Forests and fields provide the color behind the Honest Alchemy line

Photo by Erick Sternberg Mood Indigo by Emily Teel Elizabeth McTear of Honest Alchemy spends her days dipping into pools of color: salmon red from madder root, mustard yellow from fustic wood, and rich cranberry from brazilwood.  The deep blue from indigo—and a desire to get away from commercial toxic dyes—was what started her down

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Go Solar, Philadelphia (And Here’s How)

Interested in finding out more about solar power in Philadelphia? Solar Philly, a new program by the Sustainable Business Network, Clean Air Council and local solar installers Solar States and Exact Solar, looks to connect Philadelphia homeowners and a city-wide coalition of community organizers to reduce the cost of going solar and to meet the city’s solar energy goals outlined in

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Power Grapes: Local vintners do more than wine about the environment

When it comes to caring about the well-being of the environment, Pennsylvania’s roughly 200 wineries are inherently invested in sustainable practices, according to Jennifer Eckinger, executive director at the Pennsylvania Winery Association. “Using our locally produced products is obviously a big part of all these wineries,” Eckinger says. “But caring for the land and being

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Season for Art: Philly artists showcase eco-themes in current exhibits

Elaine Kurtz, Untitled, 2002, Image via Canary PromotionLast week, we reviewed South Philly artist Shelley Spector’s “Dreck Groove” exhibit on display at Breadboard’s Esther Klein Gallery. The exhibit (February 17 to March 30) features Spector’s use of reclaimed materials to display embroidery representing recent natural disasters. 
But Spector isn’t the only artist showcasing environmentally-centric work this

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Profile: A Man for All Seasons

Marvin Dixon takes lessons learned on a farm to the luxury hotel businessby Char Vandermeer
If the typical luxury hotel is a gaping hole of conspicuous consumption, then Philadelphia’s Four Seasons Hotel is anything but. With its hugely successful composting program, a commitment to reusing cooking oil, an aggressive commingled recycling program and a brand-new cogeneration

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