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an altCon eco media minute


  • One of our favorite monthlies, Body + Soul’s September issue appears more info-packed than usual. Personal standouts include Take the Long Way – a wealth of advice on how to be healthy from head to to, smart tips and recipes for dining at your desk, melting stress away and expressing gratitude.  Find Body + Soul at their second new home as well —
  • Green galpal Jessica’s got a Giveaway goin’ on, check it out @ greenglobetrotter.
  • Green video network where you’ll find lots of eco stuff but most importantly, my go-to smart-funny guy, Stephen’s The Colbert Report eco bits and shtick.
  • Get your eco fashion fix this weekend @ Fashion Flipside, sponsored by LES.  Sunday, August 17 beginning at 2pm, Rivington & Orchard St. Be sure to stop by eco boutique, KAIGHT, after the show to enjoy 15% off all new fall items and accessories.
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Friday, August 15, 2008

etsy – vintage thimble earrings

thmb2.jpgthmbl1.jpgHandcrafted in Lancaster, PA, designer of My Aunt Debbie repurposes these vintage thimbles into kooky but sew cute baubles.
$30/pair @

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Great Green GIVEAWAY – Green Back to School Kits

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED – August 20, 2008: 12midnight, EST.

Winners — Evelyn, Tim B. and Heather C. were notified by email. And it’s official — Congratulations!  Thanks to everyone for participating.  Our next Giveaway begins tomorrow — see you then!

It’s Back to School Time and now you can keep things simple, eco-smart and cost-effective with this great green deal.


Three lucky winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to be put toward a Green Back to School Kit, or any items, compliments of The Green Office.  Free shipping on any order over $49.

How to Enter: visit The Green Office and check out the Green Teacher and Green Student Kits.  Leave a comment on this post, telling us which Green Kit you like most. (Your preference will not determine what you can order with your Gift Certificate.)  Then add this address in your address book:  m at alternativeConsumer dot com.

Random Drawing:  Winners will be selected in a random drawing and notified via email before midnight (EST) on Wednesday, August 20, 2008.

So check out those Green Back to School Kits and save some green on any items at The Green Office.

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a mixed bag of green news


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Zhena – a nice cup of tea

Hey Everybody, there’s a new blogger on board here at AC, and this is her first post – ever – anywhere!  Welcome, Carrie Watson, it’s great to have you with us.

Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, one of our favorite purveyors of organic and fair-trade certified teas, recently introduced a collection of extremely rare teas called the Opus Garden.


The ten different tea varietals in the Opus Garden Collection are grown using sustainable harvesting practices that support environmental protection programs. The company says the teas represent the best of a single harvest and are produced in very limited quantity, so limited in fact, the offerings will change throughout the year according to availability. We are especially excited to try the Vietnamese Lotus Green Tea, which was once reserved for the royal family and the wealthy. (Update: link removed)

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