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13 Sustainable Brands That Are Actually Owned By Big Corporations


While doing research for my latest Behind the Label, I uncovered a number of articles exploring the politics of company acquisitions in the green space. Interesting stuff! Many times, by purchasing natural or organic items from some of the bigger brands, you’re actually supporting brands you go out of your way to avoid. Take, for instance, Read More

7 Incredible Organic Cafes in Ubud


I’m hard-pressed to figure out where the last two weeks went. I know I was in Bali. I know I ate extraordinarily well. I know I went to yoga nearly every day and took classes in batik painting and silversmithing. But two weeks is a long time — was that really it? Really thinking back, Read More

Chocoholics Anonymous


Jackpot. I came home from a grueling day to this (literally) sweet swag bag of fair trade chocolate goodness, care of Fair Trade USA. From top: Sjaak’s Organic 70% Extra Dark Chocolate, Sjaak’s Organic Dark Chocolate with Creamy Caramel, Alter Eco Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Quinoa Midnight Crunch, and two bars of Divine 70% Dark Read More

From Istanbul: Organic Istanbul


A guest post from my friend Jeylan. Though I have traveled to Istanbul frequently, it’s never been with such a focused interest on organic living. Now, with my eco-radar on, I was quite excited to stumble upon so many organic shops during my recent trip to the city. Not only were organic shops frequent in Read More

From Rome: When In Rome, Eat As The Romans Do


A guest post from my sister Livia. After spending the past four years in San Diego, where farmer’s markets are abundant and buying organic is considered trendy, I was a bit nervous about how Rome would support my attempt to live a more sustainable lifestyle. In my one month of living here though, I have Read More

5 Socially Responsible #TED Talks


TED2011 kicks off today in Long Beach. Over the past several weeks, I’ve been on a TED Talk kick. Here are five eye-opening gems — “ideas worth spreading”, if you will — related to the subjects I discuss on this blog. Jacqueline Novogratz: Inspiring a life of immersion Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of the Acumen Fund, Read More

Eff You, McDonald’s!


This evening, I was walking home from the first day of my Introduction to Sustainability class at FIT when I saw it looming ahead: the Golden Arches. I’ve been taking a hiatus from fast food lately — still pretty put off after watching Food Inc. — but I was so dang hungry and lazy, and those Read More

The Chickpea Sandwich @ Clover Food Lab In Cambridge


I spent the weekend in Cambridge, in the spacious, yellow-walled apartment of my friend Nana, a first-year at Harvard Law. Most of our time was spent vegging out, apart from a hot sec at HLS’s “Tacky Prom” on Friday night (I shudder when I think of the blackmail material produced that night) and an LLM dancefest Read More

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