In the Forecast: Eco Umbrellas

Don't get caught in April's showers with any old umbrella. This season, keep dry with an ecofriendly one. These picks come from environmentally savvy companies that repurpose weather-resistant materials. 

Made from reclaimed plastic bottles, the compact (1) Croyde and the curve-handled (2) Dayton from Radley ($50 and $60, respectively, shopcaravan.com) both pass a wind-tunnel test for durability, and you can recycle them through the company's take-back program. Totes' (3) Eco brella ($30, totes-isotoner.com) includes a 70-percent-recycled aluminum and steel frame, a bamboo handle, a hemp strap, and a canopy constructed from 100-percent-recycled plastic bottles. Perhaps the most resourceful company, Monsoon Vermont transforms detergent containers and other plastic trash from Indonesia into its one-of-a-kind (4) Recycled Umbrellas ($60).

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Comments (2)

  • northquirk 1 Apr, 2009

    Has anyone actually purchased something from shopcaravan.com? It doesn't seem to be an online store and the other vendors who sell Radley umbrellas all seem to be in the UK. Any ideas about where to find one in the states?

  • northquirk 1 Apr, 2009

    Any idea where we can purchase Radley umbrellas? shopcaravan.com doesn't seem to be a store and I can only find sites in the UK.

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