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If I Could Turn Back Time

Published on February 10, 2010 by   ·   6 Comments Pin It
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I’d be in the video with Cher… showing my tattooed buttocks to all the world.   Alas, I’m a pregnant green vegan in NYC watching the City be blanketed in snow, and thinking about eco time pieces.   Married to a collector of Vintage Rolex’s, I have never cared much for watches since his obsession takes up enough time for the both of us.   What’s the big deal with watches, I always thought.. my Blackberry gives me the time!   But now, with the advent of all sorts of fabulously eco-friendly time pieces.. I may just go back on my anti-watch crusade and rock one of these new green pieces, or at least alternate it with my 80′s fabulous Ebel Bat Mitzvah watch.

Sprout Watch, $30 @nordstrom.com

Sprout Watch, $30 @nordstrom.com

Winner for overall design, color options, eco-perfection, and price? Sprout Watches. Made with a natural bamboo dial – left in its pure unpolished state with corn resin bezels and cases and organic cotton straps, and mercury free batteries.. these watches totally cannot be beat.   AND they come in kids sizes, in tons of kid-friendly color combos!   And they are cheap enough to buy two!

The Ray, $425 @watchismo.com

The Ray, $425 @watchismo.com

Perfect for your eco-guy; The Ray is a hand-built watch that has been designed to not only be built from recyclable materials, but also do so with a minimal carbon footprint.   How, you may ask? Only 1,000 individually numbered watches were produced worldwide, it’s made from real ebony wood sourced from sustainable managed forests (which means that for every tree used another is planted.) The case and links are from solid chunks of wood, not laminate, and this wood was chosen for its high density and durable characteristics.   How could it get greener?   It’s made with 100% recyclable anti-allergy stainless steel, 100% recyclable aluminum, 100% recyclable mineral crystal, 100% solvent free links, and brass automatic movement.   Why does this matter? An automatic movement watch needs no batteries, which reduces waste and extends the life of the product. A traditional battery operated movement has a life of 18 months compared to a never-ending automatic mechanical movement’s lifespan.   How else is The Ray green? The company uses sea shipping, rather than airplanes, and also optimized the watch’s packaging which has saved 30% of CO2 emissions.

Casio Eco-Friendly Baby-G Solar Atomic Watch, $125 @princetonwatches.com

Casio Eco-Friendly Baby-G Solar Atomic Watch, $125 @princetonwatches.com

The Casio Baby-G is perfect for the on-the-go green globetrotter in your life. Equipped with a solar panel, you won’t have to worry about changing a battery. With atomic timekeeping you are sure to be on-time whether you are in the states, Europe or Japan.

And before you anti-consumerists get on our arse about shopping… we will remind you all that obviously, the greenest choice is to buy vintage, or ask your Grannie or Gramps for his/ her old time piece. We particularly love how many French women troll vintage stores for old pocket watches and wear them hooked on to a long chain around their neck.   Tres chic!   In the States, we recommend antique stores, Ebay, and estate sales!

But for those of you who want to support sustainable, ethical, green, modern new businesses, we are providing you with those options above!   Now.. what time is it again?

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Readers Comments (6)

  1. ricosuave says:

    great stuff, I especially like the antiques!!!

  2. Nicole Capobianco says:

    LOVE the Baby-G. Reminds me of my grade school Swatch and Trapper Keeper days, with a sexy spin. Plus it goes with everything!

  3. kathryn says:

    Love the Sprout! I just scored a Nixon on ebay…I think I am becoming obsessed.

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  5. Some facts about GeBO – Green Earth & Blue Oceans:

    -For every watch sold, GeBO works with non-profit organizations to plant 10 Trees. Countries receiving this benefit are: USA, Brazil, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, India, Ethiopia, Ghana and Senegal.
    -We strive to be a Carbon Free company, and offset our carbon footprint by supporting projects which not only help with reforestation, but also for the development renewable and alternative energy, ocean conservation and recycling education. Climate change touches all of us in many ways, and GeBO is committed to support projects which help in a meaningful way.
    -Our watch design is registered and trademarked, making it unique.
    - Our COLORS OF THE WORLD collection features an interchangeable case and strap, offering 100’s of different combinations.
    -For a limited time customers will receive a small shopping bag made of recycled materials as a free gift.
    -All packaging used for GeBO wristwatches is made only from recycled materials, and is also recyclable.

    We are asking for your support, and are extending a special offer for friends and family (code: GeBO Gift) to purchase your GeBO at a special discount. Go to gebowatch.com and click on the EXPLORE button to discover the different combinations of GeBO wristwatches.
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    Make ECO-responsibility fun and fashionable. GeBO Team

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