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March 17, 2008
Madam Butterfly goes green


As my Bee colleague and fellow 21Q blogger Rachel Leibrock wrote recently in a Scene story, more and more stores are doing the whole "green," reusable bag thing. But get this: they're not just for folks who fill their bags with alfalfa sprouts and multivitamins anymore.

I found the cutest eco-friendly bags at Madam Butterfly in the Pavilions (off Fair Oaks Boulevard). These are reusable, recyclable bags that certainly fit the bag-it-green trend.

Owner Denise Masunaga says she's got two styles to choose from: Dogeared and Green World (pictured).

The Dogeared bags are 100 percent cotton canvas, silk-screened with either a peace sign or the word "karma" on front. And who couldn't use a bit of good karma these days? The Dogeared bags are $25 each and will hold up to a heavy load of environmentally friendly products.

The Green World bags are sold as a set of four ($30). With modern, colorful designs, they're soooo not limited to the grocery store. They're great for toting books, toys to the park, etc. Buying the four-pack also allows you to share with a friend or family member.

(The Green World designer, Trudy Balisteri, lives in San Diego, but has family ties to Sactown.)

Besides the cute, eco-friendly bags, Madam Butterfly is bringing in clothing lines with a "green thumb." They include Eco-ganik, Habitude and Earth by CP Shades. Denise says the lines are unique in that they use bamboo and organic cottons and "manufacture according to the principles of fair trade."

With Earth Day coming up next month, it's not too soon to get into an earth-friendly shopping mode.

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