Jasmin Malik Chua

 

A 12-year veteran of the publishing industry, Jasmin joins Ecouterre as managing editor after a stint at TreeHugger, where she wrote about sustainable fashion and beauty. She has an M.S. in biomedical journalism from New York University and a B.S. in animal biology from the National University of Singapore. With stories published in online and print publications like Alive, Plenty, The Huffington Post, and Sprig, Jasmin has also been quoted as a green expert by such publications as The New York Times, BBC Radio, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and People. Jasmin was previously a copy editor for Computer Shopper and PRINT. (She still reads style guides for fun.)

Follow Jasmin on Twitter @jasminchua.

Jasmin Malik Chua
Marks & Spencer Debuts First Carbon-Neutral Lingerie

Marks & Spencer Debuts First Carbon-Neutral Lingerie

Marks & Spencer has recently unveiled what it dubs the world’s first carbon-neutral lingerie. Comprising four types of bras, three styles of panties, and a garter belt, the Autograph

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U.K. National Trust Restores Victorian Gown Made With 1,000 Beetle Wings

U.K. National Trust Restores Victorian Gown Made With 1,000 Beetle Wings

Would you wear a dress made of iridescent bug parts? Victorian actress Ellen Terry did in one of the most iconic portrayals of Lady Macbeth in theater history. After 120 years of wear, tear, and

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Emma Watson, Alberta Ferretti Launch “Pure Threads” Eco-Fashion Collection

Emma Watson, Alberta Ferretti Launch “Pure Threads” Eco-Fashion Collection

Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has teamed up with Italian designer Alberta Ferretti on a five-piece capsule collection they’ve dubbed “Pure Threads.” Comprising five

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U.K. Military is Arming “Solar Soldiers” With Energy-Generating Uniforms

U.K. Military is Arming “Solar Soldiers” With Energy-Generating Uniforms

British researchers are working to develop a solar-powered kit that could lighten the load of its troops by 50 percent. Comprising photovoltaic cells to harness the sun’s energy, as well as

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LAST CHANCE to Win a Recycled-Leather iPad Case From Dewdrop Designs (Worth $60!)

LAST CHANCE to Win a Recycled-Leather iPad Case From Dewdrop Designs (Worth $60!)

To celebrate the launch of the iPad 2, we've partnered with Gillian Stevens of Dewdrop to give away one of her ultra-luxurious iPad sleeves. Hand-stitched from leather scraps, which Stevens

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Tara St. James Presents Fall 2011 Collection at New York Fashion Week

Tara St. James Presents Fall 2011 Collection at New York Fashion Week

Gold stars all around for Tara St. James and her team, who presented Study NY's Fall/Winter 2011 collection on Monday at New York Fashion Week. Part classroom, part runway, the Standard Hotel

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Bury OAT’s Biodegradable Sneaker, Watch It Bloom into Flowers!

Bury OAT’s Biodegradable Sneaker, Watch It Bloom into Flowers!

Don't consign your moldy old gym shoes to the landfill (or worse, chuck them in some unsuspecting charity's donation bin). With OAT's fully biodegradable sneakers, you can plant them in your

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Compai Repurposes Sugar Molds into Colorful Organizers

Compai Repurposes Sugar Molds into Colorful Organizers

Dreary weather dragging you down? Compai's planters-cum-organizers have the color you crave. Made from repurposed vintage sugar molds, which were once used in Mexico to make and store cane

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Lingerie Company Recycles Bras into Soundproof Insulation

Lingerie Company Recycles Bras into Soundproof Insulation

Leave it to an Italian intimates company to trade one kind of stuffing for another. Its mission: To recycle used bras into soundproof building insulation. Over the course of six weeks,

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Recycled Doily Clocks for the Hopeless But Punctual Romantic

Recycled Doily Clocks for the Hopeless But Punctual Romantic

And Futhermore's recycled clocks are all about the grand gesture. Individually made from vintage plastic doilies and painted cork, the intricate timepieces embrace every flourish and curlicue

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Nike Launches Open-Source Environmental Apparel Design Tool

Nike Launches Open-Source Environmental Apparel Design Tool

Nike has just released its Environmental Apparel Design Tool to the public, with the aim of encouraging other clothing manufacturers to design more sustainably. The online app, which is based on

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Inexpensive Activated Carbon Cloth Could Clean Up Toxic Waste

Inexpensive Activated Carbon Cloth Could Clean Up Toxic Waste

From shoulder pads to leg-warmers, there are a litany of ’80s “inventions” we hope never see the light of day again. Not so with activated carbon cloth, however. The flexible

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Starbucks Unveils Seat Upholstery Made of Recycled Coffee Sacks

Starbucks Unveils Seat Upholstery Made of Recycled Coffee Sacks

London's venerable Savile Row was transformed into a country fairground on Monday as sheep frolicked in the streets to herald the start of Wool Week. Amidst the fluffy conflagration stood (or

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What is H&M’s Fast Fashion Doing to the Environment?

What is H&M’s Fast Fashion Doing to the Environment?

The black-and-white striped frock from H&M's fall collection is definitely a stunner, but its price might come as a shock: $4.95. That means it costs less than a Grande Caramel Frappuccino

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Pickle-Spoiling Bacteria Could Clean Up Dyes in Textile Wastewater

Pickle-Spoiling Bacteria Could Clean Up Dyes in Textile Wastewater

The same bacteria that causes your hamburger dill pickles to spoil could also clean up dyes in textile-factory wastewater, according to food scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's

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New Fabric-Dyeing Technique Uses Fluid-State CO2, Not Water

New Fabric-Dyeing Technique Uses Fluid-State CO2, Not Water

Photo © Amber Isabel The vagaries of the fashion and textile industry haven't been kind to our waterways. In fact, textile coloring and treatment accounts for 17 to 20 percent of global

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Hexagonal Dog Bed Made From Recycled Tennis Balls

Hexagonal Dog Bed Made From Recycled Tennis Balls

Number 63 on Fido's life list: Roll around in a bed of tennis balls, chew and slobber over them, and then roll around some more. If you're dying to throw your pooch a bone, check out Hugh Hayden

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Buzzibooth is a Privacy Booth Made From Recycled PET Felt

Buzzibooth is a Privacy Booth Made From Recycled PET Felt

Open-concept offices be damned. Sometimes you just want to make a phone call without making the entire accounting department aware of your urinary incontinence issues. Here to save the day (and

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“Living” Wallpaper by High-Low Tech Monitors Your Environment

“Living” Wallpaper by High-Low Tech Monitors Your Environment

Shhh...the walls are listening, or rather, the wallpaper is. Soon to be on display at the Fuller Craft Museum just south of Boston, Living Wall by High-Low Tech is an interactive wallpaper that

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Ultrasharp, Diamond-Tipped Razor Blade Lasts Years, Not Weeks

Ultrasharp, Diamond-Tipped Razor Blade Lasts Years, Not Weeks

If diamonds are forever, it only stands to reason that a diamond-clad razor blade will last far longer than conventional steel ones. The Diamaze PSD, a feat of German engineering, is composed of

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Biochar Could Offset Up to 12% of Greenhouse Gases, Says Study

Biochar Could Offset Up to 12% of Greenhouse Gases, Says Study

When it comes to solving our climate-change pickle, it might be time for deus ex machina-type proposals to take a back seat to something a little more homegrown: biochar. While the charcoal-like

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Colorado Startup Uses Coal-Eating Bacteria to “Grow” Natural Gas

Colorado Startup Uses Coal-Eating Bacteria to “Grow” Natural Gas

Who needs to drill more holes to get more natural gas when you can just “grow” it in existing ones? Luca Technologies, a Colorado-based startup, has devised a way to generate and

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Scientists Create Harry Potter-Like Invisibility Cloak From Silk

Scientists Create Harry Potter-Like Invisibility Cloak From Silk

Status symbols like silk and gold are meant to be flashed in public, but scientists from Tufts and Boston University have developed a gold-coated silk “cloak” that is designed to be

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Get a “Bike-Safe” Sticker for Your Vehicle

Get a “Bike-Safe” Sticker for Your Vehicle

Show your solidarity for your brothers and sisters on two wheels with a sticker that encourages safe driving and safe cycling. More than 44,000 cyclists are injured in traffic accidents every

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Bamboo Bottle: A Reusable Bottle Made From Bamboo and Glass

Bamboo Bottle: A Reusable Bottle Made From Bamboo and Glass

With all the talk about BPA, phthalates, and other hinky chemicals that could potentially leach into our food and drink, it's no wonder that we're turning a gimlet eye to anything that passes

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Light-Bending Polymer Sticker Boosts Solar Panel Output by 10%

Light-Bending Polymer Sticker Boosts Solar Panel Output by 10%

Looking for an instant power boost for your solar panels? Slap on a large, transparent sticker by Genie Lens Technologies to get 10 percent more juice. The polymer film, which can be applied to

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Scientists Discover Plant Enzyme That Turns Car Exhaust to Fuel

Scientists Discover Plant Enzyme That Turns Car Exhaust to Fuel

An enzyme found in the roots of the soybean plant could soon have cars running on fumes — literally. Vanadium nitrogenase, a bacterial enzyme that usually converts atmospheric nitrogen into

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8 Inspiring Green Kids and Their Eco-Innovations

8 Inspiring Green Kids and Their Eco-Innovations

As kids, most of us spent our days playing hopscotch, toying with action figures, maneuvering Tetris blocks, and wrestling with Donkey Kong. Not these creative tykes, however! These eight

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Industrial Designers Society of America: “There is No ‘Away’”

Industrial Designers Society of America: “There is No ‘Away’”

This mini-poster by the Industrial Designers Society of America gets straight to the point: Don’t throw anything away. There is no “away.” Thanks for the reminder, IDSA, that

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New Eco Index Will Offer Energy Star-Like Rating For Clothes

New Eco Index Will Offer Energy Star-Like Rating For Clothes

A new sustainability index is poised to take the guesswork out of how green your garments are, doing for clothing and shoes what the federal Energy Star rating currently does for electronics and

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