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Renewable Energy Goes Round…And Round

In Paris, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, on the banks of the Seine, there is a Carrousel that is now powered by renewable energy.

Renewable Energy Carrousel, Paris - Photo by Paige Donner copyright 2011

All photos by Paige Donner copyright 2011

This City of Light is filled with carrousels. You can find them across the street from the Eiffel Tower, on the other side of the river at the foot of Trocadero, in the vast courtyard of the Hotel de Ville and many more locations throughout the city. But this one, just underneath the Eiffel Tower, is the city’s flagship Renewable Energy Carrousel. Its LED lights are the same color as the flickering lights that have the Tour Eiffel twinkling on the hour every evening.

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Dying To Be Beautiful

Peter Lamas shed light on the dangers of harsh chemicals hidden in common beauty products on October 22nd and 23rd, 2011 in Vancouver, B.C. At The West Coast Women’s Show

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As one of the leading international make-up artists and beauty experts in the world, Mr. Lamas began his career at Vidal Sassoon in NYC 30 years ago and quickly became a go-to for such classic beauties such as Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Gloria Vanderbilt. Today the Peter Lamas brand is known worldwide for its line of 100% percent vegan, natural products with a cult following which boasts a number of beauty editors and celebrities.

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Calculate Your Water Footprint

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Each of us drains an Olympic-size poolful of water (2.5 million liters) each year, to make ice cubes for the lemonade, power the low-flow toilet, feed the plants, wash the dishes and grow cotton for our jeans. Much of the water doesn’t come out of the tap we turn off to rinse the dishes, but is our share of industrial production and consumption. The water used to make our stuff. 

How much water is used in manufacturing a pair of Patagonia organic cotton jeans – from the field through spinning, weaving, sewing and shipping to our Reno warehouse? Answer: 180 liters or enough to provide drinking water for 60 people for a day. 

Patagonia has its work cut out this year and in the years ahead to become fully aware of how much water goes into every product we make, and to begin to reduce it. 

Would you like to join us in measuring and reducing water consumption? 

Find out your water footprint using National Geographic’s online Water Footprint Calculator. Look for it on the right-hand side of the Our Common Waters page: 

Discover your water footprint and pledge to reduce it

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Commuun Paris Runway Show F/W ’11

By Paige Donner

Commuun is one of the few Designer labels showing in Paris regularly who sport an ethical fashion approach. And like their famous colleague (Stella) their front foot is on design with their inspiration derived from nature, a respect they carry forward into their fashion designs from collection to collection.

When asked backstage what is the one constant in their collections, Iku Furudate and Kaito Hori responded that sourcing organic textiles is one of their trademarks for their collections. This year’s runway shows in Paris saw a lot of sheers, material that Commuun often uses in their collections.

Many of the fashion label’s fans at this year’s runway show in Paris held on March 7th agreed that this year’s collection bears witness to the design duo’s maturation and growth into their world-class label. Some of the textiles they used – all organically sourced – included an inversed velvet. The pops of color in the collection, too, are nature inspired and their name has nothing to do with “common” but rather references the concepts of community, communion and communication.

All photos by Paige Donner, Copyright Paige Donner

 

 

All photos by Paige Donner, Copyright Paige Donner

The NY trained, Tokyo originating design duo of Iku Furudate and Kaito Hori launched their label in 2005 which is also when they first began showing in Paris. In 2007 they won the LVMH and Longchamp ANDAM prizes.

 

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Paige Donner is Founder and Ed. In Chief of Greening Beauty and Greening Hollywood

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