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Shoes for women and men made with exceptional craftsmanship and materials. “In 2004 FEIT [fight] was born as a response—an evolution of consumerism and production that moves away from volume and excess, and towards quality and sustainability. FEIT footwear is built for longevity, from natural materials via human construction. All FEIT footwear is hand sewn and hand lasted by a master shoe maker. Few makers are skilled enough to produce footwear in this manner, hence only limited numbers can be produced…FEIT adheres to a strict policy of using biological materials and natural treatments whenever possible. Natural materials breathe, patina and become one with the wearer. Materials page. Zero Toxics Matrix A+ Rating

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These shoes for men are a cut above ordinary shoes. Their about page starts with this quote “A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” Made from vegetable tanned leather, there are many styles and colors to choose from…you can customize any pair and even design your own! About the leather. Zero Toxics Matrix A Rating

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District Leathers

Vegetable-tanned hides for creating your own leather projects. In addition to the vegetable tans link here, also see the “cow hides” and lamb hides” menus and choose “vegetable tans.” See their very informative Leather Buying Guide . Free swatches. “Vegetable tanned leathers are tanned using strictly organic materials such as tree bark. They possess warm deep colors. As veg-tan leather ages, it absorbs the light, oils, and air that it is exposed to which cause their colors to become more rich.” Zero Toxics Matrix A Rating

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Etsy Vendors of Vegetable-Tanned Leather Purses

I had to include this because there are so many small artisans now working with vegetable-tanned leather that it was a joy for me to see their creations. You’ll find unusual designs here as well as traditional classics. Note the country items are shipped from as they are not all use. But here’s where you’ll find vegetable-tanned leather purses and accessories at prices well below other sources. Note: This is a search results page on Etsy for “vegetable-tanned leather purses.” Try reaching on “vegetable0tanned leather for other items. Zero Toxics Matrix A Rating

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GDC/Building For Health

The global leader of healthy home material supply, specializing in interior finishes and furnishings such as AFM Safecoat Paints and others,, toxin-free flooring, custom air purification systems and solutions, and other nontoxic building products. Healthy building expert Andrew Pace has over 25 years experience in the education of home health and human wellness. With over 20,000 satisfied clients all over the world, Andrew has a keen awareness of the issues relating to chemical sensitivity, green building, mold remediation and toxicity reduction. Zero Toxics Matrix B Rating Zero Toxics Matrix C Rating

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Miriam’s Earthen Cookware

Miriams Earthen Cookware’s (MEC) hand-thrown, unglazed, 100% primary clay pots and pans can be used on the stove and/or in the oven. “Our cookware is made from 100% primary clay – a nutrient rich, naturally occurring, renewable form of earth. Tested for purity in the USA and harvested from 20 to 25 feet below the surface from secluded lands whose history is verified going back 200 years. MEC pots are also not glazed to avoid contamination from chemicals in the glaze, and off course because we think nature is beautiful just the way it is! MEC cooks with a gentle far-infrared heat (FIR). This type of heat is unique to pots made from primary clay and cooks by preserving the nutrients in food. It also helps carry spices and seasoning much deeper, making it more flavorful and delicious. An added advantage is that you can cook with less salt and seasoning… MEC’s Primary clay pots are excellent retainers of heat. Their immense heat-retaining capacity helps food stay hot longer, saving the need to re-heat multiple times. Food stays warm on an average up to 5 to 6 hours. Also, because they retain heat so well, all foods cook on medium or less than medium heat, no need to go to high settings. MEC pots are also designed to condense steam naturally so the water soluble nutrients stay inside the pot! This allows food to cook in its own oils and liquids not having the need to add too much. Miriams Earthen Cookware is Made in the USA with primary clay from within the USA.” Best to use in the oven or on a gas burner, but you can also use it on an induction cooktop with a diffiser (sold on their site). Zero Toxics Matrix A Rating

Listen to my interview with Miriam’s Earthen Cookware Founder Miriam Kattumuri.

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Scarf Shop

Long and luxurious scarves made from organic or conventional cotton or wool,dyed by hand in small batches in Minneapolis, MN. Low impact materials and methods are used whenever possible. Kettle dying in small batches with water based dyes gives fabric a rich and mottled appearance. These are gorgeous scarves. Lots of beautiful colors. Zero Toxics Matrix A Rating Zero Toxics Matrix B Rating

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