Tag: green living

Make A Splash With Tea’s Swim Collection

It’s almost time to break out the swim suits and pack up the beach toys – pool days and beach trips are right around the corner! This year, Tea has you covered on the swimwear. Our first ever swim collection is just what you’d expect from us, colorful and comfortable; it’s the Tea way!

To celebrate the warmer temperatures and longer days, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites for this year’s beach bag.

1. Zoe b’s Fantastic Beach Toys – They’re bright & colorful and biodegradable. Made from corn, this five piece set won’t hurt the environment on the off chance it becomes a set of 3.

2. Green Toys Ecosaucer – This frisbee is made from 100% recycled milk bottles!

3. Green Toys Sand Play Set – Made in the USA. Actually, made just up the road from the Tea offices in Mill Valley, California.

Our new swim line has us dreaming of summer days and we were curious to see what a few of our blogger friends have planned for the months ahead. Click through each blog below to see what they’re up to!

A big Thank You to PJ, Laura, and Helen for being a part of this!


World Oceans Day

Today is World Ocean’s Day!  Show your commitment to protecting the oceans by sporting tees featuring our favorite marine animals:

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images credits: Pelican, La Pelica Graphic Tee, Cangrejo Graphic Tee, Crab Swimming in Blue Water by Sami Sarkis, Turtle in the Sea, Tortuga Graphic Tee, Tiburon Graphic Tee, Tiger Shark by Roger Horrocks

What else can you to help the oceans?  It’s easy, just remember the 7C’s (Seven Seas, get it? ha!):

1.)Commit to making a real difference

2.) Conserve in my home

3.) Consume consciously

4.) Communicate my interests and concerns

5.) Challenge myself daily

6.) Connect in my community

7.) Celebrate our Ocean!

Here are some great ideas to get kid’s involved!

Bike to School Day in San Francisco

April 7th was Bike to School Day in San Francisco. Thousands of kids of all ages rode to school with their parents and teachers, with the goal of reducing carbon emissions, encouraging daily exercise, and to have fun! More than 40 schools participated, making it the largest city-wide Bike to School Day yet.

 

We love that this is a yearly tradition in San Francisco, and although we’re not in school anymore, Tea is looking forward to Bike to Work Day on May 12th.

 

Stomp for Joy (and wrap your gifts with love).

Perhaps you received our email today? We’re stomping with joy and excitement as the holidays draw closer. In fact, Hanukkah just started last night. So for everyone who’s in the shopping or gifting mood, it’s time to think outside the (paper) box for wrapping ideas.

Have you ever thought about wrapping gifts in something other than paper? From The Green Spot, we learned that during the winter holidays, 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags are thrown away. The Daily Green also has lots of great green wrapping tips too.

At Tea, we created our signature Furoshiki Gift Wrap not only to be beautiful, but to be reusable. We were inspired by the artful Japanese tradition of wrapping gifts in beautiful swaths of cloth.

Furoshiki Gift Wrap

Other fun ideas:

– Turn your paper shopping bags inside out and inside out and add a bit of artistry with holiday-themed sketches or rubber stamps

– Use pages from old magazines – Katy likes to do a different color scheme for each person on her list: in shades of green for one person, shades of pink for another. They usually look really pretty and have a nice cohesive feeling.

– We like to use our own graphics and prints and print them out as wrapping paper. You could even use some of the Old World Hungary inspired coloring pages we’ve been publishing on the blog throughout the fall and holiday seasons. Or simply take any of your kids’ artistic creations and turn them into wrapping paper. Wouldn’t it be fun to get a present wrapped in your own artwork? Pretty cool.

Happy wrapping! We’d love to hear about some of your creative or eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas.

Potato Printing

Potato Print Monsters

With Halloween just around the corner, these potato print tees are a perfect activity to get everyone in the mood for costume making. Robin Rosenthal, a graphic designer and illustrator based out of Brooklyn, came up with a great blog post for creating these shirts at home. She shared her idea with LMNOP Magazine in their 12th issue.

Potato printing is great as it’s inexpensive, easy, and accessible for all ages. Potatoes absorb ink or paint surprisingly well, and can then be used to stamp onto just about anything, such as paper, fabric, or walls. To learn how to create shirts with your kids like ones above, click here. Potato printing can be done at any time of year with any theme or idea, but if you’re already cutting up pumpkins, why not add potatoes to the mix?

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All photos by Ian MacPherson.

Tea Bikes to Work in Style

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Summer hits San Francisco later than the rest of the country, and yesterday was the first work day that temperatures reached above 90 degrees! After months of fog the sunshine is very welcome, and eight of us rode our bikes to work instead of driving or taking the bus. At Tea we support Spare the Air and all do our best to live a green, healthy lifestyle. These ladies prove you don’t need to compromise your fashion sense to bike to work!

from left – 

Sandra (Tea’s Resident Data Geek, aspiring archer)

Lisa (Tea Brand Steward, Pizza-Partial yogi)

Anaal (Tea Social Media Guru, budding crafting entrepreneur, lover of Vanilla Bean (my bike))

Nuala (Tea Customer Care Extraordinaire, Personal Stylist, Blog Writer, Bicycle Fanatic)

Laura B (Design guru and America’s favorite dancer)

Laura L (Product Dev. Maven, Treasure seeker & Tea beauty advisor)

Isabelle (Clothematician, Kale enthusiast)

Letty (Tea CPSIA and Testing compliance, Collector of curiosities and cat paraphernalia)