Roundup: Earth-friendly style

By Columbus Alive
From the April 19, 2012 edition

Being kind to your mother is always in style, but Sunday is Earth Day, so now’s your chance to really suck up to the lady that makes sure you have enough food to eat. Give Mother Nature an air hug by checking out one of these unique ways to be eco-friendly with your style.

Mix in some Mixture

The Short North’s new urban gardening store Flora Home & Garden (988 N. High St.) sells a line of candles, called Mixture, that are made from recycled glass, animal-test-free oils, lead-free wicks and friendly packaging. After you’ve burned all the wax, you can return the glass containers to the store to be recycled. Scents continue that natural theme; among them are fresh-cut grass, pineapple cilantro and stargazer lily. Two-ounce votives are $6.99 each, five-ouncers are $14.99 each.

Be a Lush

This vegetarian cosmetics and body products line — check ’em out locally at the Lush counter in Macy’s at Tuttle Crossing — offers new products seasonally. A new one we’re excited about? The earth-friendly, sweat-proof dude deodorant, The Guv’ner, $10.

Trade in

Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Macy’s Origins counter at Easton Town Center, bring in any skin-care product you use — any brand — and they’ll trade you a free Origins SPF-loaded moisturizer and recycle all the containers they collect.

Buy Bibico

Thread on Grandview (1306 Grandview Ave.) carries a fair-trade design line called Bibico that uses fabrics hand-loomed near the Himalayas. Kind of beats a “Made in China” tag, right? In stock for spring are a lot of nautical-inspired comfy tees, tunics and cardigans. I’m loving this striped Bibico T-shirt, $81.

Go local on Amazon

As part of local go green organization Simply Living’s partnership with Amazon, you can shop select Amazon items in categories such as books, computers, clothing and supplements through Simply Living’s website, simplyliving.org. At least four percent of the proceeds will go to support Simply Living’s initiatives.

Tip the trimmer

As part of Nurtur the Salon’s Earth Day efforts, the Upper Arlington spot’s stylists are donating at least $5 of the gratuities they earn this month and next month to the Sierra Club of Central Ohio.

Mark your calendar

Aveda Institute of Columbus is hosting its popular Fashion Night Benefit on May 8 at the LC. Admission is a donation of your choice, which goes to the Sierra Club of Central Ohio. Always a fashion-forward affair, this year’s show promises big wigs and daring colors. Check out avedacolumbus.com for more details.

Swap your stuff

If you’re at the Columbus Commons visiting Green Columbus’ Earth Day celebration Saturday, pack along clothing and accessories you want to get rid of but that don’t deserve to be thrown out yet. Take them to the OSU Urban Arts Space (50 W. Town St.) between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. You’ll get a ticket for each item you drop off. Bring the tickets back to the space from 1 to 3 p.m. and exchange them for something new. Any leftovers will be donated to Volunteers of America.