’s Fashion Week at The Green Initiative Humanitarian Fashion Show.

New York designer Bahar Shahpar designs edgy feminine clothes without sacrificing the environment. Waste and energy use are minimized and materials chosen based upon environmental impact.

If you build it, they will come, and bring their babies! Courteney Cox-Arquette, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Brooke Shields agree patemm(TM) pads are the hottest item on the scene for hip Moms (and Dads). This totally unique round diaper bag/changing pad is the brainchild of Grace M. Welch who proves the mother of invention is, well, the mother of invention.

What do Robert Downey Jr., Mischa Barton, both Hilton sisters, Miss Teen USA Vanessa Lengies, Miss Kenya Daniela Kimaru, Poppy Montgomery, Virginia Madsen and the characters of Fox’s OC have in common? They all wear Wildlife Works, the first Consumer Powered Conservation(SM) company. When you buy a Wildlife Works design you support the habitats and people who share their lives with endangered species. Does it work? You bet it does. This visionary company has already created an 80,000-acre wildlife sanctuary in Kenya and a neighboring eco-factory where local residents create Wildlife products. So – if you want to change the world without leaving home, log on to Wildlife Works and, you know what the advertisement says, Priceless.

No spills to great thrills with Bazura Bags. Juice boxes save moms, kids and all us messy folks from spills while drinking on the run. But the leftovers from making the boxes ended up in landfills until Bazura Bags turned trash to treasure with super savvy bags constructed by a woman’s cooperative in the Philippines. Bazura recently expanded their line to include bags made from recylced aluminum cans. Shop Bazura Bags online here. Bazura Bags also make fundraising projects a sound environmental choice for your schools, churches, synagogues or groups.

Nelly Furtado and GQ know it and now you do too; Same Underneath is the place to shop for urban clothing that is hip and responsible. Ryan Christensen, the creative spark behind Same Underneath translates global awareness and education into sustainable have to have it clothes. Shop online and spread the “Fourteen Letters of Truth.

American Apparel is a “vertically integrated manufacturer” of hip casual clothing. What that means is that the clothes you put on your back aren’t breaking someone else’s. Made in Los Angeles by workers who are paid a living wage with benefits and paid time off means you can feel the love in all their fabulous styles. Now open in Cleveland Heights American Apparel is the place to shop. Also available online.

Natural High Lifestyle creates the most amazing soft and comfortable clothing while raising awareness about the importance of sustainable choices. Natural fibers, great design – yoga, meditation and surfing never looked so good.

Designers Meredith Restein and Liz Watson of Moonrise Jewelry offer a socially and environmentally responsible alternative for the woman who knows all that glitters is not gold. All Moonrise designs are meticulously handcrafted in Virginia and help support the company’s innovative work training program. Wear Moonrise and be noticed, not only for your fabulous style, but also for your wonderful heart.

Deity Aton is passionate about fashion and consciousness. Do good for the earth while enjoying their luxury organic oil skin treatments, then dress for eco success in their organic tuxedo pants and tops.

The Delano Collection is sleek, chic and perfect for the woman who is always ahead of the fashion curve. Look good. Do good.
aGaiN NYC is the fashionable brainchild of Allison Teich. Allison repurposesJunK” into “FuNk” to create handbags and accessories for the very hip and thoughtful woman.

Kirsten Muenster is a jewelry designer who makes one of a kind pieces using ethically obtained materials. She uses repurposed and recycled materials to create wearable abstract landscapes.

kkshirts are fabulous, funky and your very own wearable art, handmade by artist Catherine Keefe. Don’t follow the leader, follow kkshirts and be your own Gallery.
Greenloop is your one stop online location for all things eco fabulous. If you can’t find it there you can’t find it anywhere.

Combining premium organic denim, the best of west coast design and ethical production Tierra Del Forte has realized her dream of creating luxury design while protecting the environment and the farmers who work the land. del forte DENIM’s! “Project Rejeaneration” takes responsible design to the next level. For an interview with Tierra check out the July issue of Grist Magazine.

Stewart Brown Amazing design – minimal impact.

Vy and Elle Edgy design from two talented designers who refashion what would be cast off by our disposable culture to create functional art – who knew?

Ecoist supports fair trade and sustainable design across the globe collaborating with designers to bring durable earth friendly products to the marketplace.

Proving that organic design is beautiful and healing the woman of Beklina bring you the best of eco design. Look, learn and be beautiful.

loyale clothing, founded in 2005, opened with an active wear collection for hip yoginis with a conscience. In 2006 loyale expanded its vision to offer high end day wear for the yogini who doesn’t want to leave her conscience at the studio. Made in America using organic and surplus fabric. Wisdom says choose loyale.

Persephone’s Awakening offers one of kind handbags fashioned from vintage fabrics. Now you can indulge your hand bag fetish without offending your mother (earth).

Green Label Organic offers 100% certified organic cotton tee shirts in both men’s and women’s styles. All shirts are made in the USA – sweatshop free, with low-impact dyes, and no PVC’s in the printing. They are the most socially responsible and environmentally sustainable printed tee shirts on the planet. Green Label Organic puts comfort into sustainable fashion.
London England based enamore offers creative fashion – recycled and organic. Launched in 2004, Enamore proves that hemp can be luxurious with gorgeous dresses, jeans and tops. Challenge your style attitude with Enamore. To buy Enamore clothing online visit the Natural Store.

Betty Belts says Aloha to Cleveland – Available locally at Jupe in Rock River and online at Winner of the first annual Surfer’s Path Green Wave Award for excellence and achievement in promoting sustainability and environmental consciousness in the surfing world, Betty Belts offers hand beaded and silk ribbon belts, hand bags and handmade sterling silver jewelry.

blissen offers “few of a kind” goods created from recycled and repurposed materials. From “check book cozies” to totes, to tshirts, to fabric jewelry Jill Bliss takes organic and sustainable to create art that works and wears, beautifully. Available from Chronicle Books and online at

Internationally recognized Studio1a.m. design proves that discipline and formal training serves outside the box sustainable thinking very well thank you. Recycled jewelry that surprises and delights waits for you at Studio 1a.m.
HarmonyArt, the organic textile company founded by Harmony Susalla, serves as Source and Muse for many of the Designers featured on this page. Designs by patemm(TM) and enamore are constructed from organic fabrics designed by Harmony. Harmony ’s fabrics were featured in the August 2006 issue of Body + Soul and on’s Organic Style. Ask for, no don’t just ask, ask with conviction, for HarmonyArt fabrics at your favorite fabric store – spread the word.

They say confession is good for the soul, and you do your soul good by writing in your journal at least three pages every day. But lately you’ve noticed that the trees in your back yard are looking at you with an expression that can only be interpreted as critical.

Your “aha” moment is here.

Recycling and reuse includes paper. Check out Bookish Lady, aka Moira McCauley, who creates hand made journals from found and recycled items and ex libris anonymous, aka Jacob Storm Deatherage, who re-purposes vintage book covers (from nice to nudie) for journals that get attention.


Portland Oregon Designer Anna Cohen combines “Italian Street Couture” and sustainable design to fulfill her vision of environmental and social justice in the fashion industry.

West coast inspired eco designer to the stars (think Demi Moore, Gwen Stefani, Paris Hilton, Charlize Thereon, Keyshia Cole and Hillary Duff) Deborah Lindquist combines luxury vintage, recycled, repurposed fabric with sustainable design in her cutting edge collections. For all the red carpet fabulous events in your future choose Deborah Lindquist.

Linda Loudermilk is an original. Her clothing line combines a fierce respect for nature with designs created to bring luxury to sustainability. Don’t just talk the talk, wear it when you walk.
Linda Loudermilk says “Wear your activism.”

Three time winner of the prestigious Anne-Burda Preis Award for excellence in costume and fashion design LA based Sanni Diesner offers eco luxury bridal gowns as well as men, women and children’s collections. Shop online at

Green Fashion Art and Design is also available at 90 Days to Green


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Trula
    May 10, 2008 @ 12:11:20

    Green Living is my passion too! I blog about my family’s journey on Family Footprint:


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