17 Online Stores Where You Can Get All Your Eco-Friendly Presents

17 Online Stores Where You Can Get All Your Eco-Friendly Presents

Sure, I could make you a gift guide full of eco-friendly, sustainable, fair trade and ethically produced Christmas gifts. But you know what I think is much more useful? Sending...
My Eco-Friendly, Sustainable, Ethical, Fair Trade Christmas Present Wish List

My Eco-Friendly, Sustainable, Ethical, Fair Trade Christmas Present Wish List

So my mom calls me up yesterday, and asks me, “What size are you wearing?” “Let’s see, XS on the top, S on the bottom, size four … wait, wait....
Non-Toxic and Eco-Friendly Nail Salon PH7 Opens in Brooklyn, Is Probably Best in NYC

Non-Toxic and Eco-Friendly Nail Salon PH7 Opens in Brooklyn, Is Probably Best in NYC

If you were to say, “Hey Alden, what would your dream nail salon look like?” I would say this: A wall of non-toxic nail polish brands in a rainbow of...
The Complete List of All My Favorite Online Places to Shop

The Complete List of All My Favorite Online Places to Shop

So, you like my editorials full of sustainable fashion, beauty, and home decor? You’ll love this. I’ve put together a long, long list of every single online store I like...
You Need to Know This About Your Favorite Fashion Blogger

You Need to Know This About Your Favorite Fashion Blogger

Have you noticed something about your favorite fashion bloggers? Have you remarked upon the not-so-subtle shifts in editorial content over the past year or two? It used to be you...
Why We Need an Ethical Fashion Labeling System

Why We Need an Ethical Fashion Labeling System

Melissa Cantor is the cofounder with her sister Carolina of ShopEthica.com, an online boutique stocking sustainable, ethical and fashion-forward and big city-appropriate designer clothing from labels like A Peace Treaty, Daniel...
Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Things to Do on Your NYC Visit

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Things to Do on Your NYC Visit

When a sustainable fashion blogger put out a call  for things to do during her visit to NYC, I started writing up an extensive email. Where to eat, what neighborhoods...
The 24 Best Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Restaurants in NYC

The 24 Best Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Restaurants in NYC

One of the perks of living in New York, is that there are just too many farm-to-table and organic restaurants to name. But if you’re looking for a bucket list...
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Green Beauty Review: Tatcha Japanese Skincare

Green Beauty Review: Tatcha Japanese Skincare

I remember when Tatcha launched so many years ago. Covered breathlessly in all the magazines, this elegant little company made blotting papers, inspired by ancient geisha beauty wisdom. The thing is, I don’t need blotting papers. I’ve never had a moment where I’ve thought, “Ew, my face is shiny.” (I have thought, “That is a...
An Open Letter to My Family on Presents (Or: Why Buying Gifts for an Environmentalist is a Lose-Lose Proposition)

An Open Letter to My Family on Presents (Or: Why Buying Gifts for an Environmentalist is a Lose-Lose Proposition)

Dear Family, It’s November. Which means my birthday is this month, and Christmas is next month. It’s present-buying season! I’m probably writing this a little bit too late to have an effect on how you shop for my birthday. (Well, for you, Mom. You probably bought my present this summer, as you do. I know,...
Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, November 14th, 2014

Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, November 14th, 2014

Vintage Jewelry Pop-Up Fri. 11/14 | 4 to 8 pm and Sat. 11/15 | noon to 6 pm @ Mode Marteau | 69 Jay St, Suite 408, Dumbo, Brooklyn Need something special to make your holiday outfits sparkle? You’re in luck: a critical mass of fine vintage baubles will converge in Dumbo this weekend, with...
Photos From the Truly Grand Opening of the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

Photos From the Truly Grand Opening of the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

It was a big night for New York-made fashion. Hundreds of fashion industry professionals were milling about, flipping through racks of clothing, squealing with delight as they ran into old friends, sipping wine and beer. But we weren’t in the Garment District or even the Meatpacking District. We were in Bed-Stuy at the new Brooklyn...
Eco-Friendly Moving in NYC: Bin-It Made My Move a Charm

Eco-Friendly Moving in NYC: Bin-It Made My Move a Charm

Moving is not eco-friendly. And I’m  not even talking about the fossil fuels expended to get your stuff from point A to point B. It’s the packaging. When you move, you get a bunch of disposable cardboard, tape, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, saran wrap, wrap, wrap, and wrap to keep all your stuff protected. Then...
Green Beauty Review: Testing 5 Non-Toxic Deodorants

Green Beauty Review: Testing 5 Non-Toxic Deodorants

There are three reasons I feel compelled to post my review of non-toxic deodorants and anti-perspirants: 1. People keep asking me my opinion on deodorants. Or they use deodorants as a catch-all toxic excuse. Like, “I would totally switch to non-toxic stuff, but I tried to switch to a natural deodorant once, and it was...
Sustainable Happenings Around NYC: Melissa Joy Manning x The Style Line, Creeds Collective, Morgan Carper x Swords-Smith

Sustainable Happenings Around NYC: Melissa Joy Manning x The Style Line, Creeds Collective, Morgan Carper x Swords-Smith

On Thursday there was a whole spate of sustainable events around the city. It started Thursday morning with a breakfast celebrating the launch of Echo, a collaboration between the fashion blog The Style Line and sustainable jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning. The Echo collection, a series of small to large jewelry boxes topped with geodes, came...
Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, November 7th, 2014

Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, November 7th, 2014

Smite the Brite Sat. 11/8 | 12 pm @ Threes Brewing | 333 Douglas Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn There’s another craft brewery opening up in Gowanus, Brooklyn, called Threes Brewing. Their public launch is in November, but you can try a growler of their IPA early at their party this Saturday. Eat some Delaney Barbecue in their new...
I'm Part of the Ethical Writers Coalition (and You Could Be Too!)

I’m Part of the Ethical Writers Coalition (and You Could Be Too!)

If you haven’t noticed, I’m not the only sustainable blogger out there who likes pretty things. In fact, I’m not even the only ethically-focused blogger in NYC. There’s a whole crop of us, putting beautiful, interesting, conscious articles out on the internet in an effort to persuade consumers to go a little more organic with...
Want, Love, Need: Things I Found This Month That You'll Love Too

Want, Love, Need: Things I Found This Month That You’ll Love Too

In my internet travels each month, I come across a delightful array of cool, sustainable, Fair Trade, charitable stuff. I can’t give them all their space they deserve, so I round them up in one post for you to peruse at your leisure. You’ll be seeing these brands and boutiques again on EcoCult, I assure...
7 Reasons Why I Hate Calling Myself a 'Blogger'

7 Reasons Why I Hate Calling Myself a ‘Blogger’

  When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I’m a journalist. Which is true, to a point. I write freelance stories about a variety of topics for several media outlets, and I’m paid for my work. But why, you might wonder, would I not say blogger? Yes, I own...
Pretty, Organic, Shamanic: Non-Toxic Beauty From Fig+Yarrow

Pretty, Organic, Shamanic: Non-Toxic Beauty From Fig+Yarrow

Fig + Yarrow is an unconventional brand. It’s unconventional in its appearance, it’s unconventional in its ingredients, and it’s unconventional even in the type of products it has, like tooth powder and seasonal skin steamers. Of course, Fig+Yarrow was founded by an unconventional woman, Brandy Monique, who lives in Colorado. She’s a sort of plant...