Beauty and the Bike: an ecofabulous Style Guide
May is national bike month, so in honor of the hundreds of thousands of individuals making the trek in the rain or shine (or snow!) to show their commitment to a carbon-free lifestyle (a car with a solo driver releases a pound of CO2 per mile, by the way), we thought we’d spotlight some of the top ecofabulous bike gear that’s available on the market.
After all, as any cyclist knows, once you get into the sport, whether for commuting, pleasure or racing, there are a host of accessories – some necessary for safety, some just plain fun (hello handlebar streamers!) – and it’s important to note that while the overall act of biking itself serves to reduce your carbon footprint, the various biking paraphernalia (often made of PVC, synthetic fiber, and virgin resources) should be just as eco-friendly as your human-powered energy.
Here are the top picks for biking in ecofabulous style!
Who knew that one of the greenest ways to get around town could be even greener? These bamboo frame bikes from Calfee Designs are truly functional and have won numerous cycling awards, but environmental enthusiasts cheer about their eco-friendly construction – which includes hemp fiber lugs and a tung oil finish.
|Head over Wheels:
Helmets are for heads with brains in them. With a program specifically dedicated to producing helmets with a low impact on nature, MET Helmets are the top of the line for safety and sustainability. Besides being eco, these sleek, Italian-designed helmets are just cool!
With 2 rechargeable batteries that get their juice from the sun, this handy little device shines with the power of 3 LED lights. Once removed from the bike, it doubles as a pocket size flashlight.
Keep your bike secure and free up floor space with a Cycloc. The inner storage area is great for keeping lights, gloves or other accessories. Make sure to purchase the black color as it’s the only option made using 100% recycled post industrial plastic!
|Good, Clean Fun:
Get rid of the grease and grime using “Just Soap” and water. Made using a human-powered bicycle blender, the soaps contain pure vegetable oils, essential oils, and organic herbs and spices to create a mild, moisturizing bar that’s aligned with your human-powered ideals!
|Do Sweat the Small Stuff:
Look good while doing good for the planet. Carbon-free commuting is great, but make sure your apparel is environmentally conscious as well – both Novara and Cannondale have bike jerseys made using recycled polyester, helping keep the use of virgin resources to a minimum.
|Below the Waist:
One of the extra perks about biking is how absolutely fabulous your backside starts to look – show it off while on the road in a pair of capri bike tights or shorts made of recycled polyester. For a more casual look, this pair is great as well.
Rickshaw Bagworks is continuing to revolutionize the satchel industry. The aptly named “ZERO” bag, designed to eliminate waste, gets an update with the new waterproof eco x-pac fabric in mint green. Made from 100% recycled polyester, the fabric is actually a special high-performance sailcloth for ocean-going racing boats – this way you don’t have to worry about a few pesky rain drops getting in the way of your ride!
In case one bag isn’t enough (or if you’d just rather not have anything on your back), panniers are a great option for the urban commuter. The Detours Toocan Juicy Pannier truly packs a punch – it’s made out of 30 recycled juice box containers.
*Top photo courtesy of Girlhula.