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From Bobby to Breeders

Do these pants make my opposition to wind farms look fat? Seeking to battle charges of out-of-touch, upper-class elitism, Kennedy scion Robert F. has taken up ... modeling? Yup, he and his fam are featured in a new fashion campaign by sportswear maker GANT (in exchange for a "six-figure" partnership with RFK's Waterkeeper Alliance). Tres chic, Bob, tres chic. Photo: GANT. Can you tell me how to drive to Sesame Street? It's not easy being greenwashed green. Unless, of course, you have $2.5 million to spend on 30 seconds worth of Super Bowl ad time to put Kermit the Frog …

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From Pee Pee to Po-Po

Visualize world pees If you're a fan of answering nature's call, in nature, urine luck. Pees on Earth is a collection of photos by Ellen Jong, who documented herself poppin' squats all over the world. She hopes the book has a trickle-down effect, inspiring others to be one with their environs. Is this what they mean when they call ecotourism the buzzword of the year? Photo: Ellen Jong. The sum of Al's fears Al Gore -- remember him? -- has been at the Sundance Film Festival having, in his own words, "a most excellent time." No doubt snorting coke off …

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From Fill-Ups to Free Parking

In other news, vegans to eat 30 cows in 30 days Leaving London this week, a pair of drivers set off on a trip around the world, pledging to use fewer than 50 tanks of gas, hoping to "show people that in these hard environmental times they can save fuel." By driving 14 hours a day. For 70 days. No wonder Shell is sponsoring them. Photo: fuelchallenge.com. You give analog a bad name Still hanging on to those old Bon Jovi tapes? Sweet! Uh, time to let go. Send them to Alyce Santoro -- she's created fabric from recycled cassette …

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From Slings to Scouts

Green pickle sling Putting a whole new spin on the wet T-shirt contest, Low Tee makes tight-fitting men's swimsuits out of recycled vintage tees. Buy an existing banana hammock or send in an old favorite shirt to be converted -- not too old, mind you; see-through isn't a pleasant Speedo look. Photo: Rex Bonomelli.Click to enlarge. (Pardon the pun.) It's all about the lo' Still much cooler than wherever you live, Portland, Ore., is home to six New Seasons Markets -- high-end eco-grocers with a focus on locally grown goods. (Because buying organic is so five minutes ago, people.) Local …

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New Year’s Resolutions 2006

Stop drooling over concept cars we'll never own That is, as soon as we're done gawking at this stackable, shareable, electric two-seater dreamt up by MIT's Smart Cities team. It's inspired by corralled shopping-carts, powered by four "wheel robots" with 360-degree movement, and fully customizable. Drool. Photo: Franco Vairani. Be as eco-conscious as Britney Spears K-Fed up with news about Britney Spears' kid? Us neither! The latest? Motherhood has sparked an eco-streak in the popster -- she now buys "organic" and "get[s] rid of rubbish in a green way." Says Spears, "Since becoming a mum, I have become so green." …

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The Twelve Days of Gristmahanukwanzakah

On the first day ... ... the Grist staff gave to me: the notion that Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Hanukkah are eco-holidays. Kwanzaa ("first fruits" in Swahili) has its roots in African harvest festivals. Christmas involves serious tree-hugging (thank the pagans for that). And Hanukkah celebrates squeezing every last drop from a tiny bit of oil. Photos: iStockphoto. On the second day ... ... the Grist staff gave to me: a fair to remember. The mall-weary across America are turning to alternative gift fairs, where nonprofits ask you to shop till you drop -- the dough, that is. Dang, we'll miss …

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From Mascara to Montreal

Beyond eye shadow of a doubt Courtney Corvan may be the only Makeup Artist to the Stars who makes a point of using vegan, cruelty-free products. Funny, we thought being cruelty-free just meant not telling Rachel Hunter her pores are the size of planets. (Oh, Rachel, we kid.) Well, that's ironicalicious Mazda recently announced that it would pay employees to walk to work instead of driving, offering an "eco-walk commutation allowance" of roughly $12.50 a month. In related news, we walked to work today and got bupkis. Photo: iStockphoto. Habla polución? A new ruling in Texas requires companies planning nefarious, …

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From Yeehaw to Yoots

Heart your engines Tired of pretty-boy actors flashing their newfangled wheels? Here's something grittier: hybrids may be coming to a Formula One track near you. It makes sense, says one rep, since "Formula One is all about efficiency." Well, that and the fiery crashes. Photo: iStockphoto. All the smews that's fit to print Some words are just fun to say, like "dungarees" and "besmirch." Now you can add "smencils" to that list. (Go on, say it out loud.) As if their 10 "gourmet scents" aren't giddifying enough, these pimp-lements are made from recycled newspaper. Smencils! Image: The Smencil Co. That …

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From Bras to Breaks

Our cup punneth over Hot on the heels of Japan's "Cool Biz" program -- which let businessmen shed jackets and ties to save on AC -- comes "Warm Biz," which will let businesswomen ... wear furry, microwaveable bras with matching hot pants. Hello, Kitty. What's up Down Under? Our 'stralian mates are touting cool fuels -- odd for a country that refused to ratify Kyoto. First a giganto solar tower, then wave power, and now heat from ancient rocks. Crikey, you'd think they had a binding target to meet. Flights of fancy Megalomogulac Richard Branson says his Virgin Atlantic planes …

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A roundup of green plans and brown bills proposed post-Katrina

Resourceful environmental leaders have unearthed opportunity amidst the wreckage left behind by this year's record hurricane season and the battering of the Gulf Coast. They've crafted plans for everything from the building of new, green, affordable housing to the tightening of auto fuel-economy standards. Of course, powerful people with less eco-friendly agendas have seen opportunity too. In their eyes, the devastating storms were not-so-green lights to fast-track brown legislation. Such efforts to exploit the hurricanes for different political ends will no doubt continue as the process of rebuilding New Orleans and other devastated communities stretches over years or decades. Here …

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