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Eco-Chic

By Heather O'Neill ecomii.com
April 22, 2011
File under: Contests, Fashion

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In her elegant new book, Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox, leading academic Sandy Black examines the way the fashion industry is changing to accommodate the environmental concerns of the twenty first century. Using case studies of designers, Black exposes the truth behind the clothes we wear, explores alternate fashion practices and assesses their feasibility.

Using fashion designer such as Katharine Hamnett, Marks and Spencer and Linda Loudermilk as examples, the book illustrates how eco-friendly processes are finding their way into the industry and tracks ethical fashion’s evolution from hemp shirts and rope sandals to high heels and haute couture.

Replete with stunning photography, the book is at once a history lesson and a peek into the future for any fashionista.

Eco-Chic continues Black Dog publishing commitment to the environment and to responsible design. To that end, the company is offering one ecomii a free copy of this beautiful book.

Just leave a comment here about how your commitment to the environment has changed your views on fashion. One reader will be selected at random on Friday, April 29.

 
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Recycle: The Essential Guide

By Heather O'Neill ecomii.com
April 15, 2011
File under: Books, Contests, Eco-Friendly Activities

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Despite it being a mandatory practice in many communities, recycling can be confusing. What materials are recyclable? What happens to the materials once they leave our blue recycling bins? Is it really worth the time and effort?

Recycle: The Essential Guide is an indispensable handbook to recycling today. In clear, simple language and helpful visual aids, the book tackles everything you’ll ever need to know about recycling, from the urgency of resource depletion on a global scale to what individuals can do to reduce waste in their own home.

The book is a handbook for those who want to learn more about waste and how to reduce their carbon footprint.

To that end, ecomii will be giving away a gently used copy of Recycle to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment here on ways you have reduced waste in your household. The winner will be chosen at random on Friday, April 22.

But actually, everyone can come out a winner. Ecomii readers in the US and the UK can order Recycle for 40% off by emailing jess@blackdogonline.com with their delivery address. Jessica will process the order and get back to you.

Good luck and happy recycling!

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Bring on the Sustainable Design Challenge

By Chantal O'Keeffe
November 9, 2010
File under: Contests, Lifestyle, Office, Products

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Are you the Einstein of the eco-friendly movement? Have you been daydreaming about your next great environmentally-conscious business product? If so, you have a chance to shine at this year’s 2nd Annual Global EcoEasy Challenge.

Staples, in conjunction with the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, created this program to challenge students from leading technology institutions worldwide to develop an office product that represents greater environmental responsibility or promotes sustainability. …read more of Bring on the Sustainable Design Challenge here

 
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Designers, Make Your Marks

By Chantal O'Keeffe
October 1, 2010
File under: Contests, Products, Waste Reduction

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Student designers, here’s your chance to make a permanent mark on the ever-evolving world of green living.

EarthLust, the maker of aesthetically pleasing stainless steel water bottles has partnered with Teens Turning Green to launch Project Lunch.And this is where the student designer comes in. Designers are encouraged to submit a design, which they feel best represents Project Lunch, a fantastic organization that presses school communities to offer sustainable, local, wholesome, waste-free and organic options.

The winning design will be printed on an EarthLust water bottle for all the world to see. Plus, designers will be promoted on Teen Turning Green’s and EarthLust’s social media networks, which translates into free and amazing advertising for a great cause.

So if you’re a designer under the age of 22, or you’re the parent, sibling, great-aunt Thelma, or teacher of a creative kid under the age of 22, pass this info along to the young designer in your life. Their opportunity is waiting…

Designers, are your pens poised and your creative juices flowing? Get started because the deadline is October 3.

All the rules you need to know are here on the Teens Turning Green website.

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