Your Eco-Friendly Summer Beach and Pool Party Packing List

Your Eco-Friendly Summer Beach and Pool Party Packing List

These sweltering days have got me dreaming of the beach – any beach. Long Beach, Coney Island, the Jersey Shore, Tulum, California … I will go anywhere that involves the...
My Non-Toxic and Organic Makeup Routine Revealed

My Non-Toxic and Organic Makeup Routine Revealed

A reader wrote in asking what my makeup routine is, saying she was having trouble giving up her conventional makeup brands because she wasn’t aware of good replacements. That’s an...
Sustainable Spring Shopping Spree!

Sustainable Spring Shopping Spree!

Oh my goodness, you can walk outside right now and feel the sun on your skin! Isn’t it glorious? That means you crave a few new pieces to pep up...
Why I Will Continue to Shop at H&M (Occasionally)

Why I Will Continue to Shop at H&M (Occasionally)

Last month the sustainable fashion world exploded with indignation over comments from H&M’s CEO Karl-Johann Persson. In a sponsored interview for the Guardian, he said, “But if we were to decrease...
How to Quickly Switch Your Home to Clean Energy

How to Quickly Switch Your Home to Clean Energy

Readers, we need to discuss something that may not be as exciting or sexy as fair trade lingerie, but is far more important: your electricity. I’m sorry, but biking to...
Sustainable Apartment Renovation Before and After: The Kitchen

Sustainable Apartment Renovation Before and After: The Kitchen

In the next installment of my apartment renovation reveal, I’ll show you how I gutted and redid the entire kitchen, as sustainably as possible. Not that there was much there...
Sustainable Apartment Renovation Before and After: The Bedroom

Sustainable Apartment Renovation Before and After: The Bedroom

Oh Lord, when did I announce I was renovating my apartment? Back in June? Yikes. It was a hot mess, the entire thing. (Worst. Contractor. Ever.) But after months of...
Green Beauty Review: Testing 6 Non-Toxic Deodorants

Green Beauty Review: Testing 6 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...
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...
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...
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...
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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The 6 Biggest Myths About Ethical Fashion

The 6 Biggest Myths About Ethical Fashion

This originally appeared on Style Wise, a blog by Leah Wise about sustainable and ethical fashion. Far and away the most common negative comment I get on ethical fashion articles I’ve written for other sites is some variation of: “Good for you for having enough money to buy expensive clothes. Some of us can’t afford...
I'll See You at These NYC Sustainable Events! June 27th Edition

I’ll See You at These NYC Sustainable Events! June 27th Edition

  Chocolate 101 with Askinosie Chocolate Fri. June 26 | noon @ ABC Home, 888 Broadway, Union Square, Manhattan Chocolate tastings & conversation with Lawren Askinosie, who, with her father, has created Askinosie Chocolate, a six-time international chocolate award winner. Lawren will guide you through a full chocolate tasting and chocolate palette tour. She will...
6 Crazy Things I Learned About Lube This Morning

6 Crazy Things I Learned About Lube This Morning

By now, you might have picked up on the fact that I am sex positive. If you don’t know, being “sex positive” means you do not judge people for their sexual acts and preferences, or talking about their sexual acts and preferences, as long as they aren’t coercing or hurting anyone. People who are sex...
2 Ways to Avoid Getting Toxic Shock Syndrome

2 Ways to Avoid Getting Toxic Shock Syndrome

Oh, so you read that horrifying story about the beautiful, popular, gregarious young woman who almost died, but just ended up losing her leg from toxic shock syndrome? The alleged culprit: Kotex “Natural” Balance. (Yes, I put natural in quotes for a reason.) I know. It’s terrifying. Especially when you consider that the symptoms – fever, rash, muscle...
Green Beauty Review: Schaf Skincare

Green Beauty Review: Schaf Skincare

For women who age like a fine wine, their daily skincare regime is highly coveted. Take Alice Gregory, a porcelain doll of a woman I look up to (and my grandmother). For her, simple skin hydration has paved the way to a bubbly smile. She treats her sensitive skin preciously, even avoiding hot shower water...
I'll See You at These NYC Sustainable Events! June 19th Edition

I’ll See You at These NYC Sustainable Events! June 19th Edition

Samantha Pleet Yard Sale Opening Fri. June 12 | 6 to 9 pm and running through the weekend @ Concrete + Water, 485 Driggs Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn Drinks margaritas and cold beer while you shop the spring 2015 collection at 20% off as well as selections from the archives including one of a kind pieces, samples, lots...
Ethical and Sustainable Athletic Clothing for the Stylish and Sweaty Chick

Ethical and Sustainable Athletic Clothing for the Stylish and Sweaty Chick

This wonderful guide is courtesy of Elizabeth of The Note Passer, a chic blog for women wanting to live a more conscious and ethical lifestyle. As activewear continues to make its way into daily wear, there are a growing number of companies eager to facilitate our casual ways ethically and sustainably. I have found that companies...
Get All the Adorables from Susty Party's Sustainable Partyware

Get All the Adorables from Susty Party’s Sustainable Partyware

Susty Party‘s headquarters are just as adorable as you would imagine. This spunky little maker of sustainably-made partyware works out of a lofted space in Greenpoint, with a view out of the window to Manhattan across the East River. There are bright knick-knacks crowded onto the work desks, the remains of a winter-themed photo booth...
A New, Chic, Filtering Water Bottle: WELLY

A New, Chic, Filtering Water Bottle: WELLY

Sponsored Step number one in going sustainable is giving up disposable, plastic water bottles. So the quest for the perfect reusable water bottle takes on a special importance to the conscious consumer. And now that it’s summer, I always have my reusable water bottle on hand – for music festivals, a bike across the city,...
Mayanoki Sushi Pop-Up: The Only Place You Can Get Sustainable Sushi in NYC

Mayanoki Sushi Pop-Up: The Only Place You Can Get Sustainable Sushi in NYC

In a city where there are three different multi-location smoothie joints (Liquiteria, Juice Press, Juice Generation), where you can buy sustainably made clothing from several different stores (Bhoomki, Kaight, Reformation), where you can order a hybrid car service, where there are dozens of legitimate farm-to-table restaurants, it boggles the mind that there is no restaurant...
Is Fashion Finally Coming Around to Sustainability?

Is Fashion Finally Coming Around to Sustainability?

  I attended the second annual Fashion Tech Forum on Thursday, a confluence of fashion notables interested in how technology affects the making and selling of fashion. I felt like I was having a peek into a whole other world. Impossible chic and professional women and men swanned about the two warehouse-sized, white floors, hugging each...
I'll See You at These NYC Sustainable Events! June 11th Edition

I’ll See You at These NYC Sustainable Events! June 11th Edition

Supra Endura Trunk Sale Sat. 06/13 | 12 to 7 pm @ East of the Mississippi, 164 Havermayer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn The sustainable fashion label Supra Endura will be doing a trunk show at the made-in-America store East of the Mississippi. There are already some great pieces there in store, but on Saturday the designer is bringing...