Local Bowls and Mugs from The Bowl Maker

Local artist Cary Lane designed these fanciful bowls and mugs

I love Cary’s bowls. They are wonderfully unique and make great gifts. Her mugs have the perfect handle and all her ceramics are filled with whimsical characters and charming small poems.

“I grew up in a safe circle of creativity and scientific wonder. My scientist dad and pianist mom gave me the time and paper to fill the kitchen table and floor with my paintings and drawings.

At California State University Long Beach I found the ceramics department: a vibrant program led by dedicated professors and unified students. With ceramic sculpture I began my conscious adult life as a dedicated artist.

Throughout my M.F.A. and various artist-in-residency programs, I discovered Bellingham, Washington, where I fell in love with a fisherman. We built our home in the foothills of Mount Baker, and home-birthed two children. Now I work as a mother and artist amongst dogs, cedar trees, and a close community. Art for me is a wonderfully fierce, necessary thing. It can not be separated from my being.”

Be sure to check them out next time you’re shopping!

Little Fluffy Silkscreened Onesies

A sampling of the Little Fluffy Onesies we carry

“Our Little Fluffy line brings FluffyCo’s design aesthetic to babies in a line of fun, colorful graphic onesies and tees. Each garment is 100% organic cotton, made in the USA, and printed by hand in our San Francisco studio using water–based inks. With a soft satin tag and sweet prints inspired by babies, these little clothes are made with a lot of love and care.

We pride ourselves on doing most of our production in the USA, making small batches of interesting, useful products, and working with small and family–owned businesses whenever possible. Not only is everything we make sweatshop–free, we actually make and assemble several products by hand in our own San Francisco studio! We offer an extensive range of clothing, accessories, and home goods– all with minimal packaging and focused on great design.”

Felted iPhone Sleeves & Recycled Aluminum iPhone Cases

Graf & Lantz felted iPhone Sleeves and RuMe recycled aluminum iPhone cases

Yes, there are a lot of accessories for Smartphones out there. The felted wool sleeves from Graf & Lantz keep your phone safe from breakage, provide a waterproof layer and become the small version of a purse, holding IDs as well as your phone. These felted sleeves come in a beautiful variety of hues, as well. RuMe has created a fun line of iPhone cases made from recycled aluminum, that fit on the back of your phone, adding fun graphics and protection at the same time.

“Traditionally made with wool, felt is considered to be the world’s oldest fabric. Although these days there are mainly synthetic fiber felts on the market there are still a handful of mostly European producers left that specialize in high quality wool felt. We import our custom felts from Germany which has a rich history of felt manufacturing that continues today. The felts we use are made of merino wool which is prized for its ultra fine fibers and soft feel. The natural oil content of the wool makes our felt stain and water resistant. Best of all wool felt is a natural, sustainable and biodegradable material.”

“RuMe is all about providing you with smart, stylish products you can reUse again and again; and our rCase Recycled Aluminum iPhone cases are no exception. Designed with our iconic patterns you can protect your iPhone in quintessential RuMe style. Each rCase is printed by hand right here in Denver, and top quality from start to finish is guaranteed.”

Keep Cups:Barista Standard Cups that are Re-Usable and Recylable

Keep Cup is an Australian company looking to create an alternative to single use to-go cups. Their containers come in a wide variety of colors.

“KeepCups are ‘barista standard’ because a trained barista can make awesome to go coffee in them.  They come in the four standard takeaway sizes and fit under the group handles of most espresso coffee machines. When your coffee is made in a KeepCup the cream on the shot is not broken and the portioning of milk to coffee will be correct.  KeepCups have thermal properties similar to paper so they are not a thermos. Replicating the functionailty of disposable cups KeepCups are splashproof, not a sealed container.

Many small acts make a phenomenal difference.Compared to a disposable paper cup, KeepCup (including coffee) reduces landfill by up to 99%. Compared to a disposable paper cup KeepCup (including coffee) reduces water use by up to 85%.

We chose plastic to manufacture the KeepCups.  They are made from single component materials, they are lightweight, easy to carry and have low embodied energy in manufacture.

KeepCups are BPA free and non-toxic.

To ensure they are user friendly they are also dishwasher and microwave safe and fit  into most bicycle and car cup holders.”

 

Organic and Fair Trade Cloth Napkins from Marigold Fair Trade

These beautiful cloth napkins are hand blocked by a womens’ cooperative in India

One of my personal favorite things we carry here at the Cordata store, these organic and fair trade certified cloth napkins are truly one of a kind. Marigold Fair Trade has a direct relationship with the womens’ cooperative in India that makes them, helping to alleviate poverty and provide liveable wages to disadvantaged women there. Cloth napkins are a great way to teach kids about not wasting napkins when they eat. The colors of these napkins stay vibrant  even after washing on gentle cycle in the washing machine and they can be used over and over, bringing beauty to each meal.

“In a world where it is increasingly difficult to know the origins of the products we wear and consume, fair trade connects us to the people and stories behind the products. Fair Trade provides a viable alternative by upholding a trade system that values human dignity and sustainability. Marigold uses fabrics that are vegetable dyed and handblock printed to accent our naturally dyed organic cotton. Hand block printing is an age-old artisian tradition that dates back to the 12th century in India, but it is an art form that is dying due to mass produced manufacturing. We believe in honoring and celebrating the tradition of block printing to bring you products that are a work of art created by hand.”

Coasters for Hot Days and Cool Drinks

Coasters from Graf & Lanz, Sesame Letterpress, Natural Home and KikkerlandAs we enter the hottest days of the summer, it’s time to break out the stylish coasters at your next BBQ, pool party or get together. We’ve got traditional Bierfilzls, coasters made from felted wool that is then dyed beautiful hues, Sesame Letterpress’ hand pressed paper coasters with fun and playful designs, cork coasters from Natural Home, the same company that brings us Natural Home Magazine, and finally, Kikkerland’s always irreverent and on trend mustache coasters, also made from cork.

Next time you’re picking up a 6 pack of beer or even just a 6 pack of ginger beer, make sure you check out the coasters we’ve got to go with them. They’re sure to make drinking more fun.

Lifefactory Glass Bottles with Silicone Sleeves

22 oz Bottle with Sport Cap, Sippy Bottle, Flat Cap Bottle, 16 oz Bottle with twist lid, 4 oz baby Bottle and 9 oz Baby Bottle

Lifefactory Bottle are a favorite here at the Cordata Co-op. The design and colors are great and their glass bottles are made in France. Glass doesn’t retain odors, and the silicone sleeves makes them virtually unbreakable. All of their lids are interchangeable, so a baby bottle can become a sippy bottle and then a drink bottle with a lid. The adult beverage bottles come with a sport lid or a standard loop top lid. Lifefactory is based in San Francisco, CA.

“At Lifefactory, we set out to develop the safest and most beautiful reusable hydration system on the planet. Our bottles are designed to grow with families from cradle to table. To ensure safety, all of our products are made from materials that are free of BPA, phthalates, PVC, polycarbonate, lead and latex. No compromises. Glass offers the best taste, is the safest material to drink from and is built to last a lifetime.

Any good system must also be smart. To that end, all of our products are dishwasher safe. Our 16 oz and 22 oz beverage bottles use the same size caps. Making products interchangeable makes family life a little easier. As your baby grows, our 4 oz and 9 oz baby bottles become great storage containers for snacks. Our silicone sleeves help prevent breakage and provide a comfortable non-slip gripping surface.”