Party Time

November 27, 2008

Throwing a party? Whether it's an intimate gathering or a huge bash, this is the time of the year when making merry is ardently expected. Of course parties also mean tons of trash. And contributing to the already overflowing landfills is not a great way to start 2009. Instead, make your party eco-friendly with a few simple changes. From what your serving and what you're serving it on to decorations and favors there are plenty of options to choose from.

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Deck The Walls

November 25, 2008

When you're moving into a new home or renovating the one you already live in the hard and tedious part is the actual moving or renovating. After that comes the fun stuff-decorating everything, including the walls. In fact, I love this part so much that I actually think about redecorating even when I know we don't have the time, need or money to do it. And with so many eco-friendly options out there, no wonder I'm day dreaming about what shade I could possibly paint the dining room or where I'd put a fabulous mirror I discovered in one of my favorite local shops.

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Packaged Up Right

October 23, 2008

The good thing about organic products-especially the ones here on Saffron Rouge-is that in most cases the boxes, bottles and tubes are just as eco friendly as what's housed inside. Jurlique is a great example of this. Their sleek and gorgeous packaging is made up of post-consumer waste. It's all stamped with non-polluting vegetable inks and is absolutely, 100% recyclable. This means that the cute little box the Citrus Hand Cream comes in can go out in the recycling bin with last month's magazines. And the empty glass bottle of Lavender Bath Oil can sit next to the rinsed out spaghetti sauce jar before taking the big trip to the recycling plant.

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Watch Your Mouth

October 21, 2008

You've heard me delve into my reasons for using organic skincare, organic hair care and even organic cosmetics. So now it's time to talk about toothpaste. Brushing your teeth may not be the most scintillating or exotic thing you'll do all day. But it's definitely one of the most important. I mean for as far back as your memory will reach you can probably remember someone telling you to brush your teeth (whether it's your parents, dentist or perfectly coiffed lady in a commercial). But although conventional toothpastes will scrub your teeth clean, they'll also give you something else-dyes, detergents, sweeteners, abrasives and preservatives.

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Bag It

October 16, 2008

According to more than a billion single-use plastic bags are packed with purchases and handed out every day. Besides multiplying in your house faster than a family of rabbits, these plastic bags do some serious damage to the environment. Creating the bags takes plenty of nonrenewable resources such as petroleum and natural gas. And with the way gas prices are right now, it seems downright stupid to be wasting these precious resources on flimsy little plastic bags. During the manufacturing process, energy is wasted and the air gets polluted with toxic emissions that contribute to global warming. Then comes the aftermath. All of those billions of bags have to go somewhere. And they take up to 1000 years to degrade into the soil (which causes toxic contamination).

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Moms In Toyland

October 14, 2008

We all know how dangerous some plastic toys can be for our kids. Now the US Congress has finally decided to take action. According to the Environmental Working Group, Congress will soon ban all phthalates from being allowed in children's products.  Of course I've long been a fan and advocate for safe, natural and educational toys. And my favorite destination to get them is

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Finding Purer Produce

October 9, 2008

All over the place farmers markets have been popping up faster than Starbucks (well, almost). Whether you live in the heart of an urban community like New York City or way out in the country, surrounded by farmland, there's most likely a farmers market within shopping distance. You'll get to experience shopping the way it used to be-person to person, asking questions about the items on display and making genial conversation (instead of watching an uninterested teenager in a vest stack a pyramid of pesticide-coated apples). Everything you buy will be at the peak of freshness too. Just think about a banana shipped from South America. How long has it been since that piece of fruit was actually plucked from the tree?

There's nothing I love more than seeing more and more organic options available. Whether it's in the grocery store, the toy store or the department store, making an eco-friendly purchase is easier than ever. This is especially true when it comes to fashion. From well-known chains to smaller boutique brands, it's refreshingly simple to find stylish, sustainable and even (yes!) affordable clothes. And although I could spend all day shopping for organic styles online, right now I'm particularly obsessed with Toggery. It's a fairly new brand created by eco-designer Kate D'Arcy in Pennsylvania. Her blouses, dresses and pants are beautifully crafted, easy to wear and come in the most gorgeous colors imaginable. Plus one of the brand's goals is to make sustainable fashion affordable. (Which means I get to buy even more!) 

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I'm a huge fan of organic fashion. The problem though has always been finding stuff that's as friendly to my wallet as it is to the environment. Organic clothing has a reputation for being on the expensive side-and for good reason. Like organic food and other goods, it costs more to produce and manufacture organic items. Luckily, as the demand grows, the prices drop. This fall you can find everything from organic denim and tees to trendy jackets and even shoes at prices that won't break the bank. 

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Turning my own home into one that’s eco-friendly with style has been quite a challenge. After all, I didn’t want to sacrifice aesthetics in order to be environmentally conscious. Luckily companies are catching on and creating beautiful, eco-chic products. And if you need someone to help you put it all together, there’s organic interior designer Kelly LaPlante. Based in California, Kelly creates gorgeous rooms that live up to her very high environmentally forward standard. Now, with a new book, Ecologique, and Brilliant Green, a tv special on the Ovation Network, Kelly is ready to give us all a little green inspiration. Here’s what she had to say: 

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