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28 August, 2011

Introducing...The Spermacycle!

For all Eco-Moms and Eco-Mom Wannabes Everywhere...

Nordisk Cryobank (European Sperm Bank)is one of Europe's leading sperm banks and the company was looking at environmentally-friendly alternatives to how they could transport their sperm samples to the fertility clinics around Greater Copenhagen.

The company's CEO, Peter Bower, says, "The first idea was how we could deliver to the fertility clinics in a C02-friendly way. Shortly afterwards followed the idea of a custom-designed bike with a cooling system. Now, six months later, we can cycle around the city on our sperm cell bike."


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21 August, 2011

World Water Week

From The Green Blog Network 

Courtesy of Stockholm International Water Institute

World Water Week - Green Blog Network


On the Water Front vol. 2 presents new analysis from global thought-leaders

New edition features 14 essays on water and water quality issues that build upon research presented at the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm. 

On the Water Front vol. 2 offers a collection of the most innovative and important insights on water and water quality presented at the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm. This compendium is a must-read for those interested in the latest knowledge, tools and strategies to resolve the planet’s most pressing water quality challenges.

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Each of its chapters are authored by leading luminaries from science, business, and public policy and build upon research presented at the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm, includingStockholm Water Prize Laureates Dr. Rita Colwell and Prof. Takashi Asano and have been edited and peer reviewed by the World Water Week Scientific Programme Committee.

Download it here to gain knowledge on how the public health sector will be impacted by climate change, the most potent policy cocktails to protect coastal waters, the best-practice solutions to wastewater reclamation and reuse, what the potential onset of peak water and peak phosphorus could mean to humanity, new ideas to mitigate the growing dangers of chemical and agricultural pollution to human and environmental health, and much more.

15 August, 2011

Asiane Spa In Alsace

Asiane Spa in Alsace - Greening Beauty

Asiane Spa in Alsace at Le Parc Hotel (****) - Greening Beauty

By Paige Donner [All photos by Paige Donner c. 2011]

Alsace is quickly becoming a spa destination. Long known for its excellence in hospitality and gastronomy, the Alsace region, nestled up against Germany and Switzerland on the Eastern border of France, is again distinguishing itself in the royal tradition of Black Forest cures and wellness retreats in the form of high-end and innovative spa resorts.

The Asiane Spa at l’hotel Le Parc (4 Stars) in Obernai is one of Alace’s premier spas. In 2010 at the 2nd National Conference of Spas held in Paris, it was awarded 2nd prize overall making it the top spa in Alsace.

iane Spa Pool and Buddha Door, Le Parc Hotel, Obernai, Alsace - Greening Beauty

Asiane Spa Pool and Buddha Door, Le Parc Hotel, Obernai, Alsace - Greening Beauty

It’s a slice of peaceful heaven nestled just above the delightful Alsacian village of Obernai, once formerly a royal city of kings, and just at the foot of the majestic Mt. St. Odile, patron saint of the picturesque village.

Current hotel director Maxime Wucher used his professionally formative years spent in the Orient as inspiration for the spa’s design and its thematic menu. The 500M2  spa flourishes four monumental doors from Rajasthan and a floor-to-ceiling carved wooden Buddha.

Each of the three treatment rooms transports you to a different continent – Morocco, Bali and India. The treatment menu is just as innovative, offering signature treatments from Hawaii, Asia, a Thai foot massage and the Royal Alsacien.

Spa director Brigitte Dutter regularly travels to Asia – Sri Lanka or Bali – where she reinvigorates her extensive massage and wellness training with deeper knowledge of the cultural rituals and traditions of the native massage techniques.

Asiane Spa at Hotel Le Parc (****) Obernai, Alsace - Greening Beauty

Asiane Spa at Hotel Le Parc (****) Obernai, Alsace - Greening Beauty

Asiane Spa and Fitness, Le Parc Hotel (****), Obernai, Alsace - Greening Beauty

Asiane Spa and Fitness, Le Parc Hotel (****), Obernai, Alsace - Greening Beauty

Massage Menu

The Royal Alsacien lasts 60 minutes and commences with a body scrub of fine gravel. The gravel soil is native to Alsace and is the natural terroir of the Riesling and Gewürztraminer grapes grown in the region. A relaxing full-body massage follows the scrub, using the custom-made Le Parc treatment creams, in this case the shea butter based and all natural crème Royale Alsacienne made with the aromatic and healing plants of the Vosges valley.

Book your spa day now… l’hotel Le Parc’s indoor and outdoor pools, combined with their infrared treatment cabin, sauna, steam rooms and essential oil jet baths, make it a full-day wellness treatment guaranteed to rid you of toxic stress. Couples massage by request.


China's Booming Eco Beauty Market


Gaining a Perspective of Possibility for Health and Sustainability in the world’s second largest market - brought to you by Greening Beauty

[press release] August 2011 – Join LOHAS Asia in Shanghai from September 9-14 to unravel some crucial insights for the health and sustainability market in China.

Helping suppliers and attendees to the Eco Lifestyles Fair 2011 to fully understand their new consumer before the fair, The Wellness Works, Asia Pacific LOHAS, Greenovate, Hotpoint Consulting and LOHAS Online have designed a program of tours, workshops and strategic meetings over four days so that attendees can meet like-minded multi-national executives cross category who will learn with you and listen to showcases of small LOHAS companies currently in the market.
Co-hosted by LOHAS China Country Manager Amena Lee Schlaikjer and Adam Horler, President of Asia Pacific LOHAS Pte. Ltd., attendees will be well prepared for the Eco Lifestyles Fair having gained valuable key insights into new behaviours and touch points:
·      Who is the new LOHAS consumer and what are their values and concerns?
·      What can you do as a company to take advantage of this new market?
·      Is it more challenging to develop sustainable practices here in China?
  • And finally, most importantly, how to make a difference!

THE LOHAS Asia and NMI research on China from January 2010 questioned 1,000 consumers across the five cities of Beijing, Chengdu, Dalian, Guangzhou and Shanghai. Results showed that 88% agreed that it is important for companies to be mindful of their impact on society. With China having overtaken Japan as the world’s second-biggest economy, the LOHAS consumer demand is on the rise month by month and there is an urgency for the market to respond.
For more information see

Amena Lee Schlaikjer
Wellness Innovator
Amena went full circle after living in Shanghai as a baby having moved to different cities in Asia and Europe every 2-3 years since birth. She decided to combine her studies in Asian Economics and Fashion Merchandising from Columbia and F.I.T to work on marketing and operations projects for small boutiques in New York and Shanghai, building an expertise in the Health/Beauty/Lifestyle sectors.  She worked on the launches of Vogue, M.A.C and Zagat Survey in Shanghai before being lured by the innovation world to help open ?Whatif! ‘s first China office and growing the team to 20 people.
She has since moved on to start her own initiative called THE WELLNESS WORKS, crafting ideas and events that inspire others towards living healthier.  She is the acting Shanghai manager of Asia-Pacific LOHAS where she gets her much of research and support and works with several creative teams on ad hoc projects that colour the world of wellness.
Frequent traveler, known ‘hustler’ on occasion, and fond of diving, archery and yoga, she lives in Shanghai with her husband and two cats, Sheba and Spirit.
Adam Horler
President, LOHAS Asia
Having charted a highly successful career path through the likes of P&G, L’Oreal, red earth (Esprit), AS Watson and Molton Brown (Kao), Adam decided to leave the “comfy armchair” of corporate life in Nov 2008.
More than half his business life has been spent working in Asia, moving to Hong Kong from England in April 1998 and then to Singapore in Sep 2006. His corporate travels have taken him all over Asia; from the capital cities to the countryside; from mega malls to the smallest regional wholesale markets; from Japan to New Zealand to India; all in search of the Asian consumer and what makes them tick.
Asia-Pacific LOHAS is the result of his journey, a regional social enterprise seeking to educate millions of consumers that consumption can be done in a better way and helping facilitate the growth of the LOHAS business community to serve these consumers.
Already described as the 'largest and most comprehensive eco exhibition in China', the event will be held at the Shanghai World Expo Theme Pavilion from 15 to 17 September 2011 and will bring together eco-friendly companies and green brands. It also aims to grow China's LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) market, by educating consumers on the benefits of eco-friendly and green products, as well as encouraging green and eco-friendly lifestyles.
To do so, concurrent activities and special pavilions for the consumers and the public include the LOHAS One-stop Eco Home, the Green Transportation Hub, the Green Kitchen, and the One Million Signature LOHAS Day Event.
Click on <>  to see more details of the event.
ECO LIFESTYLES 2011 is supported by the Shanghai municipal government and organized by Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission and China Trade Promotion Committee.

Youth Sue U.S. Gov't. Over Climate Change


In case you haven't yet heard, Alec Loorz, the Al Gore climate change protege', filed suit in May against the U.S. government. We wrote about Alec several years ago in Greening Hollywood when he participated in the Los Angeles Youth Environmental Conference. The Guardian U.K. published his explanation, an excerpt of which follows:

Today, I and other fellow young people are sueing the government, for handing over our future to unjust fossil fuel industries, and ignoring the right of our children to inherit the planet that has sustained all of civilization. I will join with youth and attorneys in every state in the US to demand that our leaders to live and govern as if our future matters.
The government has a legal responsibility to protect the future for our children. So we are demanding that they recognize the atmosphere as a commons that needs to be preserved, and commit to a plan to reduce emissions to a safe level.
The plaintiffs and petitioners on all the cases are young people. We are standing up for our future.
But we will not only stand up in the courts. We will stand up in the streets as well. [Read Full Article]