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
CuteCircuit Unveils Ready-to-Wear Smart Textiles (Including a Version of Katy Perry’s LED Gown!)

CuteCircuit Unveils Ready-to-Wear Smart Textiles (Including a Version of Katy Perry’s LED Gown!)

Have you ever wanted to be the center of attention like a scene-stealing celebrity? CuteCircuit is making that possible with their wearable technology savvy as they launch ready-to-wear smart

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6 Mother’s Day Gifts That Help Others

6 Mother’s Day Gifts That Help Others

While the go-to gift of flowers usually make Mom smile, they wilt in a few days and your gift ends up in the trash.  Mom deserves something awesome, but why not help others in the process?

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Report Says Chinese Textile Polluters Disregard Environmental Regulations

Report Says Chinese Textile Polluters Disregard Environmental Regulations

Bad news for the fashion industry - nearly 50 major apparel brands have links with factories that have been disregarding China’s environmental laws, according to Cleaning Up the Fashion

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Pin to Win It: Enter Hovey Lee’s Eco-Jewelry Giveaway (Worth Up to $148!)

Pin to Win It: Enter Hovey Lee’s Eco-Jewelry Giveaway (Worth Up to $148!)

Would you love to get your hands on a piece of Hovey Lee's gorgeous, environmentally sustainable jewelry? If you're as enamored by her accessories as we are, then enter our Earth Day Contest

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good seeds’ Eco-friendly Gardening Kits Make Growing Food Fun For Kids

good seeds’ Eco-friendly Gardening Kits Make Growing Food Fun For Kids

We can't think of anything more fun than sharing your love of the outdoors with your little ones.  Why not spend some time this spring teaching your children the ins and outs of the garden

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Angelina Jolie Allegedly Has A Conflict-Free Diamond Engagement Ring

Angelina Jolie Allegedly Has A Conflict-Free Diamond Engagement Ring

Congratulations are in order for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who are apparently engaged, or so we assume by the giant diamond sitting on Jolie's left ring finger.  Why do we care? The

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11 Things We Learned from H&M’s Sustainability Report

11 Things We Learned from H&M’s Sustainability Report

H&M is a fast-fashion mogul - due to their low-wage production and trendy pieces we wouldn't label them a paragon of ethical fashion. However they have pursued several sustainable

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California Regulators Find Dangerous Chemicals in Nail Polishes Despite “Nontoxic” Label

California Regulators Find Dangerous Chemicals in Nail Polishes Despite “Nontoxic” Label

If you've been feeling good about your "three-free" non-toxic polish, we have some bad news for you, your splash of color may not be as safe as you think. According to regulators in California

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14 Charming, Eco-Friendly Flats Guaranteed To Put A Spring In Your Step

14 Charming, Eco-Friendly Flats Guaranteed To Put A Spring In Your Step

Letting your feet breathe after a long winter filled with wool socks and boots is one of spring's sweetest gifts and a new pair of charming ballet flats are a great first step to letting those

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WIN $215 Worth of The Honest Company’s Green Cleaning and Care Products – A 6-Month Supply!

WIN $215 Worth of The Honest Company’s Green Cleaning and Care Products – A 6-Month Supply!

Hey, eco-friendly parents! The Honest Company makes all-natural, non-toxic, and organic products for you and your baby, but the best part is that they're giving them away for free! They offer

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6 Incredible Inventions Made Possible by Nanotechnology

6 Incredible Inventions Made Possible by Nanotechnology

From water-purifying tea bags to artificial muscles, there have been a plethora of inventions lately made possible through the science of nanotechnology. You might not be able to actually see

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Breaking News: FDA Rejects NRDC Petition for a BPA Ban in Food Packaging

Breaking News: FDA Rejects NRDC Petition for a BPA Ban in Food Packaging

As you might remember, back in October 2008, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) submitted a citizen petition to the FDA asking them to prohibit the use of BPA in human food and

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Win a Hollywood Makeover From Fiona Stiles and $300+ in EcoTools Cosmetics and Brushes!

Win a Hollywood Makeover From Fiona Stiles and $300+ in EcoTools Cosmetics and Brushes!

Have you ever thought of extending spring cleaning to your make-up bag? To celebrate the start of the season, we're giving away a whole set of eco-friendly, vegan makeup brushes worth more than

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Students at NYU Launch “Sloth,” a Campus Thrift Store to Slow Consumption

Students at NYU Launch “Sloth,” a Campus Thrift Store to Slow Consumption

If you love scouring thrift stores as much as we do, you'll find Sloth and the ideas driving it genius. Inspired by their studies, two students at New York University are launching a secondhand

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Greenpeace’s 3D Street Art Teaches About Toxic Chemicals in Our Laundry

Greenpeace’s 3D Street Art Teaches About Toxic Chemicals in Our Laundry

Greenpeace activists and Planet Streetpainting artists teamed up to create this amazing optical illusion at the World Fashion Centre in Amsterdam. The piece is bringing attention to hidden

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7 Water-Saving Innovations Used by the Garment Industry

7 Water-Saving Innovations Used by the Garment Industry

It might not be obvious when you're shopping for new clothes, but according to World Bank, 17-20 percent of industrial water pollution is caused by the clothing industry. Disheartened by the

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5 Kickstarter Projects That Give Back

5 Kickstarter Projects That Give Back

Are you interested in supporting green businesses but not sure where to start?  Kickstarter.com is the perfect resource!  Featuring hundreds of truly inspirational eco-projects, the

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge…Secret Patron of Thrift-Stores?

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge…Secret Patron of Thrift-Stores?

We are happy to report that the Duchess of Cambridge seems to be an undercover thrift store shopper! Grazia Daily tracked her gorgeous gray National Portrait Gallery coat-dress to a

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5 Healthy Rainbow and Shamrock Meals for St. Patrick’s Day

5 Healthy Rainbow and Shamrock Meals for St. Patrick’s Day

Excited about today's festivities, but not too interested in corned beef and cabbage?  Same here, and we bet the kiddos feel the same way.  St. Patrick's Day is all about rainbows, shamrocks,

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How To: Use A Green Pepper To Make Shamrock Stamps

How To: Use A Green Pepper To Make Shamrock Stamps

Looking for something fun to do with the little ones on St. Patrick's Day?  This DIY shamrock stamp is easy, fun and the perfect art project for all ages.  Make sure to look for peppers with

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Breaking News: Campbell’s Soup Pledges to Phase Out Cans Lined With BPA

Breaking News: Campbell’s Soup Pledges to Phase Out Cans Lined With BPA

Have you been avoiding Campbell's Soup ever since you heard the reports of higher than average bisphenol A (BPA) last year?  You might want to reconsider your stance, since the iconic soup

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As Olympics Approach, Adidas, Nike, and Puma Are Accused of Exploiting Their Workers

As Olympics Approach, Adidas, Nike, and Puma Are Accused of Exploiting Their Workers

As we all look forward to the start of the 2012 London Olympics, War on Want, an anti-poverty charity is looking into the human rights violations committed by the companies that provide the

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This Jacket Made From Pen Caps by Maison Martin Margiela Is On Display In Rotterdam

This Jacket Made From Pen Caps by Maison Martin Margiela Is On Display In Rotterdam

It's no secret that here at Inhabitat, we're fans of repurposing old materials into new, useful pieces. Maison Martin Margiela took those hunks of excess plastic that sit at the end of our pens

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Fashion Writer Jenni Avins Trapped, Skinned, and Sewed Her Own Fox Fur Vest

Fashion Writer Jenni Avins Trapped, Skinned, and Sewed Her Own Fox Fur Vest

Fashion writer Jenni Avins made a splash at New York Fashion Week this year with her a red fox-fur vest. The shocking part of the piece was that she had trapped, skinned, and sewed the vest

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“Power Felt” Uses Your Own Body Heat to Charge Your Cellphone (And It Costs $1!)

“Power Felt” Uses Your Own Body Heat to Charge Your Cellphone (And It Costs $1!)

As cellphone addicts, we all know the feeling of dread when you leave the house and realize your battery is low.  What if instead of running to the nearest outlet, all you had to do was a quick

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14 of the Best Green Toys from the 2012 American International Toy Fair

14 of the Best Green Toys from the 2012 American International Toy Fair

The 2012 American International Toy Fair in New York City was filled with more than 1,200 exhibitors showing over 100,000 products.  You might be thinking, how will I ever go through all of

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7 Kid-Friendly Salad Recipes to Get Your Children Excited About Eating Their Veggies

7 Kid-Friendly Salad Recipes to Get Your Children Excited About Eating Their Veggies

Are you having trouble getting your little ones to enjoy their veggies?  Or maybe your kid is already a veggie monster, but you're running out of ideas?  Here's our roundup of our favorite

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Leanne Marshall Unveils Cool Glacial Couture at Fall/Winter 2012 New York Fashion Week

Leanne Marshall Unveils Cool Glacial Couture at Fall/Winter 2012 New York Fashion Week

Leanne Marshall recently debuted her Fall/Winter 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week and impressed us with her gorgeous pieces inspired by photos of bright white glaciers melting into

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John Patrick Organic Crafts a Beautiful Vision at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

John Patrick Organic Crafts a Beautiful Vision at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

John Patrick of Organic never ceases to impress us with his take on eco-fashion. For his Fall/Winter 2012 collection presented at New York Fashion Week, he had a very specific inspiration, a

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6 Amazing Treehouse Beds That Make Bedtime Magical

6 Amazing Treehouse Beds That Make Bedtime Magical

What could possibly be cooler than living in a treehouse?  A warm and comfy treehouse bed in your very own room!  Not only does this make your child's room feel magical, but lofted beds are a

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