• Green is the new black. Stylish celebs, from Brad Pitt to Sienna Miller, are doing their part, so shouldn't we all follow their lead and do the same? All too often, "eco-" anything connotes unattractive or difficult, but it's becoming easier to go green, and with hot designers getting in on the action, it can be fashionable as well. Not to mention healthier, and often cheaper.

    Single and looking? Green is an untapped dating market


    Here are a few easy tips to get started on a new eco-chic lifestyle:

    • Shopping until you drop? Drop the plastic bag habit too. America uses more disposable plastic bags than any other country, with 60,000 plastic bags doled out every five seconds. Next time you hit the stores for groceries or clothes, shop in style-with a reusable bag. Bonus: Nixing plastic cuts down on the clutter at home as well.
    • Since shampooing daily dries out your, hair, skipping the suds save your tresses as well as water. On off days, manage oil and buildup with a sprinkling of
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  • Did you know that over 20 million plastic baggies from school lunches go into landfills every day? I will admit that until recently, I contributed to all that baggie buildup, but now I'm hooked on Lunchskins.

    Lunchskins was motivated by the need for a more environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic baggies - the pouches are made from the high-quality fabric that's used to store pastries in European bakeries, and they're a perfect size for snacks and sandwiches (not to mention lead- bpa- and phthalate-free). They're dishwasher-safe and mean to be used over and over again, unlike those plastic baggies.

    Even better Lunchskins are really cool looking. Check out some of our favorite designs below - definitely prettier than that tired transparent baggie.

    The snack bag retails for $8 and can be used to store anything from cookies to fresh fruit.

    The sandwich bag is $9 and is available in seven prints in tons of colors - we like this unisex blue print.

    The extra

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  • Gmp_logo3smallGmp_logo3smallCan kids save the world?

    The kids who founded GreenMyParents sure think so!

    This youth-led movement is officially launching on Earth Day with a plan to inspire peers, parents and millions of American families to go green.

    In the process, they aim to save $100 Million by this time next year. How? It will start with 100 "youth champions." Each of them plans to recruit 100 more kids, then train them to promote easy, everyday steps that protect the environment and save money, too, at least $100 per family. It's hoped each of those kids will recruit another 100, and another 100, and another 100, until tens of thousands or even millions are involved.

    Gmp_Book_Cover_225X325Gmp_Book_Cover_225X325 The program kicks off April 22 at 1 p.m. EST with a youth-led webinar via The National Wildlife Federation's SchoolTube.com, plus the downloadable publication of the Green Your Parents book.

    But don't wait until then to learn more about the amazing kids behind this initiative. They include:

    Adora Svitak, a 12-year-old

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  • Consumers buy more automatic-drip coffeemakers than any other small kitchen appliance, so it's no wonder they use about $400 million worth of electricity just brewing coffee every year. To make an energy-efficient but still high-voltage cup of java, start with the pot:

    Bodum French press. Bodum Chambord's elegant but inexpensive model (pictured left) makes delicious coffee; the Columbia design contains the coffee in a thermal carafe to keep the beverage warm without the need for an electric hot plate.

    Chemex manual drip coffeepots. This hourglass-shaped flask can use recycled paper filters. Make as little as one cup of coffee, or as many as ten.

    Chef's Choice electric French press plus. This environmentally-friendly technology combines the French press and an energy-saving electric kettle in one pot.

    One-cup coffeemakers. These efficient pots can brew coffee in less than a minute, eliminating the need to prepare a whole pot. Check the housewares section of Target,

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  • Ten-year-old business owner

    By Lori Bongiorno
    More from The Conscious Consumer blog

    Cecilia Cassini is definitely not your average 10-year-old child. The fifth grader recently founded her own fashion line and is making a profit from selling her unique handmade clothing for kids and teens at Los Angeles boutiques. She's also been filling special orders that are coming in from around the world, according to her mother Michelle Cassini.

    Cassini has been dubbed "America's youngest fashion designer," but that's only part of her story. She's a kid with a huge social conscience and a desire to give back. Many of her dresses, for example, are made from old repurposed clothing that she scores from the closets of her older sister, mom, and friends instead of buying new fabrics.

    This not only saves her money on materials, but also is better for the planet. Her mother thinks that her dresses are popular in places like Germany, Italy, and France because they are made from recycled materials.

    The young fashion

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  • Want to lose weight? Eat potatoes

    By Marie Oser, ecomii
    More from ecomii Healthy Living blog

    (Photo: Joseph A. Garcia)(Photo: Joseph A. Garcia)What's the most popular vegetable in America? If you guessed potato, you are right! Plant foods, the exclusive source of dietary fiber, also provide us with precious vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And since potatoes are grown throughout the year, they're also a fresh, seasonal and sustainable option for your winter meals.

    Unfortunately, potatoes have often been denounced as fattening, and the anti-carb craze of recent years has only added to that undeserved perception.

    Weight control is rapidly becoming the major health issue of the 21st century. More than a third of adults in the U.S. are overweight and obesity is reaching epidemic proportions. We know that potatoes are great tasting, inexpensive, and nutritious, but how does this versatile vegetable become part of the solution?

    Medical and nutrition experts have long advocated the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Potatoes are root

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  • By Dan Shapley, The Daily Green

    More from The Daily Green News blog

    It's a fact of the grocery store that the most healthy food often has the least marketing muscle behind it. The best sources of fiber and vitamins are fresh vegetables and fruit, and yet it's the processed, packaged junk food fortified with vitamin and fiber powder that screams for attention. The Center for Science in the Public Interest recently published a comprehensive report on the subject, a persuasive indictment delicately called "Food Labeling Chaos."

    "Consumers need honest labeling so they can spend their food dollars wisely and avoid diet-related disease," said CSPI senior staff attorney Ilene Ringel Heller, co-author of the report. "Companies should market their foods without resorting to the deceit and dishonesty that's so common today. And, if they don't, the FDA should make them."

    You can often decipher the truth amid the lies and misdirection by carefully reading food labels.

    We take a

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  • In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day coming up this April 22nd, we had a chat with Stefanie Iris Weiss about her new book Eco Sex: Go Green Between the Sheets and Make Your Love Life Sustainable.

    How does going green improve your sex life?

    If your sex life has gone stale, greening it up instantly relights the spark. Green is healthy, and being healthy automatically grants you a superior sex life. You'll have more stamina, a heightened libido, a slim, sexy body. What could be better?

    How can you make dating more green?

    When prepping for a date, use paraben-free products made from USDA-certified organic ingredients, or even better, go DIY and make your own. When it comes to the traditional dinner date, choose restaurants that serve locally grown, organic, sustainable and fair-trade food. Try a vegan or vegetarian restaurant or a homemade feast of raw or vegan food to seduce your lover. And when you're on your way to meet your date, opt for public transportation, bike, or walk to your rendezvous point. Leave the car at home - you can find a new version of the back seat if you get that far.

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  • What should you NOT do on Earth Day?

    You've probably already seen hundreds of tips on what you should do - and maybe they're now a big mish-mash in your brain. Here are ten things you SHOULDN'T do.

    1) Don't drive like a teenager, speeding up and slowing down and weaving in and out of traffic. Such aggressive driving can lower fuel efficiency by 33%. Accelerate gently and stay with the traffic to save gas and money.

    2) Don't use cleansers and personal care products that contain triclosan or other antibacterial agents. Public health officials worry that antibacterials (in cleansers, window cleaners, and soaps are causing us to become resistant to antibiotics. Use simple soap (like Dr. Bronner's castile soap) and hot water for cleaning, and body soaps and lotions that do not say "antibacterial" or "fights germs" on the label.

    3) Don't go shopping without a list! According to the U,S. Department of Agriculture, people waste about 30% of their household food budgets buying

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