LA-based designer Deborah Lindquist has been a fixture on the green fashion scene since, well, before there was one. A grand dame of green, she was repurposing and recycling vintage items while some of her A list clientele – Gwen Stefani, Hilary Duff, Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton et al – were still in diapers. Lindquist’s designs are as body conscious as they are ethically savvy. Part couture, part ready-to-wear and completely environmentally fabricated, her signature items include recycled cashmere sweaters, gorgeous yet edgy scarves, fingerless gloves and other accessories, as well as the exquisitely crafted green wedding dresses. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
Referring to herself as the “self-elected godmother of the eco-nerds”, Scandinavian designer and boutique owner Johanna Hofring is being modest. Clearly, she also has a sense of humor. An ethical designer (who isn’t afraid to spend weeks crocheting a single garment), Hofring helped her birth city of Stockholm along the path to sustainability by opening Ekovaruhuset “House of Organic Products” in 2004. Following her success there, Hofring opened a second boutique with the same name in NYC.
All of the clothes at Ekovaruhuset are made naturally, from organic materials that don’t use chemical fertilizers or pesticides and with a dyeing process that’s environmentally responsible. Hofring notes that there are a few exceptions “such as zippers, some buttons, threads and ink for printing… areas that have not yet been perfected. We are always looking for better alternatives and are thankful to hear from you about all organic solutions”.
Close your eyes and think of Moscow, Russia. The image that comes to mind is a series of funky-colored domes, large open squares, and even a gigantic banner of Stalin – or Lenin (depending on when you grew up). Now picture a giant, volcano-shaped glass and steel structure that rises gradually out of a large park to dominate the city’s skyline.
The world’s largest green building is coming to Moscow. Dubbed Crystal Island, the structure (designed by London’s Foster + Partners) will boast over 2.5 million square meters of usable space, also making it the world’s largest single building. It will house theaters, offices, residences, performance centers and even an international school.
“Your hair is the only accessory you wear everyday,” so says the man behind the new organic hair care line, Tela Beauty Organics. Prompting the question: how’s your accessory hanging? Like a beautifully structured designer handbag? Or more like a shapeless beat-up rucksack? If it’s the latter, you better yourself get an organic fix. And fast.
The Tela Organic Beauty range launched in April this year and is available exclusively at Barney’s — purveyor of all fabulous accessories. The brains behind the hair is stylist, designer and philanthropist, Philip Pelusi, a man with over 40 years in the industry. Tela is heads and shoulders above the rest with its signature “skin care approach” to hair. “Healthy hair starts with a healthy hydrated scalp. Hair more than an inch long has already suffered damage,” says Pelusi. “I designed these products specifically to endure the daily stresses of styling, sun exposure and environmental changes.” Speaking of environmental changes, users of Tela Beauty Organics can rest assured they won’t be contributing to them. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
Cheney Preferred Type of Right Whale – Hanging from the museum ceiling. Photos by Cryptonaut
Should it really come as any surprise that Dick Cheney is using misinformation and sheer disregard for real science to block protection for one of the most endangered species on the planet? Not to me. After 7 ½ years, I understand that business for these guys is more important than anything else. Whether it’s negotiating an energy policy in secret or requiring “sound science” before doing anything about climate change, Bush – Cheney, actually – and his cronies are simply not interested when it comes to doing anything that might prevent big business from raking in huge profits. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
Here’s a stupid idea somebody had: let’s spend time and money to restore the population of a precious and nearly extinct species and then remove it from the endangered list so we can hunt it.
Not sure why I wasn’t invited to that meeting…
Gray wolves were almost lost in the 1970s due to over-hunting. Man’s fear of the animal brought about an eradication campaign from the ranching industry and, believe it or not, government agencies. Wolves were hunted for reward to protect livestock, and for their meat and valuable fur. It wasn’t until their near extinction in 1973 that they were protected under the Endangered Species Act. Research and education regarding wolf behavior and biology followed, revealing that – surprise, surprise — wolves play a critical role in maintaining their ecosystems.
Kill first, learn second. Wonder who thought of that plan?
Did someone launch an anti-green movement without telling me? I can see no other explanation for The Altered Electric Skateboard. I wouldn’t even be covering it were it not labeled “The Green Machine”, a label that seems incongruous given the item’s added electric feature. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos