Friday, March 12, 2010

Stand under my Umbrella (ella, ella, eh, eh,eh)

Isn't it true that a little rain never hurt anyone? While I would normally enjoy splashing through puddles in my galoshes, tasting the drops on the tip of my tongue, and seeing raindrops on roses, today is just simply not one of those days. It's just dark and gloomy and it makes me want to scream 'Rain, rain go away, please come back another day.' But, alas, spring is just beginning and those testy late March and April showers are here to stay (for awhile anyways). So, here's some inspiration to help keep your do in place in the greenest of style.

With a 100% recycled cover, sustainable metal frame and a hemp strap, this Totes eco-umbrella, sold exclusively at Crate and Barrel, is sure to keep your spirits up while wishing for those spring blossoms. And at $19.95, the price can't be beat!

Radley of London, known for their brilliantly patterned umbrellas, which are made with fabric derived from recycled materials, are sure to steal the show. Each umbrella comes with a matching, printed case that can be clipped to the outside of your bag, so in case of a sudden downpour, you are well prepared. And with these funky, cool designs, they are sure to liven up everyone's day!

Each of Monsoon Vermonts trash-to-trashion umbrellas are really unique and one-of-a-kind. These wet-hair savers are sewn together, in a collage style, from non-recyclable plastic trash that is removed from Jakarta's streets, landfills and waterways. The edges of the umbrellas are lined with silk fabric, and the handles and tips are made from native Indonesia wood. Talk about recycled art!

The Totes, fashionably name Eco-brella, with a canopy made from recycled plastic bottles and a frame made from 70% recycled aluminum and steel, is sure to make head turns. And if your desire is to display your devotion to mother earth, there's a recycling logo stamped on the fabric as well.

And if there were to be a queen umbrella, this one, manufactured by Brelli, would indeed be the Queen Bee of them all. Known as the world's only biodegradable umbrella, the frame is made from bamboo, a renewable resource, and features a unique, patented, biodegradable PVC clear canopy. And, if you are ever to give it the boot, it takes a fraction of the time to biodegrade than a conventional umbrella, without releasing any toxic gases into the atmosphere.

And while the rains will not be washing us away anytime soon (I hope), invite those around you to come stand under your stylish hair-savers to keep a tad bit drier. Have a great weekend everyone! xoxo, Laura

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