Sustainability Underfoot by Avery Mack Truly good flooring is beautiful, practical and eco-friendly. The best choices may change from room-to-room, as well as with geography, depending on family needs. Here are some key factors to consider for an optimum installation. Added Value—Hardwood Wood comes in many colors, polished to a high gloss or textured, and can be refinished when styles ... Read More »
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Sustainability Underfoot by Avery Mack Truly good flooring is beautiful, practical and eco-friendly....
Pampering Minus the Harsh Chemicals by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist When clients walk into New York City’s...
Homemade Shampoos, Lotions and Perfumes Make Great Gifts by Kathleen Barnes Many of us have grown di...
New Technology Enables Solar Power to Go Global by Linda Sechrist “I’d put my money on the sun and s...
Tips for Eco-Friendly Plants, Shades and Cleaners by Avery Mack Key elements like low-flow faucets a...
Pampering Minus the Harsh Chemicals by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist When clients walk into New York City’s Swing Salon, they may be surprised by what they don’t smell—the range of chemicals usually wafting around in hair salons. That’s because the owners have decided to use only natural and organic products. While many people assume that all salon hair and body treatments are ... Read More »
Homemade Shampoos, Lotions and Perfumes Make Great Gifts by Kathleen Barnes Many of us have grown disenchanted with expensive, commercial beauty products that include toxic and even cancer-causing ingredients. Fortunately, safe, natural and affordable alternatives—including homemade shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, bath salts, body scrubs and butters—are stocked at many grocery and health food stores. We all want to avoid phthalates, cetyl ... Read More »
New Technology Enables Solar Power to Go Global by Linda Sechrist “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” ~ Thomas Alva Edison in 1931 Energy Engine Humankind has sought for centuries to harness the Sun ... Read More »
Tips for Eco-Friendly Plants, Shades and Cleaners by Avery Mack Key elements like low-flow faucets and showerheads, VOC-free paint, sustainable flooring and nonporous countertops form the foundation of an eco-friendly bathroom. Now let’s take a look at the softer side of green. Start by considering the use of honeycomb window shades and double-glazed windows to keep this most intimate ... Read More »
Pioneers Avoid Toxins in Unexpected Places by Avery Mack With children especially susceptible to germs, chemicals sensitivities and allergens, it makes sense to ensure that the child-friendliness of day care facilities extends to their ecological integrity. When Denise Adusei, of New York City, was unable to find a preschool that included all the criteria she sought, she decided to create ... Read More »
Rural Lands Have Become Industrial Zones by Harriet Shugarman What if farmers couldn’t confirm what they grow and produce was devoid of toxins, cancer-causing chemicals, radioactive materials and other pollutants? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal and state agencies set standards and enforce regulations to ensure what we eat is safe ... Read More »
Green travel doesn’t mean sleeping in a treehouse or backpacking into a jungle to rescue orangutans, but simply keeping a few Earth-friendly ideas in mind when planning a summer vacation. Of course, when traveling to a foreign country, making an effort to get to know the people, their culture and a few words of their language, respecting local customs and ... Read More »
Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, ... Read More »
Dressing with Conscious Intention by Gail Condrick Waking up on the morning of a big presentation to secure city funding for a new park, you’re confident that you’ve done your homework: You’ve prepared handouts, memorized key points of an environmental impact study and lined up community supporters. Opening the closet presents a different kind of challenge: What’s the most effective way ... Read More »