Last time a momentous occasion to bring awareness to eco-friendly causes came around we failed horribly, but for Earth Day we're trying to make it up to Miami Beach.
About two months ago popular eco-blog Tree Hugger tore Miami Beach to shreds for its horrendous insistence on trying to make Mother Earth cry every chance it got. Riptide has decided to do its part by finding ten products that fit seamlessly into the stereotypical South Beach lifestyle that are green-friendly. Join us now as we tour everything from bikinis and beach towels to vodka and sports cars.
We've written about the Tesla Roadster before, but really we can't get enough of it. The all-electric sports car gets 120 MPG, and will save you precious time wasted at the pump. Not to mention, unlike a Prius, you won't be embarrassed to valet it at the Gansevoort. There's a long waiting list for these beauties, but a service and sales center is projected to be built in Miami by the end of the year.
Nikster brand swimwear offers cute swimsuits made out of soy-based fabrics and organic cotton. These prove that the Earth agenda doesn't have to get in the way of your "being sexy as hayle" agenda.
We see you dudes every weekend outside the clubs in your limited edition, neon designer, leather high tops. But your fancy footprint can leave a decidedly unfancy carbon footprint. Graphic designer Gabe Lackman recently paired with TOMS for a limited edition run of super bright slip-ons. Like every pair of TOMS, when you buy these another is donated to a child in need. For extra earth points, be sure to check on their vegan-friendly selection.
There are so many shops on South Beach, and with that come so many shopping bags. The majority of these probably find themselves in the garbage bin seconds after they get home. Baggu's line of foldable nylon bags fit easily into your purse, glove compartment, or pocket, and come in a wide array of bright colors. Each standard bag carries the equivalent of 2.5 grocery bags. Plus they make a larger variety that can double as a tote for your shopping splurges and as an excellent beach bag.Fish make up a large part of many a Miami Beach restaurant's menu, Unfortunately many of these joints don't check their Seafood Watch fact sheet to find out which species of fish are sustainable. "Stiletto pumps, in the club, Whoever thought that these girls would get crunk?" The sad fact is that many of their stiletto choices, while certainly crunk, are not eco-friendly. Fashion designer and life-long vegetarian Stella McCartney offers a wide range of vegan-friendly shoes. Some of which may actually out-crunk the leather clonkers already in your closet.
Beach towels are a necessity, so why not choose some made from organic cotton or other sustainable fibers. These towels from Seaglass Organic are an organic cotton/bamboo mix and are made with low impact dyes.
Whether used for shielding you from the sun, or during an impromptu rain storm, these Radley umbrellas keep you covered and conscionable. Each one is made from 100% recycled materials.
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