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Green Halloween Giveaway!

Over at our sister site, Ecopreneutist, sustyparty is giving away a set of sustyparty’s edible face paint! This natural, eco-friendly, non-toxic EDIBLE face paint is made in the USA and is VEGAN, contains no wheat, sugar or preservatives. Just organic fruit and vegetable powders, rice cereal and rice flour!

Uniquely Upcycled: How Two St. Louis Designers Are Recreating Fashion (Part 1)

William McDonough and Michael Braungart, authors of Cradle to Cradle, defined “upcycling” (a term coined by Swiss archtect Walter Stahel) as creating useful products from waste materials. Upcycling helps to lessen the use of new, raw materials when making original products and, in turn, reduces energy use, air and water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Jessica Alba Supports Improved Toxic Substances Control Act

Jessica Alba is apparently a really green gal from what I’ve read. And she showed that last week in D.C. when she “joined leading public health experts on Capitol Hill… to ask key Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S. 847), recently introduced by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).” She was there in her role as a spokesperson for the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition.

The High Price of Cheap Clothes

Most of us get a thrill from finding cheap clothes. Money is tight for plenty of people these days and spotting that cheap dress or shirt can feel like finding buried treasure but the thrill is all too fleeting.  Cheap dress shirts or dresses come with a hidden high price if they aren’t made well, don’t fit, and don’t last.  Cheap clothes can come with an environmental cost from wasteful and dirty mass production, and a human cost as well from poor treatment of workers who make them.  Taking a broader view, cheap clothes are not always the best value.

Take Cold Showers (Going Green Tip #13)

The best things in life are free. This doesn’t only apply to open source applications on the web but other aspects of life as well. You may be surprised, but one of the best things you can do for yourself and mother nature is take cold showers on a daily basis. Sound crazy? Yes, it does, and yet it’s one of the healthiest daily activities you can perform.