Mairi Beautyman

Mairi Beautyman

Senior Editor / Berlin, Germany

Mairi Beautyman is senior editor at TreeHugger and heads up the Living category, in addition to tackling feature projects for the site.

With a background in literature, art, design, and architecture, Mairi had sustainability hammered in at a young age during a childhood in rural Western Massachusetts. Her dog ate what was in the organic lunch box -- until she embraced her calling. Now she likes thinking about materials that don't stick around, and believes the best green design is also nice to look at. She tends to wander off...Morocco...Indonesia...Nicaragua...for extended surf trips, but usually calls Berlin home.

Mairi is also a regular contributor to Interior Design magazine, and has written for publications including The Huffington Post, A Hedonist's Guide to Marrakech, Wired, Art News, Architectural Record, Slow Travel Berlin, Time Out Berlin, Azure Magazine, and The Robb Report.

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    Solar Revolution in...Kenya?

    June 28, 11:42 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    Thanks to Solar Cookers International (SCI), a California-based firm we introduced to you in a previous post, solar cooking is spreading like wildfire in Kenya. According to an article on Yahoo! News, more than 10,000 Kenyans have now been trained to

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    New Organic Hair Care From Dr. Hauschka

    June 21, 11:47 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    Natural and organic skincare company Dr. Hauschka has just introduced four tasty new hair care products: Macadamia and Orange Shampoo for normal hair, Nasturtium and Lemon Shampoo for normal to oily hair, Apricot and Sea Buckthorn Shampoo for dry and

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    Invasive Weeds: Voilà, Sleek Daybed

    June 21, 10:00 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Interior Design

    This hand-crafted daybed sports curves—which make for a complete package, when you take in its eco-friendly design. Created by PIE (Project Import Export), the Tonecoon daybed is fabricated from woven water hyacinth. This plant is not just a

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    AIA Honors Affordable, Sustainable Housing

    June 14, 4:40 PM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    Sustainable and affordable. We like it when those two words come together... The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected "eight examples of excellence in housing design that meet sustainable guidelines, while being both affordable and

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    Where Green Products Premier: NeoCon

    June 14, 9:40 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    If you are in the contract furniture market, you are most likely in Chicago. From June 12-14, Chicago’s Merchandise Mart is swarming with all the design industry bigwigs for NeoCon World's Trade Fair. Here is where you will also find the next big thing,

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    The Truth About Coconut Oil

    June 8, 3:00 PM by Mairi Beautyman in Culture

    Last night, chocolate chip cookies sparked a debate on coconut oil. Instead of butter or shortening, these cookies contained 100 percent natural Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil. "Isn't that bad for you?" I asked, after eating five. According to the master

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    U.S. Allowing Illegal Mahogany Imports, Lawsuit Says

    June 7, 5:30 PM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    Mahogany—fast becoming an endangered species—is just one of those materials TreeHugger considers suspect. Chances are it is just not sustainable—or legal. A new lawsuit filed in New York's U.S. Court of International Trade against the Department of

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    Bear on the Lam in Bavaria

    June 7, 10:20 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    The good news: Germany has seen its first brown bear in 170 years. The bad news: He's on a homicidal rampage in Bavaria, and is now wanted dead or alive. A trail of chickens, prize sheep, and honey leads to the elusive "JJ1," who reportedly enjoys

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    Crank Up Your Cell Phone

    May 25, 9:00 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Clean Technology

    The Motorola PVOT, designed by Andre Minoli, is a real conversation starter. With 25 cranks, you get one minute of talk time. Your muscle adds juice to rechargeable AA batteries, then the crank folds down to serve as a microphone for the phone, which

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    Where to find Greenguard Certified Seating

    May 24, 9:44 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    In the world of office seating, Greenguard Certification is one of those labels you want to look for. Awarded by the Greenguard Environmental Institute, the certification is only given to products that meet safe indoor air standards, without any

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    10 Cost-Saving Green Tips for the Home

    May 24, 9:12 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Culture

    We love green tips. This batch—"10 easy high-impact ways to make a difference"—is from Home Depot. Some sharp advice (even if it is from a mega store) such as birdfeeders for bug control, fans in winter to reduce energy bills, and hmm....soaker hoses to

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    Green Museum to Open in San Francisco

    May 3, 11:39 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    In 2008, one of San Francisco's 10 pilot green building projects, the $429 million California Academy of Sciences will reopen in Golden Gate Park. The 410,000-square-foot natural history museum will sport a sustainable redesign by world-renowned

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    Wal-Mart Makes Hefty California Forest Purchase

    May 3, 10:49 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    Last month, we told you about the retail giant's purchase of green power in Canada, and we told you about the green roof sprouting in Chicago. But, yep, Wal-Mart, the company some treehuggers love to hate, has more green news. With a $1 million grant to

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    Germany's Rhine: No Longer a "German" River

    April 27, 10:48 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    A recent New York Times article gives us an important lesson on the damage incurred by chemical "spills,"—despite the best efforts to clean them up. In 1986, when a plant near Basle, Switzerland had a chemical spill, millions of fish for hundreds o

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    Cheetah Rescued in Kenya

    April 26, 11:49 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Culture

    This Reuters photo of an orphaned eight-week-old African cheetah cub prompted us to do a little research on the plight of the world's fastest land animal. Rescued by the Kenya Wildlife Services in Nairobi, the cub is now housed in the Nairobi animal

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    Home Depot Mowing Down Pollution

    April 26, 10:35 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    In partnership with the Clean Air Foundation, Home Depot Canada has launched a rebate program for up to $100 back on eco-friendly lawn mowers, as part of its new "Eco Options" initiative. What qualifies: Black and Decker Electric Lawnmowers and

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    Help Me Do My Homework (For a Cause)

    April 20, 10:58 AM by Mairi Beautyman in Culture

    What do you think are those revolutionizing moments in the history of sustainable design? With all the recent focus on green construction and green product design, what (who) is changing the world as we know it? These are the questions I'm trying to

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    Zero-energy Tower Could Rise in Guangdong, China

    April 19, 2:01 PM by Mairi Beautyman in Corporate Responsibility

    A 300-meter tower requiring no net energy to operate could be erected in Guangdong, China. Designed by the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), what is informally known as the Zero Energy Tower is one of three finalists for Guangdong


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