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.

Healing Anthropology | Like Mama Made

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When it comes to skincare, Europeans know their ass from their elbow. Just take a look at 74- year-old Academy award winning actress, Sophia Loren, who recently posed semi-naked for the celebrated Pirelli calendar. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it’s illegal to sell cosmetics containing carcinogenic chemicals (such as petro-chemicals, phthalates and parabens) in Europe, while here in the U.S. it’s perfectly legal.

Turns out Sabrina Posillico, Founder and President of Healing Anthropology, was herself influenced by an Italian woman — her mother. Hailing from a tiny town in Italy, she would create natural remedies and herbal concoctions. “I remember her using rosemary infused olive oil on her skin and how amazing it smelled,” says Posillico, whose modeling career would take her around the world, where she amassed knowledge of beauty secrets and healing practices specific to each culture.

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Elroy | Saving Your Style

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I love the chic silhouette of the Abelia Dress — the keyhole opening gives it a playful twist. Or the simple cut of the Peonia — the monochromatic color scheme provides a racy retro feel. Or for the more daring among us, there’s the dramatic V front of the über-sexy Davidia Jumper. And finally, the exquisite tailoring of the white Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Britney Spears | Dairy-Based Problems?

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Move over, Dr Phil. The latest authority to chip in on the Spears crisis is PETA. In a letter to Brit’s parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, the president of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, offered her two cents on the former pop star’s rumored schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, citing a possible connection between her diet and her Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Enter the International Design Awards

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Forget Batman, Spidey or any other lycra-clad superhero. If you think design can save the planet, listen up. This is a call-out to all you architects and designers of interiors, products, graphics and fashion out there. You have just over a week left to enter the International Design Awards Land and Sea Awards Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Anna Sova | Luxurious & Organic For the Home

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I’m obviously not getting enough sleep. How do I know this? Well, apart from the bags under my eyes and a generally grumpy demeanor, I seem to be preoccupied with sheets and bedding.

Not just any old kind though. My subconscious has much better taste than that. I prefer organic. And not just for aesthetic reasons. The EPA cites that “indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air… considered to be one of the top five hazards to human health”. Contributing factors include toxic paints, fabrics, carpets and textiles.

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Linkin Park Bleeds It Out on Eco Tour

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With enough creativity, everything in this world can be linkin’ed back to you. After all, we are the center of our own respective universes. Take Linkin Park for example: turns out this nu-metal cum rap-rock cum hip-hop-alternative-electronic band got their name from Lincoln Park in Santa Monica, a mere stone’s throw from Venice-based G Living; throw in the fact that emcee Mike Shinoda is also of Japanese heritage (like yours truly); and finally, that the band is hell bent on saving the environment. The co-incidences are starting to scare me.

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Organic Cotton’s Top Models

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Last year I wrote an article on child slave labor. “The real price of non organic cotton” was based on a report from the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). To learn that over one million children across the globe are forced into cotton production – sacrificing their education, health and innocence – to satisfy and industry worth $40 billion annually was a real eye opener Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Steven Spielberg Pulls Out of Beijing Olympics

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It’s not just Hollywood’s actors who are getting involved in international politics — directors are now also calling the shots (excuse the pun). Steven Spielberg just announced he was pulling out as artistic adviser to this summer’s Beijing’s Olympic Games, citing China’s lack of commitment to resolving the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Ouch.

In a statement, Spielberg said “I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue business as usual.” China has increasingly been under fire from Darfur advocates. Two thirds of Sudan’s oil is sold to China, the proceeds of which are used to finance the genocide.

“Sudan’s government bears the bulk of the responsibility for these ongoing crimes, but the international community, and particularly China, should be doing more to end the continuing suffering there,” Spielberg said in his statement. “China’s economic, military and diplomatic ties to the government of Sudan continue to provide it with the opportunity and obligation to press for change.”

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Georgette | Doubly Gorgeous

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From Romulus and Remus to Mary-Kate and Ashley, two is better than one when it comes to founding the Roman empire or conquering the ‘tween one. The same applies to the world of ethical fashion. Twin sisters Katleen and Liesbet founded Georgette, their Belgian-based webstore (with a storefront in Antwerp), on the dual premise of animal-friendly materials and European craftsmanship.

From their website: “Together with small family-run companies in Italy and Spain, the girls work out exclusive collections that are made in the best non-leather and eco-friendly materials, like natural fabrics and luxurious Italian faux leathers”.

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George Clooney on Darfur Silenced By Russia

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In the 1800s, Russia had the all the big celebrities — Alexander Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anton Chekhov, Pyotr Tchaikovsky — but today, not so much. Let’s see, there’s Anna Kournikova, Maria Sharapova and t.A.T.u. What’s that? A couple tennis stars and a couple of…um…singers. My point is, the last 200 years has seen a significant decline in the former Soviet Union star power and the Russians are clearly feeling the pinch.

Which is the only reason I can come up with for why they’d deem it “inappropriate” for George Clooney to deliver a message on his recent trip to Darfur in western Sudan, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo. What was the Oscar winner’s message? That something needs to be done about the “millions [who] are homeless, not from famine or disease or acts of God, but from a well armed militia intent on ridding the land of its people.” But instead of delivering it to a meeting of nations contributing peacekeeping troops, the star of “Syriana” and “Michael Clayton” had to wait until a news conference to make his point. “It seems as if at times celebrity can bring that focus,” Clooney added. “It can’t make the policies, it can’t change people’s minds really, but you can bring a camera where you go because they’ll follow you and you can shine a light on it. That seems to be my job.”

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No Prius For James Bond

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Bond. James Bond. But what’s his middle name? Greenhouse? Planetary destroyer? It might as well be. Pete Bethune, the skipper of the world’s fastest eco-boat, has slammed the producers of the latest installment to the world’s most successful movie franchise for “glamorizing CO2-emitting gas-guzzlers”.

In the upcoming film, “Quantum of Solace”, Bond drives a variation of the Aston Martin DB9, which the UK’s Environmental Transport Association deems as one of the ten worst cars to drive. Others in the list include the Lamborghini Diablo Roadster, the Ferrari Supermerica and the Bentley Azure. So, check your garages people, you maybe harboring an environmental horror.

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SIGG Top 100 Eco Moments

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Kyoto? The Hummer? “An Inconvenient Truth”? Bono? BP? Katherine Hamnett? The Prius? Skinny Bitch? G Living? Will they make it into SIGG’s 100 most significant eco moments of the past century? And if so, where?!

For those of you in the dark, Swiss water bottle company, SIGG, and Laurie David’s environmental charity, stopglobalwarming.org, have joined forces to launch the 100 Eco Moments campaign. From today until Earth Day (April 22), they’ll be counting down the most world-changing ecological events – good and bad – that have shaped our planet.

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