A curious, thoughtful, utterly enthusiastic view into the NYC sustainable scene.

EcoCult is stunningly informed. EcoCult is brash, beautiful and unapologetic. EcoCult loves anything local, sustainable, eco-friendly, handmade—when it’s done well. EcoCult finds finger wagging a bore. Instead, EcoCult celebrates all that is beautiful, delicious, fresh, well-designed and fun in sustainability.

About Alden

Hi! I like to call myself the editor in chief of EcoCult. I’ve lived in New York City since graduating from college in 2009, but I’ve been living the green lifestyle forever. I blame it on indoctrination by my hippie summer camp in the mountains of North Carolina, and then my hippie grade school in Maryland, where political action and rabble rousing was on the syllabus. Living sustainably just makes sense to me, even though it’s not always easy.

When I got to New York City, however, I grew frustrated with the dichotomy between enjoying what life has to offer and doing good for the world. Why not do both? Why can’t you look chic but care about where your clothes come from? Why can’t you get your nails done while reading about climate change action? That’s why I decided to found EcoCult, to showcase all the amazing, beautiful, delicious, fun, interesting, well-designed and sustainable stuff out there. And these days, there’s a lot. My role is to do all the research for you, and stand back and let you enjoy the organic fruits of my labors.

I’ve spoken on several panels and hosted a workshop on the topic of sustainable fashion and lifestyle. In 2014 I co-founded Ethical Writers & Creatives, a group of creatives (80 and growing!) who showcase and support various aspects of the ethical and sustainable lifestyle. We have members across the U.S. and the globe. We’re nice and supportive of each other, so if you’re tired of catty conventional fashion bloggers, come sit at our table.

When I’m not blogging and interviewing interesting people for EcoCult, I’m dancing until dawn to electronic music, hanging with my boo (top-notch residential architect and notable DJ Illich Mujica), cooking, practicing yoga, traveling, refining my photography, or working on freelance stories for other publications such as Quartz, Newsweek, Fast Company, Rodale’s Organic Life, Refinery29, Racked, Narratively, mindbodygreen, Well+Good, Conscious Magazine, and Greatist. I’m a graduate of Washington and Lee University.

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