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Dear Earth, Get Well Soon!

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Left to Right: Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay Hahn at Good Units, Carlton Scott Sturgill’s Ralph Lauren Gift Box, Navajo Tepee Drumming Circle, Siemens’ Globe, Remixed Furniture at The Collective Restaurant, Carlton Scott Sturgill’s mood, Artwork-Covered Walls at The Collective Restaurant.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and this year it coincides with the World People’s Conference on Climate Change, which is held in Cochabamba, Bolivia along with the International Year of Biodiversity. Conserving water and energy and taking good care of our environment has become apart of our everyday lives, and companies are finding new ways to give back to the planet.

Natural cosmetic company, Kiehl’s, has developed a supremely sustainable Acai Damage-Protective Mist with 100% of the net profit benefiting the Rainforest Alliance. Artist Jeff Koons, surfer Malia Jones, actress Julianne Moore and musician Pharrel Williams all posed along with the spray bottle covered in Koons’ crazy-colored design in a plush rainforest.

The all-organic label, Loomstate, celebrated the anniversary with an event entitled “Our Magnificent Earth”, hosted by the designer Rogan Gregory and his business partner Scott Mackinlay Hahn at a graffiti-covered underground space in New York called Good Units. A psychedelic Navajo pyramid was projected with videos and imagery of wildlife in sync with the rhythm of a 40-man drumming circle.

Recycling and up-cycling have moved beyond taking out the garbage and into new environments and artwork. In New York’s Meatpacking District, a new lounge/restaurant called The Collective (anti-bottle service establishment) has popped up in the neighborhood. From the folks behind hotspots STK and Bagatelle, the space is covered in bright Pop Art, slot machines, mechanical sculptures tacked to the ceiling, lighting that looks like robotic jellyfish and chairs made out of old street signs and streetlights. Across the bridge in Brooklyn, artist Carlton Scott Sturgill uses a medium he finds at Home Depot: Ralph Lauren Home paint chips. He meticulously cuts and layers them to create mosaics, proving there are many ways to help save Mother Earth.

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