Nicole Abene

 

Nicole is a recent graduate of NYU’s Environmental Studies program. Growing up by the beach in New Jersey, she fell in love with the outdoors and has been trying to find a way to live in harmony with it ever since. She has worked with organizations to promote urban gardening, waste reduction, and energy efficiency in New York City. Nicole enjoys camping, knitting, and continuously attempting to bake the perfect cupcake.

Nicole Abene
Katie Mello Creates Hilarious Star Wars AT-AT Costume for Dogs

Katie Mello Creates Hilarious Star Wars AT-AT Costume for Dogs

Do you love making Halloween costumes but lack humans to model your creations?  Or maybe your pooch just happens to love getting dolled up?  Either way, Katie Mello, an artist and Star Wars

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How To: Make Perfect Piña Colada Popsicles for a Delicious Summertime Treat

How To: Make Perfect Piña Colada Popsicles for a Delicious Summertime Treat

Looking for the perfect tropical treat to beat the scorching summer sun? Try out this fabulous recipe for piña colada popsicles! Whether you'll be taking these to the beach or just chilling on

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NYC’s High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Quickly Move Pedestrians

NYC’s High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Quickly Move Pedestrians

Because of growing crowds flocking to NYC's High Line Park, which are anticipated to double when the final section is complete, the architects and engineers have decided to add a people-mover

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How Do We End Our “Fast Fashion” Addiction? An Interview With “Overdressed” Author Elizabeth L. Cline

How Do We End Our “Fast Fashion” Addiction? An Interview With “Overdressed” Author Elizabeth L. Cline

Elizabeth L. Cline has spent over three years researching the American fast-fashion industry. The result? Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, the insightful story of how we

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DIY: Make a Homemade Organic Apple Pie with Butter Crust for the Holidays!

DIY: Make a Homemade Organic Apple Pie with Butter Crust for the Holidays!

Thanksgiving is just days away and, for those of you with unfinished menus, we have a delicious organic apple pie recipe that is guaranteed to make your guests swoon.  It's especially important

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Harvard Scientists to Build Endurance-Prolonging Smart Suit for U.S. Military

Harvard Scientists to Build Endurance-Prolonging Smart Suit for U.S. Military

Scientists at Harvard are working toward a “novel wearable system” that could prolong the physical endurance of soldiers in the field. While this may seem a bit too much like they'll be

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Annie Leonard’s “Story of Change”: Shopping Alone Can’t Save the World

Annie Leonard’s “Story of Change”: Shopping Alone Can’t Save the World

In The Story of Change, Annie Leonard explains that while being a smart shopper can certainly ease some of the burden on our overworked planet, it is not the solution to a better world. She

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UCLA Researchers Report American Families Have Too Much Stuff and Too Little Time

UCLA Researchers Report American Families Have Too Much Stuff and Too Little Time

Do you think that American families have too much stuff?  Researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) have a new book, Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32

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Medieval “Lingerie” From 15th Century Austrian Castle Shocks Fashion Historians

Medieval “Lingerie” From 15th Century Austrian Castle Shocks Fashion Historians

Found hidden under the floorboards of Lengberg Castle in Austria’s East Tyrol, these centuries-old bras are redefining the history of fashion.  While this model is a bit less ornate than

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Win A Space-Age Skirt by Shadowplay NYC, Inspired by Hubble Photography (Worth $138!)

Win A Space-Age Skirt by Shadowplay NYC, Inspired by Hubble Photography (Worth $138!)

If you've been looking for a way to display your love for astronomy, we've got a giveaway that will rock your world.  Shadowplay NYC is an independent label run by astronomy-obsessed Ximena

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Fake-Out Fashion: Women Paint Scarlet Soles to Get the Louboutin Look

Fake-Out Fashion: Women Paint Scarlet Soles to Get the Louboutin Look

While it's difficult to afford Christian Louboutins at prices hovering around a grand, it's easy to buy a small container of red paint to fake the famous scarlet soles of the French shoemaker.

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Keep Cool: 7 Delicious Ways to Make Sure Kids Stay Hydrated this Summer

Keep Cool: 7 Delicious Ways to Make Sure Kids Stay Hydrated this Summer

We know how much of a challenge it can be to stop the summer fun and make your kids (or yourself!) drink water. Hydration is so important, though, that we've came up with a few suggestions that

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Twelv Magazine Creates Alexander McQueen Gown Using 50,000 Gummy Bears

Twelv Magazine Creates Alexander McQueen Gown Using 50,000 Gummy Bears

This gown may look like one of Alexander McQueen's flamboyant technicolor gowns, but it's actually just paying homage to the brilliant designer. For Twelv Magazine’s inaugural

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World’s Oldest Purse Uncovered—And It’s Studded With Dog Teeth!

World’s Oldest Purse Uncovered—And It’s Studded With Dog Teeth!

German archaeologists have uncovered the world's oldest purse, and to our surprise, canine teeth were the rhinestones of the past!  The teeth were discovered in a surface coal mine not far

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M&S Survey Reports One in Five Brits Admit to Discarding a Garment After One Wear

M&S Survey Reports One in Five Brits Admit to Discarding a Garment After One Wear

How many garments have you thrown away lately? If you think it's been 6 or more over the past 12 months, then you're right on par with one in three Brits, according to a survey by Marks &

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McDonald’s Launches New “Mad-Men”-Inspired Eco-Uniforms for Olympics

McDonald’s Launches New “Mad-Men”-Inspired Eco-Uniforms for Olympics

Mad Men style is running rampant this season and fast food uniforms are apparently no exception. McDonald's U.K. unveiled a new line of eco-friendly uniforms that will make you feel like

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10 Eco-Fashion Garments Inspired by Biomimicry and Nature

10 Eco-Fashion Garments Inspired by Biomimicry and Nature

Some of the greatest human innovations have been inspired by natural occurrences, so it only makes sense that what we wear would follow suit. From leaf-like tops to outerwear that transpires

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14 Awesome Eco-Friendly Father’s Day Gifts to Spoil Dad

14 Awesome Eco-Friendly Father’s Day Gifts to Spoil Dad

Want to show your dad the glory of eco-fashion this Father's Day? Or maybe he's already a lover of planet Earth.  Either way, we've rounded up 14 of the coolest gifts around to spoil your

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New Report Warns That Spray-Tanning Could Cause Cancer

New Report Warns That Spray-Tanning Could Cause Cancer

We know this is bad news for those of you who thought of spray-tanning as a safe alternative to UV exposure, but the active chemical used in spray tans, dihydroxyacetone (or DHA), can cause

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Organic by John Patrick’s 2013 Resort Collection is an Eclectic Boho Boy-Girl Party

Organic by John Patrick’s 2013 Resort Collection is an Eclectic Boho Boy-Girl Party

Androgyny is the word for Organic by John Patrick's Resort 2013 collection. Borrowing from the boys and inspired by Edit DeAk, co-founder of the ’70s zine Art-Rite, John Patrick has

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Gucci Announces Line of Biodegradable Footwear, “Sustainable Soles”

Gucci Announces Line of Biodegradable Footwear, “Sustainable Soles”

"Sustainable Soles" are not your typical high end designer's footwear. Gucci's new line of ballet flats and sneakers are made from biodegradable plastic, designed by Gucci's creative

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Flame Retardants Found in Meat, Fish, and Peanut Butter

Flame Retardants Found in Meat, Fish, and Peanut Butter

Research published in Environmental Health Perspectives has confirmed some of our worst fears about food additives - hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), a brominated flame retardant used in

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H&M, Gap, Levi’s Garment Workers in Cambodia Strike Over Poverty Pay

H&M, Gap, Levi’s Garment Workers in Cambodia Strike Over Poverty Pay

More than 5,000 Cambodian garment workers have failed to reach an agreement with their employers after an 11 day strike. They were asking for a $5 pay raise from their base salary of $61 that

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Lady Gaga Wears Another “Meat Dress”, Tweets Photo Of Herself

Lady Gaga Wears Another “Meat Dress”, Tweets Photo Of Herself

Really, Lady Gaga? While we're not surprised about Gaga's second meat dress, which she proudly tweeted a photo of herself wearing while playing a show in Tokyo, we are disappointed. Hopefully

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Due To Industry Pressure FDA Delays New Sunscreen Labeling Rules for 6 Months

Due To Industry Pressure FDA Delays New Sunscreen Labeling Rules for 6 Months

The FDA announced on May 11 that they’ll be delaying implementation of pending sunscreen regulations that were supposed to mandate how sunscreens are labeled and marketed.  These changes

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Police Officers Keep Cool in the Heat With Air-Conditioned Bulletproof Vests

Police Officers Keep Cool in the Heat With Air-Conditioned Bulletproof Vests

If you've ever seen police officers walking around in full gear during a heat wave, you've probably felt a little faint just looking at them.  Lucky for them, scientists from the Swiss Federal

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Anti-Malaria Bodysuit to Repel Mosquitos Created By African Scientist, Designer

Anti-Malaria Bodysuit to Repel Mosquitos Created By African Scientist, Designer

Fashion is probably the last thing you thought you could fight off malaria with, but this anti-malaria bodysuit is stylish while it repels mosquitos that could carry the disease.  Created by

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Modern Treetop Baby’s Bird House Night Light Illuminates Woodland Themed Nurseries

Modern Treetop Baby’s Bird House Night Light Illuminates Woodland Themed Nurseries

Woodland-themed nurseries are definitely our favorite baby decor-trend of the moment, and we found the perfect night light to go with all of the tree and woodland creature accessories you've

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Toddler-Sized Millenium Falcon Built From Cardboard Box By Star Wars Fans

Toddler-Sized Millenium Falcon Built From Cardboard Box By Star Wars Fans

Before you put those cardboard boxes out on the curb for recycling, check out how these die-hard Star Wars fans gave their cardboard a whole new life.  The Karpiuks spent four months crafting

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Carbon-Based “GraphExeter” Could Revolutionize Wearable Technology

Carbon-Based “GraphExeter” Could Revolutionize Wearable Technology

The electronics industry is constantly making advancements to make their products better, but the invention of GraphExeter by the University of Exeter has everyone looking forward to big

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