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Dede's Green Scene: These Celebrities Treat Every Day Like Earth Day!

by Dede Tabak, April 27 2016, 0 Comments
Earth Day may come only once a year, but these five celebrities inspire the world to act as if every day was Earth Day.     1. Brad and Angelina Jolie-Pitt Brad and Angelina are more than just Hollywood’s most...

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Who Made My Clothes: A Fashion Revolution

by Ciarra Wentzel, April 20 2016, 0 Comments
Photo taken from fashionrevolution.org   Fashion Revolution, a non-profit organization based in the UK, asks this simple, yet hard-to-answer question, “Who made your clothes?” The organization was established after the 2013 tragedy in Dhaka, Bangladesh when a building that housed clothing factories...

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The Last Five—Who's Ready to Combat Climate Change?

by Samantha Jakuboski, April 13 2016, 1 Comment
What do the 5 remaining presidential candidates have to say, and do, about climate change.

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Campbell’s Responds to Pressure to Remove BPA From Its Canned Products

by Silvia Milanova, April 06 2016, 0 Comments
  Campbell Soup Company, a leader in the canned food industry with over $2.4 billion in annual sales, revealed last week that it promises to phase out BPA-based epoxy across its entire North American portfolio by mid-2017. This comes in response to consumer demand...

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Kick BPA-lined Cans To The Curb

by Kirby Wetzel, March 30 2016, 0 Comments
For years now, many have suspected that BPA, short for Bisphenol A, is bad news. Scientists have warned that the toxic chemical is an endocrine-disruptor that will wreak havoc on our hormonal systems—increasing the risk for prostate and breast cancer,...

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Chryso’s Beauty Buys: Study reports decrease in harmful chemicals after teens switch cosmetics

by Chryso D'Angelo, March 22 2016, 0 Comments
One hundred teen girls in California switched cosmetics for three days and saw a significant drop in potentially hazardous chemicals in their bodies, according to a new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle...

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Dede’s Green Scene: Stink!

by Dede Tabak, March 16 2016, 0 Comments
Everyone is familiar with the saying, “if you see something, say something.” But how about, “if you smell something, say something?” In the new documentary Stink!, that’s exactly what director/producer Jon J. Whelan does. Whelan purchases pajamas for his young daughters for...

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Gardening in Fashion

by Ciarra Wentzel, March 09 2016, 0 Comments
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What To Do About Water Woes

by Kirby Wetzel, March 02 2016, 1 Comment
It is hard to believe that in the greatest country on Earth, many of our own do not have access to a reliable, clean water source. Recently, the Flint, Michigan water crisis has made national news. An emergency manager made...

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How to Go Green With Silv: Toxic Feminine Products

by Silvia Milanova, February 24 2016, 0 Comments
Copyright: defotoberg / 123RF Stock Photo  This may be an embarrassing subject to some, but ladies, let’s talk about feminine products. The fact is, about 73 million women in the United States use tampons, with the average woman using up...

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Milk a Cow, Travel the World

by Samantha Jakuboski, February 17 2016, 0 Comments
    Ask anybody to name his or her top bucket list goals, and I can assure you that “to travel the world” is one of them. After all, everybody wants to be a part of New York, New York, spend an...

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Jon and Tracey Stewart...the next Doolittles?

by Dede Tabak, February 10 2016, 1 Comment
Last month, a cow made the news for running loose in the streets of Queens after escaping a slaughterhouse. The cow, later named Freddie after Freddie Mercury (lead singer of Queen...get it?!), was captured by the police and sent back...

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Chryso's Beauty Buys: Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day

by Chryso D'Angelo, February 03 2016, 0 Comments
Photo courtesy: www.tOrange.us.   Most sweethearts love flowers (make them wild!) and organic chocolates (try Organic Dark Chocolate Hearts—yum!), but if your girlfriend, sister, mom, grandma, daughter or bestie is a beauty lover, you may have to think harder about...

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Choosing Quality Dairy

by Kirby Wetzel, January 27 2016, 0 Comments
All mammals when babies drink milk from their mothers’ bodies. However, humans are the only mammals that continue to drink milk into adulthood—and, the milk of another species to boot. Some say this is unnatural and we shouldn’t do it. Others say the...

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How to Go Green With Silv: A Grain-Free Experiment

by Silvia Milanova, January 20 2016, 0 Comments
  The holidays are a time for indulgence—hearty pies, smoked meats, homemade pastries filled with sweet jams, glass after glass of a favorite beverage, you name it! And temptations are everywhere—work parties, family gatherings, holiday getaways. Yet, here I am...

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Dede's Green Scene: Cowspiracy

by Dede Tabak, January 13 2016, 0 Comments
Golden globe winner Leonardo DiCaprio is no stranger to environmental causes. He spoke to the United Nations about climate change, is building an eco-friendly resort, created the Leonardo DiCaprio foundation, which raises funds and awareness for pressing environmental issues. Lately,...

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Top Five Environmental Achievements of 2015

by Samantha Jakuboski, January 06 2016, 0 Comments
Although we are already a week into the New Year, it is worthwhile to look back at some notable environmental achievements of 2015.  1) June 18: The Tree-Hugging Pope  This past summer, Pope Francis addressed climate change in his encyclical, Laudato...

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Chryso's Beauty Buys: The New Hazard To Look For in Nail Polish

by Chryso D'Angelo, December 24 2015, 0 Comments
What girl doesn’t love to glam up her digits with a shiny coat of polish? And these days there are so many adorable options to consider. Leading the pack are chrome and metallic colors, pastels, royal blue and matte black....

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Overfishing: An Overview.

by Kirby Wetzel, December 16 2015, 1 Comment
What is overfishing?  Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction, according to the World Wildlife Fund. In this case, the breeding population becomes too depleted to recover. The Environmental Defense Fund also...

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Dede's Green Scene: The Anthropologist

by Dede Tabak, December 16 2015, 0 Comments
Climate change is all over the news. Scientists tell us that climate change exists, but it all seems very abstract. What if you could actually see how it is affecting people—today, in 2015? In the new documentary, The Anthropologist, viewers can see a...

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Ten Great Green (Last Minute) Holiday Gifts

by Gia Machlin, December 15 2015, 0 Comments
Hanukkah is over and there are only 10 days until Christmas, but for many of you (you know who you are), gift shopping is still very much on your to-do list.  For us treehuggers, it would be nice if we...

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How to Go Green With Silv: Green Holiday Decorations

by Silvia Milanova, December 09 2015, 0 Comments
For some, the holidays have become a time of chaos, the dire search for the perfect “gifts”, pressure to entertain to perfection and obligatory fancy decorations that cover every inch of house and tree. But let’s not forget what the...

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Chryso’s Eco-Friendly Beauty Buys: Holiday Shopping Edition

by Chryso D'Angelo, November 18 2015, 0 Comments
It's that time of year again! (Lean in, and don't hate)...I actually got a jump start on my holiday shopping. In fact, I may be done before Thanksgiving! I'm not trying to boast...but I can't help it. I have never...

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Battle of the Sexes: Are Gender Stereotypes Hindering Greening Efforts?

by Samantha Jakuboski, November 11 2015, 0 Comments
As unfortunate as it may be, stereotypes are very much a part of our society. By categorizing people based on their culture, race, gender, religion, occupation, school, age, body type, neighborhood, clothing, and even hairstyle, humans frequently make judgments about...

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Potassium Bromate: Does Your Bread Contain a Cancer Causing Additive?

by Kirby Wetzel, November 03 2015, 1 Comment
With the holidays approaching, thoughts of doughy, warm, flour laden dishes are dancing in my head. Taking center stage in my delicious daydreams are bread, rolls, stuffing, pastries and desserts baked with flour. Absent from my dreams, though, not absent...

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Red and Processed Meats Linked to Increased Risk of Cancer

by Silvia Milanova, October 28 2015, 0 Comments
Vegetarians may be onto something. Eating a lot of red meat can cause cancer. A recent report from The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer division of the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed that processed meats have...

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Dede's Green Scene: Racing Extinction

by Dede Tabak, October 21 2015, 0 Comments
Could half of the world's species be extinct soon? If mankind continues to treat animals the way we are doing now, it's possible. Racing Extinction is a documentary directed by Louis Psihoyos, who won an Oscar for his 2009 documentary The Cove,...

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Popular Anti-Aging Products Linked to Breast Cancer

by Gia Machlin, October 14 2015, 0 Comments
  A new report from the Breast Cancer Fund’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reveals toxic contaminants in L’Oreal’s Garnier and Proctor & Gamble’s CoverGirl brand products. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics sent products created by top multinational cosmetic companies to an...

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Das Auto Collides Head-On with the EPA

by Samantha Jakuboski, October 07 2015, 1 Comment
  After eight years of cheating on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel emission tests, Volkswagen’s dishonesty spell has come to a screeching halt. Yes, in an attempt to attract a greater consumer base in America and increase sales (what an...

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A Beginner's Guide to Apartment Gardening

by Kirby Wetzel, September 30 2015, 1 Comment
As the self-proclaimed queen of hobbies (check out my Twitter byline), I aspire to do a lot of things well. I really took my alma mater’s mission statement seriously—a call to be well rounded individuals. I have knocked myself out...

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How to Go Green with Silv: Recycling Your Auto "baby"

by Silvia Milanova, September 24 2015, 0 Comments
I will be completely honest; I don’t know much about cars. I still get my Ferraris mixed up with my Porches—a mistake my male friends never cease to point out—and don’t even get me started on lesser known brands and...

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What's In Your Air? A Smartphone App Has the Answer!

by Samantha Jakuboski, September 09 2015, 0 Comments
Thanks to smartphone apps, tracking the trains and buses, hailing a taxi, tuning a piano, managing stock portfolios, viewing patients’ X-rays and ultrasounds on the go, and lip-syncing one-liners from the Real Housewives have never been easier. Today, it seems like there...

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Local and Non-GMO: The Latest in Food Labeling. What’s It All Mean?

by Kirby Wetzel, August 26 2015, 0 Comments
  In terms of food trends and buzzwords, local and non-GMO are all the rage. Add them to the list of “all natural” and “organic.” Celebrities are doing it. It must be good for us, right? Out with the processed,...

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Dede's Green Scene: Clear the Shelters!

by Dede Tabak, August 19 2015, 0 Comments
                            What do Andy Cohen, Natalie Morales and Hoda Kotb all have in common? They got their lovable pets from a shelter and they want others to do the same! They were...

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How to Go Green with Silv: Cancer Prevention

by Silvia Milanova, August 12 2015, 0 Comments
The topic of cancer doesn’t seem to fade away for long. Its prevalence and its prevention seem to be constant topics in the medical field. For decades, cancer prevention focused primarily on lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, reducing drinking, healthy...

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Students Think Outside the Dumpster

by Samantha Jakuboski, August 05 2015, 2 Comments
  One man’s trash is…. well, you know how it goes! And, for a group of students at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), this maxim is the cornerstone of their campus program, Trash 2 Treasure (T2T), and the national non-profit...

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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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