Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Exchange Will Do You Good

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Going Green. You cringe a little at the thought, imagining yourself in a dingy hippy commune, your hair growing into funky dreadlocks and donning a patchouli scent while you bike to the next peace protest. Does Green really have to be so grungy?

Then—hallelujah—you find eco-fashion! Now, that’s some green you can get into… until you realize that organic cotton tee costs more than your car. Does earth friendly have to mean wallet un-friendly?

Lucky for you, there’s a new, green way to keep your lifestyle and your bank account intact: ecoBorrow. The nationwide site, which a team of local investors helped create, combines the social networking aspect of Facebook with the fiscal appeal of Freecycle.

Here’s how you do it: register for 20 bucks a year, list items you don’t mind lending, and get access to borrow stuff from your circle of friends. From books to baby gear, ecoBorrow lists anything swappable. And your dashboard on the site keeps track of outstanding loans and sends emails for requests.

No money is exchanged, so it’s recession proof. You only swap with friends you choose, so it’s spam-proof.

Green, frugal and fabulous? You can save the earth and a little green.

Until Dec 31, Lei Chic readers can register for ecoBorrow at half price ($10). Just enter LEICHIC in the discount code field at checkout: www.ecoBorrow.com

Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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