Top 5 Finds at Viva Terra

Viva Terra is one of those lifestyle sites that makes you think you could actually wake up in the morning, smile in the mirror, and have a totally calming day. If you could crawl right into their Web site, you’d never have to rush or worry again. Alas, we know we can’t shop our way to a better planet, we’d be greenwashing you if we said that, but let’s face it, some products are built better than others, and at one time or another, everbody needs to get their hands on some stuff. Enter Viva Terra, a totally calming, elegant shopping experience with the earth-friendly home wares you're looking for. There’s a lot of good things here, but following, our top five:

Shaped like blossoming flowers, recycled glass Seaglass Illuminaria votive holders ($39) illuminate the world, as well as your room. Beeswax tealights ($12) available here, too.

Move over Frette. Luxurious blue and white organic bedding ($450-525) will sweeten dreams.

The Hinoki bath mat ($39) is made of a type of Japanese cedar said to possess natural antibacterial agents and resistance to humidity. The therapeutic wood contains minerals and essential oils traditionally used in Japan to treat skin irritations, cure asthma, and reduce stress

Organic cotton stuffed animals ($39-45, at top) are not only dazzlingly cute, they’ll also ensure that little one s get off to a healthy start. Chemical-free and stitched with no buttons or other detachable objects, our floppy 100% organic, 100% adorable cotton critters are right at home in any nursery. Hand-dyed with natural, home-grown dyes. Chemical-free and stitched with no buttons or other detachable objects, these adorable critters are hand-dyed with natural, home-grown dyes.

It’s rare to find heirloom fruit breeds that are still organic. But Viva Terra’s done it, and offers organic heirloom apple bare root trees ($45) in Newtown Pippin, Anna, and White Pearmain varieties. ::Viva Terra [by MO]