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Dede's Green Scene: The Green in our Stars!

Dede Tabak | Nov 18, 2014 | Entertainment and Media | 

Shailene Woodley has been making headlines recently with her films The Fault in our Stars and Divergent. Now, the newly turned 23-year-old (her birthday was November 15), is using her rising celebrity to spread her eco-conscious practices and her earth-loving philosophies to her fans.

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Soy: To Eat or Not to Eat

Silvia Milanova | Nov 13, 2014 | General | 

If you have an intolerance to dairy (as I do), you must know how uncomfortable it can be to consume it when sometimes you “have no choice”. A lot of my favorite foods and beverages contain dairy—brownies, lattes, mashed potatoes, smoothies—you name it. So, a few years ago, instead of popping a Lactaid® pill every time I wanted to eat or drink dairy, I decided to find an alternative I liked. That’s when I started drinking soymilk. I had it with my coffee in the morning, I used it for cereal, I made mashed potatoes with it—I pretty much used it as a substitute in anything that required dairy.

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Susty Fashion: Repurposing for the Planet - Fashion Upcycling

Sasha Cohen | Nov 5, 2014 | General | 

Did you ever think that when you wear your grandma’s beautifully tailored jacket or purchase from a trendy vintage shop, a Salvation Army or a military surplus store, that you are helping to solve an environmental problem? You’re even helping your town or city save money!

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Dede's Green Scene: Angelina Jolie to Direct Elephant Poaching Drama "Africa"

Dede Tabak | Oct 29, 2014 | Entertainment and Media | 

Angelina Jolie has an impressive resume. She’s an actress, a mother, a wife, a humanitarian and a director. And now, Jolie is set to direct her fourth film, "Africa", for Skydance productions. The film revolves around the paleo-archaeologist, Richard Leakey. It takes place in the late 80s and it will focus on Leakey’s fight with ivory poachers threatening the existence of African elephants.

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Chryso's Eco-Friendly Beauty Buys: Are Beloved Brands Making You Sick Breast Cancer Awareness Month Special Coverage

Chryso D'Angelo | Oct 15, 2014 | General | 

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is the world’s largest and most profitable consumer products company. In fact, the mega-corporation made more than $83 billion in 2013 alone.

Boasting names like Cascade, Bounty, Pampers, and Tide, every household has likely used at least one of its 50 plus brands.

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Film Review: The Future of Energy

Sasha Cohen | Oct 8, 2014 | Entertainment and Media | 

It was great to see over 400,000 people in NYC and more around the world join in at The People’s Climate March. For those who marched for the cause, climate change may be a threat, but also an opportunity. Perhaps the movie The Future of Energy was made for this exact audience, even if the filmmakers sat around after smoking peyote and congratulating themselves.

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Dede's Green Scene: Leonardo DiCaprio Speaks About Climate Change

Dede Tabak | Oct 1, 2014 | Entertainment and Media | 

Leonardo DiCaprio has made a name for himself as not only an actor, but as an environmental activist as well. He’s worked with the World Wildlife Fund’s tiger conservation campaign as well as created the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which raises awareness for important environmental issues. Now Leonardo DiCaprio is using his fame to bring attention to climate change. Last Tuesday, DiCaprio gave a passionate speech to world leaders meeting at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.

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Chryso's Eco-Friendly Beauty Buys: Bronzer

Chryso D'Angelo | Sep 24, 2014 | General | 

Here in the North East, the air has turned crisp. I wear a shawl over my bare arms as I write this—refusing to get into a long-sleeve shirt just yet.

The nights are getter shorter and that sun-kissed glow is beginning to fade, too (sad face). So, it’s time to go faux. Luckily, there are a number of wonderful new safe cosmetics on the market in the form of bronzers that can help put the glow back into my face.

Bronzing powders are more forgiving than gels, sprays and sticks, which is why I’ve focused on them.

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Artisan Scarves Empower Bangladeshi Women

Sasha Cohen | Sep 10, 2014 | General | 

When a thing of beauty furthers humanitarian goals and creates better, healthier lives, it gives me pause. I feel compelled to learn more about the company and its founder. sourceFK manufactures beautiful silk scarves and other textile products, celebrating and promoting Bangladeshi craftsmanship in the global marketplace. The company does this by using fair labor practices, providing a safe, clean working environment, paying a liveable wage, and being "zero-waste".

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How to Go Green with Silv: Affordable Eco-fashion

Silvia Milanova | Sep 3, 2014 | General | 

Fortunately, green products are not hard to find nowadays. Store shelves are stocked with beauty products, groceries and household items made without toxic chemicals, pesticides and preservatives. And because people are demanding healthier choices, these products are also pretty affordable. With a greater demand, I hope that one day soon, environmentally friendly products will be equal in price to conventional products. Or better yet, that they will be consumers’ first choices.

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