Thursday, October 18, 2007
Style File: Eco Chic
Think of it as your contribution to saving the earth. From purses made with candy wrappers to pampering that's good for the environment, South Florida is putting a cool spin on going green. Belkys Nerey with why it's hip to be Eco Chic.
WSVN -- You don't have to be Al Gore to care about the environment. Green is the new black when it comes to fashion, so you can now look and feel good.
Jonathon Marcoschamer: "I think fashion is going green because overall consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious. Thanks from a big push from Hollywood."
Celebs are grabbing up these earth-friendly hand bags made by Miami-based company Ecoist.
Jonathan Marcoschamer: "Cameron Diaz has the silver portfolio, Petra has the classic confetti look, I believe Lindsay Lohan has the newspaper clutch."
Ecoist designs fashionable bags out of waste-bound materials, like candy wrappers, movie billboards, label barcodes and even New York City transit maps.
Jonathan Marcoschamer: "We get all our raw materials from companies that discard them because of misprints, discontinued candy lines. The concept is instead of having them end up in landfills we use them as raw materials for our handbags."
For every handbag you buy, they'll plant a tree. Plus, there's even yoga mat holders, home accessories and cute reusable grocery bags.
Jonathan Marcoschamer: "Just by picking up one reusable shopping bag, you'd be saving about three or four plastic bags a week."
Pampering is also getting the green light at a new eco chic spa in South Beach called Uhma Spa & Shop. From the paint on the walls to even the nail polish everything about the place, makes earth day every day. Face and body treatments use only 100 percent natural, organic products and the way they perform procedures is eco-friendly too.
Leia Almeida: "We have the procedure to save water, to use less energy, every appliance we have here is energy star rated."
And if nothing else, their signature treatments will leave you green with envy, like this bamboo massage, where they use warm bamboo sticks for deep pressure and to get rid of toxins.
Michelle Turmero: "It's indescribable, it's so relaxing. It's really soft and smooth, and really warm."
Who says saving the environment isn't fun?
Belkys Nerey: "Ecoist handbags start at $40 and go up to $250 and they're also sold at Uhma Spa."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Uhma Spa and Shop
726 6th Street (between Euclid and Meridian Avenues).