The dating scene is not an easy one. There are the usual quandaries - dinner or just drinks; sleep over or the token kiss on the cheek? Add to those basic issues the meltdown of all things economy-related, and the idea of going on a date might send even the most romantic Romeo & Juliet … Continue reading The Recession-Friendly Guide to Going Out: Twenty-Three Fun and Free Date Ideas
It happens to the best of us. Our mission is to clean out the storage unit in the garage. We plow through a few bags and boxes, tossing stuff in the large blue recycle bin or putting other stuff in a pile for goodwill. Then it happens - we stumble upon the box. The one … Continue reading Save a Tree. Keep a Journal
They're watching you - the advertisers and marketing gurus - keeping track of your every eco-purchase. And since the so-called green "trend" doesn't seem to be such a trend after all (see What's the Story), these marketing experts are watching more closely, and with green colored glasses. Who is this green fashion consumer and what … Continue reading What’s Your Type?
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
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
As a young girl my favorite time of year was the week before school started every September. Not because I went shopping for new clothes - a plaid skirt and white blouse were the extent of my "uniform". I equated back-to-school with school supplies. A new binder with a plastic zip-lock envelope packed full of … Continue reading Make the Green Grade: Eco School Supplies Checklist
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
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?
Everyone has one; it doesn't matter where you live or how organized you are or which candidate you vote for. The junk drawer does not discriminate. And unless you're a Zen monk, the idea of emptying and sorting said drawer sends you running for cover. Yes, I'm fairly certain most of us have done battle … Continue reading How to Win the Battle of the Junk Drawer
Once upon a time, sex was a word whispered rather than the topic of college courses and front page news. I'm comfortable with it, as you could surmise from my passionate case for saving the planet by having more sex. We could discuss the pros and cons of the sexing of our culture, ad infinitum. … Continue reading Looking for the Best Green Sex Toys? You’ve Hit the Spot!
I'm here with an eco-reminder. The Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling show started this past weekend (July 20) at New York's MoMA. You can read about the show here. To all our New York readers who are lucky enough to see it in person, come back to ecosalon and comment. We'd love to hear … Continue reading Don’t Miss It at MoMA – Prefabricated Housing
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!
Does anyone else feel slightly light-headed at the thought of hearing paper versus plastic one more time? I'm just guessing, but the question is posed to me at least once a day. Of course it's a very good question, but sometimes I just want to scream "neither, nada, none of the above", especially when it … Continue reading It’s in the Box
When it comes to treating myself well, let's just say it's taken time, but I now consider myself an expert in the art of self-care. My focus covers the insides and outsides; spirit and body; brain and brawn. I take time to read, practice yoga, run, laugh, love, take naps, get manicures, share with friends, … Continue reading PATYKA: Organic Self-Care in a Bottle
I spent most of my youth outdoors, either running around the neighborhood with friends or on the tennis court or playing after school sports. Needless to say, the harsh southern California sun had its way with my skin. Terms like SPF or UV weren't on the tips of everyone's tongues just yet. We preferred Baby … Continue reading Environmentally Friendly Sunscreen Review: SmartShield
I thought it was god-given or at least somewhere in the First Amendment, but it seems that the right to use a clothesline might soon be stripped away. Yes, you heard me. Your eco-friendly clothesline (the one you just ordered this weekend!) is in jeopardy. Your laundry is literally on the line. Has a neighbor … Continue reading We Gotta Fight, for the Right, to Paaa” Hang Our Laundry?
It's not surprising that the green movement has found its way into the world of event planning - from weddings to product launches to graduation celebrations. Parties are fun, and trust me, I'm definitely in favor of fun. But most parties will create more waste and use more energy in one night than a family … Continue reading Throw an Eco-Party Without Planning
In the days of old and eco-oblivion, you could travel the world, sleep anywhere with 5 stars and be assured of a restful, luxurious, guilt-free experience. In the 90s, smaller "boutique" hotels began to crop up - but pampering, not green, was still the priority. If you're a frequent traveler who happens to have acquired … Continue reading Go Green, Good Traveler: Introducing Starwood’s New ELEMENT hotels
The curse, Aunt Flo, crimson wave, the rag, that time of the month - sound vaguely familiar? For centuries women have been shushed and shamed and told it was inappropriate to discuss - but if you ask me our ability to create a life is amazing. So here at EcoSalon, let's just use the word … Continue reading Of Sea Pearls and Diva Cups: an Honest Review of Eco Feminine Hygiene Products
Poor thing, he'll be out there all night. Let's just say I've dated a lot. I have dozens of horrible yet hilarious dating tales, but I continue to pick myself up, dust off the disappointment and carry on - hey, the good outweighs the bad and there's always the chance for love. However, I have … Continue reading For the Guys: 10 Things to Avoid if You Want to Date a Green Goddess