- RICE BAGS: Recycled.
Environmentalism gets a bad rap sometimes because it seems to be mostly about giving things up — gas-hogging SUVs, the convenience of throwing all your trash into a single bag, the ease of prepackaged, pre-processed food.
But the products I’m writing about this week are all about self-indulgence. You’ll give up a little more from your bank account to pay for them, but what better way to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 than by incorporating Earth-friendly stuff into your life?
Boutiques around the area carry selected skin care and clothing lines that are organic, fair trade, etc., but I took the easy way out this week and just headed over to Wild Oats Marketplace (10700 N. Rodney Parham Road). A sizable chunk of the store is dedicated to non-consumable merchandise — everything from wooden toys to organic-cotton bras.
The selection of baby onesies from the Maggie’s line of organic clothing wins the cute award, no contest. They’re organic cotton, with small designs on the front (made from the scraps of cloth used in other Maggie’s clothing items, so there’s less waste) — several different dinosaurs and a panda — and come with matching caps. Cost for a set is $30. There are also adorable striped tights for baby/toddler girls ($20), plus tights and socks for older kids and grown-ups ($8-$26), and women’s camisoles ($15). And for underwear that’s environmentally responsible to wear, check out the Ecoland bras ($25).
The fun prize, though, has to go to Gecko Trading’s line of handbags and backpacks made from recycled plastic Cambodian rice bags ($20-$35). They come in all sizes and styles, in bright blues and pinks with Cambodian lettering on them.
It wouldn’t be an organic-goods store without hemp bags as well — Wild Oats’ selection runs from $6 for a wallet to $50 for a large backpack. There are hemp kids’ sandals too ($20).
Over in the skin-care area, choices abound. Wild Oats carries the pricy Dr. Hauschka line, along with Zia, Avalon Organics, and Ecco Bella and Larenim cosmetics. No need to look drab while you’re preserving the Earth.
And for the kiddies, there’s Melissa and Doug baby toys, made from hardwood and finished with non-toxic dyes.
Finally, if you’re looking for the ultimate low-money, high-indulgence combination, just grab an organic chocolate bar. Wild Oats has plenty.
Other notes this week:
• The Junior League of Little Rock’s annual Bargain Barn trash ’n’ treasure sale is 7 a.m. to noon April 28 at the State Fairgrounds’ Hall of Industry. Admission is $3. Or you can buy a $10 ticket to the preview party 6-9 p.m. April 27 and get first crack at all the stuff. For more info, check the Junior League’s website, www.jllr.org.
• Lions World Services for the Blind’s annual “Treat your Treasure” luncheon and style show is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. Tickets are $50. The event, designed to coincide with Administrative Assistants Day, will feature spring and summer fashions from Parisian. Make reservations by April 19, by calling 664-7100. Proceeds benefit a Lions program for the elderly visually impaired.
• More local boutiques are moving out to the Pleasant Ridge Towne Center on Cantrell Road. The latest: Thread and Tuck and Cover.