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Chryso’s Beauty Buys: TSA-Friendly Beauty Products

by Chryso D'Angelo, July 29 2015, 0 Comments
My family loves to travel, but packing up all the essentials and then going through security checkpoints can be a bit frazzling (especially with two small children in tow). Like many travelers these days, you may choose only a carry-on...

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Dede's Green Scene: Cruelty Free Celebrities!

by Dede Tabak, July 16 2015, 0 Comments
  We are always eager to learn how stars look their best. Recently, some celebrities have revealed their secret to looking glamorous—cruelty free beauty and cosmetic products. While there are more cruelty free brands available to consumers every year, including...

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How to Go Green with Silv: Time for a (Stay)cation!

by Silvia Milanova, July 08 2015, 0 Comments
NORTHEAST EDITION Summer is in full swing! And if you’re one of the 42 percent of Americans who didn’t take a single vacation day in 2014, (those living in cities took off the least number of days—what are you waiting...

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The Millennial's Pope Acknowledges Climate Change

by Samantha Jakuboski, July 01 2015, 0 Comments
Although he has been in office less than three years, Pope Francis has already earned the reputation as being the “People’s Pope.” His compassionate and down-to-earth nature is evident when he drives through crowds in an open vehicle absent of...

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The Hidden Price of Fast Fashion - "The True Cost" Documentary Film Review

by Sasha Cohen, June 24 2015, 0 Comments
“This enormous, rapacious industry that is generating so much profit; why is it that it is unable to support millions of its workers properly? The business model is completely unsustainable.” -British journalist Lucy Siegle in The True Cost The True...

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Chryso's Beauty Buys: Sunscreen

by Chryso D'Angelo, June 17 2015, 0 Comments
Now that the weather has gotten warmer and sunnier throughout the U.S. (woohoo!), you’re probably spending more time outdoors. I know I am! Whether you’re at the shore, the pool or even running an errand, it’s crucial that you protect your skin....

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New Bill Could Lead To Safer Beauty Products

by Chryso D'Angelo, June 10 2015, 0 Comments
  Photo by Courtney Rhodes NO PRODUCT SAFETY REGULATIONS NOW On average, women use 12 personal care products each day, exposing themselves to 168 chemical ingredients, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Men use about half of the number,...

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Dede's Green Scene: Welcome to the Jungle

by Dede Tabak, June 03 2015, 0 Comments
Welcome to the Jungle is one of Guns n’ Roses most famous songs. Now, former Guns ‘n Roses guitarist, Slash is asking people to respect the jungle as well! Slash (born Saul Hudson) is more than just a legendary guitarist;...

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Making the Switch to Green Beauty Products, Ditching Aluminum, and Lotion So Clean You Can Eat

by Kirby Wetzel, May 27 2015, 0 Comments
I consider myself to be a mostly “green” person. I eat an entirely organic diet and choose local meat and produce sources whenever possible. I am a stickler for recycling and try to avoid purchasing products that are packaged in...

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The Millennial Generation’s Hunger for Organic Food

by Samantha Jakuboski, May 20 2015, 0 Comments
Every Sunday for the past nine months while away at college, I would cross Broadway and walk to the farmers’ market set up in front of Columbia University’s main gates, where the smell of fresh lavender and baked bread filled...

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How to Go Green with Silv: Celebrating Nontoxic Kids' Clothes

by Silvia Milanova, May 06 2015, 0 Comments
The baby princess has finally arrived! And with the birth of Princess Charlotte, it’ll be no time before parents start dressing their little ones in pieces from the royal’s wardrobe. As with Kate Middleton’s own fashion influence on women’s outfits...

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Chryso's Beauty Buys: Conditioner

by Chryso D'Angelo, April 29 2015, 1 Comment
I never realized how many options are available when it comes to conditioners until I started my research for this post. You can choose an eco-friendly, natural conditioner (see my reviews below). You can choose a cleansing conditioner (that means...

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MANY OF OUR BLOG POSTS ARE TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE

by Gia Machlin, April 29 2015, 0 Comments
I know, it's the best part of our site! Our blog posts! Unfortunately we are having a technical problem right now and our posts have taken a vacation. No worries - they'll be back soon - all tan and happy....

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Dede's Green Scene: Leonardo DiCaprio's Restorative Island

by Dede Tabak, April 22 2015, 1 Comment
Leonardo DiCaprio has made a name for himself as being not only an Oscar-nominated actor, but an award-winning environmentalist as well (at least in my book). Now he is using his reputation and fame to build an eco-friendly resort. Ten...

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Slow Food for Thought: Is Fast Food on Its Way Out?

by Kirby Wetzel, April 17 2015, 1 Comment
McDonald's sales are down for the fifth straight quarter. Seemingly, it’s a problem of less traction and better competition. “Fast-casual” chains—places that charge slightly more for “healthier” options—are having a moment. I say “healthier” because I believe the designation comes...

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Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

by Samantha Jakuboski, March 25 2015, 1 Comment
Looking back to the late 1900s, college campuses always seemed to be at the forefront of social justice and activism. From the anti-Vietnam War protests in the 1960s to the pro-democracy Tiananmen Square Protest-turned-Massacre in China in 1989, students and...

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Chryso's Beauty Buys: Exfoliant

by Chryso D'Angelo, March 18 2015, 0 Comments
Everyone wants awesome skin. But the elements (sun, wind, pollution) as well as dry heat used over the winter months, plus natural aging can make skin look dry and dull. Working an exfoliator into your beauty routine can help. While...

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Dede's Green Scene: Virunga

by Dede Tabak, March 11 2015, 0 Comments
Imagine a beautiful national park that is being threatened by horrifying violence and corruption. Park rangers do everything in their power to not only keep the park safe, but try and stop an oil company from illegally invading the park...

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How to Go Green with Silv: Be Happier

by Silvia Milanova, March 04 2015, 0 Comments
How are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Are you sticking to them? Don’t worry if you’re not. A recent study revealed that 49% of people frequently abandon their resolutions and only 8% are successful in meeting their resolutions. But instead...

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Climate Change and the Millennial Generation

by Samantha Jakuboski, February 26 2015, 0 Comments
Growing up in the 21st century is a whole lot different than growing up in the 1960-70s—my parents' generation. For one thing, thanks to Netflix and Hulu, there is no need to race back home after school to tune into...

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Winter in the City - Snarbage

by Gia Machlin, February 24 2015, 0 Comments
I love living in New York City. I love the people, the food, the shopping, the convenience, the walkability, the culture, the shows, the diversity, and most of all, the energy. But there is one thing that really bums me...

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Dede's Grene Scene: Fed Up

by Dede Tabak, February 18 2015, 0 Comments
Fed Up is a 2014 documentary made by director, writer and producer Stephanie Soechtig (Tapped). Since every movie needs a good villain, Fed Up has the sweetest one, sugar! The film focuses on our nation’s deadly obesity epidemic and the...

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Chryso's Beauty Buys: Deodorant

by Chryso D'Angelo, February 09 2015, 0 Comments
I try to use as many natural products as possible since I'm interested in a healthy lifestyle and green living. But I DO NOT WANT TO SMELL! So, when it comes to choosing a deodorant, I choose wisely! For the...

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From Seed to Jewelry

by Sasha Cohen, February 03 2015, 0 Comments
Encanto Jewels, Powered by Tagua Thanks to a gift from her mother, Monica Farbiarz, owner and designer of Encanto, discovered tagua (pronounced tag-wah). On a trip to Colombia, her home country, Monica's mother gifted her a tagua necklace. Tagua's natural...

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Dede's Green Scene: January is Veganuary!

by Dede Tabak, January 08 2015, 0 Comments
It’s January and you know what that means, time to make those New Years resolutions! This year, instead of making a vow to give up sweets or to only eat mac ‘n cheese (that’s mine), why don’t you help your...

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Chryso’s Beauty Guide: New Year, New You!

by Chryso D'Angelo, January 04 2015, 0 Comments
The New Year is a great opportunity to try to get healthier and make a commitment to use safe cosmetics. Whether you’ve just started exploring eco-friendly product options, or it’s second-nature, there are loads of new and fun goodies in...

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How to Go Green with Silv: Eco Holiday Tips

by Silvia Milanova, December 17 2014, 0 Comments
It’s bizarre to think that another year has gone by. As you get older, time really does seem to fly by—with lightning speed, at that. So, as the holiday season is well under way and you’re probably putting some finishing...

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Decentralizing Fashion Sustainability

by Sasha Cohen, December 10 2014, 0 Comments
Integrating Sustainability Patagonia has adopted a new decentralized approach to sustainability which eliminates the separate sustainability group and incorporates sustainability-concentrated positions in their related departments of the company (e.g. those with environmental materials expertise were moved into the materials department;...

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Welcome to the New EcoPlum Blog!

by Gia Machlin, December 04 2014, 0 Comments
Seven years ago, when I started EcoPlum, green blogs were still somewhat new to the scene (and eco friendly boutiques didn't really exist). We launched EcoPlum in 2008 with a team of writers and articles about green living and environmental...

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Chryso’s Beauty Buys: Holiday Shopping Edition

by Chryso D'Angelo, November 26 2014, 0 Comments
Doesn’t it seem as though the holiday season is officially in full swing as soon as you swallow your last bite of yummy Thanksgiving Day stuffing? Lucky for you, I’ve been doing my beauty homework and I’ve come up with...

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Dede's Green Scene: The Green in our Stars!

by Dede Tabak, November 18 2014, 0 Comments
Shailene Woodley has been making headlines recently with her films The Fault in our Stars and Divergent. Now, the newly turned 23-year-old (her birthday was November 15), is using her rising celebrity to spread her eco-conscious practices and her earth-loving...

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Soy: To Eat or Not to Eat

by Silvia Milanova, November 13 2014, 0 Comments
If you have an intolerance to dairy (as I do), you must know how uncomfortable it can be to consume it when sometimes you “have no choice”. A lot of my favorite foods and beverages contain dairy—brownies, lattes, mashed potatoes,...

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Susty Fashion: Repurposing for the Planet - Fashion Upcycling

by Sasha Cohen, November 05 2014, 0 Comments
Did you ever think that when you wear your grandma’s beautifully tailored jacket or purchase from a trendy vintage shop, a Salvation Army or a military surplus store, that you are helping to solve an environmental problem? You’re even helping...

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Angelina Jolie to Direct Elephant Poaching Drama "Africa"

by Dede Tabak, October 29 2014, 0 Comments
Angelina Jolie has an impressive resume. She’s an actress, a mother, a wife, a humanitarian and a director. And now, Jolie is set to direct her fourth film, "Africa", for Skydance productions. The film revolves around the paleo-archaeologist, Richard Leakey....

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Buying Eco Friendly Products Pays Off

by Gia Machlin, October 22 2014, 0 Comments
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of being a guest on CS Wurzberger's podcast: Greener by Choice. CS, also known as The Green Up Girl, is on a mission to provide you with the inspiration, motivation, resources and the...

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Are Beloved Brands Making You Sick? Breast Cancer Awareness Month Special Coverage

by Chryso D'Angelo, October 15 2014, 0 Comments
Procter & Gamble (P&G) is the world’s largest and most profitable consumer products company. In fact, the mega-corporation made more than $83 billion in 2013 alone. Boasting names like Cascade, Bounty, Pampers, and Tide, every household has likely used at...

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Chryso's Eco-Friendly Beauty Buys: Bronzer

by Chryso D'Angelo, September 24 2014, 0 Comments
  Here in the North East, the air has turned crisp. I wear a shawl over my bare arms as I write this—refusing to get into a long-sleeve shirt just yet.The nights are getter shorter and that sun-kissed glow is...

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Being a Part of Something Big

by Gia Machlin, September 17 2014, 0 Comments
I was born in the 60s and often think about how crazy that decade was.  President Kennedy was killed when my mom was pregnant with me, our good family friend Andrew Goodman was killed in Mississippi right around my birth,...

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Artisan Scarves Empower Bangladeshi Women

by Sasha Cohen, September 10 2014, 0 Comments
When a thing of beauty furthers humanitarian goals and creates better, healthier lives, it gives me pause. I feel compelled to learn more about the company and its founder. sourceFK manufactures beautiful silk scarves and other textile products, celebrating and...

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Chryso's Eco-Friendly Beauty Buys: Lipstick

by Chryso D'Angelo, August 06 2014, 0 Comments
With fall right around the corner, our wondering eyes are already looking to the hottest cool-air fashions and makeup trends being featured in this month’s glossy magazines and on Web sites and blogs. When it comes to clothing and accessories,...

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Finding a ‘Green’ Salon in Your Hood

by Chryso D'Angelo, July 02 2014, 0 Comments
More and more hair and beauty salons are greening their spaces by producing less waste and recycling and repurposing, thanks to Green Circle Salons (GCS). The Toronto-based company was founded in 2009 by President and CEO Shane Price, who says...

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Fifty is the New Thirty: Finding my True Calling

by Gia Machlin, May 28 2014, 0 Comments
Photo Credit Andrew Leonard www.UtterApparel.etsy.com As I approach my 50th birthday, I’ve been doing quite a bit of self-reflection. In my personal life, I couldn’t be more satisfied: my husband and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in October;...

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Mineral Makeup Solves Sensitive Skin Issue

by Chryso D'Angelo, March 26 2014, 0 Comments
When the makeup on the market is irritating your skin, how hard could it be to disregard it all and make your own? That’s a question Canadian mother-daughter team Diane Peterson and Jennifer MacDougall, founders of Earth Lab Cosmetics, asked...

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Who Says Beauty is Only Skin Deep?

by Gia Machlin, March 19 2014, 0 Comments
When I was a little girl, my mom used to tell me not to write on my skin.  “The ink is like poison,” she would say, “and it goes directly into your blood stream.”  While I’m sure that my mother...

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Crave Luxury Consignment: An EcoFashionista’s Dream

by Gia Machlin, January 30 2014, 0 Comments
 When my high schooler was a tiny two-year-old tot, he went wandering over to the next table at Starbucks to play with the cute girl sipping warm milk with her mom. As I ran over to get him, I...

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Mineral Makeup Made in the U.S.A.

by Chryso D'Angelo, January 22 2014, 0 Comments
“When I learned about all the chemicals in the products I was using, products I used on my own babies…I got really angry,” says Krissy Ferro of Ferro Cosmetics. “Certain companies make an entirely different formula for their European market,...

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Healthy Homemade Makeup & Skin Care

by Chryso D'Angelo, November 13 2013, 1 Comment
Face it. Choosing the wrong makeup or skin care product can cause breakouts, blotches, and dryness. But forget about what’s visible. If the beauty products you’re using are wreaking that much havoc on the surface, what could be happening beneath...

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Fast Fashion has to Slow Down

by Gia Machlin, July 11 2013, 0 Comments
A few years ago, those checking labels for chemical ingredients in their food, buying organic produce, or looking at the sustainability ratings of seafood were in the vast minority. Organic and natural foods were only available in “health food” and...

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