In a perfect world we'd buy all our fresh produce organic, but sometimes the budget just doesn't stretch that far or, our local grocer simply doesn't supply an organic alternative. If you often find yourself puzzled as to which fruits and vegetables you should buy organic, as opposed to those you can get away with buying straight off the stand at the supermarket, then this is for you. To conclude Earth Week, nutritionist Amanda Powell takes us through the Environmental Working Group's annual Dirty Dozen list. It's a handy guide which ranks foods based on the level of pesticide residue, and is a great resource for those looking to buy organic on a budget. Click through.
In honour of Earth Day today, we're taking a look at the celebrities who love giving back. Whether they're thinking green in their own lives or promoting environmental habits and products, these stars do their part to help clean things up.
Click through our slideshow to see who made the list, and be sure to check out all of our eco content to celebrate Earth Day.
Last week we covered a range of Earth Week topics including a DIY skin scrub and nature's wonder ingredients — but today is the big one, Earth Day. All around the world, different organisations (along with everyday people!) are doing their bit to help protect the environment. To celebrate such an impacting initiative, we're suggesting you get outside and smell the fresh air with a bush walk. Less time spent indoors on a machine at the gym means less damage to the environment, so this really is an easy way to get invloved. Before you head off, though, we're highlighting 10 of the NSW Government's top bush walking safety tips. Step this way . . .
In honour of Earth Month, we thought we would clear up a few things first. As we all become more aware of the environment, climate change and all that jazz, there's been a huge surge in green cosmetics. Now, just about anyone has a natural, organic or certified organic collection or product that they want you to know about. But before you buy, it's important to know the rules and regulations around claiming to be natural, organic and certified organic.
Natural: This is the tricky one because, as we stand currently, there are no regulations around the use of the word natural in the Australian beauty market. Saying that, truly natural beauty products should feature at least 90 percent of naturally-derived ingredients and be free from all synthetics, but as there is nobody policing it in Australia, you need to be careful. The Natural Products Association was founded in the US in 1936 and they represent over 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including those in the cosmetics industry. In order to gain their seal of approval, a personal care product must: "be made up of only, or at least almost only, natural ingredients manufactured with appropriate processes to maintain ingredient purity," should not be tested on animals and furthermore, should use "biodegradable ingredients and the most environmentally sensitive packaging." If it does all that, it gets the seal so keep your eyes peeled for the logo. And always check the ingredients list.
To celebrate today's Garage Sale Trail event, we thought we'd give you the low-down on this eco-minded recycled fashion fest, as suggested to us by Tluxe designer Rebecca Powell. Did you partake in the Garage Sale Trail last year? No? Well, 2012 looks to be even bigger and better — and it's on right now! The sustainable shopping initiative started as a Bondi-based event, but this recycled fashion festival is now Australia's biggest community-based market place. Marnie Skillings is one of the GST's ambassadors this year, and the designer is urging fashionable types to get involved. "This programme is great for the wider fashion community. For those who want to clear out their wardrobe, for brands who want to hold sample sales and to aspiring fashion designers and makers and creators who can use this as a way of showcasing their talents...It’s also the such a great way to nab a great find.” 2012 sees the Garage Sale Trail getting an e-update thanks to some high-tech partnerships. You'll be able to navigate your way around your locally listed sales in a flash via True Local, then pay cash-free with the help of PayPal. Happy bargain hunting...
Giving back runs in the family for Rupert Noffs, the creative force and founder behind eco shoe label, Gideon Shoes. Rupert is the grandson of the late Reverend Ted Noffs, whose legacy lives on via the Ted Noffs Foundation. Gideon's cool kicks help support the Street Universities charity, and their latest design takes the giving-back ethos one step further. The Giving Shoe is 100% vegan, handmade from sustainable products and almost completely bio-degradable. Rupert keeps busy in NYC, but we managed to steal five minutes from his schedule so he could answer our eco-queries. . .
I make ethical fashion because. . . I have a conscience.
Living in New York City is. . . like running around a theme park that never closes — some days are like being on the dodgem cars and others are like a roller coaster.
Everyone can live ‘greener’ by. . . buying vintage pieces or organic fabrics, and not following seasonal trends.
Apart from Gideon (obviously) I heart eco brands. . . Stella McCartney's vegan but on-trend shoes, Edun is amazing, and From Somewhere — amazing garments made from post-consumer waste!
People may not know. . . Gideon Shoes is run by the Ted Noffs Foundation with 100% profits going back to empowering Aussie kids in need. We also have a vintage store called OneNoffs, where donated clothes are reconstructed and deconstructed into one off pieces!
The Giving Shoe retails for $69.95, 100% of profits go to the Street Universities charity, and you can buy it here.
Earth Day is coming up on April 22 and to mark the occasion Sierra Club, an environmental organisation in the US, asked some celebrities to name their favourite places in the world. Blythe Danner, Modern Family’s Nolan Gould, Alison Janney and more shared their love of nature and listed places that are special to them, while stars like Jessica Alba and Joshua Jackson reinforce the need to take care of the planet. Where is your favourite place in the world?
Erika Heynatz is the official Australian ambassador for Aveda's 2012 Walk for Water, the Earth Month initiative that highlights the average distance (6km) women walk in developing countries to get access to water for their families. We chat to Erika about her involvement with the brand, her makeup and skincare must-haves and how her views on beauty have changed over the years.
This Sunday is Earth Day, so to celebrate we're shining the Fab spotlight on fashion that cares for the planet. There are a myriad of ways that brands can do their bit; be it by utilizing handmade techniques, choosing natural dyes, supporting sustainable farming practises or using organic or recycled materials, it all helps! We've done a bit of (online) research to uncover some local labels whose eco-cred is as impressive as their fashion cred. And let it be known, you don't have to sacrifice style to go green. Nuh-huh! This eco-edit is chock-full of lust-inducing buys that will earn you style-points but will help the planet out, too.