Accessorize Your Life

You don’t need to start big when shopping for sustainable style. Accessories – like shoes, purses, sunglasses, jewelry and other small items – are a good place to start if you are looking to green up your wardrobe. Plus in these bare-bones budget times, you don’t need to spend money on a whole wardrobe. Mix-and-match accessories with the same dress or same pair of jeans and totally transform your outfit.

Belt it on with some great vintage or handcrafted finds like this photo buckle available on Etsy.

Or this floral creation by M “n” M Designs also available at Etsy.

Bling it out with some recycled glass bangles by Smart Glass Jewelry.

Bag it up with some serious eye candy from Ecoist. These eye-catching bags are made from recycled candy wrappers and recycled wood handles produced by weavers in Mexico and Peru.

Bring it on And if you’re one of the lucky ones, win a prize pack from Payless ShoeSource’s new line of green shoes and accessories: zoe&zac. Prize includes a zoe&zac clutch and beaded hoop earrings (below) plus a $30 gift card to purchase your own pair of shoes!

Post a comment telling us what you are doing to celebrate Earth Day and one lucky winner will be chosen.

Summer Rayne Oakes
Model-activist and author of Style, Naturally

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  • Julie P. April 22, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I’m helping my daughter make “useful” items out of 2 liter plastic soda bottles. We made a non-electric lava lamp and a yarn holder. The yarn goes inside the bottle and comes out the spout. Stops yarn from tangling and keeps it away from your cat!


  • Auroragold April 22, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Hooked up TWO rainbarrels (searching for a deal to get a few more) so that I can water my veggie garden with collected water and keep the faucet OFF!


  • Grace Toy April 22, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I will be a lot more conscious of reducing my carbon footprint: purchasing and using cloth towels, using less paper to print, using tote bags to shop, etc. Thank you.


  • ~Michelle April 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    For Earth Day we went to the park, watched bird, and ate strawberries. We talked about how much we love the earth. My kids have great love of the earth!!!! –Michelle, blogattoday [at,) gmaildotcom


  • Jennifer April 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I’m going to make a bird feeder.


  • Angela Henley April 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I took some pictures for the earth mosiac online

    entered a few contests making pledges to “do better” with LIGHTS, WATERBOTTLES and reusing, reducing and recycling!

    Made everyones lunches packing them w/ all reusable containers!


    Had a plumber come over and teach me how to repair 2 leaky faucets! going to buy the KITS tomorrow~! THIS ROCKS!

    thats it for today……… I LOVE THE EARTH and WANT IT TO BE AROUND A VERY LONG TIME!


  • kristy, April 22, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    My sister and I celebrated Earth Day at a local community college selling our organic cotton t-shirts and educating people about the benefits of an organic lifestyle. Then we attended an Eco-Fashion show where all proceeds were donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation.


  • Parmeeta Ghoman April 22, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I have and am determined to write ‘Earth Day’ and nonprofit themed articles for the as well as spreading Eco-friendly news via twitter. As a family we recycle daily, take extreme care to eat as vegans and be kind to the earth on a daily basis as everyday should be Earth Day x


  • BB April 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I recycled my MAC make-up containers and started eating Vegan!


  • Naomi April 22, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    We planted some shrubs in our yard and relished the fact that we barely have anything in the bins on trash day since our service started accepting almost all recyclables. Yay!


  • jenn April 23, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I went around compulsively turning off lights, making sure our Earth Day books display in the kids room stayed fresh, and have made a vow to turn off my computer every night before I leave the office. Impossible? Maybe! But I will valiantly attempt anyway!


  • francesa April 23, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    i’m finally taking our stash of antique electronics like the VCR to our town’s electronics recycling facility. We also said bye bye to paper napkins and paper towels and use cloth ones, which take up less sapce are more attractive, too.


  • Erica April 23, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I started using cloth bags when going to the grocery store! 🙂


  • Dot April 23, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Hmm, I’m using a lot of recycled (ie trash!) materials in my projects lately!


  • Raquelle April 23, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve begun walking to and from work and did so yesterday for Earth Day! It reduces my carbon footprint, gets me outside and I get some good exercise out of it too!


  • Melissa Esplin April 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Earth day is a big day for my family! It was my baby girl’s first birthday. To celebrate her birthday I made a happy birthday banner out of all repurposed materials. And in celebration of Earth day I’m doing a surprise giveaway on my blog. . . all items will be hand made using only repurposed, recycled or earth-friendly materials.

    Hope I win!!


  • Melissa April 23, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I am a small ecopreneur, with a boutique that stocks stylish & sustainable wares and a skin care studio that uses natural skin care products. It’s called Home Body, Eco-Luxe Living. This April, I ran an in-store contest and got people to share their Earth friendly ways.

    Some of which were:
    1. composting
    2. growing a garden
    3. carpooling… or better yet biking or walking to work & errands
    4. of course, reduce, reuse, recycle!
    5. eating vegetarian meals
    6. using re-usable grocery bags & cloth napkins
    7. replacing bulbs with cfls
    8. unplugging appliances & chargers when not in use
    9. purchasing recycled paper products
    10. shopping local

    Things we can all easily do!


  • sherri s. April 23, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    We honestly try to celebrate Earth Day every day: eat vegetarian food prepared from our CSA box; combine errands and try to drive less; tend our garden; recycle everything from clothes (swap/thrift store) to magazines (take to gym) to all of the usual suspects. And, Joan Crawfordesque: “No PLASTIC BAGS–EVER!” (Sorry, Joan, I love you and I’m not sure you ever said that about wire hangers 🙂 )


  • Maxinn Vergara April 28, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I started using earth friendly cleaning products.


  • Nancy May 4, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    BIG congratulations go out to Melissa Esplin – she’s the winner of the zoe&zac prize pack from Payless ShoeSource. Enjoy!


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