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
Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Makes Snakeskin-Like Couture from Recycled Wood Chips

Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Makes Snakeskin-Like Couture from Recycled Wood Chips

You may not want to throw out the scraps from your latest home improvement project too quickly – you may find inspiration in the “trash”.  Stefanie Nieuwenhuys, inspired by

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HOW TO: Make a DIY Statue of Liberty Costume for Halloween

HOW TO: Make a DIY Statue of Liberty Costume for Halloween

Lena Sekine made this majestic Lady Liberty costume for her daughter Maya last Halloween.  Because it was a favorite in our 2010 Green Halloween Costume Contest, we thought some of you might

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Knit a Sweater for a Penguin and Help Save an Oil-Spill Victim’s Life

Knit a Sweater for a Penguin and Help Save an Oil-Spill Victim’s Life

1,000 penguins have already perished in the aftermath of the recent oil spill in New Zealand.  Now, the country is asking for help from knitters to protect the adorable birds from ingesting the

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HOW TO: Make a DIY Cardboard Box Robot Costume for Halloween

HOW TO: Make a DIY Cardboard Box Robot Costume for Halloween

Need some inspiration to get started on some awesome DIY costumes for the kids this Halloween?  Cindy Young, mom of the adorable robot above and founder of green parenting blog One Part

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Gucci Staff in China Claim Severe Abuse That Resulted in Illness and Miscarriages

Gucci Staff in China Claim Severe Abuse That Resulted in Illness and Miscarriages

Gucci's flagship store in Shenzhen, China, has been accused by former staff of sweatshop-like abuse.  Five ex-employees of the luxury brand cited abuse so severe that they suffered from stomach

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HOW TO: Make an Easy Eco-Friendly Frog Costume for Halloween

HOW TO: Make an Easy Eco-Friendly Frog Costume for Halloween

Looking for DIY costume ideas for the upcoming holiday?  Mom Mika's frog creation won last year's Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest and she's graciously agreed to share the how-to. 

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Artist Billie Achilleos Transforms Louis Vuitton Bags Into Amazing Animal Sculptures (Video)

Artist Billie Achilleos Transforms Louis Vuitton Bags Into Amazing Animal Sculptures (Video)

Thinking of interesting ways to spend a milestone birthday? Louis Vuitton had one of the most unique celebrations we can remember for their 100th anniversary.  Paris taxidermy store Deyrolle

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Raccoon Dogs Skinned Alive for Knockoff UGG Boots (Graphic Video)

Raccoon Dogs Skinned Alive for Knockoff UGG Boots (Graphic Video)

We can all appreciate a good deal, but even if the price tag is cheap, there might be a whole different kind of price looming behind your knockoff UGGs.  Animal-rights group Swiss Animal

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Philippe Nigro’s ‘Build Up’ Child’s Chair and Table is Made out of Cardboard

Philippe Nigro’s ‘Build Up’ Child’s Chair and Table is Made out of Cardboard

‘Build Up’ child’s chair and table designed by Philippe Nigro would be the perfect addition to any eco-kids room.  Made from cardboard, the pieces are shipped flat with easy to put

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Under Armour’s Biometric Compression Shirt Tracks and Broadcasts Athletic Performance (Video)

Under Armour’s Biometric Compression Shirt Tracks and Broadcasts Athletic Performance (Video)

Think sports fans need a few more stats to stress over while pick their fantasy teams?  How about lung capacity or peak heart rate?  Under Armour and Zephyr Technology have teamed up to create

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High Levels of BPA Were Found in Campbell’s and Other Canned Kids Foods

High Levels of BPA Were Found in Campbell’s and Other Canned Kids Foods

Kids may love the fun shapes in the Disney themed soups above, but parents should be concerned about what is inside the can.  An alarming recent study has revealed the presence of BPA

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“Intelligent” T-Shirt Monitors Hospital Patients’ Vital Signs and Movements

“Intelligent” T-Shirt Monitors Hospital Patients’ Vital Signs and Movements

Hospital stays aren't fun no matter what, but the constant poking and prodding can be some of the worst offenders.  Researchers from la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have developed

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Star Wars Fan Recycles Adidas Sneakers Into a Stormtrooper Helmet

Star Wars Fan Recycles Adidas Sneakers Into a Stormtrooper Helmet

Artist Freehand Profit crafted this amazing replica of a Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet entirely out of Adidas sneakers. The helmet looks almost identical to the real thing, and we can't help

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7 Cute Cruelty-Free Vegan Accessories from Compassion Couture

7 Cute Cruelty-Free Vegan Accessories from Compassion Couture

Ever have trouble finding cute cruelty-free pieces to complete an outfit? Jill and Tracey Spiritus's new virtual vegan accessories store Compassion Couture is our new go-to for all of our

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(Sustainable) Fashion’s Night Out Encourages an Eco-Chic Twist on Consumption

(Sustainable) Fashion’s Night Out Encourages an Eco-Chic Twist on Consumption

Hosted by EcoSalon, Of Rags, and the New York City Fair Trade Coalition, the very first (Sustainable) Fashion's Night Out was held on September 8th at the Textile Arts Center, to give

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Rebrickable Offers New Things to Build with Old LEGO Sets

Rebrickable Offers New Things to Build with Old LEGO Sets

It's always tempting to buy the newest set of legos despite the huge collection you have at home, especially if your child is insistent.  The new website Rebrickable helps you repurpose all of

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Dr. Oz Finds Arsenic in Many Top Brands of Apple Juice

Dr. Oz Finds Arsenic in Many Top Brands of Apple Juice

You may have already heard about the high levels of arsenic found in Mott’s Apple Juice, but NBC’s Medical Expert, Dr. Oz, reported that his team has found arsenic, which can cause

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Chris Benz’s Candy-Colored Spring 2012 Line Sends Stars Buzzing at New York Fashion Week

Chris Benz’s Candy-Colored Spring 2012 Line Sends Stars Buzzing at New York Fashion Week

Chris Benz presented his Spring/Summer 2012 line at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week on Monday. The stage was filled with gently teased hair, shoulder pads, and ’60s-inspired pieces

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6 Gadgets for the Green Jet-Setter

6 Gadgets for the Green Jet-Setter

Back in the day, a plane trip would simply mean bringing along a book or two, but since we are unwilling to unplug, we need to pick our favorite toys to take with us. Need some help choosing

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Leanne Marshall’s Spring 2012 at New York Fashion Week Line Offers Eco Constructions, Girlish Sophistication

Leanne Marshall’s Spring 2012 at New York Fashion Week Line Offers Eco Constructions, Girlish Sophistication

Leanne Marshall, the Season 5 Project Runway winner (and Inhabitat designer crush), showed her eco-friendly Spring/Summer 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week on Saturday.  With her flirty

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M. Patmos Gets Fresh at New York Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2012

M. Patmos Gets Fresh at New York Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2012

Eco-fashion does not have to compromise style, as proved many designers this year, including Marcia Patmos with her Spring/Summer 2012 lineup.  The line debuted at New York Fashion Week on

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Coral-Reef Secret Could Yield Sunscreen in a Pill in Five Years

Coral-Reef Secret Could Yield Sunscreen in a Pill in Five Years

We all know how important it is to protect your skin from the sun's wrath, but we could definitely do without the ooey gooey mess and the splotchy coverage of traditional sunscreen. Thankfully,

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Frii, A New Recycled Plastic Bike by Dror Peleg

Frii, A New Recycled Plastic Bike by Dror Peleg

The Frii tri-color recycled plastic bike has a snap-together design that is light weight, but seriously durable.  Made out of recycled plastic, Dror Peleg designed it with the cityscape in

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A Raincoat that Keeps You Dry and Purifies Water to Quench Thirst on the Go

A Raincoat that Keeps You Dry and Purifies Water to Quench Thirst on the Go

With Hurricane Irene not far behind us and Tropical Storm Lee looming, we realize how important hydration in a downpour can be.  Designed by Hyeona Yang and Joshua Noble from the Copenhagen

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The World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome is the Green Dome in Long Island

The World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome is the Green Dome in Long Island

Kevin Shea's off the map Long Island Green Dome is the ultimate sight to gawk at for any sustainable design junkie.  At 45 feet high, it is the largest residential geodesic dome in the world

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Natural Disaster Couture: Halston’s Glow-in-the-Dark Sequin Gown

Natural Disaster Couture: Halston’s Glow-in-the-Dark Sequin Gown

Worried about looking totally drab in the aftermath of Irene's fury? Although we recommend staying in until things have settled down, in the event of a blackout, perhaps you could adorn

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NYC Shuts Down All Mass Transit Due to Hurricane Irene

NYC Shuts Down All Mass Transit Due to Hurricane Irene

As Hurricane Irene makes her way north, New Yorkers will be unable to travel via bus, subway, and rail services due to the looming MTA shutdown of all public transit starting at noon on Saturday

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Hurricane Irene Expected to Hit NYC as Category 1 Storm with 90mph Winds on Sunday

Hurricane Irene Expected to Hit NYC as Category 1 Storm with 90mph Winds on Sunday

As the threat of Hurricane Irene looms over the East Coast, we're worried about NYC withstanding the storm. New York’s skyscrapers are built to withstand hurricane strength winds, but we're

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mmmm’s Offbeat Meeting Bowls Promote Community and Chatter in Times Square

mmmm’s Offbeat Meeting Bowls Promote Community and Chatter in Times Square

What to do when all of the benches in NYC are occupied?  Try taking a seat in a Meeting Bowl in Times Square!  The Times Square Alliance and the Spanish collaborative mmmm took the most

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7 Vegan (and Eco-Friendly!) Alternatives to Animal Leather

7 Vegan (and Eco-Friendly!) Alternatives to Animal Leather

  If you're anything like us, you probably love the rockstar vibe of a leather jacket or the chic style of a great pair of leather heels, but feel guilty about the animal cruelty behind

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