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by Lisa Topiol
I love shopping just as much as the next chick, but sometimes I feel guilty about all the materials wasted on products every day. The best way to ease my guilty conscience without losing out on being fashionably forward is to combine fashion with eco-friendly materials. What better way to show off your love for the environment then with a recycled bag that will have everyone talking? Ecoist has created some bags that are totally worth their price tag and my favorite by far has got to be the Leda bag. This bag is made completely from aluminum can tabs and even though it's recycled, it still kills all the competition on the streets. Not only is this bag eco-friendly, but they're handmade by Women's Cooperative which gives rural women the opportunity to earn money for their families. Let's step away from the leather, and start clearing up all the trash out there by putting it to good us as armwear! Bragging rights? Granted.
Eco-friendly never looked so comfortable! This time around, why not take a green getaway and give Planet Earth a little vacation too? With it's state-of-the-art modernism, it's easy to forget that there's actually a cause behind the swanky URBN Hotels. A mere peek at the chic, boutique lodging makes it hard to believe that China's first sustainable hotel is a former factory warehouse. An extensive effort has been put into the greenness of URBN Hotels, located in the heart of Shanghai, including furnishings and decor made from all recycled materials. Its environmentally friendly practices are the beginning to a new breed of hotels with carbon-neutral practices and commitments to leaving as minimal earth-harming footprints. The company even prides itself on its investment in the growth of the million-tree project, one devoted to the planting of trees reserved for the purpose of compensating for emissions. You're even offered the opportunity to purchase carbon credits to make you feel better about your flight halfway around the world! Don't get the wrong idea: the environment isn't the only thing treated like royalty at URBN. The hotel's 26 rooms, spa suite and 2 penthouses provide the ultimate in guest comfort. With in-house accommodations like their guest-only rooftop cocktail lounge and concierge options that include guided bike tours and Chinese Mandarin language tutoring, guests are guaranteed a memorable Shanghai experience. View the slideshow to take a peek at the sleek and sensible carbon-neutral model that will soon be the new craze in tourism: Shanghai's URBN Hotels!