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Haircuts for a Good Cause Courtesy of Davines

Friday, June 17th, 2011

By: Erin Brady

Are you in need of a good haircut this summer?  Want to give back to a worthwhile cause?  Look no further than Sustainable Beauty Day which is this coming Monday, June 20th, 2011. Sustainable Beauty Day is a proud partnership between Davines and The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.  It was built upon a perfect balance of beauty and sustainability, Davines’ commitment to minimizing their environmental impact spans from the ethically sourced natural ingredients they choose to their eco-friendly headquarters in Parma, Italy.  In keeping with their dedication to environmental responsibility, Davines has joined forces with The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, a unique charity that benefits impoverished communities through the planting of fruit trees.  By planting fruit trees in communities worldwide, The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation elevates an environmental project to the level of social sustainability—a beautiful fit for Davines.

Sustainable Beauty Day calls for salons that are closed on Mondays to open their doors on June 20, 2011 and offer their clients cut and styling services free of charge.  Each client will be encouraged to make a $15 minimum donation for the service and 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.  Davines and The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation strive to raise $20,000 to fund a new fruit tree planting initiative called Sustainabilitree in the Sofala Province of Mozambique, Africa.  Sustainabilitree stands to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water quality.

To view the list of participating salons across the US, please visit the Davines website: http://news.davines.com/us/2011/05/20/1st-sustainable-beauty-day-usa/

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Is Your Sex Life Eco-Friendly?

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

By Aly Walansky

Earth Day may have been in April, but us true global denizens know Earth Day is (and should be) EVERY DAY.

Trying to add a little environmental love to your bedroom love? Here’s some tips!
1.     Shower together for some steamy fun that will conserve water as well.

2.     Toss used condoms in the trash, not the toilet. Flushing condoms can clog pipes, treatment plants and rivers. Also, stick with latex since polyurethane condoms are essentially plastic (not biodegradable).

3.     Engage in some sexy foreplay by giving your partner a backrub with organic massage oil. Experiment with different fragrances. Some aromatic oils, such as jasmine and sandalwood, are considered natural aphrodisiacs, while others such as lavender may help you to de-stress.

4.     Keep the lights off! Energy-efficient lovemaking in the dark enhances your senses and also helps qualm body insecurities. (Did we mention you might save a little on your electric bill as well?) Candles can also create sexy silhouettes, so consider making love by candlelight for an ultra-sensuous evening.  Opt for natural beeswax candles to limit indoor air pollution.

5.    Instead of ordering a pizza and driving to a movie, enjoy the outdoors for a sexy date. Try a walk in the park or along the beach, or how about some star gazing? Plus, the fresh air is invigorating.

6.     Did you know you can also naturally support your man’s performance? Tenaga is an herbal supplement contains PhysTA, a patented form of Tongkat Ali developed in collaboration with MIT that may not only support overall energy, but may give you a boost in the bedroom as well. Malaysian men have been using this natural aphrodisiac to boost their sexual desire for centuries.

7.     Some foods are thought to have sexually stimulating properties, such as black pepper, asparagus, ginseng, red wine, oysters, dark chocolate and avocado.

8.     Avoid lubes that are made with petroleum products or artificial fragrance, flavor or color, and opt for water-based instead. Coconut and olive oils are also great alternatives, just be careful not to use them with latex.

 

 

 

 

Earth Day: Matt & Nat IKAT Collection

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Matt & Nat Ikat Collectionby Kori Ellis

Earth Day is tomorrow, Friday April 22, 2011. In honor of Earth Day, Matt & Nat is donating $21 from each purchase of the limited edition IKAT collection to benefit charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

You’ll be surprised how much good a small donation can do. Each $21 donation will provide one person access to healthy, clean water! Matt & Nat designs accessories that are not only vegan but also use an average of 21 recycled water bottles.

The limited edition Ikat collection features three styles: the Hendrix, Zocalo and Santogold in shades of purples and deep blues inspired by the water bodies of our planet.

The collection is available now at mattandnat.com only until April 25th. The bags range in price from $165-$195.

Support Earth Day and green living by purchasing a Matt & Nat bag.
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Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and three children. Kori has been published in dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide, writing about everything from fashion to fantasy sports.

Gift Guide: Everyone (But Us) Is Having a Baby

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

By Aly Walansky

Once upon a time, the big news was that someone in my circle would change their relationship status on Facebook.

Now, all of the sudden, everyone is getting married and/or having a baby.

I’m not — and I’m nowhere close — much to my mom’s dismay. But for those in your life that fall into this category, I’ve developed this gift guide for people who love everything eco-friendly, natural and organic.
Organic Cotton Fat Rabbit – This gift comes in its own coordinating gift box. Made of 100% certified organic cotton, this fun toy, $22.50 from sckoon.com, comes in three color choices: white, green and pink. But you can feel good that no matter what color you choose you’re getting a toy that’s naturally dyed with low impact, metal-free, eco-friendly dyes.
Sophie the Giraffe – While organic toys seem to be the latest craze, this one has been around for 40 years. Sophie the Giraffe got her start in France, but since she’s made of natural rubber she’s becoming even more popular now. In fact more than 600,000 Sophies are sold in France each year. But you can pick yours up at OrganicallyHatched.com for $19.99.
Baby Kimono – They may not be quite ready to go for the black belt in Karate, but they can sure look cute trying. The baby organic kimono sets from SageCreekOrganics.com come in a variety of prints and colors. And right now they’re 30% off.
Organic Burp and Wash Cloths – New moms can never have too many burp cloths since burping seems to be a common hobby among newborns. The fact that the burp/wash cloth is one of the best sellers at speesees.com is a good indicator of that. They’re made of 100% organic Sherpa cotton and sell for just $8.
Organic Shopping Cart Cover – That grocery store shopping cart is covered in germs. Put a layer of organic cotton between those creepy crawlies and your loved one’s baby with the organic shopping cart cover from itsybitsybabyboutique.com. It’s on sale for $55 and works not only on shopping carts, but also high chairs.


Some coupons to help your journey:
Diapers.com coupon – Stock up on organic formula, diapers, and more, and get 10% off + free shipping on a 3 month order with coupon code A10AFF through 03/31/2011.
Old Navy coupon – Stock up on onesies and wee tiny socks! Save 15% on any baby purchase, plus get free shipping, with coupon code ONBABY15 through 02/24/2011.

Good Vibes: Recycling Your Sex Toys

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

By Jennifer Latkiewicz
Dump that sex toy graveyard taking over your underwear drawer and send those old, broken once-loved vibrators to a final – and eco-friendly — resting place. Vicki Kriner of Scarlet Girl, a Portland-based (and Certified Green) purveyor of adult products for women, explains the newest way women are going green between the sheets.

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We all know about recycling paper, plastic and glass, but uh, what about… an old rotating Rabbit vibrator with jelly G-Spot massager? “The only choices used to be tossing a toy in the trash, or keeping it stashed in a sad little box in the back of the closet,” says Scarlet Girl founding member, Vicki Kriner. “I actually had a chat with a very relieved lady who said she still had her broken bullet [massager] from the ‘80s in a box, because she didn’t know what to do with it after it stopped working.”

Even worse, phthalates and other toxins found in these plastic relics can have a serious effect on both our reproductive health and the environment. Plastic products containing phthalate can be identified by its “new car-ish” smell, soft and squishy feel, and oily coating, says Vicki.

For a discreet, eco-friendly disposal method, there’s “Are You Sexstainable?”, Scarlet Girl’s sex toy recycling program, which isn’t as weird as it may initially sound. Components are stripped down and recycled separately to be used in other consumer products. Says Vicki, “The toys submitted for recycling are disinfected and destroyed, not repaired and re-sold.” Customers will also receive a $10 credit, good towards your next Scarlet Girl online purchase!  (Suggestions: Eco-friendly PVC alternatives made from silicone, glass, or even recycled plastic!)

”Being ‘sexstainable’ means incorporating sustainable practices into your everyday lifestyle, including a healthy sex life!” says Vicki.

Sounds pretty good to me.

For more information, visit the Scarlet Girl website here.

Jennifer Latkiewicz is a Love/Sex blogger for LovingYou.com. Follow her on Twitter at @jenniferlat.

Scotch Beyond Alcohol

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

by Kimmie Smith

We’re loving that the more that we look at what’s out there, we see a number of amazing eco brands that are available when it comes to nail polish. Now eco friendly is important for a number of reasons but when you think about the toxins that are in your polish you don’t want to rock a perfectly good hue only to find that you’re actually doing damage to yourself. So we introduce Scotch Naturals to you! What a great way to see a number of fun colors that you may not have thought about before! We’re loving the ones within this post as there is something about these neutral shades that we feel are perfect stepping into the new year with!

Get It On With Greener Birth Control

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

By Jennifer Latkiewicz

You may reuse and recycle but is your birth control just as eco-friendly? Reduce your contraceptive carbon footprint with these green prophylactics that show you care for both your partner and the planet.


Getting it on is going greener. As the eco movement makes its way between our bedsheets, many of us have begun to examine the environmental impact of our birth control. The fear of landfills overflowing with used condoms and waterways polluted with synthetic hormones — it’s an ecological quandary that sparked a search for the greenest forms of contraception.

Of course, consult your physician first, but here are a few birth control alternatives for the sexually active and environmentally inclined that may be worth exploring:

1. Condoms

Imagine the 437 million condoms that were sold in 2008 clogging up landfills all across the country. Not a pretty picture. Though most latex condoms should eventually biodegrade in landfills (not in waterways), chemical additives such as stabilizers, preservatives, and hardening agents that are found in some brands may inhibit the process. Natural condoms such as those made from lambskin are a greener option and equally as effective at preventing pregnancy, however, they do not protect against STDs.

And though they may not necessarily be more green, there are a few specialty brands of condoms are 100% vegan or Fair Trade. Glyde condoms are made with thistle extract instead of the animal-derived casein traditionally used in latex processing, and Sir Richard’s Condom Company uses only latex rubber that is harvested under Fair Trade conditions.

But whatever you choose, never flush a condom — not only can it wreck havoc on your plumbing, but it increases the chances of us finding it in our waterways. Seriously gross. (Instead, wrap it in tissue paper and throw in the garbage. )

2. The Pill

Hands down the least green option, the pill is also the most popular, with over 100 million women worldwide relying on it as their main birth control method.  But the iconic contraceptive has recently come under scrutiny for its crimes against nature. Aside from the surplus of blister packs and other packaging waste, the pill has been blamed for contaminating wildlife and suburban water supplies after harmful synthetic hormones were inadvertently released into sewers through the urine of those taking birth control. (The jury’s still out.)

If you’re concerned about estrogen runoff, try progestin-only products. While estrogen-free, the effects of progestin on our wildlife have yet to be studied at length, but if administered as a one-time shot or three year implant, you’ll at least be cutting down on packaging waste.

3. Fertility Awareness Method (FAM)

The Fertility Awareness Method uses a variety of factors to track ovulation, and limits sex to naturally infertile periods when pregnancy is most unlikely. Latex and chemical-free, FAM is totally green and completely natural. You’ll have to chart your cycle carefully but according to Planned Parenthood, FAMs are just as effective as condoms, sponges and cervical caps in preventing pregnancy.

4. The Copper IUD

Less than 2 percent of women in the United States who use contraception rely on copper Intrauterine Devices (IUDs), but this small, T-shaped device is one of the greenest methods available. Inserted into the uterus by a physician, the hormone-free IUD are 99 percent effective and prevent pregnancy by thinning the uterine lining, lasting for up to 12 years.

Lastly…

Any form of birth control is inherently greener than using nothing at all. Even the most environmentally unsound method will have less of an ecological impact than bringing another (unintended) pair of carbon footprints into the world. According to a Oregon State University study, going childless is actually 20 times more effective in helping the environment than recycling, driving an energy-efficient car, or using compact fluorescent bulbs.

Going child-free for the sake of the environment isn’t for everyone but considering that 41% of pregnancies globally are unintended and that Earth’s population is expected to exceed nine billion by 2050, a condom and oral contraceptive may be the cost effective tools that will help curb global warming.

For more information about the different forms of birth control, visit PlannedParenthood.org.

Jennifer Latkiewicz is a Love/Sex blogger for LovingYou.com. Follow her on Twitter at @jenniferlat.

Eco-Sexy Dating: Fashionably!

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

by Aly Walansky

Can you be “green” — and sexy?

It seems like one has nothing to do with the other, but the truth is in our attempt to be more ecologically sound, we may also be trying to sex ourselves up. And they can be congruent goals!

Jill Crosby, founder of Planet Earth Singles, shared some eco-sexy dating tips, and they are an eye-opener: Whether single or in a relationship, we can always bring more sensuality into our lives… while keeping it green!

Start by supporting local businesses by purchasing the items below at your nearest earth-friendly co-op or green grocer. Buy organic or GMO-free when you can. Remember, it’s all about the allure of caring for the planet and each other.

Here are some natural aphrodisiacs to enjoy with your date:

· Avocados – Hopefully, on your trip to the farmers’ market you have loaded up on sexy, succulent, fruits and vegetables and you haven’t forgotten a few avocados. Yes! This smooth, silky, vitamin E filled, emollient, is perfect for rubbing body parts, boosting arousal, and adding intensity, for a slippery edible adventure. After rinsing off, you will both notice how moist and sexy your skin feels.

· Corn Starch – Buy it organic and from the bulk bins. This surprisingly sexy ingredient feels like liquid silk. On a hot day, start by massaging your date’s/mate’s back, work up to a full body massage when things start to heat up. Let the pleasures flow.

· Tomatoes – Red, succulent, and juicy! Often coined as “the apple of love,” one juicy bite and you’ll see why. Buy these vine ripened at your next farmers’ market. Bring a basket made by your local tribe and shop together. Feed it to your date and see how this erotic fruit really heats things up. The slurp alone can get you hungry for more. Make sure you have a nice, soft, organic, cloth napkin at hand to continue this erotic pampering.

· Melted, free-trade, organic, rainforest chocolate – Support the free global market by heating up some rich, dark chocolate, placing a cup full next to your date, and begin tantalizing them through their nose. Nothing’s better than dipping fruit or fingers into thick, warm chocolate and having a sensuous tongue lap it up. Make sure you wear a sexy, little apron with nothing on underneath while you stir and heat up the chocolate. Use your fingers to write something erotic on your date’s skin, then erase it with your tongue. Remember, chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine (PEA), the same “loving” chemical that our body naturally produces during the first moments of falling in love (or lust). Edibly erotic!

· Homemade granola – After your erotic adventures, you both may be ready for something a bit more hearty but not too heavy. Try some organic homemade granola or make it together. Granola, made with organic oats and grains, is rich in magnesium and other healthy vitamins and minerals. Add some seeds, nuts, and dried fruits. Aim and toss it into each others’ mouth, whoever catches the most gets a fantasy fulfilled by the other.

· Seasonal berries – Pick juicy, ripe, local berries that are small and delicate. They are just right to plop into a waiting mouth. Savor the juices, feel the berries in the midst of a sensuous long kiss. If you are feeling very berry-licious and a bit mischievous, smash them on each other and take pictures of these juicy designs before biting and licking them off each other.

· Sensual aromatherapy oils – The top three sexiest smells are citrus, cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix all three together and make your date go wild with desire. You can ask your date what their favorite smell is, go to your local, healthy living store and match some essential oils to it. Douse yourself with it in the most erotic places before each date and become irresistible.

· Don’t forget to green your bedroom! Create the mood by burning eco-friendly candles, saving electricity. Bee’s wax candles are the best, they burn clean and smell delicious. Choose a natural lubricant and avoid petroleum-based and artificially flavored products. Try “Sensua” organic personal lubricants. You can purchase condoms that support sustainable use of the Amazon rainforest called Natex. Go for eco-friendly super sexy lingerie from GreenKnickers and People Tree for women, and for men try Red Dog or Cottonfield.

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