Deal Divas

Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Shelley Rossetter, Kameel Stanley, Keeley Sheehan & Keyonna Summers

Go green without looking ugly

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April

Juiceboxpurse These days, you don't have to hug trees or wear Birkenstocks to show your love for Mama Earth. You can go green and still look good doing it.

I recently picked up a cute, eco-friendly handbag for $34 at a local festival, courtesy of the Tampa-based company GoGreenItems.com. It's made out of colorful juice boxes woven together in a groovy pattern and topped with wooden handles. I carried it around shopping last weekend and got oodles of compliments.

Here's why I feel good about buying it: The recycled bag was made by a women's cooperative in the Philippines, which recycles non-biodegradable items into purses and other accessories and uses the income from the sales to support 200 families.

GoGreenItems, which went live last November, offers some other cool items too, such as this wood cuff bracelet, organic cotton tank top and these mirrors. Owned by Jennifer Meier, the company's motto is "saving the earth 1 item at a time."

I'm down with that -- to a point. Just don't expect me to wear bamboo shoes.

~ Deal Diva Colleen

(Photo: The recycled juice box purse. This one is dominated by yellow, mine is more purple. No two are exactly alike!)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:14pm]

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