To whet your palate for the upcoming Eco to the People Week of Wine feature scheduled to run during the last week of summer, we’ve put together a list of eco wine words, so you’ll know of what we speak.

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Finding an all-natural mascara that actually works has been one of the biggest hurtles in greening my cosmetics bag.

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The folks at USELESS have generously offered two of their products to Eco to the People readers, a water bottle and a USELESS women’s organic cotton t-shirt. (The t-shirt is a ladies size L but they run small so I think it is closer to a M, especially after washing.)

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I wanted to share another cool eco news story today, this one from CNN. com. This is a true tale of less being more, and of reuse and recycling ruling. Enjoy!

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Just a reminder about Eco to the People’s USELESS giveaway. The folks at USELESS have generously offered two prizes to Eco to the People readers, a BPA-free, fully recyclable water bottle and a USELESS ladies’ organic cotton t-shirt.

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When it seems like everyone is turning green that means it’s time to play smarter. Keds Green Label does just that. This line of stylish, sustainable shoes goes beyond the competition with not just one eco-friendly facet but five, to create an entirely green version of the shoes you loved to kick it in as kids.

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Here is something really cool to start your week, and get you thinking about how you can reused items you might ordinarily throw away.

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When you profess your devotion to your sweetheart this year, why not also profess your commitment to a green lifestyle by writing your love poem on a recycled card?

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Some people think that spending more on recycled toilet paper is just money down the drain but by choosing the recycled TP you could be making a bigger difference than you think.

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Lawmakers in Washington are finally taking a serious look at climate change. Look for more hybrids, solar power, pollution restrictions and clean up initiatives. It’s about time!

House Passes Bill to Address Threat of Climate Change
By JOHN M. BRODER
June 27, 2009

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Summertime is here, and it’s the perfect time to try a new cold beverage. Why don’t you have an iced organic white tea?

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Since buying a new laptop last month I have been guarding it the way a mother bird guards her eggs; squawking anytime someone comes near it with liquid and carrying it to and from the library with fear in my heart. This was one expensive egg.

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We should all try and relax more often, especially when so many stressful things in life are out of our control. One of the best ways to help yourself decompress is to consider spending a day or weekend at a spa. Eco-friendly spas, which use organic and paraben-free products that are safe for you and safe for the environment, offer everyone a great opportunity to unwind that they can feel good about.

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As much as we’d like to believe otherwise we are still living in a pretty Puritanical country. With women being ticketed for feeding their hungry babies in public, covering up your goods is probably the best bet.

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The great bag debate used to be paper versus plastic, but now environmentalistas everywhere are debating the merits of various reusable shopping bags.

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I have been dreaming of spa treatments ever since Michelle wrote her Eco Spa post earlier this week, but the truth of the matter is that I can’t often afford to be in the lap of luxury.

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We at Eco to the People believe in the high/low lifestyle. Sometimes you want to splurge and other times you want to save. Seventh Generation makes it easy to do both.

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If you are in the Bay Area this weekend take the time to check out the Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason.

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Eco to the People’s mission is to help our readers make better choices while they shop.

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A metrosexual I once dated warned me that using soap on my face was a skin care no-no, and since he was prettier than me I believed him. Years have gone by without soap touching my visage but recently I found a product that might just turn Stefan’s theory on its head.

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At last weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair I set out to get a head start on Christmas shopping. But, as a firm believer in the one-for-you-one-for-me method of shopping, I also had to pick up a couple of presents for myself.

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When you live in a city, staying sane an essential part of ensuring your existence. I never practiced yoga when I lived in New York, but since moving to San Francisco, it has become a regular part of my life.

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For some reason my mother has always drummed it into my head that I should be replacing my makeup brushes at least once a year. Each year I march to the drugstore and diligently do so, though I have never been clear on what will happen to me if I don’t. (If I know my mother it is something hideous, involving bacteria and permanent damage.)

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Good day green beauties!

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There are some tricks to raising a happy and healthy toddler. As I recently learned when my sister and nephew visited me, if you’d like a wonderfully behaved baby, feed your toddler organic snacks between mealtimes. Frequent snacking on a variety of nutritious, organic foods keeps the blood sugar at an even level, making for a sweet-tempered mood.

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Whether its a port-a-potty, a popsicle or a pooper scooper, life can be messy. Since there isn’t always soap and water around when I need to wash up, two of my new favorite products to protect against germs are the Hand Sanitizing Spray and the Hand Cleansing Wipes from EO.

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Dry. Brittle. Brassy-colored hair. That’s what my formerly glossy locks turned into this summer. Growing out my hair has been fraught with split ends and breakage. I love spending time in the sun, but even with a protective UV hair spray and the occasional hat, my hair got fried. It craved a time-out with Carol’s Daughter Khoret Amen Hair Oil, a product made sans synthetics and phthalates.

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I’ve reached an age where my formerly dewy skin is but a pin dot in the rearview mirror of life. I have accepted that on the days I want to look halfway decent I need to wear makeup, but base makeup is too heavy for an ordinary day and face powder in excess just collects in my crows feet. Conundrum.

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My addiction to lip balm has finally found a cure. Nude Skincare’s Nude Lips is a moisturizing product made of organic cupuacu and Tahitian vanilla monoi for an exotic yet natural lip look. Dry lips don’t stand a chance.

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Probably the most recognizable of all the wineries gone green is Robert Mondavi. Located in the central part of Napa Valley, Mondavi’s vineyards have a multitude of sustainable agriculture projects in effect to protect and improve natural resources. The quality of the environment at Mondavi is a key part of turning out a fine wine.

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As promised earlier this summer, this week at Eco to the People, we celebrate wine.

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I think we can all agree: 2008 was a pretty crappy year. But, somehow, I feel more empowered than ever.

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In San Francisco’s Hayes Valley sits the Page Street Garden, a refuge from urban life in the heart of the city.

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You take your cell phone with you everywhere, and if you’re anything like me, you go through one every other year. But did you know that your mobile is a dirty little device, with potentially harmful batteries and plastic made of toxic chemicals? Yet reports show that we use cell phones more and more. Often they are practically glued to our heads. So how can you stay plugged in and be healthy?

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Several months ago I vowed to stop spending a fortune on natural cosmetics and I have wandered forlornly through many a makeup aisle since, gazing at the pretty but pricey eco offerings. So I did a little dance at Target last week when I discovered a new line of eco-friendly makeup from Almay, at prices even a poor little green girl can afford.

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You’ve searched high and low for the perfect low-impact workout. Now you can demand the same from your workout clothes.

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