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
Gretchen Jones is in a Dark Place for Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

Gretchen Jones is in a Dark Place for Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

Gretchen Jones plays with the power of light and dark during her Fall/Winter 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week.  In mourning because of the recent loss of her father, Jones held her

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Titania Inglis Brings ’90s Grunge to Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

Titania Inglis Brings ’90s Grunge to Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

The 90's are back!  Well, a modified, slightly more refined version brought you by Titania Inglis's New York Fashion Week debut.  The Brooklyn designer forced plaid flannel and Doc Martens

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Costello Tagliapietra Redefines Romance for Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

Costello Tagliapietra Redefines Romance for Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

Wondering where to look for beautiful, feminine dresses this season?  How about frocks that also happen to be made using water-saving AirDye technology?   Robert Costello and Jeffery

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Is This Diamond-Encrusted $400,000 T-Shirt the World’s Most Expensive?

Is This Diamond-Encrusted $400,000 T-Shirt the World’s Most Expensive?

What's the most money you've ever spent on a t-shirt?  We're guessing it's no where near the £256,500 ($405,000) price-tag on this diamond-encrusted number.  Although there doesn't seem to

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Mariclaro Transforms Car Upholstery, Exploded Air Bags Into Durable Carryalls

Mariclaro Transforms Car Upholstery, Exploded Air Bags Into Durable Carryalls

There are few things we love more than making use of what would have ended up in a landfill.  Mariclaro picks up the materials that they use for their ultra-durable carry-alls when they've

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Japanese Textile Mills Are Back in Action After Tsunami-Earthquake Disaster

Japanese Textile Mills Are Back in Action After Tsunami-Earthquake Disaster

Japan has suffered through 2011's devastating tsunami and earthquake and in the wake of the clean-up, the country wants to be clear - their legendary textile mills have made a comeback.

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Chanel Builds a Life-Size Plane for Its Spring 2012 Couture Week Fashion Show

Chanel Builds a Life-Size Plane for Its Spring 2012 Couture Week Fashion Show

While Chanel may be known for class and elegance, we're having a hard time finding either in their Spring 2012 Paris Couture Week Show. For their show of excess in a depressed economy, Karl

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Made in Forest Hills: Bow Ties Recycled From Trash, Inspired by MoMA

Made in Forest Hills: Bow Ties Recycled From Trash, Inspired by MoMA

If you're trying to amp up your wardrobe with a unique flair, we might have just the thing.  Made in Forest Hills, founded by recycling connoisseur Nicholas Ruiz, is a collection of some of the

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Transform a Sheet of Paper Into an Awesome Robot with Takashi Tsunoda Monster Cubes

Transform a Sheet of Paper Into an Awesome Robot with Takashi Tsunoda Monster Cubes

Always carting around tons of heavy toys for your little ones to play with on long road trips or flights? Created by Takashi Tsunoda, the Japanese toy designer behind PIPEROID paper robots,

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7 Thrifty Tips for Families to Save Money and the Planet

7 Thrifty Tips for Families to Save Money and the Planet

Are you and your family finding it more important than ever to save money in 2012?  Luckily, smart money saving tactics almost always allow for helping the environment.  From making your own

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AfterShokz Bone-Conducting Earphones Pump Music Directly Through Your Skull

AfterShokz Bone-Conducting Earphones Pump Music Directly Through Your Skull

  Never seem to be able to get the music loud enough?  AfterShokz may have a solution for you - earphones that send sound waves directly to your inner ear.  Because these

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Victoria’s Secret is Being Investigated by Homeland Security for Alleged Child Labor

Victoria’s Secret is Being Investigated by Homeland Security for Alleged Child Labor

The brand responsible for skimpy underthings and famous fashion shows is now under investigation by Homeland Security for using child labor.  This story is stranger than most, though,

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PETA and Nail Couture L.A. Collaborate on Bunny-Patterned Nail Wraps

PETA and Nail Couture L.A. Collaborate on Bunny-Patterned Nail Wraps

Searching for some cruelty-free pizzazz?  These nail skins, made by Nail Couture L.A exclusively for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are the perfect thing!  PETA's signature

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Fonderie 47 Recycles Confiscated AK-47 Rifles Into Jewelry

Fonderie 47 Recycles Confiscated AK-47 Rifles Into Jewelry

Fonderie 47, co-founded by Ethos Water CEO Peter Thum, takes confiscated AK-47 rifles from the Democratic Republic of Congo and transforms them into ornate accessories that make their violent

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Vintage Book Clocks Are a Great Way to Track Time in Kids Rooms

Vintage Book Clocks Are a Great Way to Track Time in Kids Rooms

Want to decorate your child's room and instill a love for literature?  These vintage book clocks may be just the thing! Los Angeles designer Steven Gabriel takes vintage, often one-of-a-kind

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Make a Pleated Top Hat From Office Waste Paper

Make a Pleated Top Hat From Office Waste Paper

Wondering how to celebrate the new year with a bit of eco-festivity?  Try out this awesome one-size-fits-all top hat, made from repurposed, office waste paper.  The staff of architectural

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Spread Holiday Joy With a Handmade Felt-Flower Brooch (DIY Tutorial)

Spread Holiday Joy With a Handmade Felt-Flower Brooch (DIY Tutorial)

This do-it-yourself ribbon brooch will only take 20 minutes to make!  Handmade goodness fills any gift recipient up with joy, and with found materials you can create this gorgeous, unique

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Pong™ iPhone and iPad Cases Reduce Risk of Exposure to Cell Phone Radiation

Pong™ iPhone and iPad Cases Reduce Risk of Exposure to Cell Phone Radiation

While lots of parents swear by iPhone apps to keep their tots entertained, many are worried about the risk of radiation exposure when their little ones play with their cell phones.  Luckily for

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Making It Count from Far Away – Family Memories Captured in Photos

Making It Count from Far Away – Family Memories Captured in Photos

If you have family that lives far away you're probably used to getting photos to see what they're up to.  Watching babies grow up can't be replaced, but living vicariously though photography is

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Spy-Approved Accessories for Subversive Gardeners and Stealth Planting

Spy-Approved Accessories for Subversive Gardeners and Stealth Planting

Are you itching to turn a neglected lot in your neighborhood into a lush garden, but it's technically frowned upon by the town?  Since we can't see the harm of adding some green, check out

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7 Eco-Chic Holiday Gifts for Gadget Lovers

7 Eco-Chic Holiday Gifts for Gadget Lovers

Most of us have at least one gadget lover on our holiday list this year.  Since the actual electronics have bank-breaking potential, we prefer to give accessories to make their toys look

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Eco-Chic Holiday Gifts That Give Back

Eco-Chic Holiday Gifts That Give Back

For those of you who keep your shopping habits in check for the rest of the year, the holidays can be a source of serious stress.  Instead of buying just any old presents, why not spend your

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60% off Matt & Nat Handbags at Ethical Ocean – SALE ENDS TONIGHT!

60% off Matt & Nat Handbags at Ethical Ocean – SALE ENDS TONIGHT!

Yes, we are decidedly against the Black Friday craziness that has been sweeping the nation, but sometimes there's a deal you just can't ignore.  Matt & Nat's vegan leather bags are so

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Kevin Cotter’s 101 Hilarious Ways to Reuse Your Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress

Kevin Cotter’s 101 Hilarious Ways to Reuse Your Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress

Kevin Cotter was married for 12 years before his wife decided to pack up and leave.  Luckily for him, she left her wedding dress behind.  Cotter decided to reuse the dress in tons of

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Free Download of the NEW Oddballz Circus App for Kids– 15 Will Win!

GIVEAWAY: Win a Free Download of the NEW Oddballz Circus App for Kids– 15 Will Win!

Looking for new ways to keep your child occupied when you're cooking dinner or trying to navigate the subway?  There's an app for that.  The new Oddballz Circus App is a creative and fun way

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Ringo Starr Designs Earthkeepers Boot for Timberland to Benefit WaterAid

Ringo Starr Designs Earthkeepers Boot for Timberland to Benefit WaterAid

Timberland recently launched “Canvas That Cares,” a new program to raise funds for charity through the auction of custom-designed Earthkeepers boots.  The line includes 75 pairs adorned

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Wes Bennett’s Chalkboard Lamp is Made from an Upcycled Pot

Wes Bennett’s Chalkboard Lamp is Made from an Upcycled Pot

Wes Bennett came up with a genius idea for those pesky pots that new plants for your garden come in.  Instead of feeling guilt for trashing more plastic, he made this fun upcycled chalkboard

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TOMS Debuts Limited-Edition “Movember” Shoes to Bring Attention to Men’s Cancer

TOMS Debuts Limited-Edition “Movember” Shoes to Bring Attention to Men’s Cancer

Movember is a magical month when formerly clean-shaven men grow facial hair for 30 days to bring attention to and raise funds for cancers that affect men, specifically prostate cancer. 

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Judge Blocks Cell Phone Safety Warnings in San Francisco

Judge Blocks Cell Phone Safety Warnings in San Francisco

Have you ever wondered about the potential safety risks that could occur because of constant use of your cell phone?  San Francisco wanted to mandate large posters with warnings stating in bold

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14 of This Fall’s Hottest Fashion Trends, With an Ethical Twist

14 of This Fall’s Hottest Fashion Trends, With an Ethical Twist

While 'trendy' is not usually synonymous with 'eco-friendly', we know sometimes even the most green-minded shoppers covet the new trends of the season.  So, here are 14 ways that you can stay

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