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The Ultimate Guide to Eco Lighting

Maybe it’s the way they can make or break a room, like the way the perfect accessory can pull together an outfit. Or maybe the whys don’t matter as much as the facts. Eco-lighting is front-page news and everyone who’s anyone is making the switch to green. For your viewing […]

Takeout Blues

Whenever I’m on the run, and I have to grab a quick meal, my heart sinks a little when I take the proffered disposable plastic cutlery. There’s not much can I do right in that moment, but I’m determined to come up with a solution for future situations.  In an […]

Go Paperless While Carrying Up to 200 of Your Favorite Reads

You’re on vacation or commuting to work, and realize that your book simply stinks. Instead of harping in hindsight (why didn’t you also take along that novel from your nightstand?) you can now press a button and wirelessly download a new book or your favorite blog in under two minutes. […]

Raffia Clutch Adds Artisan Chic to Your Weekend Look

After five straight days of lugging around the eco-friendly grocery bag, the laptop tote, the latest magazines, myriad notepads and other giveaways of editorial geek, I love paring things down on the weekend. I slip my Blackberry and a debit card into a vest pocket or, if I can muster […]

Bring the Forest Inside with the Fern Clock

Every autumn, I fall in love with the golden landscape, wishing that its glowing serenity could brighten every season. When I discovered the fern clock, I knew that I had found the ideal wall accent to achieve this desire through home decor. Modest brass dowels mounted on an oiled shesham […]

What's Your Tradition?

In America we lack certain”¦traditions. The Spanish enjoy the siesta; the French have affairs; for the British, there’s afternoon tea. But what’s our tradition? Who knows – we’re too busy rushing around. We’re so accustomed to a Starbucks and Pete’s on every corner, the idea of taking time for tea […]

Light the Way to Style

If traditional lamps don’t quite spark your interest, then step it up a notch and indulge your imaginative inclinations. With the artistically decorative Light in the Forest lamp, your living room will glow with the romantic aura of the forest. Banana leaf fiber reeds branch out as they rise from […]

Getting Crafty with Soda Cans

Soda can design has translated to gutters, sidewalks and beaches strewn with pull tabs – until now. Pull-tabs from everyday aluminum cans are a greener update on the metallic trend in handbags. It takes a few hundred pops of a soda can to create each bag in this line, handmade […]

Spirit Beauty Lounge: 20% Discount for EcoSalon Readers!

Search no more, eco queens, your one-stop green beauty shop has been found. Spirit Beauty Lounge – founded by the lovely Spirit Demerson – features a fantastic selection of organic, ethically sourced and totally luscious beauty and personal care products. This lovely site is easy to navigate and even Spirit’s […]

A Sweet Ending for Candy Wrappers

Candy is a girl’s best friend, no wait, that’s diamonds. I’ll tell you what candy does do – it creates cavities and a boat load of trash. Take all those candy wrappers, put them together and what do you get? Would you believe…a handbag? Believe it. The Candywrapper Tote is […]

Found Treasures by Pamela Tuohy

Inspired by nature, jewelry by Pamela Tuohy will nurture your sense of style without hurting the wallet. Made of brass with a resin image and adjustable chain, this necklace would look great with a simple, open neckline, be it fancy frock or a casual tee. The vintage motif will have […]

Sustainable Sensuality in the Eco-Boudoir

We humans are no strangers to indulgence and luxury. Even those of us seeking "greener" pastures are still – well – human. Enter the Eco-Boudoir ("luxury with a conscience") – your collection of eco-sensitive lounge wear and home decor that honors a sense of responsibility…with a hint of hedonism. The […]

Fruit Leather Handbags: Reducing Food Waste in Style

Tangerines, strawberries, and melons…oh my! With innovative fruit leather handbags, these Rotterdam students are making waves and reducing food waste, one purse at a time. According to the Government of the Netherlands website, Dutch consumers throw away approximately $2.8 billion (USD) worth of food. This is equivalent to nearly 14 […]

Tea for Two Lives

Tea accoutrements have been my life ever since my husband recovered from the flu and gave up coffee for good. He began collecting everything from brews to pots and cozies and I’ve had my eye out for the fun and unusual to add to his tea toys. I’ve never seen […]

5 Easy Steps to Artisan Style for Your Home

It seems the whole world is trading in industrial, factory-made conformity for artisan style. “Many of the pieces at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair . . .felt more artisanal than manufactured,” wrote the New York Times on May 22. So, how do you get the look without breaking the […]

A Lovely Little Perch!

It’s not often that my design senses are stimulated. But there’s something about Amy Adams’ pottery at perch! that tickles my fancy. We first raved about her designs here and here, but there’s more. Adams has a special skill when it comes to ceramics – her designs are modern, playful […]

Plastic Fantastic Jewelry Collection

During the surge in mod furniture in the 60s and 70s, Lucite was all the rage. Lucite, an acrylic product similar to plastic, was used as an alternative to glass. It showed up everywhere – from tables and chairs to bathroom tiles – and was popular for its vibrant luster. […]

Project Runway Greens the Catwalk

Edgy met veggie on Project Runway as designers were presented with the opportunity of a planet’s lifetime: to create green cocktail dresses for their beautiful models.  The new crop of Christian and Jeffrey wannabes cheered after Tim Gunn explained their new challenge of using "environmentally responsible textiles" in episode 502: The Grass is […]

Guide to the Best Eco Jewelry Designers

I’ve said it before (in Say Yes to Seconds) and I’ll say it again – I have no interest in looking like the twin of every eco-chic woman walking out of Barneys. I lean toward unique and edgy, and there’s no faster way to get there than with vintage, especially […]

A Charmed Life

Vintage accessories are my favorite. They’re always authentic, sure to spark conversation, and there’s never a fear of smelling like an old attic or mothballs. From necklaces and earrings to bracelets and rings, the sky’s the limit. That being said, charms are back in style this season, but the thought […]

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Over-the-Door Mat

Meet the rubber beach slip-on that became an urban fashion staple: The Flip Flop. So popular are these rubber thongs, you’ll find barrels full at your favorite boutiques in mod patterns, as well as more sensible Eco versions for the camping set.  College kids (male and female) ride bikes to […]

Hand-Me-Downs Come Out of the Closet

A friend of mine wants to keep it hush-hush when her daughter is gifted a hand-me-down dress, as if wearing used garb signifies poverty or shame that might not fly in her affluent social circle. My friend is a European whose family often struggled to make ends meet. And although […]

Take Back The Filter

Having happily sworn off bottled water in favor of refillable pitcher filters (like Brita or Pur), many of us save countless plastic bottles from the landfill. But now we have bulky plastic filters to throw out every couple of months. Sure, it’s less trash than bottles, but still, what gives? […]

Brush Up on Your Tools

Bamboo cosmetic brushes are the fashion buzz, being touted in the December issue of InStyle as one of many new little ways to go green. As the magazine observes, “they’re making floors out of this prolific woody plant, so why not hair rollers and makeup brushes?” The ECOtools, which we […]

Top Drawer Sachets for Scent and Shooing Moths

Sometimes my daughter Syd’s drawers smell a bit gamey, like her soccer uniform after a match of  living up to her title as “the finisher”. She’s a darling girl, don’t get me wrong. But she has a frightful habit of  tossing items into her drawers to avoid that exhausting chore […]

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