Behold the Most Sustainable (and Elegant) Sweaters: Tempest + Bentley

Behold the Most Sustainable (and Elegant) Sweaters: Tempest + Bentley

I think I’ve found the most sustainable sweaters on the planet, and they’re gorgeous, too. Tempest + Bentley sweaters are designed in San Francisco, ethically sourced in the U.S., and...
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...
The 10 Types of Sustainability: Which One Are You?

The 10 Types of Sustainability: Which One Are You?

So you want to live more consciously. Great! But … where do you start? Well, the options can be a bit overwhelming. You can’t just wake up on Earth Day...
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 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...
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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I'll See You at These NYC Sustainable Events! May 29th Edition

I’ll See You at These NYC Sustainable Events! May 29th Edition

Soiree for Sustainability Fri. 05/29 | 8 to midnight @ Verboten, 54 N 11th street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Together with Universal Models for Peace , Mythic Bridge and DCTV (Downtown Community Television), Parties 4 Peace, the electronic music party with a soul, is working on a project to support the Kuna indigenous community in Panama through a...
I Found Another Non-Toxic Deodorant That Works

I Found Another Non-Toxic Deodorant That Works

Back in November I posted a review of the five most popular natural deodorants. Well, I have another to add to the list: Schmidt’s. I first saw Schmidt’s when I was poking around Abe’s Market, but I really perked up when Kate from Kaight Shop said she used it and it was her favorite so far....
One Very Fashionable Way to Help Nepalese Victims

One Very Fashionable Way to Help Nepalese Victims

The Hip Chick Running a Garment Factory, and Whether She Can Save It

The Hip Chick Running a Garment Factory, and Whether She Can Save It

I wrote this for Refinery29 last month. I’m quite proud of it and hope you enjoy reading it! Joann Kim starts her day at 6 a.m. at her dad’s home in Flushing, Queens. She and her boyfriend Luca, a handsome Italian with an undercut and tattoos, take the 7:24 LIRR train together to Penn Station, and...
Why You Should Wear Your Jeans 10 Times Before You Wash Them

Why You Should Wear Your Jeans 10 Times Before You Wash Them

Elizabeth from The Note Passer is helping spearhead this awesome campaign. Get involved to be entered to win a new pair of jeans!  In sustainable fashion, we hear a lot about waterless dyes and reducing the use of water in garment production. With the drought in California, the home of high-end denim, companies are making...
How to Dress for Music Festivals Without Being Clueless and Offensive

How to Dress for Music Festivals Without Being Clueless and Offensive

The Free Spirit look is so enticing – it’s an opportunity to tap into your inner creative, to evoke another you – the one who doesn’t have responsibilities, who is unstressed and loving, who travels more often to more exotic locations and has had amazing life experiences that are unpackaged and uncoupled from commercial America....
Does "Certified Sustainable Palm Oil" Even Mean Anything?

Does “Certified Sustainable Palm Oil” Even Mean Anything?

Selva Beat is an online, environmental magazine with a strong focus on the palm-oil industry and conflict-free living whose main goal is to end the use of unregulated and untraceable palm-oil, as it is directly linked to animal extinction, human rights violations, and disastrous environmental ramifications. They provide you with conflict-free products, recipes, and challenges...
The Book That Made Me Throw (Almost) Everything Out

The Book That Made Me Throw (Almost) Everything Out

This post originally appeared on WELL/AWARE, a blog by NYC based Lindsay Mueller dedicated to finding balance, practicing wellness, and living more sustainably inside and out. I bought this book took, and was planning on doing my own review, but hers is so great, I asked her if I could put it on EcoCult! Enjoy. ...
Sustainable Style: Upcycled Jewelry From Beatrice Holiday

Sustainable Style: Upcycled Jewelry From Beatrice Holiday

When I first got an email from a designer saying she makes jewelry out of upcycled bike parts, I’ll be honest, I rolled my eyes. There are so many ways for this concept to go wrong. But when I clicked through to the Beatrice Holiday shop, I was sucked deep inside. It’s full of gorgeous interpretations...
Why I'm Spending My July 4th Weekend at Wanderlust

Why I’m Spending My July 4th Weekend at Wanderlust

NYC plays host to an incredible array of good parties on the Fourth of July. Last year I watched the fireworks from a raised platform in Williamsburg as they burst over the East River, set to the soundtrack of an incredible DJ stationed it seemed almost right beneath them. So why, given the choice to...
5 NYC Thrift Stores to Put on Your Shopping List

5 NYC Thrift Stores to Put on Your Shopping List

With regular nods to the past from internationally-revered designers, the vintage look has filtered into the chain stores, and now anyone can look like a walking piece of whimsy. But guess what? Thrift stores have been stocking this stuff for years. Quality pieces from the past 50 years and beyond are there for the taking,...
Even Better Than Expected: Pictures From the EWC's Fashion Swap!

Even Better Than Expected: Pictures From the EWC’s Fashion Swap!

Leading up to last weekend’s Fashion Swap, I kept thinking, This is way too stressful. I’m never doing this again.  And then, I got to the venue and everything we needed – sparkling wine and Owl’s Brew mixers and DJ equipment and rolling racks – had some how made it. And helpers started arriving, and...