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Gucci is Green
Sep 22, 2013

Gucci is Green

 
Gucci is known the world over for high-end Italian fashion. The Gucci logo, two capital "G's" intertwined, has become the symbol for luxury and craftsmanship in handbags, shoes and clothing. Although the brand has been offering glamorous fashions since 1921, the fashion house has recently taken steps to meld their iconic focus on luxury with a new focus on modern fashion design's responsibility to sustainable practices. The result of this green focus is several new initiatives that maintain…
 
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Cadillac Hybrid ELR
Aug 24, 2013

Cadillac Hybrid ELR

 
Cadillac is working on a brand new model, and it should be available starting in 2014. Called a "future car" by the automobile company, it lives up to this description in more ways than just its arrival date. It’s the first Cadillac to feature a hybrid engine, and is not only distinguished by its environmental friendliness, but also its drivability and styling. If you’re looking for a car that will give you the luxury look and feel  you…
 
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Naropa University
Jun 23, 2013

Naropa University

 
At Boulder, Colorado's Naropa University, students are inspired by world-class professors - people awarded Grammy awards and Fulbright fellowships, take challenging classes involving their minds and their hearts, all while gaining awareness into their inner selves. A full roster of traditional and untraditional graduate and undergraduate degree programs just hint at the rich experience to be found here. There's much that goes on at Naropa that is unlike many other institutions of higher learning. Students leave Naropa University with…
 
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ThinkGlass
May 13, 2013

ThinkGlass

 
ThinkGlass knows that most people think glass is just for windows. Chances are, people don't immediately think of glass when they are poring through materials to use for home improvement projects like countertops, new stairways, or accent walls. But ThinkGlass also knows that once people see how glass can transform a project from ho hum to heavenly, they'll never look at it the same way again. From a small bathroom remodel, to the addition of a countertop or…
 
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Lara Miller
Apr 28, 2013

Lara Miller

 
It takes a creative mind and a talented eye to turn the architectural and cultural influence of Chicago into an eco-friendly fashion line, but that's exactly what designer Lara Miller does. Not only do her distinctive clothing designs reflect a love of geometrical shapes and a modern aesthetic, but the careful selection of Earth-friendly fabric, commitment to sustainable design, and use of hand looming and knitting show a rare attention to environmental impact that many fashion labels don't…
 
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Ferrari Goes Green
Apr 7, 2013

Ferrari Goes Green

 
Ferrari is the symbol of Italian sports car engineering: sleek, fast, powerful, and . . . green? That's right, Ferrari's newest direction applies all the knowledge and prestige that comes from being one of the most well-known luxury sports car companies in the world with their finely tuned Formula One racing legacy, and brings Ferrari into the future as a green industry leader. As Ferrari designed and engineered the HY-KERS 599 concept car, they didn't just add electric…
 
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Mink Shoes
Feb 24, 2013

Mink Shoes

 
You've finally found the perfect pair of shoes to go with that outfit . . . they fit just right, are the right color, and have the flair you are looking for. The only problem? They are made with animal-based materials and are not eco-friendly. Do you compromise your values for fashion, or stick to your convictions and pass up those gotta-have shoes? Now, that's a choice you don't have to make, thanks to Rebecca Mink's fashionable vegan…
 
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Nikoi Island
Jan 14, 2013

Nikoi Island

 
If you've ever wished that you could be whisked away to a private island in a moment of stress, then Nikoi Island is ready to grant your wish. Located among a dazzling blue stretch of ocean 50 miles off the coast of Singapore, this 40-acre private island is your secret getaway to relax, escape, and enjoy your surroundings...and it's eco-friendly, too! Imagine having the good fortune to "stumble" across a majestically beautiful island tucked away in the midst of…
 
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Benziger Family Winery
Dec 22, 2012

Benziger Family Winery

 
What makes a great wine? Is it the grapes? The love and care that goes into creating the wine? The aging of the wine? Every winery and vineyard has their own ideas about what makes a wine great, and Benziger Family Winery is no different. However, this winery puts as much thought and care into crafting their wine as they do tending their farm and their business, making sure the product and the process are as green and…
 
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Gunas
Dec 3, 2012

Gunas

 
It is possible to have a love of luxury designer handbags and totes, without compromising your eco-conscious, cruelty-free philosophy. Gunas bags are designed and manufactured to be high-fashion enough for celebrities and eco-friendly enough for even the greenest fashionista. And just in case you think luxury bags are only for women, taking a look at Gunas' collection of  travel bags, laptop bags and messenger bags for men will change your mind. With a focus on creating completely vegan…
 
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Timberland Earthkeepers
Oct 29, 2012

Timberland Earthkeepers

 
Timberland products are often associated with the outdoors simply because their shoes and boots help you get out there and enjoy being in the natural world. But people may not realize that Timberland has also been a champion of preserving the outdoors for future generations through sustainable manufacturing practices, responsible building and expansion, and environmental preservation and advocacy. Although they are focused on being green as a company, Timberland’s Earthkeepers line of boots and shoes take environmental commitment…
 
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Eileen Fisher Clothing
Oct 7, 2012

Eileen Fisher Clothing

 
Beautiful, simple, sustainable clothing. Back when Eileen Fisher was working as an interior and graphic designer in 1984, one thing became frustratingly clear. The clothes she wanted to wear didn't exist. So, with some ideas in her head and a longing for simple shapes and beautiful fabrics, Eileen set about creating the clothes she wished she could wear. She found an overwhelmingly positive response to the sample styles she created for one show in New York City and soon…
 
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The New York Palace Hotel
Sep 27, 2012

The New York Palace Hotel

 
Maybe you've seen the New York Palace Hotel featured on popular television shows such as Gossip Girl or Law & Order. You may remember it from feature films such as 27 Dresses starring Katherine Heigl. Or you may simply know the Palace Hotel from hearing about its rich history as one of New York City's finest hotels. One thing you may not know is that the New York Palace Hotel is also one of the greenest hotels in…
 
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Neuaura Shoes
Aug 5, 2012

Neuaura Shoes

 
If you want to be dressed in eco-conscious style from head to toe, you may be interested in Neuaura's stylish cruelty-free fashions for your feet. Whether you love a cute wedge, soft and comfy ballet style slip-on, or a breezy sandal for summer, Neuaura has a shoe that won't compromise your eco-conscious beliefs. When Arti Upadhyay left her job designing shoes for a small footwear company to start her own shoe design business, the lifelong vegetarian knew the style and…
 
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D'Bodinus Eco-Luxury
Jul 3, 2012

D'Bodinus Eco-Luxury

 
A commitment to green often comes from a place of deep conviction and personal belief. For Debi Bodinus, a 23 year veteran of the design industry and owner of D'Bodinus Eco-Luxury, the decision to design only green projects was an easy one. Her decision was based on her desire to create beautiful spaces that benefit the people who inhabit them as well as the planet we all inhabit. Using only environmentally friendly materials and with the mission of creating…
 
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Wyland
Jun 12, 2012

Wyland

 
Perhaps you've seen one of the marine life murals painted by environmentally-minded artist Wyland? Beautiful, inspiring, life-size images of whales swimming gracefully in their natural ocean habitats have graced the sides of buildings around the world and became a symbol for marine conservation efforts worldwide. Since the 1980's, when he first began painting murals, Wyland has used his marine-themed works of art to inspire, teach and promote the future health of our planet. Today, Wyland is more than just an…
 
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BeginAgain Toys
Jun 2, 2012

BeginAgain Toys

 
For children, play is the gateway to the world. Through developmentally appropriate play, children learn social and academic concepts in a fun, imaginative way. Parents are often on the lookout for toys that will engage and inspire their children. The abundance of choices available today sometimes makes this an overwhelming task. Many parents are equally concerned about the safety of toys, both for their children and for the environment. Reports in recent years of lead in toys and recalls…
 
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Indigenous Designs
May 13, 2012

Indigenous Designs

 
Finding new clothing brands that use eco-friendly materials is easy now that the market for eco-fashions is growing, right? But what about companies that offer eco-friendly, organic clothing, plus make fair trade labor for native artisans a top priority? There may be only one eco-fashion line that does this: Indigenous Designs. A partnership with skilled artisans and the use of high quality organic fibers make this company stand out from the eco-fashion pack. Indigenous was one of just a…
 
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Black River Caviar
Apr 23, 2012

Black River Caviar

 
Caviar is one of the most exclusive luxury foods in existence. Whether you are a connoisseur of caviar or a curious newcomer to this delicacy, it helps to know where the caviar you are eating came from and that the methods used to produce the caviar were both legal and ethical. For not all caviar, nor all caviar producers, are made equal. That is why Black River Caviar, a caviar distributor based in Colorado, with farm-raised sturgeon raised organically…
 
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Jaguar C-X16 and C-X75
Mar 26, 2012

Jaguar C-X16 and C-X75

 
Jaguar is bringing the power and design of a traditional Jaguar into the future with two new offerings, both designed to be sleek, efficient and more environmentally friendly. The new C-X16 concept is a combination of power, technology and driver-centered styling combined with a hybrid engine and Formula One racing innovation. The concept Project C-X75 takes the Formula One association further, as it is being built in conjunction with Williams F1, who will bring their engineering expertise to the…
 
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Cliff Spencer
Feb 10, 2012

Cliff Spencer

 
In order to appreciate the unique style and quality of the furniture and cabinetry made by Cliff Spencer Furniture Maker, it may be best to see samples of his work. Until you see the beautifully colored wood used thanks to a special reclaiming process, or browse through the unique coffee tables, tables made from reused doors or smooth, comfortable rocking chairs, you may not understand how truly unique each handmade piece is. Once you see them, you may not…
 
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New Belgium Brewing Company
Jan 28, 2012

New Belgium Brewing Company

 
New Belgium Brewing Company cares about the environment almost as much as they care about brewing rich, authentic Belgian beer. The company is showing that a brewery can remain focused on producing highly acclaimed beer while also finding ways to incorporate innovative green practices into their business and help support others who want to become sustainable. The best part is they do all of this while maintaining a joyful attitude and sense of fun. This comes through in their…
 
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Yüm Skin Care
Dec 23, 2011

Yüm Skin Care

 
It used to be that all a man needed to care for his skin was a bar of soap and a shaving kit. Today, many companies carry lines of skin care products developed specifically for a man’s needs. Yüm Skin Care is no different in that it offers products made for men to care for their skin from head (shaving cream) to toe (foot gel). What sets Yüm Skin Care’s men’s products apart from the rest is their commitment…
 
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The BMW Active E Concept
Dec 23, 2011

The BMW Active E Concept

 
BMW is staking their claim in the electric car game with their newest concept vehicle, the Active E, which began the test phase in the United States in December 2011. The Active E, an all-electric vehicle, is the second phase of BMW's Project i, the company's exploration of a more efficient vehicle that began with the MINI E. The MINI E just ended field testing and BMW’s exploration will continue in 2013 with the BMW i3, an urban electric…
 
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Carlisle Wide Plank Floors
Dec 5, 2011

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

 
Your floor is one of the most important surfaces in your home or business. It receives the most wear-and-tear, frequent washing with a wide range of products and still must maintain the same beauty and character it did the day it was installed. If you are looking for unique, beautiful, earth friendly flooring, you may not need to look any further than Carlisle Wide Plank Floors. This company had humble roots in rural New Hampshire but quickly grew in…
 
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Stewart + Brown
Nov 28, 2011

Stewart + Brown

 
Making sustainable, eco-friendly fashion that looks like it just came from the runway is no easy task. But it is the passion of Karen Stewart and Howard Brown, who since 2002 have been using their combined design and graphic art skills to produce clothing collections that are unique, cutting edge and, above all, environmentally ethical. It is their belief that high design can be done using the Earth's resources responsibly and that giving back is just part of doing…
 
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Amenity Home
Nov 20, 2011

Amenity Home

 
It is only natural to furnish and decorate your home with beautiful things that inspire you and bring you and your family a sense of peace and joy. That is exactly what Nicole Chiala and Kristina de Corpo, the owners and co-founders of Amenity Home, wanted to provide when they began making items for the home such as duvet covers, pillows and wall art in 2004. Since that time, they have fulfilled their mission of bringing people beautiful products…
 
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New York’s James Hotel
Nov 20, 2011

New York’s James Hotel

 
If you enjoy immersing yourself in the surrounding culture and lifestyle of the vacation destination you choose, consider booking your next stay at the James Hotel, located at the intersection of the Soho and Tribeca neighborhoods in the heart of New York City. The hotel opened its doors in 2010 and features 114 guest rooms and a 15th floor penthouse suite. Continuing the commitment to service established by the Chicago James Hotel, New York’s stylish version is pet friendly…
 
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Numi Teas
Nov 3, 2011

Numi Teas

 
Studies abound touting the heath benefits of drinking tea. From beneficial antioxidants to disease prevention powers, tea is the healthy, comforting drink of choice for many. But how do you choose between all the teas on the market today? And are all teas made equal? Even healthy drinks need careful label reading to determine what is actually contained in the product. Some teas, although marketed as all natural, actually contain flavoring, fragrances, oils and a tea dust that requires…
 
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Aveda
Oct 18, 2011

Aveda

 
Aveda products are popular for their ability to help your hair, skin and body feel and look its best by using natural, organic ingredients. But many people may not know that Aveda as a company puts green efforts first and foremost. In fact, Aveda is a beauty product company that pioneered many environmentally-minded firsts in the beauty industry, including becoming the first privately held company to sign the CERES Principles (Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies), the first beauty company…
 
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Fisker Automotive
Oct 18, 2011

Fisker Automotive

 
Is it possible, in these economic times that have seen the near collapse of the American automobile industry, for an American car manufacturer to successfully produce luxury vehicles that are also environmentally responsible? It is possible if the company is Fisker Automotive, maker of the world’s first premium electric plug-in hybrid, the Fisker Karma. This Anaheim, California-based company is committed to the “belief that environmentally conscious cars need not sacrifice passion, style or performance.”   The Fisker Story   Fisker Automotive is…
 
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Saddlehorn
Sep 5, 2011

Saddlehorn

 
If you’ve ever watched a large development go up in what was once open countryside or a wooded acreage, you may understand the panic Doug Averill felt when he learned a developer bought 440 acres located on a ridge near Bigfork, Montana. Doug is a lifelong resident of the Bigfork community and his family had settled there in the 1920’s, living true to the cowboy way of life: family, community, and nature. However, instead of helplessly watching while a…
 
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Theo Chocolate
Aug 31, 2011

Theo Chocolate

 
Is there anything better than chocolate? If you are a die-hard chocolate lover, you might think there isn’t anything better than a rich, creamy bite of chocolate. But how about if that rich, creamy, organic, all natural bite of chocolate is made by a company whose intent is “to change the way the cocoa industry does business” for the betterment of the world? This is the passion and mission of the people at Theo Chocolate, the first and only…
 
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Lake Tahoe’s 968 Park Spa Resort
Aug 21, 2011

Lake Tahoe’s 968 Park Spa Resort

 
Visitors come to Lake Tahoe to enjoy clean mountain air, beautiful scenery, and outdoor activities.  Skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, coupled with interesting places to visit, make Lake Tahoe a popular travel destination. Now, guests can experience all Lake Tahoe has to offer and stay at one of the area’s greenest lodging spots. Those that choose to stay at the renovated 968 Park Spa Resort will love its rustic, upscale appeal and unwavering commitment to…
 
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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell
Feb 24, 2011

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

 
If you are searching for an environmentally friendly luxury car that will significantly minimize your carbon emissions, then the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-CELL electric vehicle deserves a look-see. As part of the Mercedes Benz’s strategy “AMG Performance 2015,” the leading luxury brand is working toward decreasing fuel utilization and emissions. This state-of-the-art “green” super sports car is the latest development set to rock the market by 2013. According to Mercedes Benz Chairman Ola Kallenius, “It is our goal…
 
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EcoBalanza
Jan 12, 2010

EcoBalanza

 
When outfitting your home with the finest eco-friendly furniture, you're sure to come across a multitude of artisan collections that combine organic, sustainable and other environmentally conscious materials. From stylish loungers to family-friendly durable fabrics, EcoBalanza offers sustainable furniture that makes planet-friendly interior design a satisfying and easy experience. EcoBalanza Fabrics As you settle into your sofa bed, chair or lounger, take care in knowing that the EcoBalanza materials touching your skin are natural or earth-friendly fabrics.…
 
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Eco-Jewelry Making: Recycled Jewelry Supplies
Jan 6, 2010

Eco-Jewelry Making: Recycled Jewelry Supplies

 
Taking a quick peek around the web, it’s easy to find scads of beautiful jewelry for sale.  From unique bangle bracelets to earrings and brooches, there’s no shortage of options for every style.  However, when you decide to create your own beautiful designs, you’ll want to make the best choices regarding your supplies – and keep the environment in mind. Recycled Glass Beads Beads and Pieces has a large supply of beads in many different styles and…
 
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Eco-Vacation: Mauna Lani Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island
Dec 9, 2009

Eco-Vacation: Mauna Lani Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island

 
Whether you’re starting to consider destinations for your summer vacation, or you want to go someplace warmer and more tropical now – Hawaii’s big island has the answer.  The Mauna Lani Resort was the only US property to be named one of the world’s top eco-friendly and luxurious beach destinations in Condé Nast Traveler, January 2008. While the eco-friendly aspect may be what draws you, the beauty will take your breath away! Amenities The Mauna Lani Resort…
 
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Babycakes NYC offers Nationwide Delivery
Jan 25, 2009

Babycakes NYC offers Nationwide Delivery

 
Valentine’s Day isn’t Valentine’s Day unless you get something sweet, scrumptious and delicious from your ‘someone special.’ Unfortunately, this can leave health-conscious and allergy-prone individuals feeling a bit disconnected. If you’re searching for mouth-watering and tasty yet healthy treats for the ones you love on Valentine’s Day, BabyCakes NYC has exactly what you need! BabyCakes NYC features desserts that are:- Gluten and Wheat Free- Casein Free- Refined Sugar Free- Soy Free- Egg Free- Vegan - KosherWhile most of BabyCakes…
 
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Make your New Years Extra Special with Tsar Nicoulai Caviar
Dec 26, 2008

Make your New Years Extra Special with Tsar Nicoulai Caviar

 
If you’re looking to make your holidays a little more special, then you should definitely add some Tsar Nicoulai American caviar to your shopping list.San Francisco-based Tsar Nicoulai is recognized as a leader in sustainable sturgeon production around the world, according to spokeswoman Alicia Engstrom. The company’s proprietary tank-farming techniques have significantly reduced the threat to declining wild stocks, while its use of water from its own natural aquifers and unique recycling programs have made the company truly earth-friendly,…
 
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Preserve the Planet, One Gift at a Time
Dec 4, 2008

Preserve the Planet, One Gift at a Time

 
No matter what the occasion – holidays, birthdays, baby showers, weddings or something else worth celebrating, there’s an eco-friendly way to wrap your presents with style. In most cases, when it comes time to shop for gift-wrapping items, we end up with an excess of wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbon, tape and all those other little things needed to make a present look attractive. Fortunately, there is a way to wrap a gift without spending too much money on…
 
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Sustainable Beauty
Nov 1, 2008

Sustainable Beauty

 
What makes life worth living? “Give us bread, but give us roses,” goes the famous labor poem, and song, as true today as ever. Sustaining ourselves is not about sacrificing beauty, especially natural beauty. Organic flowers fill our lives with great color, scent, and appearance while contributing to a better world. With $40 billion spent annually on floral goods, consumers who insist on organic standards will have a substantial impact on people’s lives. Organic Bouquet stands out as the…
 
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