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Giant Celebrity Homes – anything this big can’t be green

The recent attacks on Al Gore and John Edwards for being the proud inhabitants of giant mcmansions lead me to TMZ where they listed some celebrities with oversized domiciles.

pictured are:

Eddie Murphy’s Starter House – Norbert has this modest $20 million dollar bungalow in which to hang his fat-suit. Is it just a matter of finding something else to spend their celebrity cash on, or does a three person family really need their space?

Air Travolta – This modest Florida ranch parks 2 airplanes and 16 cars comfortably.

Candy Spelling’s Pad – The wife of Aaron Spelling probably doesn’t qualify as a celeb but her 23 room mansion with separate gift wrapping room certainly does.

Casa de Oprah – This modest hovel has 14 bedrooms so there’s plenty of room for Dr. Phil, Stedman and Oprah’s intimate lady friend Gayle. Oh, do we burn eco-logs in the 10 fireplaces?


thanx to + celebrityhomephotos

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Monday, April 9, 2007

green consumerism – an oxymoron?


We all know that buying too much of the wrong “stuff” can cause tremendous harm to the environment. The 1 billion plastic shopping bags handed out daily represent only the tip of the iceberg. Here at AtlCon we try to feature products and services that have an earth-friendly, longterm impact on people’s lifestyles. We also try to have some fun while focusing on items that exhibit style and great design.

There are certainly countless reasons to take issue with a culture of mass consumerism; and the compulsion, by some, to buy everything in sight will not change overnight … but maybe, just maybe — shop-until-you-drop consumerism can be transformed into a more positive, thoughtful process that strikes a better balance between a product’s trendiness, utility and earth-friendly quotient.

For every bad environmental action there is now usually an equally positive reaction. A move is afoot to cut down on consumerism and practice an existence devoid of accumulated stuff, a low impact approach exhibited in several blogs, books and lifestyles. This battle against the dark side of global consumer culture can take many forms, from the trendy and self-promotional No Impact Man (he will be appearing on The Colbert Report Monday 4/9) and Judith Levine’s “I’m Not Buying It” to more hardcore manifestations like the blog Overcoming Consumerism which advocate a more radical withdrawal from the “system.”

We believe everyone should look deeply into the underlying characteristics of their everyday purchases. Consider whether or not they truly “need” that product/service. Ask themselves: Is the product created in a fair trade manner; was it created from recyclables; is it biodegradable; what is it made of and how are those components harvested, processed and made; does it conserve energy and precious natural resources?

Though individuals and groups that practice extreme forms of non-consumerism may stand on solid philosophical terra firma, most people who lead a mainstream lifestyle need to buy things. Cars, clothes, food and everyday gadgets are not going away. As mainstream society begins to become more environmentally aware we strongly believe that changing the consumer’s decision making process is a pivotal component of global change.

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focoloco – color me happy

Austin_Andrew_T_Shirt_4sml_1_1_1_1.jpgwtbguitar_mb_samp.jpgTake advantage of your children’s inner child by allowing them to
“create” their own customized t-shirts, made of organic cotton.
Graphic artist Suzy Helme provides the tee, the outline of the artwork, and colored markers. Her CYO (color your own) designs are hip and funky — I’m with the Band, Mad About You, Spin ‘n Play, Sad Girl and Monkey are cool threads for the youngest punks around (infants to about 6 yrs old).

Suzy’s focoloco sprouted in 2003 when she began shopping around for cool, hip threads for her baby and didn’t find much to choose from in the marketplace. Her goods are made in the USA and sweat-shop free. Like the organic tees, and their planet-friendly shipping box, Suzy’s focused on becoming even more of an eco-friendly biz, and lowering their impact on the environment.
My Florida-based nephew Andrew loves to paint and draw. He was so excited when he saw the markers, he tore into his tee shirt art and colored these all by himself — for him and his beach bro’ Austin. Thanks, Suzy, they’re a huge hit!

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monday’s mixed bag of green news


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Strawberry Creek Inn B&B


Need a break from it all? Get away to Idyllwild, in southern California, and book a night or two at the eco-chic Strawberry Creek Inn B&B. Set within a tranquility-inducing wooded area, certified by the National Wildlife Federation as an official backyard wildlife habitat, the inn offers nine rooms plus a cottage for guests seeking a private escape. With perks like Aveda bath products, organic and local-produce breakfast spreads, and easy access to hiking, mountain biking and wildlife watching, you’re sure to be smitten.

Chat up the innkeepers for their best tips on eco-living; the B&B collects rainwater for watering gardens, uses native plants and compost fertilizers in pesticide-free gardens and only earth-friendly products for cleaning up. At the end of the day, take a breather and gaze at the stars from one of the inn’s recycled soda bottle hammocks – comfy as cotton, but so much sweeter.

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terrapass to carbon offset your travel.

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