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.

Dwell Mag Isn’t Dwelling On Sustainability

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In the November edition of Dwell magazine, editor-in-chief Sam Grawe laments the ubiquitous nature of sustainability, saying it’s a fad that’s come and gone. Like a pair of acid wash jeans, sustainability has had its day. It’s overused, and he’s over it.

The final straw? Jack Bauer educating us about the dangers of global warming on an upcoming episode of 24. (Sam obviously isn’t addicted to the series as some of us are. Don’t worry Jack, you’re forgiven for what you don’t know).

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In case you haven’t worked it out, Sam is being facetious. But his point is this: amidst all the spotlight grabbing and bandwagon jumping, Dwell has been quietly, steadfastly covering sustainability for years. In fact, every edition of the magazine since 2000 has featured a sustainable project. Minus the “certified organic” stickers or sustainability sirens. It’s just as it should be: real people, working on real projects.

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The Celebrities Raising Green Kids Include Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews And Halle Berry

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What do Halle Berry, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crow have in common? The answer is simple: cats. One played Catwoman, one sings about black cats and the other covered a Cat Stevens song.

If that’s too much of a stretch, it could be the fact that they’re all following the latest celebrity eco-trend by bundling their babies (or planning to) in 100% all natural blankets from Robbie Adrian.

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Plastic Bag Rehab From Method

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Sixteen. Nothing sweet about it. That’s the number of plastic bags the average American uses every week. Extrapolate that out to a year and that figure balloons to 100 billion. And this last one’s the killer…

1,000. That’s the number of years these plastic bags will stay on earth.

Hopefully the thought of being outlived by plastic bags will drive more of us towards a more reusable solution. The anti-plastic vibe is certainly felt at my local supermarket. You can literally feel the disapproving eyes upon you if you happen to leave yours at home, a common mistake I hate making (more on that later).

Nowadays there are so many reusable bags on the market – in order to grab me (to grab it), they need to be the perfect combination of aesthetic and functionality.

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Australians Elect To Combat Climate Change

Think global, act local… mate. Australians certainly lived up to this slogan in this past weekend’s election, annihilating former Prime Minister John Howard and his liberal coalition, which ended eleven years of conservative rule.

Prime Minister Elect Kevin Rudd wasted no time moving forward on one of his campaign promises to combat climate change. Rudd quickly met with government officials to discuss signing the Kyoto Protocol to cap greenhouse emissions, leaving the U.S. as the only major economy to boycott the pact. Rudd also confirmed that he would be attending the upcoming UN climate summit in Bali, and has already discussed climate change issues with Gordon Brown and Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

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Green Leaders Gather To Talk Business But Is Anyone Listening?

On Saturday, G Living attended the Opportunity Green conference at UCLA. The event’s purpose was to empower people to create new businesses (or alter existing ones) towards a business model that is both green and profitable. All this toward the ultimate goal of making the world a better place.

30 odd speakers shared their views during the various panel discussions and keynote addresses. Some presentations were very interesting, in particular, Jamais Cascio, futurist and co-founder of worldchanging.com, who discussed some big ideas in energy, technology and transportation, and introduced us to the incredible Aptera — three wheels, 230 mpg and available next year.

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Follow-Up | Opportunity Green at UCLA

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On Saturday, G Living attended the Opportunity Green conference at UCLA. The event’s purpose was to empower people to create new businesses (or alter existing ones) towards a business model that is both green and profitable. All this toward the ultimate goal of making the world a better place. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

MOMA | The Art In Global Warming

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What Happened To Us? is a textual pun –- “us” referring both to ourselves and to the United States of America. It is also of a title of a large scale drawing installation by Romanian artist, Dan Perjovski, who exhibited at MOMA in New York earlier this year.

The artist was commissioned by the gallery to draw directly onto the walls of the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium. The drawings took two weeks to complete, during which time the gallery was open to the public to allow them to bear witness to the creative process. Perjovski’s work is inspired by political issues, both local and global, like the conflict in the Middle East or the extension of the European Union. Through witty text and incisive political images, Perjovski makes his unique voice heard and seen.

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Loyale | Fabulous Faux Fur

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There’s no bigger sartorial taboo than fur. It’s the cigarette smoking of fashion. But what do you do if you crave the look and feel of the warm and furry? Faux fur.

And I’ve found the most luxurious faux fur jacket of the season. The jacket comes in bone and is made from 100% organic cotton faux fur and 100% organic cotton twill lining, and features front pockets and faux tortoise shell buttons.

Made in NYC, it’s just one of the many gorgeous designs from Loyale, the brainchild of designer Jenny Hwa. Jenny noticed a hole in the market for beautiful sustainable clothes and decided to couple her passion for the environment, her degrees in business and fashion with her work experience at Catherine Malandrino, Chaiken and Jill Stuart to create her signature brand.

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ReProduct Greeting Cards | For Humans and the Environment

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So, what do you do with your annual birthday card from Grandma once you’ve read it (and taken out the check for $25)? Stuff it in the back of a drawer where it’ll gather dustand add to your clutter? Or trash immediately and feel heartless and guilty? Now there’s a better way… you can make Granny’s kind sentiments live on forever… as carpet backing.

ReProduct is a new line of greeting cards from Cradle to Cradle Holdings, whose mission it is to rid the world of waste. The cards are made of OPP (oriented polypropylene plastic) and come with a 2-way envelope so that the recipient can send it back (postage paid, of course) to Shaw Industries where it will be made into the company’s EcoWorx carpet tile backing.

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Ashley Judd | Not So Green?

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When it comes to clothing forget machine washing. Beware of greenwashing.

“Ashley Judd Designs Eco-Friendly Fashion For Charity” or so screamed the headlines. The actress’s new “sustainable” range is available exclusively at the American clothing chain giant Goody’s, with a portion of the proceeds going to educational organizations across the country. This, from the actress herself: “Our schools are in dire need. With my eco-friendly, moderately priced clothes, Goody’s will give away half a million dollars to schools in need. And that’s just the first year.”

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Opportunity Green | Movers and Shakers

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If you’re wondering where all the prime movers and shakers in green business will be this Saturday, ponder no more. They’ll be at UCLA for a sustainability conference known as Opportunity Green. The conference boasts “the best and the brightest entrepreneurial CEOs, executives, professionals, designers, investors and bloggers”, all focused on creating sustainable enterprises that turn a profit. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

This Weekend Checkout Opportunity Green At UCLA

opportunitygreen01 This Weekend Checkout Opportunity Green At UCLA

If you’re wondering where all the prime movers and shakers in green business will be this Saturday, ponder no more. They’ll be at UCLA for a sustainability conference known as Opportunity Green. The conference boasts “the best and the brightest entrepreneurial CEOs, executives, professionals, designers, investors and bloggers”, all focused on creating sustainable enterprises that turn a profit. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

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