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

Things We Thought We Knew About the World, That are Wrong

I'm a cynic. I trust no one and no thing until, well until I'm good and ready. Especially when facts and figures about green and government, poverty and hunger, and other woes of the world get thrown around. I'm the first to stand back and wait. I don't jump because I know that hype sells. … Continue reading Things We Thought We Knew About the World, That are Wrong

Top 11 Hottest Topics of 2010 from EcoSalon

If you are well acquainted with EcoSalon, you know we don't shy away from controversial issues. In fact, we welcome them. Rarely is there one right answer, and remaining open-minded in the face of difficult discussions is what EcoSalon strives to achieve. And 2010 was no exception. It was indeed a stellar year for serious … Continue reading Top 11 Hottest Topics of 2010 from EcoSalon

Year in Review: Top 10 Environmental Stories of 2010

This, the first year of a brand new decade, whizzed by in a flurry and a flash but not without plenty of environmental activity. We had floods and food recalls, earthquakes and Academy Awards, plus plenty of strange weather. 2010 was a busy year for the environment. But was it a year that planet loving … Continue reading Year in Review: Top 10 Environmental Stories of 2010

Diamonds Aren’t a Girl’s Best Friend

Who am I to argue with the Madison Avenue suits who coined the phrase "diamonds are a girl's best friend"? If only diamonds were all we believe them to be. The violence resulting from the diamond mining and trading industry is, in a word, tragic. And, as it turns out, diamonds aren't even as valuable … Continue reading Diamonds Aren’t a Girl’s Best Friend

Tearing Down the Past Leads to Nowhere Fast

We talk about it a lot here at EcoSalon. Conscious choices. Mindful decisions. The easiest way to make a difference and effect change in the world is to live consciously and mindfully. To try to be aware of what we buy, how (or if) we drive, where we shop, what we eat. If we're present … Continue reading Tearing Down the Past Leads to Nowhere Fast