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Don’t Throw the Bamboo out with the Bathwater

You remember it: the commercial of the frazzled woman with hands flailing in the air and a helpless look on her face because her husband and job and kids and pets all need her at the same time. She cries, “Calgon, take me away!” and is instantly transported to a […]

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 […]

Feline Furniture You Can Sink Your Claws Into

I’m not a cat, but I’m pretty sure those carpeted towers and tree condos with plush houses and scratching posts are akin to million-dollar listings in the feline world. They’re living proof a fat cat has arrived. Mount a tiny plasma on the wall, insert a dish of tuna, and […]

Purists Give a Sheet

When you break open a new package of traditional cotton sheets, the chemical scent can blow you away. Why spend your precious R.E.M. hours enveloped in these chemicals when there are so many soft and stylish organic cotton alternatives surfacing in home stores and catalogs? Recently, I strolled into a […]

The Silk Weavers of Naqada

To commemorate special occasions like marriages and the birth of children, Sudanese women adorn themselves with long, flowing scarves traditionally referred to as ferkas. For centuries, Egyptian weavers in Naqada, a region renowned for this craft, supplied their neighbors with these celebratory accessories. However, when a trade embargo was enacted […]

I'm Tired of Bracelets That Do Nothing For the World

Thanks to our newly chosen President Elect, there’s a lot of hope for change going around these days. But there are still a lot of major unsolved problems in the world, and though many people are doing their best to find solutions, sometimes I need to express a little bit […]

Evergreen Seasonal Symbols

My husband has promised the girls they can have a “yule tree” this year as a non-religious way for half-Jewish kids to bring the splendor of winter indoors. The idea of a yule tree dates back to the folk traditions of the Celtic Druids and Saxons, who collected trees from […]

10 Must Have Green Gadgets for Your Home

In the mad dash to go green, grow green and glow green, some  energetic gadget makers are marketing devices that are so darn friendly, we might as well ask them to move into our homes. Plug into these and see: Philips Eco TV A 42-inch, flat-panel LCD, this TV broadcasts […]

Meshing Around

I’m knocked out by the sculptural headpieces crafted by ultra-mod designer Mary Ann Williams of Illu-stration. The minute I saw this fanciful wire mesh accessory I knew Williams had something to say both about sustainable fabric and fashion as a 3D art form. The hand-formed felt hat painted gold and copper is […]

10 Eco Friendly Gifts That Aren't Crunchy, Preachy or Political

Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations – whatever the event, a gift is in order. And being eco-conscious, you want to give a gift that doesn’t leave a huge footprint. All the same, no one wants to be political or preachy (well, I hope no one). Here are some eco gift ideas that […]

Practical Flats for Growing Girls

If my 12-year-old’s feet get any bigger we’ll have to shop at stores for transvestites. The drawback is we don’t want kinky boots or stilettos for middle school. When your little one has big feet (size 10 and growing) it can be hard to find comfortable shoes with low heels […]

Hanging with Ada

The oh-so-sophisticated you might say “vaaaaaz”, but however you pronounce it, a vase is really just a vase. Not so with the ada hanging vase from cb2. It says “I’m not your ordinary vase, I’m so much more than a vase because I hang here growing out of the wall  […]

Tree of Life

In theologies and philosophies throughout time and around the world, the tree of life has served as an allegorical symbol of immortality. Reflect on the mysticism of this ancient motif and what it means to you with the Tree of Life wall hanging. This elaborately decorative piece will stylishly enhance […]

For the Ring Connoisseur

You know when you’re at the wrap in a boutique and there is a little basket heaped full of random, sometimes wacky rings? I’m the woman who can’t help but find a diamond in the rough every time. One of my favorite online shops to browse for rings is The […]

Stella McCartney Vegan Bag: Eco-Friendly or Eco-Wannabe?

I enjoy the occasional controversy. Not the “throw one below the belt” emotionally-charged controversy, but the intelligent discussion chock full of thoughtful comments and ideas even-in-the-throes-of-opposing-views controversy. And I especially enjoy them when they’re eco-related. So, here goes. Yes, I covet the new faux leather bag by Stella McCartney. (And […]

Fab Eco Find: See by Chloé Shopping Tote

If there’s anything you’ve learned about me over the time you’ve been following EcoSalon, it’s that I’m obsessed with anything that has the Stella McCartney stamp. Stella has since moved on to bigger and better ventures, but all Chloé collections, including the more youthful and casual See line, still have […]

Shine On!

Organic materials happily co-exist with polished aluminum and Swarovski crystals in the must-have pieces that the enlightened company Shine Home is offering in its new fall 2008 collection. Designer and owner Susan Ortiz, who draws inspiration from hemp, rope, natural linens, stone and wood to express her visions, debuted her shining […]

It's About Time

It’s never too late to go green, as evidenced in the cool selection of eco clocks hanging on walls and placed on nightstands. You cannot believe some of the quirky materials being used to design these timepieces. No one is more inventive than Imotime at the Etsy Shop, an example […]

Pure Green Plaid

There’s nothing more fetching than a ruggedly handsome man in a little tartan kilt. The original 007, Sean Connery, is a grand example. Great Scot! May I fasten that giant safety pin for you, Mr. Bond? I’m personally mad about plaid, probably because I wore so many wool jumpers as […]

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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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