(Giveaway) This 50-Pack of Tips to Go Green Has Stuff Even I Didn't Know About

(Giveaway) This 50-Pack of Tips to Go Green Has Stuff Even I Didn’t Know About

It’s the second day of EcoCult’s Week of Freebies! To enter to win this card pack full of tips on living more sustainably:  1. Sign up for EcoCult’s email list. (If...
Making Sustainable Jewelry at Melissa Joy Manning's Studio in SoHo

Making Sustainable Jewelry at Melissa Joy Manning’s Studio in SoHo

I’ve decided my favorite way to spend a cold evening is making sustainable jewelry in a basement in SoHo. Melissa Joy Manning, the high-end, sustainable jewelry designer, has a lovely...
Switch Your Home to Clean Energy and Get a Mason Jar Mug

Switch Your Home to Clean Energy and Get a Mason Jar Mug

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...
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...
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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(Giveaway) Talking Sex and Sustainability With Meika of Sustain Condoms

(Giveaway) Talking Sex and Sustainability With Meika of Sustain Condoms

Today kicks off EcoCult’s Week of Freebies! (To say thanks for being my readers, d’aww.) To enter to win a variety gift set of Fair Trade, non-toxic condoms from Sustain: 1. Sign up for EcoCult’s email list. (If you’re already signed up, great! Move on to step 2.) 2. Leave a comment below the article. This...
I'll See You at These NYC Sustainable Events, March 26th Edition

I’ll See You at These NYC Sustainable Events, March 26th Edition

The weather may not be cooperating, but we all know spring is officially (technically) here. And there are scads of workshops, panels, events, and parties for the conscious set in NYC. Whether you want to eat more local, you’re interested in sustainable fashion, or you’re a straight-up bookworm, there are several events in here for...
Review: Yoga Democracy Eco-Friendly Leggings Look Chic, Perform Beautifully

Review: Yoga Democracy Eco-Friendly Leggings Look Chic, Perform Beautifully

Readers, I’m about to talk about eco-friendly yoga clothes. Earth shattering, right? But I’m not talking about the stereotypical, oatmeal-colored, wide-legged, hemp pants. I’m talking about chic yoga gear. The kind that – oops – inflates your ego on the way to yoga class because it’s so cute and flattering. In fact, that’s what happens...
Pictures from Helpsy's 2-Year Birthday Party

Pictures from Helpsy’s 2-Year Birthday Party

Helpsy, the ethical and sustainable online boutique, is known for its quirky, cute, cool aesthetic. So I wasn’t surprised at all to walk into the cool-kids bar Baby’s All Right on Saturday and find a crowd of offbeat beautifuls mingling under heart-shaped decorations.  
Vegan Is Not the Same as Sustainable: Vegan Fashion Designers on the Challenges of Ethical Fashion

Vegan Is Not the Same as Sustainable: Vegan Fashion Designers on the Challenges of Ethical Fashion

“We have to hold ourselves accountable, because we represent all vegan fashion with what we do,” Joshua Katcher said during the Ethical Writers Coalition panel Vegan Fashion: Issues and Innovation in Sustainability. Katcher, who was moderating, was speaking to the fact that present at the panel were some of the most prominent vegan fashion designers...
Sustainable Style: The Joys of a Stylish Boyfriend

Sustainable Style: The Joys of a Stylish Boyfriend

I love that my boyfriend is stylish. Contrary to what society seems to mandate, he has opinions on clothing – both his and mine. I don’t mean in the sense that he tries to control what I wear. He is fully supportive of my being as sexy or conservative as I like. But he has...
Upcoming Sustainable Events in NYC, Starting March 19th, 2015

Upcoming Sustainable Events in NYC, Starting March 19th, 2015

Suddenly, there are scads of workshops, panels, events, and parties for the conscious set in NYC. Whether you want to eat more local, you’re interested in sustainable fashion, or you’re a straight-up bookworm, there are several events in here for you. Vegan Fashion: Issues and Innovations in Sustainability Thurs. 03/19 | 7:30 pm @ Bushwick...
I Ate Food Scraps, and It Was So Good

I Ate Food Scraps, and It Was So Good

      Cow corn: a.k.a. Field corn. Different from “sweet corn,” this crop is largely fed to animals or used for ethanol production and represents about 99% of the 90+ million acres of corn grown in the U.S. (What a waste.) If you’re into farm-to-table food, you cannot do better than Blue Hill, which...
6 Tips to Start Your Own Rooftop Garden, with Urban Farmer Zach Pickens

6 Tips to Start Your Own Rooftop Garden, with Urban Farmer Zach Pickens

I know, I know; it seems a bit optimistic to start talking gardening right now (the weather report calls for snow on Friday! WTF?). But, like it or not, winter will soon be a distant memory. Now is the time, according to urban farmer Zach Pickens, to start planning and preparing for your rooftop garden....
Two Great Sales at My Favorite Store, ABC Carpet & Home

Two Great Sales at My Favorite Store, ABC Carpet & Home

When ABC Home has a sale, I go running. (Seriously, my apartment is full of their stuff!) Everything they sell has an ethical and/or sustainable element to it. Not to mention it’s a fairy tale land of beautiful things. Well, they’re having two sales right now. Check it out: Custom Order Upholstery Sale From March...
This Beautiful Chrome Extension Will Improve Your Happiness Level by 150%

This Beautiful Chrome Extension Will Improve Your Happiness Level by 150%

Think back to a time when you had a window seat on a plane on a clear day. Do you remember when it was like to be at 39,000 feet, peering down at the world with wonder? One trip I make often is the one from the east coast (Maryland or New York) to Arizona,...
Make Flower Crowns, Sustainable Planters and Organic Bouquets With Us!

Make Flower Crowns, Sustainable Planters and Organic Bouquets With Us!

Ready for spring? Well yes. We are all ready for spring. Celebrate the budding season with a full day of floral workshops hosted by me and the members of the Ethical Writers Coalition at Mode Marteau. We’re teaming up with slowflowers.com to bring you Bloom: A Sustainable Workshop! Learn to make your own fresh flower crown, create a perfect...