“Going green” is no longer just the ideology of left-wing hippies. Nor is it a trend. We are living in exciting times. We are confronted with the challenge of sustaining our food, our water and our environment. We are changing things. It’s big. You know a movement is afoot when Windex imposes a “green list” to regulate what goes into their products and Reynolds Wrap launches an aluminum foil made out of recycled, well, aluminum. The more commercial it goes, the better off we all are, and not only from an ecological and environmental standpoint. Design-wise, inspiring options are becoming available. It’s a win-win.
Worldchanging: A Users Guide for the 21st Century
This book is the essential guide to creating sustainable solutions for today’s problems. Their proactive suggestions inspire you to change your behavior and be more conscious of the choices you are making and their impact on the earth.
Stella McCartney Eco Collection
Stella has just launched a capsule collection of clothes made from 100% organic cotton and recycled materials. They are edgy and feminine in that perfectly Stella way. The clothes are available at Stella McCartney stores in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Paris as well as select Barneys New York stores.
Muji Recyclable Socks
I love Muji products. All of their designs are label-free, simple, and chic. These socks are made from recyclable materials and make great gifts.
Alternative Apparel Organic Cotton
Made out of organic cotton and recycled polyester, these clothes are great basics for your everyday wardrobe. They also make cute kids t-shirts.
Peter Arnell, a dear friend, is a design genius. He created this new neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) that runs entirely on electricity and emits no pollutants. It can be charged using a normal outlet and is the perfect way to get around short distances. You can sign up to pre-order the car online and then it will be delivered to your house. Expected to be available in October.
Paperless invitations are all the rage and Cocodot takes it to another level. With tons of designs to choose from, Cocodot’s invitations and greeting cards are easy to send and excellent for the environment.
Solio Solar Chargers
I am constantly looking for a place to charge my phone. These solar portable chargers help solve that problem while reducing your nonrenewable energy use too.
Voltaic Solar Backpack
Although a bit pricey, this nerd-chic backpack is something my friend swears by. It has solar panels on it and will charge all of your electronics while you’re on the go.
Jamie Oliver Organic Pocket Seed Packs
I worship Jamie Oliver and he has created these small organic pocket seed packs that help you grow your own herbs. These will save you from buying herbs at astronomical prices that have been imported from thousands of miles away.
Baggu Reusable Bags
Baggu bags come in all colors and are the perfect companion for a trip to the grocery store or the farmers market.
Bodum Travel Mug
I always take my teas and coffees to go. This travel mug helps me save hundreds of paper cups.
KOR Hydration Vessel
This brings a whole new meaning to the term “water bottle.” The KOR hydration vessel is BPA-free, has an easy to use hinge-cap, a rubber nonslip bottom, and encourages you to never drink out of a disposable plastic bottle ever again.
Reverse Osmosis Water Filter
I have one of these systems in my London house and I swear by it. This system squeezes water through a semi-permeable membrane, filtering out all of the particles, sediments, and elements that bottled water cannot. It’s the cleanest, safest water you can drink and you will save a fortune on bottled water…not to mention keeping all those plastic bottles out of landfill.
Ultra-Pure Alkaline Drinking Water System
If you want to take your drinking water to the next level, contact William Wendling who will install this Ultra-Pure Alkaline Drinking System in your home. It filters the water through nine stages to bring you water that balances your pH and provides tons of minerals not found in regular drinking water.
These guides to Green Living are incredibly informative. With books on New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco (with more to come), they include the A-list of green hot spots. Offering thorough research on everything green from restaurants, to beauty salons, to architects and more, the Greenopia guide is essential.
Cameron Diaz’s Green List
These Olsen Haus shoes are vegan and natural linen; they are fun and sexy with a pair of skinny jeans… I like them for walking around the city when I want to wear heels during the day but need to have a sturdy pair that I can move quickly in. Available at Camilla Boutique for Olsen Haus, Loyale, and Kate Quinn Kids.
For simple, creative, and effective tips for making your household run more efficiently, check out Shift Your Habit. My friend Elizabeth Rogers who wrote The Green Book continues to share her time, money, and earth-saving insights each day.
Give Peas a Chance
I love farmers markets and I’m lucky that I live in a place where there is one in a different neighborhood every day of the week. I can get the freshest, most healthy seasonal fruits and vegetables, sometimes picked the same day. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is another great way to sustain the people and the economy in our neighborhoods. Check out Local Harvest to find one near you.
Twice Upon a Time
Flea markets, second hand stores and yard sales provide beautiful well-made clothing and furniture, that can be reupholstered, tailored, or recycled into something completely different. I love hunting for treasures and finding beautiful things that seem to tell a whole story.
Consider updating an old chair in one of these beautiful, sustainably produced fabrics from Valley Forge.
Read The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Micheal Pollan, and see the documentary Food, Inc. to learn about the history and future of our food chain.
The more mass, virtual, and disparate our culture, the more (I think) we look for provenance, care and thoughtfulness anywhere we can find it. Thus, the spate of gorgeous hyperlocal restaurants, bringing the 'farm to table' concept even closer - to the kitchen garden. Vegetables never tasted so good.
We took to the test kitchen to create a three day menu of detox recipes that are warming and filling and don't feel like a sacrifice. We then turned to Dr. Alejandro Junger for some info on how to best detox during the cold winter months.