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Top 5 female TV naturalists

As Sir David Attenborough's reign draws to a close, a new breed of naturalists rise up to take his place. And some of them are actually women. Female scientists are on the brink of having a moment, it seems, and not before time... But who are they? What do they do? Watch and learn, my friends. Watch and learn. And click.

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Can you have a plastic-free period?

Over on the BBC news, Chris Jeavans is attempting to live for a month without plastic. It's rather interesting and we're gripped by her struggles with non-disposable nappies and captivated by the idea of an old-fashioned picnic... but what we really want to know is: what about THAT time of the month?

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Two Girl Scouts go green and petition use of palm oil from Indonesian forests in their cookies

You go GIrl Scouts!For those of you lovely Dollymix readers that are in the UK, you have yet to discover the glorious magic that are Girl Scout Cookies. However, it seems as though they may not be so magical and glorious, after all. Apparently two 12-year old Girl Scouts in Ann Arbor, Michigan, are refusing to sell the delicious cookies because the palm oil used to make them is causing the deforestation of Indonesia. Palm oil is on demand because it's apparently low in trans fat (because low fat cookies is going to save you fat ass, right?) and the two little green warriors, Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishe, have asked the Girl Scouts to stop selling them and to save the trees!

Vorva and Tomtishe started a petition that was even signed by Jane Goodall, and now ABC Bakers, who produce the famous GIrl Scout cookies, say that they will only now buy palm oil from established producers. I hate to say this, but YOU GO GIRLS.

[via The Frisky]

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Green Female Icons: Diana Bird

diana_bird.jpgWith John Bird (founder of the Big Issue) for a father, Diana Bird has had a lot to live up to when it came to building a career with a conscience.

But this is exactly what she's done, time and again, tirelessly finding new business opportunities that help the environment and the world at large, with an impressive success rate. Preferring cookery to academic work, Bird left school to set up the Big Issue in the USA, already showing strong entrepreneurial skills. Soon afterwards, she set up a catering company; Lady Bird's Kitchen. She wrapped up the business to have a child, but it would not be long before Bird was back in business.

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Posted by Abi Silvester on September 26, 2007 3:33 PM in Abi Silvester| Green Female Icons
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Green Female icons: Tamsin Blanchard

green%20is%20the%20new%20black.jpgSeasoned Fashion Editor Tamsin Blanchard's new book, Green is the New Black hits our bookshop shelves today, and with a foreword by model Lily Cole, it promises to show us style will save us all. Now, I'm the sort of person who usually runs a mile when the term 'celebrity endorsed' is used to sell a product, and anything that smacks remotely of 'chick lit' is enough to have me spitting blood. So having seen its very pretty cover, I suspected I was not an ideal candidate...

However, the book is very much a reflection of what Blanchard does best, and has secured her reputation as a Green Goddess. Her talent is bringing eco-living to the masses, by reminding us all that it is possible to be both glamorous and green. What I like best about Blanchard's approach to environmentalism is here realistic attitude: she recognises that the majority of women will have some interest in their appearance, and that tapping into this seemingly innate need, a few simple principles can help us make greener decisions in our clothing and shopping habits.

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Posted by Abi Silvester on August 30, 2007 9:00 AM in Abi Silvester| Green Female Icons
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Green female icons: Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop

Anita%20Roddick.jpgAsk anyone to name a female environmentalist, and the odds are they’ll mention Anita Roddick. And looking at how much she’s achieved in 30 years, I think this is well deserved. Since founding the Body Shop in 1976, Dame Anita has continued to work wonders for the green cause and for women everywhere. Let's have a look at the story so far.

After traveling extensively, Roddick founded the Body Shop, which quickly became a huge success. This gave rise to what is arguably Roddick's most notable achievement: the widespread backlash against animal testing in cosmetics. As the products became more popular, so did awareness of animal cruelty in the industry, and countless companies have been forced to revise their policies.

But Roddick's work reaches much further than just cruelty-free (and rather delicious) shower gel. She campaigns on almost every issue that affects her, from globalisation to global warming and fair trade. Care for the environment is always paramount in Roddick's business models, and the Body Shop recycled its containers and bottles from the start.

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Posted by Abi Silvester on August 15, 2007 5:25 PM in Abi Silvester| Green Female Icons
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Green female icons: Lisa Simpson

lisa%20simpson%20preachy.gifI'm not sure if we should be amused or horrified that one of the best-known green female icons is a cartoon character, but there's no denying that Lisa Simpson is a great role model for young girls with a passion for the planet. OK, so it does get her ridiculed by her own family, bullied at school and ignored by most of her home town, but we know that Lisa's always right in the end, and if we'd just listen to her words of wisdom, everything will work out OK.

Ever since she started blowing that 'damn saxophone' Lisa has been only too aware that the unwashed masses don't always want to listen, but she doesn't let that put her off. A strict vegetarian from childhood (a woman after my own heart) and self-confessed nerd, she spends her playtime studiously reading up on how to save the planet and never tires of trying to educate her often reluctant family and peers.

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Posted by Abi Silvester on August 1, 2007 3:46 PM in Abi Silvester| Green Female Icons
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Green female icons: Wangari Maathai

Wangari_Maathai.jpgPlanting trees to offset your sins is now one of the most hotly-debated topics in the green arena, but here's someone who was doing it long before the jet-setters cottoned on. Hippyshopper editor Abi Silvester presents this week's green female icon: Wangari Maathai.

Hands up who's heard of Wangari Maathai? She's not one of the better known proponents of 'girl power', but she has won a Nobel Peace Prize for her pioneering contribution to worldwide sustainable development, democracy and peace, and the chances are you've heard of the Green Belt movement which was founded by Maathai, and has been responsible for the planting of over 30 million trees in Kenya.

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Posted by Abi Silvester on July 4, 2007 9:00 AM in Abi Silvester| Green Female Icons
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Green Female Icons: Katherine Hamnett

KatharineHamnettLillyCole24.jpgWhen designer Katherine Hamnett made her debut on the 1980s fashion stage, political slogans and designer clothes were two concepts very much at odds. Hippies bummed around in them, but the catwalk was quite another matter. But with a flair for design, some daring political stunts and the help of some very high-profile chests, Hamnett managed to make the protest t-shirt cool almost overnight, opening the doors for the promotion of any cause you could care to name. This legacy has led a marriage of style and ethics that to borrow one of Hamnett's slogans, could just save the future...

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Posted by Abi Silvester on June 20, 2007 1:20 PM in Abi Silvester| Columnists| Green Female Icons
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