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11 Green Valentine Gifts For Earth-Loving Sweethearts

11 Green Valentine Gifts For Earth-Loving Sweethearts

11 Green Valentine Gifts for Earth-Loving Sweethearts HAND IN HAND SOAP If you have a sweetie who likes to smell sweeter than roses but hates the idea of applying harmful ingredients to their skin,

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Meb-Rure’s Colorful Chairs and Ottomons Make the Best of Trashed Silk

Meb-Rure’s Colorful Chairs and Ottomons Make the Best of Trashed Silk

Fabric waste becomes an end material for handcrafted furniture by Meb-Rure. Featuring a chair and ottoman, this fun and funky furniture duo is made of oak and recycled silk reclaimed from Nepal. The

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The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

Do you love your Blackberry or iPhone, but worry about the cost to the environment? Do you wonder whether the workers who mined the materials or assembled the device were exploited? Whether your purchase

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How to Buy Clothes that Don’t Harm Third World Workers

How to Buy Clothes that Don’t Harm Third World Workers

Last week's collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh has shone a bright light on working conditions that we have known for years are not sustainable. More than 300 people have died so that

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Coffee-Powered Vehicle Sets Guinness Land Speed Record for Caffeinated Combustion

Coffee-Powered Vehicle Sets Guinness Land Speed Record for Caffeinated Combustion

For some of us, it takes a couple of cups of coffee to wake up and hit the road. The Bean Machine, a coffee-powered pickup built by UK engineer and conservationist Martin Bacon, takes the notion of

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Soft Maps: Haptic Lab Hand-Stitches City Maps Onto Cozy Quilts

Soft Maps: Haptic Lab Hand-Stitches City Maps Onto Cozy Quilts

New York-based architect and designer Emily Fischer began her exploration into quilted maps in 2002 as a part of an academic project in "tactile wayfinding". The pieces were inspired by her mother, who

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LAST CHANCE: Win An Organic Cotton Scarf and Glove Combo From Indigenous (Worth $147)

LAST CHANCE: Win An Organic Cotton Scarf and Glove Combo From Indigenous (Worth $147)

TODAY is the last day to enter! Bundle up with this scarf and glove set! Still shivering away these wintry days? Well this will surely warm you up!  Ecouterre is teaming up with Indigenous to give away

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GIVEAWAY: Win an Organic Cotton Tassel Scarf from Indigenous (Worth $70)!

GIVEAWAY: Win an Organic Cotton Tassel Scarf from Indigenous (Worth $70)!

If one of your new year's resolutions was to buy more ethical clothing, then you're in the right place. We're teaming up with our friends over at Indigenous to give THREE lucky readers a super-soft

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LAST CHANCE: Win $200 Worth of Organic and Fair Trade Knitwear from Indigenous!

LAST CHANCE: Win $200 Worth of Organic and Fair Trade Knitwear from Indigenous!

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! If you missed out on the opportunity to win a $200 eco-shopping spree to Indigenous in our last giveaway, don't fret, we've got you covered. Back by popular demand, Indigenous

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GIVEAWAY: Win a $200 Gift Certificate to Indigenous!

GIVEAWAY: Win a $200 Gift Certificate to Indigenous!

Do you wish you had more fair trade clothing in your closet? Head on over to Ecouterre and enter our latest giveaway for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate to Indigenous Designs! We've teamed up with

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The Starbucks Espresso Journey Pops Up in a Shipping Container in Tokyo

The Starbucks Espresso Journey Pops Up in a Shipping Container in Tokyo

The idea behind the pop-up job is twofold: to reinforce the near-intrinsic relationship between coffee and reading and also to encourage consumers to look deeper into the drink they are enjoying. Let's

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Decorex Paints the Town Green with Showcase of Eco-Furnishings at London Design Festival

Decorex Paints the Town Green with Showcase of Eco-Furnishings at London Design Festival

Volga Linen is a family-run company that sells pure linen by the meter, table linen, bed linen and ready to hang curtains. Linen is a naturally environmentally friendly material; flax needs less

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INKAcases are Colorful Laptop Sleeves Made by Traditional Artisans in Peru

INKAcases are Colorful Laptop Sleeves Made by Traditional Artisans in Peru

INKAcases are sustainable laptop sleeves that are made in the remote Andean highlands of Peru and have multiple social and environmental benefits. The production of INKAcases provides impoverished

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Employees Work Harder When The Company Goes Green, New Study Reports

Employees Work Harder When The Company Goes Green, New Study Reports

Photo via Shutterstock What motivates you to give 150 percent at your job? Is it a friendly boss? Tasks that you really care about? Awesome clients? According to new research led by UCLA, employees of

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10 Eco-Friendly Back to School Essentials

10 Eco-Friendly Back to School Essentials

Naked Binder Each year, some 60 million binders that are made of PVC -- one of the most environmentally destructive materials out there -- are sold in the US. They release toxic chemicals and they never

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Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu is one of the leading green companies in the homewares and gift segment. The China-based company received Green America’s Gold Seal of Approval for its efforts to preserve the environment, promote

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Aurea Golden Grass Furniture and Decor Will Add a Sustainable Shimmer to Any Space

Aurea Golden Grass Furniture and Decor Will Add a Sustainable Shimmer to Any Space

Cristiane Kimura started Aurea to not only showcase the natural beauty of golden grass and Brazil, but also to promote traditional techniques and to create economic opportunities for artisans. Run as a

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6 Easy-to-Carry Essentials That Will Keep Your Travels Green

6 Easy-to-Carry Essentials That Will Keep Your Travels Green

1. Water Bottle Many tourists are so afraid of the water in foreign countries that they end up buying bottle after plastic bottle that then lands either on the ground or in the local dump. Even when

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Piet Hein Eek’s Fair Trade Baskets are Beautifully Handcrafted from Recycled Palm Wood

Piet Hein Eek’s Fair Trade Baskets are Beautifully Handcrafted from Recycled Palm Wood

Famous Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek recently designed a beautiful set of baskets, bowls, and trays for Fair Trade Originals. Each piece was handcrafted in Vietnam using palm wood slabs according to the

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Victoria’s Secret is Allegedly Using Child Cotton Laborers in Africa

Victoria’s Secret is Allegedly Using Child Cotton Laborers in Africa

Hardly angelic behavior, Victoria’s Secret was recently outed in a report by Bloomberg News that alleged the company has been using malnourished, underaged West African children to pick the cotton

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HUGE Cyber Monday Sale – Up to 60% Off – on Green Goods from Ethical Ocean

HUGE Cyber Monday Sale – Up to 60% Off – on Green Goods from Ethical Ocean

We held fast to our commitment to Buy Nothing Day on Friday and avoided the craziness, the stampeding and the pepper spray, but we were blown away when we saw the deals that Ethical Ocean was offering up

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Pants to Poverty Crams 60 People Into a Pair of Briefs for Guinness World Records Day

Pants to Poverty Crams 60 People Into a Pair of Briefs for Guinness World Records Day

How can an underwear company raise awareness about world poverty? Cramming a bunch of half-dressed people into an oversize pair of purple underpants in the streets of London seems like a pretty good way

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Worst Forms of Child Labor Occur in India’s Garment Industry

Worst Forms of Child Labor Occur in India’s Garment Industry

Whether you grew up in the city or were a suburban-raised child, the issue of child labor was most likely outside of the realm of your understanding. Today, the labor exploitation of children is still a

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Actress Emma Watson Debuts Her Third—and Final—People Tree Collection

Actress Emma Watson Debuts Her Third—and Final—People Tree Collection

Beyond watching superstar Jane of all trades Emma Watson grace the silver screen in Harry Potter, we've also become enamored with her work with fair trade clothier People Tree. Watson who has collaborated

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Actress Emma Watson Visits Indian Slums to Support Fair Trade

Actress Emma Watson Visits Indian Slums to Support Fair Trade

Hermione Granger has sure grown up and she’s using powers to do some great things -- well, something like that. Unlike her troubled peers, Emma Watson has avoided the role of tawdry Hollywood starlet,

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Win a Weekender Cardigan + Purse From Indigenous Designs (Worth $139)!

Win a Weekender Cardigan + Purse From Indigenous Designs (Worth $139)!

Spring is officially here! That means it's time to ditch your heavy winter coat and slip into something a little more comfortable like this luxurious 100 percent organic-cotton cardigan by fair-trade

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GREEN WEDDING GUIDE: Eco-friendly Wedding Dresses!

GREEN WEDDING GUIDE: Eco-friendly Wedding Dresses!

Welcome back to our Green Wedding Guide! If you've missed any of our issues in weeks past, we've already covered finding conflict-free eco-wedding rings, greener wedding locations, more sustainable

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London Fashion Week’s Estethica Spring/Summer 09 Showcase

London Fashion Week’s Estethica Spring/Summer 09 Showcase

< New York Fashion Week has come and gone, and devout fashionistas have since migrated onto London for the next wave of Spring/Summer 2009 showings. We still have more details to follow up from events

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RIGHTEOUS ECO FASHION: Fall 2008 Collection

RIGHTEOUS ECO FASHION: Fall 2008 Collection

The Swedish fashion brand Righteous definitely follows moral law when it comes to sustainable innovation. Founded in 2004 by human rights law students, Paula Kermfors and Kajsa Holst, the Righteous label

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Copenhagen Fashion Week: NOIR Fall 2008 Collection

Copenhagen Fashion Week: NOIR Fall 2008 Collection

All eyes during the past week were on the much anticipated Fall 2008 fashion shows here in New York City, but we also wanted to draw attention to what has been happening with one of our favorite

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