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.

SIGG | What The Cool People Are Sipping

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Your brand of water is definitely a status symbol, with the current top dog being Fiji. Watch the way the über-trendy clutch it with the same intensity as they would a Gucci tote. In at number two, fresh from the French Alps, is the perennial favorite Evian, followed closely by the smart design of Smart Water. Next tier down, Arrowhead – which, if you live in Los Angeles, should really be higher up on the water chain, given that it’s local. Then comes Dasani and Aquafina, which is basically tap water, and finally, Kirkland. (The Costco brand may be well priced, but it just doesn’t cut it with the cooler kids.)

But if all this branded water hierarchy is giving you a headache, there’s another way to go: fashionable water bottles from SIGG. This Swiss company has been around for 100 years, but in the past few years its popularity has surged. These stylish bottles come in 140 designs with 22 interchangeable caps. You can even design your own, choosing from over 1,000 possible configurations. (My personal favorite is the SIGG Jungle.)

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Gisele | Brazilian Super Model Launches Shoe Line

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“I feel like the president here,” Gisele said as Aussie fashionistas cheered for her. The Super Model was in Australia to launch her new line of shoes, which help fund the Pure Xingu Water campaign, which is trying to preserve the headwaters of the Xingu River system in Brazil’s Amazon region. See the video after the jump.

“Novo has timed Gisele’s first visit to Australia to coincide with the Collection being available in Novo stores from September – perfect for the warmer Aussie weather.The Y Ikatu Xingu Campaign The Xingu River, symbol of the Brazilian socio-economic diversity, is under threat. Deforestation at its headwaters has doubled in the last ten years and many river sources are drying up. This affects the quality of life of 250 thousand people, including 18 Indian villages. Indians, small and large producers, NGOs, researchers and local leaders participate in the Y Ikatu Xingu “Pure Xingu Water” Campaign for the protection and regeneration of its sources and ciliar bush area.”

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New Radiohead album | 2 + 2 = ?

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October 10, 2007 will go down in music history. It’s the date Radiohead releases its seventh studio album, “In Rainbows”, as a digital download available only on their website. What’s more, they’re going to let fans choose how much they pay for it – if anything at all. Really.

Oh, for $82 you can buy a special edition physical box set containing two vinyl albums, two CDs plus artwork and photographs – but that won’t be available until December 3.

By offering the digital download exclusively at their site, the British five-piece are sticking it to the music industry’s traditional business model. How are they getting away with this? Simple. They’re not attached to any record label. The only catch is, you must get the entire album. For creative reasons, Radiohead (like the Beatles) has resisted the iTunes model of offering individual tracks for sale.

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lululemon | healthier, happier and more fun

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lululemon. Sounds like somebody who’d get up and do a Vagina Monologue. But actually, it’s the latest in yoga gear and the biggest thing to come out of Canada since… Celine Dion.

No, wait – let me rephrase that… the best thing to come out of Canada since the Arcade Fire. For a female yogi, lululemon is a dream come true. (And no, that’s not a typo – they don’t capitalize it either.) Stylish, healthy clothes that look great and help you feel balanced.

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VOC-Free Paints | Created By Scientists & Artists

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Back in the late ‘70s, all household paints contained lead: yours, mine and theirs. Oblivious to the dangers it posed, we happily went about our household renovations, often with our children nearby breathing the dust particles created by dry sanding. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

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Recycled Billboards Are Eco-Logical

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Ever wondered what happens to Kate Moss once the latest Calvin Klein billboard campaign is torn down? She’s tossed into a landfill where she’ll spend the rest of her days emitting toxins. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

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