April is Earth Month, but in the world of beauty, going natural is a big deal everyday. Organic beauty has gone from being a concern for co-op shoppin' hippie chicks to being front and center, and there are new brands purporting to be "all-natural" popping up daily. These 10 lines each have their own appeal, from USDA-certified ingredients to fair trade sources and low carbon footprints. Check them out and get a little greener.
For fun, entertaining activities that are easy on both your wallet and the environment, take a look at these eco-friendly arts and crafts! With a mix of upcycled household products, clever painting ideas, and new uses for old items, these creative crafts are a great way to celebrate the eco-conscious spirit of Spring. Next time you're looking for a simple rainy-day activity, turn to these 33 eco-friendly crafts for kids!
Finding baby gear that's eco-friendly is relatively easy. And finding baby gear that looks great is a cinch. But merging the two? That can be a challenge. Enter stylist to the stars (and mother of adorable baby Skyler), Rachel Zoe. In her e-newsletter, The Zoe Report, Rachel has curated a roundup of several eco-friendly (and absolutely adorable) baby products in honor of Earth Day. Click through to see a few of the very fashionable mama's favorite things!
With Earth Day right around the corner, Kiehl's has partnered up with stars Zachary Quinto and Alanis Morissette to benefit Recycle Across America. Both Zachary and Alanis have designed a limited-edition label for Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream ($47) to depict their vision of social responsibility, which will be available April 20. All of the proceeds from the celebrity-designed products will be donated to Recycle Across America. What's more, Kiehl's will also be donating an additional $50,000 to the organization. Talk about philanthropy.
Kiehl's is also using Earth Month to reinforce their Recycle and Be Rewarded in-store program. Haven't heard of it? Kiehl's encourages customers to return their used product containers back to their brick-and-mortar stores for recycling. In return, Kiehl's will gift customers a complimentary product for their recycling efforts.
Look for Zachary's and Alanis's limited-edition containers online and in stores starting April 20, and watch Zachary and Alanis talk about the cause below.
You're ready to retire your crib for good, but what to do with that once-so-important piece of furniture? Don't just put stash it in the basement — repurpose it! Yes, you'll have to be a bit crafty to pull these awesome ideas off (I'd consider hiring someone to help with a few of them), but the result is totally worth it. Not only can you feel great about a new, totally customized piece of furniture, you can also pat yourself on the back for being eco-friendly!
If a wedding's in the cards for you this year, congratulations! Regardless of whether your nuptials will be casual and chill or over-the-top extravagant, there are plenty of ways you can make your celebration a little lighter on the planet. For a few tips on eco-fying your food, decor, and favors, keep reading.
It's Eco Month on YumSugar and with the recent spotlight on "pink slime" and this past week's new case of mad cow disease in America, I've been giving a lot of thought to the way America's food systems operate.
It's Eco Month on YumSugar and with the recent spotlight on "pink slime" and this past week's new case of mad cow disease in America, I've been giving a lot of thought to the way America's food systems operate. After rewatching the Oscar-nominated documentary Food, Inc., which brought to light even more harsh realities about our country's food production and consumption, I thought I'd put together a quiz on some of the statistics I learned while viewing the film. What do you know about commercial food production and consumption in America today? Get started below to find out.
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Spring is in full force, and with Earth Day going down this weekend, it's time to reevaluate your day-to-day routines to hopefully lean more to the green side of things. Need some tips? Whether you need ideas on how to properly recycle your gadgets or suggestions for an eco-friendly laptop case, you'll be surprised at how geeky going green can be.
Today is Earth Day, when we're supposed to try extra hard to do the things we should be doing all year long to save the planet. To that end, I'll be recycling, composting, using public transportation — and thinking about my favorite earth-conscious TV characters!
Phoebe Buffay, Friends: She may be a little wishy-washy on her rules (remember when she had to eat meat during her pregnancy? Or couldn't stop wearing that fur coat?), but Phoebe is an animal lover through and through. Case in point: she dumps guest star Michael Rappaport when he shoots a bird, even though they just decided to move in together. Plus, she's a friend to smelly cats everywhere.
Jessie Spano, Saved by the Bell: Women's rights may have been Jessie's biggest cause, but she was willing to protest just about anything. She and Kelly even handcuffed themselves to a fake oil derrick to boycott the drilling at Bayside High. I think everyone learned a lesson when Zack couldn't save Becky the duck and all the other animals.
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