“In the Spotlight” Feature on Sara Jane Mercer’s Site

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Being green fundamentally means understanding that the connection between personal health and environmental health is tied together inextricably. An Eco-Chick is a person who works, in whatever ways are in their power, to reduce their impact, keep informed, and stand up for human, animal and planetary health.

Read more of the Q&A on the Sara Jane Mercer site.

Ecouterre’s Photo of Me at the Yoxi “Trim the Waste of Fashion” Party (Wearing my Woodthumb Tie!)

Starre Vartan wearing WoodThumb.

Ecouterre covered Yoxi’s “Trim the Waste of Fashion” party and caught me wearing my brand-new (to me, it’s actually made from reclaimed wood and hand-finished in San Fran) Woodthumb tie. I can’t wait to wear it again soon. Check out my coverage of WoodThumb on Eco Chick here.

The Yoxi “Trim the Waste of Fashion” Competition!

I love this new competition by Yoxi, a cool nonprofit that aims to find the “next social media rockstars” – their latest topic to tackle takes a look at the fashion industry. I helped them out a bit with my expertise and they were kind enough to feature me on the page for the competition:

The Yoxi “Trim the Waste of Fashion” Competition featured me as an expert Q&A.

Starre Vartan, Founder and Editor of Eco Chick and Eco Chick Escapes, Speaks at the Afingo Fashion Forum at FIT

Starre Vartan (far right) speaks at FIT at the Afingo “Sustainability and Philanthropy” panel. Jill Fehrenbacher (not pictured), editor of Inhabitat moderated, and (L to R) Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra, designers of Costello Tagliapietra, Julie Gilhart, the former creative director of Barneys, Melissa Kushner, founder of Goods for Good, Summer Rayne Oakes, eco model and spokesperson, and founder of Lulu Frost, Lisa Salzer.

It was a great discussion at the Afingo Fashion Forum at FIT in New York and I was honored to be a part.

From the excellent Ecosalon article on the event (with some great critiques!):

“Vartan called for practical tools for consumers, such as a universal and standardized rating system that would account for sustainability preferences including water, textiles, fair trade, non-toxic dyes, et al. Much like a business index or nutrition label, a rating system would empower consumers to make more conscious choices instead of relying on potentially greenwashed claims – and blindly hoping for the best.”