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.

DANI | Natural Scents For the Home

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It all began with a simple, natural bar of soap. Over time, DANI INC. owner Dannielle Easly Nye expanded her self-named line to include products for the body, bath and home. Inspired by the snow-capped peaks and pristine lakes of Bend, Oregon, Dani continues to deliver luxurious products from the freshest and finest natural ingredients available.

Two new products that demand our attention are the ECO Pure Soy Candle and Natural Reed Diffuser. The candle is part of the EVO collection — EVO because it represents the evolution of their candle line to this present incarnation. The candle is made from 100% food grade soy wax with cotton wicks, hand-poured into a recyclable 7 oz. glass. With 14 fragrances total, it’s tempting to experience them all and inherit a new glass collection at the same time.

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Passenger Pigeon | Chirpy Ethical Designs

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When the Europeans first arrived in North America, the passenger pigeon was the most common bird in the country. 500 billion of them swarmed the skies (which is pretty scary, when you think about it). But the pursuit of pigeon meat for food combined with habitat destruction meant that by 1914 the bird was extinct. Luckily for us, the Passenger Pigeon lives on in name and spirit, thanks to Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Y Water | Nutrient Rich / Y not?

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If you’re a thirsty design fanatic, I have just the thing for you. Y water is a new organic, nutrient-rich low calorie beverage with its HQ just a stone’s throw from G Living in increasingly verde Venice Beach. Aimed specifically at children, Y water is also guaranteed to unleash the big kid in you Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Clorox Green | Less Paradoxical Than It Sounds

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What I love about the green movement is that it allows new green companies to release innovative earth-friendly products and services and also provides major (and seemingly far-from-green) companies to come out with better lines.

Let’s consider the world of household cleaning products. If you were an established company with a name that could easily be confused for a chemical compound and you suddenly found yourself battling for shelf space with modern, minimalist, au naturale products, you might consider following the footsteps of Clorox.

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Turtle Island Resort | Sinfully Sustainable

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Remember the controversy surrounding “The Blue Lagoon” when it hit theaters back in 1980? With its themes of teenage sex, masturbation and alcoholism — not to mention a scantily clad underaged Brooke Shields — the film was a new low for Conservative Christians who branded it “immoral”.

But all that controversy aside, wasn’t the location beautiful?

The movie was shot on the island of Nanuya Levu in Fiji, which is owned by retired American entrepreneur Richard Evanson. Three decades later, let’s revisit the scene of the “crime”.

Evanson, the owner and managing director of the island, enjoyed the companionship of the film crew so much that after principal photography wrapped, he decided to turn Nanuya Levu into a socially responsible resort under the name Turtle Island.

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Loomstate | Old-Fashioned Roots, Modern Vibe

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Launched in New York City back in 2004 by Rogan Gregory and Scott Hahn, Loomstate is quite simply the coolest ethical demin line around. The name itself maybe derived from a century old term for just-woven fabric but the result is timeless, effortlessly casual and quintessentially American. With a firm foundation in jeans and tees — which now extends to hoodies, shoes and beyond — Loomstate not only creates its garments from certified organic cotton, its fashion forward designs also create demand for these garments.

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Mercury Scare Slows Whale Consumption

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The incendiary issue of Japanese dolphin and whale hunting looks like it may be dampening as the nation loses its appetite for both big fish. However, this is due to health reasons and not ethical ones. According to the New York Times, laboratory tests last June revealed high levels of mercury in dolphin and pilot whale that were caught and sold in the old seafaring town of Taiji — Japan’s equivalent to Nantucket Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Saving the World One Family at a Time

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More good news for the whales.Move over, soccer moms. Step off, rocker moms. There’s a new mom in town and she’s as serious about cold water washes as she is about waste-free school lunches. Enter the eco-mom. With a CFC lightbulb in one hand and a reusable shopping bag in the other, this new breed of mom is ready to conquer the world, one household at a time.

It’s somewhat ironic that moms used to get together for Tupperware parties. Nowadays these PVC receptacles are considered to be the anti-Christ. But according to the

New York Times, women are still getting together in suburban lounge rooms around the country to discuss eco-pertinent issues such as curbing guilt through carbon offsets for air travel. “It’s like eating too many brownies one day and then jogging extra the next,” said Kimberly Danek Pinkson, 38, the founder of the EcoMom Alliance.

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Gender Imbalance | First Water Now Plastics

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It’s old news that we’re in the midst of a Hollywood baby boom. But have you noticed that for every Suri, Violet, Shiloh and Harlow there’s only a Kingston or an occasional Jayden James to match?

Back in October, G Living reported a shocking gender imbalance among births in Russia, Greenland, and Canada, which was thought to be a result of toxins in the water. But the problem now seems bigger than we thought. And not just limited to remote bodies of water Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Futurenatural | Sephora For the Organic Savvy

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Futurenatural doesn’t mince words. They believe the future of skincare is natural. And for those of us who’ve done even the most cursory research into the topic, we know that “the body’s largest organ” and “carcinogens” don’t mix well together. Ever. (Let alone on a daily basis.) So, take my advice: if you want to pack your bathroom cabinet with the hottest, effective, organic Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Love Is In the Air | Green Wedding Event

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John Paul Young’s 1978 classic “Love Is In The Air” may smack of sentimentality, but it’s core message remains timeless. On February 29, 2008, LOVE IS IN THE AIR will jostle for space with other pollutants in Los Angeles. Located on Third Street in West Hollywood, ethical boutique Avita Co-op plans to host to the Eco-Luxe Bridal Salon Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Hugh Jackman as Green Wolverine

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Despite his propensity to break into songViva Laughlin had people laughing for all the wrong reasons — we still love Hugh Jackman. The Tony Award-winning boy from Oz is currently in neighboring New Zealand filming the prequel to the outrageously successful X-Men trilogy, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” — which, we’re happy to report, is being done green.

With principal photography taking place in the pristine wilderness of Queenstown in the South Island, “Wolverine” will provide a template or a “green screen” which future productions must adhere to. “A movie of this nature is a huge undertaking,” said district council waste minimization manager Stefan Bowry, one “that might involve remote catering for hundreds of cast and crew, administration, set building, construction and painting. The potential for recycling is enormous.”

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