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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, 0 Comments
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 Gia Machlin, 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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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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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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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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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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Environmental Impact of Forest Fires

by Silvia Milanova, June 10 2011, 0 Comments
The flames that have recently engulfed a large portion of the forests in the West and Southwest may seem 'harmless' to those living far away, but such strong wildfires have a broader impact on our environment and economy than we...

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Green Heroes

by Gia Machlin, September 25 2009, 0 Comments
I'm not talking about the Incredible Hulk, the Green Lantern, or even the Lone Ranger's grand-nephew the Green Hornet. Nope. I'm taking about Tina Hess and Emily Fano. Who? Tina is the manager of the green team at St. Mary's...

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A non-random act of kindness

by Gia Machlin, September 18 2009, 1 Comment
A couple of weeks ago, I gave notice to one my professional organizations that I would not be renewing my membership for the year. This group meets monthly and I figured that with the business, all my involvement in non-profits...

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Two different reactions to one incomprehensible day

by Gia Machlin, September 11 2009, 0 Comments
I had another topic to write about, but since today is 9/11 it's really hard to write about anything else. Just like I have every September 11th since 2001, I spent the morning watching the reading of the names at...

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Are My Actions a Drop in the Bucket?

by Gia Machlin, September 02 2009, 1 Comment
In my first post, "Welcome," I introduced the MIGG. This is a person who doesn't make the environment a top priority because: M - My actions are just a drop in the bucket! I - I've got bigger issues to...

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Top 10 Frustrating (and Funny) Experiences with Going Green

by Gia Machlin, August 18 2009, 1 Comment
Thanks for all your input on experiences with going green. I selected the following Top 10 from your submissions: #10 Rob Dorfman of San Francisco: Trying to take the bus to the airport only to find out that the bus...

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It's Not Always Easy Being Green

by Gia Machlin, August 13 2009, 1 Comment
What? Blasphemy! How can you say that, Gia? Isn't the whole point of EcoPlum to make it easy and convenient for people to go green? Yes, it is. As a matter of fact, when we were starting EcoPlum in 2007...

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Welcome!

by Gia Machlin, August 09 2009, 1 Comment
My hope, in writing this blog, is that I will be able to reach all the MIGGs out there. What is a MIGG? It's me, 5 years ago, it's most of my friends, it's a lot of the parents in...

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The Environmentally Responsible Way to Dispose of Empty Perfume Bottles

by Brianna Marquart, July 08 2009, 0 Comments
I used to think that buying a new scent involved going to a department store in the mall and scouting out the most elaborate bottle. I would wander by all of the glass counters staffed with overdone women waving little...

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