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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, 3 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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Beautiful Jewelry from....Trash?

by Gia Machlin, July 10 2014, 0 Comments
You may have seen our article series here at EcoPlum called The Stories Behind our Products. Well reading about our creative and talented artisans is certainly interesting, but how about a close up look at the products on video? Today...

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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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How to go Green with Silv: Laundry Detergent

by Silvia Milanova, June 18 2014, 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Peppysis via Flickr.    Summer is just around the corner! You may have barbeques, beach days, vacations and more daylight to look forward to, but with all the summer activities going on, you may also have more laundry to...

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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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Dede's Green Scene: Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

by Dede Tabak, January 15 2014, 0 Comments
One of my favorite holiday songs is Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! And even though the holidays are over, the song is still the battle cry for the I Am Pro Snow campaign. I Am Pro Snow is a partnership...

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Using Technology to Empower the Consumer in Beauty and Fashion Purchases

by Gia Machlin, November 20 2013, 0 Comments
  Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunshinecity/ I was so excited to see that the Environmental Working Group has come out with an iPhone (and Android) app for its Skin Deep database. For those of you who may not be familiar with Skin...

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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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An Inconvenient Truth about our Shopping Habits

by Gia Machlin, October 16 2013, 0 Comments
If you have ever watched Seinfeld or any other comedy based on Jewish humor, you know that we Jews are not generally the most optimistic people. Remember the Nanny’s mother and her constant criticism of her daughter, or Don Rickles’...

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Being a Conscious Consumer Need Not Consume You

by Gia Machlin, September 25 2013, 0 Comments
By now you probably know that I was not always a conscious consumer. To be precise, in the days Before EcoPlum (B.E.), I was quite an unconscious consumer. I used to shop for anything, anytime, with little to no regard...

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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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Spotlight on Fair Trade: Shanti Boutique Handmade Jewelry

by Silvia Milanova, July 01 2013, 0 Comments
When you pick up a new pair of earrings, or try on a ring, what goes through your mind? How do I look? Is this the right fit? Do you think about how the purchase positively or negatively impacts people...

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Spotlight on Fair Trade: Shanti Boutique Handmade Jewelry

by Silvia Milanova, July 01 2013, 0 Comments
When you pick up a new pair of earrings, or try on a ring, what goes through your mind? How do I look? Is this the right fit? Do you think about how the purchase positively or negatively impacts people around the...

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A Trip to the Farmer's Market with Smelly Scraps in Tow

by Gia Machlin, May 13 2013, 1 Comment
    Three years ago (oh my how time flies!!) as I approached my 46th birthday I wrote all about how I was going to get a composter and start composting at home.  Well as it turned out, I never...

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EcoPlum Salutes Green Moms: Composting Pilot

by Silvia Milanova, May 08 2013, 0 Comments
If someone ever told you that a handful of people can’t make a difference, he or she hasn’t met the five hardworking moms who started the Food and Tray Waste Composting Pilot in District 3 schools on the Upper West...

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EcoPlum Salutes Green Moms

by Gia Machlin, May 01 2013, 0 Comments
It's almost Mother's Day! Yay! One of my favorite days of the year! I recently attended an event about food waste, moderated by Ron Gonen, the Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation and co-founder of Recyclebank....

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How to Go Green With Silv: Breathing Easy at Work

by Silvia Milanova, April 17 2013, 0 Comments
 Photo courtesy of Heidi via Flickr.  Achoo! Achoo! Do you find yourself sneezing all day at work? Do you blame it on your allergies, or an a looming cold? But what if the real culprit is actually your working environment?  Sometimes, without...

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Dede's Green Scene: Jessica Alba's Honest Life

by Dede Tabak, March 13 2013, 0 Comments
  Jessica Alba may have played Sue Storm in the Fantastic Four films, but she’s playing a superhero in real life as well…herself! Inspired by the birth of her two daughters, Alba created the Honest Company. A company which sells eco friendly, toxin-free products, such...

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How to Go Green with Silv: My Green Home

by Silvia Milanova, February 13 2013, 0 Comments
I recently left my childhood home and moved a few towns over to a much bigger and nicer house. In addition to finally enjoying the luxury of having my own bathroom, our new property sits on one and a half...

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Gia's Tips on Safe Cosmetics

by Gia Machlin, February 01 2013, 0 Comments
I like this vlogging thing. It's much easier than writing. I'll continue to use the excuse that I have a broken finger as long as I can to make these videos instead of writing a post. ;-) This month I...

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How to go Green with Silv: Green Resolutions for 2013

by Silvia Milanova, January 02 2013, 0 Comments
As we said goodbye to yet another eventful year, and welcomed 2013, some of us might’ve contemplated beginning a new workout regimen, being more reserved with our spending budget, or perhaps striving to be more environmentally conscious. If the latter...

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Top Five Reasons 2012 Made Us Pay Attention to Climate Change

by Gia Machlin, December 29 2012, 1 Comment
It's that time of year when we look back and reflect on the past year and make silly lists. Well this list is far from silly - it is quite sobering news for many of us to accept. In 2012,...

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Eco Friendly Gift Ideas

by Gia Machlin, December 08 2012, 0 Comments
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! If you could take 6 1/2 minutes to watch this video of me showcasing some of my favorite eco friendly gift selections from EcoPlum - I would greatly appreciate it! The self produced video is completely amateurish and...

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The Sound of Silence - In the Wake of Another Extreme Weather Event

by Gia Machlin, October 31 2012, 1 Comment
It's amazing how the absence of something can have such a profound impact. The absence of noise. Not ALL noise is gone (this IS New York City after all), but one particular type of noise is missing. That earth rattling,...

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How to go Green with Silv: Green Babies

by Silvia Milanova, October 23 2012, 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Fasih Ahmed via Flickr.   Congratulations! Your baby boy or girl has finally arrived and you’re now ready to dive into motherhood (or fatherhood—hello, dads). Before those sleepless nights become habit and diapers and toys take over the house,...

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider

by Gia Machlin, July 16 2012, 1 Comment
As a blogger and publisher of a green media site I get a lot of emails from people sharing their thoughts and asking for my advice (for whatever it's worth). One email I got recently from somebody I'll call "Jane"...

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How to Go Green with Silv: Insect Repellent

by Silvia Milanova, July 09 2012, 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Chi Tranter via Flickr.  It’s that time of the year again; it’s hot, humid and hazy—the perfect environment for those pesky little mosquitoes, gnats and ticks! Five minutes outside in this weather, and if you're like me, you’re already...

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Power to the People

by Gia Machlin, June 27 2012, 0 Comments
Professor Meredith Hill and Gia in the CSS Community Garden A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to speak about my career along with some other sustainability professionals at a 7th grade sustainability class at Columbia Secondary School in...

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Dede's Green Scene: To the Arctic 3D

by Dede Tabak, May 14 2012, 0 Comments
Who doesn’t love a good summer movie? There’s one that just came out in IMAX theaters filled with action and adventure. It’ll make you laugh, cry and keep you on the edge of your seat. No, I’m not talking about...

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How to Go Green with Silv: A New Green Tool Puts Cleaners to Shame

by Silvia Milanova, May 09 2012, 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Enokson via Flickr.  The Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Skin Deep Cosmetics Database has been a treasure trove for those seeking the complete lists of ingredients and their purpose in cosmetic products. Now, EWG, a founding member of the Campaign for Safe...

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The Three Rs of Green Living - Revisited

by Gia Machlin, May 07 2012, 1 Comment
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. So cliche. Yet so ignored. Dare I say that it almost goes against what we are taught from day one in our consumer driven society? Poopy diaper? Throw it out! Make a mess? Clean it up with...

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It's Biodegradable, I Swear! Part II

by Gia Machlin, April 16 2012, 0 Comments
Last time I wrote about how easy it is for marketers to "greenwash" by claiming their products are "eco friendly," "green," and "natural" with very little regulation and enforcement around these claims. I introduced the importance of the ecolabel: a...

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Dede's Green Scene: An Elephant Never Forgets...

by Dede Tabak, April 09 2012, 0 Comments
  Circuses are usually known as happy places, but for the animals that perform in these circuses, that isn’t always the case. Ringling Bros Circus has made headlines over the last few months since PETA uncovered footage of elephants being...

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It's Biodegradable, I Swear! Part I

by Gia Machlin, March 21 2012, 1 Comment
  So after years of making fun of dog owners in the city, I became one myself: a city dweller with a canine friend. Meet Pepper. Of course now I think having a dog in the city is the best...

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How to go Green with Silv: Room to Room Challenge Part II

by Silvia Milanova, March 07 2012, 0 Comments
Mar 7, 2012 Photo courtesy of Eco Architect via Flickr.    This month, we are continuing with the Going Green Room-to-Room challenge. In honor of Daylight Saving Time this weekend, we are going to focus on your bedroom—a place where you could spend up...

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How to Go Green With Silv: Lead in Lipstick - Worth the Perfect Shade of Red?

by Silvia Milanova, February 24 2012, 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Bernie C via Flickr.    Is finding the perfect shade of red worth getting sick over? You might want to rethink your pucker color after a recent FDA study found that about 400 lipsticks manufactured by some of the most popular drugstore...

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Slow Food - Where Have You Been?

by Gia Machlin, February 15 2012, 1 Comment
Wow. Life really can get in the way of blogging, eh? After three months of dealing with a very ill mother, I am back, and I'm thrilled to say - so is she! It's amazing that my 86 year old...

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How to go Green with Silv: Room by Room Challenge - Part I

by Silvia Milanova, February 01 2012, 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Alan Crawford via Flickr.    As the New Year is well underway now, some New Year’s resolutions are slowly dissipating from people’s plans, as others are taking permanent residence. If hitting the gym six days a week didn’t work out...

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Dede's Green Scene - Celebrities Say "I'm Hatin' It" to McDonalds

by Dede Tabak, January 30 2012, 0 Comments
  Photo courtesy of Lisa Beattie via Flickr.   What do Ryan Gosling, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, Alicia Silverstone and Ed Begley Jr. all have in common? No, they aren’t starring in a new movie together. They all sent a letter to...

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