Reduce Disposables: Reader Tips

Reusing common household products reduces waste and helps conserve resources. It’s a simple way to make a positive environmental impact. Here are a few ways we reduce our use of disposable products: Whenever we take our cup of joe to go, we bring a reusable coffee mug. we’ve broken the bottled water habit. More than […]

L’oreal HIP Cream Shadow Paint in Lofty: Product Review

What: Robin puts L’Oreal HIP Cream Shadow Paint, $11.99, to the test. The Lowdown: When I first came across L’Oreal’s new HIP Shadow Paints, they immediately reminded me of M.A.C.‘s paints in the little metal tubes, which I’ve always been a fan of, despite their mess factor. What’s so genius about these is that they […]

Bags & Scarves Sale at

The Deal: Select bags and scarves reduced up to 50% off regular prices at The Lowdown: Deck yourself out in eco-friendly gear with this sale at  This Wovan Sisal Bag is only $22.50, originally $50.00, and is perfect for toting around your Spring necessities.  The Medallion Batik Scarf is now just $15.00, reduced […]

Empty Bottles: Reader Tips

If you’re like us, you have a hard time getting rid of glass bottles.  We have a special little place in both our hearts and our cabinets, set aside for empty bottles. Whenever a spice jar has lost its spice, we put it aside to fill with our own organically grown dried herbs. When those […]

Prom Goers Get a Boost from Operation Fairy Dust

What: Operation Fairy Dust provides fashionable help for prom-goers in need. The Lowdown: Prom season is just around the corner, which for girls means one of two things—either the most exciting social event thus far, or another thing to stress over. For lots of girls, the expense of prom means they either pass it up, […]

When Life Gives You Lemons: Green Tips

Some people say, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” At The Budget Ecoist, we say, “When life gives you lemons, make all sorts of things!” Here are some great tips on uses for all of those additional lemons you have on your tree…or perhaps a neighbor’s tree!  Most people are more than happy to […]

A.P.C Opens Discount Store in Brooklyn

NOW CLOSED: A.P.C., sort a like a French version of Zara with even higher prices, recently opened an “outlet” store called A.P.C Surplus. The store sells previous season’s merchandise for up to 60% off their retail price, which makes their clothing somewhat affordable. I like Zara better. See for Yourself:  A.P.C. Surplus 33 Grand Street […]

Organic Chocolate: Organic Food

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, ALTER ECO Fair Trade has a new line of organic gourmet chocolates. While chocolate is one of the most quintessential gifts for this holiday, many don’t realize that the conventional production of cocoa involves labor exploitation, unfair wages and the use of toxic pesticides. By purchasing Fair Trade and […]

Shoptalk: Measha Brueggergosman, Canadian Opera Diva

I love Maesha Brueggergosman (pronounced: Mee-sha Brew-ger-gaus-man). Seriously, I have a MAJOR “girl-crush”  on the Canadian Opera diva. Maybe it’s her cool hair (her hair tips are amazing and budget friendly).  Or that her new album, “Surprise”,  which was just released this fall on Deutsche Grammophon, gave me a new appreciation for classical music.  Or […]