Earth Day Guide
It’s Earth Day folks- and we suggest you get your green on. What you may have missed is that Urban Air Market is an outdoor marketplace for sustainable design. This means that many of our designers make it a conscious point to take people, the environment, and our future into consideration in all their creations.
Although we understand that Earth Day IS Everyday, today we’d like to recognize some excellent ethical design- all of which will be available at our upcoming Urban Air Market show in Hayes Valley, San Francisco on May 3rd! (rsvp here)
Oxgut Hose Company, Inc.
Based in Emeryville, Oxgut Hose Company works with local designers and artisans to give a whole new purpose to decommissioned fire hoses. These hoses that once saved lives, are beautifully re-made into anything from bags, to home accessories to furniture.
Based in San Francisco, ModaVive is about more than giving new homes to vintage and second-hand apparel and accessories. Their moto: “Giving Back is the New Black” and they do so by supporting charitable causes with each sale. Their platform allows anyone to make a difference in the lives of those in need by purchasing, consigning or donating designer-quality unwanted clothing, accessories and handbags.
Compass Rose Designs
A third generation maker, Creek Van Houten of Compass Rose Designs makes jewelry from recycled, vintage and historical treasures. The collections are inspired by the story and aesthetic of the Victorian era – a time influenced by industrialization, innovation and an “idealized past”. Compass Rose Designs prides itself in “making history wearable”.
Made in San Francisco, Mafia Bags are constructed from up-cycled wind and surf sails. All one-of-a-kind and eccentrically colorful, Mafia Bags make anything from duffle bag and backpacks to tech accessories and mini bags. If you have a sail you’d like to donate, hit them up on their online shop here.
Synergy Organic Clothing
Synergy is more than stylish organic clothing. By using certified organic materials and low impact dyes they are significantly decreasing their water pollution footprint. Speaking of water, Synergy supports the Waterwheel foundation and has a partnership with the coastal watershed council and the San Lorenzo River Alliance to help restore, revitalize and protect the local watershed.
“Kahoy” means “wood” in Tagalog. The Kahoy Kollection of shades are handmade from bamboo and inspired by vintage designs. Bamboo is fast growing and can be cultivated without pesticides. Each pair of Kahoy shades and opticals has wooden temples and comes with Ophthalmic grade frames – they can even fill your prescription!
In response to environmental issues in Indonesia, a couple of California’s were inspired to start Indosole. Indosole makes shoes out of repurposed tires that would otherwise be headed for the landfill. Each pair is made with repurposed, organic and non-toxic materials in an environmentally sustainable production process.