Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Wendy’s Picks

Wendy’s Weekly Picks,” is a feature in which I highlight stuff I like or recommend in the worlds of fashion, gift ideas, home decor, makeup, websites, entertainment, and recipes. Of course, much​ of the stuff I link to will be affiliate products, which means I’ll receive a commission on any click-throughs or purchases you make through the affiliate links. As always, I appreciate your support! In honor of Earth Day on Saturday, here are my favorite green and eco-friendly finds this week:

This pair of to-go coffee cups, marked way down at Gilt. Ooh, or this beautiful this one — also on sale.

For your wedding, maybe.

This cute clutch, which is on sale and almost sold-out, is made out of palm leaves! I’d totally carry that on a night out.

For my fellow crazy cat ladies.

For the kids.

Cute tee made entirely of recycled cotton.

These earrings, made from recycled brass, are gorgeous. (Bonus: Purchasing these earrings helps provide fair wages and benefits for Kenyan artisans in a safe and healthy work environment.)

This is the garbage can we own for recycling (which is the law here in NYC). It’s not cheap, but it’s sleek and so easy to use that even Joanie has it figured out. I found ours on some super sale years ago at Bed Bath and Beyond, so if you’re in the market, keep your eyes peeled for a deal.

I need this book. You probably do, too.

Wow, what a great price for this cute tree swing, made from recycled cotton. If only I had a tree!

For the last two or three years, we’ve been collecting our food scraps to be composted (we don’t do the actual composting), which is easy enough here in Brooklyn where there are two collection spots a short walk from our place. We keep scraps in our freezer and drop them off every Wednesday and Saturday, which works well. In the beginning, we used this compost collection bin, which is great if you don’t have room to spare in your freezer, or you want an easily accessible spot to collect scraps throughout the day before composting in your garden or storing elsewhere to bring to a collecting or compost site. I also see people bring this compost bin to the collection site at the farmers market every week, too. #BrooklynHippies

Ok, this isn’t specifically eco-friendly (it isn’t un eco-friendly), but it’s very seasonally-appropriate and look how cute!

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    Ange April 20, 2017, 4:52 pm

    I looooove that doormat! If I hadn’t just spent like $300 on one of the bloody cats I’d invest in it lol.

    Do you not get bins provided for you to recycle over there? Here recycling is nationwide but the council provides you the bin to do so free of charge. In some areas you have a general waste bun, recycling bin AND a green waste bin.

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      anonymousse April 20, 2017, 10:04 pm

      We have garbage, recycling and a giant compost bin. But they are for outside…

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      bunnybear April 21, 2017, 7:54 am

      In NYC, all building garbage is down on the street. So, in house, you have to separate your trash and recyclables then take them down to the appropriate communal bins. If you live in a high rise, you may have bins on your floor (instead of the street). But, still…unless you want to be running out of the house (or down the hallway) to the communal bins every 2 seconds, you sort in the apartment and take out when the bin/bag is full.

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      RedRoverRedRover April 21, 2017, 9:19 am

      We have a very similar bin to the one shown, a different simplehuman model. We used to use it for garbage and recycling, and kept compost under the sink. Then we moved into a place where the kitchen has a built-in double-garbage that slides out under the counter. It’s so nice! So now we use that for garbage and recycling. And our simplehuman bin actually has a third bin inside – there’s the two obvious ones, but they sit inside a third one which is the full size of the can. So we were able to take out the two smaller ones and now we just use the single big one for recycling. It’s SO nice. This bin is so big, it can take almost all packaging. The only thing that doesn’t really fit are L/XL pizza boxes.

      Our city does provide a little compost bin that you can keep on the counter or under the sink, but I don’t like it. I prefer to buy my own.

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    meadowphoenix April 21, 2017, 8:54 am

    Uuuugggggggghhhhhhh at “Thug Kitchen, LLC” being a company of two white people, no no no no nope. Fuck that.

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      anonymousse April 22, 2017, 12:55 pm

      Yep. I’m still surprised at the popularity of this.

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    RedRoverRedRover April 21, 2017, 9:25 am

    Le Creuset is pretty eco-friendly if you consider the fact that you can use it for the rest of your life, and pass it down to kids and maybe even grandkids. Buying quality items that last and using them for their entire lifespan is one of the best things you can do.

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    anonymousse April 22, 2017, 12:56 pm

    Donate to the National Park Service, or PP, or the ACLU.

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    Howdywiley April 23, 2017, 6:10 pm

    I just broke down and bought those gorgeous earrings. I have been dreaming about them since you posted this!

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