Earlier this month, I had a the pleasure of being a guest on CS Wurzberger’s podcast: Greener by Choice. CS, also known as The Green Up Girl, is on a mission to provide you with the inspiration, motivation, resources and the simple action steps so you can enjoy living a greener lifestyle. CS asked me all kinds of questions about myself, EcoPlum, our products, my green wishes, my advice on greening your routine, and which resources I use to keep up to date on sustainability issues. I hope you enjoy this 23 minute podcast. Caveat: this was not edited at all and includes everything I said, even if I didn’t say it well. ;-)


Hope you learned something new and got some great new ideas about how to change the way you shop and live…


Being a Part of Something Big

by Gia on September 17, 2014

March on WashingtonI was born in the 60s and often think about how crazy that decade was.  President Kennedy was killed when my mom was pregnant with me, our good family friend Andrew Goodman was killed in Mississippi right around my birth, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were both killed when I was 4.  It must have seemed like the world was falling apart.  Yet the world changed in significant ways that decade and many people gained rights and freedoms that allowed them to achieve what they only dreamed of at that time.  On Sunday, my family, colleagues, and coworkers will be part of something HUGE – something so big that it is reminiscent of the groundswell that was the Civil Rights movement: the People’s Climate March here in NYC.

When you think about it, our rights to a clean and sustainable world are being denied by a powerful establishment that is fighting for the status quo with their billions of dollars.  On Saturday, we are taking to the streets and demanding our rights back!  Climate Change affects us all in different ways.  If you live in a coastal area, you’ve no doubt been touched by flooding from rising see levels.  Our friends on the West Coast are experiencing unprecedented drought.  In Nebraska, dirty tar sands from Keystone XL could toxify the prairies, while in Virginia, mountaintop removal mining is contaminating watersheds.  In Asia and Africa, serious conflicts could occur due to the rising number of climate refugees.  Much less serious, but closer to home and more relatable by many of us, we are losing our snow and beloved winter recreation activities.  I could go on and on.

Indeed, it feels like the world is falling apart, just like it did in the 60s.  And just like we did before, we are taking to the streets to demand action.  You may think comparing a global environmental crisis to the lack of civil rights in the USA is peculiar, and I don’t disagree, but the upshot is the activism worked.  We now have a president who, back when I was born, did not even have federally protected equal voting rights.  Let’s make ourselves heard loud and clear, so that 50 years from now, we have a world that is better than it is now, where renewable energy is the norm, where the cost of environmental externalities must be accounted for by every government, and where we will say, I can’t believe they still drilled for oil when I was born.


Join us Sunday at the People’s Climate March.


Beautiful Jewelry from… Trash?

by Gia on July 10, 2014

You may have seen our article series here at EcoPlum called The Stories Behind our Products. Well reading about our creative and talented artisans is certainly interesting, but how about a close up look at the products on video?  Today I talk about one of my favorite product lines that we carry at EcoPlum: Bottled Up Designs.  Reclaim Artist Laura Bergman makes stunning jewelry out of broken shards of glass that she finds in the woods of Pennsylvania – near Amish country where she lives.  Check out some of these beautiful pieces and find out where they came from in my latest VLOG:


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Gia Talks About Jewelry Made from Trash




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I was so excited to see that the Environmental Working Group has come out with an iPhone (and Android) app for its Skin Deep database. For those of you who may not be familiar with Skin Deep, it is an amazing resource to determine the toxicity/hazard level of cosmetics, skin care, and other personal care [...]

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An Inconvenient Truth about our Shopping Habits

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Being a Conscious Consumer Need Not Consume You

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By now you probably know that I was not always a conscious consumer.  To be precise, in the days Before EcoPlum (B.E.), I was quite an unconscious consumer.  I used to shop for anything, anytime, with little to no regard for the environmental, personal health, or social impact of my purchases.  I did not think [...]

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Fast Fashion has to Slow Down

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