It’s Earth Day, and if the annual event has you thinking all about your carbon footprint, you’re not the only one. Stars like Amanda Seyfried and Jessica Alba help the earth in their everyday lives by carrying eco-friendly tote bags, which is why we gathered four totes inspired by the designs celebrities love that will have you helping the planet without sacrificing style. Click the photo to see them all.
Every dress that hits the Oscars red carpet this Sunday will be special, but the one that will be worn by Skyfall Bond Girl Naomie Harris will be different than any other. That’s because she’s going to be representing the Red Carpet Green Dress initiative, a design contest started by James Cameron’s wife Suzy Amis Cameron, in which Harris will wear the winning design made of completely sustainable materials. This year, the contest winner is Michael Badger, a Ghanian-born fashion student at Atlanta’s Savannah College of Art & Design (above right). Part of his prize is getting the mentorship of a fashion designer when creating the piece, and the infamous Vivienne Westwood stepped in for this year’s duties. Currently, the mentor-student duo is putting the finishing touches on Harris’s gown—they shared this exclusive behind-the-scenes photo with InStyle.com—and it will be revealed this Sunday, February 24th on the Academy Awards red carpet. ”I’m thrilled,” Harris said of being involved. We can’t wait to see it debut!
Plus, see the 25 most breathtaking Oscar gowns of all time!
Earth Day is Sunday, and one thing we learned: You don’t need a Crayola hue to get greener highlights. Case in point: Colorist Rick Wellman developed Biolights, which uses biodegradable cotton pads to wrap highlights in place of hard-to-recycle aluminum foil—a technology he uses on Mariska Hargitay’s dynamic strands. “The results are more blended and a healthier hair shaft,” Wellman told InStyle.com. “The grow-out is much softer also, as the cotton material adheres exactly where strands are painted.” The organic material disintegrates in less than two weeks, so the technique as gentle on your hair as the environment. The service was developed at New York’s Patrick Melville Salon, and will roll out nationwide soon. For more info, visit biolightscolor.com.
Plus, do these green products really work?
There are a lot of green beauty products out there, but are they just as effective as they claim to be? We put 16 eco-friendly top sellers to the test to find out! Click through to read our results.
Beauty devotee Lauren Conrad is not just a blogger for thebeautydepartment.com, now she’s a makeup bag designer, too! The reality star alum announced she will launch a line of sustainable pouches with ecofriendly brand BlueAvocado this summer. “Because I travel so much, I wanted to create a stylish way to carry my products that was also good for the planet,” she told InStyle.com exclusively. “This partnership represents three things that are important to me—designing great products, enabling women to realize their dreams, and inspiring thoughtful action.” Sign up to get updates on the launch at blueavocado.com.
Plus, see some of our favorite green beauty products in the gallery!
Emmanuelle Chriqui took the stage to host the Environment Media Awards in Los Angeles this weekend wearing a pair of shorts with a unique fabric—recycled footwear. “They’re made out of the leather from old shoes,” the Entourage actress told InStyle.com on the
red green carpet of her Alexx Jae & Milk bottoms. The designers behind the line, Alexx Jae Monkarsh and Bari Milken Bernstein, launched the eco-friendly label last year, and every piece is made in L.A. with locally-sourced fabric. “I wear Alexx Jae & Milk because they’re friends of mine that I want to support,” Chriqui added. “I’m still learning about eco-friendly fashion. But these are fun, and different.” See (and shop) pieces from the line at shopatmilk.com.
Plus! See an eco-friendly fashion show in the gallery.
— Sharon Clott, reporting by Lindzi Scharf
Fashion and beauty brands are looking for more ways to go green lately, which means a slew of eco-conscious products have hit shelves, claiming to work just as well as their less planet-friendly counterparts. We’re up for anything that can both enhance our beauty routine and reduce our environmental impact, so we set out to see if these creams, blow dryers, eye shadows, teeth whiteners and more were up to our tests! Click through the gallery to see which green products actually work!
Designers and celebrities walked a green carpet at Christie’s Auction House in New York last night to take part in a Runway to Green fashion show. The event featured looks from 29 designers, including Prada, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen. Pieces from the show are currently available on Net-a-Porter.com, and at least 10 percent of the sales from each item in the Runway to Green Collection will benefit the Alliance for Climate Protection, the Natural Resource Defense Council and the United Nations Environmental Program’s Billion Tree Campaign. Click through to see what Diane Kruger, Nicki Minaj, and more celebs wore to last night’s gala, and see all the styles from the event’s eco-friendly fashion show.
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