Bright and cheerful totes will make you the EnV of all shoppers this summer! EnV Bags‘ new Road to Hana collection is just so darn cute! “Mom” has one tucked into her purse at all times now – it rolls up neatly and is ready to be utilized when shopping or toting extra items to the car, such as art projects, beach & sand toys, extra clothing, you name it! But the best part is just how each design reminds you of sun-filled days, sure to help beat the blues in the dead of winter!

Made of water-resistant nylon, all EnV Bags are available as a set, in a collection of 3 or 5 bags, such as the Road to Hana collection, or as a single bag with pouch. You can choose from a variety of fresh, modern prints that are too pretty to be kept tucked out of sight!

To see all of the stylish reusable totes available from EnV Bags, visit www.envbags.com.

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Elegance and whimsy grace every piece of wearable art in the Leakey Collection™! Zulugrass™ jewelry specifically offers the modern woman versatility in the gorgeous and bright strands of color that can be worn separately or together to compliment any look. Handmade by skilled Maasai artisans, each bracelet, necklace, or pair of earrings captures the spirit and essence of the Maasai, and feels as though you are wearing a part of history itself. Brilliantly colored beads made from readily available and sustainable grass are hand-dyed, and then strung together with hand-blown Czech glass beads, and the outcome is simply gorgeous! Not only are the pieces truly one-of-a-kind, but the women crafting these pieces are given a chance to provide for themselves and their children through their natural talent and abilities. To learn more about the story of the Maasai, click here.

The Zulugrass™ Collection is simply beautiful! You can create your own look by twisting various colored strand necklaces together, wearing a bracelet as an anklet, or adorning your wrists with a variety of bangles! The possibilities are endless for this eco-chic collection. Plus, with every purchase, you are supporting an amazing cause by helping the Maasai women empower themselves by providing an opportunity for them to care for their families with grace.

To learn more about the Leakey Collection™, to locate a retailer near you, or to order online, please visit www.leakeycollection.com. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to find a stunning, eco-fabulous gift for the special Mom in your life that also gives back!

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Rather than baby teething on Mommy’s favorite necklace or bracelet, sonny & reed has designed fashionable yet functional teething jewelry for the mom on-the-move! When out and about with a little one, your baby can safely gnaw and drool all over this celeb-loved item! The adorable beads are smooth on one side, almost like beach glass, and feature nubby ends on the other side, perfect for soothing sore gums! They provide relief and a refreshing distraction while at the store, out to dinner, or just bouncing on Mom’s knee!

For the modern mom, sonny & reed has created the only designer teething necklace made in the USA from non-toxic, FDA-approved material that conforms to Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 16 CFR 1500. The beads will not pass through the choke tube, easing mom’s concerns!

To see all of sonny & reed’s styles, or to order, visit www.sonnyandreed.com.

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Vintage style meets organizational wizard in this classy purse organizer from Plaid Doctrine! This modern twist using a tried-and-true fabric choice – plaid – helps multi-tasking moms keep their keys, wallet, phone, and various small essentials together when switching from diaper bag to evening bag.

Busy women can go from work to Mom & Me class to the gym with ease using the locally-sewn, eco-chic purse organizer made from high performance recycled plastics made from plastic bottles. The organizer stands up on its’ own when placing items in or taking them out, and is available in red or blue plaid. Plus, it is both stain- and water-resistant!

To view the entire collection in the Plaid Doctrine line, visit www.plaiddoctrine.com.

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Bring out your inner poet with this serene, stylish Rumi Messenger Bag from haiku! Any modern mom will absolutely adore this elegant messenger bag that is both practical and chic. Plus, with every Rumi Messenger Bag created, you are helping to save the Earth by keeping approximately 22 plastic bottles out of landfills. Now, that’s something to wax poetic about, isn’t it?!

Haiku’s Rumi Messenger Bag is designed as a functional carry-all that features a laptop sleeve, convenient straps to hold a yoga mat, a water bottle pocket for hydration while on-the-go, and a spring clip for keys so that they don’t become misplaced. Made from eco-friendly cyclePET fabric, which is created from 100% post-consumer PET beverage bottles, the Rumi Messenger Bag is simply poetry in motion! Available in Cocoa and Ink.

To view the entire haiku collection, visit www.haikubags.com.

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Mama’s got a brand new bag! This roomy, stylish tote from Kolobags really does carry it all, with some serious style! You would never guess that this bright pink Hadaki Mega Tote is made from recycled paper. “Mom” has fallen head over heels for this gorgeous, eco-chic tote bag – whether hitting the gym, heading to a playdate at the park, or shopping at the mall, the tote has stood up to the test!

The Hadaki Mega Tote is aptly named, as it is extremely roomy, with one exterior zippered pocket and 4 interior pockets for all of your necessities, plus a key hook so that your keys don’t fall into its’ depths! The tote also features a zippered top to secure all of your valuables inside while out and about with little ones in tow. In addition, it stays upright when placed on the ground, with metal “feet” to keep the bag stable. Gotta love that! Planet-friendly, AZO-free, and made of recycled paper, this beautiful tote bag will soon be your favorite, too!

To shop for a fabulous bag that suits your needs and style, from eco-friendly insulated lunch bags to laptop bags, visit www.kolobags.com.

Kolobags is currently offering Tiny Green Mom readers an exclusive 10% discount on their purchase! Please use promo code TINYGREEN at checkout. Good through May 31, 2011.

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Papa’s got a brand new bag! (and Mama too!) What’s not to love about this versatile, stylish diaper bag from Go GaGa!? Light on the shoulders, but big on room – this is one bag that will go from playdates to the coffee shop to the gym with ease! Made of 72% post-consumer recycled fabric, this uber-chic Slide Tote Bag is earth-friendly, as well.

Ergonomically designed for both men and women, the Slide Tote Bag from Go GaGa is available in a selection of rich, bold colors, such as Eggplant, Sea Blue and Cayenne. The features of this modern bag include:

  • Patent pending strap distributes the weight of the bag across your back and shoulders, so it won’t slide off or cut into your neck
  • The strap fabric is ideal for nursing Moms since it doesn’t put direct pressure on their breast
  • The bag is also designed for Dads, including a sliding a shoulder pad that cinches the strap for a more masculine look and feel
  • Insulated bottle pockets fit everything from baby bottles to Nalgene bottles and are angled so that you can get bottles in and out with just one hand
  • The interior features 5 pockets and a foam divider that gives you organization when you need it, but moves out of the way when you don’t
  • Stroller straps are adjustable so they fit any stroller handle bar (even double strollers!) or can be used to carry a rolled up yoga mat or blanket for a playgroup or picnic
  • The Slide can carry everything from a 13.5” laptop to gear for the yoga studio
  • The bags are healthy for the planet as well as for people – the recycled totes are made from 72% post consumer recycled fabric by a fair trade certified manufacturer in Vietnam

New parents and seasoned parents alike will appreciate the versatility and the comfort of the Slide Tote Bag! To learn more about Go GaGa, or to order one of their various bags, visit www.gogagalife.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Have you been naughty or nice this year? This holiday season – knotty is nice! Naturally Knotty offers sustainable styles to outfit you from head to toe that are absolutely stunning! The ultimate gift to give this season is the luxurious bamboo Pashmina beautifully packaged in a 100% compostable and biodegradable bamboo cylinder with festive ribbon!

Wrap yourself or a dear friend up in warmth as cocoa is sipped by the fire in a gorgeous Pashminas made from eco-friendly natural bamboo. This all-season wrap acts as a light cover-up in the evenings, a sarong at the beach, a classy shawl over a cocktail dress, and can even be used as a light blanket for baby when in a pinch!

The pashminas are available in 5 stunning colors this season. Choose from Black, Steel Grey, Espresso, Red or Ivory. At $34.99, the wraps make an attractive and affordable gift this holiday! In addition to their wraps, Naturally Knotty also offers roomy totes made from recycled materials, organic cashmere gift sets for wee ones, and fashionable clutches.

Please visit www.naturallyknotty.com for more information or to purchase an item from this fantastic, environmentally-conscious line.

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Carry all of baby’s necessities in eco-friendly style with the World Peace Eco Tote from Amy Michelle! This roomy bag shows moms’ eco-conscious side, and features a plethora of pockets for keeping everything neat and tidy while out and about with baby. The World Peace Eco-Tote is made from 11 recycled plastic bottles and 8.5 oz of reused fabric, making it a planet-friendly gal’s dream.

What “Mom” loves about this diaper bag is that it can also be carried by Dad! With an adjustable shoulder strap, the World Peace Eco Tote offers parents a bag that they can both share when caring for baby, in a style that suits everyone. It can also be strapped to a stroller, if needed.

Unique features of the World Peace Eco Tote include:

Baby’s Section

  • Changing pad (21″ x 14″) – Remove padding to wash lining
  • 2 Internal & 2 external bottle pockets (baby or water bottles)
  • Quick release pacifier holder
  • 5 pockets for maximum organization
  • Compartments for diapers, wipes, and bottles
  • Stroller attachments included

Parent’s Section:

  • Top zipper closure
  • Zip closure outside front pocket with cell phone pocket
  • Adjustable shoulder strap (can convert to quick backpack)
  • Easy to find key ring
  • Bright lining with recycled symbol
  • Monogramming available

To learn more about Amy Michelle, to view their other styles, or to order a World Peace Eco Tote, please visit www.amymichelle.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for review.*

As parents and designers of the haute, eco-friendly line REVEAL, Terry and Jiaying Omata are truly an inspiration to all! Founded in 2009, REVEAL is already making a statement in the fashion world, and “Mom” was thrilled to be able to glean some insight into their planet-conscious pieces. Take a peek at their collection online at www.revealshop.com.

An Interview with the Designers Behind REVEAL Handbags & Accessories

Tell us about your eco-inspired company.

In 1999, REVEAL’s founders, Terry and Jiaying Omata, backpacked throughout Asia, South America and Africa. As they journeyed through some of the world’s most beautiful developing countries, everywhere they saw people working hard to escape poverty and give their children a better life. Realizing the common desire for people to attain a higher standard of living would ultimately lead to our planet’s deterioration, they created REVEAL to reinvent fashion in an eco-friendly and viable way.

Naturally, our beautiful handbags and accessories are made with the most innovative recycled and sustainable materials available. And our devotion to preserving the planet’s resources is shown through every aspect of our business, from our earth and animal friendly materials and manufacturing processes, to the corporate practices and causes we support.

REVEAL means being true to ourselves, our customers, and the world around us. We design for you – so that being socially responsible, like fashion, is fun and attainable. We design for today’s men and women, with the planet’s future in mind. And we do as our name suggests – we reveal how our products are made, empowering you to make well-informed choices. Finally, you don’t have to choose between fashion and a better planet.

How do you choose to go green in your own life?

I avoid driving as much as possible. I make sure to live in a neighborhood where I can walk to work, do my errands, shop and dine. When I absolutely have to drive, I drive my hybrid.

Guilty green pleasure?

Definitely the local farmers market- it’s so great to walk through our local market and connect with the artisans and farmers. Also, since I just had my first baby, I can’t resist purchasing cute little eco-friendly goodies for my baby girl. Seriously, who can pass up those cute little onesies?!
Can you offer any encouraging words for those with a small sustainable business?

I would just say that we are all in this together and our common goal is to protect and preserve our environment for future generations. Sometimes it’s not easy to design and develop sustainable products and often times it is very difficult, because it isn’t the mainstream way of doing things. But I would like to encourage others to persevere and know that our efforts will pay off and our planet will thank us.

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