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Adele prefers Weleda natural skin cream

February 17th, 2012

Adele’s lovely pipes may have charmed the Grammy judges this year.
But its her skin care that has natural body products maker Weleda crowing.

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Get healthy scents this Valentines Day

January 30th, 2012

Recently, I found myself haunting boutiques and natural food markets, looking for a perfume that didn’t float on a raft of toxic ingredients.
This has never been an easy mission. Even though many organic and natural body products have ditched the phthalates, parabens, triclocan, sodium lauryl sulfate, PEG and other unhealthy compounds with names requiring acronyms, many colognes and perfumes remain stuck in chem-land.

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Five new green products from CES 2012 that you’ll want to take home (or chat with)

January 11th, 2012

This week electronics makers are unveiling their latest innovations at the annual geek fest in Las Vegas, known as the Consumer Electronics Show or CES. As always, manufacturers are launching a flotilla of faster, glitzier gadgets, appliances and design ideas into the world.

And while most of these inventions offer more functions, more style, more bling, with only some homing in on efficiency — green offerings have crept into the mix. That’s because the show’s focus on performance inevitably yields overlap with sustainability. The two can go hand in hand. Here then, are five new greener products being featured at CES destined to brighten our lives…

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Green America names People’s Choice business winners

December 9th, 2011

Non-profit Green America has named Sustainable NYC the winner of the 2011 People’s Choice Awards for Green Business.
The New York store sells green gifts, from organic clothing to Fair Trade jewelry and many other products, both online at at its store at Avenue A and 9th Street in Manhattan’s East Village.

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Six sizzling ideas for safe and eco-friendly cookware gifts

December 6th, 2011

Non-stick cookware, once hailed as a space-age wonder, has fallen into disfavor, as those wondrous non-stick coatings have been revealed to be unhealthy for humans and the environment.

Teflon, and similar non-stick coatings that relied on perfluorochemicals (PFCs), were safe when used as instructed, according to their makers. But these slippery products, which provided a marvelous landing pad for fried eggs, turned out to be amazingly sticky in less positive ways in the outside world.

Scientists say that the PFCs used in these coatings persist as pollution in waterways and landfills. The chemicals have been found in human blood samples and implicated as carcinogenic. No one knows when, if ever, they’ll biodegrade.

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Eco gifts for bird lovers

November 21st, 2011

If you’ve got a bird lover on your holiday list, there are many great ways to feather their nest this season.
And we’re not just talking about bird motif coasters or dust-collecting figurines. No, there’s much more you can do to satisfy the bird lovers desire to honor and save our avian friends. Here are a few ideas:

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Green America urges an alternative shopping day, Green Tuesday

November 17th, 2011

It’s the most wonderful (shopping) time of the year.

Grow your own gourmet mushrooms with this kit by Back to the Roots.


Unless you fear being trampled by mall mobs, freezing to death while waiting in line for the 5 a.m. $39 Blu-Ray player special or being tasered during police crowd control maneuvers at the nearby Walmart.

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Don’t get hung up on new; recycling clothing puts cash in your pocket

November 17th, 2011

Holidays in the winter mean over-crowded malls and expensive wish lists that are hard to fulfill when trying to keep a green holiday season. One way to keep Christmas green is to try out some recycled shopping.

Trade in clothes for store credit or cash at recycling retailers.

Stores such as Buffalo Exchange pride themselves on offering high quality, designer merchandise for less money.

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Shopping for a cause this holiday season

November 16th, 2011

The holidays bring many motivations to buy, buy, buy. But beyond the sale prices and must-have items is something greater for consumers to consider, says Saint Joseph’s University sociologist Keith Brown, Ph.D.

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Samsung’s Replenish phone is a big winner at Global Green

November 15th, 2011

Global Green, the American organization that spun off Soviet President Gorbachev’s Green Cross International, held its 12th annual Sustainable Design Awards dinner last night, honoring celebrities, groups and products that are driving green design changes.

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Organically Grown: good for babies and their planet

October 13th, 2011

If you’re looking for quality, organically grown cotton wear for your munchkin, this is one brand that fulfills its name and then some.

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Find a greener diaper solution

October 11th, 2011

There are variety of cloth diapers and diaper covers to fit your needs from prefolds, to fitted diapers, to pocket diapers, and more. You will be making a difference with any type of cloth diapering, but choosing natural fibers such as organic cotton, hemp and wool will be more Earth-friendly when it comes time to discard the diapers.

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