West Elm Green Products Woo Main Stream Shopper

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I think it’s official, the idea of green living has seeped into the collective brain of the mainstream consumer. Finally it seems we all understand non-toxic is better, fair trade, equal pay, respect for life, is just a better way to go. Why do I think Green Living is finally being fully excepted? Well for one, every time President Obama goes on TV he says something about a green economy and of course because West Elm (the furniture store) has a section devoted to just greenish products! If that isn’t a sign, I don’t know what is.

West Elm is the stylish but less expensive cousin of Pottery Barn. Both furniture stores are owned by parent company Williams Sonoma. West Elm gave younger shoppers a place to find cool modern clean edge home furnishings at a price they could afford. So, the furniture might not last a lifetime, but it does the job for now. Kind of like a better looking and higher quality IKEA.

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Fred Segal Green Overflows with Cutting Edge Designs from the Most Innovative Green Designers

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Those in doubt that the green movement is about as far away from hippie culture as one can get need only show up at the following address: 420 Broadway in Santa Monica, California. There you will find a new store that optimizes our society’s infatuation with high-end organic green design — introducing Fred Segal Green.

This latest addition to super-duper exclusive, celebrity-friendly Fred Segal family opened the doors to its 1,200 square foot store (located at the back of its east building) earlier this week. So, what eco-goodies does this green home and lifestyle store boast? How about encasing your laptop in a stylish Monacca laptop bag made “from ecological wood such as trees that have been pulled down during the programmed maintenance plan of Japanese reforestation?” Or planting yourself on tables and chairs made from “sustainably-harvested wood or scrap and recycled materials” or Ronel Jordaan’s stone-like cushions? Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

Natural Latex Is The New Must Have Luxury Bed

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It appears mattresses have come full circle. While sweet baby Jesus lay his head on a manger of straw, our ancestors slept on rustic natural mattresses filled straw. The 18th century heralded mattresses stuffed with cotton or wool. Modern mattresses took a decidedly man-made turn with the invention of the innerspring and polyurethane foam. Today the natural mattress trend is back. And there’s new candidate for the title of best night’s sleep ever, natural latex, made from the milk of the Havea Brasillensis or the rubber tree. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

Sandra Bullock Pimps Her New Soy Candle Line On Oprah

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In the unlikelihood of Sandra Bullock losing her title as America’s Sweetheart (it could happen — look at Meg Ryan) and somehow blowing through the zillions of dollars she’s made, she might be able to jumpstart a new career as a green advisor.

You don’t believe me? You would if you’d seen her on Oprah promoting Earth Day. Sandra, who says she only uses organic or homemade cleaners, gave a terrifically informative walk-thru of ordinary household items that can be used in place of chemical-filled or pricey green cleaning products. And unlike a lot of celebrities, who always sound like they’re reciting from a script when they talk about global issues, Sandra seems to know her stuff.

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KEDS | Kids Express Themselves Through Green Design

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Many people think the best way to keep teenagers out of danger is through avoidance or abject fear, whereas I’ve always thought informative discussion was a more effective way to go. And what better way to spark a dialogue about the environmental repercussions of excessive bottled water consumption than through green sneaks? Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

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