Creative Arts

Dogwood and Hastings: Sustainable Homewares Launch!

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I’m excited to announce that my design project, long in the works, is up and running! Check out the video below for all the details, and head on over to Kickstarter to support this new sustainable line of housewares that brings nature home.

You can read about all the Stories behind the prints, the line’s Impact and Ethics, and much more, over at the Dogwood & Hastings website. 

Without nonprofit groups doing the important conservation work they do, our natural areas wouldn’t be as beautiful, healthy, and vibrant as they are. That’s why I’ve committed 10% of the profits from Dogwood & Hastings to go back to the communities where the original images for the prints were taken. I’ve had personal contact with each of these groups and trust and admire the work that they do.

New York City: Riverkeeper (Hudson River protection and conservation)

  • Manhattan Bedrock print

Connecticut: Wildlife in Crisis (wild animal rehab facility)

  • Winged Decay print
  • Yankee Orange print

Mexico: Grupo Ecologica de la Costa Verde (Sea turtle protection on the Nayarit coast)

  • Eternal Flight print
  • Sherbet Sky print

Oregon: Oregon Wild (protects old-growth forests and wildlands)

  • November Mushrooms print
  • Pink Urchiness print
  • Wind-on-Sand print
  • Chuck’s Mossway print

All Four Napkins Final

The line includes four beautiful napkin prints! (clockwise starting at top left), Winged Decay; Eternal Flight; Yankee Orange; and Pink Urchiness


Three Tablecloths Final

And three gorgeously graphic tablecloth prints. Shown here are Manhattan Bedrock, November Mushrooms, and Sherbet Sky. Each of these prints comes from a minimally manipulated photograph I took in NYC, Oregon, and Mexico, repectively.


D & H Notebooks

There are recycled paper notebooks… Chuck’s Mossway print and Wind-on-Sand prints. Both of these images come from Oregon—the mountains and the beach.


Tablecloth Weights 1 Final

And incredible table jewelry from Eco-Chick fave Natalie Frigo: Made from recycled metals in NYC, they are the perfect complement to Dogwood & Hastings prints.


Candlestick Holders Final

Natalie Frigo’s table jewelry collection is called Fortress: These Candlestick holders have a low profile but maximum impact.


Napkin Ring Close

The Fortress Napkin rings keep everything tidy and sass up any table.


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Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.