• By Lori Bongiorno

    More from The Conscious Consumer blog

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesThe only difference between a brown and white egg is the color of the shell. Despite what you may have heard, one isn't healthier, more "natural," or more eco-friendly than the other. And there aren't any differences in nutritional quality, flavor, or cooking characteristics.

    The color of the shell is merely a reflection of the breed of the hen. In general, but not always, hens with white feathers and earlobes lay white eggs and those with dark feathers and red earlobes lay brown eggs.

    It may be surprising to learn that not all eggs are brown or white. For example, some rare chicken breeds, such as the Araucana and Ameraucana, lay blue and blue-green eggs.

    There's one difference between brown and white eggs that you may notice at the grocery store. Chicken breeds that produce brown eggs, such as the Rhode Island Red, are larger and cost more to feed than hens that produce white eggs. So brown eggs may be a

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  • The words "Earth-friendly fashion," may have conjured hippie-tastic clothes that look like they're made of burlap in the past, but no more! Nowadays there are more eco-chic options than ever. Check out some of our fave green fashions that actually look good!

    The Little "Green" Dress

    This saucy LBD ($96 on sale from Shopbop) is perfect for a night out with the girls and, believe it or not, it's made from 100% recycled material.

    ***BROWSE MORE ECO-FRIENDLY FASHION***

    Ruby Slippers

    British designer Vivienne Westwood teamed up with Brazilian shoe line Melissa to craft these glamorous triple-strap heels ($164 from Zappos) made from recycled plastic. Spotted on celebs like Kate Moss, these shoes are equal parts sweet and punky!

    ***CHECK OUT OUR FAVORITE NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS***

    Organic Denim

    Finding a great pair of jeans can be tough, but this slim-cut pair from Good Society ($109 from Kaight) is not only great for your figure, they're great for society as well! These jeans, available

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  • We know that making food at home cuts down on excess packaging, but before we dove into best-selling sustainable food author Anna Lappé's new book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, we wondered what else about our sandwich-making skills would impress her. Here, she sizes up our sammy.

    BEETS
    Way to change it up. Sweet red beets are a good substitute for tomatoes, since they're likely still in season locally and don't have far to ship.
    Also try the swap in: Citrus Beet Salad

    MEAT
    Meat ups your ecological "foodprint," big-time: Meat production is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined. Consider swapping in tempeh or hummus once in a while, or look for organic meats.
    Also try the swap in: Hummus Shiitake Mashed Potatoes

    VEGGIES
    When you can, choose organic vegetables, grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. New research shows that organic farms release less carbon

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  • You may soon be able to buy everything from food to tabletop products to kitchenware on your favorite brands' Facebook pages thanks to tech companies that want to turn Facebook into a one-stop shopping mall.

    According to a post on the technology blog TechCrunch, two companies have developed platforms that allow vendors--for example, Whole Foods (see above)--to add a storefront to their Faceboook page. Take BigCommerce, a company that builds eCommerce sites and today announced a new Facebook app called SocialShop. Companies can use SocialShop (at a monthly fee) to add a "shop" link to their Facebook fan page, then load in their eCommerce store's URL (the eCommerce store is also powered by BigCommerce). Then Facebook visitors can browse the company's products and share products with friends (viral spread!), but the transaction itself happens on company's eCommerce website.

    Watch this video to see how it works:



    The interesting part isn't where you'd buy your groceries, entirely. The

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  • By GALTIme.com Style Expert Kerri Winick of Celebutante Sisters

    Body scrubs, makeup, hair treatments. From head to toe, we love it all…naturally! What we love even more? When these beauty goodies are packed with natural ingredients.

    The latest "green" beauty booster to hit the shelves: bamboo. This sustainable material is being used for everything from exfoliating dry skin to giving your strands strength. It even promises to help lengthen lashes. Oh, and did we mention it can be harvested with little impact on the environment? How bamboo-tiful!

    Naturopathica Lemongrass Mimosa Body Scrub

    Spring is here. Time to banish dry, dull skin. Get your glow on with Naturopathica's Lemon Mimosa Body Scrub. Buff your body with micro-ground bamboo and extracts of sugar cane, citrus and apple. Combined with zesty Lemongrass and exotic florals of mimosa, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang, this treatment sounds like a party for your senses!

    (Naturopathica uses non-toxic, natural and organic

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  • I'm hijacking the beauty blog today to give a shout out to the awesome green initiative that Avon just launched, called Hello Green Tomorrow. Their plan is to restore South America's Atlantic Rainforest, which is already 93% gone (and will cause serious life-altering damage worldwide unless it's replanted - you can check out the full story here).

    They've kicked off the program with a one million dollar donation that'll plant one million trees, and now it's our turn. Donate $1, and 1 more tree will be planted. It really couldn't be easier! Just click on hellogreentomorrow.com to give.

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