Greer’s Best Buys:

Locally made bags friendlier on planet

August 21, 2008|By GREER WYLDER

Simple Peace Bags are stylish and reusable bags that help the environment and the artisans who make them. Founder DeAnna Reposa of Corona del Mar went on a journey to reduce her paper and plastic shopping lifestyle and created her own brand: Simple Peace.

Initially, she bought every reusable canvas, fabric and polypropylene recycled product, and wasn’t sold on any one.

Now she produces Simple Peace Bags made of high-quality certified organic cotton, hemp and recycled canvas, and they’re manufactured in Orange County! You can choose from “The Suburban Shopping System,” a set of bags and carriers that make shopping green a cinch. Just leave the bags in the back of your car, and transfer them to your grocery cart.

Simple Peace also offers urban shopping bags, farmer’s market bags and beautiful Tigmi basket totes hand-woven by a fair trade artisan cooperative in Essaouira, Morocco.


The bags are available online (free shipping through August) or at Zinc Café and Market in Corona del Mar or Laguna Beach; Mother’s Market in Costa Mesa; and the Road Less Traveled Store in Santa Ana. For more info, visit or call (949) 720-8092.


Studio Chameleon is having a great sale through August. Save 25% to 50% on accessories, upholstery, throw pillows and outdoor pillows, rugs, outdoor pots, mirrors and bedding.

Studio Chameleon features lots of great accessories and furnishings for every room in your home plus your patio. When you visit Studio Chameleon for this great sale, you’ll also see the fabulous new things arriving every day: accessories, pillows, bedding and other furnishings for your home.

The store in Westcliff Court blends fine art from internationally acclaimed artists, including Joan Elan Davis, Lee Silton, Liz Jardine, Simon Addyman, Michelle Y Williams, Sarah Stockstill, Terri Burris, Peter Kuttner, Lisa Ridgers and Deika Rae.

By the way, save the date for Studio Chameleon’s October artist reception for fine artists Amy Paul and Deborah Brenner from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 2.

Managed by award-winning interior designer (and super friendly) Eve Lowey and her partner Darsi Rubin, the store’s talented staff is always available to share their gifts with you.

The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 1733 Westcliff Drive in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 650-7979 or visit

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