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.

Retreat Naturally | Spend a Luxuriously Green Summer in the UK

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Swimsuit season is almost upon us. And if — like Cliff Richard — you’re a Brit, you’ll be starting to think about where to spend your “Summer Holiday”. With the mighty pound and the short hop, skip and a jump to Europe (ahhh, I remember those days), it’s natural and realistic to start fantasizing about a vacay in Spain, Greece or Morocco. I mean what are the other options? Stay at home? Go to an over-priced, busy (and busy-body) B&B? Errr, no thanks. That option used to be as attractive as a cold English muffin. But now there’s something better.

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Established in 2006, Natural Retreats is a network of sustainable yet super luxurious accommodations situated within close proximity of the UK’s 14 national parks. Founder Matt Spence said the idea came after a lifetime of working in luxury developments around the globe and having grown up on a farm. Currently, socially-conscious travelers can opt to escape to eco-retreats in Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia, the Lake District and the North York Moors to experience English nature at its finest. And if none of these spots work for you, there are plans to acquire ten more sites by 2011.

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Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay Says Buy @#?&$% Local Food or Get Out of the Kitchen

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Hot-tempered, foul-mouthed British chef Gordon Ramsay isn’t one to keep his opinions to himself especially when it comes to his beloved food. Although immensely entertaining, sadly, some of the comments to his aspiring chefs on reality TV show, Hell’s Kitchen, are a little too colorful to print. Now this bastion of British cooking turns his attention to his colleagues. (Hide behind your saucepans, lads.)

In an interview with the BBC last week, Ramsay lamented: “Chefs should be fined if they haven’t got ingredients in season on their menu. I don’t want to see asparagus on in the middle of December. I don’t want to see strawberries from Kenya in the middle of March. I want to see it home-grown.” The TV chef believes banning out-of-season produce would cut back on carbon emissions from food imports and improve levels of cooking domestically. “There should be stringent laws, licensing laws, to make sure produce is only used in season and season only,” he says.

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Urban Vertical Farms Bring the Country to the City

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If it comes to living in the country or the city, for me the choice is a no-brainer. I mean, as beautiful as the countryside is, it’s great to visit — not so great to live. Shall we talk about isolation? I couldn’t bear it. The city is really where it’s at for me. Cities are exciting cultural hubs that offer an alluring mix of art, film, theatre, music, restaurants, shops and — if you happen to live in a city other than Los Angeles — public transport.

The one thing cities don’t have are… farms. And I don’t mean the scarecrow-combine harvester-herds of Black Angus-type farms, I’m talking about a genuine urban farm.

The one pictured here comes from New York based Work Architecture, and is the winner of the ninth annual MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architect Program. Called Public Farm 1 (or PF1), this will become a living installation when it goes up in P.S.1’s outdoor courtyard on June 20th.

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Noki | The Pied Piper of Shock Fashion

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“I’m the dark side of green,” says Jonathan JJ Hudson, designer of Noki – House of Sustainability. Which is weird because we here at G Living are also the darker side of green. Only we don’t look like that. By “that” I’m referring to a look that seems at home on the streets of Harajuku — shredded heavy metal tees, roughed up taffeta dresses, defaced brand labels like Disney, Adidas and Evisu, as well as cut-out argyle knee highs, pantomime wigs and painted germ protecting masks — all of which were on display at London’s Fashion East earlier this year.

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English Fashion Designer Gary Harvey Is Oh So Fashionably Political

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He’s the former Creative Director for Levi’s Europe and he’s worked with the likes of Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood and OKI-NI to name but a few, but now Gary Harvey, this boy from Blighty, is famous for his own highly original vintage couture dresses made from our favorite clothes. Favoring garments that retain their identity once re-contextualized into one of his dresses, Harvey seeks inspiration from iconic clothing, images and, of course, women.

The eco-bell tolled for Harvey at young age. Even as a child he was acutely aware of the lack of natural resources and human exploitation in the world. As a designer, he could not endorse the seasonal waste created by the fast-moving fashion cycle, so becoming a green designer suited his politics.

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Paris Hilton | Very Serious About the Environment

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Details are as scant as Paris Hilton’s wardrobe, but the hotel heiress is helping bring clean drinking water to millions in need. Wearing nothing but gold spray paint, Paris can be seen crawling through the Mojave desert for Rich Prosecco — that’s her new line of champagne-in-a-can (classy, right?) — which promises to donate 20% of the proceeds of sales to organizations which help develop clean sources of drinking water. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Supermodel Liya Kebede Never Forgets The People She Left Behind

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Supermodels have come a long way since Linda Evangelista famously said she wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day. From the old guard, some went on to host TV shows (Tyra, Heidi), others married movie stars (Christy, Cindy), others became embroiled in cocaine scandals (Kate), while others continue to make headlines for all the wrong reasons (Naomi). But hey, at least they were colorful. In comparison, the new breed, lead by Gisele Bünchen seem, well, boring.

That is, with one notable exception. Liya Kebede shows us that real beauty comes from the heart.

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Vanessa Beecroft | Less-Than-Sympathetic Artist Becomes Unbelievable Character in Sudanese Adoption Documentary

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Everyone in Hollywood knows that a movie needs a good tag line in order to hook viewers. As for the true story of self-absorbed conceptual artist Vanessa Beecroft and her long suffering lawyer/art dealer/entertainment consultant/Warner Bros. executive husband Greg Durkin, in the aftermath of her botched adoption attempt of Sudanese twins, I think the L.A. Times came up with a good one: “Beecroft traveled to Sudan, fell in love with a pair of motherless babies there and labored, in the presence of a documentarian’s camera, to adopt them — without consulting her husband”.

I’d certainly call that an attention grabber.

The entire event is chronicled in “The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins” — a documentary directed by New Zealand filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly, which screened at this year’s Sundance film festival. The near adoption tale begins with Beecroft, herself a mother of two, traveling to Sudan out of concern about the genocide. After developing mastitis on the plane, she offers her milk to some orphaned Sudanese newborns. It’s there that Beecroft meets the twins, Madit and Mangor Akot Makoi, and it’s love at first sight.

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Pamela Anderson | Stacked with Good Stuff, Auctions Off Her Things

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Pamela Anderson believes in recycling… to you! Which is fine by me, since I love garage sales. Where else do you get to oogle other people’s junk on a Saturday morning; feel good about indulging in some neighborly recycling whilst smugly shunning the purchasing of yet more new stuff? One person’s junk is another’s treasure: like a “Back To The Future” VHS, some Prussian costume jewelry or a sock puppet — all for less than $10.

If you were in Malibu last weekend, I hope you happenstanced upon what was sure to be the mother of all garage sales — the one held by sitcom queen, Pamela Anderson.

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Living Green | G Living Checks Out Wallpaper Mag

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Green, sustainable, organic. These words are no longer relegated to the lunatic fringe or the farmers markets. Each month, more and more mainstream (and edgy) publications are featuring socially conscious and eco-savvy stories. But how can you keep abreast of them all?

Luckily for you, G Living is on top of it. You may not have the time or the inclination to trawl through glossy magazines, ogling gorgeous organic fashions, alternative transportation or stunning off-the-grid architecture every month. But we live for this stuff. And we’ll begin our commitment to magazine green with one of our favorites – Wallpaper.

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Funky Yet Fun 3D Recycled Paper By MIOculture

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When asked to explore MIOculture, I must admit I was suspicious. I mean ME-culture I’m familiar with, but MIOculture? And why me — a person who’d (almost) prefer a DUI to DIY, a story for “Home and Garden”? Hmmm.

But then I realized I was already very familiar with MIOculture. It’s the company who created the fabulous 3D wallpaper that adorns the set in our G Living studio. I even helped install it. Well, kind of… Alright, we mocked it up — it’s television, people!

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Commuun | A Cut Above

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Amidst the all excitement that surrounds socially conscious fashion these days, it’s easy to forget about the basic principle that either makes or breaks beautiful garments, green or otherwise — the cut. There’s no such oversight when it comes to Japanese design duo, Kaito Hori and Iku Furudate. Their Paris-based label Commuun has been presenting exquisite collections at Paris Women’s Ready to Wear Fashion Week since its debut in 2005.

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