Earth-Friendly April Fashions
BAGS // Ampersand As Apostrophe handbags by Detroit native Jessica Park include the Mailbag collection, made from appealingly worn vintage English mailbags. $680-$935, at Tender, Birmingham; 248-258-0212.
DREAMS // The Heaven Scent crib mattress by Michigan-based Secure Beginnings is designed to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Its surface is free of fire-retardant chemicals, and an open-weave knitted spacer fabric reduces buildup of harmful carbon dioxide levels inhaled while the baby sleeps (linked to SIDS). $99/mattress, $299/base. --------------->
HORNS // Decorative pieces from East Africa are created and marketed through collaboration among artisans and business people overseas. The jewelry and home accents are made using the philosophy that no part of the cow [Bos Indicus] goes to waste. $8-$50, through Karen Williams, at Lori Karbal Etal, Birmingham; 248-258-1959.
TOOLS // Vegan actress Alicia Silverstone isn’t Clueless about organics. She has teamed with EcoTools to launch a collection of natural cosmetic bags and makeup brushes made using hemp, recycled PET lining, bamboo, soybean oil, and crushed walnuts. $14.99/six-piece brush set, and bag, $8.99, at area drugstores. --------------->
THREADS // The Swedes are bringing eco-chic to the States with an affordable fashion line made from organic cotton, recycled polyester, and recycled wool. (A green label details materials used.) The Conscious collection includes feminine dresses for women and henley tops and checked shirts for men. H&M.
TIPS // SpaRitual is a line of vegan-friendly polish that is DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, and formaldehyde-resin free. Coral crème, bold-pink berry, and electric blue (not pictured) are among the new spring hues. $10, The Woodhouse Day Spa, Detroit; 313-965-6270; Purity Day Spa and Salon, Shelby Township; 586-739-8951. --------------->