Friday, August 29, 2008

Save the Date

We hope you'll put Wednesday, September 10 on your calendar to come to All Shades of Green and help us celebrate our 
one year anniversary.
Wednesday, September 10th
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
3038 Rowena Avenue
Silver Lake, Los Angeles 90039
(323) 665 - 7454

How we'll be celebrating:
*With a 10% discount on everything in the store!
*Free food.
*A raffle.
*Presentations by our sustainable living specialists
*Great, green company, of course.

This is a wonderful opportunity to rub elbows with like-minded Angelenos and check out the latest eco-living products.  And if you've never made it into the store before, consider this your special invitation to check us out!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Earth Mama Angel Baby

If you're an earthy mama to be, do we have some little goodies from Earth Mama Angel Baby to help you before and after delivery of your little bundle of joy.

For pregnancy, there's Heartburn Tea made with organic herbs like marshmallow root and chamomile to soothe and settle heartburn.  Easy to swallow relief indeed.

For breastfeeding, there's Milkmaid Tea, E.M.A.B.'s most popular item!  It helps encourage milk production, naturally.  Can you say galactagogue?  (A fancy word for a milk-producing food.)  It's totally organic and totally works.

For weaning, when the day comes that you don't need so much of that milk anymore, you can switch teas and try No More Milk Tea.  The secret organic ingredients in this one have the opposite effect, telling your body to ease up.

Be sure to check out the Earth Mama Reading Room as well for a plethora of articles on all things earthy mama, from breastfeeding to herbs to use and avoid to phthalates.


Friday, August 22, 2008

Sunset Junction Street Fair

We hope to see you at the Sunset Junction Street Fair this weekend (August 23-24th).  It's a great opportunity to get together with the community, eat, drink, listen to music and be very merry as summer winds down.

Plus, The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is offering Bike Valet on the 3700 block--a perfect excuse to skip the car!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Eco-friendly Linens

Because towels come into intimately close contact with our skin and we spend (hopefully) eight hours a night wrapped in our sheets, it's super important that they're made of healthy stuff.

Not only that, but if we use pesticide-laden sheets and towels, our comfort depends on pounds of pesticide that harm people and our planet.

We've got some alternatives to help you shower and sleep sustainably from here on out.

Bamboo Moon towels are made of that fast-growing fiber that's anti-microbial and hypoallergenic while being 60% more absorbent than Egyptian cotton.  You get the benefit of a low-impact alternative that also boasts incredible softness and durability.  If you haven't yet felt bamboo, you'll be amazed at how much it feels like silk.

Under the Canopy sheets 100% organic 250 thread count sheets are luxurious while being mindfully made.  You rest assured nothing harsh in their manufacture will affect you or where they came from.

Your bathroom and bedroom will welcome the change.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


If you're interested in raising kids who are healthy and concerned about the environment, you may just be on the path to raising an EcoKid. 

We've got a book of the same name in the store in our sustainable kids section.  EcoKids by Dan Chiras can help you in the process of raising such a youngster.

It's a positive, inspiring look at fostering empathy and eco-principles in children while they connect to nature. Taking care of kids and teaching them to take care of themselves and the planet can have an enormous payoff for us all.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Another Water-Wise Workshop this Wednesday

We're  hosting another Water-Wise Workshop Wednesday evening and hope you can make it.

Come learn tips to save it inside and outside of your home. 

How to Live Water-Wise in Los Angeles
Wednesday, August 27th
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
@ All Shades of Green
Call to sign up!  (323) 665 -7454.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Sustainable LA on Sunday

If you're looking for a summer activity this weekend that packs an eco-conscious punch, look no further than Sustainable LA.

As part of the first-ever Downtown Film Festival, it's the Sunday finale complete with a farmers market, beer and wine garden, green documentary screenings and panel discussions of all things urban and green--from jobs to gardens to slow food.

It's from noon to 6:00 p.m. August 17th at 4th and Grand--MOCA and California Plaza.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Little Star Babysling

We've got Little Star babyslings on sale (27.99).  Slinging is probably an ancient way of carrying a baby as it allows parents to do their own thing and carry their little one, hands-free.

By tucking a baby into a sling that's tied to you, it's not just good for you as a way to multi-task.  Being carried close is good for babies from helping them develop a strong parental bond and sense of security to encouraging dramatically less crying!  Read more benefits here.

And here's what Colic Baby Bootcamp has to say about the wonders of slinging.

Little Star slings are also made from natural, organic fabric that's safe for your baby and the wider world.

So, how can you be a present parent and still get things accomplished? Instead of carrying your baby, wear her!  Check out all the tricky ways to sling here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Home Performance Testing

All Shades will be offering Home Performance Testing from now on (but especially starting in September when our green building professional, Natalie, gets back from vacation).

If you're looking for more health, more comfort, and more efficiency, this kind of test may be right for you.  Essentially, by using a blower door to pressurize the house and using noninvasive gadgets to peek around in your walls, crawl space, and attic, we can help you determine where you're losing energy, how much, and how to fix that, all for a few hundred dollars.

For people with allergies or other health concerns, making sure your house is heating and cooling itself well can do a world of good.  Plus, you'll save money as we often let 40% of our AC or heat out the door if our house isn't up to its fitness snuff.

At the end of the half-day, you'll get a report of recommendations to help your house perform optimally like replacing or repairing you HVAC system or reconfiguring or upgrading your insulation.

So, if you'd like to make your home run as smoothly, safely, comfortably, and efficiently as possible, give us a ring at the store and we'll tell you more about Home Performance Testing.

(323) 665 - 7454.

To a happy, healthy, green home!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Skin Care Products on Sale

We have a number of natural skin care products on our sale table now.

Among them:

John Masters Organics face wash in rose and jojoba and ginseng.

California Baby non-talc powder and super-sensitive bodywash/shampoo.

100% Pure cranberry facial cleanser, peppermint/green tea facial toner,  and organic white tea/rose soothing toner.

We hope you'll treat yourself to a little safe, pure, decadent body care for you and yours during this season of sun and sea.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Sustainable Living for Families Workshop

We hope you'll join us Wednesday evening, August 13th, for a special workshop for families.

Come explore how to live more sustainably with you and yours in all aspects of your routine.

Sustainable Living For Families
Wednesday, August 13th
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

All month, we'll be posting products to help you keep celebrating the outdoors this summer and to help your family live well while preserving the wellness of the planet.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Viola Jeans

As fall approaches, you may be slithering into jeans more and more (hey, a lot of people don them on the hottest days of the year, too).

We hope you'll consider going organic with your denim.  Organic denim ensures that pounds and pounds of pesticide are saved from entering our soil, air, water, along with the bodies of farmworkers, and, if it's the right brand, that workers making them are treated fairly. 

Consider this: on average, it takes 3/4 of a pound of pesticides to make one pair of jeans.  Lucky for us, there are some brave folks growing cotton naturally.  You can find out more about the backstory of jean production in Rachel Louise Snyder's Fugitive Denim.

We're carrying Viola Jeans, crafted by a dapper denim company from Texas.  We've got a variety of sizes of women's Violas that are said to flatter any figure--they stretch and flare in all the right places.  Plus, they're totally organic cotton and come in a retro 80s high-waisted model.

Unfortunately, we don't have a picture at the moment to show you, so you'll just have to come see for yourself (more washes and colors are coming soon!).

Monday, August 04, 2008


Yes, you could blow your nose with these and save tissue.  You could also wipe up spills or dab at the corners of your mouth.  Most likely, you'll want to fashion one on your head or around your neck to add some sizzle (especially when you don't feel like bothering with your humidity-frazzled hair).

Speesees is known for kids' clothes, and we've got some cute organic styles in stock for little ones right now.  But, these hankees are for grownups because they want organic, fun, and fair wares, too.  This company is committed and can be trusted to say no to pesticides, dangerous dyes, PVC, formaldehyde, and dioxin while saying yes to cute.

We've got speesees hankies with our clothes and accessories (12.50).