Sarah Backhouse

Sarah Backhouse

Ethnically ambiguous with the accent to prove it, I’m thrilled to be on the cutting edge of this brave, new green world.

LENY | The Power of Celebrity

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Undoubtedly, indubitably, definitely: celebrity sells. There’s no doubt about it. For any designer — green or otherwise — nothing gets your garb flying off the racks like having it worn by A-listers in the league of Kate Moss, Jade Jagger or Gwyneth Paltrow.

But what if these celebrities were the designers themselves? This is the perspicacious premise behind LENY (Limited Edition New York), a tee shirt and tote line that donates its net profits to environmental causes.

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Air France Wants To Kick A Nasty Habit! GLIVING Special Report

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“Committing Air France”. No the French airliner is not being sent to the hôpital psychiatrique. Quite the opposite, in fact. In a very sane move, Air France is making a big commitment to saving environment. They recently held a half-day “Committing Air France” conference at their Head Office at Charles de Gaulle. I was there along with 200 other jetlagged journalists flown in from Africa, Asia, the Americas and of course Europe, complete with complimentary carbon credits offset of course.

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Soleo | Australian For Sunscreen

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Every day a story appears that turns our previously blissfully ignorant lives upside down. Don’t eat regular apples, they’re coated with pesticides. Don’t drink out of BPA plastic bottles, they leach toxic chemicals. Don’t wear conventional cotton tees, they’re often times made on the backs of child labor. Grim, right? Well here’s another one for you. Regular sunscreen? Forget about it. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control reveals that “the bodies of nearly all Americans are contaminated with a sunscreen chemical that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption and cell damage”. That chemical is oxybenzone and it can be found in 600 sunscreens manufactured and sold in the U.S.

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Nicole Bridger | Stylish, Sustainable and Affirming

nicole bridger Nicole Bridger | Stylish, Sustainable and Affirming

Canadians have got to be some of the nicest people on the planet. Handy with a smile and generous with their “neats”, this country has garnered a worldwide reputation for being honest and earnest. I mean, when was the last you got pick-pocketed by a Canadian? See what I mean?

Young designer Nicole Bridger is no exception (not the pick-pocketing thing obviously, the only pockets she’d pick are those associated with garment construction). Believing that the energy you put out is what you receive (call it “The Secret for Dummies”), each piece in Bridger’s eponymous line comes with its own little affirmation “to remind you to say good things to yourself, and to have a really positive day.”

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Foxy Alyson and Her Small Collection

foxy alyson Foxy Alyson and Her Small Collection

Alyson Fox’s label, A Small Collection, came about from her desire to combine her disparate interests of photography, illustration, design and styling. Inspired by art, the weather and vintage pieces, the result is a line of everyday clothes that can be dressed up or down. Simple sculptural canvases that can be layered with what you already own Alyson’s favorite item from her own collection? The easy-to-wear yet sexy deep cowl neck dress from her first collection.

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Green Tea | Once Again Green is Good

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My favorite beverage just keeps getting better for you. Which should also make it more palatable to my co-workers, whose computers keep force quitting due to my constant kettle boiling. (Electrical circuitry at start-ups leaves a lot to be desired.) Yeah, so sorry about losing all of those unsaved changes to your edits/designs/documents, but look at all the benefits. To, er, me.

Here are seven reasons to sip the green stuff…

Nix cancer. The polyphenols or antioxidants help keep cancer at bay. Studies show that people who regularly drink green tea reduce the risk of developing “breast, stomach, esophagus and/or prostate cancer.”

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When it comes to Well Designed Green Kitchens, Italians know Best | Valcucine

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Will your grandchildren be able to cook? Owners of luxurious green Valcucine kitchens will certainly be hoping so. Italian kitchen design company, Valcucine, effortlessly merges high-end aesthetics and environmental wherewithal to create a product that is both beautiful while “spanning generations”.

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Mind-blowing, Palate-altering Fruit

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How many mind-blowing experiences are there out there? I’m talking about experiences that excite and surprise you beyond your wildest dreams. Discounting illicit drugs — which while certainly mind blowing could result in the very real possibility of experiencing the inside of a cell — not that many. Sky diving, scuba diving, first viewing of 2001: A Space Odessey, the first listening of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band, childbirth or certain acts leading up to that? Well for all you thrill seekers here’s a new one for you: a fruit that temporarily alters your taste buds, turning sour foods sugar sweet.

Dubbed the miracle fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, is appearing as the guest of honor at tasting parties all over the country – the gastronomically adventurous eager to ingest the small red berry which can allegedly turn lime wedges into candy, rhubarb into sugar sticks, lemons into lemonade, Tabasco sauce into donut glaze and rich stout beer into milkshake. The miracle fruit is native to West Africa “and has been known to Westerners since the 18th century”. The unusual reaction is due to a protein called miraculin “which binds with the taste buds and acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes in contact with acids”.

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Shell Sells Suicide By The Seashore

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It’s about time someone socked it to the oil companies. A Shell shareholder at the company’s annual meeting in The Hague accused the oil multinational of “selling suicide in the forecourt”. Brilliant! Wish I’d come up with that. So what warranted this poetic outburst? A laundry list of eco-sins: Shell’s insistence to press ahead with its tar sand operations in Canada; continuation of gas flaring in Nigeria; and ditching renewable energy schemes including the world’s largest offshore wind initiative, the London Array. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Barcode | 80s Vibe Nightclub in South London

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Who would have guessed I’d find myself back in the London club scene. Ah, I remember the ritual like it was yesterday. Leaving our cozy Soho apartment in the dead of winter, dressed in a thousand layers. Arriving at the club by midnight, disrobing (the outer layers), dancing til dawn, eventually re-robing and heading home as the piss weak sun struggled to radiate any warmth whatsoever. Thank god those days are over for me, but I’m more than happy to pass the lollypop to the next generation of clubbers. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Schwarzenegger vs. Shriver | Grounding the Governator

schwarzenegger vs shriver 01 Schwarzenegger vs. Shriver | Grounding the Governator

We Californians have had five years to come to grips with the fact that we have a triple threat (body builder/actor/businessman) as our head of state. His unique background has made for some colorful and contradictory behaviors. For example: he donates his $175,000 salary to charity but spends $38 million of his own money on a GulfStream IV jet; he wins a European Voice award for his Californian Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, yet he flies his private jet back and forth between Los Angeles and Sacramento every day; he’s a Republican and yet his preferred method of transportation is private jet.

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Rogan Gregory | G/Fashion Wonder Boy, Bono Approved Target Diffused

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Rogan Gregory is hot right now. Not hot like greenhouse gas — quite the opposite actually. He’s Bono-approved, Target-diffused, New York’s own ethical poster boy hot. Hell, even his beard is impressive. With his penchant for transforming organic cotton into edgy attire, denim into danger and making mass market look a million bucks, everyone wants a piece of Rogan Gregory. And not surprisingly Wallpaper magazine got him. Here are the highlights from their interview about the man behind Loomstate, Rogan, Rogan Objects, Rogan for Target and the line that thrust him into the spotlight, Edun.

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“Bono and Ali caught wind of what we’d been doing at Loomstate and wanted to do some kind of collaboration,” Gregory recalls. “My partner Scott called me one day and asks, can you meet with Bono tomorrow? I’m like, Bono who? Next day he shows up to our studio and we really hit it off.” Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

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