we've noticed around town:
Soybeam Candles: Candles can be a simple, affordable luxury. They last a long time and fill your home with great smells and ambient light. Soybeam candles are all that and they're eco-friendly! They're made from soy and organic essential oils, packaged in recycled water and wine bottles with recycled paper and soy-based ink. Our favorite part (besides the incredible smells) is that the paper that protects the top of the candle while it's in transport is actually plantable (it has wildflower seeds right inside). In terms of smells, it's a toss up between the Mandarin Grapefruit and the Lavender Geranium.
Cisco Home Pasadena Showroom: Way bigger than it looks on the street. This had been on our list to check out ever since we got a taste of their furniture line at CAboom earlier this year. The store is filled with sustainable furniture, rugs, textiles and accessories. And it's all so solidly constructed that you know you're buying not only something 'grown up' but really something that will last a lifetime. The staff is helpful and totally knowledgeable. Plus they recently helped furnish an eco friendly remodeled 1960's bungalow in Alta Dena, see the virtual tour here.
New Favorite Drought Tolerant Plant: We recently planted our garden full of drought tolerant grasses and succulents. One plant that we weren't that excited about at first was a dark brown flax plant that looked sort of dark and nondescript in its pot. But now that it's planted we love how it offsets lighter colored plants and how the deep brown is subtle and dynamic when the light hits it. There are many different varieties of 'phormium' or flax. The one pictured is the Tenax Dazzler and is really expensive. The one we bought is the regular 'Jack Spratt' variety that you can get all over. Find it at Green Arrow Nursery, The Marina Garden Center or Persson's.
EpoxyGreen Annex: Epoxygreen has a new Annex on Lincoln Boulevard (1824 Lincoln Blvd) in Santa Monica that specializes in sustainable flooring. Find all kinds of wood and bamboo flooring. And if you're looking for tiles, carpet, or paint, go to their original location on Venice Boulevard.
Safecoat Paint at Naylor's: My (not our) favorite local paint store, Naylor's, is now selling eco-friendly paint! They now stock AFM Safecoat. No need to go all the way to Cox in Santa Monica or Home Depot down in the Marina. Find them across the street from the new Whole Foods on Lincoln (and keep your eye out for a real review soon).