I loved the concept of Dallas-based Hari Mari right away: the eco-friendly reprocessed rubber, foam, and biodegradable hemp make-up, the financial donation to children’s hospitals per pair sold, and the recycling incentive (bring your old pair back, get 15 percent off your new pair), but after trying on a pair, the deal was sealed. They’re truly the most comfortable sandals I’ve ever worn with the cushy footbed and thick, soft straps. One caviat: the white footbed gets dirty quickly. (To clean, Hari Mari recommends using a soapy towel or towel with Shout.) The new Scouts collection hitting stores next week, however, has an “earthen-tone” hemp foot bed with khaki colored soles which should alleviate some of the dark footprint problem. The straps come in campground-inspired hues such as bright yellow, sea green, pink, navy, red and nude for ladies and include army green, sky blue, and neon green for guys. Rolling onto shelves next week, find Hari Mari’s Scouts collection at Luke’s Locker, Original Octane, The Biz, and these other retailers.
It’s not news that we use too much plastic and create too much waste. Still, most of us haven’t made drastic changes to our lifestyles. A quick eco-friendly fix? Switch to Common Good household products. The line of soaps, cleaners, and candles are contained in recyclable plastic and glass. But more importantly, they’re refillable. Refill stations in local retailers let shoppers bring in empty vessels and stock back up on favorite products, like laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap, and all purpose cleaners. Options are endless. Formulas come in unscented or synthetic-free fragrances (like bergamot, lavender, and tea tree) and jars are available in plastic or simple and pretty glass. Ingredients are planet conscious, so no phthalates, dyes, optical brighteners, chlorine bleach, ammonia, or testing on animals. Plus, it’s freshly available in Dallas. Find the pre-bottled goods and fill-up stations at Apothecary in Roanoke’s multishop center, The Plaid Peacock.
Duncan Jones left the Highland Park bubble, moved to Austin, and started a Wild World, a company creating earth-friendly, nature-inspired tees. (See my favorites above.) For each shirt that sells, a kid in need gets one, too. Choose from a handful of animal awareness slogans on adult tees and baby onesies. (I like the “blind date” bat shirt above and the “trail mix” for baby.) All tees ship free. Woo hoo! He’s also currently hunting for a publisher to send his If I Were a Frog book into the loving hands of children, so holler at him if you love it (particularly if you’re a publisher). Currently, he’s online only, but hopefully you’ll see his goods in stores around town soon.
Lure Salon is throwing a little fete with Good Morning Texas‘ Amy Vanderoef in celebration of the a new haircare collection the ec0-friendly beauty parlor will carry. Meet Intelligent Nutrients, a natural beauty line that aims to take some chemical exposure out of your daily routine by using food-grade ingredients, plant stem cells, aromatherapy, and no pesticides, pthalates, or other toxic additions. Bottles of goodness are packed with ingredients with purpose: seeds for nutrients, a patented oil blend for its antioxidant properties, flower extracts for their hydrating properties, and more. Head in this Wednesday, April 11, from 6 pm to 8 pm for wine, light bites, music, and giveaways. Anyone can attend, but it’ll help if you give them a heads up and email firstname.lastname@example.org as a quick RSVP. A part of the evening’s proceeds (perhaps you’ll stock up on shampoo or schedule a cut and color?) will go to Earth Day Dallas.