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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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Designing Green with Robin Baron: Revamping Your Kitchen

by Guest Blogger, November 30 2011, 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Solares Architecture via Flickr.    Full kitchen renovations are glorious, but laborious, processes. Before taking the first steps to clean out the existing space, many things must be considered. Do you hire a company to rip out the existing...

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Dede's Green Scene: The Best Green Celebrity of 2011!

by Dede Tabak, October 26 2011, 0 Comments
Although most celebrities attract media attention for looking green after a night of heavy partying, some are getting some spotlight for their green actions instead. November 24 is the 6th International Green Awards and three eco-friendly celebrities have made it to the...

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How to go Green with Silv: Greening your Cleaning Routine

by Silvia Milanova, October 10 2011, 0 Comments
Want to 'green your cleaning’ routine, but don't have any idea of where to start? Don't stress—if you’re not a ‘green guru’ just yet, these simple steps will bring you a step closer. From cleaning your toilet bowl and sink to freshening...

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Make Halloween Less Scary for the Planet!

by Gia Machlin, October 03 2011, 1 Comment
Halloween is such a fun holiday for kids and adults alike - who doesn't like dressing up in a costume and eating candy?  Unfortunately, it's one of our more wasteful days: Halloween costumes alone account for at least 6250 tons...

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Ten years later

by Gia Machlin, September 10 2011, 1 Comment
Ten years.  Ten years since the most terrifying day of my life.  A day that filled me with fear and shock and horror and unbelievable sadness.  A day that brought loss and grief to so many fellow New Yorkers.  I...

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A Lesson from Mike on Getting Things Done

by Gia Machlin, August 31 2011, 0 Comments
I hope those of you living on the East Coast all came through hurricane Irene without any damage to your homes and property and of course hoping all your loved ones are safe as well!  We were quite lucky here...

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How to Go Green With Silv: A More Explorative Vacation

by Silvia Milanova, August 10 2011, 0 Comments
Imagine diving into the blue waters of the coast of Queensland and studying the magical powers of the Great Barrier Reef, sailing alongside enormous icebergs in chilly Alaska, or planting carbon-sucking trees in the dense Mindo Cloudforest in exotic Ecuador....

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Dede's Green Scene: Save the Stars of Shark Week!

by Dede Tabak, August 08 2011, 0 Comments
Duuuun dun…duuun dun….dun dun dun, what’s that in the water? It’s a shark! Ever since this theme was first heard in “Jaws”, people have been obsessed with sharks. People are either worried that they’ll encounter a shark at the beach,...

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We're all in the same boat!

by Gia Machlin, August 03 2011, 1 Comment
photo by Gerry Thomasen Flickr Creative Commons Did you ever hear the one about the group who goes out in a small boat together? One of the passengers pulls out a drill and starts drilling a hole underneath his seat....

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Skin Deep Continues Despite Compact's Close

by Silvia Milanova, July 25 2011, 0 Comments
If you’re like most eco-conscious and healthy individuals, you usually not only look at the ingredients on what goes into your body, but also what goes onto it. Lotions, body washes, lipsticks, eye shadows, you name it – most beauty...

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Calling all Social Entrepreneurs

by Gia Machlin, June 22 2011, 1 Comment
Last weekend I went to my 30th high school reunion (yes, I'm that old).  I was blown away by how good everybody looked.  Earlier this spring, I went to my 20th business school reunion and I have to say that...

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Chryso's Beauty Buys Archive

by Chryso D'Angelo, June 11 2011, 0 Comments
Chryso has been writing for EcoPlum since 2008! As we continue to transition to our new platform, you can find her older articles on our legacy site here.

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Environmental Impact of Forest Fires

by Silvia Milanova, June 10 2011, 168 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 persistent wildfires can have a devastating impact on our environment and economy. Wildfires, which can...

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A Shift in Thinking

by Gia Machlin, June 01 2011, 0 Comments
Last weekend was my son Noah's Bar Mitzvah (that would explain my infrequent posts over the last year). It was AWESOME!!!! But I'm not here to boast or bore you with my personal feelings of pride and contentment. No. What...

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Greening Our Schools: Indoor Air Quality - Part 2

by Guest Blogger, May 19 2011, 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of bss1jlm via Flickr.    It’s Springtime and pollen season is raging. According to scientific studies, global warming has caused pollen rates to soar this year. If you have kids with allergies and asthma, as I do, you know this...

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The Dirt on Compostable Dinnerware

by Gia Machlin, May 02 2011, 1 Comment
  You would think that it's a no brainer to replace plastic, styrofoam and paper disposable dinnerware with bagasse or another compostable kind - the latter doesn't sit in a landfill forever, right? Well, it's a little more complicated than...

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How to Go Green With Silv: Green Event Planning

by Silvia Milanova, April 11 2011, 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Tina Villarreal via Flickr. There are many ways you can help preserve the environment; from making big purchases such as buying a hybrid car, to smaller tasks such as composting, being green is becoming easier every day.  But...

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No Nukes!

by Gia Machlin, March 25 2011, 0 Comments
I haven't really thought about nuclear power for a while.  Aside from the occasional goof about how President Bush would pronounce it "NUKE-ULAR" - the past couple of decades have been somewhat free of any thoughts about "Nukes".  I can't...

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Sy, Can I Steal Your Tag Line?

by Gia Machlin, March 08 2011, 1 Comment
In case you haven't noticed, we are an e-commerce site. We sell stuff. Our tag line is "Where it Pays to Buy Green." EcoPlum started out as a place to buy eco-friendly products and earn rewards in the process. But...

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Party Like it's 2099

by Gia Machlin, February 03 2011, 1 Comment
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with gadgets. I remember going to the Science Museum in Boston and playing with a really cool calculator that made clicky noises when you pressed the buttons - my parents had to...

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Dede's Green Scene: Natalie Portman, the Green Swan!

by Dede Tabak, January 05 2011, 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of vegily via Flickr.   Who doesn’t love Natalie Portman? Whoever wrote the phrase, “men wanted her and women wanted to be her,” they must have been referring to Miss (soon to be Mrs.) Natalie Portman. She not only starred...

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Update on BPA

by Guest Blogger, December 20 2010, 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Alicia Voorhies via Flickr.  Find yourself frequently drinking from a plastic bottle, eating canned goods or shopping till you drop? As you may know, certain plastics and the lining of aluminum cans are known to contain Bisphenol A (BPA). But now...

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Time to Invite Others to the Party

by Gia Machlin, December 19 2010, 0 Comments
As I've mentioned frequently, a few years ago I was clueless about environmental issues. I didn't even know about the effect of cow farts on climate change. But then I had my "AHA!" moment and became keenly aware of the...

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Designing Green with Robin Baron - Cooking up a Storm!

by Guest Blogger, November 17 2010, 1 Comment
 Photo courtesy of bosch_appliances via Flickr.    It’s our kitchens' busiest time of the year…the holidays! It’s the season of cookies, turkey, and all of your family’s holiday favorites. Amongst the chaos of entertaining, your energy usage racks up faster than...

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Black, White and Green

by Gia Machlin, November 06 2010, 0 Comments
Kids tend to see things in black and white: You don't like me? You must hate me. He's not smart, he must be stupid. For many of us, the tendency to present a False Dilemma carries forward into adulthood. Big...

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Did you know 1 in 8 people lack access to safe drinking water??

by Gia Machlin, October 15 2010, 1 Comment
It's Blog Action Day and this year's topic is WATER. To get the conversation started, I will share some facts about water (many of which, I must admit, I was unaware of prior to this post) and they are shocking:...

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Dede's Green Scene: To Meat or Not to Meat?

by Dede Tabak, October 15 2010, 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of Moyan Brenn via Flickr.   To meat or not to meat? That is the question. And that question is definitely getting an answer. It certainly is a frequent topic of conversation in the media these days. Celebrities are making...

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Spam Spam Spam Spam - Wonderful Spam

by Gia Machlin, September 22 2010, 0 Comments
...or How Big Cities Will Transform the Way We Eat I'm not talking about the kind of spam you get in your inboxes, I'm actually talking about the canned meat of Monty Python fame. Why? Well, I don't know exactly,...

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How to Go Green With Silv: Running Green

by Silvia Milanova, September 12 2010, 0 Comments
Photo courtesy of brett lohmeyer via Flickr.  Running shoes are very important when it comes to being comfortable during a long run. But what if you can do more than just slip into a nice pair of sneaks, and improve your run...

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Video Killed the Radio Star

by Gia Machlin, August 03 2010, 1 Comment
Do you remember where you were when MTV debuted on August 1, 1981? (If you're too young to remember, then hurray for you). I was at a sleepover at my friend Allison's apartment on West 95th Street in Manhattan. I...

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Busting the Green vs. Clean Mentality

by Gia Machlin, July 07 2010, 1 Comment
So I have this dear friend who just won't give up the bottled water habit. I have told her about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, about the fact that it takes 700 years for a plastic bottle to begin to...

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The Spill, Personal Stories, and an Easy (and not so Easy) Way to Help

by Gia Machlin, June 25 2010, 1 Comment
It's been almost a month since my last post. Why the radio silence? Well at first I was just overwhelmed by the Gulf Spill and I wasn't quite sure I could write a post that would do justice to the...

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All I Want for my Birthday is a Composter...

by Gia Machlin, May 27 2010, 2 Comments
Not sure if you've noticed, but the subtitle to this blog is "Confessions of a Reformed Consumer." Well it doesn't get much more reformed than this: just a few years ago I was longing for shoes, handbags, and lots of...

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Green Design, Not So Green Implementation

by Gia Machlin, May 18 2010, 1 Comment
I have to share something that has driven me absolutely crazy for a while. At the risk of exposing too much information, I'm letting you know that am still taking the birth control pill at age 46. Anyway, I get...

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Would you like a receipt with that coffee?

by Gia Machlin, May 04 2010, 16 Comments
Every day I walk into Starbucks and get my Decaf Grande Americano in a personal cup. And every day Wendy asks me - would you like receipt? Not to pick on Wendy, she's the best, but why would I want...

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The Growing Group of Green Guardians

by Gia Machlin, April 19 2010, 1 Comment
This past Saturday, I spent the day with actor Matthew Modine and 1,000 other parents, educators, students, vendors, facilities managers and community leaders at the Green Schools Alliance Resource Fair here in NYC. OK, I didn't really "spend" time with...

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Message in a Bottle

by Gia Machlin, March 22 2010, 1 Comment
It's World Water Day - a day sanctioned by the United Nations to bring awareness to the fact that by 2030 two-thirds of the world will lack access to clean drinking water.   While this sounds alarming, it may not appear...

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It's Snowing! Global Warming, Global Weirding, Whatever!

by Gia Machlin, March 02 2010, 1 Comment
Last Friday I had started to wake up my kids for school, when I looked out the window and thought better of it. I checked my text messages and there was a notification from the NYC Board of Education that...

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A Little Friday Luv for some Corporate Giants

by Gia Machlin, February 04 2010, 1 Comment
HAPPY FRIDAY! I love Fridays. I remember the euphoric feeling I would get on Fridays when I was in high school. Maybe I was going away for the weekend on one of my youth group's "conventions" and I was giddy...

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What's it gonna take to completely bag the plastic bag?

by Gia Machlin, January 15 2010, 1 Comment
It still amazes me - our obsession with plastic bags. Yesterday I was at Duane Reade (the New York version of CVS, Walgreens, whatever pharmacy/convenience store you have in your neck of the woods) and the guy ahead of me...

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As the days get longer...Personal Sustainability resolve gets stronger

by Gia Machlin, January 05 2010, 1 Comment
Wow, I had really worked myself into a tizzy by the end of 2009.  I was feeling disappointed about the outcome of Copenhagen, and, well, worried about the future of our planet.  Closer to home, I started to really take...

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And to all a good night...

by Gia Machlin, December 23 2009, 0 Comments
Well the Copenhagen conference did not exactly have the outcome many had hoped for, but let's look at the positive in all this:  two years ago, we had a president who did not even acknowledge that man made Global Warming...

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Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen

by Gia Machlin, December 07 2009, 1 Comment
You may have noticed that I've been conspicuously silent since the Copenhagen talks started on Monday. I don't know if it's because I've had such strong emotions over this - mostly not positive - that I've kept to myself until...

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The Biggest Ever "What to Do with Your Stuff" Page

by Gia Machlin, November 14 2009, 0 Comments
In honor of America Recycles Day, I am attempting to pull together a huge list of "What to do with your stuff." There are many good resources for different types of recycling and freecycling out there, but I often find...

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Addressing the Symptom or the Problem - or both?

by Gia Machlin, November 10 2009, 0 Comments
So I got into a heated discussion today with a representative (let's call her Ms. C) of a sustainable education institute. One of my interns had arranged this meeting - he is a graduate student at a New York business...

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Green Dishwashing

by Guest Blogger, October 29 2009, 0 Comments
  Photo courtesy of Estefanía Rodríguez Mancilla via Flickr.     It's easy to assume that washing dishes in the sink is more energy-efficient than installing a big, energy-guzzling machine to do the work for you. But dishwashers, if used properly, can be...

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How No Impact Week turned into Impact Week

by Gia Machlin, October 23 2009, 1 Comment
If you've read any of my previous posts, you know that I'm all about helping people become aware of the impact they are making on the environment and helping them to reduce that impact. So I try to live the...

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