How to Kick the Sugar HabitThursday, October 27 | 7 to 8:30 pm @ Natural Gourmet Institute - 48 West 21st Street, 2nd Floor Disappointed that you can no longer control yourself from eating sweets? The goal of this workshop is to explore what happens to you when you eat sugar, what it does to your body, why we start and can’t stop, and how to transform sugar cravings so you can kick the habit for good. You will learn how to kick the sugar habit without giving up sweetness, so you can experience a total transformation that gives you your best body, your best moods, and your best life ever. Reserve for $75
(I'll be there!) Ethical Writers Coalition Fashion and Costume SwapSaturday, October 29th 1 to 4 pm @ Patagonia SoHo - 72 Greene Street, Manhattan The Ethical Writers Coalition is teaming up with Patagonia to bring you a special event to help you prolong the life of your garments, or give them new life in someone else's wardrobe. Ethical businesses Kordal Knitwear and the NYC Fair Trade Coalition will be on hand to show you how to mend sweaters, sew on buttons and patches, and re-fashion old t-shirts. Patagonia and Karolyne Ashley will be taking orders for items that require more advanced mending and tailoring. On top of all that fun, we'll have a special area dedicated to Halloween costume swapping, sparkling wine, and an all-around good time with NYCs sustainability community! Come out and meet some new friends, snag some new-to-you items for your costume box or fall/winter wardrobe, and update those pieces that just need a little extra love. $15 presale tickets | $20 regular price
(I'm speaking!) Panel: Future of Sustainable ShoppingWednesday, November 2 | 7 to 9 pm @ Wix Lounge - 235 West 23rd Street, 8th Floor, Manhattan I'm speaking on this panel dedicated to sustainable fashion along with Chrissy Kim of Global Goods Partners, Grant Griglak of BBMG, Andy Fyfe of B Lab. It will be moderated by Marcos Salazar the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Be Social Change. What can we do as consumers to better understand our purchasing power and make more sustainable choices at the checkout stand? Come learn about these issues and afterwards you'll have a chance to purchase items from members of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition. Presale tickets are $15 | $20 at the door
(My Event!) Our Sustainable FutureThursday, November 3, 2016 | 6:30 to 9:30 pm @ 5 West 28th St. 8th Floor (between B'Way and 5th), Manhattan Please join the other leading sustainable lifestyle blog Eco-Chick and EcoCult for an evening of brilliant conversation with leaders in the ethical design world. What if making stuff not only had less impact, but had none—or even improved our air, water, or soil? The next step in sustainable production is the circular economy. We are leaving behind the old ideas of make, use, dispose and the wasteful world that is the result of that tired, linear thinking. The future is one in which products are made transparently; are built to last; hold value throughout their use phase; and at end-of-life can be transformed, recovered, or otherwise improve the environment. In a wide-ranging discussion with some of the top leaders in the automotive, fashion, and built-environment fields, Eco-Chick and EcoCult bring you a discussion with four innovative leaders who are already leading us into the circular future. Healthy bites by SweetGreen, drinks from Health-Ade Kombucha, and beautiful event space provided by Splacer. Speaking: Mari Kay Scott - Executive Director Global Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, General Motors, who will discuss GM's innovation in circular materials Maxine Bédat - CEO and Co-Founder, Zady, who will discuss how fashion could make better use of circular design principles Ammr Vandal - Associate Principal, NArchitects; who will discuss the Micro apartment Concept and other sustainably-minded projects Lewis Perkins - Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute President, who will discuss circular design across disciplines Eco-Chick's founder, Starre Vartan, will be moderating. Free! RSVP here.
Positive Impact AwardsFriday, November 4 | 7 to 10 pm (VIP and member preview at 6 pm) @ BF+DA Celebrate the BF+DA’s second birthday at the Brooklyn Fashion+Design Accelerator for the 2nd Annual Positive Impact Awards. The gala will serve as a who’s who of ethical fashion and honor pioneers in the sustainable fashion industry including ethical powerhouses Patagonia, EILEEN FISHER and Canopy Planet as well as rock star collaborator, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Free! RSVP here
Build Your Own Indoor Plant Paradise
As the seasons change and our outdoor plants begin to wane, we look to brightening our indoor spaces with all things green. But indoor gardening can present challenges of its own. In this workshop you'll be walked through the basics and get started on creating your own indoor plant paradise. Cecilia de Corral, manager of the Grange's Design and Installations program and in-house horticulturalist, will teach you everything you need to know about soil, light, and watering needs for your indoor garden. She'll also discuss varied propagation techniques from stem and leaf cuttings to division, teach you how to determine which plants will do best in your space and cover an overview of common pests and diseases to be aware of as your plant collection grows. During the workshop each participant will plant a small succulent garden in a terra-cotta pot and will take home additional clippings to learn from.