I should have known the relationship was doomed the moment he brought up his all-consuming hobby: race car driving.
I spent an entire summer in the sticks of Ohio and Pennsylvania, feeling like an idiot as my then-boyfriend Sam, his dad, and a friend worked on the car, which was black and blue with a giant wing on top. It looked like an alien bug on wheels. The first time I came to a race, his mom told me to dress casually, but my outfit (jeans, a striped T-shirt, red flats, and big sunglasses) might as well have been a ball gown compared to the giant silk-screened shirts everyone else was sporting. Sitting in a lawn chair in the driver’s pit, I folded the cover of The New York Times magazine to hide the abortion cover story — that wouldn’t have gone over well — and offered everyone soy nuts. From the stands, I watched cars flame out, crash into each other, and kick up dirt. I prayed for one of the cars to mow me over and texted all my friends, “One of these things is not like the other….” Keep reading »
Alas, it’s the end of Earth Week. Now that you know all about Freegans, Locavores, Righteous Recyclers, and Eco-Consumers, let’s peek at the Earth Mother. From Gaia, the Greek Goddess of the Earth, to Rachel Carson, whose Silent Spring kick-started the modern green movement in 1962, to Erin Brockovich, who continues to take on corporations polluting communities, ladies have been loving the earth forevs. Keep reading »
Yep, it’s still Earth Week, y’all. So far, we’ve discussed the Freegan, the Locavore, and the Righteous Recycler. Now, let’s turn our eyes towards Eco-Consumers, who aim to shop their way to a greener planet. You know, the ones who brush with organic toothpaste, wear clothes made from sustainable materials, and wipe with recycled TP. Keep reading »
Big ups for Earth Day! On Monday, we gave you the skinny on Freegans, and yesterday we profiled Locavores. Today, we’re loving on the Righteous Recycler. You know, that friend who picks your Diet Coke can out of the trash and keeps it until you pass a recycling bin, unplugs all electronics, and composts foodthings in her kitchen. Keep reading »
Tuesday was Earth Day, but now that the weekend is here, you can actually celebrate. Here are a few (pretty obvious) tips to help you get your green on.
Everyone looks better when the lights are way down low. The Sun Jar captures energy throughout the day so you’ll have five hours of its glowing radiance at night. [Elsewares]
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High-waisted pants are tricky. They have the potential to make even the Skinniest Minnie look dumpy. But this pair from eco-friendly designer Anna Cohen (her company runs on sustainable practices, from raw materials to end-of-life use) has the ever-so-elongating vertical stripes and an extra long leg that fit down over a pair of high-heels. [AnnaCohen.com via EcoSalon] Keep reading »
Harrison Ford got his chest waxed on Access Hollywood in order to shock people into paying attention to deforestation. This is especially interesting considering how shy and reclusive the Indiana Jones star is known for being. Apparently the painful removing of his chest hair is supposed to draw a parallel to the devastating impact deforestation has on the planet. Listen, Solo, you are preaching to the choir. We appreciate the sincere message, but women have been waxing for years. Besides, we’ve all seen The 40-Year Old Virgin by now. Lookin’ good though! [Access Hollywood via Ecorazzi] Keep reading »
Ninety-percent of the reason I want to own a house someday is so I can wallpaper every room in a different pattern. WalnutWallpaper.com sells wallpaper that is made from non-toxic materials such as water-based ink and untreated papers (no chemical waterproofing of any kind), not to mention wallpaper with some of the coolest and hard to find patterns I have ever seen. Designers include Allegra Hicks, Geoff McFetridge, and Neisha Crosland. After the jump are squares of a few of my faves. [WalnutWallpaper.com via EcoSalon.com] Keep reading »
Colin Beavan, his wife, and their young daughter have spent the last year trying to lead a no carbon impact lifestyle in New York City, blogging about the experience on “No Impact Man”. The experiment included, among other things, producing no trash except for what went into a compost, purchasing no goods except for food grown within a 250-mile radius, using no carbon-based transportation (very tough in NYC!), and using no paper products, including toilet paper. Colin was on The Colbert Report earlier this month explaining just how fun this experience has been. A book based on the blog will be released in 2009, which Colin promises, “will be printed and produced in some, yet to be determined, sustainable way.” Keep reading »
Isn’t this necklace pretty? It’s made from orange tagua which is a vegetable alternative to ivory. Beautiful and yet it doesn’t eff with elephants! Happy Earth Day! [$200, GreenWithGlamour.com] Keep reading »