Prix Pictet 2011: More than Just Pretty Pictures

An annual photography competition dedicated to sustainability. "Many photographers are concerned about our world and are producing work that, while often beautiful, still has a very powerful message for us: This is not art for art’s sake, it is art for our own sake." - Joerg Colberg, photographer, critic and Prix Pictet nominator. The Prix … Continue reading Prix Pictet 2011: More than Just Pretty Pictures

Go Climb a Tree and Stay a Night or Two

I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles when phones were rotary and the coolest video game going was Atari Pong. Or maybe it was Pac Man. My point being that there wasn't a lot to do indoors after school, so we headed outside. After a quick snack, it was out the door on … Continue reading Go Climb a Tree and Stay a Night or Two

GUCCI Goes for the Green

Yes, you read that correctly. Following suit with other fashion icons, the luxury brand Gucci has made a first step forward on the eco catwalk. And the sexy creative director behind the luxury brand known for its double "GG" symbol stands at the forefront. Frida Giannini is her name and she designed (and models in … Continue reading GUCCI Goes for the Green

A Lovely Little Perch!

It's not often that my design senses are stimulated. But there's something about Amy Adams' pottery at perch! that tickles my fancy. We first raved about her designs here and here, but there's more. Adams has a special skill when it comes to ceramics - her designs are modern, playful and charming. All perch! pieces … Continue reading A Lovely Little Perch!

Hard to Resist Eco-Coats

I'm a California girl so I don't talk much about wool coats or down jackets. Maybe 5/365 I'll need more than a sweater, scarf and light jacket, so I'm set with my two timeless cold-weather coats. But sometimes it's hard to resist all the hoodies and leather jackets and pea coats! The eco-movement has inspired … Continue reading Hard to Resist Eco-Coats

A Case of Hot (Green) Air?

Call me skeptical, but when an eco item claims to be the one and only or first ever, I start to wonder...is it an exaggeration or flat out green washing? Journalism 101 taught me to fact-check. And for those of you not old enough to remember a time without the interwebs, fact-checking used to require … Continue reading A Case of Hot (Green) Air?

Wearing Eco on the Inside and Out

Sometimes I wonder if the small eco-efforts I make each day actually affect anything at all, let alone the larger eco-atmosphere. At other times I haven't a worry or a wonder, and am grateful to carry on with my day changing what I can. I do know that the green movement is firmly established as … Continue reading Wearing Eco on the Inside and Out

I Can’t Believe I’m Wearing Another Eco-Tee

T-shirts are big right now. Everywhere you look, a new logo or eco-statement printed on yet one more tee"¦not that there's anything wrong with that. So here's another to add to your repertoire if your eco-heart desires. The new line from Humanity Ink combines 70% bamboo, 30% organic cotton and soy ink. Every piece of … Continue reading I Can’t Believe I’m Wearing Another Eco-Tee

A Green Mower for Any-Colored Thumb

Certain songs, smells, foods, city streets - they tend to conjure up memories from years past, and usually without permission or even a warning. The smell of freshly cut grass reminds me of my backyard, and my dad. He spent hours every weekend working, sweating and usually drinking a Budweiser, out of the can. His … Continue reading A Green Mower for Any-Colored Thumb

How to Choose the Right Shade Tree to Reduce Energy Costs and Beautify Your Home

Certain things in life I admit I take for granted. Trees are not one of them. When I sit in the park, under the lush branches of a tree to enjoy a break from the blazing hot sun, I am truly grateful. Trees provide us with shade on a hot day or cover on a … Continue reading How to Choose the Right Shade Tree to Reduce Energy Costs and Beautify Your Home

Steam-Bent and Rolling Through A Garden Near You

According to our calendars, summer is almost over. Kids are returning home from camp, school supplies are being purchased and I'm wondering where the time goes. Want your summer to last forever? The Rolling Summer House may be just what this doctor ordered. It's a huge spherical structure constructed of unseasoned wood (from local, sustainable … Continue reading Steam-Bent and Rolling Through A Garden Near You

Tame Those Tresses: Best Eco Friendly Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Care

Just as we can't judge a book by its cover, we shouldn't choose a shampoo simply for its smell. It may smell terrific, but is it filled with chemicals and artificial fragrances that will weigh down your wavy mane? Or maybe it boasts "fragrance-free" but lists unpronounceable ingredients that are sure to damage your 'do. … Continue reading Tame Those Tresses: Best Eco Friendly Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Care

Eco Poo Bags: Worth Their Weight in Clever, Clean and Green?

I admit it - I used to buy those brand-new blue bags in a roll to pick up my dog's poop. Not the greenest item, actually not green at all, but very convenient and clean. Then I switched to re-using the plastic bags from my trips to the grocery store, but having one too many … Continue reading Eco Poo Bags: Worth Their Weight in Clever, Clean and Green?

Le Creme de le Eco-Cookware Crop

I love the French. I love their attitude, style, women, wine, croissants and beaches. Now, I'm a big fan of their cookware. Not that I cook, but I do know people who cook. And once in a while, when I'm lucky, they feed me. These are the friends who introduced me to the secret of … Continue reading Le Creme de le Eco-Cookware Crop

Leftover Leather Stays Together in Manon Juliette’s Carpet Collection

There's a lot of "scrapping" going on these days in the fashion and decor industries, mostly out of earnest consideration for eco-friendly living. I appreciate every kind of re-use, reclaim or re-invent including vintage and antique. Wood scraps are another fave of mine. The possibilities are endless when a creative mind confronts a pile of … Continue reading Leftover Leather Stays Together in Manon Juliette’s Carpet Collection

The Glass Is Greener

Most of my youth was spent searching - for something easier, cooler, smarter, sexier - anything better than whatever was boring and right in front of me. I was convinced there was something better out there just out of my sight. Maybe this belief motivated me to reach higher. Or maybe it left me in … Continue reading The Glass Is Greener

It’s My Party and I’ll Pingg if I Want to!

Who could have imagined a time when sending your wedding invitation via email would not only be acceptable but encouraged? Certainly your grandmother wouldn't allow it, and most likely your mother would throw up her hands in protest. Not if she took a look at pingg, the stylish, personalized, ad free, totally comprehensive online invitation … Continue reading It’s My Party and I’ll Pingg if I Want to!