Earth Day may have been last month, but that doesn’t mean we should stop making an effort to lower our carbon footprints, reduce, reuse or recycle every day of the year — even when we’re on the go. Here are just a few great products that prove you don’t have to sacrifice style or utility to go green.
1 On a Roll
Luggage maker Ricardo Beverly Hills and the Sierra Club have teamed up to develop and market an entire line of eco-friendly luggage and travel accessories, Muir Pass, due out this fall. The series
includes suitcases, backpacks, carry-on bags and duffle bags, and a portion of the sales from this line supports the Sierra Club’s environmental efforts. The line also incorporates recycled and renewable packaging, materials and components and meets Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive standards. Retail range for the line is $100 to $280. The 26-inch rolling duffel is shown here. $240. www.ricardobeverlyhills.com
2 Seeing Green
An eco-friendly binocular? That’s what Nikon has developed with its new EcoBins binocular. Available in 10x25, the binocular features lead- and arsenic-free Eco-Glass lenses and prisms, non-chloride rubber and no harmful inks or dyes used during its production. Even the binocular strap and the product packaging are green, and the binocular also comes with its own eco-friendly carrying case. $199.95. www.nikonecobins.com
3 Simply Sustainable
Shoes are one of the toughest things to make green but, somehow, the folks at Simple Shoes manage to churn out comfy and earth-friendly kicks season after season. For men, the spring ’09 organic cotton Tuba sneak features an OrthoLite pedbed and outsole made from recycled car tires. For guys who want to be a little more understated, the Tuba also comes in plain colors, along with plaid. A wide range of eco-friendly shoes for women and kids is also available. $70. www.simpleshoes.com