Pictures and Observations From the Biggest Climate March in History

Pictures and Observations From the Biggest Climate March in History

Up until Sunday, I had never been in a march before. And that felt … bad. Like I wasn’t a real environmentalist. I can buy organic food and non-toxic beauty products, recycle, blog, and bring my reusable bag and water bottle everywhere. But if I haven’t raised my voice? Well,...
The Art of Cooking Your CSA

The Art of Cooking Your CSA

There’s so much to recommend a CSA (a.k.a farm share). Your vegetables are extremely fresh, local, and seasonal. You’re supporting the operation of a small, independent farm. But I especially love my CSA for the creativity it requires of me. I’m always discovering new foods and dishes and methods of...
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 Silverstein, Samantha Pleet, and Valentine Gauthier. She lives in Long Island City.  Years ago, I took an ethical fashion course...
The Sustainable Guide to Bali, Indonesia: What to Do, See, Eat on a Week Trip

The Sustainable Guide to Bali, Indonesia: What to Do, See, Eat on a Week Trip

Everything is gracious about Bali. The traditional dress of silks and gold embroidery. The ritual offerings of flowers in tiny woven palm trays set out every morning. The stone walls turned green by moss. The blanket of silence in the jungle punctuated by the call of birds and the soft chirring of...
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Emergency! Zady Saved My Wardrobe With Basics

Emergency! Zady Saved My Wardrobe With Basics

We all know my opinion on basic bitches. But basic clothing? Love it. I mean, no shade on those girls at fashion week who seem to be wearing every bubblegum-pink accessory at once, but my finely-honed vision of my style involves black, white, careful pops of color and a nice fit. Anyway, the story is...
Sustainable Ice Cream in Prospect Heights at Ample Hills Creamery

Sustainable Ice Cream in Prospect Heights at Ample Hills Creamery

I know ice cream season is just about over, but that doesn’t stop me from grabbing a cone or two. With all my traveling this summer, I feel like I missed out on my NYC summer, anyway! When I found myself in Prospect Heights, it was a rainy day. Actually, that’s an understatement. The heavens...
Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, September 19th, 2014

Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, September 19th, 2014

The Oldest Living Things in the World Through 11/02 @ Pioneer Works | 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn Nothing stirs the heart toward preservation than seeing what a 3,000 year old lichen looks like. You can see this and other profoundly old organisms at an exhibition of Rachel Sussmen’s work. The opening is this...
Review: Night Moves Is A Psychological Thriller for Environmentalists?

Review: Night Moves Is A Psychological Thriller for Environmentalists?

Environmentalists aren’t always portrayed as sympathetic in fictional accounts. While documentaries about Erin Brockovich and the people fighting against the construction of dams in Patagonia portray environmental activists as stoic heroes, fictional accounts paint them as crazy, annoying, radical fringe elements. Night Moves isn’t so much better in this regard. We don’t really understand where...
Bishop Collective: Showcasing Emerging Designers That Manufacture in NYC

Bishop Collective: Showcasing Emerging Designers That Manufacture in NYC

When I meet with Bishop Collective founders Mai Vu and Dimitri Koumbis at their coworking space in Hell’s Kitchen, they jump up from their desks, both both eager packages of energy. They lead me upstairs to a light-filled, spacious room, talking a mile a minute the whole way. The white-walled room, which has a feel of a...
#SOOTD: Sustainable Outfit of the Day

#SOOTD: Sustainable Outfit of the Day

I always love a good shop at Swords-Smith in Williamsburg. (And was so sad I missed their latest clearance sale!) They have not all sustainable stuff, but all independent designers, many of them in NYC and several of them sustainable. Last time I went there seeking a Samantha Pleet item, but also was charmed by a few...
Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, September 12th, 2014

Eco-Friendly and Cool Things to Do in NYC This Week, September 12th, 2014

Hamptons Collective Pop-Up Through 09/14 @  2411 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY It’s the last weekend for this conscious little pop-up featuring in the Hamptons. It features emerging brands and retailers like Ethica, an online boutique selling ethical and sustainable clothing and accessories; Forma de Ser, which focuses on homewares and accessories handcrafted in the Americas; Tess Giberson,...
My Favorite Picks from the Ethica Sale

My Favorite Picks from the Ethica Sale

Sponsored Content Out of my favorite 11 ethical online stores, Ethica stands out as one of my super-faves. They always have a sophisticated collection of honestly-ethical items that are fit for NYC life. And right now, they’re having a sale, which is the perfect time to get your hands one some tasty bits of handmade,...
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 would show up to her blog and find a creative, chaotic, but charming smorgasbord of fashion content: “I love this purse!” “Here’s me wearing XYZ...
Need, Love, Want: Things I Found This Month That You Should Know

Need, Love, Want: Things I Found This Month That You Should Know

I can’t devote an entire post to every great sustainable/ethical brand I find. (That’s a good thing!) So here’s my roundup of cool stuff I like: Love: JADEtribe Have you ever met people that you follow on Instagram? I was out at the super-fun Babel NY party on Sunday night, and fell into conversation with a...
My Sustainable Burning Man Outfits

My Sustainable Burning Man Outfits

One of the Burning Man principles is radical self expression. That means something different to everyone. To some people, it means going naked. To others, it means neon rave gear. To me, it meant a variety of outfits crafted from sustainable fashion elements. We reached the Playa Sunday evening, but only made it in the...
15 Reasons I'm Skipping All Other Music Festivals Forever for Burning Man

15 Reasons I’m Skipping All Other Music Festivals Forever for Burning Man

I wouldn’t consider myself a music festival aficionado. I’ve been to some small ones and some big ones, some ones for electronic music and some more mainstream ones. I like them a lot, enough to attend a few a year. But now that is all ruined. Screw Governor’s Ball. Forget Detroit. And I don’t mind...