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Repairing the World through Apparel

Silvia Milanova | Nov 6, 2013 | Story Behind EcoPlum Products | 

Usually when you buy a shirt from your favorite store, it’s just a shirt. Okay, it may be a sparkly, expensive, only-for-special-occasions shirt, but it’s still just a shirt.

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Holistic Muse: Herbs

Denise DeForest Pastoor | Oct 28, 2013 | Green Living | 

“Dear Holistic Muse, Denise,

How can I use herbs to improve my health?”


-From an EcoPlum reader

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Dede's Green Scene: Global Frackdown!

Dede Tabak | Oct 23, 2013 | Entertainment and Media | 

This past Saturday, October 19th, was the second annual Global Frackdown. This event unites concerned citizens everywhere for a day of action to inform elected officials in our communities and across the globe that we want a future powered by clean, renewable energy, not fossil fuels. Over 1,000 New Yorkers met at Chelsea Piers to participate and to tell New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking and to invest in clean energy. Cuomo promised to make a decision on whether or not he will allow fracking in NYC before his next election.

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Dede's Green Scene: Ten Days of Climate Action

Dede Tabak | Oct 2, 2013 | Entertainment and Media | 

How do we creatively engage the public in positive action around issues of climate change? The Human Impacts Institute tried to answer this question with its third annual Ten Days of Climate Action, from September 20 – September 30, to bring together artists, musicians and performers to install and create climate-inspired public works throughout New York City. Each day featured a unique work by artists, writers, actors, filmmakers, musicians and performers, meant to inspire people to think more critically about how their actions impact climate change and our environment.

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Progress Report: NYC’s CitiBike Share

Lew Blaustein | Sep 18, 2013 | Cars and Transportation | 

  • This is a guest post by Lew Blaustein from GreenSportsBlog.

Back in early August, GreenSportsBlog (GSB) posted a story about CitiBike share during its early days.  Last night, Baruch College (part of the City University of New York system) and the Sustainability Practice Network (SPN) hosted a panel discussion that provided a progress report on the almost 4-month-old program.

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Chryso's Eco Friendly Beauty Buys: Go Vegan!

Chryso D'Angelo | Sep 11, 2013 | Green Living | 

Being a vegan (‘vee-gan’) may mean different things to different people. According to Vegan Action, “while vegetarians choose not to use flesh foods, vegans also avoid dairy and eggs, as well as fur, leather, wool, down, and cosmetics or chemical products tested on animals.”

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In Search of Safe Cosmetics!

Silvia Milanova | Sep 9, 2013 | General | 

Four well-known personal care products companies have violated the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65, in California. The proposition requires business to tell or “warn” customers in California when they use chemicals that may contribute to cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm.

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Another Monster Forest Fire: What are the Environmental Effects?

Silvia Milanova | Aug 29, 2013 | Water Pollution | 

Thirteen days after it started, the wildfire in Yosemite National Park still burns. The ‘monster’ fire, known as the “Rim” fire, has scorched more than 300 square miles of land and trees.  It could have devastating effects not only on the homes and tourist attractions in the area, but also on the clean water supply, the biodiversity of the forest, and the air quality.

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Holistic Muse: Chakras - Our Wheels of Energy

Denise DeForest Pastoor | Aug 22, 2013 | Green Living | 

Dear Denise,

Can you explain what chakras are and how they work?  I hear about the energy of chakras, but how can they help me? –EcoPlum follower

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Dede's Green Scene: One Fish, Two Fish, Blackfish

Dede Tabak | Aug 14, 2013 | Entertainment and Media | 

Inspired by the 2010 death of SeaWorld orca trainer, Dawn Brancheau,, the documentary Blackfish, takes a hard look at the history of killer whales in captivity. The film focuses on the life of Tilikum, a 12,000 lb. male orca who was captured in 1983 from the wild at the age of 2 . Tilikum was at Canada’s Sealand of the Pacific. But when he killed his trainer at Sealand, Keltie Byrne, he was purchased by SeaWorld. After the film’s director, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, read about Tilikium’s attack on trainer Brancheau, she had some questions. Cowperthwaite, who’d been to shows at Sea World’s San Diego outpost with her kids, began to wonder—why would a highly intelligent animal like Tilikum ever bite the trainer who fed him? Through research and interviews with former orca trainers, Cowperthwaite exposes a history of mistreatment toward captive whales and unfortunate encounters with humans. Tilikum has killed two other trainers besides Brancheau. Yet, he continues to perform today at SeaWorld. Blackfish sets to find out why.

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