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40 Gorgeous Photos of Latin America

In his Chronicles of Peru, Spanish conquistador Pedro Cieza de León marveled,” And to think that God should have permitted something so great to remain hidden from the world for so long in history, unknown to men, and then let it be found, discovered and won all in our own time!”

Behind the Label: TOMS’ One For One Campaign

TOMS is often among the first companies that come to mind when thinking of socially responsible businesses. But how effective is its One for One model, and why is it so silent on sustainability? TOMS Shoes began with a restless soul, a trip to Argentina, a pair of traditional alpargatas […]

Home Brew: 7 Sexy Ways to Make Coffee

How to get a great cup of coffee without walking into a coffee shop. Each year, nearly 3 billion Starbucks disposable coffee cups end up in the landfill. While it’s easy to make Starbucks the bad guy, America’s preoccupation with take-out coffee extends beyond the Seattle-based chain. Nearly a quarter […]

25 Images of Female Adrenaline Seekers

Do one thing every day that scares you… or 25. Winter can make life too quiet and it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. It’s not just you; it happens to all of us. But there’s a danger that rests in that cozy indoor nest you’ve built up for […]

50 Quotes About Meditation and Yoga

EcoSalon’s favorite quotes to meditate on. We tend to think of meditation in only one way. But life itself is a meditation. –Raul Julia A good meditation, even when it is interrupted by occasional nodding, is much more beneficial than many outward religious exercises. –Johannes Tauler

30 Gorgeous Photos of Winter Snowscapes

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. So far, the winter of 2011-2012 ranks as the fifth-warmest on record. And if temperatures continue to hover around the 40s through February, we’re set to break that record. For some, winter is as full throttle as it always has been. […]

30 Awesome Quotes About Food That You’ve Never Heard

EcoSalon’s favorite quotes about the simple pleasures of cooking and eating. If we’re not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn’t settle for junk food. -Sally Edwards Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. -Voltaire

In New York City’s Garment District, Signs of a Comeback

After a rough patch, business in NYC’s Garment District is starting to pick up. For decades, fashion mavens and budding designers have flocked to the quadrant between 34th and 42nd Streets, hedged in by 5th and 9th Avenues. Here, in New York City’s Garment District, fabric can be purchased, patterns made, […]

2011 in Review: How Small Spaces Trumped McMansions

Small was sexy in 2011.  The world’s population hit seven billion this year and is projected to reach nine billion by 2050 – a sure sign that we better start figuring out ways to maximize space. The average house size in America has more than doubled since the 1950s, forcing […]

40 Gorgeous Photos of North America

North America’s beauty spreads from sea to shining sea. When wanderlust strikes, there’s the tendency to picture oneself overseas. My personal fantasies bring me to deserts in Morocco, beaches in Goa, hole-in-the-wall salsa clubs in Havana. I tend to forget the bounty of natural beauty that exists right here in North […]

Cambodia’s Inaugural Walk Down The Runway

The country’s first-ever fashion week shows there’s more to Cambodian fashion than fainting garment workers. These days, Cambodia is known more for its clothing manufacturing than its clothing design. But with the launch of the first-ever Cambodia Fashion Week, that’s about to change. Festivities kicked off yesterday in the capital […]

8 Ways Scandinavia Impressed Us This Year

Scandinavia was consistently inspiring in 2011. After looking back on a year of Shelter posts, we realized that our obsession with Scandinavia was embarrassingly obvious. This year saw a steady stream of sustainable innovation, progressive thought, and great design coming out of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and their not-officially-Scandinavian-but-Scandinavian-in-our-hearts cousins, Finland […]

40 Gorgeous Photos of Asia

If these photos don’t make you wanna quit your job and travel the world, we don’t know what will. Asia’s diversity never fails to astound. Nowhere on Earth can you find a greater variety of cultures, languages, races, ethnicities, religions, climates, and geography. It’s mind-numbing.

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The Friday 5: Elimination Edition

The best of EcoSalon’s stories this week. Have you caught the buzz about Bully, the new film aiming to bring this life-wrecking activity out into the open? Fighting off censorship that would have kept it from reaching its target audience, it is now sparking the discussion its creators hoped to […]

Behind the Label: Design Within Reach

Looking at the costs of making modern design accessible. In 1999, while on a trip to London, Rob Forbes bemoaned the fact that authentic modern design was only available to architects, decorators and people in a certain strata of society. Forbes made it his mission to make design accessible to […]

Behind the Label: TOMS’ One For One Campaign

TOMS is often among the first companies that come to mind when thinking of socially responsible businesses. But how effective is its One for One model, and why is it so silent on sustainability? TOMS Shoes began with a restless soul, a trip to Argentina, a pair of traditional alpargatas […]

Behind the Label: West Elm Green

West Elm loves stamping their products “green,” but what exactly does that mean? Brooklyn-based home decor store West Elm caters to urban design lovers with its aspirational blend of minimalist furnishings, global influences, and sustainable practices. Indie artist collaborations and eco-friendly materials play a large role in West Elm’s marketing, with […]

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