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Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Tara Oceans Crew Sails into New York Harbor


This sounds interesting and fun – save the date: Monday, February 6, 2012. Public lecture begins at 7pm. The Explorers Club, 46 East 70th Street, NYC 10021.

What would happen if the world’s greatest source of oxygen became depleted and eventually disappeared? You’re probably thinking, great, another news story about deforestation. What is widely unknown is that the world’s greatest source of oxygen is plankton, not terrestrial trees.  This common misconception can easily be remedied: The crew of the Tara Oceans schooner will be presenting a public lecture on their recent research concerning the health of the world’s oceans. The 15-member crew crisscrossed the high seas for the past two and half years while on their latest global scientific cruise.

tara_oceans_schooner.jpgAn impressive one hundred eighteen feet in length, the Tara Ocean has sailed both arctic and tropical waters and will docked in the East River (Battery Park, North Cove Marina) from February 5 to 11.

The team conducts their research mainly through the study of plankton and the relationship between plankton abundance and the health of the oceans. The lecture will include presentations not only from the head scientist of the ship, Eric Karsenti, but also from other crew members as well as prominent leaders of the Tara Foundation for Marine Research USA.
The program will focus on the wide scale oceanic issues that directly affect the health of our planet as a whole.

In addition, Explorers Club Member Mara G. Haseltine, an artist and environmentalist, will unveil La Boheme: A Portrait of Today’s Oceans in Peril, her latest sculpture based on her discoveries on board Tara Oceans. (more…)

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

12 eco-friendly jewelers for Valentine’s Day bling

Rather than buy a dozen roses for your sweetheart, here’s a bouquet of treats, all made from ethically-derived precious metals … give a heartfelt, sustainable and stylish keepsake …


From top, left to right:

Love Is on the Inside Engraved Ring
14K rose gold and sterling silver, 2mm-8mm widths, $195-$325
Jesse Chamberlain of Jesse Danger, Salem, MA

Three Pair Hoop Set
14K rose gold, $68
Kristin Mulholland of Kristin Noel Designs, Atascadero, CA

Braille Love Wedding/Commitment Band
10K rose gold, $385
Nicole Zahour, Rye, NY

Round Wedding/Commitment Band
18K rose gold, $ varies with width
Benjamin Manning of Utopian Creations, Kensington Park, SA, Australia (more…)

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vegan, fair trade football

vegan_fairtradefootball_1.jpgAre Cheetos vegan? Just asking… If you’re having an alternative Super Bowl event and you want to toss around some pigskin that isn’t really pigskin, this is the ball for you. This Fair Trade football is an excellent backyard ball. It sports an all-weather, high-grip surface, is official size & weight; and it’s totally vegan.

Both eco and Fair Trade certified, this football is union-made by adult workers who received a fair wage. And no animals were harmed in its manufacture.

Best if all – all after-tax profits go to children’s charities.

$39 @

eco cred: This eco-certified football sports PU microfiber and 70% eco-certified rubber. PU microfiber is a synthetic fiber that produces an excellent leathery feel and causes no harm to people or planet. The rubber is derived from third-party certified sustainably managed forests in India and Sri Lanka.

related: more sporting goods on The Alternative Consumer

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Monday, January 30, 2012

the eco-friendly food truck – green truck


I’m old enough to remember when most street food vendors sold their chow out of carts with limited menus consisting primarily of fetid delicacies like over-boiled hotdogs aged to perfection in a caldron of used bath water, or pretzels coated with enough salt to cause instantaneous cardiac arrest. Well, how times have changed. Today’s street food movement/fad is lead by state-of-the-art food trucks selling all manner of morsels: from delicious crepes to countless varieties of burgers, tacos and confections.


Many food trucks use only locally grown produce, meats and breads and are run by individuals that revel in the independence and creativity that their mobile restaurants afford them. One shining and successful outfit is L.A.’s Green Truck, which has been doing their ‘green’ thing for a few years now. Their menu is totally (more…)

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recycled china and porcelain jewelry – sagen


Swedish designer Elin Sagen’s lovely jewelry is created from discarded china and porcelain. The nostalgia and elegance inherent in the designs and patterns of the recycled porcelain evokes feelings of things both old and new. Inspired by fond memories of family dinner gatherings, they have a nice homespun quality and appeal.

recycledporcelainjewelry1.jpg (more…)

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