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Starre Vartan
Starre is the founder and editor of Eco Chick, and Eco Chick Escapes, sites written for hip, environmentally savvy young women about fashion and beauty, and ethical travel, respectively. She is also the Editor-at-Large for Coco Eco magazine; Correspondent-at-Large for Martha Stewart's Whole Living magazine; the lifestyle columnist at, and she contributes regularly to and at Metropolis magazine on consumer design topics.

Starre has been recognized as a changemaker and influencer; she not only writes prolifically, but she speaks and consults for Fortune 500 companies on sustainability and women's issues. Starre has been featured in Whole Living magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Shape, Glamour, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Grist, Treehugger, and other national and international publications. She is regularly quoted in the New York Times.

Starre's book, The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to Be Fabulously Green was published Fall, 2008 by St. Martin’s Press and was reviewed in the Style section of the NYTimes next to a biography of Sarah Palin, which is one of her life's great ironies.

Starre has been an environmental journalist for a decade. She began as a contributing writer for E/The Environmental Magazine, the nation’s oldest independent environmental publication, and was a dining columnist for The Fairfield County Weekly, where she also regularly wrote about commuting, transportation, and alternative energy. Starre was the style editor for Plenty Magazine, Green Guru columnist for Audubon Magazine, and was managing editor for

Starre grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York and Sydney, Australia; both environments instilled in her a deep love and appreciation for the natural world. She graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in Geology, a minor in Biology and a BA in English. She has recently completed her coursework for her MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She lives and writes from her home on the Connecticut shore and from the java joints of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Entries by Starre Vartan

Why the End of Trends Is Great for Ethical Fashion and Terrible for Fast Fashion

(8) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 7:18 PM

One of the main drivers of the incredibly wasteful (some would say killer) fast-fashion business has been trends. I mean, if you are unconscious of the social and environmental impacts of supercheap clothes and just want to keep up with what's new and hot, the simplest solution is to buy...

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How to Curb Aggressive Cyclists? Maybe It's Time for Bike Licenses

(3) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 8:38 PM

Image via Flickr User TimothyJ

First, let me point out that I'm hugely pro-bike, and I spend about half of my time getting around on my own two wheels. The rest of the time I walk or take public transportation....

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Why You Should Travel Blog Your Next Trip (Even if You're Not a Blogger)

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 6:16 PM

Image via Flickr User Giorgio Montersino

Unless you are already a diligent journaler during trips, you are probably forgetting most of what you did on your last voyage abroad (you know it's true!). And yes, photographs can help you remember...

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How I Handle My Travel Anxiety: 5 Pill-Free Tactics

(3) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 3:52 PM


I just got back from an amazing trip to Suzhou, China, where I visited the UNESCO-heritage 500-year-old gardens, wandered ancient streets, ate foods I had never even tasted before (the spring water-grasses are delicious and strangely addictive!), and watched silk being...

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Zero Waste Grocery Stores Do Away With All That Annoying Packaging

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 12:38 PM

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network.

If you've ever been annoyed with the bag of cereal inside a box (why not just have a bag, like potato chips have?), or found yourself wrangling with two layers of plastic just to get to your chocolate bar,...

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Think Dirty App Reveals Just How Toxic Certain Beauty Products Are

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 10:32 AM

From Mother Nature Network's Starre Vartan:

I'm really not sure why we live in a world where living healthfully is so difficult and complicated (wouldn't making healthy choices easy save us the time, pain, and money illness causes?). But we do. For now, if you want to

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How To Solve The Plastic Pollution Problem And Poverty At The Same Time

(23) Comments | Posted April 26, 2014 | 3:40 PM

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network:

It's beyond sobering and bordering on infuriating: Almost every piece of plastic ever made still exists today — and plenty of those bottle caps, lighters, pen casings, and plastic bottles have ended up in the ocean, where their accumulated debris...

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Looking for Humane Angora? It Exists!

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 6:24 PM

Ambika Friendly Furs

In the wake of the PETA expose of the horrors of the angora industry, people were disgusted, saddened and angry: Here's a link to the video, but in short, it's awful, awful, awful. The facts are...
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My Advice to Young Women Considering Breast Implants

(6) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 11:45 AM


The best reason for young women not to get breast implants never seems to come up. I see many articles that argue "I'm getting implants because Empowerment" or the flip-side, "Implants are wrong because Fakeness" and these two talking points echoed across and around...

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Beyonce's Pepsi Deal Pisses Me Off: Here's Why

(93) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 10:01 AM

Not much more than a year and a half after working with Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign Let's Move (see the superfun video below), Beyonce has recently signed a $50 million deal with Pepsi, which already includes her parading around pantsless pushing a cart of soda cans.

Let me just...

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The Faces Of Cuetzalan, Mexico's Older Women Are A Landscape (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 7:00 AM

In most of the world, the everyday women who make life happen -- cooking the food, selling the wares, caring for the children, harvesting crops -- are ignored, especially once they are no longer young. While men pursue power and renown, building legacies and businesses (however local they may be),...

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Hiking Kauai's Na Pali Coast And Princeville, Hawaii (PHOTOS)

(10) Comments | Posted January 8, 2012 | 8:00 AM

My favorite kind of wedding to attend is, by far, the destination wedding. While an open bar is never not fun, it's even better if the drinks are located in a country that takes a passport to get into. And a wedding is a genuine excuse to blow your budget...

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Finding The Perfect Rug In The Souks Of Marrakesh

(3) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 9:48 AM

The most fun I've ever had shopping is in the souks in the old city of Marrakech. The souks have been a bargainer's mecca for hundreds of years, and I imagine a Victorian version of myself being just as enchanted with the wares as I was. There's something about the...

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Three Worldchanging Women Model Sustainable Style in NYC's Union Square

(4) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 12:11 PM

Liminal times, which are those that fall between definitions, are an opportunity to engage in playfulness. Three friends joined in Manhattan's Union Square Park for an afternoon of relaxation and fun as autumn begins.


From Left to Right:...

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Lucky Magazine's FABB Conference: Kardashians, DVF, and Rocha, Oh My!

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 12:26 PM

Eco Chick writer Haley Sherif, and site founder Starre Vartan (in a vintage '70s dress, NYC street hat and Anthropologie belt) at Lucky Magazine's FABB conference.

I had such a blast on Wednesday (as a pre-pre-kickoff to Fashion...

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The End of Artifice and the Rise of Truly Natural Beauty

(24) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 8:07 PM

While this is a really lovely image, this is the "old" version of natural beauty - Just add flowers! But let's challenge our images of what beauty is - young, white, unmarked. Image via Flickr User Mijori

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Progressive and Sustainable in the Caribbean: Bucuti and Tara Beach Resorts LGBT-friendly and Green

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 7:52 PM

There are always enough chairs and shade on Bucuti's portion of the beautiful Eagle Beach! A low density of guests ensures no annoying overcrowding on the beach or anywhere else at the resort.

I love the Caribbean,...

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25 Most Electric Car-Ready Cities, Ranked by Ford. Is Yours on the List?

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 6:04 PM


I know I want my next car to be electric, and while I'm waiting, I've noticed that the EV infrastructure is slowly-but-surely popping up all over. My favorite grocery store, the Whole Foods in Darien, CT, already has a plethora of spaces up front...

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Is It a "Starvation Vacation"? Or a Malibu Spa?

(9) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 2:42 PM

The word "cleanse" is bandied about as if we were all absolutely filthy, running around with drippy, dirtied noses and grime under our fingernails. But there's the rub; though human beings have never had access to so many cleaning products, and kept such a distance from bacteria and viruses, we...

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CFDA and Lexus Honor Eco Fashion Designers Costello Tagliapietra, Pean, and Cornejo

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 11:14 AM


The best part about the fete hosted by Lexus Hybrid Living and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) last week wasn't the gorgeous people or the free-flowing cocktails, or the serious NYC party vibe at the Skylight West....

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