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Medicinal… Maggots?

In companion animals, severe wounds often result in severe consequences: amputation, infection, sometimes even death. As unbelievable as it sounds, an unexpected savior has emerged. Medical-grade maggots. In 2004, the FDA classified sterilized maggots as a medical device – in other words, you can purchase a prescription for fly larvae. […]

A Candid Conversation with Barneys NY Julie Gilhart

You may already know that Julie Gilhart is the Senior Vice President and Fashion Director of Barneys New York. What you may not know is that she also takes on the role as a mainstream eco-fashion advocate. In a sustainable fashion focused conversation hosted at the Fashion Institute of Technology […]

Eco-Fashion Shows Celebrating Earth Day

It’s that time of year again. All around us, springing up like buttery daffodils, are the eco-fashion shows slated to saturate Earth Day venues. Here are a handful that caught my eye: The 3rd Annual Project Earth Day Runway Show and Student Competition Held at the Openhouse Gallery, a vanguard […]

Classy Contemporary

It’s hard not to fall for the clean, sleek appeal of modern furniture. With an antique-finished black locust base that supports a floating blackened steel tabletop, the Clerestory II coffee table by Meyer Wells redefines the simplicity of minimalism sustainably. Designer-founders Seth Meyer and John Wells share their environmentally conscious […]

12 DIY-Able Wall Stencils

Wall stencils are all the rage right now, and why not? They’re 99.9% dummy proof.   If you’ve ever tried to DIY and failed miserably, applying a wall stencil is a sure fire way to give your crafty self an ego boost. Look at this woman, care of Cutting Edge […]

Recess Redux

You’re a kid again. Now, imagine sitting at your cramped classroom desk, your brain already stuffed full of letters and numbers, and the sunlight and fresh breeze beckoning you from outside. All you can think about is recess, and rightfully so! Although any kid can explain the importance of recess, […]


Do you ever find yourself sneezing when there’s incense in the air? Whether at home, at the yoga studio or at a friend’s house, irritating incense defeats the purpose. This dilemma bothered me until I discovered Shoyeido incense, made by a centuries-old Japanese company using natural ingredients. The hand-crafted scents […]

Bring the Rainforest Indoors with the Vine Hanging Lamp

There is just something about rainforest-inspired decor that I find irresistible. I love incorporating subtle touches of this complex ecosystem’s lively energy into my home with bamboo, vines, lush greens and rich earth tones. The Vine Hanging lamp is the perfect accent for those of us who wish to bring […]

Gay Marriage Passes in IL: That (Finally) Happened

Gay marriage is legal in Illinois, and I couldn’t be happier. This week, a bill legalizing gay marriage passed in Illinois. Despite growing up with parents who stayed married because they love each other (44 years and counting—go parents!), marriage was never a goal of mine. I didn’t stage mock weddings […]

heARTbeat: Our Readers’ Top 5 Favorites of 2011

ColumnA retrospective: 2011 in heART. The fusion of conscious art and sustainability into what we now call heARTbeat was first published this year in May. Seven months and dozens of heARTbeats later, we bring you the top five stories that made you take pause.

The Heart of Art: Things of This Nature

seriesIntricate watercolor paintings – small in size, big in imagination. These tiny, detailed paintings by artist Wendy Davenport Whatley, invite us into an extraordinary and fanciful version of nature. At first glance, the drawings come across as scientific and literal, but most of the lively, green and growing things in […]

An Improvement for Ultraviolet Water Disinfection

Chemical-free water disinfection is less harmful to the environment and to workers in plants of industries that depend on ridding water of pathogens – such as food and beverage, dairy, aquaculture and municipal drinking water providers. In other words, why use chemicals to get rid of chemicals? A Hydro-Optic Disinfection […]

Is It Green or Greenwash? Vote!

This cotton throw, designed by Lori Slater with both style and the environment in mind, redefines the art of recycled decor. Or does it? “When people think of recycled, they tend to think of used or worn. This collection reflects how we can incorporate beautiful, environmentally responsible, recycled items into […]

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7 Clever Productivity Apps to Help You Get More Done

The productivity apps you didn’t know you needed. Dealing with technology is a tricky business: One minute you’re breezing through your work like a boss, and the next you’re getting sucked into the black cavernous hole of (wonderful) doom that is Buzzfeed. Sure, unplugging is a great way to get […]

Fruit Acid Skin Peels: The Safe Way to Get Your Glow

The mere mention of skin peels may send most of us running for cover. Especially the sensitive skinned among us. While it may sound like a toxic ingredient nightmare, there is a valid place in the beauty regimen for peels. The term is unfortunate. Peel sound so…harsh. And yes, chemical […]

Is There Actually Good News on Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

One of the biggest hindrances to staving off global climate change is getting the world’s biggest emitters to agree to take action. China is the world’s second biggest emitter due to its dependance on dirty coal and the astonishing double digit industrial growth that the nation has experienced in the […]

5 Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

Behold, five totally natural remedies for menstrual cramps can turn your day around and make your period less of an interference so you can, you know, have a life. It’s that time of month. Oh, yes – that time of month. As menstruation makes its inevitable appearance, for some that means throbbing, […]

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The Nordic Diet: Eating Like a Viking is Good for All of Us

Is the Nordic Diet just the new “it” thing or is it actually a sustainable approach to food? If it’s not one diet, it’s another, because let’s face it: we want the magic trick that will keep is fit and slim. The truth is, there is no magic trick, the best […]

Eileen Fisher Isn’t Half-Assing Sustainability

Eileen Fisher is the real deal when it comes to sustainability. Back in 2011, when I was a wee lass who had just been accepted to business school, I attended a panel discussion titled “Sales with an Impact: The CSR Advantage in Consumer-Facing Businesses” at Boston’s Simmons College. It was a […]