Elwin is their upcycled luxury eco basket bag made from fair trade coffee sack and natural hide handles. Think Sunday strolls through the market or chilling out on the beach.
This weekend’s Travel Edition of the NY Times has an article about Eco Paris. In it is mentioned Greening Beauty favorites…
Honoré des Prés is a boutique parfumeur that offers organic, phthalate- and chemical-free scents (available in Printemps’ Scent Room, 64, boulevard Haussmann;honoredespres.com).
Jewelry Ethical Luxury uses mercury- and cyanide-free precious metals sourced from open-air mines in Colombia (sold at Colette, 213, rue St.-Honoré; colette.fr). The home décor shop Merci sells eco-friendly items like Jérôme Dreyfuss’s “agricouture” bags and disposable plates made from biodegradable sugarcane pulp (111, boulevard Beaumarchais; merci-merci.com).
If you pick up a Weekend Edition of the NY Times Travel section today, you will find inside a wonderful article highlighting some of Paris’s green-friendly programs. Of special interest is the fact that Paris ranks number 10 as a Green City according to a report referenced at the 2009 UN Conference.
Most of the Green Points highlighted in the article have been written about already here on Greening Parisand also on our affiliate blog, Local Food And Wine. Both are published by Paige Donner c. Paige Donner, Ed-in-Chief.
It’s wonderful to see, this Eearth Month 2011, that the NY Times, of which the International Herald Tribune is its global edition, sat up and took notice of what Paris is doing in a green-friendly way!
NY Times Article, HERE
You can also read it in Print in the April 10th 2011 edition of Travel Section.
Read all about the World’s Green Trends on The Green Blog Network.
Bulgari launched a unique silver and ceramic ring modelled after the famed B.zero.1 line in October 2010, with $75 from each ring benefiting Save the Children.
For 2010-2011, Bulgari has made an additional commitment of $7.4 million to Save the Children to help fund education programs, healing and education through the arts, teacher training, and other related programs in China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Indonesia, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, South East Europe, Southern Sudan, Uganda and the United States.
- Actress JULIANNE MOORE, nominated for Best Actress in a motion picture (Comedy or Musical) wore:
- 2 yellow gold and diamond (total weight 79+ cts) necklaces from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
- 2 emerald (total weight 21+ cts) and diamond rings from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
- 1 vintage gold Bulgari Melone handbag, from Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Ltd.
- Actress PIPER PERABO, nominated for Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama) wore:
- Emerald cut diamond (total weight 10+ cts) stud earrings from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
- White gold, PVD and diamond (total weight 6+ cts) cocktail ring from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
- White gold and diamond (total weight 29+ cts) bracelet from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection
Recognizing that education has the power to transform lives, Bulgari has since 2009 partnered with leading non-profit organization Save the Children to provide quality education opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable children. In 2009, Bulgari raised over $9 million to support education programs and teacher training in Afghanistan, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Southern Sudan, Uganda and countries in South East Europe. Proceeds from the sale of a much celebrated silver anniversary ring contributed to Save the Children’s Rewrite the Future campaign, which targeted support for over 10 million of the world’s children.
Photos Courtesy Getty Images
Stella’s New Fasion App: The app contains an article on artist Barry Reigate, whose drawings are also featured on the homepage of the newly redesigned Stella McCartney website, an indepth look on Land Art today, a medium that uses nature as inspiration, All this and News, Videos, and photos from recent events and presentations.
The Ipad App features original content about the World of Stella McCartney. The launch issue features a “What’s News” section highlighting the latest updates about the brand, including a first look at backstage at the recent Summer 2011 show in Paris and an exclusive performance by Pharrell Williams and N*E*R*D at the after party. Editorial stories such as: “Stella’s Diary” on the day of her Spring 2011 presentation in New York consisting of an animated collage by artist Jeremy Kost; the debut of “In the Park,” a video directed by Alasdair McLellan with music by Brian Eno with Dree Hemingway in the most iconic looks from the Winter collection.
Interactive stories include an interview with the world’s tennis number 1, Caroline Wozniacki, the face of the Adidas by Stella McCartney tennis collection and a fun and playful story on the recently launched Stella McCartney Kids collection by Ryan McGinley.
Bonus: You can even get your own Farabella iPad Case:
by Nigel Barker
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to see beauty in almost every form. Whether it is on set with a model, at home with my wife and kids or even in the heart of Africa filming Generation Free, I am constantly surprised and confronted with the many elements that make up beauty. I am now ready to share these elements with you in my first book, Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation.
Casting aside conventional rules, I draw on 20 years of experience in the beauty business and 13 seasons of judging America’s Next Top Model to unleash the 10 essential elements that make up true beauty: Allure, Confidence, Compassion, Spontaneity, Radiance, Health, Honesty, Charm, Energy + Humor.
As you discover your Beauty Equation, I will guide you through a series of instructive teaches and self-portraiture challenges that will reveal a better and more beautiful you. On your journey, you will make a portfolio of photos, words, and inspiration detailing how truly beautiful you are and can be.
Just like the dynamic portfolio of a top model, filled with a full range of their best shots, your portfolio will highlight your best attributes and show the true you. You can choose to keep this portfolio private, or you can share it with the Beauty Equation community online at www.beautyequation.com. Here, you can post your work, track your Beauty Equation progress, and share your experiences with other readers from around the globe!
Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation hit stores last September. Visit www.beautyequation.com.
Greening Beauty & Greening Hollywood’s Gift Guide, Holidays 2010
After you’ve donated to the water/earth/tree/sky/animal/children/developing world/urban community/greenspace et al. charities of your choice this season, here are some feelgood treats for your loved ones…and for you!
Roses et Chocolat
This delightful hand-made, artisanal chocolate is crafted singlehandedly by Rachel, the owner of Vancouver’s CocoaNymph. It is one of the only chocolate shops in the world I’ve been in that invites you to stay and savor a cup of hot chocolate before making off with your carefully culled cocoa concoctions.
Talika Eye Dream
The Expert of Specific Treatments, Talika is a Paris based cosmeceutical company that excels at boosting your attributes. Whether that’s bust firming and lifting, or eyelash elongating or, as we recommend for a lovely and illuminating look for the holidays, their Eye Dream product. It comes fashioned in its own applicator so need to dip in fingers, it provides your eye area with exactly the right amount of dosage and a smooth applicator that soothes as it spreads the light cream. Ingredients are: Peptides, Dipeptides, Soybean Protein Extract, Floral Waters of Lime and Orange, Horse Chestnut Extract, Vitamin F. When you wake up puffiness around the eyes are reduced and eye contour area is thoroughly moisturised and smoothed.
Ojon Hair Products
Sustainable harvesting allows Ojon to share the treasures of the rainforest without destruction or depletion of the resource. The naturally derived ingredients used in their products, such as the Winter Shine & Protect line, are all harvested, sustainably, from the rainforest. Their Shine & Protect glossing mist is fortified with Ojon Oil, Broccoli Seed Oil, Wheat Germ and Sweet Almond Oil. And…it works! Sold exclusively at Sephora. Available in Canada, Australia, U.S., U.K. and Germany.
Wishing you Happy Holidays, a Very Merry Christmas and
A Happy New Year!
Cathy Amouroux is a 22 year old fashion designer and stylist living in Paris. She is a guest blogger for Greening Beauty. More at: at: www.cathyamouroux.fr
[Editor’s Note: Use a web-based translator, such as Chrome, to read the article in English]
by: Cathy Amouroux
Mon cœur balance. Il est dur d’assouvir ses envies créatives tout en se demandant en permanence si notre démarche est responsable ou non.
Je me suis déjà intéressée à la mode équitable en travaillant avec Cruselita, jeune marque de bijoux et d’accessoires engagée dans la protection de notre environnement et des conditions de travail de ses fabricants. Cette démarche limite les possibilités créatives à cause du choix plus restreint des matières. Mais la beauté de l’enjeu compense largement cette réduction des moyens: les produits obtenus ont une richesse particulière que les produits classiques n’ont pas.
D’un autre côté je suis, je l’avoue, friande de la « grey fashion ». Lorsque je préparais ma dernière collection, je suis littéralement tombée sous le charme des fournisseurs Schoeller Textiles et American Supply. Loin des classiques sergés de coton, on trouve chez eux des matières exceptionnelles, des tissages et maillages hors du commun, et des couleurs absolument introuvables ailleurs. Je trouve que l’utilisation d’une de ces matières se suffit à elle même pour donner un cachet particulier à toute création.
Malheureusement, il y a de quoi se sentir coupable quand on achète de tels matériaux, car leur mode de fabrication est souvent polluant !
J’ai alors voulu me pencher sur la question suivante : peut-on trouver des textiles funs ET écologiques ?
Récemment encore, pour moi éco textiles évoquaient souvent monotonie et fadeur. Blanc, beige, kaki, marron…à des kilomètres de mon univers.
Je me suis alors dit que non, c’est impossible, les prouesses technologiques ne peuvent pas s’arrêter là. J’ai donc décidé de mener ma propre petite enquête auprès de mes deux favoris cités plus haut.
Après avoir pris rendez-vous avec Schoeller textiles, j’ai été chaleureusement reçue par Mme Emmanuelle Vallée-Beauvais, représentante du fournisseur en France.
Cette dernière m’a fait découvrir la gamme proposée par la société sœur de Schoeller appelée Bluesign, qui garantit le meilleur rapport entre technicité et respect de l’environnement. Et à ma grande surprise, je suis repartie avec une bonne dizaine d’échantillons incroyables sous le bras. En voici un aperçu:
Légende photo 1 : De la couleur et des surfaces surprenantes.
Quant à mon deuxième favori American Supply, après quelques prises d’informations, j’ai découvert que la marque s’engage de plus en plus dans le respect de notre planète en consignant ses créations dans une charte de responsabilité environnementale.
Le fournisseur utilise en effet des plastiques végétaux recyclés ou recyclables, des colles végétales, ou encore des matériaux composites à base de déchets industriels détournés.
American Supply a également montré récemment son engagement en offrant sa créativité à la dernière campagne de publicité EcoFolio, l’éco-organisme des papiers qui organise, finance et accompagne la collecte, le tri et le recyclage des papiers.
Enquête conclue avec succès: le beau et l’extraordinaire peuvent aller dans le sens du respect et d’un engagement responsable.
Cathy Amouroux is a 22 year old fashion designer and stylist living in Paris. She has already worked alongside such fashion greats as: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Maxime Simoens and also Ostwald Helgason in London. At the same time, she has been working on creating her own designs and imprinting her own aesthetics on her fashion collections. You can see more from Cathy at: www.cathyamouroux.fr
By Paige Donner
Gossypium is an example of a company that put the horse before the cart. Founded by Abigail and Thomas Petit in 2000, Gossypium is a clothing and textile manufacturer based out of the U.K. that is specialized in organic and Fair Trade cotton.
Often, you will find that companies focus on either Fair Trade or Organic when it comes to ethical practices. When the focus is on Fair Trade cotton, the primary concern is for the farmer and that they, and their families, are able to earn a living wage from their daily endeavors. Oftentimes, in these instances, emphasizing that the cotton farmed and sold to industrial manufacturers be organic can actually work against the Fair Trade farmers because they are then priced out of the market.
Abigail and Thomas Petit decided to do it all. They began by spending two years in India back in 1998 where they set up a partnership with Agrocel, an organization that has defined and branded a cotton fiber that is distinctive for its high quality.
Agrocel® Pure & Fair Indian Organic Cotton is cultivated from 12 rural service centers across India and works with a selected group of local farmers. At each center, there is a team of agronomists who monitors growing to International Organic Standards.
It was only after the Petits set up this chain of Fair Trade supply that they returned to the U.K. where they began their clothing and textile brand, Gossypium, using this high quality, organic and Fair Trade sourced cotton. It has since established itself as one of the U.K.’s leading ethical brands.
Abigail Petit attended a Fair Trade cotton conference in November hosted by Max Havelaar in Paris and held at the Mairie de Paris (city hall) which sits just across from Notre Dame. Max Havelaar is the Fair Trade organization in France, and though it sounds like the name of a Rock Star, in fact it is a non-profit organization that is rockin’ the world of ethical and fair trade markets.
Max Havelaar organizers of the event invited key industry attendees to a dinner the evening before the conference so they could hear firsthand what some of the concerns and questions are as the Fair Trade market develops further and enters more widely into mainstream textile markets.
France has quietly but powerfully been moving forward on these fronts: The entire French Post Office Corps., “La Poste,” is clothed in uniforms that are manufactured from Fair Trade cotton sourced textiles. The manufacturing company is Amor Lux. Max Havelaar has been a key organization in getting these sorts of strategic partnerships flowing.
From Abigail Petit concerning the Conference at the Mairie de Paris held early in November 2010:
“The secret is out! The cotton farmers are not happy! We are not paying them enough for their cotton. It was great to have the farmers represented at the recent Max Havelaar Conference in Paris, but there is only one solution- LOVE Your COTTON! We do at Gossypium, we respect the amazing fabric that our Indian farmers provide for us and lovingly use it to make our cosy pyjamas here in Lewes, U.K. We are so proud to say that they are Fairtrade, organic, Aloe Vera Finished cotton. Get them on!”
And from their website:
Our vision is that the making and wearing of textiles is indeed a pleasant and beautiful global occupation, not at all at odds with a socially fair or environmentally sustainable world, and we set out to create trade in textiles according to these principles. – Gossypium Founders
Abigail Petit is well-known internationally as a leader in ethical and Fair Trade sourced textiles. Thomas Petit’s family has been in textiles in Paris since the French revolution and he brings to Vericott Ltd., the parent company of Gossypium, knowledge of design and branding.