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How to Pack Sustainable for Fort Tilden, My New Favorite NYC Beach

How to Pack Sustainable for Fort Tilden, My New Favorite NYC Beach

I had been pretty down in NYC beaches up until this past weekend. Crowded, over commercialized, water foamy with who knows what… they seemed hardly worth the train ride. But my friend Marcela put together a day trip for us to Fort Tilden Beach in Brooklyn, and cool as she is, I decided to go. Turns...
  • Why Is It So Damn Hard to Say No to Straws?

    Why Is It So Damn Hard to Say No to Straws?

    I’ve been thinking lately a lot about the issue of straws. I don’t want them in my drinks – they are almost useless plastic things that are harmful to wildlife – but I usually forget to say, “No straw” when I order something. When I do remember, the bartender doesn’t hear me. Or they nod,...
    Giveaway! Discover 2 Small Sustainable Skincare Brands From EcoHabitude

    Giveaway! Discover 2 Small Sustainable Skincare Brands From EcoHabitude

    I’ve teamed up with the sustainable marketplace EcoHabitude for a sponsored giveaway! Support EcoCult and get a little something something for yourself.  One of the reasons why I started EcoCult was because I love discovering and sharing stuff. I’m always recommending restaurants to my friends, haranguing them to check out a brand, or come to...
    Beauty Review: Cultivar Clean and Healthy Dry Shampoo

    Beauty Review: Cultivar Clean and Healthy Dry Shampoo

    While I consider myself a beauty product junkie, I must confess that I’ve never jumped on the dry shampoo bandwagon. My hair is curly, fine, and oily, and I never blow it dry or straighten it. Combine those factors with the heat and humidity of my home in central Texas, and it’s a wreck when...
    Here's How to Get Even More Information About the Most Ethical, Sustainable Brands

    Here’s How to Get Even More Information About the Most Ethical, Sustainable Brands

    Many of you have been complimenting me on my latest article for Refinery29, in which I do a deep dive into denim, and try to find the lowest retail price at which you can find ethical, sustainable jeans. (Thank you!) Well, I couldn’t have done such a fabulous job if I didn’t have the help of...
    Not All "Organic" Is Made Equal: What the Labels Actually Mean

    Not All “Organic” Is Made Equal: What the Labels Actually Mean

    A label that reads “organic” only says so much. And when the label requirements are laced with exceptions, we’re looking at some serious gray areas.
    Giveaway! Sustainable and Ethical Yoga Clothing and Accessories

    Giveaway! Sustainable and Ethical Yoga Clothing and Accessories

    Pivotte is giving away the pictured tank! Scroll down to enter.  I’ve managed to avoid the topic of yoga clothing for three years now. Yoga clothing was, to me, the paradigm of ugly eco-friendly – organic cotton flaired pants with a purple foldover top, baggy tops with bat wing arms – it all seemed designed...
    Green Beauty Review: Acure Organics Gave Me That Summer Glow

    Green Beauty Review: Acure Organics Gave Me That Summer Glow

    Skin Assessment: Part of my job as a nurse is to perform this daily on my patients to identify any skin deficiencies and ensure their largest organ is intact and free from harm. And I do the same for myself! It’s my body’s armor; so it’s imperative I treat my own skin with the same love...