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Sunday, February 28, 2010


altCon eco media minute – feb 28

From around the ecosphere, here’s our latest green stimulus package for your eyes, ears and mind.


  • Make a note of this date: May 19th at 8:00p.  The stage at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium will come alive with the Music Saves Mountains concert, presented by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  The event will feature the largest gathering of musicians and celebrities coming together to raise money and awareness about mountaintop removal coal mining, a devastating practice that is destroying the Appalachian Mountains.  Performers will include:  Dave Matthews and Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 5th at 10:00 a.m. by phone, the Ryman box office, and  More info @
  • Relatedpreviously on altCon (1.17.07) Mountaintop Removal – A Coal Mining Debacle
  • Want would happen to a world without humans? Check out National Geographic’s airing of “Aftermath: Population Zero” March 8 at 8p ET.
  • Planet Green has some new original programming coming up at the end of March (the 29th to be exact), when the channel will launch a new primetime block of programming called “Verge.” The block will feature (more…)
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Saturday, February 27, 2010

electronics consumers not all that green


As a recent Pulse Survey by Retrevo found – see chart above – many electronics consumers (58%) are not all that concerned about buying green…although a healthy 42% did show a green inclination.

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Eco Deal of the Day – Celery Street


Celery Street is an internet store loaded with eco-friendly products.  They’re currently running a clearance sale with up to an 80% discount on selected items like the cute Organic Cotton B-Fly Catcher Shirt from designer Lauren Chlebowski’s Ollie Sang line –   basketfash.jpg(pictured above) – marked down from $39 to $14.

In addition to a nice variety of eco fashion items, Celery Street carries a wide range of green gifts and items for the home like the Fashionations Magazine Basket (at right) made of repurposed and recycled fashion mags – marked down from $27.95 to a very affordable $6.

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Kaytee Soft-Sorbent Bedding – A Tried and True Green Product Review for Pets

Kaytee, who has specialized in bird and small pet supplies for 130 years, was kind enough to send me a sample of their Soft-Sorbent litter for a Tried and True Green Product Review.  This “soft and comfortable earth friendly bedding” is created from wood fibers that aren’t suitable for paper.  Instead of throwing away these scraps, Kaytee turns them into an absorbent bedding safe for small animals like rabbits, hamsters, and – in my case – birds.


I have two pairs of ringneck doves, (four birds in total), who usually have a layer of bark at the bottom of their cages.  I wanted to use something environmentally friendly that could earn the approval of both me and my doves, so I was anxious to try out the Soft-Sorbent.  After a week of investigating the following questions, I can report that the bedding (more…)

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Friday, February 26, 2010

eco fashion friday finds – turn up the green

As you know, we don’t favor mindless consumption, but we do occasionally like to perk up our wardrobes and spirits with an eco conscious, stylish indulgence.  Here’s this week’s small, edited collection of eco savvy fashion finds.


Get Super Freaky! Hit your next Lady Ga Ga concert packing this little funk-bucket of a purse, (above left), created from an upcycled Rick James record.

Or, if you want to get all ‘ironic’, tote your essentials around in a purse made of upcycled vinyl by the king of all faux-rappers and pop culture icon, Vanilla Ice.

(above L to R) – $49.99 for the Rick James purse and $55 for the Vanilla Ice bag


(above) – Put a lid on it!  The hip Metric Hat, made of organic cotton twill, will keep the snow off the dome of anyone out there in this inclement weather. (24 inches of fresh white powder fell all around us yesterday and 6 more inches are on the way); $28 @ missionplayground


(above) – Make a splash this spring with Melissa’s plastic fantastic ankle boot, ethically made in Brazil.  find at NYC eco fashion boutique, Kaight, ($130).


(above) – Architect turned recycling and upcycling jewelry designer, Gülnur Özdağlar, collects PET bottles and reshapes them into beautiful works of wearable art.


(above) – TerraCycle take note: NYU design student Emma Kaywin upcycled some expired contraceptives into prophylactic eco fashion.  The unused rubbers were donated by an AIDS prevention organization.  What a “conversation starter” – would you wear this eco chic dress to a cocktail party? (photo credit hereEcouterre)

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