Let’s start by answering what are ethical home accessories? What makes a product ethical is the materials used. They are usually made by hand. And artisans are paid a fair wage for their craft. I think people want to buy consciously and wisely. Especially in today’s market where nothing is for certain. People want to invest in things that will last. Remember that concept? Well, it’s making a comeback because no one has a disposable income anymore. If you’re a smart shopper you’ll want to learn more about these ethical home accessories. Because not only will they freshen up your rooms, but you’ll feel good about purchasing these products. No child labour was involved. And these products are non-toxic. Mother’s with small children who put things in their mouths; this post is especially for you.
If you’re like me, you want everything when you visit Anthropologie. I could spend a small fortune in there but I tend to walk the store once. Then I return to what I liked a lot and what fit my budget. Small Tip; Anthropologie online has an ongoing sale section. I`ve heard people say it`s expensive. Did you know you can buy items that are under $20 at Anthropologie.Small Tip: Build a collection of items whilst staying in your budget. Builld a collection of mismatched bowls on your Easter table and this could be the start of a family tradition.
This is an online store that I have been coveting lately. Everything on this site is supporting local artisans. Your purchases go towards independent growth in areas of the world where women and children are still treated as third class citizens. Small Tip: Pick a neutral paint colour, then build your accessories with one pop of colour.
The Most Popular THINKmag posts were a surprise to me. After checking my statistics, it occurred to me that 2016 was a very good year for this site. My pageviews increased dramatically. I made some interesting contacts and grew my instagram page past my target number of 300. I know it doesn’t sound like much but I started the year with over 400 Instagram followers and counting. So I decided to do a round-up of the success of THINKmag in 2016 and list the most popular blog posts.
First on the list is not a blogpost at all. I know there was a blog post written about it so it’s not entirely a fib. But the upcycle issue of my magazine where all the designers showcased used waste to design something new was a popular destination to visit on THINKmag. This was one of the most enjoyable issues to curate. It was challenging to find all the designers in this issue, but that was also part of the enjoyment. The cover was shot in Spain by Ruben Iglesias who also designed the chair on the cover. We chatted about what I wanted to see on the cover for weeks. I skyped in for the shoot at 4:30AM in the morning. It was a great way to start my day whilst I had my breakfast.
I had great response to both my vegan fashion posts. The feedback on Instagram was fantastic. I received a lot of reactions to both the vegan shoe and the vegan bags blog post. People seem to think vegan shoes look terrible. They used to look really geeky, but these days there have been some great shoes to hit the market. They don’t scream vegan treehugger either. What they do say is I’m sexy and I know it. I learnt a lot from the designers too. They are all very careful about how their shoes are made. So if you do invest in a pair of vegan shoes, just know that a lot of loving care went into making these shoes.
This post was popular because there was a free download accessories guide at the end. I decided to make a shopping guide to help people find a lot of these products. I know you’re interested in shopping ethically so it only made sense to create a shopping guide to make life a little easier. The guide only listed the best in quality, style, and uniqueness. I wanted it to be special enough that you’d want to keep it as a reference forever.
4.Neal’s Yard Remedies Contest
Another popular blog post saw a lot of traction on instagram. It led to a quite a few people entering to win $222 worth of Neal’s Yard Remedies. I intended to announce the winner at Christmas. The holidays came up so fast coupled with a few family emergencies delayed the announcement. The contest is still open to Canadian Residents only. So if you’re reading this and you’re in Canada, click here to enter at the bottom of this blog post. I have only three more products to include. The winner will be announced by the end of January,2017.
5.Do You Want To Create Your Own Digital Magazine?
I decided to open the vault to create a resources section for independent ethical designers to launch and sell their own products. Creating editorial for your products gives you another revenue stream that can increase your bottom line. Some remarkable things happened in 2016 because of THINKmag. I had more interesting freelance work in 2016. Curating an archived clothing collection for auction was one last year’s highlights. I worked with another designer on her first capsule collection. The landing page for THINKmag got finished by yours truly. And I have to say the feedback has been quite good. It also forced me to a look at my content more closely to decide the editorial line-up. If I didn’t have a digital magazine, I don’t believe I would have had so many opportunities.
I’ve been waiting patiently to get my hands on some of my family’s artefacts from our residency in Singapore. In particular this mercury glass ice bucket and glass set. It always looked glamorous and it’s still one of my favourite pieces. I’ve seen this type of set used on Mad Men, it looks as chic there as it does on our family’s table when it’s used. We tend to bring it out on special occasions. Little did I know mercury glass was created to mimic silverware by candlelight in the mid-1800’s. Also known as silver glass, it contains neither mercury nor silver. In fact, it’s actually clear glass with a double wall and coated with a silvering formula.
Don’t Call It A Comeback
It first gained popularity in Germany, then made it’s way to England and France. There, it became widely popular and produced vases, goblets and spittoons. Critics felt it didn’t look like silver at all and slowly fell out of fashion. Today it’s having a revival and is highly collectable. Since the turn of the century, prices have increased, but you can still pick up mercury glass for a reasonable amount. Some of the best places to find mercury glass are estate sales, second-hand shops, and they can come up at auction. Do your research first, some prices are inflated and if you’re not in a hurry and you love a hunt, scout around for mercury glass that fits your budget.
Collecting Mercury Glass
One of the best online sites I’ve found is Etsy. There is so much choice and all the sellers are competing for the sale that you can barter the price if you find duplicates at varied price points. Another great place to find mercury glass is Ebay, again a lot of competitive sellers are on there too. Make sure to see a variety of pictures with different angles. Mercury glass can fade in some places if it wasn’t stored correctly, or someone accidentally put it in the dishwasher. You can still find mercury glass Christmas ornaments too, they make great gifts and still create that wow factor.
If you’re like me, you like to keep your lips from cracking or peeling in cold weather. That’s why I wanted to include shea nut & rosehip organic lip formula. First off winter is literally trying to break the door down in Toronto with gale force winds, and dropping temperatures this week. I used this lip formula last winter, in fact, I saved it for this winter, keeping warm and moisturised is a definite priority in Canada. So what can I tell you about it?
Lips Are Delicate
The skin on the lips is very thin and prone to stress especially during extreme bouts of weather. Shea nut & rosehip organic lip formula has organic shea butter and rosehip oil with two base oils consisting of vitamins A & E. It will replenish lost moisture, protect your lips and make them very soft and smooth when used frequently. It smells deliciously delicate, but not synthetic. If your lips are dry or chapped the essential oils have a natural antiseptic to reduce possible infection.
Is It Gluten-Free?
Yes, it is! This is a big deal if you’re allergic to gluten. I worked with a colleague who suffered from Celiac’s Disease and it was challenging for him to find food and products that were gluten-free. Apparently, it’s in everything. So look no further the shea nut & rosehip lip formula can be used by everyone. Made with 99% organic ingredients and retailing at $12 it’s great value for your money because it lasts a long time. There are three more mystery products going into this box, I’m determined to get it into the hands of one lucky winner before Christmas. Don’t forget, enter to win and tweet @thinkmaghq using the hashtag #coldweathercomfort to let me know. This contest is open to Canadian Residents Only.
This seaweed salt scrub could be the answer you’re looking for. If you suffer from those nasty little bumps on the back of your arms and legs then you’ll be happy to know they’re on their way to vanishing for good. You see exfoliation is great for turning over new skin cells and getting rid of the old sticky ones that form layer upon layer of dead skin producing those pesky little bumps. Plus for so many of us winter sucks all the moisture from our skin making those bumps show up even more. Now if you don’t suffer from this skin ailment, exfoliation is great for everyone. It stimulates new cell growth, it leaves your skin very soft and silky, and it gives your skin a nice healthy glow.
Seaweed Salt Scrub: Ingredients
Instead of synthetic microbeads beads (by the way, Canada plans to ban microbeads by 2018) which are plastic, and harmful for the planet, your skin; just bad news all round. The seaweed salt scrub from Neal’s Yard Remedies uses sea salt that is water soluble and gentler on your skin. Black pepper, grapefruit and ginger essential oils to moisturise and mineral-rich seaweed to detoxify. It also includes patchouli leaf oil and frankincense oil. Neals Yard seaweed salt scrub has 100% ingredients from natural origin, with 62% natural minerals and salts and 6% organic ingredients. The Neal’s Yard Remedies seaweed salt scrub retails for $41 but it can be yours for free. All you have to do is enter your email address below then tweet @thinkmaghq using the hashtag #coldweathercomfort to let us know you’re in it to win.
What are Freedomes and why should you care? Well if you’re a camper this is a glamorous way to take your camping level up to the next level. They are space-age pop-up domes that can go up in rapid speed to accommodate as many people as you like. It can be used as a pop-shop for events or conferences and it will draw attention which could mean more sales. Freedomes have white powder coated stainless steel frames that create an extremely strong geodesic dome. They can be heated or cooled down using air-conditioning. Just imagine attending the Burning Man Festival with your very own A/C domed utopia? You can even join up two domes via a transparent tunnel if you require more space.
They can be heated or cooled down using air-conditioning. Just imagine attending the Burning Man Festival with your very own A/C domed utopia? You can even join up two domes via a transparent tunnel if you require more space.
They are an answer for sun-protection or even a temporary space in your back garden. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. A private party for 20 of your close friends with entertainment of your choosing can be easily accommodated. The membrane offers a white background ( and now comes in forest green, lake gray, or canyon brown) or you can backlight with any colours you desire. Setting up A/V equipment isn’t a problem, the structure can support sound systems or projectors.The smallest dome fits up to 44 people standing room only or 20 people seated at tables. Throw down a couple of rugs, a few comfortable chairs, pouffes and you’ve got yourself an easy pop-up sanctuary or add a desk and you’ve got a new office space for your next entrepreneurial venture. Do you know what you could use this for?