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Pity the Poor Technologists

After thousands of years of striving to develop the longest-lasting, hardest-wearing items for daily use, inventive-minded humans are now being urged to design things that deliberately fall to bits as quickly as possible, for the good of the environment. Of course it’s only the throwaway parts of modern life that […]

PUMA’s INCycle Cradle-to-Cradle Collection Hits Stores this Month

INCycle by PUMA is a collection of biodegradable and fully recyclable apparel, footwear and accessories. Sportswear label PUMA launched its new collection of cradle-to-cradle certified apparel, footwear and accessories last month. Having debuted the collection last fall, the company is glad to announce that the INCycle collection is now available […]

Reduce Your Child’s Carbon Bumprint

In a perfect world, all parents would use cloth diapers and reusable baby wipes to greatly reduce the footprint their baby’s bottom leaves on the planet during the diapering stage. But in reality, one-time-use baby wipes are a staple in every parent’s bag of tricks. Used for wiping up messy […]

Dished Out Sex With a Side of Burlesque

Saucy spaghetti anyone? This naughty housewares collection begs a second serving.   Woman-owned and operated housewares purveyor Dupenny was founded by a cheeky English lass named Emily Dupen-Hopkins. She creates glamour gardens (plus the occasional English one) and sex pots for walls in kitchens out of her studio by the sea: […]

Lustables: Tie-Ups Slim Belts

100% biodegradable belts in a slim cut we can’t help but lust over. Summer time is a season when we indulge in color, and what better way than with these Tie-Up Belts made in Italy? The belts come in Basic, Slim Cut, Kids as well as a Biodegradable version called […]

Picnic Picks

Summer is the era of casual picnics and easy, light impromptu meals. Be ready for those glorious impromptu meals with these picnic picks that are easy and light on mother earth. With such a delicious gathering of commodities, your eyes will be as satisfied as your stomach. Indulge in the […]

What? I Can’t Hear You Over the Sun Chip Bag!

Let me make this clear: I am not someone who is averse to complaining. In fact, a good part of my workday is devoted to griping about the minor annoyances of everyday life. It may not be something to be proud of, but I make an almost-decent living just by […]

Note to the Notemakers: Not So Tough, Please

Modern life is complicated, and we all need reminders of what we’re supposed to be doing – hence the rise of Post-It notes, everyone’s favorite temporary reminder. Except…maybe they’re not temporary enough. Post-Its are one of the most lauded accidental inventions in history. A 3M scientist named Spencer Silver invented […]

Corny Cutlery

My environmental cop husband gripes that everything portable that touches our girls’ mouths is made of plastic, from yogurt tubes and Vitamin Water bottles to the spoons I throw in their vinyl lunch boxes. But recently he turned me on to cutlery made of corn starch, biodegradable spoons, forks and knives that are even wrapped in compostable bags […]

A Look Back at Women and the Environment in 2010

It’s the end of June already, and the earth’s half-spin around the sun has brought us ladies plenty to wring our delicate little hands about. From Iranian clerics blaming earthquakes on our breasts to oil spills wreaking havoc on our pregnancies, 2010 has made us reach for the smelling salts […]

Lustables: Poopy Packs

If you’re going to scoop the poop, you might as well do it with style. The nice thing about babies is that your poop collection duties eventually halt. With dogs, on the other hand, you’ve got a long walk ahead. Treat yourself, your dog and the planet with dignity by […]

Lustables: Wasara Dinner Party Plates

The supple and biodegradable Wasara series is made from reed, bamboo and sugarcane waste. If a Communion wafer mated with a tulip, their love child would probably look a lot like a Wasara. Such corporal relations are unlikely, but so is the Wasara, a biodegradable series of single-use dinnerware made […]

How to Compost: the Complete Guide

Call me a dirt girl, but I’ve always loved composting. There’s something very special about helping nature along in the process of turning orange peels and carrot tops into dark, rich, fertile soil. There’s such joy in helping to create more of the soil that grows the food that sustains […]

A Waste Can You Can Trash (But You Won't)

I was in a purely pleasure-seeking mood when my eyes fell upon these quirky waste cans from Umbra. I instantly fell for the modern graffiti-like graphics, not to mention the eco-friendly material. Designed by artist Joshua Davis in collaboration with Umbra product designer David Quan, the Artala Trash Can is […]

Plant Pots That Can Magically Disappear (I Mean, Biodegrade)

Do you have stacks of the black plastic pots used for plants in your back shed collecting spider webs? Imagine if you could compost those pots?! Unfortunately, those pots are not compostable. However, they would be if you’d bought them from EcoForms. EcoForms is an environmentally friendly company, producing pots out […]

Natural Burial: No Longer an Underground Movement

Will your years of good green living end with a natural, good green death? It’s a sensitive topic – so sensitive, many of us can’t embrace it. I cringed some years back when my book group chose to read Mary Roach’s Stiff: Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. The last thing […]

10 Reasons Why the Planet Loves My Dog

This is the third in Luanne’s new lifestyle column, Life in the Green Lane. Read the inaugural column, “The Pros & Cons of Being Married to an Eco Man” and the follow-up, “Why Is it So Hard to Get My Mom to Go Green?”. My dog has fleece. And that’s […]

Not Your Mama’s Birkenstock

Imagine a small German village inhabited by a young shoemaker named Johann Birkenstock. Birkenstock creates comfy shoes for villagers, launching (though he’ll never know it) a new approach to footwear and a label that will be  recognized by millions around the world. Generations of the Birkenstock family have been designing […]

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3 Exciting New Trends In Sustainable Packaging

Consumers are finally pushing back against wasteful packaging, forcing companies to get creative in a way that’s boosting new, sustainable industries. The other day my roommate brought home a couple of bacon-wrapped fillets for dinner. When it came time to throw them on the grill, I was shocked to find the […]

PUMA’s INCycle Cradle-to-Cradle Collection Hits Stores this Month

INCycle by PUMA is a collection of biodegradable and fully recyclable apparel, footwear and accessories. Sportswear label PUMA launched its new collection of cradle-to-cradle certified apparel, footwear and accessories last month. Having debuted the collection last fall, the company is glad to announce that the INCycle collection is now available […]

Dished Out Sex With a Side of Burlesque

Saucy spaghetti anyone? This naughty housewares collection begs a second serving.   Woman-owned and operated housewares purveyor Dupenny was founded by a cheeky English lass named Emily Dupen-Hopkins. She creates glamour gardens (plus the occasional English one) and sex pots for walls in kitchens out of her studio by the sea: […]

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