If I had an editorial team of five, we might be able to cover all the cools things happening. Alas, just me. So please peruse these must-read links on NYC stores, fantastic food and beauty tips, fashion news, and more.
- I attended the launch of a new site called Beauty and Wellness by the very chic French lady Clémence von Mueffling. (How’s that for a name?) It is beautiful, and I’m already reading up on parabens and Stanley’s Pharmacy.
- The Note Passer and I went on a sustainable fashion tour this past weekend. Here is Elizabeth’s full review.
- You can now get non-toxic and philanthropic L. Condoms delivered to your NYC apartment in an hour.
- The old Bush Shipping Terminal in Sunset Park in Brooklyn is getting an eco-friendly makeover.
- This 10-mile park loop would save NYC from rising sea levels and flooding.
- The New York Times published this piece on DIYing your wedding and it was hilarious and sad at the same time. “Harvesting river stones,” anyone?
- Livia Firth got into it with H&M’s Director of Sustainability Helena Helmersson during the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Catfight! Over sustainability!
- A Saks Fifth Avenue shopper found a plea for help from a prisoner who had made her paper shopping bag.
- Stella McCartney is about to become the first “Wildlife Friendly”-certified brand. Meanwhile, Kerig–owner of Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, and Puma, announced that it wants to become the most sustainable luxury goods conglomerate.
- Americans are increasing their purchases from socially responsible brands, but losing interest in charitable giving.
- Need a primer on the various terms being tossed around by sustainable fashion advocates? Here.
- Is new eco-friendly or used conventional clothing better? EcoSalon has a guide.
- A website called Measure Up lets you check the ethics of fashion retailers. Unfortunately, it’s very Europe-focused, so is missing places like Forever 21.
- Dimes in China Town is the healthiest, cutest restaurant you’ve never heard of, according to Well + Good. But the beloved UWS vegan restaurant Blossom closed. Their rent doubled.
- A new certification would tell you whether a restaurant donates leftover food to those in need.
- Greenmarket is coming out with a cookbook, and I’ve already pre-ordered mine!
- Holy crap. This article on Well+Good suggesting that vegans are going back to meat for health reasons sparked an all-out war in the comments.
- Trash is for Tossers has the cleverest way to make yourself a NutriBullet, and save big on cleanup time for smoothie-making!
- The Distillerist put together an excellent compendium of non-toxic eyeliners.
- If you visit the nail salon just eight times in two years, you could cause permanent damage to your skin by using the UV dryers. What I mean by that, is cancer hands.
- The Note Passer and I got into a discussion on the merits (and demerits) of soap and bodywash.
- There’s a new NYC store in the West Village, Bottega Organica, which specializes in plant-based, non-toxic beauty.
- A new service lets you order flower centerpieces that were used at last night’s gala. For example, right now they have a $10,000 orange blossom arrangement for $300. Seriously.
- Could the key to making roads safer for cyclist be in self-driving cars?