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The party may be over for Tuppwerare. Those ubiquitous plastic containers are taking the heat for their possible risks to human health and the environment. A new study has shown a link between a chemical in plasticware (BPA or bisphenol-A) and breast cancer. (Read more here.)
One company, Kinetic, is ahead of the curve with their line of environmentally-friendly, BPA-free glass storage containers, Go Green Glasslock. They were named a top contender in Good Housekeeping’s rigorous test of 28 different food storage products. Editors at Real Simple named them the “Best Container for Leftovers” and Cooks Illustrated highly recommended Kinetic Glasslock in a review. “A neat, tight, reliable seal, good capacity, and solid performance in every test made this container a standout,” they wrote. “If you are concerned about microwaving food in plastic storage containers, this is the one to choose.”
In addition to the health benefits, the environmental arguments for using glass food storage over plastic are compelling. Glasslock products are made from a natural organic compound that is 100% recyclable. Plastic is made from artificial substances and can take up to a millennium to break down in a landfill. So, don’t rush to trash all your plastic containers just yet, but when thinking about your health and the environment, glass may just be the plastic of the future.
It’s not easy wearing green.
Green is a color that many women struggle with, according to FOF Jill Kirsh, “Hollywood’s guru of hue.” “It’s not in most people’s color comfort zone,” says Jill. “If you’re wearing the wrong green it can really age you, sallow your skin and make you look sick.
Jill believes “everyone can wear every color. It just depends on finding the right hue.” Here, she uses her fool-proof system to help you find the most flattering shade of green.
First, decide which of four hair color categories you fall into: golden browns/redhead, deep brunette, ash blondes/grey or warm blondes. Then, read below to discover Jill’s recommended shade of green for you.
“Look at how olive brings out the warmth of FOF actress Catherine Keener’s hair and evens out her skin tone,” says Jill. “The wrong shade of green, such as a mint green would look like hospital scrubs on Catherine. It would gray her skin and make her hair look brassy.”
“Emerald green is just right for a deep brunette like FOF Oprah Winfrey,” says Jill. “True, clear colors such as emerald against her dark hair make her features pop. The wrong green for a deep brunette such as Kelly green would yellow her skin and fragment her features.”
“Mint green is fabulous choice for someone with ash blonde or gray hair,” says Jill. “It works with FOF actress Helen Mirren’s cool, silver hair. Everything is in sync and vibrant. On the other hand, olive would wash her out, give her an unhealthy glow and give her hair a greenish tint.”
“Kelly green can make a warm blonde look vibrant, fresh and younger. It brings out FOF Kim’s best features. Mint green would make her hair look brassy.”
Jill Kirsh sells her color system through Soft Surroundings including her ultimate makeup kit, lip kits, a patented swatch book and an on-the-go mini compact. For more information, visit Jill’s page at Soft Surroundings.
FOF celebs have been singing the praises of all things eco, sustainable and energy efficient. But when they’re not in the limelight, which stars stay green?
Read about 3 “eco-friendly” FOF celebs, and then vote on who is truly “greenest.”
“Every day I have to remind myself that cleaning up the environment is like fighting a war. Changing people’s minds and habits is one of the hardest things anyone can do. But, if each one of us does our own part, day after day, we can make a difference.” — Bette Midler
-In 1995, Bette founded the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), a non-profit organization that revitalizes parks in economically disadvantaged New York city neighborhoods. The organization has removed more than 2,000 tons of trash from New York City parks and saved hundreds of community gardens from commercial development.
-Bette Midler and the NYRP are leading MillionTreesNYC, an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2017.
-She is a recipient of the 2008 National Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award and the United Nations Environmental Programme Influential Women of The Environment Award.
-In August of 2007, Bette came under fire for cutting down 230 trees on her Hawaiian property without a permit.
“[Macadamia nuts hold] the promise of a brilliant future for this planet…I have a nut farm. I’m growing macadamia nuts… I’m serious about it.” – Roseanne Barr
-This year, Roseanne purchased a 40-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii while promoting her book “Roseannarchy: Dispatches From the Nut Farm.” Roseanne said nuts are better than meat for environmental and health reasons: “They’re the perfect protein. They don’t have any carbohydrates and the only fat they’ve got is a lot, but it’s the good kind. So it’s better than beef. No greenhouse gases. Nice nuts.” We knew she was nutty…but not this nutty!
-Later this year, Roseanne will premiere a reality show about her life on the macadamia farm on the Lifetime television network. The network has ordered 16 half-hour episodes which will feature the FOF comedian Johnny Ardent, her boyfriend, and her son, Jake.
-Roseanne is in the middle of a land dispute with her Hawaiian neighbors. They have filed a complaint with County officials that she has been doing grading work on the property, without proper permits. Prior to this, Roseanne sought a temporary restraining order against the same neighbors for harassment. She has said that any land use violations were “a mistake” and going forward she’ll work to comply with regulations.
“One wouldn’t think that you would have to become an environmentalist or a humanitarian. It’s just natural to treat people and other creatures on the planet with respect.” —Daryl Hannah
-On June 13, 2006 Hannah was arrested when she chained herself to a walnut tree for three weeks (talk about a tree-hugger!) to protest the bulldozing of an urban farm in Los Angeles. She spent some time in jail following the arrest. She was arrested again in June of 2009 when she protested a mountaintop removal in West Virginia.
-She is a board member of the Environmental Media Association, Action Sports Environment Coalition and ecoAmerica and co-founded Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to promote sustainable biodiesel practices.
-She has a green home in the Rocky Mountains made with salvaged materials. It uses solar energy for heating and cooling and features a moss stone couch (that she waters regularly).
-None we could find!
FOF Nancy Atkins is giving away her signature “Gone to Paris” recycled-cashmere hat.
To enter, tell us in the comments below: How do you avoid getting hat head from your winter cap?
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FOF Nancy Atkins and her daughter, Mary, 22, were lifelong shopping partners before launching an Ebay store specializing in eco-friendly and fair trade fashion. It was such an overwhelming success, that in 2008 they launched their own retail site, Nancy’s Gone Green, featuring “ethical” apparel, accessories and beauty products. The team carefully vets every item they sell, making sure it adheres to fair labor practices and eco-friendly materials and manufacturing. The site is “green,” but it’s for fashionistas, first and foremost. “We’re not selling earthy, crunchy ‘save the trees’ t-shirts,” writes Nancy on her blog.
Nancy scouts eco-friendly designers, and she’s an eco-designer herself. In her Re:awakened line she mixes recycled cashmere with found buttons and charms to create one-of-a-kind accessories. “I love to give second-hand clothing a new life!” she says.
Her signature “Gone to Paris” recycled cashmere hat was an instant site bestseller. “You put it on and adjust the folds ‘just so.'” says Nancy of the hat. “Everyone will ask ‘Have you gone to Paris?”
To enter to win the “Gone to Paris” recycled cashmere hat tell us in the comments, below: How do you avoid getting “hat head” from your winter cap?
Contest closes January 6, 2011