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Holistic Muse: Nature as a Healer

Denise Pastoor | Apr 9, 2014 | Green Living | 

Dear Holistic Muse,
I have heard that nature is “good for you.” I enjoy walking in park at lunchtime, when I can get away from the office. Should I be doing more of that?
An EcoPlum reader

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Dede's Green Scene: Broadway's Trash to our Treasure

Dede Tabak | Apr 2, 2014 | Entertainment and Media | 

They say that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. And Anna Louizos agrees. Louizos, a Tony award-nominated scenic designer, recently launched the Broadway Design Exchange, a Web site where designers can sell their work, which would have otherwise been thrown away. Louizos has worked on numerous Broadway productions including, Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Avenue Q and In the Heights. In the past, she sadly watched all of the beautiful costumes, props, models, sketches and designs from the shows, end up in the trash when the curtain went down. "Those things have value to people," Louizos said to the Associated Press. "Just like the ruby slippers from 'The Wizard of Oz,' there are some beautiful, memorable shows that have touched many, many peoples' lives."

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Chryso's Beauty Buys: Mineral Makeup Solves Sensitive Skin Issue

Chryso D'Angelo | Mar 26, 2014 | General | 

When the makeup on the market is irritating your skin, how hard could it be to disregard it all and make your own? That’s a question Canadian mother-daughter team Diane Peterson and Jennifer MacDougall, founders of Earth Lab Cosmetics, asked themselves in 2004 after conventional makeup aggravated Peterson’s rosacea.

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The Bigger the Sparkle, the Greater the Damage: Choosing More Sustainable Jewelry

Silvia Milanova | Mar 12, 2014 | Clothing and Accessories | 

Diamond Paperweight by Steven Depolo

Proposals, birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day—many holidays and occasions can serve as the perfect setting for one person to surprise another with something new and sparkly. Jewelry can be sentimental. It can mark an accomplishment, or a new beginning. Or it can be the centerpiece of a romantic evening, a special wedding, or a perfect moment.

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Greenpeace Reports Toxins in Children's Clothes-from GAP to Disney

Chryso D'Angelo | Mar 5, 2014 | General | 

According to a January investigation released by Greenpeace East Asia, clothing and shoes sold by popular brands like Disney, GAP, and Nike contain hazardous chemicals.

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Dede's Green Scene: Please Welcome to the Stage...the NRDC Theater Greening Advisor!

Dede Tabak | Feb 26, 2014 | Entertainment and Media | 

The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is celebrating its fifth year, and its birthday present is a gift for all of us. The BGA, in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an international nonprofit environmental organization, is launching the NRDC Theater Greening Advisor. This will be a comprehensive theater greening resource database to share the BGA's green, eco-friendly practices and techniques with theaters all across the country.

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Sochi Sparkles in Glamour, but Fails in 'Green'

Silvia Milanova | Feb 13, 2014 | General | 

The 2014 Sochi Olympics might be dazzling with gold, silver and bronze, but is the Winter Olympiad delivering on its promise to be “green”? For the first time in Russian history, the host country created a system of “green standards”, which were to be implemented during the development and carrying out of the Winter Olympics.

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Holistic Muse: Healing Touch

Denise Pastoor | Feb 5, 2014 | General | 

Dear Holistic Muse,

I have chronic pain and want to try holistic approaches. I have heard of Healing Touch and wonder how it works. Would it help me cope with pain?

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Chryso's Beauty Buys: Mineral Makeup Made in the U.S.A.

Chryso D'Angelo | Jan 22, 2014 | General | 

“When I learned about all the chemicals in the products I was using, products I used on my own babies…I got really angry,” says Krissy Ferro of Ferro Cosmetics.

“Certain companies make an entirely different formula for their European market, keeping the toxic formulation for their own American consumer…why? No wonder half my clients couldn’t wear makeup, or certain colors on their eyes,” says Ferro, a professionally-trained hairstylist and makeup artist.

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Dede's Green Scene: Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Dede Tabak | Jan 15, 2014 | Entertainment and Media | 

One of my favorite holiday songs is Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! And even though the holidays are over, the song is still the battle cry for the I am Pro Snow campaign. I Am Pro Snow is a partnership between Warren Miller Entertainment and the Climate Reality Project. The campaign's goal is to raise awareness and educate the masses about the warm realities of climate change before it’s too late.

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