Monday, March 9, 2009

Light the Way and Love the Earth

Who doesn't love saving the earth? Everybody. If you don't, you better keep it to yourself, it's the number one way to lose friends. Luckily, in order to save the world you no longer have to stop bathing, live in a yurt, or hook up your aerobics bike to a generator to produce your own electricity. Now you just need to be aware of the products you are using. Products like plastic bottles, Styrofoam and lampshades.

Yes lampshades, in case you didn't know most lampshades have a plastic styrene backing which in no way is biodegradable. They are then coated with toxic glue then the fabric. Lets think what happens when this glue gets hot,....toxic light bulb....your baby's room....hum? None too good for the earth, and on the aesthetic side- most plastic based shades are ugly, thus none too good for your decor.

We at LiT are taking a stand against ugly toxic shades by making our shades earth friendly through careful consideration in the materials used in producing LiTshades. Instead of plastic Dawn uses only paper backing. The backing is laminated using water based, non-toxic adhesive and then the reclaimed, recycled or re-purposed fabrics and papers give the shades their final touch. She also insists on only using natural fiber textiles like silks and cottons. I personally can vouch for this because I am going to be given a color swatch list of silk colors she wants me to buy from the locals when I go to Vietnam in two months.

Speaking of Vietnam, Dawn makes all her shades by hand, usually sitting quietly or rocking out to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in her shop. Her shades are not mass produced in Vietnam, Indonesia, or China in large crazy factories by little kids for two cents a day.

With this earth friendly piece of mind you can now rock your lucky little one to sleep under the soft light of a LiT shade and know that the decision you made to buy a LiT shade was one that was good for you as a mom, and Mother Earth.

Do more good in the world, visit Vitamin Angles and see how a little "A" can go a long way.

1 comment:

  1. yay for the Vietnam plug. Crazy cool that you'll be getting fabrics for Dawn! Can't wait to see the results.