Going Green

    “Going green” is no longer just the ideology of left-wing hippies. Nor is it a trend. We are living in exciting times. We are confronted with the challenge of sustaining our food, our water and our environment. We are changing things. It’s big. You know a movement is afoot when Windex® imposes a “green list” to regulate what goes into their products and Reynolds Wrap® launches an aluminum foil made out of recycled, well, aluminum. The more commercial it goes, the better off we all are, and not only from an ecological and environmental standpoint. Design-wise, inspiring options are becoming available. It’s a win-win.


    Worldchanging: A Users Guide for the 21st Century - $24.75

    This book is the essential guide to creating sustainable solutions for today’s problems. Their proactive suggestions inspire you to change your behavior and be more conscious of the choices you are making and their impact on the earth.
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    Stella McCartney Eco Collection - Ranges from $435 to $1535

    Stella has just launched a capsule collection of clothes made from 100% organic cotton and recycled materials. They are edgy and feminine in that perfectly Stella way. The clothes are available at Stella McCartney stores in New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris as well as select Barneys New York stores.
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    Muji Recyclable Socks - $16.00

    I love Muji products. All of their designs are label-free, simple and chic. These socks are made from recyclable materials and make great gifts.
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    Alternative Apparel Organic Cotton - From $20.00

    Made out of organic cotton and recycled polyester, these clothes are great basics for your everyday wardrobe. They also make cute kids t-shirts.
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    Peapod - Starting at $12,500

    Peter Arnell, a dear friend, is a design genius. He created this new neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) that runs entirely on electricity and emits no pollutants. It can be charged using a normal outlet and is the perfect way to get around short distances. You can sign up to pre-order the car online and then it will be delivered to your house. Expected to be available in October.
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    Cocodot - $29.95 annual subscription for invitations, $12.95 per event and free greeting cards

    Paperless invitations are all the rage and Cocodot takes it to another level. With tons of designs to choose from, Cocodot’s invitations and greeting cards are easy to send and excellent for the environment. Cocodot will be available to the public in July.
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    Solio Solar Chargers - Starts at $79.95

    I am constantly looking for a place to charge my phone. These solar portable chargers help solve that problem while reducing your nonrenewable energy use too.
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    Voltaic Solar Backpack - $249

    Although a bit pricey, this nerd-chic backpack is something my friend swears by. It has solar panels on it and will charge all of your electronics while you’re on the go. All goop readers will receive 20% off the Voltaic Solar Backpack by entering goop1 (all caps) upon checkout.
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    Jamie Oliver Organic Pocket Seed Packs - £5.00

    I worship Jamie Oliver and he has created these small organic pocket seed packs that help you grow your own herbs. These will save you from buying herbs at astronomical prices that have been imported from thousands of miles away.
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    Baggu Reusable Bags - $8.00

    Baggu bags come in all colors and are the perfect companion for a trip to the grocery store or the farmers market.
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    Bodum Travel Mug - $9.95

    I always take my teas and coffees to go. This travel mug helps me save hundreds of paper cups.
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    GOOD Magazine

    Made out of recycled paper, with 100% of its subscription fees going to, GOOD magazine is green from the inside out. Its content focuses on sustainable solutions for the Earth as well and fresh ideas for the future. A year-long subscription starts at $10.00. The new issue of GOOD hits newsstands July 14th so make sure to pick up a copy.
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    KOR Hydration Vessel - - $29.95

    This brings a whole new meaning to the term “water bottle.” The KOR hydration vessel is BPA- free, has an easy to use hinge-cap, a rubber nonslip bottom and encourages you to never drink out of a disposable plastic bottle ever again.
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    Reverse Osmosis Water Filter - From $299

    I have one of these systems in my London house and I swear by it. This system squeezes water through a semi-permeable membrane, filtering out all of the particles, sediments and elements that bottled water cannot. It’s the cleanest, safest water you can drink and you will save a fortune on bottled water...not to mention keeping all those plastic bottles out of landfill.
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    Ultra-Pure Alkaline Drinking Water System - $900

    If you want to take your drinking water to the next level, contact William Wendling who will install this Ultra-Pure Alkaline Drinking System in your home. It filters the water through nine stages to bring you water that balances your pH and provides tons of minerals not found in regular drinking water.
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    Greenopia Guides - Starting at $16.95

    These guides to Green Living are incredibly informative. With books on New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco (with more to come), they include the A-list of green hot spots. Offering thorough research on everything green from restaurants, to beauty salons, to architects and more, the Greenopia guide is essential.
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    Cameron Diaz's Green List

    Natural Habitat

    Really traditional Spanish cooking, very old-school. Good rice with mushrooms. Chef Mario Batali, food critic Mark Bittman and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols went during the filming of our PBS food and travel series, Spain...on the road Again.

    Sweet Kicks

    These Olsen Haus shoes are vegan and natural linen; they are fun and sexy with a pair of skinny jeans... I like them for walking around the city when I want to wear heels during the day but need to have a sturdy pair that I can move quickly in.

    Available at for Olsen Haus, Loyale, and Kate Quinn Kids

    Best Nest

    For simple, creative and effective tips about making your household run more efficiently, check out My friend Elizabeth Rogers who wrote the Green Book continues sharing her time, money and earth-saving insights each day.

    Twice Upon a Time

    Photo courtesy of Valley Forge Fabrics Inc.

    Flea markets, second hand stores and yard sales provide beautiful well-made clothing and furniture, that can be reupholstered, tailored, or recycled into something completely different. I love hunting for treasures and finding beautiful things that seem to tell a whole story.

    Consider updating an old chair in one of these beautiful, sustainably produced fabrics:

    Give Peas a Chance

    I love farmers markets and I’m lucky that I live in a place where there is one in a different neighborhood every day of the week. I can get the freshest, most healthy seasonal fruits and vegetables, sometimes picked the same day. Community Supported Agriculture(CSA) is another great way to sustain the people and the  economy in our neighborhoods. Check out to find one near you.

    Food Chain

    Read The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Micheal Pollan, and see the documentary Food Inc, to learn about the history and future of our sustenance.

    Serve Time

    If you want to help protect and beautify your immediate environment you can get your hands in the dirt and help plan a community garden or throw a coat of a paint on a park nearby, check out for volunteer and service opportunities in environmental areas.

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