Style & Beauty

From sustainable fabrics made from hemp, bamboo and organic cotton to shoes made from post-consumer recyclables, LuxEco Style explores the quickly evolving world of fashion and design. The next vanguard in fashion is being pioneered by innovative designers around the globe who are looking for eco-friendly solutions that care for the planet yet never sacrifice design aesthetics. Mindful of the pesticides, chemical dyes, VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), synthetic fibers and plasticizers, eco designers embrace the connection between people, their garments and the environment. Furthermore, production ethics are paramount as eco designers consider their carbon footprint with local production and employ fair trade practices. (You won’t find any sweatshops here!)

Beyond the clothes, shoes and accessories that make up your wardrobe, LuxEco Style will look at the other personal care products men and women dress themselves with on a daily basis. Sadly, many conventional products use toxic and suspected and proven carcinogenic ingredients and the industry goes unregulated. LuxEco Style will keep tabs on these offenders and provide wonderful and luxurious green alternatives.

Environmental Nonprofit Sues FDA

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant In 1978, the FDA proposed to ban over-the-counter ingredients triclosan and triclocarban, found predominantly in antimicrobial soaps. According to the National Resources Defense Council, these two common chemicals can cause damage to reproductive organs and production of thyroid and sex hormones. However, it has been more than 30 years and the FDA has done nothing beyond testing. One unnamed environmental nonprofit has had enough, and is suing the FDA for its alleged negligence.

Nancy’s Organic Kitchen: Home for the Holidays

When it comes to the holidays I am always looking for an excuse to make something different.

Empowering Women Under The ‘Same Sky’

Yes, the bracelets made of delicately rounded glass beads that look like raindrops dripping around the wrist are stunning.  I'm like a squirrel with...

Empowerment of Women In Africa: Francine LeFrak Fortifies A Stealth Vision Fashion Forward

By: Francine LeFrak, Founder of Same Sky, a company that handcrafts glass bead bracelets made in Rwanda and LuxEco Advocate My dream is for the empowerment of women and eradication of poverty. In 1994, 1 million people were murdered in 100 days in Rwanda. I spent eight and a half years trying to produce a film about this massacre-- I wanted to tell the story of this genocide. Ultimately, the film never got produced. I was still left with the passion to shed light on this important story. By that time, my focus had also turned to the empowerment of women and girls. It was with the mission of helping the women in Africa that Same Sky was born.

In Defense of Plastic Bags? Say What?

by Linsley Oaks, LuxEco Editorial Assistant Green is in and it is here to stay.  Eco-friendly products have blossomed on the fashion scene and are...

Natural Beauty- Affordable Easy Ways to Achieve Glowing Skin

By Sahar Ghaffari, LuxEco Living Editorial Assistant The cosmetic market today is saturated with thousands of products that claim to tighten, moisturize, and smooth your skin; but usually these claims come with a hefty cost, artificial ingredients, and not necessarily the results you were hoping for. However, the answers to some of your skin problems could be secretly hidden right in your very own kitchen.

The Frightening Truth Behind Cosmetics

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant Have you ever wondered how your shampoo fulfills its magnificent claims to give you “shinier,” “sleeker,” “frizz freer,” “blonder,” “brunetter,” (…the list goes on) hair? Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff and The Story of Bottled Water, wondered this of her personal favorite, Pantene Pro-V. She looked at the ingredients on the bottle post-lather and thought, “Sodium laureth sulfate? Tetrasodium EDTA? Methylisothiazolinone? What is this stuff?” After doing some research, she found the truth behind her shampoo was disheartening, to say the least. In her most recent short film installment, The Story of Cosmetics, Annie Leonard tells us how it’s not just shampoo, but many personal care products that contain toxic ingredients. From sunscreen to lipstick, there are disease-causing chemicals in our daily product regimen responsible for cancer, learning disabilities, and much more.

Chemical Creepers: A New Light Shed On Sunscreen

By Alanna Brown, LuxEco Editorial Assistant Imagine if the very thing you used and depended on to protect you from skin cancer was capable of exacerbating the growth of epidermal lesions and tumors. Well that’s what the Environmental Working Group claims may be the case. A recent study shows that retinyl palmitate, a synthetic form of vitamin A, is carcinogenic on skin exposed to the sun.

Save Money, Save the Earth, Live Like a Princess

By Mary Elizabeth Williams-Villano, LuxEco Editorial Assistant "And unlike the mindless, wasteful consumerism that our culture celebrates, it's a conscious, conscientious, sustainable lifestyle that is eco-responsible. If you've been looking for a way to live your values, here's a rebellious, joyous way to do just that."

Leading A Green Movement, One Well-Heeled Eco Step At A Time

By Rachel Sarnoff, Writer and Founder of EcoStiletto.com and MommyGreenest.com and LuxEco Advocate I’m a journalist by trade and I’d been writing about fashion and...

A tribute to Nora Ephron: Why I don’t feel bad about my neck

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in-Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Health World Getting older. It's not easy. Nora always found a way to...

Green Closet Shape-Up Tips

By Lisa Adams, Designer and CEO of LA Closet Design and LuxEco Advocate Maximizing a closet is the number one issue for most people, and...

Your Marriage May Last Forever But Your Dress Doesn’t Have To

The trend towards low-cost "throw away" fashion has resulted in a stratospheric increase in sales.  However,  according to Ecouterre the results have not been...

Taking a Fashionable High Road

By Molly Cimikoski, LuxEco Editorial Assistant Here at LuxEco Living there are lots of things we like to indulge in (I write this moments after...

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