Any Brooklynite worth their reusable shopping bags is aware of the fact that the new Whole Foods has landed in our borough. While some, like my husband, have greeted the gourmet giant with ambivalent-bordering-on-cynical acceptance—How will this affect small, local shops? Can a mammoth store actually be truly eco-friendly? (Answer: Yes, more than you think.)—others, like myself, have welcomed the market and its hard-to-find wares but acknowledge that the full Whole Foods/Baby Buggy/wheat grass experience can be a little…jarring.Read More
Samuel Beckett is haunting me. Well, not really. (I have a feeling that would be pretty depressing/poignant-to-the-point-of-tears.) But recently, I haven’t been able to escape his work. Sure, I was kind of fishing for that when we went to see Waiting for Godot—sadly, no Patrick Stewart one-armed pushups—on Broadway the other week. But, then I was reading media whiz, Paul Arden’s career advice book, It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be, when I came across the Beckett quote pictured above.Read More
When we first met, my husband and I bonded over our mutual love of Thanksgiving. The food, the family time, the football—it’s handedly the best holiday! Flash forward a few years, and that shared sentiment has translated to an annual 40-hour sprint up and down the Connecticut coast in order to have dinner with both of our families on the big day.Read More
Surviving the holidays—the food, the family, the frantic multi-tasking—can really take its toll on one’s body and mind. Throw in some athletic shopping, boozy holiday parties, and weekend winter sports, and you’ve got a solid month of sore muscles, sleep-deprived brain cells, and sluggish organs.Read More
Waste not; want not. Right? When it comes to holiday dinners, no other meal comes close to having the unparalleled potential of Thanksgiving’s leftovers. From the stuffing, to the cranberries, to the squash, this feast boasts the perfect, ahem, abundance of sauces, meat, grains, and seasonal veggies with which make some incredible next-day creations.Read More
At this point, it’s pretty much common knowledge that phthalates are no good for expecting moms—let alone the rest of us. In utero exposure to these plactisizers (science speak for chemicals that soften hard plastics) has been linked to everything from obesity, to early puberty, to disfigured genitalia (yikes) in children, and the latest study has shown that pregnant women with higher levels of phthalates in their urine, with no other known medical conditions, are much more likely to go into early labor.Read More
Relief efforts are underway in the Philippines to help the projected 10 million people who have been affected by the terribly tragic and violent Typhoon Haiyan. With over half a million men, women, and children homeless and an ever-growing death toll, even the smallest donation can make a difference to this devastated country. Below are a few links that will help you connect to worthy causes that are already in full swing.Read More
Put aside reusable trick-or-treating bags? Check. Planning to recycle candy wrappers via TerraCycle’s campaign (or a DIY project)? Check. Mapped out a walking route in your hood to avoid driving from house-to house? Check. By now, we’re pretty clear on the basics of celebrating a greener Halloween. But there’s always room for improvement. Below is a short list of ideas on how to have a more mindful All Hallow’s Eve, without scrimping on fun—or spookiness!Read More
If the cotton-candy pink products that flood shelves every October are not your speed—or, say, in the tastes of a loved one affected by breast cancer—take heart in the fact that there are many other options out there to help you show your support.Read More
I'm very excited to announce a new feature on The Leaflet, where industry executives—founders, developers, even science guru's—will pull back the curtains on their Wizard-of-Oz-like jobs to help explain their roles and responsibilities within the natural consumer market. As you well know, some companies use a considerable amount of smoke and mirrors to camouflage their shaky commitments to sustainability. The aim of these Q and A's is to tackle the ever-nuanced issue of transparency, as well as provide an exclusive, panoramic peek behind brands' goals and initiatives.
With that said, I couldn't be happier to have the introductory installment of this new feature be none other than Aveda's Global President, Dominique Conseil. Since 2000, Mr. Conseil has headed up the company that helped to bring plant-based science—in the form of professional hair, skin, and makeup potions—to the masses. Here, he outlines where Aveda has been as a green brand, where it is now, and, most interestingly, where it's going.Read More
A couple of weeks ago, I broke down the highlights—and food hoarding—that ensued from our recent trip to Boston and the city’s not-so-secret South End gem, the SoWa farmer’s market and food truck park. (Spoiler Alert: We loved it and have been hungry ever since.) Today, I’m going to share snapshots from our time spent exploring the arts and crafts market and the huge indoor vintage emporium that are also linked to the Sunday-only shopping event.Read More
France is in the process of passing legislation that will ban child beauty pageants. The proposed fine for stage-moms who continue enter this daughters (or sons)? Two years in prison and a €30,000 fine. (The Cut)
For fun, Slate has a great, goofy first-person on a tried-and-true stance to take (literally) to get what you want, dubbed The Kindly Brontosaurus.
Proctor and Gamble—aka the world’s biggest consumer goods company—has announced that they will remove the harmful ingredients of triclosan, which has been linked to bacterial resistance as well as reduced muscle function, and proven endocrine disruptor, diethyl phthalate (DEP), from their products by 2014. This is huge news considering the enormity of their operations. (Women’s Voices for the Earth)
Ever since it was released a few days ago, Chipotle’s chilling, eye-opening, and slightly stomach-turning Scarecrow video has garnered a lot of attention, and for good reason. At almost six million views and counting on You Tube, the three-minute long animated short film succinctly illustrates the ugly underbelly of Big Food—complete with a chicken getting insta-plumped after being injected with a mysterious syringe—by chronicling a day in the life of a disenfranchised meatpacking factory worker, the Scarecrow.Read More
Yesterday, I shared a link about the CDC's news that they've confirmed the relationship between antibiotic use in animals and the scary surge of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria currently affecting (and infecting) people. Today I found this infographic, released by the Center for Disease for Control. Kind of makes you want to double-check the packaging on your boneless chicken breasts, right? (Click through for the full picture.)Read More
When you superior’s got a bun in the oven, a few things cross your mind. One, what’s going to happen during her maternity leave? And two, what in the world do you get for your mentor now that she’s a mom-to-be? It can be a pretty daunting task, especially if you know that she’s just as interested in green-ish living as she is in continuing to shatter the glass ceiling.
So, when my friend asked me to pick out some eco-friendly buys for her manager-slash-big-sister-at-work, I was all too happy to oblige. Remembering that Boss XX is a voracious label-reader, as well as a fierce multitasker, I knew I had a good challenge on my hands. Having scanned her close-to-completed registry, I also knew that she had a solid stockpile of sustainable clothes and linens coming her way. My window was suddenly clear—bath and body goodies.Read More
A little bit of TMI, and a whole lotta FYI: A writer for No More Dirty Looks shares her insights on using Diva Cups, aka menstrual cups. If you don’t know what that is, use your imagination.
On the heels of recently having had babies, fitness experts like Tracy Anderson and Hilaria Baldwin, have come out with a new crop of pre- and post-natal exercise DVDs. (Well + Good NYC)
Former supermodels Iman and Bathann Hardison share some eye-opening facts with The London Evening Standard about the glaring need for more black models in fashion shows.Read More
In need of a couple of good belly laughs and a change of scenery, my husband and I decided to skip town this past weekend and head north for some Bean Town fun. Since the purpose of this trip was to decompress, not double-duty, Leaflet-reporting was kept to a minimum. It was replaced by lots—and lots—of codependent sports fandom (Go Pats! Go Sox!), long walks, aquarium ogling, yummy meals, Dan Band-dancing, and not-so-empty threats to drag my groom onto a Duck Boat or swan paddler. Sadly, we remained landlubbers for the duration of our stay, but we did make one amazing, how-did-we-not-know-this-existed-type discovery: The SoWa Open Market.
Just in time for today’s primary election, Inhabitat serves up a 90-second sustainability report card for the NYC mayoral frontrunners.
The Honest Tea co-founders have just released a graphic novel that’s actually a cleverly-packaged business guide on how to launch your own do-good start-up. (New York Times)
Are strollers making ambulatory toddlers fat and lazy? Treehugger takes a look at a new parenting philosophy.Read More
Did you know that Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894 on the heels of the Pullman union strike? In the intervening years, many have adapted what the first Monday in September means to them (Historical remembrance! Back-to-school time! Three-day weekend! Last chance to wear white pants!), but one observance deserves undeniable attention—celebrating the scrappy, industrious American workforce. Call me sappy, but I love celebrating this country’s doers, thinkers, and helping hands. In the spirit of this, I scoped out these domestically-manufactured home, food, and fashion finds that are just as much green-minded as they are unique. At the very least you know the shipping has a minimal carbon footprint!Read More